Session Minutes of Blair Atholl Parish
(Jan 1750 - Mar 1756)

Index

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.

(8th March 1752) Alexander Stewart, boatman in Miltown of Blair, appeared before the Congregation for his guilt with Elspeth Forbes in Derculich, Logierait parish, and was rebuked.

(15th March 1752) Alexander Stewart, boatman in Miltown of Blair, made his second appearance before the Congregation and was rebuked.

(10th May 1752) Alexander Stewart his third appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Elspeth Forbes in Derculich and was rebuked.

(11th May 1752) Alexander Stewart in Milntown of Blair appeared before the Session who, by reason of his poverty, modified his fine for his relapse to 5 Scots, of which he paid a crown, which was marked upon the back of his bill.

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.

(9th June 1751) James Gow in Blair paid 7s Scots, being the remainder of his fine.

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.

(16th June 1751) The Minister presented a receipt for 9 11s 6d Scots from Mr Rutherford for the process against Drumquhance and Donald Robertson in Badro, which the Minister had advanced. The Minister also told that he had received 10 merks, in part payment, from Donald Robertson in Badro. The Session Clerk was instructed to draw up the charges and discharges of money for the said depending process.

(24th November 1751) The Minister gave in 5 merks Scots to prosecute (The Laird of) Drumquhance's process (10th May 1752) The Session appointed a Quorum of them to meet the Minister on the following day, about 10am at Blair, in order to return an answer to their doer (legal agent) at Edinburgh, and provide a discharge to (The Laird of) Drumquhance upon his paying the process pursued against him.

(11th May 1752) The letter from Edinburgh, and discharge, being read in their presence, the Session Quorum agreed to charge (The Laird of) Drumquhance only with the principal sum of 33 Scots and the annual rents due since payment term, and allowed him the whole expenses of plea. The Session appointed the Minister to write to Mr Gloag, writer in Dinning, commissioning him, in the name of the Session, to agree the terms with (The Laird of) Drumquhance.

(17th May 1752) a crown was sent to Edinburgh, anent (The Laird of) Drumquhance's process.

(22nd October 1752) The Minister presented a bill for 100 merks from Drumquhance, the younger, payable against Candlemass first. Drumquhance voluntarily came in, alleging that he was in no way responsible for his father's debts, the estate being conveyed to him by an uncle, his father being an old man in his house, having nothing to his name, with which he could pay his real, just debts, or an Officer could poind, he being lying at present bed-fast. The Session approved of the Minister's conduct in complying with the young man's offer, the debt being in a manner desperate, although the expenses (of plea) and annual interest were sunk, and recourse upon Thomas McKenzie would have been expensive.

(10th June 1753) The Minister reported that he had got 100 merks from Drumquhance and paid up 10 merks thereof.

(2nd September 1753) The Minister sent 3 2s Scots to Edinburgh for writing Drumquhance's discharge.

(10th June 1753) The Minister reported that he had got 100 merks from Drumquhance and paid up 10 merks thereof.

(17th February 1754) The Minister paid 23 7s Scots, being the remainder unpaid of Drumquhance's money, 6s Sterling interest included, and clearly gave in a bil and instruction or evidence for the rest of Drumquhance's money, what way it had been laid out for the poor and for the poor's use. the Session being satisfied, gave a discharge to the Minister.

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.

(27th July 1755) Isobel Robertson in Easter Craggan, late in Kilmaveonaig was given a testificate for having satisfied Church discipline for her fornication with John McDonald, late student (teacher) in the school at Blair.

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.

(18th May 1751) Charles Gow in Croftcrombie paid his fine, modified by the Session to 7 Scots and got up his bill (had his IOU returned).

(11th August 1751) Charles Gow in Blairuachdar appeared before the Congregation for his sin of fornication with Christian Stewart in Croftcrombie, was rebuked and ordered to appear again.

(1st September 1751) Charles Gow in Blairuachdar appeared before the Congregation for his sin of fornication with Christian Stewart in Croftcrombie.

(8th March 1752) Christian Stewart in Croftcrombie appeared before the Congregation for her sin of fornication with Charles Gow in Blairuachdar, and was rebuked.

(15th March 1752) Christian Stewart in Croftcrombie made her second appearnace before the Congregation, was rebuked and having paid her fine of 5 was dismissed.

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.

(2nd June 1751) James Robertson in Wester Blairfettie a relapse, paid his fine, modified by the Session to 6 Scots, for his fornication with Isobel Mannich, there. Isobel Mannich gave in a bill to the Session for 10 Scots, by a cautioner, Patrick McLaren, in Kirktown of Struan, for her fine and appearances.

(17th November 1751) Isobel Mannich in Wester Blairfettie made her first appearance before the Congregation for her sin of fornication with James Robertson, there. She was rebuked and seriously exhorted to repentance.

(19th January 1752) Isobel Mannich in Wester Blairfettie made her second appearance before the Congregation for her sin of fornication with James Robertson, there, and was rebuked.

(9th February 1752) James Robertson in Wester Blairfettie paid on behalf of Isobel Mannich, his party, there, a crown in part payment of her fine, which was lodged with Donald Robertson in Calvine (Kirk Sessioner), until he should pay the rest on the next Sunday at Blair, together with payment to the Kirk Officer for summoning her.

(16th February 1752) Isobel Mannich's cautioner (Patrick McLaren in Kirktown of Struan) paid in 2 Scots for her fine of fornication which was lodged with the Session Clerk, together with the remainder of the day's collection.

(1st April 1753) Isobel Mannich made her third appearance before the Congregation.

