Thomas Maitland

Thomas Maitland was one of the circle of young whigs connected to Charlotte Chapel, including Henry Cockburn, Roger Aytoun, Leonard Horner, James Grahame and John MacKenzie. They were committed to greater political, social and economic equality of opportunity at all levels of society, ideas which derived from the Scottish Enlightenment but which were out of favour in this wartime period. Many of the group rose to prominence with their party's fortunes later in the century.

Drundrennan, Kirkcudbright
Adam Maitland of Drundrennan (d.1843)
Stewart McWhan, daughter of Joseph McWhan and heir of her uncle, Dr Thomas Cairns of Dundrennan
3 Charlotte Square
Political views
Religious views
His younger brother Edward Francis Maitland (b.1808) was also an advocate, and one of the originators of the North British Review, the Free Church periodical, which he edited in the 1840s. Thomas and his wife Isabella MacDowall were very close to Edward: he died in his house, and she said he had 'shown more than the usual kindness of a brother'.
Became an Advocate in 1813. Solicitor-General 1840-1, 1846-50, Liberal MP for Stewartry of Kirkcudbright 1845-50, Judge of Court of Session 1850 (Lord Drundrennan).
Cockburn described his magnificent library, 'a monument honourable to his taste and judgement'.
Chapel connection
1815 (wedding)
Married on
3 July 1815
Isabella MacDowall
George Graham (1817, died at 14 days), Adam (1827-1854, Captain in the 79th Highlanders), James William (d.1860 at Staten Island, New York), Margaret (1818-1821), Eliza (1822-1846), Helen (m. Robert Sandilands), Stuart Cairns (merchant in New York), George Ferguson, Graham (a girl, m.1837 Alfred Tritton Fawkes). (3,4)


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. G.C. Boase, 'Thomas Maitland' in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  4. Monumental Inscriptions at Dundrennan Abbey, Inscription 109, in, accessed 9 August 2011
  5. Thomas Maitland's Will, National Archives of Scotland

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