Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

Wall plaques

Note: if you have additional information on any of the people who are commemorated, please contact us.

All photographs of members of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders are reproduced by kind permission of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum.

The photograph of Col. Priestly is reproduced by kind permission of the Black Watch Museum.  

Elizabeth Abercromby: see Maj. Alexander Joass and Elizabeth  Abercromby.

Lilias Aytoun and Rollo Aytoun: "In loving memory of Lilias, wife of Colonel Andrew Aytoun, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died at Maidstone 13th September 1920, aged 56 years and of their only child Rollo, Lieutenant, 2nd Batt. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died at Le Cateau, France, 27th August 1914 of wounds received in action the previous day, aged 24 years. Until the day break and the shadows flee away." Lieut. Rollo Aytoun was Holy Trinity’s first fatality of World War I. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May, 1910, promoted to Lieutenant in July 1912 and was among the first British troops in France in 1914. Initially, they took up positions in the Mons sector, but could not contain the German onslaught and retreated to more defensible positions. Gen. Smith-Dorrien ordered the British II Corps to make a stand at Le Cateau to slow the German advance. This was achieved with heavy casualties on both sides.The Battalion history records the circumstances of Lieut. Aytoun's death as follows: ”D” and “C” Companies moved out with “B” in support and later “A” Company (sent to support Major A. H.  Maclean, “C” Company”) having lost Captain Walker, was by some error retired upon Headquarters, except one platoon under Lieutenant Aytoun, which went on northwards through the zone of artillery fire and lost severely.

Captain R de C BoydCapt. Robert de Crespigny Boyd: "In memory of Captain Robert de Crespigny Boyd, Adjutant, 1st Battn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died 10th June 1894, aged 30 years. Erected by his brother officers". The cause of death was pneumonia.

Captain W D CaudwellCapt. William Darling Caudwell, Argyllshire Highlanders: "In memory of Capt. Wm Darling Caudwell, who died January 3rd 1883, aged 43. This tablet is erected by his brother officers in token of their affectionate regard." William was one of 5 children born to William Caudwell and Mary Darling. Capt. William's father was one of 11 living children born to William Caudwell and Hannah Lousley of Drayton Manor, nr. Abingdon, Berkshire. If there are any other descendents of this family out there, please contact our website!

Rev C L ColdwellRev. Clement Leigh Coldwell: "To the glory of God and in memory if Clement Leigh Coldwell MA, for 29 years rector of this parish, where he worked with love among his people, December 23 1873 - July 7 1903." Rev. Coldwell was incumbent/rector from 1873 until 1903. He was the first to serve in the present church building. Died of pneumonia, age 69. See History pages 1795-1845 and 1878-1903 for details of his life and ministry.

Lieut. D. J. A. DicksonLieut David J. A. Dickson, Argyllshire Highlanders: "In memory of Lieut. David J. A. Dickson, who died March 13th 1883, aged 24. This tablet is erected by his brother officers in token of their affectionate regard." Lt Dickson died of capillary bronchitis and congestion at Lasswade, Midlothian.

Ethel Margaret Elphinston and Alexis Elphinston: "In loving memory of Ethel Margaret Elphinston 14th April 1880 - 20th Nov 1946. Alexis Elphinston 4th Dec. 1873 - 20th Feb. 1958."

Anne C. Galbraith and Catherine M. Galbraith: "To the glory of God and in loving memory of Anne C. Galbraith, who entered into rest  16th Oct 1885. also Catherine M. Galbraith, who fell asleep 18th Jan, 1894. Waiting for the coming of our Lord." 

William Honeyman Gillespie: "This font is offered for the service of God, The Blessed Trinity by E. H. G. in memory of her beloved husband William Honeyman Gillespie of Torranehill, who died March 8 1875. When thou lettest thy breath go forth they shall be made and thou shalt renew the face of the Earth. I will sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean and I will put my Spirit within you." 'E. H. G.' was Elizabeth Honeyman Gillespie. Of the last two sentences, the first comes from Psalm 104:30 and the second from Ezekiel 36:25,27.

