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Stone No. 46




Inscription in Latin, fragmented.

A sad and sorrowing husband placed this stone under which, alas! lies the body of his beloved wife; but the soul enjoys the pure light of heaven, and her body shall at last more glorious than the stars. There is nothing that may not be hoped for,- Christ being our leader under the auspices of Christ.

Sacred to the memory of Mrs Margaret Mowatt, spouse to the Revd Dr Peters, on of the Ministers of Dundee. She departed this life in the 67th year of her age, on Sabbath the 9th day of November 1828, after a painful illness which she bore with exemplary patience. She fell asleep in Jesus to be for ever with the Lord.

Also to the memory of the above Alexander Peters D.D., who died on the 23rd and was here interred on the 30th June 1836 in his 87th year.

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


1828 Rev D Peters, one of the Ministers of Dundee

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


THE REV. DR ALEXANDER PETERS, minister of St John's parish, Dundee, died at a very advanced age on Thursday, June 23, 1836. In early life, he was distinguished for his classical acquirements, and these imparted a complexion to his pursuits and conversation in after life. He was gifted with uncommon powers of memory, and his discourses and devotional exercises were largely pervaded by Scriptural language. Such was his memory, and so well had he studied his Bible, that it was frequently said, in the event of every copy of the Scriptures being destroyed, he would be able to reproduce them from memory. In his day, a very strong prejudice existed against clergymen reading their discourses ; and Dr Peters, in order to show that his sermons were not read, invariably, after giving out his text, closed the Bible, and did not again open it. He was a cheerful and genial old gentleman, but as sensitive as a lady regarding his age, any inquiries respecting which were exceedingly distasteful to him. An intimate acquaintance, himself rather an elderly gentleman, who knew the reverend doctor's weakness, endeavoured very adroitly to elicit a declaration on the subject ; but the wily doctor was too much for him. Meeting Dr Peters on the street one day, the gentleman remarked that he had that day completed his 80th year; and, with a sly glance at the doctor, inquired if he were not also about the same age. ' Be thankful to God, sir,' Dr Peters tartly replied, l for having received such a long lease of life. Good morning, sir ; ' and with that the doctor turned on his heel and walked quickly away, leaving his querist without the desired information. For four years before his death, the decay of his powers had unfitted him for the discharge of his clerical duties, and withdrew him from public observation.

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