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Jane Gourlay


Scottish schoolteacher and philanthropist. Lived in Edinburgh. Daughter of Robert Fleming Gourlay (1778–1863; DCB) and his first wife Jean Stewart or Stuart née Henderson (1776–1820) of Kinghorn, Fife; baptised as Jean. Friend of Frances Julia Wedgwood. Tutor to the Paterson children at Linlathen, Forfarshire, the estate of Thomas Erskine of Linlathen (1788–1870; ODNB), theologian. Member of St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Died in Umtata, Cape of Good Hope, on a missionary visit to Henry Callaway (ODNB), bishop of St John’s, Cape Colony.


Census returns of Scotland 1861 (The National Archives of Scotland: Edinburgh St Stephen 50/12)

Edinburgh Sheriff Court wills SC70/4/185 (, accessed 8 September 2021)

Mission Chronicle of the Scottish Episcopal Church 2 (April 1880): 27–9

Scotland old parish registers births 443/30 136 and 337 Largo (, accessed 8 September 2021)

Scotland old parish registers deaths 685/2 320 158 St Cuthbert’s (, accessed 9 September 2021)

Scotland old parish registers marriages 439/40 209 Kinghorn (, accessed 8 September 2021)

B. Wedgwood and Wedgwood 1980, p. 288


Wedgwood, Barbara and Wedgwood, Hensleigh. 1980. The Wedgwood circle, 1730–1897: four generations of a family and their friends. London: Studio Vista.