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

Magister Andrew Clayhills, Monifieth - 12th October 1602.

 

WHICH DAY MAGISTER ANDREW CLAYHILLIS, MINISTER OF THE WORD OF GOD AT MONIFIETH, SON OF THE LATE ROBERT CLAYHILLIS, IS MADE A BURGESS AND BROTHER OF THE GUILD, GRATIS.

ANDREW CLAYHILLIS was born in 1546 at Dundee, his father ROBERT CLAYHILLIS having been an eminent Burgess of the Burgh and a leading member of the Protestant Church at that time and for long afterwards. The first ecclesiastical charge which ANDREW had was that of Monifieth, to which he was introduced at Candlemas in 1569, being the second Protestant minister there. From this place he was transferred to Jedburgh before 1574, but he returned to his former charge in 1598, and remained minister of Monifieth till his death.

In 1614 he was formally presented to this kirk by JAMES VI. He died on 23rd March, 1617, in the seventy first year of his age and forty ninth of his ministry. By his marriage with CHRISTIAN OGILVY he had one son and four daughters, one of the latter becoming the Wife Of PATRICK DURHAME, his Successor. His connection with Dundee arose through his brother's marriage with MARGARET WEDDERBURN, a sister of ALEXANDER WEDDERBURN of Kingennie, Town Clerk of Dundee. PETER CLAYHILLIS for a long period was a leading Burgess of Dundee, and he and his wife were buried in the Howff, where their monument may yet be seen. Allusion has been made to the admission of another member of this family under date 8th June 1535 (vide page 20).