Margaret (Peggie) Urquhart
Peggie Urquhart is connected to two extraordinary houses: the Renaissance
Craigston Castle of her father and the Palladian villa Mavisbank of her husband.
She and her younger relations are good examples of Charlotte Episcopal Chapel's
role as a congregation in Edinburgh for migrants from the Scottish Episcopalian
heartland of the north east. Like her mother, she must have been considerably
younger than her husband: he was about 14 when her parents married.
- 21 May 1732 (probable identification) (6) - 19 January 1814
- Craigston Castle, four miles northeast of
Turriff. It was remodelled by her father around 1746 (see picture below)
- John Urquhart of Craigston and Cromarty, 1696-1756. He was
known as 'The Pirate'. He made lists: 'dangers escaped' included
avoiding drowning off Shetland, slaughter at Sheriffmuir, capture at Clova,
arrest in London, murder by robbers in Portugal and gypsies at Cadiz, and death
by a cannonball at the seige of Gibraltar in 1727. 'Blessings received' suggests
that his 'money made honestly' by privateering enabled him to buy back the
family estates of Craigston and Cromarty. He collected Italian and Dutch
paintings. 'Lent resolutions' demonstrates his simple Jacobite piety. (4)
- Jean Urquhart, c.1722-1757. Daughter of William Urquhart of
Meldrum. She was his first cousin twice removed: when they married in 1737 she
was 15 and he was 41, and she bore him seven children and died the year after
him, aged 35.
- 95 George Street
- Mavisbank, Midlothian, the first
Palladian villa to be built in Scotland, set in a beautifully landscaped park,
in 2012 sadly derelict and the subject of a restoration campaign. It was built by
William Adam and Sir John Clerk in the 1720s.
- Chapel connection
- Burial, 1814
- Married on
- 18 or 20 May 1766 in Edinburgh (3, 5).
- Robert Clark of Mavisbank, c.1723 - 17 May 1814 (he died
- Related to
- William and George Arbuthnot, nephews (her sister's
children); Adam and Jane
Duff, first cousins once removed (her father's sister's grandchildren).
- Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
- Francis J. Grant (ed), Register of Marriages of the City of Edinburgh, 1751-1800 (Edinburgh, Scottish Records Society, 1922) p.803.
- H. Gordon Slade, 'Craigston Castle, Aberdeenshire' in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland vol.108 (1976-7) p.262-300.
- Scots Magazine, Vol.28 (1766) p.335
- Old Parish Registers, Scottish Family History Centre
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