(301) 1835 Sacred to the memory of James Murray, late gardener in Banff, who departed this life upon the 26th day of December, 1814, aged 74 years, also to the memory of Mary Murray, his spouse, who died 25th day of January, 1835, aged 80 years. And also to the memory of James Murray, late surgeon, Oldmeldrum, who died the 13th July, 1835, aged 52 years.

(302) Here lyes John Reid, lawful son to William Reid, burges of Banff, who departed 20th of Augvst, 1681. This monvmont

(303) Sacred to the memory of Anne Cooper, spouse to Alexander Shand, mariner in McDuff, who departed this life 25th April, 1803, in the 21st year of her age, also Margaret Shand, their daughter, died 12th May, 1803, aged 1 month.

(304) This stone was erected by Robert Reid, gardener in Banff, in memory of Helen Murray, his wife, who died the 16th of April, 1768, aged 53 years, and of their daughters Jean, who died the 20th of August, 1767, aged 18 years, and Helen, who died the 6th of May, 1771, aged 26 years.

(305) Thomas Meldrum, sometime of Collynort, who departed this life on the - day of*

(306) Here lies the body of James Bruce, late shipmaster in McDuff, who died the 12th of February, 1789, in the 73rd of his age. This stone was erected by Isabella Whyte in memory of her husband, an honest man without guile, also William Bisset, son-in-law to the above James Bruce, who died in 1812, and Isabella Bruce, his spouse, who died 27th May, 1837, likewise their son James Bisset, late Captain in Her Mag.'s 69th Regt. of Foot, who died 16th September, 1838, much and justly regrated.

(307) Erected by Grant James Gray, Liverpool, to the memory of his beloved mother Elizabeth Bisset [daughter of the late William Bisset and Isabella Bruce, and spouse of the late James Gray], who died at Macduff 28th November, 1858, aged 71 years. She lived beloved and died regreted by all who knew her. A galaxy of Christian virtues adorned her life, amongst which that of charity shone pre-eminent. Here also rest the remains of Maria Isabella Gray, daughter of James Gray and Elizabeth Bisset, who died at Macduff in August, 1831, aged 1 year. The above James Gray, died at Georgetown, Demerara, 26th November, 1839, aged 43 years.

(308) Here lyes intered the body of Alexander Bruce, sometime farmer in Cushnie, Gamrie parish, who departed this life February 20th, 1769, aged 90 years. This is done by his son John Bruce. Here likewise rest the remains of William Bisset, son of William Bisset and Isabella Bruce, who died at Macduff 7th March, 1785, aged 12 months, also their daughter Isabella Bisset, who died 14th January, 1801, aged 21 years, also their son Alexander Bisset, who died 22nd January, 1801, aged 22 years.

(309) Here is interred the body of Barbara Bruce, daughter of John Bruce, merchant in Banff, who departed this life February 18th, 1768, aged 26 years, and also the body of Robina Hunter, his spouse, who departed this life the 24th of February, 1783, aged 74 years. Likewise the remains of John Bisset, son of James Bisset and Anne Forbes, who died at Macduff in 1812, aged 12 years. Here is also interred the remains of Jean Bisset, daughter of the late William Bisset and Isabella Bruce, who died at Macduff 20th April, 1866, aged 83 years. Inscribed in grateful remembrance by her nephew Grant James Gray.

*The date on this stone cannot be made out, but in the Register of Bands for the County of Banff we find that in 1653 Thomas Meldrum of Cullenvart borrowed from John Urquhart, Provost of Banff, 200 merks. A further entry in the same volume, under date 1648, shows that " Thomas Meldrum of Cullynvort " was then Sheriff-depute of Banffshire. The stone corresponds with that period.

 

(310) Ista pio generi debetur adorea. Memento mori.*

(311) Here are deposited the remains of William Stewart, practitioner of surgery, who departed this life June 14th, 1790, in the 49th year of his age, and of his spouse Sophia Stewart, who died December 13th, 1797, aged 56. With congenial virtues this amiable and affectionate couple seemed formed as a blessing to each other and to their children, to whom they were truly kind parents, but cruel Death, as if envious of the purity and tranquility of their lives, tore them untimely asunder, leaving the disconsolate wife after a few melancholy years to follow her beloved husband to peace and immortality. Reader! drop a tear and copy their example. As a tribute of filial affection to the memory of this his worthy parents their dutiful and affectionate son John Stewart has caused this stone to be erected.