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.

(14th July 1751) Ann Stewart in Kindrochit, a relapse, appeared for the first time before the Congregation, for her fornication with the young Commisary, James Bisset, and was rebuked.

9th December 1750

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

(16th December 1750) Janet 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.

(8th September 1751) Donald Cameron in Fealer paid his fine, modified by the Session to 4 Scots, for his antenuptial fornication with Janet Stewart, now his wife.

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 July 1751) Donald Stewart in Donmaheich of Foss, late in Inverslanie, and Alexander Stewart, servant to Patrick Robertson in Trinafour, and Donald Stewart in Toldunie gave up in their conjunct bill to the Session of 20 Scots, payable 23rd August 1751, for the said Donald Stewart in Foss and Margaret Stewart in Toldunie daughter to the said Donald Stewart there, for their appearances and fines for their sin of fornication with each other.

(22nd December 1751) Margaret Stewart in Toldunie appeared before the Congregation for the first time, for her fornication with Donald Stewart in Foss, late in Inverslanie, and was rebuked.

(2nd February 1752) Margaret Stewart in Toldunie appeared before the Congregation for the first time, for her fornication with Donald Stewart in Donmaheich of Foss, paid 6s Sterling of his fine for his antenuptial fornication with Margaret Stewart in Toldunie, which was marked on the back of his own bill. Married 4th February.

14th April 1751

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

23rd June 1751) Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry paid 6 18s Scots is part payment of a bill due by him to the Session, and is yet due to pay 9s Scots.

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.

(2nd June 1751) Elspeth McDonald was summoned but did not appear. Summoned again.

(9th June 1751) Duncan Forbes in Raondou and Elspeth McDonald in Tulloch appeared before the Session. The depositions of witnesses were read before them, and they acknowledged all, excepting that Duncan Forbes denied that he uttered an appeal to God, or words to that purpose. The said Duncan Forbes and Elspeth McDonald were removed and the Session considered the heinousness of the crime. Duncan Forbes was fined 4 Scots, while Elspeth McDonald was fined 8 Scots by reason that her house was joined to another woman's house in the town, and yet sought no help but, rather, concealed it. They gave in their bills, payable 23rd August 1751, and promised never to correspond or keep company together for the future.

(29th December 1751) Elspeth McDonald in Tulloch paid 6s Sterling to account in part payment of her fine of 8 Scots for her indecent behaviour with Duncan Forbes in Raondou.

(22nd March 1752) Elspeth McDonald in Tulloch paid 2 2s Scots more of her fine to account for her indecent behaviour with Duncan Forbes in Raondou.

12th May 1751

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

19th May 1751

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders: John Cowan, George Richie, Donald Frazer, Alexander Gow.

Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was given 15s 8d on account.

A testificate was given to John Stewart in Nether Drumnacrich to travel through the parish by reason of his indigent case.

Janet Ross, servant to Lady Lude (Mrs Charlotte Nairn) was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(9th June 1751) Janet Ross, servant to Lady Lude, appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy, and fathered it upon Alexander McGlashan, a servant lad to Lady Lude. Alexander McGlashan was summoned.

(16th June 1751) Alexander McGlashan, servant to Lady Lude, appeared before the Session and owned himself father to Janet Ross's pregnancy. He was ordered to make public appearance without delay.

(8th September 1751) Alexander McGlashan in Lude made his first appearance, for his fornication with Janet Ross, late servant there, and was rebuked.

(15th September 1751) Alexander McGlashan in Lude made his second appearance, for his fornication with Janet Ross, and was rebuked.

(22nd September 1751) Alexander McGlashan in Lude made his third appearance and was granted a bill, with James Kennedy tailor in Croftvickewan as cautioner, of 10 Scots payable Martinmass next, for his and Janet Ross's fine, and was dismissed.

(8th April 1752) Alexander McGlashan in Lude paid 5 Scots to account in part payment of his fine of fornication committed with Janet Ross, there.

(24th February 1754) Janet Ross, now in Cnappaig, voluntarily appeared for her fornication with Alexander McGlashan, now in Breakach of Lude, was rebuked and dismissed.

(8th December 1754) Alexander McGlashan in Breakach of Lude paid 5 Scots of fine, and 15s Scots as interest, for his fornication with Janet Ross in Lude, and got up his bill.

The Session Clerk was given 2 3s Scots of his wages, and the Kirk Officer was given 3 12s Scots of his wages.

2nd June 1751

The Session gave 1s Sterling to John Robertson in Trinafour for his service to them, in buying timber at Carie for the loft at Struan.

Archibald McBeath in Dalness gave 6s Sterling to the poor (for his marriage banns with Janet McLauchlane in Wester Monzie, 23 May 1751).

9 9s 10d Scots was lodged with (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan.

9th June 1751

The Session paid the remainder of the board wages of the foundling to Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) for 17th January until 17th April, last.

3d Scots was lodged with Donald Frazer.

7th July 1751

Alexander Stewart in Margdou made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Elspeth Robertson in Easter Kindrochit, was rebuked, and paid 5 Scots of his fine.

The Minister reported that, some weeks ago, he had been given 20 merks Scots and a year's interest of a principal sum of 400 merks Scots mortified by the deceased Alexander Robertson of Bohespic to the poor of the united parishes of Blair Atholl and Struan, due at Martinmass 1749. It was applied in the service of the loft at Struan.

