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Professor of Experimental Philosophy, or to act as
private Tutors, as is customary for l-'ellows of the
University. One hundred pounds of the remainder
of the rents or interest to be divided, fifty pounds to
each of the professors of Mathcniaticks an<l Experi-
mental Pl-.iI)>ophy ; and what surplus may be
annually, after the above allowance to the professors
and stuilcnt-, may be laid out in the purcliase of
instruments or books recommended by the two
mentionetl professors. . . . To my son .

five huni'rcd pounds per annum, which, witli the
profits of his farm, well-slocked, is sutficient for a
single man not ambitious of prosecuting any honour-
able plan such as I would have wished, but, on the
contrary, at all times acting contrary to my repeated
advice. . . ." "I, Richard Maiilan.l, of the
Citv of Lor. Ion, Merchant, d.i hereby make a Codicil
to my last Will and Testament as follows : Whereas
I have given by my ^aid last Will and Teslauu-nt to
James ti.'i,'.. in, l-%.[uii-e, a large sum in lru>l lor the



University of Aberde
void that donation. ,



I hereby rc\oke and make
. 1st .May, 1775."

P. J. Andf.uson.



22. COtjRSB OF StUHY FOR MlXISlKY. — What
was the nature and duration of the course of
University study, as regards Arts and Divinity, that
a Minister of the Church of .Scotland, ordained in the
17th or early iSth century, would have had to g..
through? J. W. Ri;li).

Leamington.

23. The .Strachans of Gi.fnkimuf. — Inferring
to Colonel .Mlardyce's "Strachans of (llenkindie,"
noticed in your October issue, I observed the following
in a newspaper critique of the book : — " It is with a
feeling of pathos that one reads that ' Xo burial |)lace
of the Strachans of Glenkindie can be found ; no
monuments or tombstones exist, and even a tradition
of where they were buried is not to be got.' The
absence of information is the more reniavisable that
the family held extensive estates in Slratlulon for
nearly 400 years." No doubt this is in one sense
very remarkable. Rut in another sense it is not
remarkable at all. That is to say, the case is pre-
cisely the same with most or all of the other old
families, quite as notable as the Strachans, over all
the part of the country concerned, anil perliaps over
the Xorth of Scotland generally. l!ut take the case
of the few inland or Highland parishes of Aberdeen-
shire, and of the leading families or clans therein —
Farquharsons, Forbeses, Gordons, and so on. If the
place of their burial is known, that is the very most
of it ; but, as for any record or memorial in shape of
monument or tombstone, I doubt if any such thing
exists anywhere older than, say, the middle of last
century. Xo such record exists of the men and women
of the l6th and 17th centuries — of people who were
of importance in their d.ay, at anyrate locally. Xow,
what is the explanation of this? It has been some-
thing of a puzzle to me, and I should be glad of the
light which, perhaps, some of your learned anlifpiarian
correspondents could throw upon it. It certainly
raises more than one somewhat curious riuestion.
The failure in this matter seems to go rather against
what m.iy be called the general instincts of human
nature, as seen not merely in the present d.ay, perhaps
rather to excess, but in the very remote, now unin-
telligible, memorials of pre-historic times. In the
district, and during the period referred to, it is pretty
cvivlent that the monuniental commemoration of
departed relatives was not at all customary, or the
fashion — they seem to have been left a prey to ilundi
forgeifulness, with no attempt at rescue therefrom.
In the Soulli — in England at anyrate — this was not
so much the case, not even among the humblest
cl.ass. As Gray says in the Ekxy, written more than
150 years ago^" Their name, their years, s|ieli by
the unlettered nnise, The I'kice of fame and elegy

I supply-' Was it that our ancestors in these parts

! were too rude? or iliat the " muse " hereabouts was

j too unlettered even for the spelling of the name anrl

' the year-,? Certainly there were no artists to provide



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■ ',,■ "sLirlcd urn ami animalcil Ijiist," or, at all
,v,! 1-, llio Hishlantl lairds wen: nol prcparca to jiay
; I ihi-m. No doubt the people of conso(|uence in
:; -:• days were often Iniried within the churches,
.,:. 1 thiise churches have gone to ruin long ago, and
; , !', almost or entirely ohlitcratcd. It might lie
,• .^.-cil that this would to some extent account for
•': ■ \\lraordinary absence of monuments or tond)-
-• •r^^ • but my belief is that they never existed.

