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

Robert Lawrie, Bishop of Brechin - 20th July 1675

 

AT DUNDEE, QUHILK, DAY MAGISTER ROBERT LAWRIE, Bischop, OF BRECHINE,
AND DAVID ROLLO, HIS SONE IN LAW, WERE ADMITTED BURGESSES AND
BRETHREN OF THE GUILD OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS.

ROBERT LAWRIE was the son of JOSEPH LAWRIE, minister of Longforgan and of Perth, and was born in 1616. He studied at St Andrews University, and obtained his degree there in 1636. On the death of his father, in 1640, he was appointed to succeed him in the Second Charge in Perth, and remained there till 1644. At the latter date he was translated to Edinburgh, and held the position of minister in the churches of Trinity, the Tron, and the High Church in succession, from the year 1644 till 1662. CHARLES II then presented him to the Deanery of Edinburgh, which office he held in conjunction till 1672. On the 11th of July in that year he was promoted to the Bishopric of Brechin, and continued in this post until his death, in March, 1678. The appearance of his name on the Burgess Roll shows that the sympathies of the civic rulers were then strongly Episcopalian, for he was the only minister in Edinburgh who conformed to Episcopacy.

DAVID ROLLO was a merchant burgess of Edinburgh, and was married to BETHIA, eldest daughter of BISHOP LAWRIE.

 

Iain D. McIntosh, Friends of Dundee City Archives