History of Brechin to 1864 By David D Black, Town Clerk (1867)
CHURCH STREET, HAVING
MECHANICS’ HALL IN THE DISTANCE
PUBLISHED IN 1839.
“ALTHOUGH THE PUBLICATION
WILL HAVE NO PRETENSIONS TO RANK WITH HISTORY, ACCORDING TO THE PROPER
INTERPRETATION OF THAT WORD, YET, FOR WANT OF A BETTER NAME, THE PUBLISHERS
PROPOSE TO STYLE THE WORE ‘THE HISTORY OF BRECHIN.’ ”
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
When this book was originally
written in 1838, the Author was immersed in business, and could not bestow
time on verifying all the statements in it by reference to authorities. He
has now more leisure, and has employed it in examining every authority he
could find bearing on the statements made. He cannot hope to be free from
error; but he trusts this enlarged edition will be found to contain fewer
mistakes than the previous publication. He meant to have quoted his
authorities, and the manuscript was prepared with that view, but as it was
found to be troublesome in the printing, and of little moment to the general
reader, the references are only given in particular cases. The list of
Bishops, however, in the Appendix, is supported by references to the
authorities, warranting the insertion of their names in that compilation.
The original publication was no source of emolument to the Author—the
reverse; but it brought him the acquaintance of noblemen and of gentlemen,
with whom he has had much pleasant intercourse. He has now and formerly been
greatly indebted to many parties for hints and information; and while he
feels it impossible to select particular individuals, he finds it would be
tedious to give a list of the whole, and he therefore confines himself to
tendering general thanks to his numerous friends, and to living authors from
whom he has freely borrowed when he found anything in their works to answer
his purpose, as some of them had borrowed from him previously.
The first volume of the
records of the Town Council commences with Lam Deo, and the Author of this
book desires to finish his labours in the same spirit, for he cannot be too
thankful that after having completed his seventieth year he is enabled to
finish this work.
Clerk Street, Brechin,
3rd July 1867.
Brechin in Autumn
Chapter I. The History of Brechin to the Year 1260 Chapter II. The History of Brechin from 1260 TO 1560 Chapter III. The History of Brechin from 1560 TO 1600 Chapter IV. The History of Brechin from 1600 TO 1670 Chapter V. The History of Brechin from 1670 TO 1700 Chapter VI. The History of Brechin from 1700 TO 1727 Chapter VII. The History of Brechin from 1727 TO 1760 Chapter VIII. The History of Brechin from 1760 TO 1800 Chapter IX. The History of Brechin from 1800 TO 1838 Chapter X. The History of Brechin from 1888 TO 1864 inclusive Chapter XI. The Church, Steeples and Round Tower of Brechin Chapter XII. Brechin in 1864
Appendix I. Charter of William I Appendix II. Inquiry into the Origin of the word "Brechin" Appendix
III. List of the Bishops of the See of Brechin Appendix
IV. Extracts from the Account of Walter Jameson, Church Master of Brechin
V. Census 1841-1851-1861 Appendix
VI. Inventory of Articles found in the Round Tower, 1842 Appendix
VII. Letter by Mr Black to William Hackett, Esq. regarding explorations in
the Round Tower Appendix
VIII. List of the Town Council of Brechin Appendix IX. Tables of Wages and Prices of Oatmeal compared
LIST OF WOODCUTS.
I. High Street of Brechin
II. Views of Maisondieu Chapel
III. The Cathedral from the East
IV. The Cathedral from the North
V. Ground Plan of the Cathedral
VI. The Cathedral from the West
VII. Doorway of Round Tower
VIII. Carved Stone
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