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

Alexander Beaton, Magister, Archdeacon of Lothian - 15th May 1582

 

WHICH DAY MAGISTER ALEXANDER BEATOUN, ARCHDEACON OF LOTHIAN, IS MADE A BURGESS AND BROTHER OF THE GUILD, FOR HIS COUNSEL AND SERVICES TO THE COMMONWEAL OF THE BURGH, GRATIS, IN ABSENCE.

ALEXANDER BEATOUN (sometimes erroneously styled ARCHIBALD) was the second son of CARDINAL BEATOUN and MARION OGILYY, daughter of LORD OGILVY of Airlie. His predecessor in the office of the Archdeanery of Lothian was his uncle, WALTER BEATOUN, brother of the CARDINAL; but before ALEXANDER succeeded, the Reformation had been accomplished, and the ARCHDEACON had become a functionary of the Protestant Church.

The family connection of ALEXANDER BEATOUN with Dundee was a very intimate one. Four of his aunts sisters of his father were married to important baronial families in the neighbourhood: one to SIR WILLIAM GRAHAM of Fintry, another to JOHN GRAHAM of Claverhouse, a third to MONCUR of Ballumbie, and a fourth to STRACHAN of Carmyllie. The connection of his mother's family, the OGILVIES of Airlie, with Dundee has already been frequently referred to. The precise services that had been rendered to the Burgh by the ARCHDEACON to entitle him to the freedom of the Guild have not been described; nor is the date of his death recorded. He was living, however, in 1601, and had then two sons, JOHN and ARCHIBALD, who were concerned in some of the Fife risings of that period (Register of Privy Council, Vol. VI).

The ARCHDEACON held the estate of Carsegownie, in Fife, for some time. In 1584, whilst he administered the office of Archdeacon of Lothian, a portion of the revenues of that ecclesiastical dignity were conferred upon the newly founded University of Edinburgh, the official himself resigning a large part of his income for the laudable purpose of fostering education in this manner. He was the ancestor of the BETHUNES of Tarvit, who afterwards acquired Kilconquhar by purchase and Wormiston by marriage; and he is now represented by JOHN TROTTER BETHUNE, tenth EARL OF LINDSAY.