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The History of Brechin to 1864
Extracts from the Account of Walter Jameson, Church Master of Brechin 1084


Language modernised.

Imprimis, I charge myself with one hundred merks, left over when the shoemakers gave in the money to the minister and me a little after Martinmas *83, viz., S00 merks Scots, of which there was lent to John Lowson, of Balunie, and to Alexander Watt in Brechin, his cautioner, 200 merks; the other 100 merks was ordered by the minister to be keeped for the repairing of the little steeple-head, and other work in the kirk, in regard I was exhausted in my last accompt, which it will clear itself according to my discharge.

Disbursements concerning the Steeple-Head, on the 16th of May '84.

Item, to Bailie James Allan for seventeen fathoms of towes, at 2s. 6d. fathom, is, . . .226 Item, to John Shirras for his workmanship, and drink money to his man, . . . 31 0 0

Item, for leading the scaffolding to and again from James Moug’s house, with two great stones to the steeple-head, is, . . . 1 2 10

Item, for peats for melting of lead to the steeple-head, 0 6 8 Item, to James Young for five load of sand to the steeple-head, . . . . .068 Item, to David Brand for his help at the work at the steeple-head, . . 2 16 10

Item, to James Kinnear for his (help) to the work foresaid, .368

Item, at the whole occasion for meat and drink to the work, . . 6 16 10

Item, to James Low, smith, for the whole iron work to the steeple-head, , 8 12 0 56 11 0

James Moug refers his payment for his workmanship done at the steeple-head, till he receives his answer from the session, for the room for ane desk begging (erecting a pew) under the stool of repentance, that was desired by him.

[In the margin of the Record there is this marking:]—Remember this is the last to the steeple-head by James Moug.

Extracts from Discharge at Martinmas 1083.

Item, to George Skinner and Thomas Langlands, by order from the session, on the* 5th July '83, 1 boll 2 firlots of oatmeal, at six lib the boll, is, .900

Item, to John Forrest for the Broad in the session-house, 13 6 8

Note.—Suppose that in addition to the disbursements above given, of . . . . 56 11 0

James Moug*s account, for which the favour of a pew was expected, had been equal to John Shirras, or a trifle more, say . . . 31 9 0

Then we have in all, . . 88 0 0

Or equal to 14 bolls of meal, at 6 the boll, the price as shown above in 1683; so after allowing for scaffolding and iron work, the mason work of the repairs had not extended much above the “two great stones" brought from James Moug’s house.


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