From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Magister Thomas Clayhills - 8th June 1535.



The name of CLAYHILLS, which has since been honourably associated with Dundee appears in this Roll for the first time in the Civic Records. Little is known of Magister THOMAS CLAYHILLS, though the prefix shows that he had taken his Degree as Master of Arts Artium Magister and. the likelihood is that he was in holy orders. No trace of him is to be found, however, in the Church history of the time, and his name is not recorded in the Register of Ministers and Readers in the Kirk of Scotland in 1574, so that he was either dead before that time, or had adhered to the Romish creed. Magister ANDREW CLAYHILLS, Minister of Monifieth, and afterwards of Jedburgh, was a prominent leader of the Reformed Kirk at the last named date, and is enrolled amongst the Burgesses of Dundee, but his connection with M. THOMAS CLAYHILLS is not easily traceable.

The name is said to have been derived from the lands of Clayhills, in Aberdeenshire. In 1543, ROBERT CLAYHILLS, Burgess of Dundee, witnesses a charter; and the name of his son, BAILIE PETER CLAYHILLS, appears frequently in the Records of the Burgh and in the history of the period. The lands of Baldovan, near Dundee, were in the possession of the Clayhills family early in the sixteenth century and they afterwards acquired the estate of Invergowrie. A later representative of this family was CAPTAIN GEORGE DAVID CLAYHILLS HENDERSON of Invergowrie.