In memory of
The Reverend ARCHIBALD McLACHLAN D.D.
Minister of the Parish of Dundee
who was born at Kerry in Cowal Argylshire
21st May 1761
and died at Dundee 29th March 1848
in the 87th year of age
and 56th of his ministry
In memory of his children DUNCAN,
CATHERINE & JEMIMA who died in infancy
and of JOANNA aged 19 & ARCHIBALD aged 15
also of his wifes aunt ANN GELLATLEY
and of his wife
who died 1st November 1852 aged 65
THE REV. DR ARCHIBALD M'LACHLAN was appointed by the Magistrates and Town Council of Dundee to be one of the ministers in the East and South Churches, in April 1806. This appointment he held for the long period of forty years ; and at the time of his death, which took place at the Manse on Wednesday, March 29, 1848, in his 87th year, he was the father of the Dundee Presbytery, and one of the oldest ministers of the Church of Scotland. On the decease of the Rev. Dr Small, he was appointed parish minister. He was an eloquent and popular preacher, and was much respected in the town in which he so long laboured. In July 1863, a memorial tablet to his memory was placed in the East Church. This tablet is in the wall on the north side of the pulpit, and is similar to one which had previously been placed on the south side, to the Rev. Dr Adie, Dr M'Lachlan's successor as parish minister. The monument to Dr M'Lachlan is of the Gothic form, and the base and pediment, which are supported by Peterhead granite columns, are of Wellbank stone. The tablet which contains the inscription is of statuesque marble, and the pediment above is filled in with oak leaves. On the tablet, the following inscription is engraved :
Members of this Congregation,
And other Parishioners,
To the Memory of
The Rev. ARCHIBALD M'LACHLAN, D.D.,
For Forty Years Minister of this Parish,
Who died on 29th March, 1848,
In the 87th Year of his Age, and 56th of his Ministry.
This Church was opened by him for Public Worship
On 10th April 1842.