Johne JOWSIE of West Pans


Personal and Family Information

Johne JOWSIE of West Pans was born 1609 in Edinburgh, UK. He died 8 JUN 1668 in Edinburgh, UK. He was the son of John JOWSIE and Barbara SCOT.

Johne JOWSIE of West Pans's wife was Kathrin MORISON. They were married 19 SEP 1633 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their 16 known children were Robert JOWSIE of West Pans, Dr. John JOSSIE, Christiane JOWSIE, Harie JOWSIE, Jonet (Janet) JOWSIE, Williame JOWSIE, David JOWSIE, Catharine JOSSIE, Alexander JOSSIE, Christiane JOSSIE, Bessie JOSSIE, Edward JOWSIE of West Pans, Margaret JOSSY, Jeane JOWSIE, Catharine JOSSIE and Charles JOSSY.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Johne JOWSIE of West Pans








Barbara SCOT



OccupationMerchant, Treasurer of Edinburgh, Bailie, MP
Nobility TitleBurgess of Edinburgh, 1634


John Jossie's Glassworks at Westpans

An east coast glassworks [was] that of John Jossie (Joussie, Jowsie) [1609-1668]. According to Sir James Hope, Jossie had, within the previous few years [circa 1645], established a glassworks in the area, [but] failed to find a market for his wares, and closed it down with the loss of £20,000, which even in Scots money was a very large amount.

John Jossie of Westpans was a merchant in Edinburgh, who was created a burgess and guild brother by right of his wife, Catherine Morison, on 13 August 1634 (Edin Burgs 1406-1700, 282). He had married Catherine, daughter of the late Harye Morison, merchant, burgess and guild brother, on 19 September 1633 (Edin Marriages 1595-1700, 369).

Jossie was also an overseas trader, and owned lands in Aberdeenshire. On 18 September 1644, Jossie and his eldest son Robert bought sixty-four acres of land at Prestongrange (RMS 9, 1566). The exact location is not specified, but they were later described as the Drummore estate, which was bought by Sir Hew Dalrymple, Lord Drummore, and which included part of Westpans.

Jossie was also active in local affairs: in 1652 he was made a bailie, and he was chosen to represent the burgh of Edinburgh at the London Parliament (Nicoll's Diary, 88; 90). He was again elected to be a magistrate in 1655 and was First Bailie in 1655, 1657 and 1660 (Laing (ed) 1842, 389). Jossie was buried in Greyfriars churchyard, Edinburgh, on 8 July 1668 (Reg Internments, 350).

-- The Scottish Glass Industry 1610-1750

Particulars relating to the Old College of Edinburgh

The North Gate at the head of the College Wynd, over which the steeple was erected, was a fabric of great strength, and not inelegant. It was built in 1637, under the direction of Mr John Jossie, merchant in Edinburgh, and College Treasurer, and the first who bore that office, which he held for 4 years. He was also City Treasurer, and zealous in promoting the buildings of the Old College, to which he contributed very liberally. He built, at his own expense, the chamber immediately over the gate, but the steeple itself was not finished till the year 1645.

-- The Scots magazine, Volume 52 (April 1790)

1661 Commissions for judging witchcraft

A proceeding against some Scottish women including a Katherine CRUIKSHANK accused of Witchcraft during the "witch hunt" of the 1600's.

Source: Records of Parliament of Scotland to 1707 --

1661, 1 January, Edinburgh, Parliament

Parliamentary Register

At Edinburgh 22 May 1661

Procedure: Commissions for judging witchcraft

Commission for judging of Bessie Fowler, widow in Fisherrow, Agnes Paterson, Katherine Cruikshank, spouse to [...], and Janet Douglas, spouse to Thomas Paterson, accused of being guilty of witchcraft, as their depositions under the hands of Mr Oliver Colt, minister, Robert Strachan and Robert Douglas, bailies of Musselburgh, bears etc., to Sir William Murray of Newton, Sir James Richardson of Smeaton, Robert Dobie of Stainyhill, Mr John Preston, Major John Biggar, William Rigg of Carberry, John Jossie of Westpans, Thomas Smyth, Robert Ramage and the bailies of Musselburgh, or any five of them, the bailies being always two etc., the form of the commission is registered upon 3 May instant.

The like commission against Janet Gray, spouse to John Glorrat, and Agnes Aird, spouse to David Bald in Preston, their confessions being under the hands of commissioners appointed by the parliament for causing apprehend such as were accused within the parish of Salt Preston etc., to Robert Cockburn of Butterdean, John Hamilton of Fa'side, John MacMorran in Preston, George Hepburn of Addiston, Ninian Henderson in Preston,† Mr Andrew Rutherford, schoolmaster in the Pans, Thomas Home and Alexander Henderson, bailies there, and James Jollie there, or any five of them etc.