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

Findlay Duncan, Surgeon - 1550

 

FINLAY DUNCAN, SURGEON, IS MADE A BROTHER OF THE GUILD, FOR SERVICES DONE.

FINLAY DUNCAN is the first of the Medical faculty whose name appears in the Burgess Roll of Dundee. His house and garden stood "on ye South syid of Argyllis gaitt, Betwix ye land of JAMES GOLDMAN on ye east, And ye land of ye Airis of vmqle. JHONE HOPPRINGLE on ye West pairtis,"or about the south west corner of Tally Street and the Overgait. He is also the first of the name of DUNCAN mentioned in existing records a name which since his time has been constantly associated with Dundee. He appears to have been succeeded in his profession by WILLIAM DUNCAN, Physician, progenitor of the DUNCANS of Lundie, now EARLS OF CAMPERDOWN. The latter was married to KATHERINE WEDDERBURNE, sister of the famous SIR ALEXANDER WEDDERBURNE, first Baron of Kingenny, who is buried beside him in the Howff. The tombstone (No. 1213) bears the following inscriptions:
"W. D: K. V: Hic dormit honorabilis vir, Gulielmus Duncane, medicus, civis de Dunde, qui obiit die Maii mensis, anno 1608, oextatis suoe 52." [Here sleeps an honourable man, WILLIAM DUNCAN, Physician and Citizen of Dundee, who died of May in the year 1608, and of his age 52.] "Heir lies aleswae ane godlie honorabil voman, Katerin Yedderburne, spous to Villiame Dvncane, who departit this lyif ye day of 160 .


Discite ab exemplo mortales discite nostro.
[See and learn from our example, o mortals, that ye are mortal.]
Mors sola fatetur quantula sunt hominuin corpuscula.
[Death alone shows how contemptible are the bodies of men.]"

The son of Dr WILLIAM DUNCANand his wife KATHERINE WEDDERBURNE was also a citizen, and lies buried in the lair adjoining theirs (No. 1214). His tombstone bears this inscription:

"Heir lyis ane godly honest man, Jhon Duncan, Merchant, Burgess of Dundie, who died the 16 of Octob. His age 4
The memorial of the iust shall be blised, hot the name of the wicked shal root [sic.],,