Session Minutes of Blair Atholl Parish (1750 - May 1751)

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Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes, 1741-49

alternative title

St. Bride's - the Old Church of Blair Atholl Parish

7th January 1750

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders: Robert Stewart, John Cowan, George Richie, John McLauchlane and Donald Fraser.
Sessioner: Alexander Gow

Alexander Stewart, boatman at the Miltown of Blair, voluntarily compared and owned himself guilty of adultery with Elspeth Forbes in Balnald of Derculich, Logierait parish. Both were summoned to the Session.

(18th March 1750) Alexander Stewart, boatman of Blair, and Elspeth Forbes in Balnald of Wester Derculich, Logierait parish, having compared, were discharged from cohabiting together under the pain of the highest censure. The Minister produced a line from Mr Fergusson, minister of Logierait, narrating that Elspeth Forbes's husband was still in life, in which case they must be proceeded against as adulterers. Alexander Stewart, being told of the content of the said line, promised to present a line from Elspeth Forbes's husband's brother, residing at Flanders, signifying that his brother was dead.

Elspeth McGrigore in Balinfhuarain, being summoned, appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy, and fathered her child upon John Fergusson in Blair, and said that they had committed guilt ten days before Lammas last. John Fergusson was summoned.

(21st January 1750) John Fergusson in Blair was summoned, but the Kirk Officer reported that he had left the country (parish) a day or two after he had been ordered to appear before the Session.

(13th May 1750) Elspeth McGrigore in Balinfhuarain, a relapse, appeared before the Congregation for her sin of fornication which she alledged with John Fergusson in Blair, who had deserted her and left the parish. Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was cautioner for her, and sponsored the baptism of her child.

(15th July 1750) Elspeth McGrigore in Balinuarain, a relapse, appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Fergusson in Blair, and was rebuked.

The Session ordered their Officer to summon Donald Stewart in Innisdroignich (Inchgrenich) for breach of the Sabbath, and in struggling with John McBeath, son to Donald McBeath in Dauchinlialash.

(21st January 1750) Donald Stewart in Innisdroignich was summoned but did not appear before the session.

(28th January 1750) Donald Stewart in Innisdroignich compared at the insistance of Donald McBeath in Dauchinlialash, owned himself in the fault and was dismissed.

2 8s Scots was lodged with George Richie.

14th January 1750

Testificates were given to Alexander Stewart, son of Alexander Stewart in Glaicneid and to John Robertson, son of Donald Robertson in Mealdoulaish, who both had left the parish, November last.

(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, the Treasurer for Struan, gave in his accounts since 1st September 1748. Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy and John Robertson in Trinafour were ordered to revise (inspect) them and report to the Session.

(4th February 1750) The auditors reported that the accounts were rightly stated.

21st January 1750

A precept was given to James Gow in Raondow, in the name of Grissel Stewart his good-mother (mother-in-law) for 2 merks Scots, drawn upon Patrick McGlashan of Lambtown, being a year's annual rent (interest) due at Martinmass last, on the sum of 50 merks Scots contained in a bond granted by Patrick Stewart, wadsetter of Easter Invervack. (see 11th December 1748)

2 15s 6d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

28th January 1750

A crown (5s) was given to the Minister which he had advanced to a procurator in Perth, in order to effectuate (Duncan Robertson of) Drumachuine's debt due to the Minister and Kirk Session by an assignation given them of a bill the said Drumachuine was due to the deceased Donald McKenzie in Rinancoillach.

A testificate was given to James Menzies in Cnappaig who left the parish in February 1743.

1 11s 1d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

4th February 1750

The Session ordered that Bonskeid's 5 merk annual rent (interest) on 100 merks, due at Martinmass, be given, one half to Donald Stewart in Chamberbane, and the other half to be equally split betwixt Patrick Robertson in Borenich and the children of Patrick Robertson in Over Bohespic.

(15th April 1750) Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry (Bonskeid's Factor) reported that he had dispersed the annual rent as instructed and was given a receipt.

11th February 1750

The Minister presented the Dunkeld Presbytery Officer's discharge and was reimbursed by the Session.

Grissell Mannich in Craigdearg was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(11th March 1750) Grissell Mannich in Craigdearg was summoned again.

(18th March 1750) Grissell Mannich compared and gave up James Gow, tailor in Drumnacrich, as father to her child. James Gow voluntarily compared, confessed and gave in his bill of 20 Scots, payable May next.

