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The Bailie’s Great Adventure
Or
Grant vs Fife

Who's Who

Where known, ages at the time of the political upheaval
are shown in brackets after the person’s name

Francis Taylor (and Family)

Francis Taylor (56), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin and Bailie; supporter of the Grant cause; abducted on the Saturday morning and transported to Brora in Sutherland; member of council responsible for executing the precept calling the Election; in 1820, his shop and house was at 65 High Street, Elgin; died at Elgin on 31st March 1843, aged 79 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Francis Taylor (15), son of Francis Taylor; saw his father abducted on the Saturday morning; accompanied his father to Sutherland; died at Elgin on 11th October 1835, aged 30 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Eliza (or Eleanor) Booth (52); sister of Jane Booth or Taylor; accompanied Mrs Taylor to Forres on the Wednesday; died at Elgin on 11th June 1843, aged 75 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Jane Grant Booth or Taylor (57); wife of Francis Taylor; went to Forres, in the company of her sister Eliza Booth, to meet Taylor on his way home from Sutherland; died at 65 High Street, Elgin on 20th June 1857, aged 84 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Accused

William Brander (49), Squarewright or House Carpenter, Elgin; son of Alexander Brander & Elizabeth Innes of Shearerston; born at Orleyhill, near Lhanbryde in 1771; in 1806, married Grizel or Grace Gill; present at the abduction of Taylor on the morning of Saturday; accompanied Taylor and the others to Sutherland; indicted with the crime of “stellionate and real injury”; died at Elgin on 3rd January 1837, aged 65 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Alexander Christie (33), Butcher or Flesher, Elgin and Staff Sergeant of the Local Militia; present at the abduction of Taylor on the morning of Saturday; accompanied Taylor and the others to Sutherland; indicted with the crime of “stellionate and real injury”; died at Elgin on 4th April 1850, aged 63 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

James Farquhar (28), Carrier or Hirer, Elgin; son of Alexander Farquhar and Elizabeth Russell (who later married William McKimmie); born at Miltown of Birnie in 1792; present at the abduction of Taylor on the morning of Saturday; accompanied Taylor and the others to Sutherland; indicted with the crime of “stellionate and real injury”; died at North College Street, Elgin on 9th August 1859, aged 67 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

James Grant (39), Shoemaker, Elgin; sometime Vintner and Town Officer; present at the abduction of Taylor on the morning of Saturday; accompanied Taylor and the others to Sutherland; indicted with the crime of “stellionate and real injury”; died at Elgin on 30th March 1852, aged 71 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Councillors

Lewis Anderson (38), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Fife cause; peripheral figure during the upheaval; died at Eden Cottage, Academy Street, Elgin on 4th December 1849, aged 67 years, interred Kineddar.

Peter Brown (28), Land Surveyor, Linkwood; Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Grant cause; peripheral figure during the upheaval; son of former Provost, George Brown of Linkwood; Laird of Linkwood and Dunkinty; died at Linkwood on 29th August 1868, aged 76 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Joseph Collie (48), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin and Bailie; supporter of the Grant cause; target for abductors; had been ‘invited’ to be abducted by Peter Nicholson; on the Friday evening, escaped to Grant Lodge through Taylor’s house; died at 38 South College Street, Elgin on 26th October 1853, aged 81 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

James Culbard (33), Glover or Tanner, Elgin and Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Fife cause; son of Alexander Culbard; Deacon of the Incorporation of Glovers, 1818 to 1825; James, or his brother John, may have raised the alarm in the town Taylor had been abducted; died at North Lodge, Elgin on 8th February 1860, aged 73 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Alexander Dick (51), Tailor, Elgin; Deacon of the Incorporation of Tailors, 1806 to 1825 and Convener of the Incorporated Trades, 1818 to 1823 and Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Fife cause; peripheral figure during the upheaval; died at Elgin on 19th November 1843, aged 74 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Robert Dick (64), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Grant cause; abducted and transported to Sutherland the same day as Francis Taylor; died at Elgin on 27th October 1837, aged 81 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Sir Archibald Dunbar of Northfield (47), 6th Baronet, Convener of Elginshire and Town Councillor, Elgin and Provost; supporter of the Grant cause; Grant party (disputed) delegate at the 1820 Election (voted for Archibald Farquharson); died at Northfield House, Elgin on 23rd March 1847, aged 74 years, interred Duffus.

Charles Fowler (38), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Fife cause; peripheral figure during the upheaval; died at 5 Schoolhill, Aberdeen on 7th May 1841, aged 59 years.

William Gauldie (52), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin and Dean of Guild; supporter of the Grant cause; on the morning of Taylor’s abduction, Gauldie being fearful for his own safety quit his own house and sought refuge in Grant Lodge; a so-called meeting of the Town Council may have been held at Gauldie’s house on the return of Dick and Taylor; Provost, 1833-1835; Gauldie’s house was at 77 High Street, Elgin, at the north-west corner of Lossie Wynd; died at Elgin on 13th May 1842, aged 74 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

Colonel Francis William Grant (42); Town Councillor, Elgin; supporter of the Grant cause; son of Sir James Grant and Jane Duff; brother of Lewis Grant, 5th Earl of Seafield; in 1793, joined the Army, commissioned as Lieutenant in the Strathspey Fencibles; following year, was appointed Captain in the 97th or Strathspey Regiment and was commissioned at Lieutenant Colonel in 1799 when the Regiment was ordered to Gibraltar; elected Member of Parliament for the Elgin Burghs 1802-1806; for Inverness 1806; for Morayshire 1807-1832; and for Nairn 1832-1840; founded the modern town of Cullen and, when he succeeded to the title of Earl of Seafield in 1840, was elected as a peer of Scotland; at the time of the unrest in 1820, Grant was in Italy. He died at Cullen House on 30th July 1853, aged 75 years.

Alexander Innes (67), Merchant and Town Councillor, Elgin and Bailie; neutral (32) at the time of the upheaval; universally known as ‘Phoenix,’ being agent for the Insurance Company bearing that name; elected Provost later that year, served as Provost 1820-1823 and then 1826-1829; died at Elgin on 20th June 1830, aged 77 years, and was interred in the burying ground of Elgin Cathedral.

 

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