Eleanor Sarah Sandford

Lived
c.1794 - 27 January 1815
Origin
Edinburgh
Father
Daniel Sandford
Mother
Helen Frances Douglas
Story
Eleanor's brother John dwells on her character and the impact of her death in his biography of Daniel Sandford:
Eleanor Sarah, his eldest daughter, had attained her twenty-first year, when she was seized with the illness which terminated her life. Amiable and accomplished, she was much and generally loved; and at the time of her death was perhaps of all others the child in whom her father most delighted. Of her early piety there are some delightful recollections; -- she had well improved her religious advantages, and her friends felt when she was taken away, that she had attained the fitting meetness for her rest. -- For some weeks before her death she had been residing, on a visit in Berwickshire, at the seat of Sir James Stuart, in the friendship of whose sisters she thought herself happy. So delicate was her general habit, that her last illness at first excited no serious alarm; and when her family were apprized of it, the Bishop was confined by severe indisposition, and was unable to accompany Mrs Sandford to Allanbank...
      Among his papers after his own decease was found the following prayer, which bears date the day on which the information of his bereavement reached him: "... Thou gavest, thou hast taken away, -- blessed be thy holy name... I have never sufficiently considered the uncertainty of human life; that I have received thy blessings without sufficiently remembering from whose hands they came, and my dependence upon thee. Thou hast been pleased by the removal of my very precious child to teach me my folly and sin. Thou hast taken away the desire of mine eyes with a stroke. To her, I doubt not that the dispensation is one of mercy, and I thank thee, O unfeignedy do I thank thee, my merciful God, that, according to all human judgement, she was prepared for her awful change by the grace which thou hadst given her. As a parent I bless thee for the comfort which during her life I ever experienced from her obedience and dutiful affection. Why, therefore, should I be unwilling to resign her to thy will? ... I feel this sorrow weigh down my heart; support me, for I am nothing but weakness; support me, that i may resign myself, and all my concerns to thee..." Such, however, to his feelings, was the sacredness with which her memory was invested, that, till the hour of his death, he was scarcely ever known to breathe her name in conversation, though there were sufficient indications that her image was seldom a stranger to his thoughts. (2 pp.55-57)
Chapel connection
Burial, 1815

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. John Sandford, Remains of the late Right Reverend Daniel Sandford (Edinburgh, Waugh and Innes, 1830)

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