The Session Records of
Banchory-Devenick have not hitherto been published, although they
contain some curious entries. They extend to seven large volumes,
commencing on 4th January, 1708, and—with the exception of a hiatus from
12th December, 1714, to 1st March, 1716; another from 7th June, 1724, to
23rd October, 1726; another from 16th August to 8th November, 1747 ; and
another from 12th August to 3rd November, 1757—go on uninterruptedly
down to the present time. Two older volumes had unfortunately been
destroyed by fire during the ministry of the Rev. James Gordon, which
extended from November, 1667, to December, 1714. The following are the
more interesting particulars from the existing records, which have been
arranged according to subject for greater convenience.
PAROCHIAL BOARD AND RELIEF
OF THE POOR.
From the earliest times
the subject of affording relief to the poor, and those on whom
affliction had suddenly fallen, formed matter of concern to governments,
magistrates, and public bodies generally. In Banchory-Devenick it is
abundantly manifest that during severe seasons considerable poverty and
distress existed among the lower orders. Charity, however, was liberally
extended by the better to do class of the population.
As early as the year
1620, a system of relieving was organized by the Heritors and
Kirk-Session, under which the latter body became sole administrators. A
perusal of the Extracts will give a slight insight into what was done
from 1708 onwards. In that year there were over twenty regularly
enrolled poor, who received 6s. 8d. amongst them quarterly, besides
which many supplicant poor from other parishes were from time to time
temporarily relieved. School fees of children were frequently paid,
perquisites provided, and subscriptions given to the most peculiar
objects conceivable. This practice of promiscuous giving, however, led
to a large increase in the number of beggars who roamed over the
country, and of whom it was no unusual circumstance to find as many as
forty waiting to be relieved at the church door when service ended. So
many able-bodied men and women found the begging profession a profitable
one, that they became a nuisance to society, so much so that the
legislature was compelled to pass measures of repression. In consequence
the Kirk-Session, in the end of 1737, found it necessary to give badges,
or tickets, to their own poor, and to concert a method for effectually
getting rid of all other vagrants not belonging to the parish. A payment
of twelve shillings was accordingly made for tickets to the privileged
poor; and, a year later, special collections were made to defray the
expense of “apprehending and prosecuting beggars and vagabonds.”
In some districts a “
scourger ” was employed, at a fixed salary, to keep out beggars not
provided with the requisite badge. With regard to the expedients adopted
to excite pity, these were, in many instances, most ingenious. One was
to profess blindness and helpless lameness, necessitating the
pretender’s being carried in a sort of hand-barrow. As recently as 1840
it was not uncommon, in one day, for several of these hand-barrows to be
set down at the door of a dwelling-house. To get clear of such unwelcome
visitors, the only course available to the inmates was to administer
relief, and get sufficient hands together to carry the burden to the
next door. So many beggars were sent into Banchory in this way from the
parish of Fetteresso, that the Kirk-Session had to send a special
injunction against the continuance of the practice.
On 15th April, 1739, it
was agreed that three shillings and fourpence sterling should be paid
for making the poor’s coffins, two carpenters having agreed to supply
them at that figure. It was appointed by the Session that “ the haill
effects ” of such poor as should be buried by them should fall to the
remaining poor. It was also ordained that one of the poor should attend
the others when sick, and should be paid per day by the Session for so
doing ; and in case of refusal “ their names to be cancelled out of the
roll.” The sum paid at this time for digging the graves of the poor was
In November, 1751, it was
enacted that all poor before being placed on the Charity Roll of the
parish, should subscribe a disposition making over to the collector of
the Session and his successors in office “ their whole goods, gear,
debts, and effects that shall be due and belonged to them at the time of
When any famine or
special calamity overtook the country it was customary for the
Government to vote a sum in relief. In 1783, owing to the complete
failure of the previous year’s crop, a sum of .£10,000 was appointed to
be paid out of the Royal Exchequer to assist the poor in the Highlands
and northern parts of Scotland. Returns were called for from all
parishes, the one from Banchory-Devenick showing that, on 3rd July of
that year, there were thirty recognized poor, besides other thirty-four
families, representing 256 souls, requiring assistance. One hundred and
twenty-eight bolls of meal were asked; but, owing to more crying demands
from other districts, only a small proportion was sent.
In the latter years of
the Session’s management of the Poor’s Fund, they distributed to the
higher class on the roll ten shillings, and to the lower eight shillings
each, a quarter. What was further required for their support, Dr. Paul
says, “ was partially supplied by the earnings of the females, in
knitting stockings and spinning, but principally through the benevolence
of kind neighbours, whose liberality and sympathy were greatly
diminished after the introduction of the poor’s rates. In the year 1845
the whole sum distributed among the poor amounted to j£253 14 3d. There
were no expenses of management.”
By the passing of the
Poor Law Act, however, the whole system of relieving underwent a
sweeping change. A Parochial Board, with duly qualified medical officer
and inspector, nominated and voted for by the ratepayers from whom the
taxes were made exigible, fell to be appointed by each parish. If this
Board has not accomplished all that was expected by its votaries, it has
at least been the means of reducing vagrancy to a minimum, and making
those on whom alimentary legal responsibility rests discharge their
At present the business
of the Parochial Board is managed by seventeen of a committee, with
Lieutenant-Colonel Joyner 1 as chairman. The
sum raised in 1888, in the shape of poor’s assessment, was £624 15s., of
which amount ,£124 4s. iod. was expended on alimenting fifteen poor in
the parish, and about .£100 in relieving ten poor resident in other
parishes ; besides about ,£240 in supporting twelve lunatic poor in
various asylums. The following extracts illustrate these remarks :—
restored, he returned to
Britain in June, ’56, when his bravery was acknowledged by the
presentation of the Crimean Medal and three clasps, for Alma, Balaklava,
and Sebastopol; The Turkish Medal and the French War Medal for valour
and discipline. In addition he had received his commission as
Quartermaster whilst in the Crimea. In June, ’57, the regiment embarked
for China; but, the Indian Mutiny having broken out in the interim, they
were, whilst passing through the Bay of Bengal, signalled by the
Governor-General to land at Calcutta. This being done, active operations
were at once commenced to quell the mutineers. Space will not admit of
details being given of the forced marches, privations, and difficulties
encountered for the next few years. Suffice it to say that the subject
of our memoir took part in the following ordeal:—Relief of women and
children, Lucknow, 14th to 25th November, ’57 ; Defeat of Gwalior Force
at Cawnpore ; Battles of Serai Ghat, Kaleh Nuddee; Lucknow Siege, 2nd to
21st March,’58; Allygunge, Bareilly, 5th May, ’58; Posgaon, 19th
October, ’58; Russelpore, 25th October, ’58; and afterwards the Storming
of Fort Mithoulie. For the signal achievements at Lucknow he was
presented with the Indian Mutiny Medal and hvo clasps. In March, ’70, he
returned with the regiment to Aberdeen, and for the next ten years
discharged the duties of Paymaster, to which position he had been
promoted six years previously. He. retired from the army as a
Staff-Paymaster, in October, 1880, after a service exceeding forty
years. The gallant soldier, now promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant-Colonel, resides in Cults, and takes a lively interest in
every work tending to the welfare of the parish.