(25th March 1750) James Gow, tailor in Drumnacrich, appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and exhorted to repentance.

(8th April 1750) Grissell Mannich appeared before the Congregation for the first time, for her fornication with James Gow in Nether Drumnacrich, and was rebuked.

(15th July 1750) James Gow in Toldamph appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Grissell Mannich in Craigdearg, was rebuked and dismissed.

(25th November 1750) James Gow in Toldamph paid 4 13s Scots for his fornication with Grissell Mannich in Craigdearg, and still had to pay 7s Scots before his bill would be returned to him.

18th February 1750

A testificate was given to Duncan McLaren in Blair, who left the parish at Martinmass 1747.

20s Scots was given to the Officer for escorting Donald Robertson in Badro to the Sheriff Court at the insistance of the Minister and Session.

11th March 1750

James Fraser and John Toshach in Wester Monzie, according to the Commissary of Dunkeld's precept, gave in a declaration denying that they did not believe Elspeth McLauchlane in Wester Monzie, to be a witch, as follows:

"We, James Fraser and John Toshach in Wester Monzie, being appointed by a decreet of the Commissary of Dunkeld to give in a declaration to the Kirk Session of Blair, denying that we believe Elspeth McLauchlane in Wester Monzie, to be a witch, or otherwise to pay her three guineas nomine domini (in the name of the Lord), we therefore rather than pay the three guineas, so hereby declare accordingly and deny that we believe her to be a witch. In witness whereof we give in this declaration subscribed by us to the Kirk Session of Blair Atholl, at Blair, the 11th day of March 1750, before these witnesses: John Stewart in Drumnacrich and John Robertson in Kincraigie".

Duncan Robertson in Easter Monzie paid his fine of 3 Scots for breach of the Sabbath, of which 1s Scots was given to the Officer for summoning deliquents.

4 13s 10d was given to Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) as part payment for the exposed child's board wages. (see 8th May 1748)

(8th April 1750) Robert Fergusson in Balnald was given 3 merks Scots, which completed the board wages for the foundling from 27th October to January 27th last. (22nd April 1750) Robert Fergusson in Balnald was paid 2 merks Scots in cash. The Session agreed to pay another 6 Scots for the next quarter's board wages of the exposed child.

18th March 1750

A testificate was given to Donald McColman, son to John McColman in Balintuim of Clune

1 2s 2d was lodged with George Richie.

25th March 1750

A testificate was given to Donald Robertson in Dalno of Bohespic, to go round the parish at sowing time (to beg for spare seed) to support himself and his poor family.

15th April 1750

The Session gave a precept in favour of Neill Stewart in Calvine, drawn upon George Moon in Chappel(ton) of Blair for 16s Scots as a year's interest on 16 Scots, and upon Neill Kennedy in Croftvickewan for 3s Sterling as a year's interest on 3 due at Martinmass.

29th April 1750

Donald Mannich in Dalinturuaine appeared before the Session and complained that after sermon, Sabbath last, Donald Robertson in Auchdrumnahuagie with Angus Robertson and Alexander Robertson his brethren, residenters in Dalinturuaine, were somewhat intoxicated and after some threatening language Donald Robertson had taken him by the breast and accused him of theft. This was witnessed by Duncan Robertson in Dalinturuaine, Donald Mannich in Dalinturuaine and Alexander McIntosh in Trinafour. All were summoned.

27th May 1750

Isobel Robertson spouse to John McPherson in Islandter(?) in Badenoch had her fine modified to 9 Scots, for her retraction (of marriage) from Donald Robertson in Aldanachlair, which was written on the back of her cautioner's bill.

(Donald Robertson in Tomnacuag and Isobel Robertson in Dalnacardoch, marriage retracted 8th February 1750)

A testificate was given to Beatrice Stewart, sometime in Little Lude, daughter to the deceased Alexander Stewart, brother to Dalvorest who left the parish about December last.

3rd June 1750

Mr Douglas Minister of Kenmore preached in the afternoon at Blair.

24th June 1750

A testificate was given to John Mackglashan tailor in Croftvickewan who was going to the Low Country.

Isobel Robertson, daughter to John Robertson snr. in Kilmaveonaig, made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with John McDonald, sometime residing there, and was rebuked.

8th July 1750

The Minister proposed that the Sacrement of the Lord's Supper was to be celebrated at Blair on the first Sunday in August. Elders were instructed to inform all persons within their district.

