BAILLIE, GEORGE [SSNE 6865]
- First name
- JERVISWOOD, LANARKSHIRE and MELLERSTAIN, BERWICKSHIRE, BORDERS
Text sourceGeorge Baillie of Jerviswood and Mellerstain wrote to James Baillie, merchant of Edinburgh, from Hamburg on 31 May 1683, noting a promise to mind the recipients business there. In otherwords he would act as his factor in Hamburg. He was married to Grisel, and with her developed further the Mellerstain properties in the Borders.
National Archives of Scotland, RH15/49/7. Correspondence 1683-1698. George to James Baillie 31/05/1683.
From the Gazeteer of Scotland online: "Lady Grisel Baillie, song-writer and heroine. Born at Redbraes Castle (Scottish Borders). She concealed her covenanting father, Sir Patrick Hume (1641 - 1724), in the church vaults in the Border town of Polwarth (1684) and also supported another covenanter, Robert Baillie of Jerviswood (c.1634 - 1684), whose son George she later married. She is noted for the song And werena my heart licht I wad dee. Her household notebook was published as The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie (edited by R. Scott-Moncrieff, Edinburgh, 1911) and gave a remarkable insight into household management in the 18th C. Lady Grisel Baillie was the first deaconess of the Church of Scotland and the Deaconess Hospital in Edinburgh, now the headquarters of Lothian Health, commemorates this fact."