J. M.

2J. Kemps of AnEUDERNsiiiRE and America.—
! T. 1 iAmmack, .Mr. P. J. Anderson, and \V. IS. K. \V.,
.:; l.i-t volume (xii., pp. 66, 95, l6o, 1S2), gave very
/,;,iL-ting, but too sliort, notices of Dr. James
K'Mi|i and Professor John Kemp, natives of Aber-
rlnii-.hire, who had emigrated when young to push
'l-.cir fortunes in the new world. Dr. Gammack
tifcrs us to The Evcygrecii (American), \'ol. III.,
f r fuller information, but, unfortunately, that volume
\> not in the British .Museum, but Vol. IV. is there,
-,n I contains a notice of Dr. Ki.'mp. Is there a
i- irtr.iit of him in Vol. III.? During last century
ihere were in the Lothians several groups of families
'.f Kemps and Kemp^s, but from many parishes
«here they once were numerous they have entirely
ili-.ippeared. There were a few similar groups of
KiMiip/s and Kemps in the south-e.astcrn parishes of
.\berdeenshire, but they too have scattered ; whole
f.iuiilies having emigrated, some to the colonies, l)ut
chiefly to America, and we are indebted to S. N. &■ Q.
fir tracing the two distinguished men bearing this
ancient surname. We are anxious to get information
regarding some of those emigrants and their descend-
ants for the following work. Mr. Fred Ilitchin-
Kcmp, 14 Beechticld Road, Calford, London, .S.E.,
hi", been eng.agcd for some time gathering material
fir "A general history of the Kemp and Kempe
f.iuiilies, MSS., pedigrees, portraits, illustrations of
•^^■ats, foundations, charities, monuments, documents,
'Id jewels, curios, &c." The proposed volume is
to be a handsome large quarto, and published by
-•ubscription, by the Leadenhall Press Ltd., 50
I.e.ulenhall Street, London, E.C. Many of the
illiNirations are already in a forward state, a few of
ilu-m being the work of the distinguished artist,
Mi^s Lucy E. Kemp-Welch; the letterpress will be
comiuenced as soon as some of the pedigrees and
li.-lorical details have been arranged. Your corrcs-
l"indents would greatly oblige us if they would, as
'•;i"irlunities offer, kimlly urge Colonial and American
Keu\ps to conniuinicatc with Mr. llitehin-Kem|i to
tile above address ; or, if they are of Scottish
dLM-ent, I should be glad to help them to find their
aiu-es|r,il connections. D. W. KKMf.

Ivy Lodge, Trinity, Edinburgh.

25. CiORliON Bai.i.ad. — Can any reader supply
:l,e «..rdsof anold ballad, the refi.iiii ..f which is : —
"There's a goMen thread in the i;..rdiiii pkdd,

That bin.ls my luve to me."
\'.\\\(\. 11. S.



26. Al.EXAN'DKK SlNCr.ATK CiOltliON. — About the
.■ginning of this century an engraved portrait was



published of Alexander Sinclair Gordon, .A<ljulant of
the London and Westminster Volunteers. Can any
of your readers inform me if this was one of the
Aberdeen Cordons, and if so, to which branch of the
family he belonged ? K. Grant.

Druminnor.



Hnswevs.



1202. American - Ar.ERnERN CiRADUArRS (I.,
2nd S., 7, 64). — In the List of P<:rsoiis adiiiilli\i to
llic Pe^'nc of A/.A. in the University and k'in-^'s
CoUc'^e of Aberdeen, printed in 1S56 (page 2), Bishop
John Strachan is styled both D.D. ami LL.D. If,
as Dr. Gammack points out, the latter degree is not
that conferred by King's College in 1806, whence
dill it proceed? Was the recijiient of the King's
College degree the M.A. of 1776 or the M.A. ^of
1769? P. J. Amh^kson.