Mary McNab in Aldclune appeared and accused Janet Graham there, of having ambushed her and beaten her upon the Lord's Day. Janet Graham was called and acknowledged that she dragged Mary McNab from sitting at the door of her house in order to take back the coat which she had given her. Janet Graham denied that she had hurt her. Witnesses were called:

Margaret Cameron in Aldclune, aged 45 years or thereabout poned (testified) that she saw Janet Graham at Mary McNab's house who was sitting at the door of her house, and that Janet Graham pulled her by the shoulder, tumbled her over, and saw Mary McNab's shirt (sark) and heard her cries for relief (help). And that was the truth as she would answer to God. Declared that she could not write (it down). Christian Fraser in Aldclune, aged 60 years or thereabout, deponed the same account. Could not write it either.

The Session found the riot proven and Janet Graham guilty of breach of the Sabbath. Fines one crown and ordered to appear publicly for one day before the Congregation, and if she did not appear, would be fined two crowns.

(15th July 1750) Janet Graham appeared before the Congregation for her breach of the Sabbath, was rebuked and dismissed.

A sum of 2 2s 8d was lodged with Donald Fraser.

15th July 1750

The Session agreed that the next Sabbath's collection should be given to Ann Mackglashan, daughter to John Mackglashan, miller of Invervack, who was in Leith miserably eaten up with the cancer. The Minister would recommend her to the Congregation as an object of extending their charitable hands for her relief and to make some redress to the house she was living in.

(9th September 1750) Ann Mackglashan's collection amounted to 15s 3d and was sent to Mr Bishop in Leith to defray her funeral charges.

Nota: 18s Scots was returned to Isabel Booth, one of His Grace's dairymaids, who heedlessly gave in 2s Sterling the day that Ann Mackglashan's collection was made. She willingly allowed a 6d for said poor medicant. (What a charitable woman!)

The Session gave the Session Clerk 2 17s 6d Scots as his wages from 1st September 1748 to 1st September 1749 and requested him to discharge the same (give a receipt). Monies came from 5 consignments of a crown each from James Robertson in Auchleeks, Neill Campbell in Tirinie, John Robertson in Tombgoulich (Moulin parish), Patrick Robertson in Auchleain (Auchleathan of Lude), and James Robertson in Toldamph - the fees for third proclamations to marriage. The Session Clerk gave the balance (2s 6d) to Donald Fraser. The sum of 8 4s 1d Scots was lodged with Donald Fraser.

A testificate was given to Donald Robertson in Hosefield, who was born in Kincraigie's land and lived in it until Whit(sun) 1744.

6th August 1750

23 10s 5d Scots, the collection of the first preparation sacrement and thanksgiving days, was lodged with Alexander Gow snr.

12th August 1750

Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was given 6 Scots, being the boardings due to him for the exposed child, commencing from 17th April to 17th July last. (See 11th March 1750).

9th September 1750

Alexander Gow paid in 3 Scots, Sacrements collection, which was given to Alexander Cameron, Kirk Officer, to complete his fees from Candlemass 1749 to Candlemass 1750.

Alexander Gow was paid 2s Sterling for repairing the west loft of the church and for distributing the Lent(?) meal at Aldclune.

16th September 1750

1 10s 1d Scots was lodged with Donald Fraser.

John Robertson, late merchant at Bridgend of Tilt, paid the sum of 5 Scots on behalf of Elizabeth Stewart in Kindrochit, for her fornication with (James Menzies of) Woodend, of which 4 4s Scots was lodged in George Ritchie's hands. 6d was given to the Kirk Officer for cleansing the Church of Blair, and 1s Sterling was given to Christian Ammanich (Mannich?) in Blair.

(4th November 1750) Elizabeth Stewart in Faskally was ordered to appear before the Congregation for her fornication with James Menzies of Woodend, but she did not appear.

30th September 1750

2 2s 8d Scots was lodged with Donald Fraser, and 8d was given to a poor woman.

7th October 1750

2 12s 8d Scots was lodged with Donald Fraser.

Janet Robertson, for present in Kilmaveonaig, voluntarily appeared before the Session and owned herself pregnant, fathering the child upon John Duncan, miller at the Mill of Kinclaven, her late master. The Session requested the Minister to write to Mr Bishop, Minister of Kinclaven, to acquaint him of her guilt and confession.

