Katherine Rolland

Christened 18 May 1589. Died 25 Dec 1659.

Katherine Rolland was the youngest of five children of John Rolland of Disblair and Nanse Duwe. In addition to the family home at Disblair, the Rolland family owned a twin gabled house in Castle Street, Aberdeen. This building, known as Rolland's Lodging, was demolished in 1935.

Katherine Rolland married Dr William Guild in 1610. The couple started their married life in King Edward, where William Guild was minister. In 1634 her husband was chaplain to King Charles I. In 1640 her husband became Principal of Kings College, Aberdeen. The couple had no children. She was widowed in 1657. She arranged for some of her late husband's writing to be published.

Katherine Rolland died on 25 Dec 1659 and was buried with her husband in St Nicholas graveyard.

She left money to help support four pupils at the Grammar School and four University students. She also left a legacy to the parish of King Edward. A James Rolland, possibly her elder brother, or her nephew, helped administer her legacy. There is also mention of a Katherine Rolland, spouse of John Murray, in her will.

Guild Street in Aberdeen and the William Guild Building at Aberdeen University are named after her husband.

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Photo of Rolland's Lodging, Katherine Rolland's family's town house.
Merchant and Craft Guilds by Ebeneezer Bain, p144