(312) In memory of James Duff, Esq. (fourth son of the first Alexander Duff of Hatton), who died 19th November, 1804, aged 75. As a just tribute of dutiful regard this stone is placed over his remains by his affectionate widow, daughter of James Dumbar of Kincorth, 1805. James, Isabella and John Duff, their children, are buried here, and Alexander, Sophia and Mary in the grave with their aunt Mrs. Hellen Duff, also Margaret Ogilvie Dumbar, widow of the foresaid James Duff, died 1829, aged 75**

(313) This stone is erected by George Gellie, sometime farmer . . .

(314) 1844. To the memory of William Souter, late merchant in Banff, who died the 31st of March, 1843, aged 40 years, and of his nine children, who died in infancy. Erected by George Souter and Margaret Allan in Macduff, his parents, also of a former William, aged 7, and Jean, 5 years, who died in April, 1801***

Remember man as you pass by

As you are now so once was I

Take heed and read and you will see

As I am now so you will be

Rotting in dark and silent dust

Prepare for death for die you must

Life is uncertain death is sure

Sin is the wound Christ is the cure.

 

 

*This ornamental circular stone is built into a wall, and bears the letter "M" with a coat of arms, now somewhat indistinct, and around is the inscription given above.

**"Mr. James Duff's town residence was that large quadrangular building on the street leading to the harbour, with the arched gateway. He was Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire and was in high position from his family connection. His eldest son was Captain George Duff who commanded the "Mars" at Trafalgar. His lady was the amiable and beautiful Sophia Dirom, daughter of Provost Dirom of Banff, distinguished for her virtues and feminine graces; and their son was the late Norwich Duff who was on the deck of his father's ship, bravely fighting, when the fatal bullet put an end to his father's career. Their daughter was married to Mr. Tayler of Glenbarry. The only surviving daughter of the above James Duff is Mrs. Anne Duff, widow of the late Mr. Walter Biggar, who died lately in Edinburgh." (Imlach, 1868). Mrs. Biggar died at Edinburgh in 1877. The remains of six of her brothers and sisters with those of her father and mother, are buried in Banff Churchyard. A monument by Mr. J. Bacon junior, sculptor, with the following inscription appears at St. Paul's Cathedral "Erected at the Public Expense to the memory of Captain George Duff who was killed the XXIst of Octr MDCCCV. commanding the Mars in the battle of Trafalgar in the forty-second year of his age and the twenty-ninth of his service." The inscription on another monument in St. Paul's may also be quoted here from its local connection:?" Erected at the Public Expense to the memory of Major-General Andrew Hay. He was born in the County of Banff in Scotland, and fell on the 14th of April 1814 before the Fortress of Bayonne in France in the 52nd year of his age and the 34th of his service , closing a military life marked by zeal, prompt decision and signal intrepidity."

 

***The above may refer to the same family as that of the author of the following work, but the evidence is insufficient: "Dialogue between a Nobleman and a Farmer upon the reduction of the National Debt and other affairs of State, also the distressed condition of the farmers in Scotland, considered with the probable means of their relief and their Landlords? advantage, also a more effectual method than any hitherto for suppressing Vice and Immorality and encouraging of Religion and Virtue: The whole calculated exceedingly to promote the prosperity and grandeur of the British nation. By William Suttor, a native of Banff. Edinburgh; Printed and Sold by the Author. 1788."

 

(315) 1619. I. B. R. M.

(316) 1592. . . .Chalmer clericvs vicectus . . . Patrick Chalmer.*

(317) Sacred to the memory of Alexander Dirom, Esquire of Muiresk, who was often Chief Magistrate of this place, and died here universally regretted in the 62nd year of his age on the 21st January, 1788.

 

*" It is proved that Mr. Adam Gordon, principal and professor of the Greek tongue in the College of Mell in France, is son to umqll. William Gordon, sometime baillie of Banff, procreat betwixt him and Elizabeth Chalmer, his spouse, and that the said William Gordon his mother Janet Innes wes daughter to Alexander Innes of Kirkhill, and Alexander Innes his mother wes daughter to the laird of Reidhall, and the said William Gordon his father was son of George Gordon of Slyuy [in the Enzie] and the said George his mother wes daughter to the laird of Boig, Stewart and the said George Gordon his father wes William Gordon of Mureraik, and the said Elizabeth Chalmer was daughter to umqll Patrick Chalmer , Sheriff-Clerk of Banff, and the said umqll. Patrick his father wes laird of Balnacraig and the said Elizabeth wes Violat Johnstoun, daughter to the laird of Caskieben, and the said Violat Johnstoun her mother was daughter the laird Delgatie, Hay, and the said Patrick Chalmer his mother was daughter to the laird of Petmedden. Pantoun." (Birth Brieves, Aberdeen, 3rd October, 1648.)