1708 Jan 4—Quarter’s
college fee (13/40!.) of Student paid. Given to stranger supplicant
impoverished by piracie, 7/Mar. 28—Given to a poor travelling stranger,
May 16—Given to a
paralytick Schoolmaster in Buchan, 20/Sep. 5—Four punds scots ordered to
be given to help to pay the curing of a poor boy in Aberdeen, who was
grievously wounded in the forehead by the stroak of a horse foot.
1709 May 22—Given to a
poor old minister, 12 lb.
1710 Jan. 29—To a Mary
ffrazcr, ane epilcptick lass, to buy a plade and shirt to her, 3 lb.
Dec. 31—Payed to the
fishers of fody, for salvage of the ferry boat, which was carycd away by
a violent swaling water, £4 10/-.
1712 Feb. 10—Andrew
Donald, being old and impoverished by the death of a cow in bringing
furth a monstruous calf with two heads, ordered to receive 6 lib to help
to buy another cow.
June 22—Given to a poor
boy to help to pay his apprentice ffce with a view to his learning a
trade, £6 13s. 4d.
1713 Nov. 22—Given to two
orphans in Nigg, 20/-.
Nov. 29—Given to
supplicant with a cancer in his face, 6/8
1714 Oct. 10—Alexander
Leslie being reduced to poverty, ordered to receive the price of a
firlot of meal.
1716 June 10—Given out of
the collection 3 lib for a coffin to a poor woman, who must otherwise
have been laid down in her grave without one.
1716 Aug. 19—Collection
of £6 8s. 2d. made for the encouragement of learning, and the supporting
of Charity Schools in the Highlands.
Oct. 7—Minister from
Pulpit intimated to the congregation that, whereas upon the
representation made to him by some honest men in the North side of the
Parish, a beggar boy who went about leading his mother—ane old blind
woman—the foresaid boy in his folly had fallen off a dike, and haveing a
sharp pointed knife in his pocket it had struck into his belly, and that
thereupon they had taken up the youth, who was near dead, and carried
him in to the Chirurgions att Aberdeen, and that he would need something
for his support as long as he lived, and therefore he urged the people
to extend their charity next-Sabbath for the effect foresaid.
Oct. 14—The wounded boy
for whom the collection was intimated was dead, and buried last week, as
severall members of the congregation reported.
Given to the Kirk Officer
8/-, for carrying a poor distressed supplicant on horseback first to
Aberdeen, and then to Causey Port.
1717 March 24—Six
shillings given to a poor supplicant, who had lost all his worldly
substance in the late horrid rebellion. Nov. 3—i3/4d. given to Alex.
Wilson, who has a sone dying in the Cruells, and can doe nothing for
himself, and the father a very poor man with many children.
Dec. 16—Given 6/- to a
seaman cast away on the North coast, and 2/- scots more to some poor
people about the kirk door.
1718 June 29—£1 6s. 8d.
given out of the collection, for behoof of the child who suffered by
1718 Nov. 16—Collected
this day for the distressed Protestants of Lithuania £5 14s. 8d.
1719 Dec. 20—Collected £2
17s. 6d. for the kirk at Cairstoun (Stromncss) in Orkney.
1720 Nov. 27—Collected £3
3s. for the following special objects, relieving the distressed
Protestants in Saxonie, for erecting a new kirk in Orkney, for building
another at Zetland, for building a bridge on the water of Anachie, for
another bridge in the parish of Bourtie, for another on the water of
Tarlan, as also for a charitable contribution to Ann Urquhart and John
Henderson, taylor in the Cannongate and for the distressed protestants
belonging to Inverness taken by the Galy men.
1721 Aug. 18—Collected £$
19s. for Charles Erskine, and 3 men in Old Meldrum all sufferers by
1722 May 6—Twenty
shilling given for takeing the children over water the winter quarter
for their education at school. Dec. 16—£$ paid for takeing the ferry
boat out of the sea, being carried thither with the violence of spait
1728 March 3—This day
John Mowat, at Mill of Finnan, gave in to the box £6 13s. 4d. scots, for
the priviledge of burying his mother in the Church, according to custome
in this place. This day, also, Alexander Milne gave in £$ scots, the
marriage pledge of William Marshall in the Parish of Peterculter,
forfeited for non-performance of his contract with a woman in this
1729 July 27—Generali
contribution intimated for building a harbour at St. Andrews, and
congregation advised to give liberally.
£3 scots was subsequently
handed over for the foregoing object.
1729 Oct. 19—Irish
Presbytery Bursar’s discharge for payment of £2 scots handed over by the
1730 Oct. 18—Given for
making the sackcloth, 6 -.
1731 April ir—Two pounds
scots given out to one James Anderson a poor man in Maryculter, whose
wife had brought forth three children at one birth.
Oct, 24—Collected £15
scots for the sufferers by fire in Monimusk.
1732 June 7—This day the
Session, considering the great disorder occasioned by the multitude of
dogs in time of worship, did agree to employ Alexander Couts to keep
them out, and allow him three pence every Lord’s Day out of the
collection for the same.
Dec. 10—14/- Scots given
to Alexander Couts for an iron instrument wherewith to keep out the
1733 Oct. 14—£7 ios. 6d.
of bad half-pence to be disposed of to best advantage.
1734 April 7—Given for a
hand-bell, to be employed at burials along with the mortcloth, ,£4 12s.
scots, of which £1 4s. was deducted anent the bad half-pence.
1735 Sep. 28—Four merks
Scots given to Alexander Couts, who holds out the dogs, to buy a new
coat to him.
Dec. 14—The day being
short and very cold the Minister lectured only. Given to 3 Bluegowns 3s.
