John Keith

John Keith's life, like that of David Hume's son, was cut tragically short as he was 'just entering life'. Yet as a fourth, rather than an only son, his death was not an object of public interest as Joseph Hume's was. It must have been a severe shock to the congregation of Charlotte Chapel: like John and Charlotte Elphinstone, he was connected to many other members of the Chapel, and like them the cause of his death is one of the few to be noted in the funeral register.

After 1784 - 8 April 1814
Corstorphine Hill
William Keith of Corstorphine Hill (John was the youngest son)
Mary Anne Rae of Coldsheaf
He died suddenly while bathing in the Forth, near Cramond (1)
Chapel connection
funeral (1814)
Married on
Related to
Alexander Keith, brother (see his page for further connections)


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Charles Rogers, Genealogical Memoirs of the Family of Sir Walter Scott (London, Houlston and Sons, 1877) p.liv

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