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Robertson, David Steuart

Rummaging through my transcriptions yesterday I thought this item might interest you.  My ancestor John Prescott found Lancaster, Massachussetts in 1655 having arived in Boston 1640.   I must visit his monument in Lancaster next time I travel to Lancaster from my place in Rhode Island. 

Subject: Grave of David Steuart Robertson
Source:   Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and
Epitaphs of Lancaster, MA 1643-1850 by Henry S. Nourse, A.M. 1890

                          THE OLD COMMON BURIAL GROUND
                                          Lancaster, Mass.


In Memory of David Steuart Robertson, Second son of the late John Robertson, Esq. of Foveran House, Aberdeenshire.  Born in Scotland, Educated at Rugby in England, And at Glessen in Germany, in which country as well as in Sicily, he spent several years.   At the age of twenty-three He came to America.  Having, after various ex- periences of the Old World, Acquired an Ardent love for the New.  He settled in this town of Lancaster And became a citizen of the United States.  Deceased on the
twenty first  of July A. D. MDCCXLIX.  In the thirtieth year of his age.

                    Here Steuart sleeps and should some brother Scot
                    Wander this way, and pause upon the spot,
                    He need not ask, now life's poor show is o'er.
                    What arms he carried or what plaid he wore,
                    So small the value of illustrious birth,
                    Brought to this solemn, last essay of earth;
                    Yet unreproved, his epitaph may say,
                    A royal soul was rapt in Steuart's clay.
                    And generous actions consecrate his mount.
                    More than all titles, though of kingly sound.

Subject: David Steuart Robertson
Source: History of Lancaster, Massachusetts by Rev. Abijah P. Marvin, Lancaster, 1879


Mr. David Steuart Robertson was not only prized by his friends but he earned the respect of the public by his taste and generous spirit. His death was sudden, by a violent fever. He owned the property east of the cemetery, which he left to a female friend living in Boston, who might have borne his name if death had not parted them.  It is several years since she followed him into the land of the unseen.


The late Henry Wilder was an intelligent and honorable man but when his mind was made up he could not be driven from his purpose.  The house passed from the Wilders into the hands of David Stewart and intelligent but eccentric Scotchman and a friend of Dr. Steuart Robertson.


The house numbered 11, and lately occupied by Rev. Marcus Ames was formerly the Safford house where lived Thomas Safford, grandfather of Charles Safford.  He was a man of respectability, but was subject to fits of mental aberration. Subsequently the house passed into the possession of David Steuart Robertson, whose remarkable monument and epitaph are noticed in a previous chapter (see above).  Mr. Robertson was a scholar, of gentlemanly manners and tastes. He was an ardent admirer of our republican institutions from principle, and his preference for them was, perhaps, increased by the fact that the law of entail in the old country gave the bulk of the family estate to his older brother. He inherited only from his mother.  Though formed for society, and genial with particular friends, yet he lived a retired life.  He had however a peculiar fondness for the company of young people and delighted to form a party of boys and girls for a walk or a picnic. It is about thirty years since his sudden death, but he is often mentioned kindly by surviving friends.

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