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John Borthwick   see Family Tree
Bap. 15 Dec 1646 Edinburgh Parish, Midlothian, Scotland

"Patrik Borthwick, goldsmith  Hellen Crawford, A S N Johnne.  ? Walter Borthwick,  Robert Borthwick merchant and George Young ? "
1st to Jean Nicholl 10 Jul 1681
2nd to Cathrin Justice

Died: 30 Sep 1708 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland    


Patrick Borthwick


Helen Crawford


Jean Nicoll
       d. bef 27 Dec 1695

Cathrin Justice

CHILDREN with Jean Nicoll

1. Agnes Borthwick bap. 28 Jan 1683

2. Helen Borthwick bap 02 Mar 1684

3. Margaret Borthwick bap 18 Oct 1685

CHILDREN with Cathrin Justice 

1. female Borthwick b. 23 Apr 1699 Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

2. John Borthwick  bap 26 May 1700     Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

3. James Borthwick bap. 05 Jul 1701 Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

4. Jean Borthwick bap. 28 Dec 1702 Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

5. Margaret Borthwick b. 18 May 1704 Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

6. Anna Borthwick b. 17 Oct 1707 Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland



The Edinburgh Godsmiths II; Biographical Information for Freeman.

"John Borthwick - baptized 15 Dec 1646 Edinburgh was the son of Patrick Borthwick freeman and Helen Crawford (bp 19 Jan 1615), daughter of George Crawford, freeman and Marion Wardlaw.  Among the witnesses to the baptism were Robert Borthwick merchant and George Young.  His siblings are listed under the entry for Patrick Borthwick.

John B. was apprenticed to his father on 14 Mar 1662 and was the last of his father's apprentices to become a freeman on 11 Sep 1675.  He resigned as assay-master of the incorporation in 1697 on his appointment as assay-master of His Majesty's Mint.

On 10 Jul 1681, John married Jean Nicoll (buried Greyfriars 27 Dec  1695).    ----

John Borthwick married secondly Catherine Justice, sister of Sir James Justice, of the Clerks of Session.  -----

For much of his career, he held the post of assay master (1681-1697) during which time his primary function was to assay all Edinburgh-made gold and silver wares.  His mark is primarily found as assay master.  He booked no apprentices according to incorporation records.

Four of Borthwick's children, all unnamed, were buried in the Greyfriars in 1687, 1688, 1688 and 1699.

John Borthwick was witness at the baptisms of children of other goldsmiths: Zaccarias Mellinus (1694), John Seatoun (1696 & 1697) and Alexander Forbes (1697 & 1698)."


Extracts from the records of the Burgh of Edinburgh, Volume 13, 1967   pg 14

"Mr John Borthwick, goldsmith, is given a tack for 25 years of two little timber shops lately possessed by Patrick Borthwick, goldsmith, his father, lying immediately below the Lady Steps upon the north side of St. Giles Kirk between the shop possessed by Patrick Skirving on the east and the 'butherage' on the west."  8th May 1702


Poll Tax Returns 1694

"Mr John Borthwick, goldsmith, worth 6,000merks; wife, Jean Nicoll, children, Agnes and Helen, 'prentices journeymen or residenters in my familie non at present'; servant, Margaret Alison at 12 pounds a yer.  Hearth money 6pounds. 6 shippings for six hearths in the houses he possessed and three in his shop."


Old Scottish communion plate

 By Thomas Burns, James Macgregor, Alexander J. S. Brook