The Descendants of George Ritchie (Richie), Kirk Elder in Blair Atholl

Mualich-more

Mualich-more

On 22 Jun 1721 The Rev Dr Hamilton composed a list of possible candidates to become Kirk Elders for the Parish of Blair Atholl. One of those considered was George Richie in Baluaine. He was married to Margaret Addison and the baptisms of two sons are recorded in the Blair Atholl OPR - George, 29 Oct 1721 at Baluaine, and Alexander, 14 Jul 1728 at Urrard, next to Blair castle. It is most probable that the Duncan Richie who married Elizabeth Crie in 1755 is a younger son. He was living at Balinuarain, his eldest son was named George and the second eldest daughter was named Margaret which follows the traditional name pattern. The John Richie, married to Janet Stewart, who farmed Wester Baluaine and then Urrard-beg, probably was George's brother.

Although George was not selected in 1721, this may well be the same George Richie who already was one of the Kirk Elders when The Rev Alexander Stewart was ordained in the church of Blair on 6 May 1741. At that time he was living at Bridgend of Tilt.

The Session Minutes record that George Richie, Kirk Elder, became conjunct Treasurer with Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar on 10 Apr 1748, but the Session Minutes usually mention only George Richie when money from the Sabbath collection was involved. The Minutes also record that George Richie was living at Bailinfhuruain (Balinuarain) when he was appointed.

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(Generation 1) The Family of George Ritchie and Margaret Addison in Baluaine and Urrard of Blair.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
George 29 Oct 1721 Margaret Gow 13 Jun 1748 Balinuarain h.
w.
Alexander 14 Jul 1728 . . Urrard d.
Duncan ~1730 Elizabeth Crie (Elizabeth Cree) 15 Aug 1755 Balinuarain h.
w.

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George Richie, younger, in Balinuarain and Margaret Gow in Balinuarain, married 13 Jun 1748, which was where all of their children were born. The use of the terms 'younger' or 'junior' meant that there were two men of the same name at Balinuarain and that one was younger than the other, but it did not imply that one was the son of the other. However, in this case they were father and son.

(Generation 2) The Family of George Ritchie jnr. and Margaret Gow in Balinuarain.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Duncan 22 Mar 1749 . . Balinuarain d.
Margaret 12 Feb 1752 . . Balinuarain d.
Isobel 26 Dec 1754 . . Balinuarain d.
Elspeth 2 Mar 1757 . . Balinuarain d.
George 26 Jul 1760 1w. Cecil McIntosh
2w. Janet Robertson
1w. 15 Apr 1794

2w. 13 Jun 1803.
Mualich-More h. 1841-51
1w. 1800-03
2w. after 1851
Jean 15 Aug 1763 . . Balinuarain d.
Christian 22 Mar 1769 . . Balinuarain d.

There was a second Ritchie family living at Balinuarain at this time, that of Duncan Richie and Elizabeth Crie (from Toldunie) who married 15 Aug 1755. This may be a younger brother to George, and suggests that their father was Duncan Ritchie. There was also an Isobel Ritchie in Balinuarain, who may be a sister. She had an illegitimate daughter by Duncan Moon in 1760.

The family moved to Mualich-more in Glen Fender around 1780 and were sharing the farm with John Robertson and John and Donald Gow. The tack (lease) was held by widow Ritchie. Perhaps the move from Balinuarain to a small part of Mualich-more was neccesitated by the death of George's father.

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George Ritchie in Mualich-more

Widow Ritchie held the tack for Mualich-more up until 1797, but the farm was probably being run by her son George who married Cecil McIntosh from Wester Monzie on 15 Apr 1794. They had four children, but Cecil died after the birth of their fourth child, John, in 1800.

(Generation 3) The Family of George Ritchie and Cecil McIntosh in Mualich-more.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Isabella * ~1793 unmarried . Mualich-more d. 14 Oct 1864
George 16 Oct 1796 1w. Janet MacPherson
2w. Isabel Stewart
8 Oct 1826

13 Nov 1836
Brae of Lude h. by Sep 1850
1w. 1835-36
2w.
Margaret 27 Jul 1798 . . Mualich-more d.
John 17 Sep 1800 . . Mualich-more d.

* Isabella Robertson died at Mualich-more on 14 Oct 1864. She was unmarried and had been an agricultural labourer.

In 1802 the Atholl Estate was needing more income, so the Factor reorganised the farms and opened them for new offers. George Ritchie took out the tack for Mualich-more, shared with Alexander Robertson and James Robertson, which ran until 1811 for an annual rent of 24. In the following year he married Janet Robertson from Auchghoul in Glen Tilt (13 Jun 1803).