14. The Morisons of Bons-iE (I., 2nd S., So). —
The following extracts from Archery Meilals of St.
Andre-,i's and Aberdeen, by Mr. Alex. J. .S. Brook
(Proc. .Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1S94),
gives information likely to interest J. M. It is a
description of the last of the series of Archery Medals
belonging to Aberdeen Cirammar School. From
the dates one is disposed to infer that George Murison
was the son or heir of the Gilbert .as to^whom J. M.
requires information. The medal, which is 3.J in. by
25 in., bears the arms, '*az., three saracens' heads
ctinjoined in one neck arg., the uppermost face
looking to the chief, and aflixed by a wreath to the
other two, which turn to the dexter and sinister :
helmeted and mantled : no crest : motto — sunt tria
haec unum. Reverse — non ni.agna loquimur seel
vivimus — Theodorus Morison dc Bognie vicit 1699.
Anno aetatis l4mo."* Theodore Morison was the
son of George Morison of Bognie, and Christian,
Viscountess Frendraught, and was born, as appears
from the medal, about 16S5. He entered Marischal
College on leaving the Gramm.ar School, in 1699, and
succeeded his father in the same year. He married
Catharine, cMest daughter of .Sir Charles Maitland
of Pitrichie. The Aberdeen Journal c\{ the perioil has
the following notice of his death : — " Died at Bognie,
4th June, 1766, Theodore Morison of Bognie, whose
amiable character is well known to all whom his
name reached. Others m.ay, with truth, be told that
his lengthened life of uniform virtue and universal
benevoience met, even in this world, an uncommon
reward- He lived with'iut an enemy and died
without a groan "(!) The Morisons were an inllucnlial
and wealthy family, as m.ay be inferred from the
extent of the household they maintained. It is
reported that beM.les The.i.lore M.uixm's father and
the X'iscountess, with their son and two daughlevs,

■ Vide S. y. .:-=.9., iv., -09,



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[Df.ckmuf.r, 1S99.



there live'l at r!oj;nio, Ilr)rl).-ira Muri-'in. a niece of
ll-.e lAinl's ; Elizabelh IJIair, hi.-, niece ; and Clirisiian
Ram-ay, a niece of the lady's. There were ako n
ch.-.plain, a steward, a farm grieve, five male and
three female servantr;. This may serve to indicate
the importance and nfilucncc nf the family in the
sevcnteentli ccntvirj-. (I'rof. to Dr. Temple's T/iaiiagc
of Fn-«iartyn, p. 1 56.) 11. Y. M. S.

I.v the Biuijj'ihirc Joiinial of :4th October
l.i?:, occurs an article by a familiar hand, cntillcd,
An Iii/cns/iiig Old Slarritt^^c Cvii/r.uf, /sgO.
It Is the oldest document in tlie chaitcr room of
Cullcn House, permission to copy it having been
courteously given by the l)o\va,:;ei- Countess of
Scatieltl. It is d(jcqueted "Ane Endontuir maid
be :I-.e Eric of Orkney to Schir Jhon Drumniond
of ilie landis of .Murlhly now pcrtcnand to Schir
Jai-.ics Ogiluy 1396.'' The document is in yood
preservation, on a small parchment, indented
and scaled, with the Sinclair artns, and l;ocs on
to say — '"at the sayd lorde Erie sal gif to the
sayd Scher Jone, Elizabeth his eldast douchter
tyl his wyfe and til thaim and to the langast
Ivt'.ir.d of thaim and to the ayres cunmiand
betv.ene thaim al his landys of the Murtclauch
at auld cstent of xl marcis lyand within the
Schyrraydonic of IJanfc .... the qwyik ayris
faylyzeand pcraventour that God forljcde the said
landys againe cunmiand to the forsayd Eric,"
&c., v'vic. The document is valuable as an early
example of a deed in the Scottish languaye.

Xitcrature.

