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Reverend James Octavius Playfair

Birthdate: (81)
Death: 1819 (81)
Dalmarnock
Immediate Family:

Son of George Playfair and Jean Roger
Husband of Margaret Lyon
Father of Jean Playfair; Janet Playfair; Maria Lyon Playfair; Dr. George M. Playfair; William Davidson Playfair, Colonel and 5 others

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About James Playfair, Principal of the United College, St Andrews

Biographical Summary

James Playfair, born 7th Dec. 1736, second son of George P., farmer of Knowhead of Bendochy, and Jean Roger ; educated at Univ. of St Andrews ; ord. to Newtyle 1st Nov. 1770 ; trans, to Meigle 10th Oct. 1777 ; D.D. (St Andrews, 3rd July 1779); app. Principal 7th, and adm. 12th Dec. 1799 ; adm. to St Leonard's in conjunction 9th Oct. 1800 ; Historiographer to the Prince of Wales ; died at Dalmarnock 26th May 1819. He marr. 30th Sept. 1773, Margaret (died 4th Nov. 1831), third daugh. of George Lyon, min. of Longforgan, and had issue —

  • Margaret, born 28th Oct. 1775, died Aug. 1810 ;
  • Jean, born 18th April 1777 (marr. 4th Feb. 1802, Patrick Playfair of Dalmarnock, Glasgow), died 24th Nov. 1852 ;
  • Janet, born 24th Aug. 1778 (marr. James Macdonald, min. of Anstruther-Wester), died 20th Oct. 1864;
  • Maria Lyon, born 3rd April 1780 (marr. 14th May 1808, General David Campbell of Williamston, Perth), died 1810 ;
  • George, M.D., Deputy Inspector - General of Hospitals H.E.I.C.S., father of Lyon, Baron Playfair, born 4th Jan. 1782, died 26th Nov. 1846;
  • William. Davidson, lieut.-colonel Indian Army, born 3rd Sept. 1783, died 31st Jan. 1852;
  • Elizabeth, born 18th April 1785 (marr. 23rd Jan. 1810, Samuel Caw, merchant, Glasgow) ;
  • Sir Hugh Lyon, LL.D., Lieut.-Col. H.E.I.C.S., Provost of St Andrews, born 18th Nov. 1786, died 21st Jan. 1861 ;
  • James Lyon, born 8th Feb. 1789, died in infancy; James, merchant, Glasgow, born 12th Aug. 1791, died 1866.

SOURCE: Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation, Vol. VII, page 415

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