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He married Lady Harriet Charteris, seventh daughter of the seventh Earl of Wemyss, with issue four sons and two daughters. Sir George had long been an elder in the Church of Scotland, and was for many years returned as a member of the General Assembly.
On the decease of Sir George in 1878, he was succeeded by his son Sir James Grant Suttie, the sixth Baronet, who married, in 1857, Lady Susan Harriet Innes Ker, daughter of his Grace the Duke of Roxburghe, and had issue one son and three daughters.
On the decease of Sir James in 1878, he was succeeded by his only son Sir George Grant Suttie, the seventh Baronet, and present proprietor of Prestongrange.
The noble lady, mother of the present baronet, is still resident at this ancient manor house; and if it could be said of Lady Hyndford in her day, " that through the interest she took in the needy poor her name became quite a household word for good in the parish, " no less may it be said of the present occupant of the same proud position so long and ably held by her noble ancestress the Countess of Hyndford.
In the drawing-room at Prestongrange may be seen what is considered, and from every point of view justly so, a very handsome prize. It is a beautifully printed Bible, in grand preservation, and placed in such a position that no observant eye may miss it. It was " imprinted, " we observe, " at London, by Robert Barker, Printer to the King's most Excellent Maiestie, 1613 Anno Dom. " It has a history of its own. It was, says the late Dr Struthers, the pulpit Bible of John Ker of Faddonside, of the house of Roxburghe, who succeeded John Davidson as minister at Prestonpans, 1605. Considering the dates, some think it may have belonged to Robert Ker rather, who succeeded his father at Prestonpans. But this seems of very small account in the matter, because, although that Bible was " imprinted" eight years after John Ker was appointed to Prestonpans, John Ker continued to preach for thirty-one years after it was " imprinted. " Very likely both father and son used that Bible in Prestonpans church. It had gone amissing, however; was found in Leith by Dr Struthers, and presented by him to Lady Susan H. I. Ker on the day of her marriage to the late Sir James Grant Suttie. Bart, of Prestongrange.

The Cuittle or Cuthill—An Ancient Barony—Dilapidated Buildings— A New Town—Benefit Society—Lucky Vint's Tavern—Tricking the Minister—The Whale—Minister and Bagpipes—Playing to the Whale— Curious Trick by a Musselburgh Builder—Drummore House—Lord Drummore— The Finlays— The Aitchisons —Morison's Haven — Originally Acheson's Haven—A Custom House Port—The real Johnnie Moat— Harbourmaster—Old Fort—Ravensheugh House and Toll—A Curious Tollkeeper—The Devil never pays Toll—A Pony which did not pay Toll.
CUTHILL proper is a curious little old-fashioned place. It was created a burgh of barony through the influ- ence of the Abbey of Newbattle, probably a couple of centuries earlier than its much larger neighbours Preston and Prestongrange. It closely adjoins Prestonpans to the west of the village.
Dilapidated buildings of very uncommon construction catch the eye of the observer all the way along, especially on the north side. Some of these look as if they had been built to overhang the rocks, but the more likely thing is that, during the many centuries they have stood there, the continual lashing of the waves has broken up and torn the foundations from under them.
Nearly all of these wretched-looking buildings were occupied about the middle of the last century, but whether the occupants ever paid rents is a very different question. We rather think the proprietor, in his good nature, just allowed the natives to take possession, or not, as they pleased, and never thought of turning them out; and yet they were very often turned out, for there were holes in the floors through which the water came up; openings in the walls through which the waters rushed in; there were windows stuffed with rags, and roofs without tiles, all on the seaboard side, and as sure as a storm arose as sure were the breakers to be revelling in all their glory
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