|Christian Grierson married
Robert Speid in the 1760's. She brought a substantial
dowry to her husband, which enabled them to build
a new house, furnish it, and improve the surrounding
park by adding a walled garden and a tree plantation.
Christian and Robert had no children. After his
death in 1793 she retained Ardovie in liferent
until her death in 1823. The heir, another Robert
Speid from Edinburgh, was kept waiting for 30
years to gain access to his inheritance.
Christian wrote the heir many letters, mainly
concerned with shopping. In one letter she asked
for Robert's friend Miss Ramsay to purchase nine
separate items: silk for a nightgown, two suits
of Indian muslin for her cap, frills, handkerchief
and apron, black Mankie for a flounced petticoat,
two pairs of long silk gloves, eleven yards of
a mourning print, an umbrella, samples of the
best tea plus a dark printed cotton to line her
chaise. On other occasions she begged Robert to
have three mourning rings made up with her husband's
hair. Even seed cakes and silver coffee pots were
purchased in Edinburgh and sent to Brechin by
the public coach where they were collected by
an Ardovie servant. Christian enjoyed visiting
friends and was especially friendly with the Southesk
family at Kinnaird. They invited her to spend
some time with them at their Montrose town house.
Christian wrote to Robert immediately ordering
fashionable new clothes for the visit as "the
Montrose people are so vain and dress so well".