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Clan Lundin / Lundie
Chapter Twenty-one – Other Lundie/Lundins


John Lundie; was a regent of King’s College in Aberdeen, and became a Professor of Humanities at Aberdeen University around 1635. He is noted in the national biography as a famed poet of his time. A short extract of some of his poetry is transcribed below. It is suggested from his poetry that his brother-in-law was the poet Alexander Gardyne. Their poetry was published together at a later date by the Abbotsford Society. Many of his descendants are described in Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, by the Rev. Henry Scott, and can also be seen in "Lundins of Fife."

An. 1635. 1 Januar.
Goodmorrowe for my New Yeirs Gift.
To Mr. Da. Leich.

The first goodmorrowe (as ve vse to say)
Procurs the first propine on neue yeirs day.
Billie, goodmorroue, by mu soul! goodmorroue.
This bygon yeir which first began thy foroue
In tyms being buried, Janus heir
Coms and proclames a fair neu joyfull yeir.
Hence, therefor, al thy melancholike passions ;
Hence, hence, thy deipest , fadest cogitations.
Reseve thy self for better things, and burrie
In deip oblivion vrath’s consuming furie.
My Janus heir requests the never remember
The fade disasters of foul December.
As for that other passion, thy supreme,
Which in lou’s books hes enternis’dthy name,
Quench not ; but fitt it for some braver project,
And for some firmer and fairer object
Salute our primare ; for my blushing muse
To take such task upon hir doth refuse.
Shoe knous his will, his knoulege, iugment fage,
Outstrip his tym – anticipat his age.
Thairfor sho’s forc’d for to imploy some other :
And quho;s so merit as you, his frind, hir brother.
The first goodmorroue, as ve vse to say,
Procurs the first propine on neue yeirs day.
 

The Princiapl re-salits with his Propine.

In lieu of guerdon, loue a gratefull mind,
And by this token poor pure loue esteime.
Lou’s prospect makes a myte a montane seim.
Look throch it, and O quhat a store you’l find.
If madest malice hade not clipt my vings
I’d long ere noue due and gryter things.

Mary Lundie Duncan; was the daughter of Rev. Robert Lundie of Kelso and Mary Grey, she was born April 26th 1814 in Kelso. She married the Rev. W.W. Duncan (son of Rev. Henry Duncan who is often described as father of the savings bank) in 1836, having two children together, Mary Lundie Duncan, and Henry Robert Duncan. She produced a number of poems, pieces of music and short writings, almost all with a religious tone. Her Hymns include, "Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me," "Lo! Round the Throne a Glorious Band," and "My Savior, Be Thou Near Me." She was the author of "Ryhmes for my Children." An extract can be seen below:

Little brother, darling boy,
You are very dear to me!
I am happy - full of joy,
When your smiling face I see.

How I wish that you could speak,
and could know the words I say!
Pretty stories I would seek,
To amuse you every day -

All about the honey bees,
Flying past us in the sun;
Birds that sing among the trees,
Lambs that in the meadows run.

Shake your rattle - here it is -
Listen to its merry noise;
And when you are tired of this,
I will bring you other toys.

She died 5th January 1840 and is buried in Cleish, Kinross, Scotland. She is the subject of the book, "Memoir of Mary Lundie Duncan; being Recollections of a Daughter: by her Mother." It is this posthumous memoir that made the ‘pious’ life of Mary so famous.

Her mother wrote several other books including "Memoirs of the Life and Character of the Rev. Matthias Bruen," "History of Revivals of Religion in the British Isles, especially in Scotland," and "America as I found it".

A short note should also be made of her siblings. An obituary of her brother Cornelius Lundie describes him as the last known acquaintance of Sir Walter Scott, having been known to dine with him at Abbotsford. This same obituary also describes him as the oldest owner of a Railway Company (at the time of his death). Another brother George Archibald Lundie was author of the book "Missionary Life in Samoa, as exhibited in the Journals of G. A. Lundie during the revival in Tutuila in 1840-41". Her sister Jane Catherine Lundie, married Horatius Bonar, a famed Hymnist of the Scottish Church. She also wrote several hymns.

Col. Alexander Robert Taylor Lundie. O.B.E., M.C., M.D., M.B., ChB., DTM&H. Son of Dr. Alexander Lundie, chief Medical Officer for Fife (son of Rev. Alexander Lundie, minister of the Free Church at Torryburn), and Isabel Dobson Taylor (daughter of John Taylor O.B.E., provost of Clydebank, M.P. for Dumbarton Burghs). His mother was an artist; an example of her work may be readily seen in one of the stained glass windows of the Church of Old Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire. He had two brothers, John and Robert. He married Helen Elizabeth Wilson, and they had three children together, Elizabeth, Isobel and Alexander. Amongst other medical work, he produced a number of works on the medical effects of atomic and chemical warfare. Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps (Royal Welsh Fusiliers), he was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and one of the founder fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Eric Balfour Lundie. An international Cricketer for South Africa. He was born 15th March 1888, in Willowvale, Cape Province South Africa and died during the First World War, 12th September 1917, near Passchendale, Belgium. At the time he was a 2nd Lieutenant in 3rd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. He was a right arm fast bowler, and right hand batsman. He played first class cricket for Eastern Province, Western Province and Transvaal. His first and only test for South Africa was the 5th test against England at the Crusaders ground, St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa; starting on the 27th February 1914. In England’s first innings he took 4 for 101, the pick of the bowling by far. One of these wickets included that of the great Jack Hobbs. England won the test by 10 wickets. This was the last test before the outbreak of war. The next time South Africa were to play, 1921, this promising bowler had lost his life.

General John Lundin. A celebrated General in the Swedish army. Was a prisoner in the Fort at Bender, Turkey, with King Charles XII of Sweden and Lord Hamilton around 1713. It is believed that he spent 12 years a prisoner in that fort, and eventually escaped with Lord Hamilton.


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