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

James Goldman, Merchant - 15th April 1562

 

JAMES GOLDMAN, MERCHANT, IS MADE A BROTHER OF THE GUILD.

JAMES GOLDMAN, whose name is here entered, was the first of a generation of merchants who held a leading place amongst the Burgesses of Dundee for nearly three centuries. Their place of origin is not known, though it seems probable, from the early spelling of the name with double N GOLDMANN that they had come to this country from Flanders. This JAMES GOLDMAN is the first whose name appears in the records of Dundee. He must have been exceptionally successful in business, as he amassed a considerable fortune, and was the proprietor of several valuable properties within the Burgh. The exact positions of some of these possessions may be easily understood from the following entries in the "Kirkmaster's Charge," and from the "Rentall of the Master of the Hospitall," made up about 1580:

"Furth of ye land sumtyme of ANDRO MITCHELSOUN, NOW of JAMES GOLDMAN, JAMES MICHELL, and JAMES COWIE, Lyand on ye South syid of Argyllisgaitt, Betwix ye land of GABRIET, MYLN on ye east, and ye Kirkzeard on ye west pairtis." (This tenement was on the site of what is now Tally Street.)
"Furth of ye land of PATRIK DURHAM, Lyand on ye north syid of Ergyllisgaitt, Betwix ye land of JOHN MERSCHELL and JAMES BOWER on ye south, ye land of JAMES GOLDMAN on ye east pairtis." (This land was at the west corner of Barrack Street and the Over gait.)


"The few maillis underwritten Rexve. (respectively) awand be ye personnis Particular Proprietaris of ye Closs callit Sanct Salvatoris Closs, lyand on ye north syid of Argyllisgaitt, to wit, Beginning at ye foirland on ye west syid of ye Closs pertening to PETIR NEWMAN, The next land northward, pertening to JAMES GOLDMAN," etc.
Besides these urban properties, he acquired a portion of the estate of Sandfurd corrupted into St Fort in Fifeshire, from which place he took his territorial designation. He was married to MARGARET JACK, and had a numerous family, all of whom were distinguished in the civic annals of Dundee. A very interesting account of four of them is given in a long Latin poem, written by PETER GOLDMAN, the youngest son, and included in the Delitice Poetarum Scotorum. This curious work is entitled Margaretoe Iacchoe matris suoe super tristi et ~immatura Morte quatuor filiorum Lachrymoe. (The tears of MARGARET JACK, his mother, over the sad and immature death of her four sons.) From the poem it appears that the first named son, PATRICK, was overtaken by a sudden squall, and drowned in a harbour of Batavia (Holland). JOHN, the second son, fell a victim to the plague in Dundee, despite the efforts made by DR KINLOCH to save him. The third son, ROBERT, was thrown from his horse, and instantly killed; whilst the eldest son, WILLIAM, "the beloved of the common people, and the guardian of the welfare of Dundee," was carried off by death in the midst of his labours.

Patricium Balavis Nelitunus mersit in undis,
Pestis lohannem rapuit, sonipesque Robertum;
Telluri, elisis, afflixit, flebile, membris,
Et subito extinxit Gulielmum funere Parca.

There are feeling allusions made in the poem to the comfort which the sorrowing mother had derived from the ministrations of the three Pastors of Dundee, DAVID LINDSAY, WILLIAM WEDDERBURN, and JAMES ROBERTSON, and the poem concludes by an expression of thank¬fulness that CHARLES mea maxima cura, affietoe spes et solatia Matris [my greatest care, the hope of my affliction, and the solace of his mother] was still spared to her. In another poem by the same writer In Patricium fratrem naufragio extinctum he laments the early death by shipwreck of his brother PATRICK, exclaiming that no portion of his own life can be happy until the sea shall give up its dead.
These most interesting poetical effusions introduce us to a family distinguished alike by their eminence in public affairs and by the strength of their domestic affection. From other sources the varied careers of the members of the GOLDMAN family may be traced; and the tombstones over their place of interment in the How& of Dundee afford several items of information. This burial place is at the second recess to the north of the principal western gate, and, though the wall has been altered and the, mural inscription defaced, there remained at this spot fifty years ago the following fragmentary lettering:
"Family . . . . Goldman . . . . Laird . . . .
W. G. . . . . 1. G . . . . . R. G . . . . .

