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 Stone No.1350/1




by the


St. Clement's

and his three children

to the memory of


a most affectionate wife

and mother

who departed this life

10th June 1833

much and sincerely lamented


also to the memory of the


sometime minister of

Port Glasgow Chapel of Ease

and afterwards

for 51 years minister of the

Steeple Church

and St Clements District

of Dundee

who died 29th Nov 1837

aged 85

In memory of
Hannah Cook
Relict of
William Turnbull, Esq
of Pandon Dean
Newcastle upon Tyne
Who died here 2nd March 1825
Aged 80 years.

This stone was renewed in
February 1995
By Great Grandsons of the
Rev James Thomson
Sir John Thomson-Walker
O.B.E. D.L. F.R.C.S.
Thos. H.H. Walker.


THE REV. JAMES THOMSON was for upwards of fifty years a minister of Dundee ; and during the greater part of that lengthened period, he occupied an important place in local society. He was born in Dumfries-shire in the year 1771, and received his academic education at the University of Glasgow, where he distinguished himself by his classical attainments, and where he took the degree of Master of Arts. Shortly after his ordination, in 1802,
he was appointed minister of a Chapel of Ease at Port Glasgow, where his talents as a popular and energetic preacher soon attracted notice.
In 1806, he was called to the joint charge of the Steeple and Cross Churches, in Dundee. At that time, it is said, there were few more powerful and effective preachers in Scotland than Mr Thomson. For many years, he discharged the pulpit duties of the Steeple and Cross Churches alternately with the Rev. Dr Peters ; and on the death of the latter, Mr Thomson was appointed to the Steeple Church exclusively. Besides being distinguished for his pulpit ministrations, Mr Thomson paid particular attention to household visitation ; and his frank and cordial manner greatly endeared him to his flock. Till within a few years previous to his death, he took a prominent part in provincial church courts, where his excellent business habits rendered him at all times a valuable acquisition.
Mr Thomson, however, did not confine his attention to merely ecclesiastical affairs. He was ever ready to lend a helping hand in all charitable and benevolent movements ; and it is stated that he was chiefly instrumental in procuring the Royal charter under which the Infirmary and Asylum were incorporated. It appears from that document, that to him, along with the Provost for the time, was committed the sole power of administration until the Governors should meet for the purpose of putting the constitution into operation. Mr Thomson was also one of the early editors of the Dundee Courier newspaper ; but he discharged the duties of this position for a very brief period. In the well-known sketch, ' The Executive,' by Harry Harwood, Mr Thomson occupied a prominent place as a leading public character ; and he was long the last survivor of the famous group. He died very suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 29, 1857, at the advanced age of 86.

Source 4.