1738 Feb. 5—Collected
,£11 3s. scots for an Hospital to be built in Edinburgh for curing sick
March 5—Given to the man
who holds out the dogs, 5/-. Oct. 29—Collected £14 2s. for Blind
Davidson’s support. Minister intimated that he was appointed to go to
Edinburgh anent the demolishing the Church of Kinnernie, and annexing
that Parish to Midmar and Clunie.
1750 Dcc. 2—Collection
intimated for the building of a Church and School at Breslau.
1755 June 8—Given to a
poor man who was robbed near the Causey moss, £1 4s.
Sep. 21—Collected £8 for
building of a new college at Jersey.
Dec. 7—Given for burying
a murdered child, by Jean Steven now in prison, which was found above
Hilldountree, £2 8s. To the officer for ringing the bell longer than
ordinary for the salmon fishers, £1 10s.
1756 Feb. 6—£14 of a fine
received from the Procurator-Fiscal at Stonehaven, said sum having been
recovered from one of the Ardoe salmon fishers.
Sept. 18—Given to James
Farquhar, a poor man in the parish of Fetteresso, whose wife had born 3
children at one birth, _£2 8s.
1759 April 8—Given in for
the fines of the Brewers, £27 12s. April 29—Given to the Officer for
carrying a cripple man to Aberdeen upon his horse, 6
1761 July 12—Collected
£11 2s. for building a place of worship at Curgarf.
1766 Given £10 10s. as
taxation to the Old Town College.
1769 Given to help to
make the church road on Cranhill, ^12 scots.
Nov. 19—Collected £21
12s. for building the new church of Gilcomston.
1770 March 4—Monies now
calculated at sterling or British value.
June 10—Given to George
Lessly in Kinnellar, whose farm yard was wilfully set on fire by two
1772 July 5—One of the
Elders reporting that a poor herd boy in Easter Ardoch had been
accidentally drowned, Session agreed to pay the funeral expenses.
1775 Oct. 22—Given to buy
a surt-coat to Annie Buchan, 4/5^. Nov. 15—£5 6s. iod. of bad copper
ordered to be sold.
„ 19—18/6 received for
the bad copper which weighed 37 lbs.
1777 Feb. 16—Given to a
poor man in Drumoak, whose wife lately died of the bite of a mad dog,
William Milne in Kirktown, and Robert Anderson in Tullohill, constables.
They represented that they had last week taken up Ann Fraser, a poor
delirious woman, who had been happily prevented from drowning herself in
the River Dee, and got her with difficulty forwarded safely to
Maryculter. They received £2 for their trouble.
1780 Jan. 16—The day
being remarkably bad collected only9d.
1781 May 6—Male child
laid down at a Parishioner’s door this morning, taken charge of by the
Session, who offered a reward of five guineas for discovery of the
Entries afterwards occur
of cost of wearing apparel and board of the child.
1782 April 25—£100
bequeathed for behoof of the Poor, by Mr George Martin, Shipmaster in
1787 March 11—Collected
£41 3s. 8fd. for assisting in the relief of the families of three
fishermen accidentally drowned at Cove.
1790 June 27—Collected £5
10s. 3d. for behoof of the widows and 26 children of 6 Fishermen drowned
at Cove on 17th May last.
1798 Nov. 10—,£45
collected throughout the Parish for the defence of the country against
the threatened invasion.
1801 Dec. 20—£500 handed
over to the Kirk-Session by James Calder, wine merchant in Aberdeen, the
interest whereof to be applied annually for the relief of the poor.
Mr. Calder's daughter,
Mrs. Emslie, in 1836, devoted ,£26,000 towards the erection and
endowment of an hospital in Aberdeen for orphan and destitute children.
1804 Sep. 9—£ 1 given to
a Farmer who had his horse stolen out of his stable.
1805 5—Collected jQg 7s.
for the Trafalgar relief fund.
1807 Feb. 26—Collected £g
5s. for the relatives of 37 Fishermen who lost their lives by the
destruction of 6 fishing boats during a severe storm in the Moray Firth
on 25th December last.
1815 Oct. 1—Collected for
the Waterloo Fund, jQj 2s. id.
1825 June 26—Intimation
received from the Trustees of the late Mr. John Gordon of Murtle of an
annual legacy of .£10 bequeathed by Mr. Gordon for the teaching of
Sunday Schools throughout the Parish.
received from the Trustees of the late Mr. James Gammel of Countesswells
of a Legacy of £100 on behalf of the poor of the parish.
1828 Jan. 26—Salary of
Precentor at this time, ^3 a year.
1829 Dec. 27—Body of a
female found on Tuesday last, not having been indentified buried at
expense of Session.
Dec. 29—Collection which
had been made on behalf of the Highlands not being required for that
purpose to be handed over to the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen.
1853 Aug. 27—Legacy of
.£200 bequeathed by the late Rev. William Paterson, Schoolmaster of Nigg,
received. The terms of the bequest were :—To the Kirk-Session of
Banchory-Devenick, two hundred pounds as a fund, the interest of which
is to be paid to a Schoolmaster whose schoolhouse shall be situated
conveniently for the fishing villages of Findon and Portlethen, and
house adjacent to the turnpike road. He must also be qualified to teach
reading, writing, arithmetic, and navigation, and if Latin so much the
better ; be patronized by the Proprietors of Portlethen, Findon, Lands
adjacent to the Turnpike, and the Minister of the Parish; and teach
gratis scholars of name of Paterson and Merser, whose parents are poor,
and these failing a few poor scholars recommended by the Kirk-Session.
1863 March 1—£17 ns. 3d.
collected throughout the parish on behalf of the Lancashire Operatives.
1867 Nov. 17—Intimation
made of a legacy of £500 being left to the Session by the late Alexander
Calder, son of James Calder, who, on 20th December, 1801, handed over a
like sum for behoof of the poor of the parish.
CHURCH LAWS, &c.
1712 Aug. 3—Enacted that
all pariochiners placing gravestones in the churchyard should pay ten
marks scots. Outsiders and strangers to pay eight punds scots for the
1719 July 26—Act for
preventing the running of goods was read, and the people suitablie
Aug. 9—Act to prevent the
running of goods specially read at Portlethen, where the practice was
most to be feared.
1722 July 15—Act read
against prophaneness, &c. Intimation also made to the salmon fishers
that there were spys to be sett on them, and that, in case of
prophaneing the Sabbath day by fishing, they would be proceeded against
by Sessions, Presbyteries, and the Civil Judge.
