1871 Lamb Collection

8th July.


      The remains of the late Dr Smith, U.S. Consul at Dundee, were on Monday interred in Calton Churchyard, Glasgow, the burial-place of his father. The funeral cortege started from the residence of the deceased, 81 Murraygate, a little after twelve o’clock, in the following order:-


Detachment of Police, under command of Superintendent Mackay,

Town-Officers, with halberds.


Military, under Sergeant-Major Gill.

Naval Officers.



With four horses.

Chief Mourners.


Town Council.

Chamber of Commerce.

Public Bodies and

Other civilians (four deep),

Detachment of Police.


The route was up the Murraygate, across the High Street, along the Nethergate, and down Union Street to the Railway (Perth) Station. Long before the hour of starting, a large number of people gathered in the Murraygate, and the streets were lined with spectators all along the route to the station. The chief mourners were Rev. Jas. Ewing, and Messrs Wm. Reid, vice-consul; Alex. Brand, consular agent, Aberdeen; J.I. Smail, R.B. McKenzie, and McIntyre, consular assistant. Most of the shops in the vicinity of the Consular office were closed till after the cortege had passed, the Town’s bells pealed at intervals, and on the public buildings and shipping in the harbour flags were displayed half-mast high. The body was conveyed from Dundee to Glasgow by the train leaving here at one o’clock. It was at first intended that the funeral should be a private one, but Provost Yeaman felt that the character and talents of the late Doctor, and the respect entertained for the nation he so worthily represented, demanded some distinct recognition, if there was no decided objection to this on the part of friends. The proposal was acquiesced in, and the public authorities showed every desire to carry out Provost Yeaman’s suggestion. The attendance was both large and influential.


1871 Courier & Argus

Tuesday, 11th July.


… It is pretty well known that Dr Smith was an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln, the martyred President of the United States. Dr Smith was presented in 1868 with a massive gold-mounted staff, bearing the following inscription:-

“Presented to the Rev. James Smith, Dundee, late pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Springfield Illinois, by the family of the late President Lincoln, in memoriam of the high esteem in which he was held by him and them as their pastor and dear friend.” The staff had been presented to President Lincoln by Mr J.A. McClerman in 1857. Among the documents of the deceased Dr Smith has been found the following letter relating to the staff:- “I give, devise, and bequeath unto John Bright, Esquire, member of the British House of Commons, and to his heirs the gold-mounted staff or cane which belonged to the deceased President Lincoln of the United States, and presented by the deceased’s widow and family as a mark of the President’s respect, which staff is to be kept and used as an heirloom in the family of the said John Bright as a token of the esteem which the late President felt for him because of his unwearied zeal and defence of the United States in suppressing the civil rebellion of the Southern States”…


(See also Lincoln Assassination and Mrs Abraham Lincoln visits Dundee)


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