James Alexander Gardner1

M, b. 6 January 1857, d. 25 September 1887
Master James Alexander Gardner
Manse of Brechin
(St. Andrews - 12 June 1867)2
James Alexander Gardner
Manse of Brechin
(St. Andrews - 12 June 1867)3
James Alexander Gardner
(Edinburgh - May 1870)4
James Alex. Gardner
(Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire - 31 July 1872)5
James Alexander Gardner
(Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire - August 1874)6
James Alexander Gardner
(Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire - August 1874)7
James Alexander Gardner
(Edinburgh - 30 May 1876)8
James Alexander Gardner
(Edinburgh - 30 May 1876)9
James Alex. Gardner
M.A. of the University of Edinburgh
Advocate at the Scottish Bar
(Edinburgh - September 1885)10
FatherAlexander Gardner1,11 b. 8 Jul 1812, d. 12 Apr 1893
MotherJemima Marnie1,11 b. 30 Jan 1816, d. 17 Dec 1890
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Matthew Gardner
ChartsDescendants of Matthew Gardner and Margaret Martin
Birth*James Alexander Gardner was born on 6 January 1857 at Pearce Street, Brechin, Angus, Scotland.1 
(Son) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1861 as the son of Alexander Gardner at The Manse, Brechin, Angus, Scotland.11 
Education*James Alexander Gardner was educated between 1869 and 1873 at The Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was the honorary secretary of the school from 1885 until his death in 1887 and the captain of the school's Academical Football Fifteens during the 1882-1883 season.12 
(Boarder) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1871 as a boarder in the household of James Carmichael at 9 Saxe Coburg Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.13 
Occupation*James Alexander Gardner was an advocate circa 1881 at Brechin, Angus, Scotland.14 
(Son) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1881 as the son of Alexander Gardner at The Manse, Brechin, Angus, Scotland.14 
Death*James Alexander Gardner died from a "fracture of the skull, the result of injuries received by the deceased having thrown himself from a window while in a state of insanity caused by excessive drinking" on 25 September 1887 at 10 Forres Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, at age 30.15,16,17 
Burial*He was buried on 30 September 1887 at Brechin Cathedral Kirkyard, Brechin, Angus, Scotland.17,18
View of Gardner family monument in Brechin Cathedral churchyard, showing inscription to James Alexander Gardner, d. 25 Sep 1887.
© Courtesy of RCAHMS (Brechin Cathedral Graveyard Project). Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk

IN MEMORIAM
JAMES ALEXANDER GARDNER
YOUNGER OF ESBIE, M.A.
ADVOCATE
BORN AT BRECHIN 6 JANY 1857
DIED AT EDINBURGH 25 SEPTR 1887
INTERRED HERE 30 SEPTR 1887

HE WAS THE ONLY SON AND SOLE
OFFSPRING OF HIS PARENTS, THE REVD
ALEX. GARDNER AND HIS SPOUSE, BRECHIN.
BELOVED FOR THE  EXCELLENCIES OF
HIS DISPOSITION AND CHARACTER,
DISTINGUISHED BY HIS NATURAL
GIFTS AND ACADEMICAL ACQUIREMENTS
AND HAVING BEFORE HIM, TO ALL
APPEARANCE, A BRIGHT CAREER OF
PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE,
HIS EARLY DEATH EXCITED GREAT
AND AFFECTING SYMPATHY AND CALLED
FORTH MANIFESTATIONS OF SORROW
AND REGRET SUCH AS HAVE BEEN
RARELY WITNESSED.

