John Muir Esq.
Town Clerk's Office
30th July 1896
I act as agent for the Trustees of the deceased M. David Gilrye your grandfather who died at Dunbar in December 1852: I am informed by Miss Margaret Lunam, your near relation, that your mother died lately and at her request and on behalf of Mr. Gilrye's Trustees, I now write you.
By the Trust Settlement of the deceased dated 6st October 1851 he appointed five Trustees, all of whom with the exception of M. William Combe, late Candlemaker, are dead. Previous to the death of M. Matthew Buist, Factor, Lynninghame, he along with Mr. Combe, on 18th July 1841 assumed as Trustees the Rev. Robert Buchanan Minister of the Parish of Dunbar and Dr. David James them practicing in Dunbar, now resident in England.
In terms of Mr. Gilrye's Settlement a sum of 1260 pounds was invested for behoof of your late mother in liferent, and the children of her body in revesion. I understand that the interest or divided from this investment has regularly remitted by Mr. Combe as acting and managing Trustee, to your late mother.
The sum before mentioned of 1260 pounded was invested in the 4 percent. Funded Debt of the Glasgow & South Western
Western Railroad Company on 19th August 1841. The funded debt is now called Debenture Stock and the price as taken from the Glasgow Share List of today is 160 pounds for 100 pounds, this included the interest due on 3d August. The fund has divisable amounts to over 2,000 pounds.
The duty of the Trustees now is to opportion and divide the fund among the heirs of the body of your late mother, and as I understand she was only once married, this means the children of the marriage of your late father and mother. Miss Lunam informs me that you have two brothers and five sisters. If any of these predeceased your mother his or her children will be entitled to the deceased parent's share. I shall be greatly obliged if you will write me in detail the nmaes and addresses of your surviving brothers and sistaer in the case of your sisters, giving the names, occupations and addresses of their respective husbands. If either of your brothers or any of your sisters predeceased their mother, please to give me full information as to the children._ I need hardly say that Mr. Gilrye's Trustees will require to be very careful as to the payment of the funds and to obtain a full and complete discharge.
I shall also be obliged if you will send me an official certificate of the death of your late mother.
I was very much disappointed that I did not see you when you called with Miss Lunam last year as I would have liked so much to meet you personally. I am
1896 Jul 30
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Notman, Charles, "Letter from Charles Notman to John Muir, 1896 Jul 30." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 818.
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