The following list of the Sheriff-Clerks of Banffshire for the last three centuries is drawn up from Mr. William Rose, Montcoffer, and other sources:?

1582 (?1572) Mr. George Chalmers entered. He died 1617- Patrick was his eldest son, and his relict was Marjory Barclay, who in 1626 gave up all claim " to the towne and lands calit the Rawis or gleibe sume tyme perteining to the Carmeleite freires."

1617 Mr. William Sharp, son of Fauston (? Houston), servitor to Walter Ogilvie of Deskford, and father of the Archbishop of St. Andrews. He died 1638-

1639 Mr. John Baird, son of Ordenboves or Auchmedden. He died 1651.

1652 Walter Hacket, at Milntown of Rothiemay, a man bred to business, who purchased the lands of Mayen, and died about February, 1656. He married Jonet Leslie

1656 Robert Sharp, brother of the Archbishop, died 20th January, 1675- He mortified in 1675 1Bp 15s. 3 4/12d. to the minister of Deskford. " He married the heiress of Ordeans, a small farm in the neighbourhood of the manse of Deskford. Hence probably his liberality to the minister" (New Stat. Acc sub Deskford). He also mortified 500 merks to the kirk of Banff.

1675 George Leslie, yr. of Birdsbank, Cullen eldest son of William Leslie of Birdsbank, married Christian Baird, second daughter to Auchmedden. He lived to a great age, and died in 1724. Before his death his son Patrick, designed of Melrose, was conjoined in office with him, 10th September, 1703, but predeceased his father. George Leslie is given by Rose as grandson of Robert or George Leslie, second son of Findrassie.

1724 William Leslie of Melrose, son of Patrick, succeeded, but resigned.

1726 Alexander Innes, writer, Banff, son of Edengeith, designed of Rosieburn, died 1761.

1761 James Duff, a younger son of Alexander Duff of Hatton resigned 1801.

1801. William Rose of Ballivat and his fourth son Patrick. William Rose died c. 1807, and Patrick on 2nd July, 1844, and both were buried in Alvah Churchyard. William Rose did not possess Ballivat.

1844 George Robinson Forbes, solicitor, Banff, son of George Forbes Sheriff-Substitute of Banffshire. He married Isabella Reid, a daughter of William Reid, farmer and nurseryman, Colleonard, and died 28th February, 1874

1874 John Forbes, solicitor, Banff, son of John Forbes, builder, Huntly. He married Eliza Young, daughter of Lieutenant Young, R. A., Portsoy, and died 29th May, 1887-

1887 Garden Milne Hossack, solicitor, Banff, son of William Hossack, merchant and shipowner, Banff. He married Hannah Roe, daughter of Peter Roe, Esq. of Millbank, Mountrath, Queen?s County, Ireland. The following notes of some of the Sheriffs of the County will be found convenient for reference.- C 1242 Henry Pratt, Sheriff.

1304 Walter Barclay, Sheriff.

John of Inverpefir, Sheriff, in the 40th year of David II.

1453 Alexander Ogilvie of Auchterhouse resigns the Sheriffdom of Banff for all the days of his life to his brother, Walter Ogilvy of Beaufort.

1511 James Stewart, Sheriff-depute.

1618 Alexander Ogilvie, Sheriff-depute. 1654 Mr. Alexander Douglas of Dounies, " ane of the Sheriffes principall "

1664 Feb- 4. Auchmedden?s Commission from King Charles II. as Sheriff-Priricipal of Banff on the death of James, Earl of Buchan. Sir James Baird appears as Sheriff-Principal in 1672 and 1673.

1680 Sir James Baird of Auchmedden, knight, and James Baird, yr., conjunct Sheriffs-Principal of Banffshire.

1681 Commission appointing Sir James Baird of Auchmedden and Sir George Gordon of Edinglassie, conjunct Sheriffs-principal during all their life.

1691 Sir James Baird of Auchmedden died, and there was a vacancy of Sheriff courts and surcease of justice in the shire till 2nd Feb., 1693, when Sir James Ogilvie, advocate, son to the Earl of Findlater, and Nicolas Dunbar of Castlefield, presented their commission as Sheriff-principal and Sheriff-depute respectively.

