The inscription remains crisp and legible and I have numbered the entries for ease of reference:
To the Memory of
JAMES CHALMERS Esq
Erected by his son Thomas A.D. 1675
And Revised by William Wilson Esq 1834
1. James Chalmers 1675
2. Thomas Chalmers
3. William Wilson
4. William Chalmers 1761
5. Alexander Chalmers 1800
6. Andrew Chalmers 1804
7. James Wilson 1816
8. John Wilson 1833
9. Agnes Chalmers 1797
10. Isabela Wilson 1805
11. Marion Wilson 1806
12. Helen Wilson 1814
13. Ann Chalmers 1823
14. Sarah Wilson 1837
15. Marion Wilson Chalmers 1839
16. Hilson Wilson 1843
17. Sarah Scott 1846
18. Sarah Helen Wilson 1850
19. William John Wilson 1872
3. William Wilson 1873
20. Georgina Wilson 1891
21. Christian Smith 1894
22. Agnes Murray Wilson 1898
23. Joanna Wilson 1916
Starting at the top with James Chalmers, for whom this stone was erected by his eldest Son Thomas. He was descended from the second son of Chalmers of Ashentrees, in turn a son of Chalmers of Gaitgirth, or that Ilk. This is represented by the coat of arms above the monument. All in all a fascinating lot too extensive to write about here, but I shall post some links for those wishing to read further at the end of this post. James Chalmers was an Advocate who had married three times before being snatched away by a fever on 29th November 1675 aged 60. In his will, his wish is to be buried with his former wives in Greyfriars Kirkyard. He was survived by his third wife Catherine Adams. The names of wives will be familiar to many:
Alexander birth not found. A Medical Doctor died 1714 survived by a son named Alexander a merchant in Edinburgh and daughter Margaret (1694 Poll Tax).
Robert son of Jane Sibit bapt 23 June 1669, the same day his mother was buried. Died in 1710 survived by only child, a daughter Margaret the wife of James Gordon.
Thomas the eldest son of James by his first wife Margaret Nicholson, daughter of Alexander Nicholson, Advocate was born in 1654.
He married Mary Cooper daughter of Sir John Cooper of Gogar, ‘who entailed his estate upon John, (b. 1681) the eldest son of Mr Thomas, and his daughter; which John was ensign a considerable time in the regiment of the Scots Guards: he has two brothers in the service of the government; those carry the arms of Gaitgirth, above blazoned, with a suitable difference; crest, a hand holding up a pair of scales, with the motto, Virtute & labore, and, of late, Lanx mihi clausus’. (see left).
Other sons born to Thomas and Mary include James b. 1682, Thomas b. 1683, George 1685, and Alexander 1688. It is presumed that William Chalmers (died 1761) is a descendant of one of the above, however the exact connection requires further research.
William Chalmers d 1761 (4)
His wife Agnes Chalmers (nee Pillans) d 1797 (9)
and their children
Alexander d 1800 (5)
Andrew d 1804 (6) and his wife Marion Chalmers (nee Wilson) d.1809 (15)
Ann Chalmers the wife of Thomas Law d.1824 (13)
Helen Wilson d 1814 (12)
Marion Wilson d. 1806 (11)
Sarah Wilson d. 1837 (14)
Isobel Wilson d 1805 (10)
William Wilson d 1873 (3) and his wife Christian Smith d. 1894 (21) from whom the next generation.
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John Wilson died 1833 (3) wife Sarah Scott died 1846 (17)
Brother James Wilson died 1810 (7)
Sister Hilson Wilson died 1843 (16)
Sister Marion Wilson died 1809 (15) wife of Andrew Chalmers (6)
ttp://www.bordersancestry.co.uk/blog/three-christians-a-reverend-cake-manure-toys-the-need-for-speed-nessie-the-crusader A colourful lot to say the least.
On the Chalmers front, there was another interesting fact unearthed in the course of this research. Janet Chalmers daughter of William (4) and Agnes Pillans (9) married a naval surgeon by the name of Alexander Dodds.
Alexander Dodds died in Berwick on 26th October 1802 and is buried in the churchyard at Holy Trinity. He was survived by his wife and at least two sons Andrew and William. His obituary reads:
‘He served the greatest part of the American war with the late veteran Admiral (then Captain) McBride, and was present at several engagements particularly that off the Dogger Bank and in the battle off Cape St Vincent…He was surgeon of the Tremendous on the glorious 1st June under Lord Howe, and had practiced in Berwick upon Tweed since the year 1796'.
A link to a page containing many old Scottish Records
More about the Wilson family descendents featured in this post.