Rt Rev G GleigMost Rev. George Gleig: "In memoriam viri admodum reverendi Georgii Gleig L.L.D., episcopi Brechinensis, nec non in ecclesia Scoticana amplissimum dignitatis gradum adepti. In hoc sacello per annos XLIV muneribus sacerdotalibus perfunctus est, pietate insignis doctrinaque pura. Verbi divini gravissimus erat interpres; fidei incorruptae strenuus propugnator; literis humanioribus et artium optimarum disciplinis sedulo instructus; et in reconditis philosophiae studiis subtilis felixque. Sedens ad gubernaculum semper erat sibi constans, in fratres mitis, et, cum de summa re consuleretur, propositi fortiter tenax. Obiit VII id. Mart. anno Domini MDCCCXL et aetatis suae LXXXVII.  Αποθανν  τι  λαλειται.  Pastori suo dilecto, amici superstites, hoc marmor poni curaverunt."

White marble memorial by David Ness of Edinburgh, originally erected in Barnton Street Church of 1845. 


In memory of the very reverend George Gleig, L.L.D., who was Bishop of Brechin and who also gained the greatest position of honour in the Scottish Church.  In this chapel, he carried out the duties of a priest for 45 years. Distinguished in holiness and in pure doctrine, he was a very serious interpreter of the divine word, an energetic defender of the uncorrupted faith.  He was diligently instructed in the more cultured literature and in the learning of the best arts. In the profound studies of philosophy he was discriminating and successful.  When sitting in management, he was always consistent, gentle towards his brothers, and, when he was consulted about things of the highest importance, he was strong and firm of purpose.  He died on the 9th March in the year of the Lord 1840 aged 87.  "He being dead yet speaketh" [Hebrews 11:4]  His surviving friends have put this monument up to their beloved pastor.

Incumbent of Holy Trinity 1787-1831, Bishop of Brechin 1810-1840 and Primus 1816-1837. 

See History pages 1694-1795 and 1795-1845 for details of his life and ministry. 

Mary Elizabeth Griffiths and Pte Richard Griffiths Wilson: "To the glory of God and in loving memory of Mary Elizabeth Griffiths, aged 36, died 25th April 1906 and of Richard Griffiths Wilson, aged 18 years 10 months 1/6 Gordon Highlanders. Missing 12th April 1918, west of River Lawe. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."  Wilson served with “D” Coy, 6th Battn, Gordon Highlanders. He was the eldest son of Kate Griffiths Wilson, of Hayford House, Stirling, and the late Andrew Wilson, F.I.C. On 21 March 1918, the Germans launched the Kaiserschlacht offensive, as a last desperate try to break through to Paris. The first wave of attacks was made in the St Quentin area, where over 30 miles of territory was taken, but the objective of capturing Amiens was not achieved. The second wave of attacks was to the north, along the rivers Lys and Lawe. The British  were pushed back across both rivers in a 10-mile retreat. Fierce fighting was centred around Estaires on the river Lawe on  9-11 April and, on the following day, Wilson was reported missing in this area. He was aged 18. The German offensive’s power diminished and the Allies recovered to mount a counter-offensive which ended in November with Germany’s request for an armistice. See entry in WWI Roll of Honour.

Maj. William Prescod Gurney, Argyllshire Highlanders: "To the memory of Major W. P. Gurney, who died at Mauritius on the 27th January 1880, from illness contracted during the Zulu campaign, aded 45. This tablet is erected by his brother officers in token of their affectionate regard." Gurney was commissioned as an Ensign in the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders in 1854. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1855, Captain in 1860, Brevet [i.e. acting] Major in 1873 and Major in 1876. In January 1879, the British suffered a shock  defeat at Isandlwana at the hands of a Zulu army and another British force was besieged at Eskowe. Realising that they were fighting a much more skilful and disciplined enemy than they had anticipated, the British sent strong reinforcements to Zululand, including the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders. On 2 April 1879, Major Gurney took part in the battle of Ginginhlovo (known to British soldiers as ‘gin, gin, I love you’). The Zulus suffered heavy losses trying to break the heavily armed British square and were forced to retreat. The 91st carried on to relieve Eskowe. There had been an outbreak of typhoid at Eskowe and this may be what killed Gurney. 