(318) Sub hoc cippo sepulchrali conduntur cineres Joannis Mark praepositi de Banf qui fatis cessit 12 die Feb. 1731 aetatis suae 75 necnon cineres generosae Katharinae Russel conjugis Jacobi Mark praetoris quae obiit 23 Nov. 1730 cum his ejus liberis Joanne Helena Alexr. Andro and Katharin.

(319) Sacred to the memory of Alexr. Dirome, Esq. of Muiresk, obiit January 21. 1788 aets. 62. Likewise are interred here the bodies of Mary Mark, his spouse, who died January 8, l754, and of John Dirom their son and infant nat. x. d. 1750, also John Dirom, Esq., obt. Octbr 19. 1788 aets. 61.*

(320) Sub spe beatae resurrectionis sub hoc cippo jacet generosus vir . . . Robert Hamiltoun ballivus Banfiensis qui gratam deo hominibus animam exhalavit 10 Calend. Decembris anni 1665 necnon Kathardia Sharp dignissima illius uxor quae Septembris 21 anno 1690 (?) Ro: Hamiltoun aetatis suae 70 diem obiit. Heer lyeth defunct children of Robert Hamilton and Katharine Sharp, viz., two James, Isabell and Christian Hamiltouns.**

 

*"Mr. Alexander Dirom was laird of Muiresk near Turriff and occupied a town house in Banff, on the site of which the present North of Scotland Bank is built. He had also the farm of Sandlaw as a recreation. Mr. Dirom was brought up as a solicitor in Edinburgh. He married and settled in Banff. His lady was a daughter of Dr. Fotheringham of Pourie. The mother was youngest daughter of Skene of Skene. Mr. and Mrs. Dirom had four children, one son, the late Lieutenant-General Dirom of Mount Annan, Dumfries, and three daughters. The second daughter married Captain George Duff of the Royal Navy, son of James Duff, Esq., Banff, and who fell gloriously fighting at the Battle of Trafalgar. Mr Dirom was for many years Sheriff-Substitute of the County of Banff and being a Provost of the burgh had long the chief influence in the management of its affairs. He was a man of learning and took great delight in agriculture and gardening. He died in Banff in 1788- His only son, Alexander, was born in Banff in 1757 but owing to his original destination for the profession of the law, he did not enter the army until 1778." - (Imlach)

Alexander served in the army in Jamaica, India, &c. He distinguished himself under Lord Cornwallis in the campaign against Tippoo Saib, and rose rapidly in the service. In 1811 General Dirom was appointed to the command of theNorth-west District,and in 1814 he retired with his family to Mount Annan. He died in 1830 at the age of 73 years.

** To illustrate the striking but not uncommon diversity of statement regarding a particular subject, the following references are quoted regarding Archbishop Sharp and his relations (Cf. note I., 99) It is unnecessary to allude to the several points of divergence, except to note as curious that a memorial stone and inscription erected in 1864 by public subscription, and almost within a stone cast of the place where the future Archbishop was born, should contain so many inaccuracies, for

(1)The father of Archbishop Sharp was not proprietor of Ordens.

(2) His father was William, not Robert.

(3) He was born in 1618, not 1613.

(4) The inscription was not renewed, no similar inscription previously existing.

It is also curious to note that this inscription-which closes with a quotation of somewhat prophetic appropriateness?should be erected along with the arms of Robert Sharp, and slabs bearing his initials on the east wall of the churchyard while on the west wall, at the entrance gate, should be erected the rest of the monument to the memory of Robert Sharp (see No. 9, list of inscriptions), except a slab bearing the name of his wife, Janet Abercrombie, which finds a place at the entrance gate but on the opposite side of the wall from the monument she erected in 1667 to the memory of her husband. Still more curious is it that the family burying-ground was in neither of these spots, but near the centre of the churchyard, "in the kirk of Banff" (see I., 84 )

The natural course would have been to erect the several parts of the original monument in one spot, and that spot in or near the Hamilton enclosure.