2 8s 7d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

14th July 1751

The relict (widow) of Charles McLaren in Hosefield paid 14 14s Scots due per bill to the Session since Martinmass 1745, which the Session accepted as in full of whatever was due, pitying her case and poor family. They also allowed her forgiven of the 3 9s 4d Scots due in bygone interest (see 30th October 1743 and 22nd March 1747).

The Minister gave in a bill of 10 Scots, accepted by Donald Mackintosh in Easter Kindrochit, payable 10 days after date, on behalf of Elspeth Robertson, daughter of (Duncan Robertson of) Kindrochit, who appeared (before the Minister), 13th July last, and owned guilt and pregnancy committed with Alexander Stewart in Margdou of Invervack, in case she failed to satisfy according to church discipline.

(15th September 1751) Elspeth Robertson in Kindrochit appeared before the Session and was seriously rebuked for her antenuptial fornication with Alexander Stewart in Invervack, and was dismissed. (married 23rd July 1751)

21st July 1751

Duncan Robertson, jnr. in Crombruach paid 3 Scots to the poor for two proclamations. (Duncan Robertson jnr. in Crombruach and Christian Robertson in Wester Blairfettie, married 22 Jul 1751. His previous marriage to Margaret Robertson in Kirktown of Struan, 1 Mar 1751 had been retracted).

Robert Fergusson in Balnald (of Blairuachdar) was given 4 3s 9d Scots for the foundling's board wages. 1 2s 11d Scots was still owing. The collection was 2 12s 8d Scots, and George Richie had Charles McLaren's interest of 14s Scots, so the remainder was paid off.

11th August 1751

Barbara Stewart in Cuiltalosgin-beg was said to be with child and was summoned.

(18th August 1751) Barbara Stewart, widow of Duncan Robertson in Cuiltalosgin-beg appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up Alexander MackGlashan, servant lad to Robert Robertson in Miltown of Invervack. The said Alexander MackGlashan appeared, acknowledged her accusation and he, with John MackGlashan in Dondamharg as cautioner, gave in a bill of 20 Scots, payable 10 days after date.

(1st September 1751) Alexander MackGlashan in Miltown of Invervack appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Barbara Stewart in Cuiltalosgin-beg, and was rebuked.

(1st September 1751) Alexander MackGlashan in Miltown of Invervack appeared before the Congregation a second time, was rebuked and dismissed.

(29th December 1751) Alexander MackGlashan in Haugh of Invervack gave a crown to the poor for his proclamation in order to marriage with Barbara Stewart in Cuiltalosgin-beg (Alexander McGlashan in Balnadalloch and Barbara Stewart in Cuiltaloskin, married 31st December 1751). He also paid half a crown in part payment of his fine for antenuptial fornication with the aforesaid woman.

(19th January 1752) Alexander McGlashan in Cuiltalosgin-beg got up his bill for his fine (his bill was returned to him by the Session).

8s 4d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

18th August 1751

Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry had his bill returned to him, having paid the contents, except 9s Scots which the Session ordered him to give to Donald Stewart, a poor man in Chamberbane.

Patrick Robertson in Woodsheal, by a line sent to the Minister, was said to be guilty of the sin of fornication with Christian McFarland in Drumchuine. He had been summoned but did not appear.

Christian McFarland appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy and gave the aforesaid Patrick Robertson as father. She alleged that she was forced by him, on Saturday before the Market of Foss, last, enticing her to convey him from the town in pretence of courtship, and making proposals of marriage, and said that how soon she went home, with tears in her eyes, and acquainted her father and mother with the rape committed upon her, who with threats hindered her from making it public until she saw what the consequences might be.

She told it to Katharine McMicleard, a young lass in Drumchuine, the next day after the rape and sometime after told Patrick Campbell in Drumchuine, a young man who was making his addresses to her, to desist as she had been ravished by another.

Parlan McFarlane in Drumchuine, her father, appeared and owned that his daughter, the night mentioned when she came in with tears in her eyes, told that she had been ravished by Patrick Robertson, son to Duncan Robertson, then in Aonach of Auchleeks, now in Woodsheal. He denied that he threatened her, but had advised her to keep quiet. The Session agreed to summons all involved again.

(1st September 1751) Patrick Robertson in Woodsheal appeared before the Session and refused that he had anything to do with the aminuted Christian McFarland in Drumchuine. The Session appointed a committee to deal with him in private, to be ingenuous, but they reported back that he still persisted with his denial.

(15th September 1751) Patrick Robertson in Woodsheal appeared before the Session and owned to carnal dealings with Christian McFarland in Drumchuine, twice. Firstly the Saturday before the Market at Foss, last, and again about the end of March thereafter.

The Session gave John Fisher, mason in Blair, 1 16s Scots for his travel and viewing the walls of the church at Struan, in order to stop a door (make a doorway) in the fittest place (for access) to the loft, and to his helper for getting up the joists and dales (planks) upon the wall.

8th September 1751

The fine of Donald Cameron in Fealar was used to pay the Kirk Officer 2s Scots for summoning and 2 14s Scots in part payment of his wages. The Session Clerk was paid 2s Sterling on account. Robert Fergusson in Balnald was paid 1 2s 11d Scots of his board wages (for the foundling) from 17th April to 17th July, last. Some of the day's collection was given to a poor woman (un-named) in Dalriach.

15th September 1751, Struan

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders: Duncan Robertson of Dalnamine, Donald Robertson of Pitagowan, Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, John Robertson, Donald McColman.

