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James Dalrymple Gray Dalrymple of Woodhead

Birthdate: (55)
Death: February 08, 1908 (55)
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend Thomas Gray Duncan and Mary Dalrymple
Husband of Katherine Hutton Rowan of Holmfauldhead
Brother of Agnes Duncan; George Duncan and Thomas Dalrmple of Woodhead

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About James Dalrymple of Woodhead


formerly James Dalrymple Gray Duncan

is the son of the Reverend Thomas Duncan, and his wife, Mary Dalrymple. He was born on 17 July 1852 and died on 8 February 1908. He is buried in the Auld Aisle Cemetery in Kirkintilloch.

Armorial Ensigns

He matriculated Arms at the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland on 10 February 1902. They follow: Argent, on a saltire gules, five rustres of the field, in chief a lion rampant of the second. Mantling gules, doubled argent [Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, Armorial Families: A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Armour (Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., London, 1929), seventh edition, page 490]

Royal Company of Archers

He was a member of Royal Company of Archers, the Monarch's Bodyguard in Scotland [Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, Armorial Families: A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Armour (Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., London, 1929), seventh edition, page 490]

James Dalrylmple Chair of Archaeology at Glasgow University

The Chair of Archaeology was founded in 1972. It was renamed the Dalrymple Chair of Archaeology in April 2009 after James Dalrymple, an amateur archaeologist who left a bequest to the University to fund an annual lecture series. This began in 1911 and continues to this day [The Glasgow University Story]

Dalrymple Lectureship in Archaeology

Established in 1907 for the fifteenth anniversary of the Glasgow Archaeology Society and endowed by the bequest of James D. G. Dalrymple of Woodhead, formerly James Dalrymple Duncan, writer, of Glasgow, Secretary of the Glasgow Archaeology Society [Edinburgh University Press: Scottish Archaeological Journal. Volume 30, pp. xviii-xxii]

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Under the name, James Dalrymple Duncan he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 7 January 1889. In 1902 he adopted the additional surname of Gray Dalrymple of Woodhead. His place of residence is listed as Meiklewood, Stirling [Former RSE Members]


James Gray Dalrymple of Woodhead died on 8 February 1908 and was buried in the Auld Aisle Cemetery, at Kirkintilloch in Dunbartonshire


James Gray Dalrymple of Woodhead married, as her second husband, Katharine Hutton Rowan, the daughter of Stephen Rowan of Holmfaulhead, and his wife, Grace Wingate, who was the heiress of Holmfauldhead [The Regality Club, Third Series, First Part (James MacLehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1894): Holmfauld House, Govan, page 113]




Short Biography by John Malden

James Dalrymple Duncan was born in 1852 and brought up in Newcastle, where his father was a Presbyterian minister. He probably gained his interest in archaeology from attending the Percy Street Academy, run by John Collingwood Bruce (1805–92), author of The Wallet Book of the Roman Wall 1863) which is still in print to this day as the Handbook to the Roman Wall (authored by our Honorary Fellow, David Breeze). After attending both Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, James became a writer in Glasgow, until he inherited his uncle’s house in Kirkintilloch in 1901, when he changed his name to James Dalrymple Gray Dalrymple. He was a Fellow both of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and that in London, and a leading member of the Glasgow Archaeological Society (GAS) which had been moribund until he assumed the secretaryship in 1877. In 1905, when elected President of the rejuvenated Society, he presided over the Jubilee Dinner and established the Dalrymple Lectureship in Archaeology at Glasgow University. Following his death on 8 February 1908, James Dalrymple Dalrymple was buried in the family plot in the Auld Aisle, Kirkintilloch, which still stands on the north side of the present cemetery, surrounded by a circular wall and entered through a stone arched building. The two principal bequests in his will were for the Dalrymple Lecture and the Dalrymple Restoration Fund [Newsletter of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, March 2009: The Dalrymple Donaldson Fund by John Malden]


Memorial Inscription in Jesmond Old Cemetery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Reverend Thomas Gray Duncan died 18/12/1861 Mary Dalrymple died 11/6/1895 (buried Old Aisle Cemetery, Kirkintillock, Dumbartonshire) George Duncan died 29/7/1851 aged 3 years James Dalrymple Gray Dalrymple Duncan died 8/2/1908 (buried Old Aisle Cemetery For 11 years was Minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was distinguished for great power and earnestness in his pulpit ministration, and as a faithful and devoted pastor possessed in a high degree the esteem and affection of his congregation by whom this monument has been erected.

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James Dalrymple of Woodhead's Timeline

July 17, 1852
February 8, 1908
Age 55