  1. Monument of date 1864 in Banff Churchyard:-"In this cemetery are interred the remains of Robert Sharp of Ordens married to the daughter of Mr. Leslie of Kininvie, Provost of Banff, and the father of Dr. James Sharp , Archbishop of St. Andrews who was born in May 1613 in the Castle of Banff, the residence of the family and basely murdered on the 3rd of May 1679. Also Robert Sharp, Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire, his spouse Janet Abercromby of Birkenbog; Mrs. Anne Hamilton, his niece, and other descendants of that family. The above inscription was renewed and the present enclosing walls erected by public subscription in the year of our Lord 1864. "Dominie (sic) dirige nos""
  2. Imlach's History of Banff(1868):- In 1636 the Castle of Banff was resigned to Robert Sharp, Esq., Sheriff. Clerk of Banff elder brother of the famous Archbishop, the father William Sharp having had it in feu. The Archbishop was murdered in 1679, and after Robert?s death the Castle descended to his brother?s son, Sir William Sharp of Stonyhill, who disponed the Castle to the then Provost of Banff, the Laird Of Kininvie. "

 

(321) Here ly intered the body of Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter to James Mitchell and Elizabeth Murray, who died 10th December, 1777, in the 8th year of her age. The above James Mitchell, dyer in Banff, died June 8th, 1799, aged 61, and was intered here. Also their son William, who died 26th June, 1805, aged 26 years. The said Elizabeth Murray died the 10th December, 1814, aged 76 years. John Mitchell, dyer in Banff, died 8th January, 1836, aged 69 years.

That my Redeemer lives I know,

Though by His sentence just,

My body for a season low,

Shall dwell with fellow dust.

Reviv'd I from the dust shall rise,

And God my Saviour see,

With these my own corporeal eye,

That shall immortal be.

(3) Nicol's "Banff and Neighbourhood" (1879):-"A sum of 5Bp Stg. Was mortified by Sir William Sharp of Stonniehill (son of the celebrated Archbishop Sharp, who was a native of the burgh,) to the Grammar School of Banff and in 1698 the Council made efforts to recover the same apparently without success " "Robert Sharp of Ordens the father of the celebrated Archbishop of St. Andrews, resided in the Castle. James Sharp, the Archbishop, was born here in May 1613. Castle was acquired by Robert Sharp,

(4) New Statistical Account of Banff (1836):- "James Sharp, the famous Archbishop of St. Andrews, was born in Banff Castle in May, 1613. -?His father (son of David Sharp, a merchant in Aberdeen,) was Sheriff."

(5) Grierson?s Delineations of St. Andrews (1807):- "This prelate [Archbishop Sharp] was originally the son of Wm. Sharp, Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire, whose father David Sharp had been a merchant in Aberdeen. He was born in the Castle of Banff in May, 1613."

(6) Lecture by Sheriff Scott-Moncrieff ao Archbishop Sharp at Banff February, 1879:- He was born in the year 1618 in a house which either formed part of or occupied the site of the ancient Castle of Banff."

(7) Banffshire Jornal 22nd Sept. 1885. Report of Excursion of the British Association to Banff.-"In 1662 James, 6th Earl of Buchan, disposed of the Castle to Robert Sharp, Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire (son of Robert Sharp of Ordens, who had held the Castle in feu,) and Janet Abercromby his spouse, who obtained a charter under the Great Seal in their favour on 30th August, 1662. At the time that Lord Buchan sold the Castle to Sharp he resigned the heritable Sheriffship in favour of Baird of Auchmedden In the Castle was born in May, 1613, James Sharp, who was son of Robert Sharp of Ordens just mentioned, and became the person known in history as Archbishop Sharp of St. Andrews. Sharp?s mother was a daughter of Leslie of Kininvie. On the death of the Sheriff-Clerk, the Castle passed into the hands of the Archbishop?s son, Sir Wm. Sharp of Stoneyhill, who obtained a charter under the Great Seal of the Castle on 3rd March, 1680"

(8) Miscellanea Scotica. Life and Death of Mr. James Sharp, Archbishop of St. Andrews (first printed 1678):

Mr. James Sharp was born at Bamff in the North of Scotland, and as the greatness of his fortune in respect of his ill-acquiring thereof does not confer any honour on the place of his birth, so we shall not derive any infamy upon it on this ground, seeing the best soils may bring forth the most noisome weeds, yet it may be doubted if in any age were men more monstrously wicked than this place hath brought forth, who, although of various and far different fortunes, the one continuing low, base, and obscure [Mr. Patrick Darg, minister of Deskford], the other becoming high, great, and rich, yet in respect of the infamy of their lives, and of the trade they constantly follow (although not with a like success) of lying, treachery, and deceiving, they may justly be compared together, and make such a parallel in respect of their bad qualities that it may easily be demonstrate without astrologie, but that as the place of their nativity was one, so they were born under one and the same malevolent planet, or rather were given of God for a curse, and not for a blessing to their country.," This " Life " which was written about Sharp?s time, after noting nameless abuse, records the name of his father and mother as William Sharp and Isobel Lesley, and adds that his father William was son of a piper, who was only famous for his skill in that spring called - Cossie. The " Life," moreover, bears that his father William fell into the service of my Lord Findlater, where he was admitted as a boy. He ran errands well, and Lord Findlater bred him in letters. He attained to the degree of M.A., and became a Clerk and landward Notary. Then he married Isobel Lesly, who was somewhat above his rank. She learned the art of brewing, which enabled her to set up in Dun [?Down]. William the father, was made Clerk of Banff by the influence of Lord Findlater. The " Life " does not record the date of the Archbishop's birth.