From 1813 until 1816 George Ritchie had sole possession of Mualich-more, and although the annual rent was slightly reduced to 23 6s 8d, he also had to provide six kain hens (i.s. six hens or the cash equivalent) and of a carriage of coal (i.e. a man and a cart to transport coal for three-quarters of a day).

The Atholl Estate rentals describe Mualich-more as 25 acres of arable with 5 acres of pasture. In 1822 George Ritchie was in arrears with his rent and was threatened with sequestration, but the arrears was cleared by Martinmass of that year. The Factor described the farm as 'tolerably well managed', which was as close as anyone got to praise, and the lease was extended for another 3 years.

The farm grew 4 acres of oats, 2 acres of barley, 1 acre of potatoes, acres of peas, acres of parnips, acres of lint, and 2 acres of grass. To supplement the annual income three cattle were reared and sold as two year olds, and George was also employed during the stalking season as a hillman. Interestingly, he also made fiddles and other such things.

In 1828 he was summoned to appear before the Excise Court at Dunkeld, charged with selling unlicenced whisky at a ceilidh held in his barn. He protested that the whisky had nothing to do with him and that it had been brought in by others. All he had done was to give the use of his barn and played the fiddle for the dancers. He was also indignant at the charge as an Excise Officer had been present and had partaken of the whisky himself!

The 1841 census for Mualich-more shows some of the family.

Dwelling Name Age Occupation Birthplace
1 George Ritchie 81y farmer Perthshire
Alexander Ritchie 30y Perthshire
Eliza Ritchie 30y mantua maker * Perthshire
Jean Ritchie 25y Perthshire
Alexander
Ritchie **
8y Perthshire
Janet Robertson 75y Perthshire

* A mantua-maker was basically a woman's dressmaker. ** 8-year old Alexander was the grandson from Brae of Lude.

In 1842 the Factor noted that George Ritchie was in arrears with his annual rent, but not as much as usual. He died before the 1851 census.

Dwelling Name Occupation Related Status Age Birth-place
34 Janet Ritchie farmer of 12 acres head widow 84y Blair Atholl
Elisabeth Ritchie mantua maker dau u/m 40y Blair Atholl
Isabella Ritchie step-dau u/m 58y Blair Atholl
Alexander Ritchie son u/m 38y Blair Atholl
Jean Ritchie dau u/m 35y Blair Atholl
John McPherson ag. labourer lodger u/m 24y Isle of Uist
John McDonald ag. labourer lodger u/m 22y Isle of Lewis

After the death of her husband, Janet Robertson, continued the lease until 1858 when it was taken over for half a year by Elizabeth and Alexander Ritchie who had the lease until 1864 and paid 30 annually.

Janet Robertson died of 'decay of nature' at Mualich-more on 6 Sep 1860, aged 93 years and was buried in the churchyard of Old Blair. Her parents were given as Alexander Robertson, farmer, and Elizabeth Gow, both deceased. The death certificate was witnessed by her grandson, Alexander Ritchie.

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(Generation 3) The Family of George Ritchie and Janet Robertson in Mualich-more.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Alexander * 16 Feb 1806 unmarried . Mualich-more d. 1884
Jean 6 Jan 1809 unmarried . Mualich-more d. 1891
Elizabeth ~1811 unmarried . Mualich-more d. after 1881
Janet 5 Jan 1812 John Robertson 23 Dec 1838 Blairuachdar h. 7 Mar 1879
w. 8 Oct 1883

* Alexander's mother was recorded in the Blair Atholl OPR as Margaret Robertson. An error by the registrar.

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George Ritchie in Brae of Lude

George Ritchie in Mualich(-more) and Janet MacPherson in Little Lude, married 8 Oct 1826. They had four children but only Alexander has an entry in the Blair Atholl OPR and this shows that the family were farming at Brae of Lude by 1833. Janet died soon after the birth of Jessie in 1835 and George remarried.

George Ritchie in Mualich(-more) and Janet MacPherson in Little Lude, married 8 Oct 1826. They had four children but only Alexander has an entry in the Blair Atholl OPR and this shows that the family were farming at Brae of Lude by 1833. Janet died soon after the birth of Jessie in 1835 and George remarried.

(Generation 4) The Family of George Ritchie and Janet McPherson in Brae of Lude.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
George ~1830 . . Brae of Lude d. after 1841
Jean ~1832 George Young 12 Dec 1856 Aldclune h.
w.
Alexander 20 Oct 1833 Margaret Bell 1866 Mualich-more h.
w.
Jessie ~1835 . . Mualich-more d. after 1841

George Ritchie in Brae of Lude and Isobel Stewart in Middlebridge, married 13 Nov 1836. They had four children, at least, but none were recorded on the Blair Atholl OPR, only in the census returns such as the one for Brae of Lude in 1841.