A r/.',-ri/i;ii;L' to Italy. \-a account of a visit to
Erinilisi, Xaplcs, Moimt Vesuvius, Pompeii, Rome,
yiirence, Venice and Milan. IJy the Rev. f.v.MES
Smith, R.D., F.R.G.S., F.S..-\.. Scot.," with
maps and many illustrations. Aberdeen, iSgS.
Tills well-printed, h.-\ndsomc volume embodies most
of the lire-requisites of an attractive itinerary through
the highly picturesque and historical Italy. To
l.e^in with, the purely personal element, which, by
it,- small and offensive egotism, disfigures so many
travellers" tales, is largely eliminated. Then the
author brings to his subject a very largo amount of
information bearing on it, and illumin.iiing it, and
th.^^. too. in langu:ige which is never peJ..\ntic. The
cr;:i-.-,s illustrations lend very much interest to the
b'li';. and give impressions that no words can equal.
They are of various Uinds, mostly process plates from
ph't ''graphs, and nviny of these from unaccu-tomed
poir.'.s of view. There are also lithographs and
c..'..v.:red plates, &e. It is <lilVicult to"-.\y which
chapters e.\cel, hut ]irobably those on Tompeii and
th-' Catacombs will most interest. \Vh.'so wants to

d.. It.dy nuy .lo it wlili Mr. S^nith's ' k-^.u llie

;ire.-i.;e — '.■■■.•.t, .shi.uld it incite him lo ihe aclu.ilities nf
an Iiallan jilgrimnge, he will d.i well to l.d.e this
CNCe'k'nt book with him.



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Hadden, J. Cuthbert. Thom.as Cam|ibill. \'<<.
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Greening.

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SCOTTISH

NOTES AND QUERIES.



J No. 7.



JANUARY, 1900.



CONTKNTS.

Notes :- ^'"^^'^■

Byron's Matcrn.il Anco-itors 07

RecorcU of ihc Roy.il Coinniis-.ion f,.r Vi^iliiij the

Univer,itics .-\nd i>cllo.i:s .>r .\licrdi;.;n, lyiij-i; loi

Beniickstiire as a F.iclor in Scollisli Development 103

Rev. John Smith, M..V, LL.D 106

Local liiblingrapliy "o?

Resistcrof InJentnrcsof the llnr^h of ;\lier>lcen loq

Admiral Thom.ls Gonloii in Uu^^ia ni

Minor Notes:—

Folk Lore Items 102

.Abbouford Ch.iir '. -09

Thomas Ti llcckets Roties -A Kelie of llie ^a^t no

QUERIES : —

The N.ime McQuistin or .McEystein — Scotch in
Germany t ^ 2

Horn Idle >■=

Scots Books of the Month 112



ABERDEEN, JANUARY, igoo.



BYRON'S MATERNAL ANCESTOR.S.

{Coiiliimcd front Vol. /. , 2nd S., p. Sj.)

The Last Laird of Gight.

After the s.-ilc of Giyht, C.ipt.iin Byron and
his wife seem to have yonc to France (Chantilly),
to escape the duns who had not yet been
satisfied. Mrs. Byron was reported, in Septem-
ber, 17S7 {RciSl Papers), to be "biv; with bairn."
Slic returned to Kn:4land about tlic close of
17S7, and, on January 22, 17SS, she yavc Ijirth to
the poet, at 22 Holies Street, off Oxford .Street,
London. The house, which used to be marketl
by a metal medallion, was pulled down years
ai;o, and the site is now occupied by the hui^c
dr.ipcry establishment of John Lewis iS; Co.,
whose business notcp.iper bears .a busl of
I'-yron, auvl who contemplate erecliiiu; .a statue
to m.irk the site of the historic spot.



