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William (Dulledaphe) Tullideph MA (bef. 1626 - 1695)

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Rev. William Tullideph MA formerly Dulledaphe
Born before in Leslie, Fife, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St. Andrews and St. Leonards Fifemap
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Died in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotlandmap
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The Reverend William Tullideph MA


St. Salvators College Crest

William was christened (as Dulledaphe, a deviant spelling of the name Tullideph, cf. Blacks Surnames of Scotland) in Leslie, Fife, on 11th December 1626, the son of William Dulledaphe and Agnes Haddone (elsewhere recorded as Haddow, which is more likely).

He gained an MA from St. Salvators in 1641, and continued to teach there after graduating.


St. Salvators College Chapel

While there William was in contact with leading figures in the dissenting movement, who objected to the Book of Common Prayer that had been introduced by Charles I, who believed in the Divine Right of Kings, and that the King was Head of the Church of Scotland. The Scots believed that only Jesus Christ could be Head of the Christian Church but Charles I announced that this would be deemed treason. In 1638 the Covenant was adopted and signed in Greyfriars Kirkyard, in Edinburgh.


The Covenant - Title Page


Greyfriars Kirkyard Edinburgh

In 1657 William was admitted to Dunbog as minister. The church that he would have known no longer exists but the burial enclosure in the photo below marks the site of the church. Photo reproduced with the kind permission of Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR)12 Wardlaw Gardens, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DW


Dunbog Church, Fife

In 1662 his covenanting activities caught up with him and he was deprived of the living of Dunbog by Act of Parliament. He had to wait until 1670 for another appointment, at Kilbirnie in Ayrshire.


Kilbirnie Auld Kirk

However, he lost this appointment in 1684, and was imprisoned.


Covenanter's Prison, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh

In 1687 it was agreed with James VII that a more relaxed view of religion would be accepted, and William was finally able to pursue his ministry without interruption. In 1688 he was admitted to Wemyss for a short time before being made Minister and Principal of St. Leonards, back at St. Andrews where he had started. In 1695 he passed away while still in post at St. Andrews.


Although obviously life was very hard for William and his family due to his religious beliefs he was in fact lucky not to lose his life. Many Covenanters were either murdered or executed. In St. Andrews The Primate of Scotland and Archbishop of St. Andrews was murdered by another group of Covenanters.


Memorial to Archbishop Sharp at St. Andrews

Others were executed.


Condemned Covenanters on their Way to Execution
Principal and Minister of St. Leonards College, St. Andrews University 1691 - 1695 - covenanter
Books in University of St Andrews Library:
10 "Dictates of praelectiones" by Samuel Rutherford, Date 1648 (Description; Dictates of prelections on the Holy Scriptures, from the lectures of Samuel Rutherford, taken down by William Tullideph).
2) Sermons of William Tullideph 17th century

Below is a best effort at transcribing William's "Eik", an addition to a will. It looks as if William was owed money by St. Andrews University at the time of his death, and this document arranges for it to be dealt with by the executor, John Tullideph. The original can be seen on the image page.

Additamentum umq[uhi]le Mr W[illia]m Tullideph Principal

To the testament dative & ______ of the goods gear & debts of umq[hi]le Mr William Tullideph Principal of St Leonards College in the Universitie of St Andrews Ther is Eiked [added] by Mr John Tullideph Minister at Dum Barney Lawfull sone & heir to the defunct the sume of ___ as the defuncts proportone of the __Charles the Second his Mortification or Gift grantit [granted] to the said Universitie and due & payable to the defunct as Principal of the said St Leonards College the halfe year 1692 and the haill [whole] years 1692, 93, 94 and 1695 years being four four hundreth [hundred] merks yearlie Omitted & Left furth [out] of the said defuncts ____ confirmit [confirmed] left at by the s[ai]d dec[ease]d [or exor] and now ____ to his knowledge Eiked [added] the twentie day of Ja[nua]rie 1709 and Mr Patrick Tullideph Minister at Ferrie is ____

Notes on Dunbog (from A Topographical History of Scotland)

DUNBOG, a parish, in the district of Cupar, county of Fife, 4 miles (E. by S.) from Newburgh; containing 219 inhabitants. This place derives its name, of Celtic origin, and signifying the bog of the hill, from the former marshy nature of the grounds at the base of the hill of Dunmore, which extends into the parish. A portion of the lands anciently formed part of the barony of Balinbriech, the property of the Rothes family, from whom it passed into the possession of Lord Home, whose descendant, in the reign of James IV., sold the lands of Dunbog to David Bethune, of Creich, in whose family they remained till the middle of the seventeenth century........ The parish is in the presbytery of Cupar and synod of Fife, and in the gift of the Crown; the minister's stipend is £204, with a manse, and a glebe valued at £8. 15. per annum. The church, situated nearly in the centre of the parish, was erected in 1803, and is a neat and well-arranged edifice adapted for a congregation of 200 persons. The parochial school affords a liberal course of instruction; the master has a salary of £34, with £15 fees, and a house and garden.


  • Baptism Old Parish Registers DULLEDAPHE, WILLIAM (O.P.R. Births 444/00 0060 0067 LESLIE (FIFE)) Scotlands People
  • Marriage Name: William Tullidaffe Spouse's Name: Helin Tailyour Event Date: 03 Oct 1656 Event Place: St Andrews And St Leonards,Fife,Scotland Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M11952-2 System Origin: Scotland-ODM GS Film number: 1040173 Reference ID: Citing this Record: Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910 database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), William Tullidaffe and Helin Tailyour, 03 Oct 1656; citing St Andrews And St Leonards,Fife,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,040,173.
  • Will Wills and testaments TULLIDEPH, WILLIAM (Reference CC20/4/17 ST ANDREWS COMMISSARY COURT) Scotlands People
  • Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ: the Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation (1915-), Scott, Hew, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1915-)
  • Extract from "Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment" by Roger L. Emerson'
"The third principal, appointed to St. Leonards in 1691, was William Tullideph (c.1626 - 1695) a Covenanter from Cupar, Fife, who had served on the Commission of Visitation. His relatives and descendants also served the college for over eighty years. He too held a St. Andrews MA given to him in 1641 and had taught at his college, St. Salvators, as a regent while Pitcairne had been teaching there. Like the others Tullideph had been ordained to a royal living, at Dunbog, in 1657, had been deposed in 1662, indulged later at Kilbirnie, (1670 - 1684) and deprived and then imprisoned. After the Revolution he preached at Wemyss until 1691. He then became Principal and minister of St. Leonards parish in St. Andrews."
  • Note - William's baptism is the only record where the name is given as "Dulledaphe". His father, also William, was married as "Tylledaffe" and their daughter Marie was baptised as "Tylledaph".

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William Tullideph Library Record Card
William Tullideph Library Record Card

The Covenant Martyrs Monument
The Covenant Martyrs Monument

Administration of the Will of William Tullideph
Administration of the Will of William Tullideph

St. Leonards School St. Andrews (formerly St. Leonards College)
St. Leonards School St. Andrews (formerly St. Leonards College)

Dunbog Church, Fife, Scotland
Dunbog Church, Fife, Scotland

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