The History of Leith

June 23, 2011

The Jameson Monument-South Leith Church

IN the South-East Porch, and fixed on the North Wall of it, this Monument will be found. It is not likely that it was in this position before the renovation of the church about the middle of last century. There are no data left which help us to settle the question. An unsuccessful attempt has been made to discover the plans used in the work of that time. The inscription is as follows :β€”
” To the Memory of
James Jameson, Late Surgeon of the 88th
Regiment, a Youth adorned with every
grace of body and of Mind, Inferior to few
in skill and activity in his profession.
Exceeded by none in spirit as a Volunteer,
who having distinguished himself in both
these capacities during two campaigns of
the German War, at last fell in the Battle
of Campen, 16th Oct. 1760 having that
day exhibited manifold proofs of military
ardour and address
Aged 21 ”
The Minute of the Kirk Session with regard to the Monument is as follows :β€”” 14th Mav 1761.β€”In consequence of an application by Mr John Jameson, Wine Merchant in Leith. craving liberty of ye Session to erect a Monument and Inscription on the inside of the walls of the Church to the memory of his son James

source-South Leith Records

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