Alexander Masterton (1872-1930)

Alexander Masterton (1872-1930)

Church of Scotland Minister

Alexander Masterton, born and educated in Glasgow, became a minister in the Church of Scotland and earns a biographical entry in "Fasti Ecclesiasticae" - an excellent sourcebook for family historians. Sadly he died at the relatively young age of 58, of an ailment that today is rarely fatal - appendicitis.


Alexander Masterton was a member of the large family of ten children born to John Masterton, journeyman blacksmith and later wine and spirit dealer, and Catherine Mackie Murray. They belong to the very large family of Mastertons traced back to Culross. A fuller genealogy of the extended family of Alexander Masterton can be found at this link

The leet is as follows:-Robert Aitken, B.D., assistant, Cambuslang; David Heggie, M.A., assistant, Musselburgh; James Kirk, M.A., assistant, New Greyfriars, Edinburgh; Alexander Masterton, assistant, Springburn, Glasgow.

The Scotsman
2nd March, 1903

At Forteviot yesterday polling took place in connection with the vacancy caused by the death of the Rev. Dr Anderson. The short leet consisted of the Rev. James Kirk, New Greyfriars, Edinburgh; the Rev. Alexander Masterton, assistant, Springburn, Glasgow; and the Rev. R. Aitken, assistant, Cambuslang. Result:- Kirk, 58; Masterton, 28; Aitken, 18.

The Scotsman
16th April, 1903

Alexander Masterton: born Glasgow, 4th Aug 1874 [editor's note - should be 1872], son of John Masterton and Catherine Murray; educated at Church of Scotland Normal School and University of Glasgow; licen. by Presb. of Glasgow in 1898; assistant at Springburn Parish, Glasgow; ord. 20th May 1904. Marr. 12th Sep 1911, Margaret Bain Bow, and has issue - John William Gordon, born 12th Sept 1913; Alexander Herbert Hume born 22nd June 1915.

Fasti Ecclesiasticae

The death took place in a Dumfries nursing home yesterday of the Rev. Alex. Masterton, who had been for over a quarter of century minister of Dunscore Old Church. The deceased belonged to Glasgow, and before going to Dunscore in 1904 he was assistant at Possilpark Church, Glasgow, and later at Springburn Parish Church. He is survived by his widow and two sons.

The Scotsman
1st April, 1930

MASTERTON - CUNDY.- At Lanteglos Parish Church, CORNWALL, on 20th January 1947, ALEXANDER HERBERT HUME MASTERTON, C.A., son of Mrs Masterton, 35 Queen's Crescent, Edinburgh, and the late Rev. Alexander Masterton, of Dunscore, Dumfriesshire, to JOYCE BARBARA, only child of Captain and Mrs FREDERICK CUNDY, of Fowey, Cornwall.

The Scotsman
22nd January, 1947