1727 May 21—This day, at
the desire of the Elders, it was intimated from Pulpit that no persons
whatsomever should reside in this Parish without being clothed with
sufficient certificates from the parishes they come from.
1728 June 2—Intimation
made that no contract of marriage or publick sessioning should be held
on Saturdays, and that, conform to an old practice in this parish, and
resolution of Session anent it, those who contract on the Sabbath days
morning privately shall pay one pound scots to the poor’s box besides
the usuall dues.
1729 July 13—Congregation
advertised to beware of meeting in crowds on the Sabbath day,
particularity upon the waterside, and likewise to beware of fishing late
upon Saturday’s night. Also to avoid drinking on the Sabbath day to
excess, and in great companies, and of going in throngs to the seaside
for diversion : with certification, &c.
1730 March 22—New Parish
boat being required, contract entered into for its construction. 2'6
scots required from each tenant, and 2r from each other person within
the respective families on the North Side. Due intimation made of this
act, that so the recusants, if any should be, may be prosecute before
the Judge competent.
1731 March/—Warning given
to young persons in the parish to beware of night meetings in their
neighbours houses, under pretence of mirth and drawing of valentines.
1799 Oct. 6—Former
resolution against allowing marriages on Saturdays rescinded, on the
Bridegroom giving an undertaking that the whole marriage company should
be dismissed by 11 o’clock at night at farthest. No penny weddings to be
permitted within the Parish on Saturdays, nor any other marriage at
which money is received for either meat or drink.
1805 Nov. 3—As various
bad consequences flow from Raffles, all intimations of such meetings
either by the public crier or otherwise, at the Parish Church and Church
of Portlethen, prohibited.
1827 Nov. n--The holding
of raffles within the Parish strictly prohibited in all time coming.
1839 Sep. 27—Shooting at
1859 Jan. 23—The crying
of public roups and other intimations in the Churchyard after divine
scrvice strictly prohibited ; the beadle in future to attach such
notices to the pillar at the gate.
ANCIENT FORM OF OATH.
“By the Great and
Dreadful God, the searcher of all hearts, and the just and Righteous
Judge of all the world, from whose all-seeing eye nothing can be hid,
and who will bring to light all those who swear falsely.
By His name, and as 1
shall answer to Him in the great day of judgment, and as I would wish to
escape the visible judgments of God in this world, and His eternal
judgments in the world to come. And as I would wish God to prosper me,
and not blast all that I take in hand through the rest of my life and as
I would wish to die a comfortable death under the sense of God’s favour,
and not in the rage of an awakened and tormenting conscience, I shall
declare the truth.” ....
OFFENCES AGAINST THE
1710 July iC—Dilation
given in by the Minister, who did himself, the Last Lord’s Day, see the
salmon fishers in the garth of Pitfoddels prophaning the Lord’s Day by
their scandalous fishing before sun sett. The whole of these Fishermen
ordered to be summoned for next Lord's Day. Compearing then they all
denied, but, being unable to purge themselves, were amerciat in ten
pounds scots of penalty each
1711 Jan. 28—Andrew Troup
convicted of prophaning the Lord's Day, in carrying a burden of ale, in
a barrow, from the Bridge of Dee to his own house after sunrising,
mulcted in ten punds scots, and to appear before the Pulpit next Lord’s
Day, in the sight of the congregation and profess sorrow for the
Aug. 19—John Knolls
having confessed guilt of horrid and abominable swearing, ordered to go
and ask his master’s pardon, thereafter to pay a monetary penalty and
appear before the congregation as a penitent.
1712 Feb. 24—Penalty for
antenuptial fornication, five punds scots, with sundry appearances in
1713 May 31—Agnas ffrazcr
and Agnas Cowly ordained to appear before the congregation for scolding
and beating one another.
1714 July 10—Magdalen
Walker guilty of trelapse in fornication ordained by the Session to
appear befor the congregation nine Lord’s days in sackcloath, being
befor amerciat in the sum of thirty pounds scots money.
Sep. 12—Two parties,
against whom a fama had been lodged, compeared before the Session and
denied guilt, offering to take the oath of purgation in face of the con-gation.
As the minister reported he had known persons stand as firmly resolved
to purge themselves of what they afterwards were found guilty, it was
ordained that they should appear on the pillory one Lord’s Day, to see
if their conscience might be awaked. Session being informed that Elspet
Craig is still keeping house with Robert Stuart, notwithstanding she had
been told by the officer to remove, ordained that she should be again
warned to remove, with this caveat—that, if they do not separat against
next Session day, the Session would take care they may be put into the
hands of the Justices of peace, to be punished as scandalous and profane
1716 July 1—Intimation
made of the deposition of Mr. Gilbert Ramsay, late Incumbent att Dyce;
Mr. Alex. Gray, late Incumbent att Footie; and Mr. Richard Maitland,
late Incumbent att Nigg, for their being accessary to, goeing along
with, and haveing a hand in, the late horrid rebellion raised by the
Earle of Marr and his adherents, and parishioners exhorted no more to
look upon them as ministers, they haveing shamefully and scandalously
deserted the Protestant Cause.
July 8—Deposition of
other 3 ministers intimated.
1717 Sep. 29—Minister
read list of excommunicated persons within the bounds of the Synod of
Aberdeen, which embraced 12 for habitual adultery, 2 for uncleanness,
and 4 for apostacie to popery and contumacie. These parties were
subsequently prayed for and people exhorted.
1718 April 6—Robert
Stuart and Elspet Craig, who had previously confessed guilt of
ante-nuptial fornication and ordered to appear upon the pillory,
reported to be of very ill agreement, the said Robert striking and
beating the said Elspet. Session judging their further appearance in
publick would be to no edification, appointed them to lie under the
scandal for some time, the Minister to deal with their consciences in
private, and the Elder of the bounds to have a narrow eye over them.
1718 June 1—John Craig
and Alexander Main being summoned to this diet, confessed themselves
guilty of scolding and using bitter words on the Sabbath day some weeks
before. After being severely rebuked and admonished they were dismissed.
1719 June 7—Four Salmon
Fishers confessing to their pro-phanation of the Lord’s Day, by fishing
in the afternoon, were severely rebuked and admonished.
Aug. 16—John Mitchell
rebuked in public, and compearing before the Session, his knowledge was
found weak and he also appeared very stupid. Dismissed till he gets more
1720 July 31—Three salmon
fishers publickly rebuked for fishing about sunset on the Sabbath Day.
Dec. 25—Intimation made
that one Elizabeth Chrystie is fugitive from the discipline of Old
Machar, and people exhorted to give notice if they knew of her.
1723 Dec. I—Five farmers
summoned to this dyet compeared, and being interrogat whether they were
in John Mill’s house drinking, on the Sabbath day some time agoe.
Answered they were, but that they neither stayed or drank to give any
offence, that they went straight from the kirk-on purpose to take a
refreshment and congratulat the said John Mill, who had his daughter
married the week before; that they went sober there, having gone out of
the kirk, and came as sober away as a sober man would doe if upon the
road or at home refreshing himself; whereupon they were rebuked, and
charged at least with the appearance of evil and misspending precious
time sett apart for another use.....They appeared again on a subsequent
Sunday, when they were
again rebuked and seriously exhorted, and they engaged to be more
watchfull and circumspect for the future.
1728 April 14—Janet Coly,
in Milltoun of Finnan, dilated for scolding at the Church gate when the
congregation was dismissing, and thereby giving great scandall. The
Session, considering the same, did judge her highly censurable and
ordered her to be summoned.
Apr. 28—According to
resolution arrived at last Lord’s Day the said Janet Coly appeared this
day before the congregation and was rebuked.
1729 Nov. 30—Complaint
having been given in against five parties for going to a tavern to drink
on Sabbath afternoon, they are ordered to be summoned.
Dec. 7—These parties
compeared, and acknowleged they had gone home with a servant newly
entered to service in that house, a practice that had obtained hitherto
in this place; but declared they had not been guilty of any
extravagance, and, if they had known it would have given offence, they
would have forborne it, promising wt’all to forbear the like practice in
time to come ; whereupon the Session considering their youth, and that
their reputation hitherto had been entire, they judged it proper to deal
as tenderly with them as could consist with edification, and agreed to
sist in a sessional rebuke, with certification, &c.; and to intimate the
same from the Pulpit, in order to discourage the like practices for the
future. Accordingly they were sharply admonished and dismissed.
1730 Aug. 16—The Session
being informed that some of Pittfodles Tennents had yoked their horses
on Sabbath evening last, and being likewise informed that they were in a
manner forced to do so, did agree that they be rebuked from Pulpit, and
advertised in general, to guard against such practices in time to come,
with certification, &c.
Aug, 23—This day the
Minister did give the Sabbath Breakers a generall admonition.
Dec. 20—Minister exhorted
the congregation not to give in bad money by way of collection.
1731 March 28—An
adulterer, having appeared twice before the Presbytery and nine times
before the congregation in sackcloth, was to-day absolved.
intimated the sentence of greater excommunication against Alexander
Leiper, in the Parish of Nig, for blasphemy.
Oct. 3—It was reported
that a great many were in yoke with horses upon the windy Sabbath night
before it was dark. The Session, considering the multitude of those that
were guilty, and the great temptation they were under, judged it most
for edification that the minister give them a general Rebuke some
Sabbath from Pulpit, and sharply admonish them to beware of such
practices in time coming : with certification, &c.
Oct. 17—This day the
Minister did, conform to Session’s appointment, sharply admonish those
who had been guilty of leading corn on Sabbath’s evening.
1732 Aug, 27—James
Williamson and William \Ialcom, who had been guilty of an abuse at a
marriage in this Church, by fyring Pistols in time of worship, called
before the Session, sharply rebuked and promising to amend their
behaviour were dismissed.
1734 Nov. 17—The Minister
from pulpit admonished the inhabitants on the North side of the Dee,
especially the younger sort, to behave more gravely and decently in
going in and out of the boat.
1736 July 4—It was
reported that Jas. Coly was now returned, who had some time ago gone
away in company with one Margaret Fraser and had left his wife and
children in a starving condition. The Session considering this as a
grievous scandall appointed him to be summoned to the next diet.
July 25—James Coly was
called but compeared not. Elizabeth Dove his wife craving access to the
Session declared that her husband had been some time in the South
country, and at his return stayed with her 8 or 10 days, but upon his
being summoned to the Session had again fled, she knows not to
1737 Nov. 20—John Ellis
and Elizabeth Freeman, both residing in Cookstown, compeared, and being
interrogate anent their strife and scurrilous language to each other,
they were exhorted to forgive each other and live in peace together in
time coming, and to appear at next diet in order to receive a rebuke.
1738 Jan. 8—Three men and
two boys in Nigg dilated for Sabbath breaking in drawing a fishing coble
from Legart up to the water of Auchunies upon Sabbath last, and that
about the time of the people convening to Church after the ringing of
the second bell.
They were afterwards
rebuked before the congregation.
1738 Jan. 22—A White
Fisher in Findon acknowledged his rashness in scandalizing some of the
Elders, but declaring his grief was allowed off with a rebuke.
March 19—Minister again
exhorted the congregation to the faithful observation of the Sabbath day
; and especially the Salmon Fishers, and advertised them that he
^himself, together with some of the Session, according to a former
appointment, were to watch this night at the water until twelve o’clock
to see if any would be so wicked as to fish before that time.
April 2—Nine members of
the Session watched at the several salmon fishings till 12 o’clock at
April 16—Elders and
Deacons again appointed to watch, the Minister himself agreeing to watch
the Garth of Pitfoddells and Castlehcugh.
April 23—Two of the
Elders reported that when watching at the Bridge of Dee, Alexander Main
and Isabel Pirie had given them abusive language. The Minister appointed
to write the Minister of Nigg to prosecute them before his Session.
May 7—For the last two
months process proceeded against salmon fishers for Sabbath breaking by
commencing fishing operations before 12 o’clock at night. Being found
guilty they were ordered to compear before the congregation on the
penitential seat, but failing to do so the Presbytery resolved to
1739 Jan- 14—Names of the
following persons who had been excommunicated by their respective
Presbyteries read from Pulpit, viz.:—Robertson, in the Presbytery of
Kirkcudbright ; Strang, in Edinburgh ; and Dog, in Aberbrothick, and the
people suitably exhorted.
1739 May 6—The Minister
intimated that he was obliged to wait upon the General Assembly to meet
this week, and therefore hoped the people would behave themselves
decently in his absence and carefully keep the Sabbath day.
