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

Herbert Glaidstanes - circa 1543



Although little is known of the personal history of HERBERT GLAIDSTANES, he was for a long time an important personage in Dundee. From the heraldic arms of his son, GEORGE GLAID¬STANES, Archbishop of St Andrews, it is evident that he derived his descent from the ancient family of DE GLADSTONE, which was settled in Lanarkshire in the thirteenth century. In 1296 the name of HERBERT DE GLEDESTAN appears in the roll of those who rendered homage to EDWARD I, and the family seems to have remained in different portions of the Border Counties until the close of the seventeenth century. No record has been found to show at what precise time, or under what circumstances, HERBERT GLAIDSTANES, Burgess of Dundee, settled in this locality, although, from the large Dumber of local charters which have passed through his hands as Notary Public, he must have had an extensive legal practice. He is occasionally described as "Clerk of Dundee," and some of his protocol books and charters are preserved in the Charter room of the Burgh. His name appears in the list of Bailies in 1562, and in "The Chairge or Rentall of the Master of the Hospitall of ye Burgh of Dundie," prefixed to this Burgess Roll, his house is described as "lyand on ye north syid of An gyllisgaitt, Betwix ye land of JAMES SCRYMGEOUR., litster, on ye south, the comoun buriall place on ye north, ye land of ALEX. TRAILL on ye east, and ye land of WILLIAM KYD on ye west partis." This "Chairge" was probably made up in 1580, and, as the land is described as "sumtyme pertening to HARBERT GLAIDSTAINIS," it May be assumed that he was dead before that date. His son, the ARCHBISHOP OF ST ANDREWS, was born in Dundee, educated at the Grammar School there, and took his degree of AM. in 1583. He was first settled as minister of Ecelesgreig (St Cyrus) in 1587, and was afterwards pastor at Arbroath and St Andrews. From the latter charge he was promoted to the Bishopric of Caithness, and finally became Archbishop of St Andrews in 1604, in which office he died, 2nd May, 1615. His character has been variously described according to the religious profession of different writers. His successor, ARCHBISHOP SPOTTISWOOD, writes of him as "a man of good learning, ready utterance, and great invention, but of too easy a nature" The Presbyterians, on the other hand, vie with each other in finding language vile enough to describe him. Several epitaphs upon this "proud, presumptuous Prelate" will be found in Row's "History of the Kirk of Scotland."
The latest trace of HERBERT GLAIDSTANIES' name to be found in public documents is under date 1561, one year before he was elevated to the Bailieship in Dundee.