(25th November 1750) Janet Robertson in Kilmaveonaig made her second appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with John Duncan in Kinclaven, having appeared firstly at Kinclaven, and by the Minister's line, had been rebuked.

The Session appointed Mr Mackintosh, writer in Edinburgh, to attend as ruling Elder at the Provincial Synod of Perth and Sterling to be held at Perth on 9th October current.

28th October 1750

John Stewart, brother of (Donald Stewart of) Dalvorest, and Lauchlan Mackintosh in Auchghoul, being cited to appear before the Sheriff Depute at Perth for stolen goods challenged in their hands, petitioned the Session for a testificate of their honesty and good behaviour previous to this challenge. Granted, saying that to their best information, they heard none of them charged of any stain laid upon their character.

4th November 1750

Elspeth Graham in Invertilt, owned guilt and pregnancy, and fathered it on Henry Bisset in Bogmill in Blairgowrie parish. The Minister was requested to write to Mr Lyon, Minister of Blairgowrie, to acquaint him of her guilt and confession.

Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was given 6 Scots, being the boardings due to him for the exposed child, commencing from 17th July to 17th October last. (See 12th August 1750).

The Session was adjourned until Tuesday next, to meet in order to know whom Isabel McLauchlane, spouse to John Robertson in Breakach, really fathered her son upon, whom she previously fathered upon Alexander McDonald in Balmeanach.

(6th November 1750) Isabel McLauchlane, spouse to John Robertson in Breakach, voluntarily appeared before the Session and being questioned as to the father of her fatherless son, aged 24 years or thereabouts, gave up the deceased Donald Stewart, a married man, some time in Inverslanie. Asked whether she ever got any reward in money or pennyworth for concealing his real father, and fathering it upon an innocent lad, she answered that she had never received anything from him, buty in regard he was her 'good brother' and she was tender of wronging him.

Her said son (
Alexander Stewart
) earnestly desired that the Session should summon John Stewart and Robert Stewart, both in Sinigaig-more, upon oath, as he suspected that they were aware of their deceased brother's guilt. He also begged that Donald Stewart in Achmark-beg and Ann Stewart, relict of the deceased John Stewart in Drumnacrich, who were witnesses at his death-bed and to whom he confessed his committing such a heineous crime with the foresaid Isabel McLauchlane, be summoned on oath, and that Donald Stewart's wife in Knocknadoillaid was his author in discovering the said witnesses.

(Originally, Isabel McLauchlane had fathered her child on Robert Stewart in Shinigaig, Donald Stewart's brother, so that the adultery was covered up. - see Kirk Session Minutes, 31st May 1722. There was no mention of Alexander McDonald in Balmeanach and perhaps that was another invention to protect Robert Stewart in Shinigaig)

11th November 1750

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders: Alexander Robertson, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, Donald McColman, Alexander McGlashan.

Margaret Robertson, servant woman to James Robertson in Craig (of Clunes), voluntarily appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up the father as Thomas McColman, late servant lad in Craig (of Clunes), but now in Balintuim of Strathtummel. Thomas McColman was summoned.

(2nd December 1750) Thomas McColman in Balintuim was summoned but did not appear.

(23rd December 1750) Thomas McColman in Balintuim appeared before the Session and owned guilt with Margaret Robertson in Craig of Clunes, about 1st July last.

(30th December 1750) Thomas McColman in Balintuim made his first appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and seriously exhorted to repentance

(6th January 1751) Thomas McColman in Balintuim made his second appearance before the Congregation.

(3rd February 1751) Thomas McColman in Balintuim appeared before the Congregation and was dismissed.

(24th March 1751) Margaret Robertson in Clunes was ordered to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next.

(31st March 1751) Margaret Robertson in Clunes appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with Thomas McColman in Balintuim.

(7th April 1751) Margaret Robertson in Clunes appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with Thomas McColman in Balintuim and was rebuked.

(21st April 1751) Margaret Robertson in Clunes appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with Thomas McColman in Balintuim, being exhorted to behave better in the future, was dismissed.

A shilling Sterling was found in the collection and lodged with Donald Clarsair until the next meeting of the Session as it was judged that it was given by a person unwittingly. (This may be Donald Robertson alias Clarsair, in Dauchinlialaish who married Margaret Gordon from Carrick, 18 Dec 1750).

(2nd December 1750) The shilling Sterling lodged with Donald Clarsair belonged to the Minister, which he allowed to be given to the poor, along with the day's collection.

