- Born at Roslin 1725 or 1726
- of Spylaw, a tobacconist on High Street
- He built Spyler House, 231 High Street – plaque there to honour him.
- His younger brother John helped him in his business
- Died April 8, 1797, four years after his brother died.
- They never married.
- Buried Colmton Parish Church. Edinburgh
- He founded a hospital after his death and a school and a residence for the master and assistants.
Source: USA Gillespie Newsletter Vol 1, Issue 3, page 15
- b 1703 at Clearburn, Parish of Duddington near Edinburgh.
- His father died when he was very young. He studied theology in England. He was licensed to preach in 1740 whereby he returned to Scotland.
- Minister at Carnock till 1752. Rejected. He then moved to Dumfrieshires for five years to preach.
- He lived a separated life from the Church of Scotland.
- Many more details on this website: Scroll down. www.electricscotland.com/history/other/gillespie_thomas.htm
Thomas Gillespie at St Andrew’s University 1552-Ex Collego Divi Salvatorus, Matriculation Roll
Dr Thomas Gillespie: Professor of Humanities 1814-1840, Edinburgh University
- Born at Closeburn Feb 1777 or 1778
- Educated at Wallacehall
- 1802 Entered University of Edinburgh
- 1813 Appointed to the Church. Lived at Cults. Married Dr Hunter’s daughter.
- 1828 Became Assistant Humanity Chair at United College
- 1836 Became Principal
- Died at Dumino near St Andrews Sept 11, 1844, aged 67 years.
- Wrote verse, and published some
Source: National Archives
William David Gillespie
- June 28, 1819 to April 19, 1848. From Edinburgh.
- S/o Dr Alexander G Gillespie of 30 York Place
- Educated at Edinburgh Academy 1828
- Went to the Hudson Bay Territory in Canada
- Died in Italy
Source: A Dictionary of Scottish Immigrants to Canada Before Confederation