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David Dalrymple, Lord Westhall

Birthdate: (64)
Death: April 26, 1784 (64)
Place of Burial: Edinburgh
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Hew Dalrymple, Bt. and Ann Horne
Husband of Jean Aberdein
Father of Hew Dalrymple; Jean Dalrymple; Alexander Dalrymple; Ann Dalrymple; David Dalrymple and 5 others
Brother of Col. Campbell Dalrymple; General Robert Horn Dalrymple and Marion Dalrymple

Occupation: Senator of Court of Sessions - Edinburgh, Senator, Courts of Justice
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About David Dalrymple, Lord Westhall

David Dalrymple was born on 27th August 1719 in Edinburgh the son of Sir Hugh Dalrymple, Lord Drummore and Ann Horn of Westhall. His father was a Senator of the Sessions Court in Edinburgh and he was the great grandson of Sir James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount Stair.

David studied law and by 1748 was apppointed Deputy-Sheriff of the City of Aberdeen. It was there that he met Jean Aberdein, the daughter of Alexander Aberdein of Cairbulg. David married Jean at quite a late stage in his life on 21st March 1761.

David became Procurator to the Church of Scotland - The Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is the principal legal advisor to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland a post which he held for several years. he was appointed Senator of the Court of Sessions on 10th July 1777. He took the title Lord Westhall a tribute to his mother Ann.

David's wife Jean died on 23rd April 1780 at the tragically young age of 40. David died on 26th April 1784 in his 65th year. As you can see they had many children. The family was plunged into crisis after David's death which meant his surviving children were now orphans.

My 4 x great grandfather John Dalrymple was 18 months old when his mother Jean died. He was 5 1/2 when his father died. A letter from his father's brother General Robert Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone of Horn and Westhall - in support of John's application for a British Army commission in 1793 to Lord Amhurst spoke of the crisis that the family had been left in a reference to Lord Westhall's death. John 16 years old and was living at the time with his cousin Earl Stair at his residence in Sussex Gardens, London near Hyde Park.


i) Hew Dalrymple, b. 2 Mar 1762, d. 16 Jul 1783 at Edinburgh.

ii) Alexander Dalrymple, b. 7 May 1765, d. 29 Dec 1780.

 iii)David Dalrymple, b. 24 Jun 1769, d. 23 Mar 1770.
iv)Robert Dalrymple, b. 10 Sep 1771, d. 27 May 1808 at Barbados.    

v)William Dalrymple, b. 26 Aug 1774, d. 4 November 1791 at Sheerness aboard the Iphigenia frigate.

vi)Charles Dalrymple, b. 22 Mar 1776, regimental surgeon, d. 27 Apr 1807 at


vii) John Dalrymple, b. 11 Nov 1778, Second Lieutenant-Colonel, H.M. 30th Foot Regiment. Died 9.1829 at Wallajahbad,Madras. My 4 times great grandfather. Wife: Katherine. (Children: Jean and Joseph Dalrymple. Joseph is my 3 x great grandfather who died in May 1850 in Madras.)

viii) Jean Dalrymple, b. 12 Mar 1763, d. 9 Dec 1831 at Portobello,Midlothian married. 13 Mar 1783 at Edinburgh to John Anderson of Winterfield.

ix) Ann Dalrymple, b. 17 May 1766.
x) Marion Dalrymple, b. 15 Oct 1772, d. 23 Aug 1802.

This list is taken from The Scots Peerage (by Balfour) Volume 8

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David Dalrymple, Lord Westhall's Timeline

August 27, 1719
August 30, 1719
Age 28
March 2, 1762
Age 42
Edinburgh, Scotland
March 12, 1763
Age 43
Edinburgh, Scotland
May 7, 1765
Age 45
Edinburgh, Scotland
May 17, 1766
Age 46
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 24, 1769
Age 49
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 10, 1771
Age 52
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom