Name: Helen Myrton
Birth: ABT 1536 1 2
Death: 13 FEB 1608 in St Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland
MEM: St Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland: stone with initials and arms, but inscription now illegible
Change Date: 7 JAN 2008
LDS Ancestral File has her as dau of William 1584-81 (he married a Miss Melville and Elizabeth Spens. Not clear which would be mother of Helen.), son of David.
Tombstone in Cathedral Churchyard. St. Andrews:
Helen Myrton, widow of Colonel Andrew Trail! and wife of Sir Robert Dennistoun, and Matilda Melville, her daughter-in-law, wife of James Traill.
Also built into the inner face of the south side of the Wall, but a little to the west of No. 77, is a monument (9 feet 6 inches by 4 feet), the inscription on which has entirely disappeared. Initials and armorial bearings, however, enable us to identify it with one which bore an epitaph recorded by Monteith.
A pedestal, with a bracket at each end, supports a central panel, framed at the sides by panelled pilasters with moulded bases and Ionic capitals. Architrave and frieze return round the pilasters, and on the cornice rests a rectangular superstructure, composed of three panels, each displaying initials and armorial bearings. The one on the dexter side bears a shield, surmounted by the initials A T, flanked by H M, arid charged: Dexter, a chevron between two mascles in chief and a trefoil slipped in base; sinister, three roundels?for Traill of Blebo impaling Myrton of Cambo. On the one in the centre the initials A T are replaced by R D, and the dexter charge becomes: A bend between a unicorn's
head erased in chief and a cross-crosslet fitchy in base?for Dennistoun of Mont joy impaling Myrton. The shield on the sinister panel is surmounted by IT, flanked by MM, and charged: Dexter, a chevron
between two mascles in chief and a trefoil slipped in base; sinister, three cushions?for Traill impaling Melville. The superstructure serves as the base of a curvilinear pediment, which contains an orb, flanked by the date 1609, and "which has on either side a finial capped with a vase.
The central panel (2 feet 8 inches by 1 foot 10 inches) must have held the inscription, which Monteith 3 gives as:
MEMORI/E SACRVM HELEN^E MYRTON>C OPTIM/E
MATRONS D ANDREW TRALLII TRIBVNI MILITVM
VIRI OPTIMI PRIMVM CONIVGIS DEIN D ROBERTI
DANESTONI EQVITIS CONSILIARII CONSERVATOR IS QV/E
OBIIT 13 FEE 1608 NECNON MATHILDxE MELVINxE
IACOBI TRALLII CONVGIS LECTISSIMXE ET PIISSIM^E
FCEMINXE MCERENS POSVIT OBIIT 23 NOVEMBRIS 1608
= " Sacred to the memory of Helen Myrton, wife first of that excellent man, Colonel Andrew Traill, and afterwards of Sir Robert Dennistoun, knight, Privy Councillor, and Conservator. She died 13th Feb. 1608.
Also to the memory of Matilda Melville, wife of James Traill, one of the best and most godly of women, a tribute of grief. She died 23rd November 1608." One might have expected ILLE or some such word as subject to POSVIT. It was obviously James Traill, a son of the first marriage, who erected the monument to his mother and his wife.
Father: William Myrton b: 1484 in Cambo, Fifeshire, Scotland
Andrew Trail b: 1534
- James Trail b: 1555 in Beley, Scotland
- Type: Gedcom File
Title: Familysearch.com Pedigree Resource
- Text: Elsie Ritchie
- Text: Post-Reformation Tombstones in Cathedral Churchyard, St. Andrews
by Sir George MACDONALD, K.C.B., PRESIDENT.
Proceedings of the Society (which one?) Dec 9 1935