Square stone Sarcophagus with heavy flat marble top.
Erected to the memory of Henry Crawford of Seaton, Bailie of Dundee, 1684.
The inscription for this monument is quoted in Monteith's "Theatre of Mortality," who supplies the following English translation:-
"Under this stone are buried the bones and ashes of a most noble man, Mr Henry Crawford of Seatoun, a most skilful merchant, and deservedly honoured with the dignity of a Bailie of the City of Dundee, who, having lived happily thirty-two years with his most beloved wife Margaret Dunmuire, at length, to the great grief of all good people, he died 19th July, in the year of the Christian era 1684, and of his age 56"
"The best of Magistrates her buried lies,
To whom this age an equal scarce supplies.
Consider all things-wonderful was he,
The graces nurst him in their bosums free;
On him alone all gifts conferred were-
At length his merits found reward most rare;
Because he loved, hath; stayed, spoke, enjoys,
Virtue, peace, tumults, truth, celestial joys."
Henry Crawford purchased the estate of Seaton from Sir James Young, son of Sir Peter Young, tutor to James VI. Sir Peter received Seaton as a gift from King James while he held the office of Chief Almoner. Crawford left a considerable sum to support widows of Burgesses
Monteith's An Theater Of Mortality
Sub hoc cippo, contumulantur ossa & cineres specta-
The best of magistrates here buri'd lies,