The Session cleared the Session Clerk from September 1749 to 1st September 1750, also the Kirk Officer from Candlemass 1750 to Candlemass 1751, of their wages for said offices and requested discharges (receipts), part of which was 1s Sterling, being the fee of third proclamation from Donald Fergusson in Aldindulaish. (Donald Fergusson in Aldindulish and Isabel McLaren, servant to Lady Lude, married, 12 September 1751). 1 10s 5d Scots was lodged with Donald Robertson of Pitagowan.

22nd September 1751, Blair

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders: George Ritchie, Thomas McColman, Donald Fraser, John McLauchlane.

Duncan Fergusson in Easter Invervack appeared before the Session and complained that Grissel Stewart, spouse to Duncan Mackintosh there, had ruined his good name and that of his wife by charging him with theft and murder, and his wife with adultery.

Grissel Stewart appeared before the Session and complained that the said Duncan Fergusson had charged her slanderously with theft or harbouring thieves to steal his cattle and had outhounded them for that purpose, charged her also with adultery and called her husband a thief.

Duncan Fergusson alleged that Grissel Stewart said that, when she was carrying her son to be baptised, those who met her on her way said that Duncan Mackintosh was not the father of the child, which Duncan Fergusson desired to be marked (noted).

The Session allowed them to produce witnesses, Sunday next, to prove the allegations.

(13th October 1751) The witnesses were examined by the Session and both parties were found to be guilty, but Grissel Stewart, more so. Both were rebuked and told to give the Session a bill of 10 Scots, Sabbath next, for security of their being peaceable for the future.

(20th October 1751) Grissel Stewart spouse to Duncan Mackintosh in Easter Invervack was called but did not appear.

29th September 1751, No Session Meeting

Thomas McColman in Baluaine paid 9s 6d Scots on account for his own and his wife's fine of antenuptial fornication.

1 7s 10d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

6th October 1751

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders: Duncan Robertson of Dalnamine, Donald Robertson of Pitagowan, Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, John Robertson, Thomas McColman, Alexander Mackglashan.

Testificate ordered for Donald Mackintosh and James Mannoch, both in Wester Blairfettie, going along with Patrick Robertson in Tordou, the length of Stratharig (?), to prove a horse challenged there, belonging to the said Patrick Robertson.

2 8s 9d Scots was lodged with Donald Robertson of Pitagowan.

13th October 1751

The Minister presented the Synod and Presbytery Clerks' discharges amounting to 13s Sterling which he advanced on account of the 20 merks of annual rent (interest) on the late Bohespic's mortification, paid in by Robert Robertson, his son, which was lodged in his hands.

17s 10d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

20th October 1751

Marjory Whytack in Blair was reported to be with child, was summoned and denied being with child.

(3rd November 1751) The Session ordered George Ritchie to acquaint Marjory Whytack in Blair that if she continued to refuse to give up the father of her child, they would get a commission for her imprisonment.

(24th November 1751) Marjory Whytack in Blair was ordered to appear before the Session, Sabbath next.

(1st December 1751) Marjory Whytack appeared before the Session and confessed guilt and gave up John Wilson, gardener in Atholl House, as father of her child. One of the Elders was to discourse with John Wilson about her accusation.

(15th December 1751) The Session agreed to meet on the following Tuesday in order to confront John Wilson and Marjory Whytack about her fathering her child upon him.

(22nd December 1751) Marjory Whytack in Blair and John Wilson, gardener in Atholl House appeared before the Session. He denied her accusation, while she persisted that she had none to father her child upon, but him, and he had carnal dealing with her only the once in the garden the third day of June last. He owned that he threw her down on the grass that day but his conscience checked him, proceeding no further. The said Marjory Whytack alleged that Mrs Mackglashan and Mrs Stewart in Blair had heard him own that he had ado with her. The Session agreed to meet some day the following week to discourse with the said women concerning the allegation (The use of 'Mrs' suggests that the two women probably were the wife of Patrick McGlashan the inn-keeper in Blair, and the Minister's wife, both highly respected).

(2nd February 1752) John Wilson, gardener in Atholl House and Marjory Whytack, late in Blair, was ordered to appear before the Session, come 14 days, at Blair, in order to enquire more seriously her reasons for fathering the child upon John Wilson, of which she was delivered some weeks ago. The Minister gave a groat to an Officer for arresting in George Moon in Blairuachdar's hands, whatever he owed Marjory Whytack.

(26th April 1752) Marjory Whytack was summoned by the Session again.

(10th May 1752) Marjory Whytack was summoned but did not appear. She was summoned again in order to make a clear discourse of the parent of her child, brought forth by her lately, whom she fathered upon John Wilson, gardener in Atholl House.

(17th May 1752) Marjory Whytack in Balinuarain appeared before the Session, together with John Wilson, gardener in Atholl House. She persisted in her accusation which he denied, and said that he was willing to give his oath that he never had any carnal dealing with her. The Session sent some of their members to discourse with Mrs Mackglashan and Mrs Stewart anent the said allegations, and reported that said women never heard John Wilson own her or express such words. The case was referred to the Presbytery of Dunkeld to take their advice.

1 8s Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

3rd November 1751

Testificate given to James Stewart in Clune-more who was removing out of the parish.

1 16s 11d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

17th November 1751

Testificate given to James Stewart in Shierglas who removed Whitsunday last from Wester Baluaine.

Testificate given to Donald McDougal in Kirkton of Struan.

3 12s 4d Scots was lodged with Donald Robertson of Pitagowan.

24th November 1751

The Session Clerk was instructed to give a list of all the fines due to the Session.

The Minister gave in 5 merks Scots to prosecute Drumquhance's process, together with the remainder of Elspeth McGrigore's fine, late in Dalvorest, which was paid in by Donald McDonald in Tomnabrack. (This may be Elspeth McGrigore, alias Robertson, - see 28th June 1747).