(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan's acts, charges and discharges, as Treasurer, were revised and ordered to be settled before distribution of money to the poor, except the 9 of Isobel Robertson's retraction fine which had been allotted for the new loft at Struan church. (Isobel Robertson in Dalnacardoch retracted from her marriage to Donald Robertson in Tomnacuag, 8 Feb 1750).

18th November 1750

A testificate was given to Alexander McLauchlane, son to Lauchlane McLauchlane in Aldclune, who left the parish at Whitsun 1741, of his character preceeding that time.

Christian Stewart in Croftcrombie who was reported to be with child, appeared before the Session, owned guilt and pregnancy and fathered it on Charles Gow in Croftcrombie. Charles Gow was summoned.

(25th November 1750) Charles Gow in Croftcrombie appeared before the Session and owned guilt with Christian Stewart in Croftcrombie, but he alleged some suspicion of a traveller who lodged with her for a night, but this she denied to be fact. There followed some debate as to when they committed guilt.

(31st March 1751) Charles Gow in Croftcrombie appeared before the Session and owned himself father to Christian Stewart's child but, since he had not appeared publicly before the Congregation, had the same child baptised by a sponsor.

5 1s 5d Scots was lodged with George Richie, (Treasurer).

25th November 1750

A testificate was given to Alexander McGlashan in Blairuachdar, a lad who left the parish in the middle of January last.

3 6s 9d Scots was lodged with Alexander Gow.

2nd December 1750

A precept was drawn in favour of Donald Stewart, a poor man in Chamberbane, upon Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry, factor to Bonskeid, for 5 merks Scots, being a year's annual interest on 100 merks due by Bonskeid from Martinmass 1749 to Martinmass 1750.

Isobel Mannich in Wester Blairfettie was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(23rd December 1750) Isobel Mannich in Blairfettie was summoned but did not appear.

(3rd March 1751) The Session ordered Isobel Mannich in Blairfettie to appear before them.

(10th March 1751) Isobel Mannich in Wester Blairfettie appeared before the Session, owned guilt and pregnancy, and fathered her pregnancy on James Robertson, servant to Donald McIntosh in said town. James Robertson was summoned.

(24th March 1751) James Robertson in Blairfettie was summoned and owned guilt with Isobel Mannich, and acknowledged himself as father to her pregnancy.

(31st March 1751) James Robertson in Wester Blairfettie, a relapse, appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Isobel Mannich, there.

(14th April 1751) James Robertson in Wester Blairfettie appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Isobel Mannich and was rebuked.

(21st April 1751) James Robertson in Blairfettie appeared before the Congregation for the third time, was rebuked, and as a relapse ordered to appear again.

(5th May 1751) James Robertson in Wester Blairfettie appeared before the Congregation for the fourth time for his relapse in fornication with Isobel Mannich, there. He was rebuked and dismissed, having given a precept for his fine modified by the Session to 5 Scots drawn upon James Mannich in Blairfettie for fees due to him at Martinmass last by the said James Mannich.

Ann Stewart in Toldamph, a trilapse, was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(9th December 1750) Ann Stewart in Toldamph was summoned but did not appear.

(6th January 1751) Ann Stewart in Toldamph appeared before the Session and denied being guilty of the sin of fornication, and was delated by the Session.

(10th March 1751) Ann Stewart in Toldamph voluntarily appeared before the Session and gave up Mr James Bisset, the younger, Commissary of Dunkeld as father of her child, and that they committed guilt about the time of the Market of Kilmaveonaig, last

9th December 1750

Janet Stewart in Kindrochit was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(16th December 1750) Ann Stewart in Kindrochit, late servant to (Robert Graham of) Fintry in Fealer, gave up Donald Cameron senior, servant to Fintry as father of her child. He appeared voluntarily and owned guilt.

(30th December 1750) Donald Cameron in Fealer made his first appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and seriously exhorted to repentance.

16th December 1750

The Sabbath collection was allotted such persons as suffered by the fire at Pitnacree, being 6 12s 7d Scots, which was given to John Cowan who was ordered to get a receipt from such persons or from one of their trusty friends.

The 12s Scots given by Coline Campbell for his third proclamation, was given to the poor. (Coline Campbell in Crofts of Orchil-beg, Moulin parish, and Cecil Stewart in Shinigaig-beg, married 4th December 1750).