(9)The Scottish Nation:- James Sharp was born in the Castle of Banff May 4, 1613. He was the son of Wm, Sharp, Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire whose father, David Sharp, had been a merchant in Aberdeen. . . . By his wife, Helen Moncrieff, daughter of the laird of Randerston, Archbishop Sharp had a son, Sir William Sharp, and three daughters, the eldest of whom was married to Erskine of Cambo, the 2nd to Cunningham of Barns and the youngest, Margaret, to William, eleventh Lord Saltoun."

(10) New Statistical Account of Deskford (1836):-"The stipend includes 1Bp 15s 3 4/12d., arising from a mortification made in 1675 by Mr. Robert Sharpe Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire This Mr. Robert Sharpe there is reason to think was brother of the but too famous Archbishop Sharpe. He married the heiress of Ordeans, a small farm in the neighbourhood of the Manse of Deskford. Hence, probably, his liberality to the minister."

 

(322) Ut subtus intemerati jaceant cineres Mariae Jacobi Gulielmi et Alexandri Keith hunc cippum extruendum curarunt eorum parentes Alexander Keith mercator in Banf et Maria Thomson ejus uxor 1733-

(323) Erected by William Pirie, tailor in Banff, and Eliza Symon, his spouse, as a mark of their affection to the memory of their son Henry Milne, who died the 12th January, 1851, aged 4 years.

(324) Hic jacet Robertus Turner vir vere pius sobrius ac justus maritus charissimae conjugis Janette Rind qui vitae huius curriculum summa cum laude et gratia apud mortales emensus in spem melioris exuvias hic feliciter posuit 24 die Aprilis anno Dom. 1690 aetatis 6o. Heir lys inshrnd a man who livd in good esteem mong men And died in favour both with God and man. To Christ he's gone his greatest gain. Return thou shalt from dust and have A name above corruption or the grave. Vive memor lethi.

 

(11) Kirk Session Minutes of Deshford -"1676. Robert Sharp, Sheref-Clerk of Bamfe, mortified to the minister and his successors 500 merks for the help of their maintinance."

(12) Statistical Account of Banff (1798):-".In 1636 the Castle.of Banff was resigned to Mr. Sharp, father of the Archbishop of St Andrews. In 1683 Sir - Sharp of Stonyhill disponed the Castle to Provost Leslie of Kininvie."

(13) Original tombstone inscription in Banff Churchyard:- ". . . corpus Roberti Scharpi vicecomitatvs . . . monumentvm hoc posuit . . . moestissima Janeta Abercrombie." From another tombstone inscription in Banff Churchyard it appears that Robert Hamilton, bailie of Banff, married Katharine Sharp that he died 1665, and she in 1690(?) in the 70th year of her age. " Heer lyeth defunct children of Robert Hamilton and Katharine Sharp, viz-, two James, Isabell and Christian Hamiltouns."

(14) Keith?s Scottish Bishops:-" James Sharp a son of William Sharp, Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire, whose father, David Sharp, had been a merchant in Aberdeen. His mother, Isobel Lesley, daughter of John Lesly of Kininvie. He was born in the Castle of Banff, May, 1613. [W. Rowand in his unpublished notes to Keith gives 1618.] A stately monument was erected at St. Andrews by his son Sir William Sharp. He left a son, Sir William Sharp of Stoney Hill, near Musselburgh (M.A. at Oxford, 1671) and a daughter, Margaret married to Alex. Lord Saltoun in 1675. The Archbishop had a brother, Sir Wm Sharp, Clerk to the Privy Council."(?)

