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 Stone No.312

 

 

 

Inscription.

 

The original table monument that occupied this space was inscribed as:-

Here lyis ane godly and verteous honest man James Thom merchant burges in Dundie who departed the 9 of November 1682 and lived in the holy bond of marriage with Margaret Black 23 years and of his age 40 years.
Here lyis John Brown who departed in the 10 day of __ 1730 and of his age __

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6 October 1837 revisal dues paid by David Blair Esq

Source:RT

 

Sacred

to the memory of

DAVID BLAIR Esq

of Cookstone

Merchant in Dundee

Born the 18th August 1750

died the 24th Dec`r 1836

An affectionate husband and father

a social kind and steady friend

a sincere christian and humane and

useful member of society manifested

in the anxious share he took in

benefiting public institutions and

in the rearing and support of the asylum for unfortunate lunatics

also in memory of

JANE BROWN

spouse of the said

DAVID BLAIR

born the 21st March 1754

died the 20th May 1797

Claimant: Heirs of David Blair Esq, merchant Dundee

Source:RT

DAVID BLAIR, for many years one of the leading merchants of Dundee, was the son of the Rev. Mr Blair, of Brechin a divine of considerable eminence in his day. Mr Blair was born at Brechin in the year 1750, where he spent the first sixteen years of his life. Coming to Dundee at an early age, and being determined to work his way in the world, he gave great diligence to attain a thorough acquaintance with the staple trade of the town, which was then in its infancy. He had pretty fair talents for business, but was more distinguished for good, sense and steady purpose, together with unwearied pursuit of his object, whatever it might be. By his skill in business, and by integrity in his dealings, aided by a favouring gale of good fortune, he gradually increased in respectability and wealth, and had readily conceded to him a high position among the merchants and manufacturers of the place an honour which he deserved and retained till his dying day. Mr Blair also held the office of Stamp-master for many years. In early life, Mr Blair was an active Magistrate, in the capacity of a Justice of the Peace. He was particularly distinguished as the steady friend and patron of the local charitable institutions. The Lunatic Asylum originated mainly with him; and it was in a  great measure through his exertions that the funds were obtained by which it was founded and reared. Mr Blair died on Dec. 24, 1836, at the advanced age of 86 years.