Dwelling Name Age Occupation Birthplace
1 George Ritchie 40y farmer Perthshire
Isabella Stewart 28y not Perthshire
George Ritchie jnr. 11y Perthshire
Jean Ritchie 9y Perthshire
Jessie Ritchie 6y Perthshire
Donald Ritchie 3y Perthshire
Isabella Ritchie 2y Perthshire
Elspeth Stewart 18y female servant not Perthshire

George Ritchie died between 1846 and 1850 and Isabella Stewart married Charles Stewart in Brae of Lude on 22 Sep 1850. The 1851 census shows the children of the three marriages.

Dwelling Name Occupation Related Status Age Birth-place
21 Charles Stewart farmer of 18 acres head marr 33y Blair Atholl
Isabella Stewart wife marr 37y Parish of Insch
un-named Stewart son u/m 8d Blair Atholl
Janet Ritchie house servant servt u/m 15y Blair Atholl
Donald Ritchie scholar step-son u/m 13y Blair Atholl
Cecily Ritchie scholar step-dau u/m 9y Blair Atholl
John Ritchie scholar step-son u/m 7y Blair Atholl

(Generation 4) The Family of George Ritchie and Isabel Stewart in Brae of Lude.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Donald ~1838 . . Brae of Lude d. after 1851
Isabella ~1839 . . Brae of Lude d. after 1841
Cecily ~1842 . . Brae of Lude d. after 1851
John ~1846 . . Brae of Lude d. after 1851

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Alexander Ritchie and Margaret Bell in Mualich-more

Alexander Ritchie and Margaret Bell married in 1866. In the 1881 census they were farming Mualich-more and looking after their aunts and uncle (Elizabeth, Jean and Alexander), who were all in their seventies.

(Generation 5) The Family of Alexander Ritchie and Margaret Bell in Mualich-more

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
George 1866 Catherine Robertson 1896 . h. 10 Mar 1944
w. 25 Feb 1944
William 1869 died in infancy . . d. 1876
Alexander 1871 . . . d.
Amelia 1872 . . . d.
John 1874 . . . d.
Janet 1877 . . . d.
William 1879 . . . d.
James 1881 . . . d.
Donald 1882 . . . d.

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John Robertson and Janet Ritchie in Blairuachdar

John Robertson in Glenbruar and Jannet Ritchie in Mualich-more, married 23 Dec 1838. Their first child was born at Ardindeor in Blair, but all of the others were born at Blairuachdar.

(Generation 4) The Family of John Robertson and Janet Ritchie in Blairuachdar (Blairwalker).

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
John 16 Nov 1839 unknown . Inverness Road,
Moulin
h. 5 May 1907
w. before 1881
Jessie 18 Apr 1841 . . Inverness Road,
Moulin
d. 20 Jan 1911
George 20 Mar 1843 . . Blairuachdar d.
William 24 Feb 1845 . . Blairuachdar d.
Alexander 19 Mar 1849 . . Inverness Road,
Moulin
d. 25 August 1891
Donald 15 Sep 1851 . . Blairuachdar d.
James 7 May 1854 . . Inverness Road,
Moulin
d. 15 Sep 1915

There are three monument inscriptions in Kilmaveonaig (Episcopalian) churchyard which relate to this family:

20. John Robertson, gamekeeper, Easangeal, died 7 Mar 1879 aged 72 years. His wife Janet Ritchie died at Craig Urrard, Pitlochry, 8 Oct 1883 aged 74 years. Their son Alexander died there 25 August 1891 aged 42 years and other children. (not recorded)

21. Flat stone, turfed. "JR".

22. John Robertson in Craig Urrard, Pitlochry, died 5 May 1907 aged 63 years. Jessie Robertson there died 20 Jan 1911 aged 67 years. James Robertson there, sub-agent Union Bank of Scotland, Pitlochry, died 15 Sep 1915 aged 61 years. Their daughter Jessie died at Craig Urrard 19 May 1948 aged 72 years.

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Duncan Richie in Balinuarain and Elizabeth Crie in Toldunie, married 15 Aug 1755.

(Generation 2) The Family of Duncan Richie and Elizabeth Crie (or Cree) in Balinuarain.

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Charlotte 5 Apr 1757 . . Balinuarain d.
George 16 Nov 1758 . . Balinuarain d.
Margaret 22 Apr 1761 . . Balinuarain d.
Isobel 25 Nov 1763 . . Balinuarain d.
Katharine 27 May 1766 . . Balinuarain d.
John 24 Nov 1767 . . Balinuarain d.
Ann 14 Jan 1771 . . Balinuarain d.
Duncan 29 Aug 1778 . . Balinuarain d.

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