23rd December 1750

Donald McFarlane in Calvine appeared and reported that, by order of the Session, he had given 1s Sterling to Christian Cameron in Calvine, in part payment of the interest due by him to the Session.

30th December 1750

Patrick Stewart in Duntaulich, late residenter in the parish of Blair, being son to the deceased Robert Stewart in Ardkincael, appeared before the Session and represented his indigent case to the Session: having a wife and a small family of children and nothing to maintain them. The Session considered his circumstances and the Minister endorsed the bill of Patrick Stewart, late wadsetter of Inverveck, (due to the Session for his fine of fornication), to the said Patrick Stewart (supplicant).

The Session ordered a precept (warrant) to be drawn upon Patrick McGlashan of Lambtown, in favour of Grissel Stewart in Raondou, for 2 merks Scots, being the annual interest on a principal sum of 50 merks Scots, due at Martinmass last, contained in a bond granted by Patrick Stewart, late wadsetter of Inverveck. (Patrick McGlashan was acting as factor for Patrick Stewart of Inverveck, who had been involved in the 1745 Jacobite Rising).

13th January 1751

Testificates were given to John Robertson in Pitagowan, Alexander Robertson in Pitagowan and Duncan Robertson in Calvine, as being reliable witnesses before any court. They were requested by John Stewart in Bruchriach in proof of horses stolen from him.

(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan's charges and discharges (as Treasurer), were revised and paid.

George Richie was ordered to pay Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) 6 Scots, being a quarter of the board wages of the exposed child, from 17th October to 17th January, instant.

Donald Menzies in Dalginross gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his 3rd proclamation. (Donald Menzies in Dalginross and Isobel Menzies in Balnafeat, Dull parish, were married 22 Jan 1751).

Robert Robertson in Dalriach gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his 3rd proclamation. (Robert Robertson in Dalriach of Bohespic and Christian Stewart in Tombreak of Foss, Dull parish, were married 25 Jan 1751).

The Sabbath collection was, by the General Assembly's recommendation, given for the building of a Protestant church is Silesia.

(10th March 1751) The Session added 1 10s Scots to the collection for Silesia.

A pass was given to Patrick Campbell in Kindrochit who was going to Annandale about his lawful business.

24th February 1751

The Minister reported that he agreed to pay Duncan Forbes, wright in Dunkeld, 2s Sterling for coming up and making an estimate for the loft which the Session designed to have set up at Struan church.

The Minister advanced 1 Scots to raise a discreet against John Stewart in Balnabodach, for his sister's retraction from marriage to John Stewart in Balinteapail (Balchapel) in Fincastle.

3rd March 1751

Thomas Robertson in Clunes gave half a crown (2s 6d) to the poor, besides the other half crown, allowed him for his consigned shilling Sterling and 18s Scots given by him and his wife (Katharine Robertson, Bohespic's daughter), in the collection to the poor, their first churching day, for his two proclamations to marriage.

William Robertson in Bohespic gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his third proclamation. (William Robertson in Dalriach of Bohespic and Sybilla Robertson in Dalnuadh (Dalno) of Bohespic, married 26 Feb 1751)

10th March 1751

(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine paid 1s Sterling to the poor for his third proclamation. (Duncan Robertson of Dalnamine and Hellen Robertson in Trinafour, married 5 Mar 1751.

17th March 1751

The Session paid 7 Scots for a chest to keep the bead-meal (meal given out to the poor by the beadle), and left it in the care and custody of John Cowan in Miltown of Aldclune.

A testificate was given to William Robertson in Mualich-beg who was going to see friends and other persons, because of the loss of horses sustained by him in the spring, and his not being in a condition to buy others to labour his fields.

24th March 1751

(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan gave the Minister 8 of the 9 Scots from Isobel Robertson's retraction fine and 9 Scots of John Campbell's fine, in order to buy timber for the loft at Struan.

Thomas Stewart in Cailbruar, going to another country (i.e. parish) about his lawful affairs, had his honesty attested to by the Session.

7th April 1751

Margaret Stewart in Toldunie was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(21st April 1751) Donald Stewart in Foss, late servant to Patrick Stewart of Inverslanie, voluntarily appeared and owned himself the father to Margaret Stewart in Toldunie's pregnancy. She was ordered to appear Sabbath next and acknowledge the same.

(28th April 1751) Margaret Stewart in Toldunie gave up Donald Stewart as father of her child.

