The History of Leith

April 15, 2005

The Douglas Maclagan Window (South Leith Church)

(In Ministers Vestry.)
The inscription runs :—‘‘ To the Memory of Douglas John Maclagan, Session Clerk, born 20th May 1858, died 20th June 1891, the Kirk Session has dedicated this Window.”

DOUGLAS JOHN MACLAGAN, the son of Mr J. T. Maclagan and his first wife, was born in the year 1858. He died in 1891 at the early age of 33. He gave his life first of all to the business of Banking, and thereafter assisted his father at 6 North St. David Street. Latterly he was in delicate health. He succeeded his father as Session Clerk of South Leith in the year 1890, and occupied the office up to the time of his death.
He was an active worker in connection with the church, taking a lively interest in the Literary Society, to which he was in the habit of giving instructive and interesting papers. Latterly he made a special study of the ancient and valuable records of South Leith Session, setting an example which has been followed with signal success by Mr David Robertson, who collaborates with the minister in this volume, editing the extracts from the Minutes of the 18th century Records. Mr Maclagan has left behind him a scholarly volume on the Scottish Paraphrases, which is now the standard work on the subject. This volume was published in 1889, and gives an account of their history, authors, and sources, It is quite certain that he was developing antiquarian tastes and aptitudes of a high order. Had he been spared, he would have become known to a much wider circle than that connected with South Leith and the Church of Scotland, In the obituary notice of him published its the South Leith Parish Magazine for July 1891, he is spoken of in the following terms: “ He endeared himself to all with whom he was brought into contact by the sweetness of his disposition, the genuine simplicity of his nature, and the unaffected piety of his life
Source-South Leith Records 1922

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