Elegant Sarcophagus monument.
Erected to Andrew Archibald, Lithotomist, now much out of repair.
It formerly bore the following curious Latin inscription referring to his surgical operations:-
"Monumentum Andreae Archibald lithotomi
Insignis qui obiit pridie Septembris anno salutis
Humanae 1662vaetatis suae 67.
Ejusdem itidemvconjugi Catharineae Powreae
Hic situs Andreas Archibaldus candidus arte
Lithotomus gratis qui tulit almus opem.
Pauperibus sacri verbi memor usque tonantis
Qui panem gelidis mittere mandat aquis
Lithotomi multi tenantes tollere morbum
Hine pro uno incolumi mille dederi neci.
Dum vixi studui morbum quam caluli acerbum
Tollere sic summus senset et imus opem.
Hic jacet Archibaldus cautus qui et usque peritus
Sanavit multos nullaq causa necis
Haec conjunx cui liquit opes monumentae marito
Erigit hic scriptis quae super ossa notis.
Nomina forte rogas lector Catherina Powreae
Dicitur haec vera pura quod usque fuit.
M ors solet innumeris morbis corrumpere vitam
O mnia mors rostro devorat usque suo
R ex princeps sapiens servus stultus miser aeger
S is quicunque velis pulvis et umbra sumus."
The monument of Andrew Archibald, a famous Litho-tomist, who died 1st September,
in the year of human salvation 1662, and of his age 67. As also of his most loving wife, Catherine
Here lies good Andrew Archibald, to his art
Chirurgeon, to the poor he did impart
His helping hand; still minding God, who bids
The Christian throw his bread upon the floods.
He, in his art most skilful was, and he
Excelled others in the mystery
Of cutting of the stone; for by his skill
He many healed, but never one did Trill.
I studied much to cut the bladder stone,
To poor and rich a kind chirurgeon.
Here learned and skilful Archibald lies, who was
To many life, of death to none the cause.
His loving wife, from his own wealth, did raise
This monument and writing to his praise.
Header, you ask her name—lo! here,
The silent tomb doth Catherine Pourie bear;
As Pourie named, so she was truly pure,
And by free grace from every stain secure.
Death is accustomed to destroy life with innumerable diseases
Devouring all things with a revenous appetite.
King, Prince, the Wise, the Fool, the miserable, Sick,
Whoever you may be, we are all but dust and shadow.
Revised by James Campbell, mercht., 1819, in memory of Margaret Peter, his mother, who died
in March, 1801, aged 66 years.
Claimant: Robert Farquharson and ? Mills his son in law
Source:Register of Tombs and Monuments in Dundee Burial Ground, 1832