POPE, a surname
common to both England and Scotland, though somewhat rare in the latter.
In the list of those present at the meeting of the General Assembly at
Glasgow, in June 1610, we find the names of Mr. William Pope and Mr.
Thomas Paipe, both ministers. The Rev. Alexander Pope, minister of Reay,
Caithness-shire, who died in 1776, was the author of a Description of
the Shires of Caithness, Strathnaver, and Sutherland, in Pennantís Tour.
He also wrote a Description of the Dune of Dornedilla, for the
Archaeology, 1779, vol. v. p. 216. In the summer of 1732 he rode on his
pony all the way from Caithness to Twickenham, in order to visit his
namesake, the poet, when the latter presented him with a copy of the
subscription edition of the Odyssey, in five volumes quarto, and a
handsome snuff box. They subsequently corresponded with each other, and
from this and other circumstances it is thought probable that a
relationship existed between them.