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Stone No.172

   

       

    

 

Inscription.

 

Square monument with Italian cornice, erected to Bailie William Raitt, 1670.

 

Four panels with figures, subjects now illegible.

 

This must have been one of the finest monuments in the Howff.

Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions Chiefly in Scotland 1834 (R Montieth)

Hoc viator, marmor tibi refricet memoriam Gulielmi
Ræti, apud nos inter primos conspicui, summæ pietatis
ac probitatis viri, Taodunensis necnon prætoris munere
varios annos nobilitati, non minus civibus quam suis
chari, ex ergastulo hoc corporis nunc elapsi MDCLXX.
Ætatis suæ 57. Decembris 13.

Passenger, let this stone raise in you the memory of
William Rait, a man of great piety and goodness,
shining' among the prime citizens with us, as having'
been honoured several years with the office of a baillie,
no less dear to his neighbours than to his own, now.
escaped out of the prison of his body, as above.
Lo truth, zeal, goodness, candour, constancy,
Beneath this stone, all here entombed lye;
Noe wonder, here within this tomb you see,
Lyes William Rait, once praetor in Dundee:
Whose rest from wordly cares does pleasant prove,
While his immortal soul triumphs above.

Passenger, let this stone revive in you the memory of William Raitt, a man of great

piety and goodness, shining among the prime citizens of Dundee, as having been honoured

several years with the office of Bailie, no less endeared to his neighbours than to his own, now

escaped out of the prison of his body 13th December, 1670, and of his age 57.

Lo, truth, zeal, candour, constancy,

Beneath this tomb all here entombed lye;

Noe wonder, here within this tomb you see,

Lyes William Raitt, once Praetor in Dundee,

Whose rest from worldly cares doth pleasant prove,

While his immortal soul triumphs above.

Source: Thomson.

Claimant: Stirling Graham Esq of Duntrune.

Now claimed by William Young, tailor and burgess, Dundee

Source:RT