James KIRKPATRICK - CLARKE, ,Schoolmaster at Moffat Grammar School.

Male Abt 1761 - 1825  (~ 64 years)

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    Suffix ,Schoolmaster at Moffat Grammar School. 
    Born Abt 1761  Closeburn , Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Sep 1825  Dollar , Clackmannanshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • After his mother married William Clarke, James Kirkpatrick adopted the surname of his step father and was then known as James Clarke. (The use of Kirkpatrick -Clarke in these records is to simply identify him, he was never known as James Kirkpatrick -Clarke)
    • (Research):Born at Closeburn, Dumfriesshire,educated at Wallace Hall, James became a schoolmaster at Moffat Grammar school in 1786,at age 25, and first librarian of the Subscription Library there.

      About 1790 he married Jane Simpson, a native of Cumberland. They had 3 daughters. In 1791 he was charged with cruelty to his pupils by the authorities of Moffat, who, with Lord Hopetoun behind them, did all they could to have him discredited. Good friend Robert Burns (Scotland's national bard )took up his cause, writing to Alexander Cunningham on 11th June 1791, on Clarke's behalf.
      Burns also drafted the letter for Clarke to send to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, one of the patrons of the school, asking for a fair hearing; and in 1792, when the row was at its worst, Burns tried to get Clarke another position through the good offices of Robert Riddell. Clarke remained at Moffat, vindicated, until he was appointed, in 1794, master of the Burgh School at Forfar.
      There he remained, apparently successful and respected, until 1802, when he became rector at the grammar school in Cupar, Fife. He finally retired to Dollar, where he kept a boarding house and had as a neighbour William Tennant, the author of 'Anster Fair'. Clarke was apparently a good musician and fiddler.
      Though at the time of Clarke's trouble, Burns himself was hard-pressed, he seems to have lent the schoolmaster a considerable sum of money, which the schoolmaster was still paying back in small sums at the time of the poet's death. Burns's last letter to him, written on 26th June 1796 from Dumfries, is an acknowledgement of one such repayment, and an appeal for another 'by return of post'. Ref:The Burns Encyclopedia
    Person ID I14182  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2014 

    Father Sir James KIRKPATRICK, ,4th Baronet of Closeburn,   b. Abt 1740,   d. 7 Jun 1804, Capenoch, Thornhill. County, Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Agnes MILLIGAN,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    • Sir James is recorded in "Closeburn: Reminiscent, Historic and Traditional" by Robert M. F. Watson as having fathered another son ,James Clarke, by Agnes Milligan(who later married William Clarke of Dalgarnock,hence the adoption of his step-father's name,instead of his natural fathers, who nevertheless accepted paternity.)James was educated at Wallace Hall and at the age of 25 ,was appointed Headmaster of Moffat Grammar School.
    Family ID F6035  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane SIMPSON, ,of Cumberland.,   b. 1759,   d. 1827  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Abt 1790 
    • James and Jane produced three daughters.
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F6037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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