Last Edited27 Aug 2011

Citations

  1. [S896] Scotland, birth certificate for James Alexander Gardner, 06 January 1857; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 21 August 2011); citing statutory births 275/00 0015, Angus, Brechin registration district; General Registry Office, Edinburgh.
  2. [S925] James Alexander Gardner photograph, 12 June 1867, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "Master James Alexander Gardner, Manse of Brechin. Taken at St. Andrews on the 12 June 1867." The photographer's label on the back reads "By T. Roger, St. Andrews."
  3. [S926] James Alexander Gardner photograph, 12 June 1867, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "James Alexander Gardner, Manse of Brechin. Taken at St. Andrews on the 12 June 1867." The photographer's label on the back reads "By T. Roger, St. Andrews."
  4. [S927] James Alexander Gardner photograph, May 1870, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "James Alexander Gardner, May 1870." The photographer's label on the back reads "P. Truefitt, 78 Princes St., EDINR."
  5. [S928] James Alexander Gardner photograph, 31 July 1872, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "James Alex. Gardner, 31 July 1872." The photographer's label on the back reads "A. Marshall, Photographer, Lochmaben."
  6. [S931] James Alexander Gardner photograph, August 1874, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "August 1874." The photographer's label on the back reads "A. Marshall, Photographer, Lochmaben."
  7. [S932] James Alexander Gardner photograph, August 1874, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "August 1874." The photographer's label on the back reads "A. Marshall, Photographer, Lochmaben."
  8. [S929] James Alexander Gardner photograph, 30 May 1876, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "30th May 1876." The photographer's label on the back reads "J. G. Tunny's, Fine Art Photographic Galleries, 13 Maitland Street, (West end of Princess Street), and 11 Salisbury Place, Newington, Edinburgh."
  9. [S930] James Alexander Gardner photograph, 30 May 1876, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "30th May 1876." The photographer's label on the back reads "J. G. Tunny's, Fine Art Photographic Galleries, 13 Maitland Street, (West end of Princess Street), and 11 Salisbury Place, Newington, Edinburgh."
  10. [S933] James Alexander Gardner photograph, September 1885, privately held by Hazel Gardner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Ashtead, Surrey, England, 29 May 1999. This photograph was scanned by David Gardner Crouch from a collection of loose photographs, albums, bibles and other family papers that originally belonged to Rev. Alexander Gardner, minister at Brechin. On his death in 1893, this collection passed to his nephew, Matthew Gardner, post master at Rock Cottage, Ardentinny, Argyll, Scotland. It is presently owned by Hazel Gardner, the widow of Charles Aitken Gardner. Charles was a grandson of the Matthew Gardner of Rock Cottage mentioned above. On the back of the photograph is written "James Alex. Gardner, M.A. of the University of Edinburgh, Advocate at the Scottish Bar, Edinburgh, September 1885." The photographer's label on the back reads "W. Crooke, 108 Princes Street, Edinburgh."
  11. [S897] 1861 census of Scotland, Angus, Brechin registration district, enumeration district (ED) 4, household schedule no. 139, p. 20, Alexander Gardiner household; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 21 August 2011); citing GRO Census 1861 275/00 004/00 020.
  12. [S903] Edinburgh Academical Club, The Edinburgh Academy Register [1824-1914] (Edinburgh: T. & A. Constable, 1914).
  13. [S899] 1871 census of Scotland, Edinburgh City / Midlothian, St. George registration district, enumeration district (ED) 69, household schedule no. 16, pp. 4-5, James Carmichael household; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 21 August 2011); citing GRO Census 1871 685/01 069/00 005.
  14. [S900] 1881 census of Scotland, Angus, Brechin registration district, enumeration district (ED) 4, household schedule no. 123, p. 22, Alexander Gardner household; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 21 August 2011); citing GRO Census 1881 275/00 004/00 022.
  15. [S901] Scotland, death certificate for James Alexander Gardner, 25 September 1887; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 21 August 2011); citing statutory deaths 685/01 0882, Edinburgh City / Midlothian, St. George registration district; General Registry Office, Edinburgh.
  16. [S902] "Melancholy Death of an Edinburgh Advocate," The Scotsman, 26 September 1887, p. 6, col. 6; digital images, The Scotsman Digital Archive (http://archive.scotsman.com : accessed 22 August 2011).

    MELANCHOLY DEATH OF AN EDINBURGH ADVOCATE
    Yesterday Mr James Alexander Gardner, advocate, met his death, under very melancholy circumstances, through falling from a window of the third flat of the house in which he resided in Forres Street.  Mr. Gardner, who was about 30 years of age, was the son of a late-Sheriff-Substitute of Argyleshire, was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, where he proved a distinguished pupil, and afterwards took his M.A. degree at the Edinburgh University.  In 1881 he was called to the bar, and was looked upon as a promising lawyer, the cases which he had in Court being well got up and effectively handled.  The unfortunate young man was well known in football and athletic circles in the east and west of Scotland, and at the time of his death held the position of the secretary of the Scottish Rugby Union, and was captain of the Edinburgh Academicals.

  17. [S916] "Brechin Cathedral, Kirkyard," Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Canmore (http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk : accessed 23 August 2011), photograph, "View of Gardner family monument in Brechin Cathedral churchyard, showing inscription to James Alexander Gardner, d. 25 Sep 1887," Item SC 1163470; crediting Brechin Cathedral Graveyard Project.

    IN MEMORIAM
    JAMES ALEXANDER GARDNER
    YOUNGER OF ESBIE, M.A.
    ADVOCATE
    BORN AT BRECHIN 6 JANY 1857
    DIED AT EDINBURGH 25 SEPTR 1887
    INTERRED HERE 30 SEPTR 1887

    HE WAS THE ONLY SON AND SOLE
    OFFSPRING OF HIS PARENTS, THE REVD
    ALEX. GARDNER AND HIS SPOUSE, BRECHIN.
    BELOVED FOR THE  EXCELLENCIES OF
    HIS DISPOSITION AND CHARACTER,
    DISTINGUISHED BY HIS NATURAL
    GIFTS AND ACADEMICAL ACQUIREMENTS
    AND HAVING BEFORE HIM, TO ALL
    APPEARANCE, A BRIGHT CAREER OF
    PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE,
    HIS EARLY DEATH EXCITED GREAT
    AND AFFECTING SYMPATHY AND CALLED
    FORTH MANIFESTATIONS OF SORROW
    AND REGRET SUCH AS HAVE BEEN
    RARELY WITNESSED.

  18. [S917] Brechin Cathedral (Brechin, Angus, Scotland), "Register of Burials in the Old Church Yard of Brechin," no. 1149, James Alexander Gardner (buried 27 Sep 1887); digital image, Deceased Online (http://www.deceasedonline.com : accessed 25 August 2011).