1st December 1751

Testificate given to Donald Calmanach in Balinloan of Clune who was going to Edinburgh.

8th December 1751

The Session appointed that the annual rent (interest) on (Neil Robertson of) Bohespic's mortification of 100 merks, payable at Martinmass, last, with the consent of Robert Robertson in Auchleeks and Trinafour, would be distributed as follows: Duncan McGrigore in Dalchalloch, 5 merks; Christian Robertson in Trinafour, 10 merks; and Janet Stewart in Pittenicy (Balanisie), 5 merks.

Donald Stewart in Chamberbane was given 5 merks from Bonskeid's annual rent, payable to the Session Martinmass last.

John Robertson (Kirk Elder) in Trinafour gave in 20 Scots mortified to the poor of the United Parishes of Blair and Struan by the deceased Elspeth Forbes, late in Blairfettie. John Robertson said that when the said Elspeth Forbes bequeathed the money, she desired that such as one related to her might be preferred to receive yearly the annual rent of this money, and that the principal should be kept entire.

22nd December 1751

The Session's charges and Minister's discharges, since March last year, were given to John Cowan to be revised (checked) and reported on.

(5th January 1752) John Cowan, having revised the charges and discharges as cited, reported that they were rightly stated.

2 2s 7d was lodged to George Ritchie

5th January 1752

Robert Fergusson in Balnald was given 4 4s 7d Scots in part payment of two quarters board wages for the exposed child, from 17 July to 17th January, instant. the Session rested (owed) him 1 8s 9d Scots to complete the same two quarters.

Donald Robertson in Dalriach paid 1s Sterling of his fine.

David Sclater (in Atholl House) gave 1s Sterling for consignment to the poor (a fine for the retraction of his marriage to Elspeth McPherson in Tomnaculag).

John Robertson in Cuiltvuick gave 1s Sterling for his 3rd proclamation. (John Robertson in Cuiltvuick and Janet Crie in Toldunie, married 31st December 1751).

Helen Stewart in Tighnacraig was reported to be with child and was summoned, Sabbath next, at Blair.

(26th January 1752) Helen Stewart in Tinacraig appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy, and fathered it upon Donald McIntyre, servant to Mr Guiseard, flax-master in Musselburgh.

(8th April 1752) Helen Stewart in Tighnacraig, late servant, so she said, to David Spalding, flax raiser in Coldcote in the parish of Newlands, appeared along with Donald McIntyre, late servant to Mr Guiseard, flax raiser in Musselburgh, and now servant to Mr Todd, flax raiser there. She, being asked if she adhered to her former confession and accusation of the said Donald McIntyre, on January 25th last, answered that she did. He, being interogated, owned guilt with the said Helen Stewart several times, but would not acknowledge himself father to her pregnancy until she was delivered, and then would know if the child's birth answered as the time of his guilt. He said that he had reason to believe that one Alexander Campbell, late harvest shearer, residing at Alexander McDonald's in Peebles Wynd, Edinburgh, and now servant to Inverefrie in Badenoch, was guilty with her.

The Session, taking the affair into their consideration, and finding that the guilt was committed in the parish of Newlands, and that the scandal was flagrant in that country (parish), remitted them to the Session of Newlands to satisfy according to Church Discipline, and ordered said Donald McIntyre and Helen Stewart to attend the said Kirk Session without loss of time.

26th January 1752

The days collection, lodged with George Robertson and Struan's last collection, lodged with Alexander Cameron, Kirk Officer, amounted to 1 2s 1d Scots, and Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar lent the session 6s 8d Scots, all of which was given to Robert Fergusson in Balnald, which cleared him of 2 quarters board wages of the foundling, 17th July to 17th January, last.

(16th February 1752) A half merk was repaid to Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar, which he had advanced to the Session, 26th January last.

The Session appointed that the next Sabbath's collection would be given to Elspeth Stewart, a poor woman in Levaish (Levadge), eaten up with the cancer.

(2nd February 1752) 4 13s Scots was collected for the aminuted Elspeth Stewart and sent with John Cowans, to be given her.

1st March 1752

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson, John Robertson, Donald McColman, Thomas McColman Elders, Donald Robertson, Alexander McGlashan Sessioners.

Elspeth Robertson, alias Deor, in Bochonie appeared before the Session and was told that a sentance had been pronounced against her, for (unpaid) fine of fornication (This dated back to 21st April 1746). She replied that she could not advance in cash, so James Robertson in Kinaldy became cautioner for her, to the Session, for a crown payable against Whitsunday next.

(12th April 1752) Elspeth Deor in Bochonie paid her fine, modified by the Session to a crown, for her fornication with Robert McGillivie in Bochonie, and was discharged. James Robertson in Kinaldy was relieved of his cautionrie for her, and was dismissed.

The Session drew up a precept (warrant) in favour of Donald Stewart in Chamberbane, upon Alexander Stewart in Knochgharie to pay on Bonskeid's behoof 5 merks Scots as a year's annual rent on a principal sum of 100 merks Scots, due to them at Martinmass, last.

The Session ordered (Alexander Stewart, 6th of) Tulloch to pay Katharine Fowls?, late in Strathtummel, 5 Scots, annual rent due to them at Martinmass last, which would be allowed him at clearing accounts with the Session. (This may be Katharine Forbes, see 14th February 1742).

1 9s 6d was lodged with Donald Robertson.

