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The Scottish Parliament 1560-1707, Glimpses of old Scots Parish Life and Bishop Norie’s Dundee Baptismal Register, 1722-26

Three interesting articles extracted from the Scottish Historical Review. 

The Scottish Parliament, 1560-1707
PROFESSOR TERRY in his recent treatise has ably elucidated the form and working of the Scottish Parliament during the last century of its existence, and has traced the rise in earlier times of its burgh and shire members. He confines himself, however, to constitutional developments as they appear in the records, and does not include in his survey the external causes to which these effects were due. In this paper I propose to view the subject from without rather than from within, and to sketch in outline the action of political and ecclesiastical forces in moulding Parliament from the Reformation to the Union.

Glimpses of old Scots Parish Life
A PERUSAL of the eighteenth century books of the Kirksession of Montrose raises a broad question of the value of such records in the story of Scots life and character. They hold nothing that enters into the national ideal; to look into them for exemplary martyrs to virtue and duty were idle; they are devoted to the sinful, and ignore the saintly. They are, in fact, chiefly concerned with the shadows that lend variety to parish life as reflected in the laws and usages of the Kirk.

Bishop Norie’s Dundee Baptismal Register, 1722-26
IN December, 1904, when the library which had belonged to the Grahams of Duntrune was being arranged for sale, a MS. was found inserted loosely within a Note-book bearing the name of James Graham, dated 22nd May, 1666, and used first in that year for Memoranda as to the purchase and sale of yarn and cloth; afterwards, in 1675, as a record of sheep delivered to David Newall, shepherd in Claverhouse ; and finally as the Family Register of David Graham of Duntrune (fifth Viscount Dundee, but for the attainder), and of his children and grandchildren, the dates being brought up in different hand-writings till 1824. The MS. within the Note-book is written on 84 pp. measuring g inches by 4 inches, and is a holograph record of baptisms in Dundee by Robert Norie (afterwards Bishop Norie), covering the period from 21st June, 1722, till 8th October, 1726. This Record is important in various ways. It supplies genealogical particulars as to Forfarshire families which are not to be found elsewhere; and it also shows that the adherents to Episcopacy were more numerous in Dundee and its vicinity than one might imagine from the Presbyterian histories of the time. Notes as to the leading families might have been supplied, but it has been deemed advisable to print only the text of the Register. Among the families represented either as parents or sponsors are the following: Kid of Craigie, Kinloch of that Ilk, Fothringham of Bandean, Hay of Murie, Crawford of Monorgan, Graham of Duntrune, Baron Gray of Gray, Balfour of Forret, Brown of West-Horn, Greenhills of Banchrie, Ogilvy of Newhall, Crichton of Crunan, Ogilvy of Emplehall, Kinloch of Kibis. Clayhills of Invergowrie, Wedderburn of Blackness, Forrester of Millhill, and Graham of Fintrie. The MS. is in the possession of Mrs. Ida Clementina Graham-Wigan, of Duntrune, with whose consent it has now been printed.

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