Jane Schaw

-19 August 1815
Dr James Schaw of Preston (5)
Jane and Robert lived at 15 Hope Street from 1805, and she remained there after his death in 1810. This was a three-floor house, the first one on Hope Street adjacent to the west side of Charlotte Square. The couple bought the house in 1805 from the builder Robert Wilkie.
At her death she owned land in Balgownie near Culross.
Wealth at death
Assessed taxes 1811
Their house had 15 windows and a rental value of £70. They had one male servant and Robert Sands paid hair powder duty. (4)
Chapel connection
funeral, 1815
Married on
20 July 1787
Robert Sands, Lieutenant in the East India Company (3) d.1812 (6) About 1804 George Elers encountered Sands in Madras:
During my stay in Madras I was ordered to attend, as a member, a general court-martial upon two officers of the 34th Regiment, Major Yeaman and Lieutenant Sands [...] I had seen these two officers tried in a civil our for murder before I went to Calcutta. They were tried before Sir Henry Gwillam at Madras for the murder of Captain Bull, of the 34th Regiment, who fell in a duel with Lieutenant Sands, to whom Brevet-Major Yeaman acted as second [...] They were both saved by a person of the name of Hope, a very rich merchant, who kept a European shop. This man had once been a private soldier in India, but had made a fortune of £100,000. The whole jury wanted to bring in the prisoners guilty, but Hope saved them and brought the jury over to his side, and when they came into court, Hope, who was the foreman, pronounced 'Not guilty.' A dead silence prevailed. It was really awful. I never shall forget Sir Henry Gwillam saying: 'Not guilty! A most merciful jury! Prisoners,' he said, 'had you been found guilty, you never would have seen the sun rise again. You have had a most narrow escape of your lives. Let it be a warning to you.
    Captain Bull was a remarkably fine young man, and of very quiet and gentlemanlike manners; but it was his misfortune to be sent on a detachment with the above officers, together with others, who made themselves so disagreeable to him that he withdrew his name from this detachment mess [...] He gave as a reason that he was every day expecting a young lady from England to whom he was to be married, and he wished to live more economically in order to meet the expense that he should necessarily incur. They would not receive this as an excuse; they said it was an affront to the whole mess, and they took up dice to throw who should call this poor young man out and who should be the second. The lot fell upon Lieutenant Sands, and Major Yeaman as the second. A Lieutenant Johnson of the 34th was second to poor Captain Bull, who was killed at the first fire. It exited universal indignation throughout the whole Presidency. They were afterwards tried by a court-martial of which I was a member, and they were broke. (7)
None, but Robert had 7 nephews and neices remembered in their wills.


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Will of Jane Schaw, National Archives of Scotland SC70/1/14/45
  4. Assessed taxes for the Burgh of Edinburgh year ending at Whitsunday 1811, National Archives of Scotland E327/51
  5. Old Parish Registers, Scottish Family History Centre
  6. Edinburgh Annual Register (1812) p.363
  7. Lord Monson and George Levison Gower (eds), Memoirs of George Elers (1777-1842) (Appleton, New York, 1903) p.171-3

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