Robert JOWSIE of West Pans


Personal and Family Information

Robert JOWSIE of West Pans was born 14 APR 1635 in Edinburgh, UK. He died 21 JUN 1704 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the son of Johne JOWSIE of West Pans and Kathrin MORISON.

Robert JOWSIE of West Pans's wife was Jonet ROTHAY. They were married 1658 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their 3 known children were Jonet JOSSIE, Edward JOWSIE and Cristian JOWSIE.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Robert JOWSIE of West Pans


Johne JOWSIE of West Pans






Barbara SCOT








Christiane DICK



Nobility TitleBurgess and Guild-Brother of Edinburgh, 1662 (gratis, by Act of Charles II)


Jowsey Mansion House of Westpans

Robert Bagnall [of Glasgow] came to East Lothian in 1780. He set up the Westpans Pottery near Levenhall. According to the Statistical History of Scotland Volume 16 of 1795. this Westpans Pottery was situated "in a garden where three score years ago [c1735], stood the Mansion House of Westpans, then possessed by a family of the name of Joice, now extinct, whose estate was what is now called Drummore in the Parish of Prestonpans".

-- Prestonpans Historical Society, HISTORY OF ST GABRIEL'S PARISH, PRESTONPANS,


A Tale of the Old Brewery Well

(from Peter McNeill, Prestonpans and Vicinity, 1902)

About the beginning of last century (1827) the proprietor of those gardens towards the east end of the village in which the old draw-well, known as the brewery well, is situate, sent three of his workmen to have the well thoroughly cleaned out. No one knew when this well had been sunk, and no one knew that it had ever been thoroughly cleansed before. Down went two of the men, and the third, Bill Baxter, well known previously as an artful dodger, elected to stay above ground the first day

and row the rubbish up. “About mid-day they struck oil” in the form of stone jars all apparently choke-full with mud, and seeing that they were not home made, the men at the bottom took great care in sending them up entire. All had been sent up but one, and when searching for more, one of the men at the bottom of the well accidentally struck the jar with his spade and broke it, when out tumbled quite a number of foreign silver coins. The men at the bottom, not wishing to raise any suspicion of what they had discovered, cried up to Bill Baxter to rest himself for an hour or so, “because they had broken a jar and wished to fish its contents out of the water”. “All right”, replied Bill, “and I will take care that nobody gets here to disturb you while engaged in fishing”. An hour passed. Two hours passed, and only when about another half hour had gone the two men were ‘rowed’ to the top. But there was no Bill Baxter there to welcome them. Bill had learned what the jars contained long before his fellows at the bottom of the well, and engaged a man to make sure that they would not get up till he had time to be out of the way. He hired, and drove into Leith with the jars and contents, and disposed of all of them. He was never again heard of but once, from America, but he never returned. The proprietor and the two workmen divided the contents of the broken jar amongst them. They were Dutch silver coins, and all about the size of crown pieces. These coins are well remembered yet in the village, and some as curiosities may still be in keeping of the natives. They were of the 14th or 15th century. But how the jars and contents came to be deposited there is a mystery. The general opinion is that some "piratical gang" had to do with the business, and had forgotten all about them. This may be so, but perhaps the people in Prestonpans had [something] to do with the "piratical gang", otherwise they might not have known there was a brewery well in the garden. Subsequently there was another jar got in the well, filled with coins relating to the Stuart dynasty. Several of them are yet in possession of the proprietors of these grounds. It is quite possible that they were all deposited there for security during the ’45 Rebellion’.

N.B. This tale, if accurate, may represent the finding of a local merchant’s hidden reserves. It is unlikely in the extreme that the events of the ’45 could cause such a deposit. However, the local disruption of the Cromwellian period around 1650 and the association of Morrison’s Haven with that General may provide a more authentic cause.


1712 JOSSIE, ROBERT [Reference CC8/8/85 Edinburgh Commissary Court]

Mr Robert Jossy

11 August 1712

The Testament Dative And Inventory of the ??? and sume of money portaining belonging & adobted to Umque Mr Robt Jossy of Westpans the time of his decease who deceased in the month of June ??? [seventeen hundred] and four years. Faithfully Made and Given up by Edward Jossy now of Westpans brother son and so nephew to the said Umque Mr Robert Jossy only ExerDative Decerned as nearest in kin to the said Defunct By Doi? of the Commyssaries of E?r as the samer of the date the twenty-third day of July ??? [seventeen hundred] and twelve years. In it self more fully purports

In the first there was adobted and Rosting owing to the sd Umque Mr Robert Jossy the time of his Decease forsaid the?obt and sume of money underwritten To Witt Imysremis By James McMovan portioner of Saltprestone the sume of ??? £ Scots Money as the bygone @rents Due preceeding the sd Dofunct his Decease of the prin?? sume of ??? Merks Scots money contained in ane heretable bond Granted by the said James McMorran to the sd Defunct Dated the fourth day of November ??? [seventeen hundred] and three years.

Summa of the Debt owing to the Dead -- ??? £ Sir James Elphenstone & Mr Robert Murray of Lwieland Became cautioner as ane Aitmado there anent bears.