14th April 1751

Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry paid 18 Scots is part payment of a bill due by him to the Session.

The Session ordered a precept to be given to Niell Stewart in Calvine, drawn upon George Moon in Riechappel, for 16s Scots as a year's annual interest on 16 Scots due by him to the Session at Martinmass 1750.

The Session ordered a precept to be given to Niell Stewart in Calvine, drawn upon Neill Kennedy in Croftvikewan, for 3s Sterling as a year's annual interest on 3 Sterling due by him to the Session at Martinmass 1750.

28th April 1751

Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was given 2 Scots in part payment of the exposed child's board wage January 17th to April 17th, last. It was agreed that a year's board wage would be 8 merks Scots, paid in 2 quarters.

5th May 1751

The Session allowed John Robertson in Trinafour, 1s Sterling for going to Carie in order to buy timber for the loft designed to be in the church of Struan.

2 17s 10 Scots was lodged with (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan.

Elspeth McDonald an unmarried woman in Toulich (Tulloch of Glen Errochty) was reported to have had undecent behaviour in her own house with Duncan Forbes in Raondou. Both were summoned.

(12th May 1751) Elspeth McDonald in Toulich was summoned but did not appear. Witnesses had been called to prove the said Elspeth McDonald's undecent behaviour with Duncan Forbes, who had left the country (i.e. parish). The Session considered that the said Elspeth McDonald had been sufficiently appraised to come and see and hear witnesses examined so agreed, notwithstanding her absemce, to proceed to examination.

Duncan Robertson in Toulich, a married man of 55 years or thereabout, being truely sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed that upon a Sunday when sermon was at Struan, to his best remembrance the last save one, he heard that Duncan Forbes stayed all that day in the said Elspeth McDonald's house and that a little after midnight Patrick Robertson came to his window and wakened him, telling him that Duncan Forbes was with the said Elspeth McDonald in her house, they being alone with locked doors and refusing to open the door to the said Patrick Robertson.

At this he arose and went with Patrick Robertson to Elspeth McDonald's house. (Elspeth McDonald was Duncan Robertson's servant woman and this behaviour would reflect badly on his family).

When Patrick Robertson had gone to waken him, Donald Robertson had been left waiting at the door to prevent Duncan Forbes from escaping. (Upon their arrival), after keeping them a while at the door, it was eventually opened when he threatened to break it down. He found Elspeth McDonald with only her jacket on and Duncan Forbes with all his clothes on, laying on the top of the bed, which was the only bed in the house. Duncan Forbes, being asked what brought him there, made no answer but seemed as struck dumb.

Duncan Robertson deponed that this was the truth as he shall answer to God, and declared that he could not write (the statement was scribed by the Minister).

Patrick Robertson in Toulich, a married man of 31 years or thereabout, being truely sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed that upon a Sunday about 4 weeks ago, having heard from his wife (Sarah Robertson) and a daughter of Duncan Robertson in Toulich that they understood that Duncan Forbes was laying in Elspeth McDonald's bed. They had endeavoured to get a sight of him by pretending to get a child into bed (i.e. to stay the night with her), but had been forcibly hindered by Elspeth McDonald. However they were persuaded that he was still there as Elspeth McDonald made such opposition to their seeing the bed.

After dark he went to Elspeth McDonald's house hearing a noise made by Duncan Forbes, and heard him distinctly say that he appealed to God for who was to blame, and that he would be called a worthless fellow and would not dare to show his face. He saw at a window, Duncan Forbes with a candle in his hand and a napkin about his head at the bedside and Elspeth McDonald sitting in the bed with a coat, or jacket, on begging him to be quiet. Being observed by her the light was put out.

Under pretence that he wanted sleep he asked to be let in and, being refused, told that he knew who was there and named Duncan Forbes. then he applied to Duncan Robertson, the former witness, her master, to come and oblige her to open the door, who came accordingly - as to the rest deponed the same as Duncan Robertson with the only variation that when he went in and saw Duncan Forbes laying on the bed, he observed the latches or buckles of his shoes were loose and that he wanted garters. This being the truth as he would answer to God.

Donald Robertson in Toulich, an unmarried man of 21 years or thereby, deponed the same, except that he did not see Duncan Forbes with the light in his hand, and that he was some distance away.

12th May 1751

Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was given 1 12s 10d for the exposed child's board wages.

To be continued .......

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