15th March 1752

The Kirk Officer was given 4 Scots on account in part payment of his wages. The Minister was cleared (repaid) in what he advanced for the Session to the Presbytery Officer and for the loft of the church at Struan, and to John Keannich for an arrestment in George Moon in Blairuachdar's hands for Marjory Whytack's behoof.

22nd March 1752

Elspeth Robertson, widow in Dalinturuaine, was reported to be with child and was ordered to appear before the Session in 20 days time.

(12th April 1752) Elspeth Robertson, in Dalinturuaine, appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up Donald Mannich, her hire-man, as father of her child. Donald Mannich voluntarily appeared and owned himself father to her pregnancy. The Session ordered them to get cautioners for their fines and appearances. Alexander Robertson in Kirkton of Struan gave in a bill of 10 Scots for the said Donald Mannich, and Angus Robertson in Croftdou gave in a bill of 10 Scots for the said Elspeth Robertson both payable against Whitsunday next.

(19th April 1752) Donald Mannich and Elspeth Robertson, both in Dalinturuaine, made their first appearances before the Congregation.

(10th May 1752) Donald Mannich in Dalinturuaine, made his second appearance before the Congregation and was rebuked.

(5th July 1752) Donald Mannich in Dalinturuaine, paid 2s Sterling in part paymewnt of his fine of fornication with Elspeth Robertson and was dismissed.

(2nd August 1752) Elspeth Robertson in Dalinturuaine paid a crown of her fine of fornication with Donald Mannich, there.

(7th January 1753) Donald Mannich in Trinafour paid in 3 16s Scots, being the remainder of his fine for fornication with Elspeth Robertson in Dalinturuaine, and got up his cautioner's bill.

(2nd December 1753) Elspeth Robertson in Dalinturuaine paid 2 scots, being the remainder of her fine for her fornication with Donald Mannich, her late servant. The Session forgave her the expenses of plea, by reason of her poverty.

29th March 1752

The Session, considering the case of the poor of the parish, by reason of the appearance of a scarcity of meal, desired the Session Clerk to give a list, by Sabbath next, of all the bills and fines due to them, to put them into execution in order to provide somewhat for supporting the poor (through) the ensuing summer.

The day's collection of 17s Scots was lodged with Alexander Gow.

5th April 1752

The Minister represented the indigent case of an Inverness lad to the Session. He had gone to Glasgow and falling sick there, was sent from parish to parish for charity until he came to Blair Atholl. Seeing the hills he had to cross and having nothing, the Minister desired them to consider what way they thought it fit to hire a man to go along (with him). It was agreed to hire a man quickly and reimburse him of expenses incurred.

(26th April 1752) Donald Stewart in Easter Baluaine was hired to carry the poor lad on his own horse from Blair to Badenoch. The fee coming from the consigned shillings of William Stewart in Tighnacoille and Donald Cameron in Fealer.

Margaret Murray in Balinuarain was given 1s Sterling, to be taken from Finlay Stewart in Baluaine's legacy to the poor of Blair parish.

12th April 1752

Margaret Stewart in Chamberbane was reported to be with child, appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy and father it upon Donald Stewart, late in Kilmaveonaig, now in Baluaine. Donald Stewart owned that he had committed guilt with her once, being intoxicated with liquor, about the 1st of June last. She persisted that he had carnal knowledge with her in harvest last. The Session appointed a committee to deal with them in private, to be ingenuous, viz: (Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine and John Robertson to discourse with Donald Stewart, and James Robertson and Thomas Calmanach to discourse with Margaret Stewart. (The Session Clerk begins to use 'Calmanach' instead of 'McColman' around this time).

It was reported that Margaret Stewart adhered to her former confession and further said that the last time he committed guilt with her was the evening of the Market of Pitlochry, but were sundry times guilty during the harvest time. It was reported that Donald Stewart confessed that he had been in bed with her the evening of the Market of Kilmaveonaig, last, but was not fully assured whether he had carnal dealing with her that night, or not, being intoxicated with liquor.

The Session delayed (their decision) until Sabbath next, seeing that the said Donald Stewart wanted Margaret Reid, his late mistress, in Kilmaveonaig, to be examined as to whether she saw any bad appearance betwixt them, or not, while in service.

(19th April 1752) Donald Stewart, in Easter Baluaine and Margaret Stewart in Chamberbane were instructed by the Session to give in securities for their fines and appearances.

(14th June 1752) Donald Stewart in Easter Baluaine made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Margaret Stewart in Chamberbane, was rebuked and exhorted to repentance.

(28th June 1752) Donald Stewart in Easter Baluaine made his second appearance and was rebuked.

(2nd August 1752) Donald Stewart in Easter Baluaine made his third appearance, was rebuked and dismissed.

(18th February 1753) Donald Stewart in Easter Baluaine paid 7s Sterling as the fine for his fornication with Margaret Stewart, late in Kilmaveonaig, of which a crown was given to the Kirk Officer in part payment of his wages.

Testificate ordered for James Douglas in Pitaldonich.

5 11s 10d was lodged with Donald Robertson

14th April 1752, at Dalinrich

Attending:
The Minister and (Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine.

Margaret McLean in Dalinrich owned herself guilty of fornication and pregnancy, and gave up Donald Gow in Tomicaldonich as father to her pregnancy. Donald Gow in Tomicaldonich owned to the accusation brought against him.

(21st April 1752) Donald Gow in Dalinturuaine, late in Tomicaldonich, made his first appearance for his fornication with Margaret McLean in Dalinturuaine, and was rebuked. He gave in a bill of 10 Scots for his fine and that of his party, and was dismissed. The said Donald Gow paid 3s Sterling of said fine on account.

