Record

CodeNA7646
Dates1777-1805
Person NameBaillie; William (1777-1805); Solicitor, Montrose
SurnameBaillie
ForenamesWilliam
EpithetSolicitor, Montrose
ActivityWilliam Baillie was a Solicitor who lived and worked in Montrose in the late 18th century. He had a widespread legal practice which he supplemented with other posts. He purchased the right to collect the local tax of 2d on ale and beer, and was also Commissary Clerk for Brechin and Boxmaster of the Seamen’s Society in Montrose. He was the legal man of business for a number of prominent local families and in particular for the Scott of Comieston family. When James Scott of Comieston died leaving a number of small children, the curators of the daughters Elizabeth and Jean Scott appointed him as their factor. (The papers of the Scott of Comieston family were found amongst the Baillie papers in the strong room of Montrose Town house.) In addition, he had dealings with other local figures in Angus and Kincardineshire such as Patrick Cruickshank of Stracathro, Robert Barclay of Ury, Viscount Arbuthnott, Provost John Ure of Forfar and Colin Gillies of Brechin. He had business correspondents in Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Stonehaven and Aberdeen. There are indications that he may have become bankrupt in 1792.William Baillie married Margaret Kennedy on 30 June 1763. They had a number of children including William Baillie and Robert Baillie who both became writers, and daughters Susanna Baillie, Catherine Baillie and Margaret Baillie. The latter two daughters died in infancy. Baillie died in October 1805 and is buried in Montrose Old Parish Church kirkyard.
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