1740 June 29—Dilation
given in against Alexander Mill, one of the Deacons, that, upon last
Sabbath, he had his mill at work before ten o’clock at night, and that
four witnesses saw the same. The said Alexander alleged that his boy
that guides the mill had set her on too soon, without his direction, and
that he was sorry that it was done at all but that he should take care
that the like should not happen again in time coming. The Session taking
above into consideration and finding that he had given scandal by such
behaviour, and especially that it had given occasion to the Salmon
Fishers to make a handle of it to justify their wicked practice of
fishing on the Sabbath day, delayed any further procedure against him
till further, in order to be ripely advised thereanent.
Sept. 7—The Minister
intimated that Alexander Mill, formerly a Deacon, was now deposed from
that office. This day also he was sharply rebuked before the
1742 Jan. 3—Elizabeth
Kemp, who had given birth to an illegitimate child at the burnside of
Murtle, being in a dying state her deposition taken by the Session, who
exhorted the poor wretch and set a guard over her till the sheriff be
acquainted. Dec. 26—The Minister represented that in regard Mr. Troup,
non jurant Minister at Muchalls, had made an encroachment into this
Parish by preaching at the Chapel of Portlethen, he was resolved to
prosecute him for the same, and that in the meantime he was to lay the
affair before the Presbytery of Aberdeen.
1743 May 29—Delinquent
being resident in Aberdeen the Clerk was ordered to go there and get him
to come out. The man promised to accompany, but under pretence of going
for his hat and wig had absconded himself, whereupon the Clerk took a
letter to the Provost, who promised to secure him if ever he appeared
1745 May 26—A female
exposed child, found by two gentlemen on horseback, taken charge of by
the Session, given out by them to nurse, and baptised “Joanna Carolina
Marykirk” in respect to the gentlemen who had been the means of
preserving her life.
Entries of the aliment
paid for the support of the child regularly occur in the subsequent
1750 Feb. 18—Hugh Ross in
Kemhill appointed and chosen collector for uplifting the fines of
Sabbath Breakers, and the Officer appointed to ring the bell every
Sabbath night at twelve o’clock at night for letting the salmon fishers
know when to begin to work. Intimation made to congregation accordingly.
Sep. 2—The Minister
represented that a fa,77ia had been spread in the neighbourhood that
several gentlemen had come out from Aberdeen, upon Sunday, 29th July,
before sermon, and after spending a great part of the day there, without
repairing to any publick place of worship, and in their return home,
about 7 or 8 o’clock at night, were guilty of several indecencies and
gross profanation of the Lord’s Day, at different places in the Parish
and upon the Highway ; such as behaving uncivilly to several
women,throwing one another over among the corns, pulling a woman off her
horse, beating and striking a young man on the road to the effusion of
his blood, whereby they gave great evidence either of being taken with
liquor, or of an abominable and wicked turn of mind, in openly
disdaining to pay that religious regard to the Holy Sabbath which is due
to it, both by the laws of God and man, and that he is informed that
their names are [names of one clerk and six merchants in Aberdeen are
here given] ; and further if the said Gentlemen should deny their being
art or part in one or either of the said crimes, that some of them were
so publickly committed, that there would be no penury of witnesses to
prove the same. The Session taking the above into consideration agreed
that a letter should be written and sent to the Kirk Session of Aberdeen
to cause summon them to compear before this Session Sunday next and to
return a regular execution of their summonds seasonably.
subsequently compeared and paying a substantial penalty each were
allowed off with a sessional rebuke.
1752 April 5—Clandestine
marriages strictly prohibited and act read against them.
1767 Dec. 13—Minister
warned the people not to bring their dogs to the Church.
1800 July 21—Certain
Farmers who permitted horses to be yoked on their Farms last Fast Day
ordered to be written warning them of their danger—the Session being
determined to enforce the strict observance of such Fast Days.
1806 April 27—Fornication
case investigated when witnesses gave evidence as to the proceedings
which had taken place at a “ Like ” held on two consecutive nights on
the death of a Farmer’s wife.
1834 May 4—A disorderly
meeting having been held in a Tavern on Sunday last the keeper of the
same ordered to be summoned. He and his wife as also the young men who
had taken part in the disorder debarred from admission to ensuing
1834 July 13—Farmer
having yoked his cart last Sunday to convey some Travellers on their way
to Stonehaven the Session unanimously agreed that such a desecration of
the Lord’s Day could not be passed over, and therefore ordered the
Farmer to be summoned before them.
and expressing regret he was exhorted and dismissed with a sessional
1837 March 5—A residenter
in Cults having fallen into a state of habitual drunkenness, giving
great scandal in the neighbourhood, Minister instructed not to baptize
his child until he shall appear and answer to the said fama.
He aftenvards appeared
1839 March 31—Session had
under consideration the behaviour of George . . . and resolved that
application be made to the Fiscal to secure the Peace of Society and
prevent the desecration of the Sabbath as regards the said George . . .
1840 Dec. 6—A family of
suspicious character having arrived in the Parish, Officer ordered to
cite the man to give an account of himself.
1851 May 4—Six
communicants ordered to be written that reasons for their irregularity
in attendance on ordinances must be furnished before admission to the
Oct. 25—A Whitefisher in
Findon was accused of invading one of the Elder’s houses whilst in a
state of intoxication, and of using blasphemous language, and laying
hands on some of the Elder’s family.
SPECIAL SERVICES AND
1708 April 2—Said day
being the anniversary of the Passion of the Sone of God special Passion
Aug. 26—Fast observed for
the victory over the ffrench at Audenard, on nth July, by Prince Eugene
and the Duke of Marlborough.
1709 Jan. 30—This being
the dismal anniversary day of the Barbarous Murder of the Royal Martyr,
King Charles 1st, of ever blessed memory, sermon suitable to the
Feb. 17—Fast observed for
reduction of Ghent and Bruges, &c.
1710 May 28—This being
the anniversary day of the descent of the Holy Ghost, called Pentecost
or Whytsunday, Mr. Robert Jamieson preached a sermon suitable to this
Nov. 8—To-day being the
anniversary of the mornfull deliverance from the gunpowder plott by the
detection thereof, special sermon preached.
1714 March 21—Intimation
made that ffriday next being the anniversary day of the dolorous passion
of the son of God it is ordained to be religiously observed and all
servil work discharged, and the people exhorted to repair to the publick
worship of God and to hear a Passion sermon preached.
1716 June 7—This being
the day appointed for solemn and publick thanksgiving to Almighty God
for suppressing the unnatural rebellion begun by the Earle of Marr and
his adherents, the minister lectured and preached suitably to the
occasion, on psal. 127 : 1 : 2 & 3 vrs.
