SCOTLAND: Edinburgh

James Gillespie

  • 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


Thomas Gillespie

  • 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.


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