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Craig, Andrew (d 1782)

Son of Andrew C Craig, a Glasgow Merchant, and father of Agnes, who became Burns's 'Clarinda'. Craig had been elected to the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons in 1745, and the following year was made Town Surgeon at a salary of £10 per annum. Most of his income, of course, came from his private patients. Agnes, born at the Craig home in the Saltmarket, was the Craig's fifth child, though only one other, Margaret, survived. Craig's wife died in 1767.

Craig disapproved of the proposed marriage of his daughter to the young lawyer James M'Lehose, and forbade M'Lehose his house, then as now a sure way of cementing rather than breaking an undesirable relationship. But his daughter prevailed, and her father gave her away at her wedding on 25th June 1776, when she was not yet 17. Very probably the marriage took place in St Andrew's Church, St Andrew's Square, Glasgow, where her uncle the Reverend William Craig ministered.

By 1780, Agnes had returned to her father's house, where she had her fourth child. But her father died on 13th May 1782, whereupon Agnes M'Lehose moved to Edinburgh.

Craig, who had been in poor health for some time before his death, left her the rents on some property in Glasgow (which was sold to provide her with an annuity) and £50 in the bank. Craig stipulated in his will that none of his effects must come into the hands of M'Lehose.

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