1716 Nov. 11—All the
people in Hilldontree, Mains of Banchorie. and Kirktown desired to
attend catechising att the ordinary time of meeting on the Sabbath day,
and att the ringing of the bell, the one half of them on tuesday and the
other half on thursday.
Dec. 2—Minister preached.
There was no lecture, the day being far spent before the people could
meet, it having cost many men much work before they could water the boat
and break the icc.
1717 March 24—Day of
humiliation intimated because of abounding sin, the illness of the
season, and a feared invasion from Sweden.
April 28—There was no
sermon, the Minister falling suddenly ill of a fitt of the Gravell on
the Sabbath morning.
Nov. 17—The Minister by
appointment of the Presbyterie preached att ffootie in the afternoon,
but, beginning early, preached here in the morning. This day Mr.
Farquhar, Minister att Nigg, preached att Portlethen to supplie the
Minister’s place there.
Mr. Farquhar, who was
formerly Minister of Tyrie, succeeded Mr. Richard Maitland as minister
of Nigg, and died 23rd December, 1756, in his ninety-first year. In his
younger days he possessed herculean strength, on account of which he was
frequently employed in preaching churches vacant, which had been in
possession of the Episcopalians. “ On one occasion of this kind the only
Presbyterian gentleman in the parish dissuaded him from doing so, as it
might cost him his life. He ordered the bell to be rung, as it stopped
he sallied forth, and found two fellows pommelling the bellman, on which
he seized the assailants, knocked their heads together, and, having done
so, stood alongside till the bell was rung out. He then invited the
onlookers to follow him into the church, where he had a message for
them, 1 such as they had never heard before.’ And tradition adds, they
were so pleased with his services that they crowded round at his
departure, inquiring when he would return again.”— (Woodrow’s Corresp.
and Scott’s Fasti.)
1717 Dec. 1-—Visitation
of families not observed because the water could not be crossed.
1718 Jan. 26—Weather so
stormy that the people have now crossed the water three Sabbath days on
1720 June 23—This day
being appointed for the visitation the Presbytrie mett at this place.
Lect. ordinary, Heb. 10-38. The visitation was gone about in common form
and the Minister approven.
At these Presbyterial
visitations the Minister was put upon trial, his Elders and parishioners
being questioned whether they had fault to find with his life, doctrine
and manner of discharging his pastoral duties, and “ whether he was a
dancer, carder, or dicer.” The interrogatories proceeded :— Is he proud
or vain glorious ? Is he greedy, worldly, or an usurer ? Is he
contentious, a brawler or fighter, and saw ye him ever drink healths ?
(Abridged from Steuart of Par-dovan’s Collections). If the answers were
satisfactory the Minister was approven, but if the reverse a libel
Dec. 16—Fast observed
because of the plague in a near and neighbour nation. The Officer got a
collection for burying the poor according to appointment of the Session
on extraordinary days.
1722 April 15—This being
the seedtime there is ane intermission of examination.
1722 June 21—Fast
observed on account of the plot against the King, the illness of the
weather and abounding sin.
This fast refers to the
discovery of a Jacobite Plot against George I., for complicity in which
Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester, was banished for life.
Aug. 4—The Minister did
not lectur att Banchorie, the water being so great that none could pass,
and the burns in the month impassable except on horseback, so that no
people cither from the south or the north part were present. No session
for want of Elders.
Dec. 23—Minister preached
but did not lecture, there being only about 40 persons in all the
congregation, because no passage through the water, nor any travelling
in the mount. The storm was such and the deepness of snow so great that,
as the people affirmed, the like had not been seen for twenty years
1724 Jan. 5—Minister
preached at Banchorie but did not lecture. The convention was so thin,
the wind being great, that none could cross the water in the boat. And
essaying to goe to Portlethen after sermon, in order to preach there,
afternoon, he (the minister) took horse, and the rather there was a
child to baptise there, but, after he had rode a piece of ground, was
forced to alight, not being able to sitt on horseback, and returned
May 24—Intimation made of
examination of the families of Easter and Middle Ardoe this evening at 4
o’clock at the ringing of the bell, they being hard by and near the
1727 Jan. 1—No sermon by
reason of the Minister’s sickness. March 26—The Minister (Mr. John
Maitland) being called by death, Mr. Alexander Shank, Minister at
1728 Sep. I—No sermon
this afternoon by reason public worship had been delayed longer than
ordinary upon the account of a burial.
1730 Nov. 26—Fast
observed upon account of the progress of popery and abounding of
immorality and atheism.
1736 July 11—Intimation
made to the congregation that as the Holy Sacrament could not be
conveniently administered here this season such as feel inclined may
repair to Maryculter.
1737 Aug. 7—Minister read
from pulpit Act of Parliament anent discovering and bringing to Justice
the murderers of Captain Porteous, who had been forcibly taken out of
Edinburgh Prison and hanged on a dyer’s pole by a lawless mob.
1739 July 8—Minister told
them he was a mind to give the sacrament once this year, but could not
as yet fix upon the day.
Oct. 28—This being
Communion Sunday the services commenced at 9 o’clock.
1740 Oct. 5—Minister
lectured only before noon, Luke 18, 31-35, and intermitted a little by
singing, and discoursed again from the said verses. Afternoon, no sermon
by reason of the coldness of the day.
1746 March 2—Proclamation
of His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland read from pulpit, warning
all persons who had any arms belonging to the Rebels, or concealed any
of the Rebels, to deliver them up to a Magistrate or Minister of this
observed for the victory obtained at Culloden against the rebells.
July 6—Minister warned,
by order of my Lord Ancrum. all in this Parish who had any arms to
deliver them up to him or Ancrum to-morrow’s morning.
1746 July 20—Minister
intimated that he was very soon to visit the Parish, and that such as
had lately come to the parish provide certificates within eight days,
not only of their being free of Church censure, but also of their
behaviour in time of the late rebellion.
1756 Feb. 1—Fast
intimated upon account of sin aboundingin the land, and the judgments
inflicted on a nation allied to this Kingdom, by an Earthquake some
strokes whereof had been felt in this nation as well as in other parts.
This refers to the great
Earthquake of 1755 which overthrew the greater part of Lisbon—the
capital and principal seaport of Portugal—and destroyed over 30,000 of
1767 June 7—No sermon the
Minister being sick.
June 28—Minister not
being fully recovered there was no sermon, only singing of Psalms, and
prayers, baptizing a child.
1773 Nov. 9—Arrangements
made for celebrating communion on 13th inst. Given out to buy candles,
and ropes to hang them on in the Church on Sunday, £1 4s.