Col. O. C. HannayCol. Ormelie Campbell Hannay: "Of your charity remember Ormelie Campbell Hannay, born Dec. 23rd 1848, who gave his life for his Queen and Country and was killed in action at Paardeberg, South Africa, Febry 18th 1900, when gallantly leading his Brigade of Mounted Infantry. He served for 32 years in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and commanded the 1st Batt. from 1892-1899. Grant to him, O God, all that he needs for his eternal happiness in Thy Blessed Love and Service, and to us true repentance and grace to follow his good example through Jesus Christ Our Lord. This memorial is a token of deepest love from his wife Augusta and his son Robert Ormelie Fraser." The circumstances of his death were exceptional. At the battle of Paardeberg, his brigade of mounted infantry was positioned in front of a Boer laager, or fortified camp, commanded by Gen. Piet Cronje. At around 3 pm. on 18 February 1900, he received a written order from Lord Kitchener: “The time has now come for a final effort. All troops have been warned that the laager must be rushed at all costs. Try and carry Stephenson’s brigade on with you. But if they cannot go, the mounted infantry should do it. Gallop up if necessary and fire into the laager.” Hannay understandably interpreted this absurd order to mean that he should charge the laager immediately, which Lord Kitchener later claimed was not his intention. Hannay then led all the mounted infantrymen that he could muster in a charge that, although carried out with determination, had no chance of success. The laager was about 500 yards away, but Hannay’s horse was killed under him and, when he tried to continue on foot, Boer sharpshooters riddled him with bullets. Two officers and a few men reached the laager, where they were immediately taken prisoner. That so senior an officer as a brigade commander should lose his life in this fashion indicates the rigidity of the idea that an order had to be carried out, no matter how absurd it seemed.

Maj. T. A. IrvineMaj. Thomas Archibald Irvine: Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders in 1881, by 1899 he had risen to the rank of Major. He fought in South Africa at Modder River, Magersfontein, Paardeberg, Driefontein and in the Transvaal. He died of heart failure at Chatham in 1908, still serving with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Memorial designed by Princess Louise, Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.

Maj. Alexander Joass and Elizabeth Abercromby:  "In memory of Major Alexander Joass of Colleonard, Banffshire,  Deputy Governor of Stirling Castle. Born 10 March 1732, Died at Stirling 11th Nov. 1794. And of Elizabeth Abercromby, his wife, daughter of George Abercromby of Tullibody and sister of Sir Ralph Abercromby KB. Born 1 Feb. 1788. Died 10 Dec. 1814. Placed here by their great-grandson J. R. Alex. Chinnery-Haldane, Bishop of Argyll and The Isles."

Brig. Gen. H. B. KirkBrig. Gen. Henry Buchanan Kirk: (1) "In memory of Brigadier General Henry B. Kirk, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, from his Colonel in Chief and friend, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle, May 1916. Soldier, thou who warrest in heaven shalt find rest." 
"Erected to the memory of Brigadier General Henry Buchanan Kirk, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who died on active service in France on the 12th May 1916. By the past and present offiers of the battalion who served with him. Ne obliviscaris." Brig. Gen. Kirk died of pneumonia while commanding the 93rd Infantry Brigade, aged 49. See entry in WWI 
Roll of Honour.

Capt. H. C. MacdonaldCapt. Henry Craigie Macdonald: "Sacred to the memory of Captain Henry Craigie Macdonald, 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders who died at St Petersburg on the 23th March 1909 in the 40th year of his age. This tablet is erected by his brother officers." Capt. Macdonald served in South Africa, Nigeria and India and was buried with full military honours on the personal orders of Tsar Nicholas II.  

Lt Col. W. S. MillsLieut Col. William Salmon Mills: "In memory of Lieut. Colonel William Salmon Mills, formerly of Prncess Louise's Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who died on the 29th November 1893. Erected by past and present officers of the regt." Lieut Col. Mills served in the Zulu War.

Lieut Maurice Charles Mowbray MC and Norman Wiggin Mowbray: "In memory of Lieut. Maurice Charles Mowbray M.C. Royal Engineers, killed in action near Ypres Aug. 23 1917, aged 21 and of  Norman Wiggin Mowbray, accidently killed on Buchaille Etive, Glencoe, Sep. 13 1930, aged 33. Beloved sons of Archibald and Margaret Mowbray." Lieut. Mowbray served in the 89th Field Coy, Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers Field Companies built and maintained railways, roads, water supplies, bridges and front-line fortifications for infantry and artillery. They also maintained field guns and other mechanical equipment. Separate signalling companies maintained telephones, wireless equipment and other media. Field companies often worked under fire on the battlefield. Lt Mowbray died during the battle of the Menin Road, which formed part of the Third Battle of Ypres. Front line engineering works were vital in this battle as a combination of very heavy rain and destruction of the drainage system by the initial British bombardment transformed the battlefield into a swamp of heavy mud in which many soldiers - including engineers - drowned. Norman Mowbray was a chartered accountant and died  from a compound fracture of the skull sustained in a climbing accident. A press report of the accident in Glencoe is available from Holy Trinity. The brothers' parents lived at Allan Park Lodge, Stirling.