(3rd February 1754) Donald Gow in Tomicaldonich paid a crown in part payment of his fine for his fornication with Margaret McLean in Dalinturuaine.

19th April 1752

The Session appointed the next Sabbath Day's collection at Blair to be given to John Caldal in Carrick, a poor man distressed with the palsy and reduced to poverty. The parishioners were exhorted to extend their charity according to their abilities, in order to support him and his poor family in this dire season.

(26th April 1752) The collection, which amounted to 6 6s 2d Scots, was given to the aminuted John Caldal.

26th April 1752

4 13s 6d Scots lodged with George Ritchie was given to Robert Fergusson in part payment of his board wages from 17th January to 17th April instant.

William Stewart in Tighnacoille consigned a shilling to the poor of the parish for their 3rd proclamations. (William Stewart in Tighnacoille and Margaret Gow in Dalvorest, married 21st April 1752).

Donald Cameron in Fealar consigned a shilling to the poor of the parish for their 3rd proclamations. (Donald Cameron in Fealar and Janet Stewart in Pittinacie, married 21st April 1752).

10th May 1752

Testificate given to Donald Young in Blairuachdar who was going into service in the Low Country.

Testificate given to George Moon in Nether Drumnacrich who was going into service in the Low Country.

17th May 1752

Robert Fergusson in Balnald was given 1 3s 2d Scots, the remainder of the foundling's board wages for 17th January to 17th April.

The Session decided to settle the foundling with William McMillan in Ardkincael, for a quarter at 9 merks, but Isobel Gow, his wife, would not agree under 10 merks. The half merk could not be agreed without a full meeting of the Session, but the foundling was to enter (the household) the following day.

The reason for altering (the foundling's board) was that the child did not prove as if he had been well taken care of, and the poor man (Robert Fergusson) was scarcely able to maintain himself in this hard year.

24th May 1752

Lady Blairfettie acknowledged the payment of 4 merks Scots for the stance of the schoolhouse of Struan, from Whitsuday 1748 to Whitsunday 1752, last.

The Session Clerk and Kirk Officer were each given 15s Scots in part payment of the wages.

After distribution to the greatest objects (of pity), 1 13s 8d Scots was lodged with Donald Robertson, the Treasurer.

31st May 1752

1 2s Scots was given to Robert Fergusson on account for the foundling's board wages.

6d Scots was given to Duncan McIntyre's relict in Croftnacassaig.

7th June 1752

18s Scots was given to Robert Fergusson to complete the foundling's board wages while in his custody. The foundling was settled the wife of William McMillan, but did not enter their house until 3rd June.

Charles Gow in Inverslanie gave 1s to the poor of the parish for his 3rd proclamation. (Charles Gow in Inverslanie and Ann McKenzie in Inverslanie, married 11th June 1752).

Testificate given to Christian Stewart, spouse to James Stewart, late in Balinuarain, and her two daughters who were removing out of the parish.

10th June 1752, Kirkton of Lude

Katharine Robertson in Cairnbaddie owned to guilt and pregnancy, and gave up Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie as father of her pregnancy. Charles Robertson admitted the guilt. (Donald Robertson born 21st June 1752)

(24th September 1752) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie made his first appearance before the Congregation for his relapse in fornication with Katharine Robertson in Cairnbaddie, was rebuked and ordered to reappear at Blair fourteen days next.

(8th October 1752) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie made his second appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Katharine Robertson in Cairnbaddie, and was rebuked.

(15th October 1752) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie made his third appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and absolved from censure.

(5th November 1752) Katharine Robertson in Riemoraik (Riemoraig) made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie, and was rebuked.

(26th November 1752) Katharine Robertson in Riemoraig made her second appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie, and was rebuked.

(17th December 1752) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie paid 9 Scots of his fine, on account, for his relapse in fornication with Katharine Robertson, his late servant.

(21st January 1753) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie paid the remainder of his fine. viz, 3 Scots.

14th June 1752

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson snr, James Robertson, jnr, John Robertson, Donald Calmanach, Thomas Calmanach, Alexander McGlashan Elders

Testificate given to Christian Stewart, spouse to John McPherson, in Bridgend of Tilt, who was going out of the parish with her children.

2 12s 10d Scots was lodged with Donald Robertson, the Treasurer.

28th June 1752

Margaret Murray, now in Tomgoulich (Moulin parish) was given 1s Sterling from the mortification of Finlay Stewart, late in Baluaine. (see 5th April 1752 to explain why this out of parish payment was made).

5th July 1752

Testificate given to Angus Robertson in Croftdou, who was removing out of the parish with his wife and family.

It was appointed that Wednesday 8th July would be a Fast Day before the Sacraments, and that Monday 13th July would be Sacraments and Thanksgiving Day.

19th July 1752

Janet Mannich in Trinafour made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with Angus Stewart, there, and was rebuked. (This relates to 12th November 1749)

Testificate given to Elspeth Stewart in Ardkincael, who left the parish at Martinmass 1751.

Testificate given to Janet Stewart in Ardkincael, who left the parish at Martinmass 1749.

Testificate given to Christian Stewart, the youngest in Ardkincael, who left the parish at Martinmass 1748.

Testificate given to Janet Moon in Riechapel, who left the parish at Whitsunday 1752.

Testificate given to Katharine Moon in Blairuachdar, who left the parish at Martinmass 1749.