The birth seems to have reconciled .Mrs. Byron
to her family, for Mr. Duff of Fetteresso and
the Duke of (Gordon ("Jane Maxwell's husband)
— whose line she despised, iijnorantly supposing
her own to be descended from the " real "
Gordons — were the godfatliers. As a specimen
of the confusion in Byron bioyraphy, I may
note that R. C. Dallas declares that the poet
was born at Dover ; while .Sir Cosmo Gordon
goes the Icnyth of sayin;.; that the event occurred
at (iiyht. Shortly before the boy's birth Mrs.
Byron sent her step-dauyhter, the si.x-year-old
Auyusta.to the child's grandmother, the Dowager
Lady Holderncsse.

Mrs. Byron, probably to gratify her relatives,
and also for the sake of economy, took up her
residence at .Aberdeen, 1790, which she made
her headquarters for the next eight years. But
for her son's succeeding to the baronage of Byron
(in I79S\ she might have lived and died in
Aberdeen, and Byron's genius might have been
choked in consequence. She lived at different
periods in Virginia Street (apparently with a
Mrs. Cruickshank, "on the shore," to whom she
wished a letter addressed to her in Januaiy,
1791) ; in two difterent houses in Queen Street ;
and at 64 Bjroad Street. The l.ist is her best
known residence. This house, which is doomed
for the Marischal College extension, h.as kept
up the traditions of literatin-e, by sheltering Dr.
John Mackintosh, the author of the history of
Civiiisati07i in Scotland. Slie sometimes spent
her summer holiday in a little cottage off the
South Stocket Road, called Honeybrae, which
has been demolished or doomed, to make way for
the voracious villa (see the .Iberdccn Free /'ress
of Julv 26 and September 4, 1S9S, and E-'en/n^
Exfiress, January 19, 1S99). Mr. George Walker
(author oi Akrifeen .Ir.w'j learned tliis fact from
a .Mrs. Bl.ack (who was Mrs. Byron's servant) or
her son. Mrs. Bl.ick, wlio was a member of the
George "Street U.l'. Church, died in the forties.
The west room of the first floor of the villa used
to be pointed out as the room occupied by
Byron. It has l)ccn said that Villa Franca, in
the South Stocket Road district (someuh.it
nearer Aberdeen^, was the house in which I'.sr.ni
i stayed. .\s the hou->e liad at that time Ijeeii



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recently built by old I'cacock, the dancing
master, for his own residence, it is unlikely that
he would have let it for summer lodgings. Mrs.
Byron's grandmother seems to have forgiven
her, for IJyron and his mother visited (once at
least) the veteran dowager {iicc Duff) at Hanff,
as I have indicated.

Her husband continued to worry her till his
death (by suicide .'), at Valenciennes, on August
2, 1 79 1, aged 36. Moore declares that he paid
two visits to her at Aberdeen, apparently with
the object of getting money out of her. The
fear of herself, which she had expressed to Miss
Urquhart five years before, proved too true, for,
though she had been ruined by the Captain,
she gave him more than she could spare, and
got ^"300 into del^t. The interest on this debt
reduced her income to .;^i35 a year, and it was
not until tlie jointure of ^1122 fell to her (by
her grandmother, the dowager's, death, in iSoi)
that she was able to clear her feet. It was
probably one of her husband's visits that made
her write the following piteous letter to her
uncle, Alexander Russell of Montcofler, on
January 14, 1791. As quoted by Dr. ;\Iilne, the
letter runs thus : —