1775 April 16—This day by
reason of the very tempestuous day no person came to Church.
1776 Dec. 12—Fast
observed for imploring the assistance of Heaven in our war with the
1783 June 11—Fast
observed on account of the failure of last crop.
1793 April 18—Fast
observed on account of the war with France.
1798 Nov. 25—Public
Thanksgiving intimated on account of the recent victory obtained at sea,
and also for the deliverance of Ireland from invasion and intestine
This refers to the
victory obtained by Nelson over the French fleet on ist August, 1798.
The action took place in the Bay of Aboukir, and resulted in the blowing
up of the French flag-ship, LOrient, with its admiral and crew of 1000
men. Of thirteen French men-of-war nine were captured, and of four
frigates only two escaped. For several years previously an organization
had been going on in Ireland for the purpose of securing separation from
England. Napoleon Buonaparte promised his aid to the insurgents, who, in
1798, broke into open rebellion. Several of the ringleaders were
captured, and in the battle of Vinegar Hill the rebel army was routed. A
French force of 900 under Humbert, which had landed in Killala Bay in
Mayo, was compelled to surrender a month later at Carrick-on-Shannon.
1805 Dec. 5—Public
Thanksgiving observed on account of Lord Nelson’s victory over the
French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar.
1838 Feb. 25—Congregation
assembled in the Schoolhouse, it being almost impracticable to get to
the Church in consequence of the snow.
1848 July 9—Day of
Humiliation intimated on account of state of the country.
In England many serious
riots took place by a faction calling themselves “Chartists,” who, on
10th April, 1848, assembled in thousands on Kennington Common for the
purpose of escorting Feargus O’Connor to Parliament with a Petition
embodying their demands. Two hundred thousand special constables who had
been sworn in, however, held the mob at bay. In Ireland a rising took
place under O’Brien, but it was speedily suppressed.
1849 Oct- —Day of
Humiliation observed on account of the ravages of cholera, and for
thanksgiving on account of the late abundant harvest.
Nov. 15—Fast and
thanksgiving observed on account of the almost total disappearance of
the cholera from the country.
1854 April 26—Day of
Humiliation observed on account of the Russian War.
Nov. 26—Intimation given
that next Lord’s Day would be a day of thankfulness and humiliation
before Almighty God—thankfulness for the opportune abundance of the late
harvest, humiliation for the sins which have brought upon the nation the
calamities of pestilence and war.
1866 March 29—Day of
humiliation observed on account of the Cattle Plague.
CHURCH AND PARISH
1708 Nov. 14—Wm. King to
be payed his annual agreement of £2, 10s. for maintaining Church
watertight in the roof.
1711 July 1—Resolution
passed for additional loft being constructed with a view to
accommodating the parishioners, who have become so numerous that many
have to abide in the Churchyard.
Aug. 26—Loft being now
completed, at expense of £300 scots, arrangements made for farming it
out for the payment of a crown, or three lib. scots, yearly for every
box therein. Anyone sitting therein and not paying this sum to be
considered guilty of sacrilege by wronging the poor.
1716 Oct. 21—Given out of
the collections 4 libs, scots (6/8 stg.) to Jas. Sutherland for acting
as Precentor of Portlethen Chapel from Whitsunday to Candlemas.
1717 Nov. 24—Collector
instructed to pay 4 lib. 4s. for a wire guarded window, and the Minister
instructed to recover the same from Govell, factor for the lands of
1718 Jan. 5—101- scots
given out of the collection at the chappell of Portlethen for broads to
Feb. 16—Paid Andrew
Walker, Kirk Officer, according to fashion, to buy shoes 16/-.
1721 Jan. 1—£4 4s. given
for divoting the roof of the kirk, and the breaches in it made by the
great winds so that it was uninhabitable. This work took up 2 men 2 days
in casting and 8 horse for leading and also for laying them one the
roof, meat and wages.
1728 June 16—Minister
reported that the part of the church lying a cove the pulpit being very
ruinous insomuch that last Sabbath day the rain poured down upon him in
the pulpit, which was not only very uneasy to him but likewise tended to
rot the timber of the pulpit, that he understood that it had been usual
to repair that small piece of the roof out of the public money, and that
accordingly he had procured it to be repaired since their last meeting,
and had advanced the money accordingly. The Minister produced the
Slaters discharged account of £3 *7S• 6d. scots, which was approved and
considering the most proper way for making an effectual contribution for
repairing the kirk-boat did agree that the Schoolmaster and Officer
shall go to the severall towns on the North side of the water who are
only concerned to support the P’boat and gather up twenty shill from
each plough. And what should be wanting to be made up out of the box
till the workman be satisfied.
1728 Nov. 3—Paid
Alexander Donald, Mason, for five days’ work in repairing the kirkyard
dykes, at ten shillings per day, £2 10/- scots.
Nov. 10—To a man for
snedding the trees in the churchyard 12/-.
1730 Feb. 15—Given to the
Officer three shillings scots for bringing loam from Aberdeen to help a
hole in the Church.
1736 Aug. 29—Session
considering that the Church Laders are very much abused by their being
lent and keept a long time away, and, therefore, in order to prevent
this abuse and to recover the money laid out upon them, it was agreed
that whoever borrows them in time coming shall pay a penny a day for
each of them.
1738 Aug. 13—Paid for a
stair to the penitential seat, £1 16, -.
1742 Nov. 14—Given to the
Officer for casting and leading Divots to mend holes in the Church 16/-.
1752 Oct. 22—Trees
growing in the Churchyard sold for £5 16 -stg.
1760 April 6—Session met
before sermon, when found that the School had been broken up last night
and the Church box stollen out of it. They appointed the Clerk to go to
Aberdeen and get a warrant from the Justices of Peace in order to
recover it. £24. scots of reward also offered.
April 13—It was found
that the box had been got on Tuesday last, upon the leys opposite to
Kirktown’s Park, and £2 8 - in farthings therein, with all the papers.
1762 April 4—Presbytery
meeting intimated for settling the Minister’s moss.
1773 July 8—Given for
repairing the midwifes’ seat in Church 3 -
1831 Dec. 11—An evil
disposed person having pierced the bottom of the Church boat in various
places with a gimlet, the Session offer a reward of Two guineas for
information so as to convict the delinquent.
1832 March 11—New Church
boat procured at cost of £9 10s.
1837 Feb. 26—During the
past week Church forcibly entered and many books stolen, 35 of which
were afterwards recovered.