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Fife Family Histories Rev JOHN DRYSDALE AND HIS DESCENDANTS updated8/5/2023

Rev JOHN DRYSDALE AND HIS DESCENDANTS, 1681-1991 by D C L Drysdale, is the story of Rev John Drysdale (1681-1726),

Minister at Kirkcaldy from 1712-1726,

and his famous descendants, by his wife, Anne Ferguson, daughter of William Ferguson, Provost of Kirkcaldy.

His third son, Rev John Drysdale (1718-1788), minister in Edinburgh, was twice elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Another son, William Drysdale (1717-1757), was merchant and Treasurer of Kirkcaldy, and through his wife, Katherine Robertson of Gladney, the family was related to the famous Adam brothers, architects.

Two other sons, Robert and George, were Town Clerks of Kirkcaldy, and George also served two terms as Provost (1763-1765 and 1771-1775)

. The office of town clerk of Kirkcaldy seems to have been almost an inherited position, the last recipient being John Drysdale, who held office from 1811-1873.

[#1.] William's (1717-1757) son, [#2.] William Drysdale (1745-1825), was also Town Clerk of Kirkcaldy, and acquired the estate of Pitteuchar, in Kinglassie parish, in the early 1800s.

He was succeeded there by his son,[#3.] Sir William Drysdale (1781-1843), Writer to the Signet, who was knighted while City Treasurer of Edinburgh, 1841-1843.

source: Fife Family Histories FFH site published histories 



To further  Johns descendants , this needs to reflect a son of #3 Sir William Drysdale with Jane Cochrane son Thomas Cochrane Drysdale and his line of  descendants ; [< Thank you to Ron Drysdale]

Thomas is named Twice at least as is Jane Cochrane in Sir William Drysdales last will and testament , this should tie everything up with a pretty little bow for everyone involved and put to bed any thoughts Nettije's  obituary spoke nothing but the truth.

Related links  on Thomas Cochrane Drysdale family ...

Edinburgh Academy - The Douglas Archives (

7.Sir William Drysdale , spouse Jane Cochrane 

their son

6.Thomas Cochrane Drysdale , Consul  Koepang-Timor  . 

   spouse: Neetije Hazaart  , granddaughter daughter of Dutch Regent    

 5.their Son 

  William Drysdale   [banking clerk]

 spouse: Frederika  Claus , 

4.their Son

 Thomas Coenrad Drysdale  , retired as civil servant

 spouse: Jeanne M. Turpijn  [Accountant, Member Dutch Institute of Accountants]  phone book !

3.their Son 

 ''Boy'' Thomas Cochrane  Drysdale  [Comptroller , Soldier ,  Prisoner of  War]  spouse: Joanna Corduwener   

 2.Their Children

  Peter Drysdale and Robert Drysdale

  Jane Drysdale  spouse: Cornelius Franken  

 1. their children 

  Irene , Ben , Miriam , Lia , Ed and Tom

Note:  I make no claims to copyrights  

  Russell Lynn Drysdale

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on October 22, 2023 at 15:00

Willem-Ruys 1948-1957 translated to English

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on October 22, 2023 at 14:08

Dutch Original .pdf  Willem-Ruys_1948-1957.pdf

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