Splendid Sarcophagus erected in 1674 to Gilbert Guthrie, who left a large sum of money and extensive possessions in Dundee for the support and education of orphans, known as Guthrie`s mortification.
The monument was expressly to the care of the trustees of this mortification, and was kept in good order until about 1832, but since that time is now neglected and ruinous. Formerly the panels in the sides bore sculptured subjects taken from Quarles` "Emblems." The Latin inscription on one side of the sloping cope stone, which is still quite legible, may be thus translated:-
"Let another adorn his tomb with illustrious honours, this one rejoices in the palm of vital religion; for being rich, and spreading the abundance of his good deeds, his memory is dear on earth, and he reigns in heaven."
On the other side is an inscription in memory of Guthrie`s wife, Christian Wright, with an anagram, "Right in Christ," and the following verse:-
"Faith without words is dead, the scriptur saith,-
Sheu me thy works, and thou wilt show thy faith;
Both faith and works in this blest saint did tryst,
And sheu unto the world her Right in Christ."
Monteith's An Theater Of Mortality
Hic jacet Gilbertus Guthraens, vir pius, probus, integer
juxta ac optimus civis; insigne columen patriæ ejus;
Fragrat in hoc nostro, regnat in orbe poli.
Claimant: Heirs of G Guthrie