Revised in 1797 by WILLIAM GOLDMAN LAIRD
These initials plainly indicate the resting place of three of the brothers commemorated in the first of PETER GOLDMAN'S poems. On the flat stones (Nos. 66 and 67) laid on the ground beside the recess the following inscriptions, though much decayed, may yet be deciphered:

"Heir leis iohn goldman, mairchand, and elisabith Traill his spous, quha both depairtit in september 1607, of his age 34, hirs 29."

From this memorial stone it is apparent that the wife of JOHN GOLDMAN also fell a victim to the pest which raged in Dundee, with little intermission, from 1602 till 1608, reaching a crisis in the month of September, 1607, when these two were prematurely cut off.
The stone upon which the deaths of ROBERT and WILLIAM GOLDMAN were recorded is so completely obliterated that it is no longer decipherable. That portion of the inscription which apparently relates to ROBERT GOLDMAN reads thus

"Heir lyis . . . . Rt . . Ldm . . . . . Ane . . . .. . Fe in . . . . 26 May of his age . . . .
My sovle praises God. My sovle praises God.
Death is lyfe to the Godlie.
M. L
I. Z. D G
I. F
Thy glasse runnes. Myne is runne.
1617."

The initials I. Z. Are placed on each side of an escutcheon bearing the arms of the YEAMAN-¬ZEMAN family. The other letters are placed upon and around a shield, and may be the initials of some obscure monumental sentiment. ROBERT GOLDMAN was Collector of the Crafts in 1601-3, and was also a member of the Glover Trade. On several occasions he appeared before the Privy Council, together with his brother WILLiAM, as representing Dundee in some of the disputes in which the Burgh was concerned. As has already been shown, he lost his life through a fall from his horse previous to 1617. WILLIAM GOLDMAN first appears in the town's records as one of the Councillors in 1590, and from that time until his death, which took place, in 1613, he was actively engaged in the service of the Burgh. For the twelve years betwixt 1601 and 1613, he was almost continuously chosen as the Commissioner representing Dundee at the Convention of Royal Burghs. The confidence reposed in him by the, Convention is shown by the fact that, in 1612, he was sent as Commissioner to the town of Campvere, for the purpose of "re establishing the Stapill of the natioun at the said toun" a service in which Dundee was specially interested. The voyage of WILLIAM GOLDMAN and his fellow Commissioner, DAVID AITKINHEID, of Edinburgh, was an adventurous as well as an expensive one, for, on their return, we find that they ', producit the compte of their expenses in the said voyage, extending the haill to the soum of four thousand aucht hundreth twentie thri lib. Ellevin s. 4d. Scots money, they beand long tym detynit in the said toun, and constrainit to cum hom be Ingland in this deid and paroulus tym of zeir." In this work the Commissioners had been assisted by SIR ROBERT DANIELSTOUN of Montjoy, who was Conservator of the Scots Privileges at Campvere, and who was admitted a Burgess of Dundee on 6th July, 1612. WILLIAM GOLDMAN was Bailie in Dundee from 1606 till his death, which appears to have taken place suddenly. As executor of his brother, JOHN GOLDMAN, he paid over a legacy to the Hospital of Dundee of eight hundred merks, to which bequest the following excerpt from the Council minutes refers:

"11 July 1609 Quhilk day the Balleis, Counsale, and dekynis of Crafts of the Burch of Dundie, being convenit in the Counsal hous thiairoff vnderstanding that vinquhile JOHNE GOLDMAN, Mercheand, laitlie left to the puir resident within the Hospitall the sowme of aucht Hundreth merkis money of this Realine, quhilk is ordanit to be wairit either upon the redemptione of the common landis pertening to the Hospitall or upon ane new rent be advyis of the Ministeris and Sessioun of the Kirk, thairfoir for moving and inciting vtheris to leave the lyik for advancement of the Hospitall rentis, lies concludit and ordanit that WILLIAM GOLDMAN, Bailie, Executor to the said uniquhile JOHNE, and the said WILLIAM, his airis, sall haif power to present ane aigit decayit Burgess of this Burch, quhom. The ministeris and Sessioun of the Kirk sall find meit and qualifeit to be admitit in the Socitie of the pure resident within the said Hospitall he beand ane single persone nather hailfand bairne nor wyilf, according to the lawis maid anent the qualities of the personis quha suld be ressavit in the said Hospitall and the said person being so presentit and tryit and being subiect to the lawis of the, hous sall be preferrit to any vtheris and interteaneit within the said Hospitall during his lyiff, except he be deposit for ane notorious cryme and after his deceis, how oft the said place vaikis be deceise or deprivatione als oft ane vther to be presentit of new to that place be the said WILLIAM and his foirsaidis and at the desyre of the said WILLIAM, and upon his presentatione, JAMES QUHITSONE, chirurgian, being tryit and found meitt in manner foirsaid, is alreddy receaved in the said Hospitall." The money thus mortified was applied in redeeming a mortgage on ANDREW BARRIE'S Meadow, another mortgage over LOVELL'S Meadow, a third over the Gray Sisters Acre (West Port), and in the purchase of an annual rent out of a tenement in Mackisson's Close. The properties in the Meadows are still in the possession of the Hospital, and include the ground from Lamb's Hotel to Panmure Street, and from Bell Street to the centre of Reform Street.