2nd Lieut Alastair John Greville Murray: "To the glory of God and in loving memory of Alastair John Greville Murray, 2nd Lieut Cameron Highlanders, killed at the Battle of the Aisne14 Sept. 1914." Alastair Murray was the son of Major Alastair Murray and Mary Murray of Polmaise Castle. He was the last of the Murrays of Polmaise, a prominent Stirling landowning family. He had newly been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalionn, Cameron Highlanders, when he was killed, age 20. After the Battle of the Marne, the Germans retreated northwards and dug in on elevated ground immediately to the north of the river Aisne. This marked the end of the ‘war of movement’ and the beginning of trench warfare. The British and French crossed to the north bank of the Aisne, but found themselves at the foot of steep slopes surmounted by well-prepared German positions. Murray almost certainly fell in one of the many uphill assaults made on 14 September on the Chemin des Dames, a road of about 14 miles in length, running along a narrow ridge overlooking the Aisne.  The British Expeditionary Force then redeployed to northern France and Flanders, in order to shorten its supply lines. See entry in WWI Roll of Roll of Honour.

Col. E. R. PriestlyCol. Edward Ramsden Priestly: "In memory of Colonel Edward Ramsden Priestly, Lieut. Colonel 42nd Royal Highland Regt "The Black Watch". Died at Stirling 25th March 1868 in his fifty first year. Erected by his brother officers." Col. Edward Ramsden Priestly
commanded the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch)  from 1860 until 1868. He had served previously in the 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot and 25th (Kings Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot. Died at the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling.

Major T. A. ScottMaj. Thomas Archibald Scott: "In loving memory of Major Thomas Archibald Scott, 1st Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Born 29th February 1860 - died 31st August 1921." Scott was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders in 1881. By April 1901 he had risen to the rank of Major in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. He fought in South Africa in 1899, but was invalided home and retired in July 1901.

Capt. Alexander Duncan Sim: "In memory of Captain Alexander Duncan Sim, Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died March 28th 1893, aged 35. Erected by his brother oficers of both battalions." Sim was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders in 1878. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1880 and Captain in 1884. In 1892, he transferred to the 91st (1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). According to Regimental records, he died in Edinburgh in March 1893. However, no death certificate appears to have been issued.

Stirlings of Gargunnock: "To the memory of three generations of the Stirlings of Gargunnock who served on the vestry and worshipped inthi church."

Janet H. Thomson: plaque mounted below stained glass window commemorating Charles Thomson (north aisle - St Columba): "Also to the memory of his wife Janet H. Thomson, who died 17th July 1979." Mrs Thomson died 28 years to the day after her husband.

Col. P. D. TrotterCol. Philip Durham Trotter: "To the glory of God and in memory of Colonel Philip Durham Trotter, knight, commanding Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, honorary freeman of the Burgh of Stirling ___ son of the late _____ Trotter, Esq. of Dreghorn, Midlothian. Born __ June 1844, died 26th October 1918." Trotter served in the Sudan 1884-85. He became Depot Commander at Stirling Castle in 1898 and retired in 1902. He died from malignant disease of bowels at Eckford, Roxburghshire.

2nd Lieut Evan Welldon Wilson: "In loving memory of Evan Welldon Wilson, 2nd Lieut. 4th batt. attached 11th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action at Arras, April 23rd 1917, aged 20 years. Erected by his parents." Wilson belonged to the 4th Battn, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, but at the time of his death was attached to the 11th Battalion. As the 4th Battallion remained in the UK for the duration of the war, he may have been redeployed as a replacement for earlier losses or may have volunteered for front-line service. He was the younger son of Major William Wilson and Ada Jane Wilson, of 4 Park Place, Stirling and, at his death, was aged 20 years and 2 days. He was killed in the Second Battle of the Scarpe, possibly in capturing the village of Guemappe. This was part of the Arras offensive, a large-scale attack launched by the British as part of a plan devised by the charismatic French General Robert Nivelle. Some ground was won, but the attacks wtihered in front of the Hindenburg Line. The ground won at Arras was of little consequence due to the overall failure of the Nivelle offensive to break through the formidable German defences. See entry in WWI Roll of Honour.

Pte Richard Griffiths Wilson: see Mary Elizabeth Griffiths and Richard Griffiths Wilson.

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