This page contains sources of information relating to Patrick Matthew that don’t fit into the categories I’ve created elsewhere on this website.

  • Robert Hogg‘s “The Apple and its Varieties” (1859) mentions three varieties of apple from the orchard at Gourdiehill – the “Baudrons” (p.216), the “Flat Anderson” (p.233), and the “Green Virgin” (p.238). He also gives thanks “To Mr. A. Gorrie, of Annat, and Robert Mathew, Esq., of Gourdiehill, in the Carse of Gowrie, for much valuable information, and specimens of the fruits of that great orchard district of the North” on p.ix of the Preface. Hogg also mentions the “bud sport on an old tree of the Golden Pippen in an orchard at Gourdie Hill, in the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire, the property of Robert Mathew, Esq., who pointed it out to me when I was on a visit to him in 1846” on p.206 of “The Fruit Manual” (1884). Patrick Matthew did have a son called Robert, and although Robert would not have been the owner of Gourdie Hill in 1846 (he would have been 26 at that time) he may well have been left in charge of the estate while Patrick visited his estates in Germany. Note that Hogg misspells “Mathew”.
  • In 1886, a “Mr Matthew of Gourdiehill” is mentioned twice in the Proceedings of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, Vol 1 (1886). The first notes that “he knew well the value of fruit” and that “in one year, from Gourdiehill orchards, which are about 30 acres in extent, £1400 was obtained”. The second notes that a special presentation pair of antlers were “presented to the Museum by Mr Matthew of Gourdiehill”.
  • Page 128 of “The historical castles and mansions of Scotland: Perthshire and Forfarshire” by A. H.. Millar (1890) reports “The Genealogie of the Lords Oliphant as it was written in the Castell of Duplin”, a document in the possession of Patrick Matthew’s daughter Euphemia. The author notes the genealogy “was originally copied by James Duncan, Chamberlain to Hay of Balhousie, in the reigns of Charles II and James VII, who resided at Mill of Moor near Dupplin. He was younger son of Robert Duncan of Gourdie Hill, who married Christian Oliphant”. Item 5 of the genealogy states (with my translation from the Older Scottish Tongue in square brackets): “Schir [Sir] Walter Oliphant son to the said Sr William mareit [married] King Robert brucis dochtir [daughter]”. From information provided by Howard Minnick (here and here). For additional genealogical notes by Howard Minnick, see here.
  • In 1892, Patrick Matthew’s part in introducing specimens of Sequoia gigantea (Giant Redwood) to the UK, from seeds sent him by his son John D. Matthew, is once again recounted in a volume of the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society devoted to a “Report on the Conifer Conference”: Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, Vol 14 (1892), pp.307-8. The original report from Patrick Matthew is in Matthew (1854), and articles attributing the introduction to him can also be found in “1866d” and “1872b“.
  • (2016.07.08) A new family history, written by Howard Minnick’s Great Grandfather Charles Patrick Matthew, has been discovered (see here). This has revealed new details about the fate of Patrick Matthew’s son John D. Matthew. John was first in California, then briefly with his brothers James and Charles in New Zealand in 1854, before moving on to western Australia where he died in 1857.
  • (2019-01-27). There is a brief notice in a local newspaper (“This Building”, Northern Warder and General Advertiser, 22 August 1843, p.3 col.5 (pdf image)) which indicates that the mansion at Gourdiehill was rented out to a Free Church minister, the Rev. James Grierson, and his family, for a period from the 4th of July 1843. The Free Church of Scotland was formed in 1843 as the result of a schism with the established Church of Scotland. The article notes that Grierson “forsook the Establishment in May 1843, on account of its subverted and Erastinized [secularized] constitution”, and that “he left the Manse [house provided by the Church of Scotland] on the 4th of July the same year, and removed with his family to the House of Gourdiehill, which had been engaged as a temporary place of residence”. This time presumably coincides with the time that Patrick Matthew and the majority of his family were living away from Scotland, first in Spain and then in Denmark and Germany (see also Matthew Family Records > Breadalbane Letters). We know from the 3rd Breadalbane Letter that Matthew and his family left Scotland at some time in 1840. The date of his return to Scotland is unknown, but this article suggests it was some time after 1843. It appears that Patrick’s son Robert was left behind to manage the estate – the 1841 Census records the unmarried Robert as living at Gourdiehill with a female servant, while a notice of Game Certificates in a local newspaper (“Return of Game Certificates”, Perthshire Courier, 7 September 1843, p.3 col.1 (pdf image)) lists “Matthew, Robert, Esq., Gourdiehill” as the owner of a Game Certificate in September 1843. From information provided by Anne Carroll.

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Last modified: 8 February 2019

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