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Lesley Baillie was born at Mayfield House in Schoolwell Street, Stevenston, Ayrshire on 6 March 1768 to parents Robert Baillie, a sea captain, and Marion (May) Reid (b Sept 1739, m reg. 14 March 1760).
She had 3 sisters, May (born 24 December 1761), Elizabeth (14 October 1781)and Maria (Grace), the last mentioned by Robert Burns and recorded on the family memorial.
She married Robert Cumming of Logie in Morayshire on 22nd June 1799 at Stevenston.
1648 Isabel Hunter, relict of John Dawson left in legacy for the use of the poor people in the huts eight score merks Scots money, ยฃ40 whereof George Kempt paid to the Dean of Guild of Aberdeen in part of payment of the foresaid sum.
"The huts" referred to the huts where victims of the plague which struck Aberdeen in 1647 were sent to isolate them from the city.
Nothing is known of this woman, other than that she was the widow of John Dawson, and that she left a bequest to assist plague victims.
Unlike many of the mortification boards, Isabel Hunter's board displays no crest. She was not part of the aristocracy.
She was the daughter of Robert Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone and Mary Elphinstone. She married Sir Robert Burnett of Leys in 1785. Their family home was Crathes Castle. They had nine children. Sir Robert died in 1837.
In 1838, Lady Burnett founded a school in Banchory, which had an average attendance of 65 pupils.
She died in 1849.
Erected by Lady Burnett of Leys 1838
The Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Banchory now occupies part of the building.
She was born in Edinburgh, the eldest daughter of John Ritchie Findlay and Susan Leslie. Her father made a fortune as proprietor of the Scotsman.
The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
This memorial is one of many stones inscribed with quotations linked to well-known Scottish writers. They form part of a pavement in Makars' Court, beside the Writers' Museum in Lady Stair's Close, off the Lawnmarket.