Dear Sir, — I wrote to your .son some time ago
about some business, which I suppo.-;e he has tokl
you of. I wrote Mr. Duff at the same timu, and I
meant to have wrote to yourself, but. as Mr. Russel
was at Fettcresso, I wrote to him, they both called
on me, and your son said he did not think you would
have any objection to do «hat I roiiuestcd of you.
I said I would write to you, but he said that was not
necessar)', as he would tell you of it, and as I have
heard nothing to the contrary you will have no
objection to sign the enclosed paper. It will be
doing me a very particular favour, and I will feel
very grateful for it, and I am in great waiU of the
money. The paper is thi>, Lord Aberdeen to
advance me a hundred pounds at present out of the
twelve hundred pounds settleil on me at Lady
Ciight's death, but in ca^e both me and Mr. IJyrcm
should die before my grandmother, he will not lend
the money without the trustees guarantee any
conveyance of mine, or Mr. liyron by a formal
d.ced, wliich is the same thing as becomnig bound
for llie money. I really do not perfe.'tly uii.'ersi.inil
the settlement, but I believe if Mr. I'.yron cir myself
«.is to die before Lady Gight, my -m when lie
came of age, if he was to in^i-t on it could uiake
them pay liiui lire money, but I am not crrl.iin. lUiI
as ihc .Muu is only £\ao Mr. DuM, leiieri - .i, h.i^
signeil the paper, and Mr. Walson and Mr. tlarU at
1-Minbur'.;h have ai;reed to si^ii it wlu-n it i^ .-igned
byyu .i"d Mr. liutt. Iii.leol Mr. W.'t-on ~.J-mrd
to wi>h y.iur m'Ii aU.> lo ,i-n il, bul in llial lie may
.!o as he please^. The y'.vy.-x i, male oul by Or.
Thoui, whn na- in |'.i^^^~.i ii ..I" .ill in) |'.i|..i~, .uid
made it out accordingly. Tlievelnrc I li..|ie yn -.vill



have no objection to sign it wdien the rest have
agreed, as it is only for jf lOO, and there is four of
you, and it is only running the risk of ^^25 in case
.Mr. Dyron and me was to die before Lady tiiglit.
If I was not in great want of the money I would not
ask it, and it would be doing me a great favour. I
beg you would return it as soon as po.ssible. I hope
all your family are well. I beg to be kindly
remembered to my aunt. I hope she is pretly well
in her health, and believe me, dear sir, your
affectionate niece, C. livKON CIokiio.n'.

. Mrs. Byron left Aberdeen in 179.S, on her
boy's succeeding to the title, and never went
north again, so far as I know. Her life in
England, spent mainly at Ncwstcad during the
next thirteen years, is too well known to be
recapitulated here. But, as typical of her
temperament, I may quote a letter she wrote to
one of her neighbours at Ncwstead, in .Sejuem-
ber, 1S09, as it recalls the violent bound.iry
disputes which her ancestors had carried on
with one another at the point of the sword. I
retain her italics : —

Sir, — I must insist on your confining yourself lo
your own premises, or at least not coming on Lord
Byron's Manor to hunt and commit trespasses, which
you have been so loiig'm the habit of doing that you
now, I suppose, fancy you have a right to do so ; but
I am fully determined to convince you to the contrary.
Pray, Sir, do you suppose that I will remain here and
tamely suinnit to every insult from you ? If you
think so you will find yourself extremely mistaken.

I cannot send out my Keeper but he must be
abused by you on Lord Byron's own Manor. \"ou
presume on his absence to insult a Woman and
assault an Old .Man ; that is, you insult his Mother,
and injure the Property, attack the Persons ancl
threaten the Lives of his Servants. In short, your
language is unbecoming, and your behaviour totally
unworihy, a Gentleman. To a man of courage thci^e
are l:arsl: truths, but they arc trntlis neverl/ieless.

I will now take the trouble to inform you that Lord
P.yron's Tenants shall be no longer annoyed by you
with impunity, but that a prosecution will be
immediately instiuited against you for divers tres-
passes and one assault. You are surely not so
ign-.ir.int as not to know that breaking down fences
and riding through fields of standing corn with your
Hounds are unjnstifialile, arlntary, and oppressive
acts, and will not be submitted to in a free eountry,
even if you was \.\\k: first Man in it. I will not sulTer
my Keeper to be abused or intcrrupled in Ihe
execulion of his duly, and he has my positive orders
to u-e every possible means to deslmy the Foxes.
Lord Grey de Rulhyn's jioaehing and these abundani,
n.i\i..us Animals have nearly' deprived this ojiee
LACill.;;U Man..r of game, and llu- \Vo,.ds on lliis
v-iaie sli.ill not coiuinuc lo be a /'./,V for your
Vermin.-, and /'/,/ J, la-mined lo extirpate the breed
b-i •, and l.i -iill.r s., toeal a nuisaiuv no lonLjer. If



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