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

Sir James Anstruther, Knight - 15th December 1596

 

WHICH DAY SIR JAMES ANSTRUTHER, FIAR OF THAT ILK, KNIGHT, IS GIVEN THE FREEDOM OF THE BURGH OF DUNDEE, FOR HIS MANY AND MERITORIOUS WORKS PERFORMED FOR THE PUBLIC WEAL.

SIR JAMES ANSTRUTHER, Fiar of that Ilk, was the Only Son Of JOHN ANSTRUTHER and MARGARET, daughter of GEORGE CLEPHANE of Carslogie, and was the representative of a family which has been in possession of the estate for more than seven centuries. He was Master of the Household to QUEEN ANNE, and in 1585 was appointed Heritable Carver to the Royal Family in Scotland, an office then held by another descendant SIR WYNDHAM ANSTRUTHER, Bart. He was one of the "Fife Lairds" who undertook to colonize the Island of Lewes, in the Hebrides, in 1598 a project which, after repeated attempts, was finally abandoned in 1609. SIR JAMES predeceased his father, in 1606.