Person NameFordyce; Arthur Dingwall (1745-1834); of Arthurseat and Polmuir
ForenamesArthur Dingwall
Epithetof Arthurseat and Polmuir
ActivityArthur Dingwall Fordyce of Arthurseat and Polmuir was born at Brucklay Castle in 1745, the son of William Dingwall Fordyce of Culsh. He was apprenticed to advocates in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and was admitted a notary public in 1767. He was made an honorary burgess of Aberdeen in 1770, and in the same year married Janet Morison, the daughter of a previous Lord Provost. He was an advocate in Aberdeen, and one of the Rector’s assessors at Marischal College. All five of his sons attended Marischal College: William became an advocate; James became a merchant in London; Arthur succeeded him in Arthurseat and Polmuir and was a Captain of the Bengal Engineers in the HEICS; Alexander was a merchant in London and Canada, and Thomas was a lieutenant in the HEICS. Of his seven daughters, one, Isobel, married James Bentley, Professor of Oriental Languages at Marischal College, and another, Patience, married James Young who was later Lord Provost of Aberdeen. Arthur Dingwall Fordyce was awarded an honorary LLD by Marischal in 1790 (when he was still designated ‘of Culsh’), and died at Arthurseat in 1834.
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