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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (C)
James Cuthbertson


JAMES CUTHBERTSON, son of William and Helen (Symington) Cuthbertson of Berwickshire, Scotland, was born September 2nd, 1852. His father was a burgess and traces his ancestry back to St. Cuthbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, who died Marth 20th, A. D. 687. He was consecrated at York during the Easter festival by Theodore, arch-bishop of Canterbury, but only exercised his Episcopal office two years. He was noted for his piety, and his austere and secluded mode of living added greatly to the estimation in which he was held, and as usual at that period, the performance of miracles was freely ascribed to him. The ancestors of Helen (Symington) Cuthbertson, mother of our subject, were given a grant of land by the crown in the 14th century, on condition that they house and protect the traveling monks who went about the country building abbeys and cathedrals. It is worthy of note that for centuries there has been a Helen in the Symington family and its various branches. Berwickshire is a maritime county of Scotland, forming its southeastern extremity, and has a notable history. The county derives it name from the borough of Berwick, one of the few remaining walled town in the United Kingdom. The town suffered much during the Border wars. Lauder is the name of the village in which Mr. Cuthbertson was born and here he received his education. He emigrated to the United States in his youth, stopping in New York city, going thence to Chicago in 1871, shortly after the big fire in that city. He came to Fort Collins (Larimer CO, Colorado, USA) in 1872 and located on a tract of land three miles southeast of Fort Collins which he improved and successfully cultivated for nearly thirty years. About ten years ago he sold his farm and purchased another near Timnath on which he now resides. He has been a successful farmer and stock feeder and has amassed a comfortable competence. He ranks high as a citizen, farmer, friend and neighbor and is warmly esteemed by all who know him. He is a man of strong convictions and is ready at all times to defend his opinions by fair, intelligent argument in which he is seldom worsted. Mr. Cuthbertson has never married and is therefore heart whole and fancy free. Politically, he is a republican of the strictest sort and while he takes an active interest in public affairs and is well informed upon all important public questions, he has never been an office seeker and has never held a public office. He prefers the condition of an independent sovereign to that of public serf. Fraternally, Mr. Cuthbertson, is a Master Mason, a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar, being a member of Collins lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M.; Cache la Poudre chapter No. 11 R. A. M. and of De Molay commandry No. 13, K. T., all of Fort Collins. He is warm hearted, genial gentlemen, a prince socially and has host of friends in Larimer county, of which he has been a resident for nearly forty years.


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