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 Stone numbers 432 and 436.

In 1837 Mr John Steill paid revisal fees to remove a sarcophagus at number 70 so a new monument and urn could be erected. The coped stone from number 70 was renumbered 432 and was placed to the east of 436 and can be seen in the below photograph. A photograph I discovered showed that the coped stone was still in this position up until recent times then moved into its current position on top of 436.

Stone No.436






This was once a magnificent monument, erected by Christian Gray in memory of her husband Thomas Steel, who died in 1686; removed to its present position 1837. It was originally embellished with sculptured panels of subjects taken from Quarles` "Emblems," and is described as having been a splendid piece of work. It is now totally ruinous.

The original inscription is in Latin.


Tinder this tomb are laid the bones and ashes of Thomas Steel, illustrious for his piety

towards God, and faith towards his King and Country; who lived happily in this city 31 years under

the matrimonial bond with Christian Gray, his most beloved wife, who caused this monument to

be erected to him. He died 14th of February, in the year of the Lord 1686, and of his age 63.

Passenger, thou thinkest me dead, but thou art in error, which I prove thus:—I have left a famous

name on the earth after death, and my spirit lives and rejoices in the highest heavens.

I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to be dissolved, and be with Christ.—Philippians i. 23.

Bring my soul out of prison that I may praise thy name.—Psalm.

Source: Thomson.

The eastern panel had an inscription to relations of John Steill which sadly is now missing.

Dedicated by John Steill son of the late James Steill of Baldovie, in memory of his relations.-
John Steill of Leitfie died 17th Septr 1777, aged 77.
Margaret Auchinlech his spouse died 11th Nov. 1787, aged 77.
Margaret Steill their eldest daughter, relict of Charles Landale, Strathmartine, died 20th May 1825, aged 88.
Isabella Steill, relict of the late Thomas Crichton of Burnside, and eldest daughter of John Steill, younger of Leitfie, and Agnes Geikie, died 1st Jany 1835, aged 72.

Source: The Book of the Howff, ©Libraries, Leisure and Culture Dundee, Local History Centre & is reproduced with kind permission.

From RT: Thomas Hunter, clothier High Street

Stone No.432





Inscription from Monteith's An Theater Of Mortality


In tomb although consum'd my body lies,
Yet my Redeemer Christ, with thir same eyes,
I shall behold, who of my life the prope
Was still, my trust, and portion of my lot.

I'le rest in hope, till Christ in clouds appear,
Who, with the saints, this body will uprear;
My soul united, from spots of sin, shall free:
Me with himself in heav'n, will glorifie.

Heir lyeth the bodie of Bessie Wright spouse to Patrick Rob cordiner who died Jan 25 1670 and of age 44 years.

Claimant: David Steel, farmer Carmichael.

Source:Register of Tombs and Monuments in Dundee Burial Ground, 1832