(15) Fullerton?s Imperial Gazetter of Scotland:-" The Buchan family sold the Castle to Robert Sharp, Sheriff- Clerk of Banff, elder brother of the famous Archbishop Sharp. The Archbishop was born in Banff in 1613, and after his murder in 1679 the Castle passed successively to his brother, Sir William Sharp of Stonyhill, to Leslie of Kininvie, and to the Earl of Findlater."

(16) William Sharp was Sheriff-Clerk of Banff from 1617 to 1639, and a considerable part of one of the Court books of his time is in his handwriting. His handwriting is well-known, appearing frequently in deeds connected with the district. In the Cullen Court books of date 13th July, 1613, is recorded an action of removing at the instance of Sir Walter Ogilvie of Findlater against upwards of thirty persons:- "Compeared Mr. William Scharp, procurator, in name of the said Walter,"&c. (See"Annals of Cullen.")

(17) W.J D. in Scottish Notes and Queries for December, 1888:-" William, son of Archbishop Sharp acquired the property of Stonyhill. On the 11th March 1670 he is fist described as a knight." W.T.in S.N.&Q.for January 1889:- "Archbishop Sharp married Helen, daughter of William Moncrief, Esq. of Randerston, in 1657 (Stephen's "Life and Times of Archbishop Sharp"). His children were one son, Sir William Sharp, and two daughters. Isabel the elder daughter was in the coach with her father at the time of his murder, and afterwards married John Cunningham of Barns in Fifeshire. Margaret married Lord Saltoun."

(18) Chambers?s Domestic Annals of Scotland:-" About the end of this year [1664] Sharp, Archbishop of St. Andrews, purchased the lands of Scotscraig a good estate in Fife. In 1669 he purchased Strathtyrum, near St. Andrews. He had a brother William, who in 1665 bought the lands of West Newton, near Musselburgh, now called Stonyhill. This William was knighted by the Comtnissioner Lauderdale."

(19) Lamont's Diary:-" 1665. This summer Mr. Wm Sharpe in Edb., the Lord St. Androus brother, bought the lands of the west syde of Newton besyde Musselbrowghe . . . 1669. He was knighted be the Er. of Laderdaile his Maj. Commissioner."

(20) R. S., Dundee in S. N. & Q for January 1889:- "Sir William Sharp of Stonyhill was the brother, not the son of the Archbishop. William, son of the Archbishop, was called Sir William Sharpe of Scotscraig (near Tayport) and Strathtyrum. His service as heir in general to his father dated 6th May, 1680, calls him "Dominus Gulielmus Sharp de Scotscraig, miles." On 1st November, 1768 Dominus Willielmus Sharp, Staniehill, was served heir in general to his brother german Robert Sharp of Castlehill."

(21) Old Statistical Account of Fordyce (1792):-" It is probable that Archbishop Sharp was a native of this parish (Fordyce). His father was proprietor of Ordinhoves, the family estate in this parish, and afterwards removed to Banff, where as is generally ;supposed from that circumstance merely, the Archbishop was born. The father managed the business of the family of Findlater, and the incumbent [Rev. James Lawtie] has heard the late Earl of Findlater's father say that the best written papers in their charter-chest were done by him"

 

(325) In memory of the Rev. Francis William Grant, minister of the parish of Banff for 22 years, and of the Free Church there for 15 years, who died 12th April, 1858, aged 71. The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. Also of James Duff Grant, his third son, who died at Bombay 11th September, 1864, aged 27. Also of his eldest son Francis William Grant, who died at Terriote Wynaad, South India, 9th January, 1883, aged 56. Also in loving memory of his widow Sophia Grant, who died in London 23rd January, 1887, aged 84, and is laid to rest in Willisden Cemetery. "Until the day break and the shadows flee away."

(326) Elisabeth Hamilton vidua Jacobi Turner mercatoris et municipis Banffiensis sub hoc saxo sepulta jacet quod in ejus memoriam erexit filius unicus superstes Joannes Turner illa obiit 25 Septr. 1732 aetatis 75.

(327) Subtus hic recondite latent cineres ac ossa viri perhonesti Jacobi Turner, Bamfiae municipis, qui fatis cessit xv Kal. Aprilis anno dom. 1656. Necnon dilectae ipsius sponsae Joannae Shearer quae obiit viii Id. Feb. A.D. MDCLX. J. T. . I. S. Heir lyes John, Robert, Georg., Alex., Issobel, Janet and Margret Turners, children laufuly procreat betuixt Robert Turner and Jannet Rind, his spouse.