The inscription upon the tombstone over the grave of WILLIAM GOLDMAN reads thus:

"Hic jacet vir honoralus vrbis Deidonanoe qvondam civis et . . . . Gulielmus Goldinan de Sandfurd qvi obid oetatis ~ anno qvctdragesimo qvarto, anno a partvr. Virginis 1613, prie nonas Aprilis. Memento Mori. [Here lies an honourable man, formerly Burgess and . . . . Of Dundee, WILLIAM GOLDMAN of Sandfurd, who died in the forty fourth year of his age, on the day before the Nones of April 4th April in the year from the Accouchement of the Virgin, 1613. Remember thou art to die.]"
Besides these sons, JAMES GOLDMAN had two daughters, one of whom was married to JAMES WEDDERBURN, son of the Town Clerk, ALEXANDER WEDDERBURN of Ingénue, and ancestor of Lord Chancellor the EARL OF ROSSLYN, and the other to SINCLAIR of Ulbster. In several of the published genealogies of the WEDDERBURN family, JAMES GOLDRAN'S eldest daughter's name is given as MARGARET, but from the monument in the Howff, No. 812, this appears to be a mistake, as the inscription reads thus:

"Beneath this; stone are deposited the remains of the following persons, ViZ.: JAMES WEDDERBURN, Esq., who died 1620, and his wife, MARY GOLDMAN." She was married in 1608, and had two Sons, SIR ALEXANDER WEDDERBURN of Blackness, and SIR PETER WEDDERBURN of Gosford, who became a Lord of Session.
From another tombstone at the GOLDMAN burying place in the Howff, it is evident that JAMES GOLDMAN had a younger brother called JOHN, who was born in 1531, and who is thus described in the monumental description:

"Heir lyis ane honest aged father called JOHN GOLDMAN Merchand and Bvrges in Dundie quha depairtit this present lyf ye 3 of Apryle, anno 1605, of aige 74. And Christiane Man his spovs quha depairtit this lyf ye 8 of September, anno 1603, of aige 36.
"Death is lyf to ye faithful."

JOHN GOLDMAN, Junior, son of the above, is mentioned in the Register of the Privy Council as a prominent Burgess of Dundee. CHARLES GOLDMAN, to whom reference is made in PETER GOLDMAN'S poem, was Boxmaster of the Weaver Incorporation of Dundee in 1624. JAMES GOLDMAN, probably a younger brother of CHARLES, is also buried in the Howff, No. 23, his tombstone bearing this inscription:

"Heir lyis ane honest man namit JAMES GOLDMAN, Merchand Bviges of Dundie, who deceissit in September 1632, of the aige of 42. This is done be MARGARET OGILVY, his spovs, for his memorie."

Several other members of this family are mentioned in the Sasine records of Dundee and else¬where, although it is not easy to trace their relationship. WILLIAM GOLDMAN of Sandford is referred to in the Acts of Parliament as being on the Committee of War for Fife, in 1648 9 (VI. 11. 31,4 190,'). Mr JAMES GOLDMAN, minister, son of ALEXANDER GOLDMAN (1652), and grandson of JOHN GOLDMAN (1623), was living in 1731, and had two sisters, but no other descendants of a later date have been traced. Referring to this family, JERVISE states that the last of them, a female, died some years ago, so reduced in circumstances as to be dependent on the charity of a neighbouring Kirk Session" (Memorials of Angus and Mearns, edition 1861, p. 198). The GOLDMAN burying place was claimed by a family called LAIRD, one of whom, WILLIAM GOLDMAN LAIRD, revised the inscription on the wall of the Howff, 1797.