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Book - “Exposition of Psalm CXIX”
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Title: Book - “Exposition of Psalm CXIX”
Identifier: 979.6.1355
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1830
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A hard covered book entitled "Exposition of Psalm CXIX" by Rev. Charles Bridges. It is has a plain brown cover and a label of the title on the spine. The inscription reads, "Margt Patton, 1831." The book was published by R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside.

The book belonged to Margaret Patton (née Harris) (-1877). Margaret Harris Patton was Captain James Beveridge Harris's (1797-1884) sister who married her first cousin, James Murray Patton, of Perthshire, Scotland. Margaret, and her sister Matilda Lindsay (née Harris) (-1887), often sent ‘Canada Boxes’ filled with gifts, clothing, books, and credit to the Harris family at Benares.
The Harrises have had a long tradition with the Marshall and Patton families of Scotland. Major General John Harris (1797-1884) married one of Thomas Hay Marshall’s (1772-1788) daughters, Margaret Marshall. Thomas Hay Marshall of Glenalmond was Lord Provost of Perth and contacted the Earl of Breadalbane for a commission for his brother-in-law John Harris, R.A., in the 5th Battalion to be formed under the command of Major General Drummond in 1794. Thomas was also a cousin to James Patton of Cairnies, a prosperous Perth merchant and lawyer who married another one of his daughters, Ann Marshall.
After the death of Thomas Hay Marshall, Glenalmond Estate was bequeathed to James Patton, who bought the remaining land in 1808. James died in 1831, dividing his land up between his sons, James Murray (-1853), Thomas (-1869), and George (-1869). James Murray Patton inherited part of Glenalmond Estate with his brother, Thomas Patton; George, inherited Cairnies. James Murray Patton would later marry Margaret Harris (-1877), the daughter of Major General John Harris and sister of Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). James Murray Patton was therefore a first cousin to the Harris family as were his brothers George and Thomas, and sister Margaret Anne.
When Thomas Patton died in 1869, the whole estate passed on to his brother George Patton, then Lord Chief Justice Clerk. The same year, George committed suicide due to political and personal pressure, and Glenalmond was given to his widow. After her death, the estate was passed on to George’s sister, Margaret Anne Patton (-1878) in 1873. She eventually willed her property to her nephews Thomas Marshall Harris Jr. (1828-ca.1900) and Henry William Hall Harris (1849-ca.1900), who had both distinguished British military careers. They were also Arthur Harris’s first cousins. Arthur was supposed to inherit Glenalmond but because he would inherit Benares, the aunts believed his cousins should acquire the estate since they had no property.
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