 

 

(22) William Rose Montcoffer (c.1790), MS Advovates' Library, Aberdeen.-" Robert Sharp of Ordens, Sheriff-Clerk of Banffshire was a brother of Archbishop Sharp not his father. I enclose receipt of a retour of the service of the other brother, Sir William Sharp of Stoniehill, as heir to his brother-german, the above Robert Sharp of Ordens, in those lands, wherein you'll find mention of the right by which he, Robert, acquired them, and a farther curious note that Ordens was in the parish of Deskford, and was astricted to the mill thereof. I have no knowledge if Robert Sharp ever resided at Ordens, but it is more than probable he had, when his public duties during spring and summer vacations permitted him to leave the Castle of Banff, his property and ordinary place of abode."

(23) Catalog of Heraldic Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1891:-" Pen-and-Ink Sketches of Coats of Arms at Braco, near Banff, viz.:--(1)Robert Sharp, father of Archbishop; (2) Janet Abercromby, &C."

In reference to the foregoing it may be noted?

(1) William Sharp had not the Castle in feu (No. 2).

(2) The Castle was not acquired by Robert Sharp in 1636, but in 1662 (No. 3).

(3) Sir William Sharp of Stoneyhill was not the son of Archbishop Sharp, but the brother.

(4) The Archbishop was not a native of Fordyce, and his father was not the propietor of Ordinhoves (No. 21)

(5) There are no such coats of arms "at Braco, near Banff." Robert Sharp was not father of the Archbishop. For " Braco. near Banff," should probably be substituted "The Churchyard of Banff."

 

A few additional notes relating to this family may not be without interest:-

In a cautionry of Brakenhills of date December, 1607, Mr. William Sharp is designated servitor to Walter Ogilvie of Findlater. The disposition of Birdsbank, 18th May, 1610, is in his handwriting, and the Register of Hornings (Sheriff-Court Records of Banff), up to folio 92 (year 1622),is all in his handwriting. His signature appears at p 113.

Mr. William Sharp is designated " servitor to the Laird of Findiater " in 1611 (see " Annals of Cullen," p. 59)

He was an elder of the church from 1624and a member of Town Council in 1628. His son Robert is styled servitor to the Earl of Findlater in 1653, and in 1654 he was made burgess of Banff, and in 1656 Sheriff-Clerk of the county.

The following extract proves that William Sharp was resident in the Castle not far from the time when his son James was born:- "1623 . . . to pay to the Sheriffe deput of Banff or his collectoures of the taxatiounes within the Sheriffdome of Bamff within Mr William Sharp?s hous in the Castell of Banff." On " 17th January, 1632, Mr. William Sharpe had a bairne baptised George." In 1633 James was sent to King?s College, being then of the of 15 years, and he graduated in 1637. The news of the murder of the Archbishop spread fast over the North. On 5th May, 1679 two days after the event, the laird of Brodie notes in his Diary:-" I heard that the Bishop of St. Androes was kild. It grievd my soul to hear that ani professing reall grace should fall in such an act. I abhor it perfectli." The monument erected by his son soon after his death states that he died 3rd May, 1679, in the 61st year of his age. He must, therefore, have been born in 1618, and as if to prevent any dispute as to his age, according to the account of his " procession and burial," " sixty-one old men corresponding to the year of the defunct?s age took part in the funeral procession (Gordon?s "Scotichronicon,"ii.,93). The Russells, now of Aden, came originally from England, and settled on the Scottish border, whence one of them, Alexander, came north in 1600, and took up his residence in Elgin. He became Provost of Elgin, and had three sons, of whom the second, Patrick, born in 1630, became a merchant in Banff, and by 1680 was proprietor of Montcoffer, and married Katherine, sister of Archbishop Sharp, by whom he had no family.. She was alive in 1678. By 1698 Janet Abercromby, daughter of Skeith, and " uxor maestissima " of Robert Sharp, was spouse of Walter Ogilvie of Raggall. A copy of the inscription on the marble monument in the Town Church of St. Andrews to the memory of Archbishop Sharp erected by his son, and executed in Holland, is given in " Delineations of St. Andrews," by James Grierson (1807)" Also a translation of said inscription. His character probably lies somewhere between that reprinted in his Life in " Miscellanea Scotica," and that recorded on his tombstone. The former characterizes him as " a man abhorred of God, perjured, apostate, a traitor to Christ and His Church, and a persecutor thereof" The latter delineates him as " a most pious prelate, most prudent senator, and most holy martyr . . . a pattern of piety, an angel of peace, an oracle of wisdom, an example of dignity."

 

 

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