Testificate given to Alexander McKenzie (in Wester Craggan) and Ann Robertson, his wife, who removed this present month

2nd August 1752

Elspeth Kennedy in Bochonie made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication, as she alleged, with Alexander Robertson, son to Robert Robertson in Milntown of Invervack, and was rebuked. Her father (Malcolm Kennedy) and brother gave in their conjunct bill of 5 Scots for her fine and she was dismissed. (This dates back to 21st April 1746).

9th August 1752

The Session paid the Session Clerk's wages from September 1750 to September 1751, the Kirk Officer's wages from Candlemass 1751 to Candlemass 1752, and all other demands. The Minister was reimbursed the 2s Sterling given to Donald McFarlane in Calvine. Alexander McGlashan in Bohespic was repaid the 1s Sterling he gave, by the Session's order, to Robert Robertson, a poor man in Bohespic. Alexander Robertson in Kirkton of Struan was re-paid the 6d he gave, by the Session's order, to Alexander McDougal, a poor man there, and the Session gave an odd farthing to the said poor man in addition. So what was paid in behoof of those two men took up the day's collection.

Testificates were given to William Robertson and Duncan Robertson, sons to Alexander Robertson in Levaish (Levadge), who removed out of the parish: Duncan Robertson at Martinmass 1750 and William Robertson at Whitsunday 1752.

After distributing two guineas, Her Grace's charity to the poor, and paying the said persons, 13 2s 2d was lodged with George Ritchie.

Nota: Archibald McBeath in Dalness and Angus McIlchynich in Strathchromichdan in Laggan gave 1s Sterling each, to the poor, for their third proclamations.

16th August 1752

John Stewart in Seanbhaile and his son were paid 2 4s Scots for seating the west loft of Blair (church) for 2 days at 11s Scots per day each, and Donald McFarlane in Calvine was paid 1 2s Scots for working alongside them for 2 days at said loft. Donald McColman in Auchinruie was paid for 30 fire backs (bench backs made of fir wood?) at 1d each and 8d for carriage of each load of 5 loads. In whole 3 10s Scots. (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan was paid 16s Scots for 6 fire backs, and carriage and postage (upright posts for the backs). The rest of a half guinea viz 2 Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

(17th September 1752) John Stewart in Seanbhaile and his son were paid 1 5s Scots for finishing the loft.

4s Sterling was given to William McMillan in Ard Kincael for clothes for the foundling, and 1s Sterling was given to John Ritchie in Kincraigie for going to Tulliemet with a poor woman upon his horse.

30th August 1752

After distributing 36s Sterling of the Duchess's charity, 3 11s 7d was lodged with Donald Robertson (the Struan Treasurer).

24th September 1752

Charles Stewart in Glaicneid appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Katharine McKay and was rebuked. Having paid his, and his party's, fine modified by the Session to 8 Scots by reason that the guilt was not committed in Blair Atholl parish, he was dismissed and got up his bill (i.e. his IOU was returned to him).

Robert Robertson merchant in Blair received 2 12s for payment of 700 double plension at 8s per 100.

1st October 1752

The Minister acquainted the Session that he agreed with Neill Robertson in Bohespic, for his bill of 30 Scots due since Martinmass 1744, for his trilapse in fornication, quitting him the annual interest and expenses of plea, in return for giving a conjunct bill with Alexander Mackintosh, miller in Bruar, of 15 Scots payable Martinmass first and another bill of 15 Scots payable Martinmass 1753. the Session unanimously agreed to this. 11s 5d was lodged with Donald McColman. (There is no mention of the original censure in the Session minutes, but probably relates to the illegitimate daughter, Janet, of Neill Robertson in Dalno of Bohespic and Christian (surname not given) in Mullinavaddie, parish of Fortingall, baptised 18th January 1739).

(3rd March 1754) The Session gave out 18s Scots for protesting the bill of Neill Robertson in Bohespic.

(10th March 1754) The Minister reported that he had paid 2s Sterling for registrating the bill of Neill Robertson in Bohespic.

(31st March 1754) The Minister reported that Neill Robertson in Bohespic had paid 20s Sterling in part payment of his bill.

(9th March 1755) Neill Robertson in Dalno of Bohespic paid 6s Sterling, being the remainder of his bill, which was given to the Kirk Officer in part payment of his wages.

8th October 1752

Isobel Robertson, servant woman to Robert Mackintosh in Balintoul, was delated to be with child, and was summoned Sabbath next.

(15th October 1752) Isobel Robertson, servant woman to Robert Mackintosh in Balintoul, appeared before the Session, owned guilt and gave up Neill Stewart, servant to said Robert Mackintosh, as father. He voluntarily appeared and owned her accusation and was ordered to make his first appearance before the Congregation in 14 days time.

(5th November 1752) Neill Stewart, in Balintoul made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Isobel Robertson, there. He gave in a bill for 10 Scots payable 28th current for his and his party's fines.

(19th November 1752) Neill Stewart, in Balintoul made his second appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and absolved of censure.

(10th December 1752) Neill Stewart, in Balintoul, paid his fine for his antenuptial fornication with Isobel Robertson, which was modified to 3 by reason of his poverty.

15th October 1752

The Minister, going to the Provincial Synod of Perth and Stirling, held at Stirling on October 17th, told that the Synod Clerk owed them a crown from October 1751 to that time, and 3s Stirling was owed by the Presbytery Clerk from time foresaid, both of which was given to the Minister by the Synod Treasurer.

22nd October 1752

The Minister presented the Synod and Presbytery Clerks discharges for October 1751 to October 1752.

The Minister enjoined the Session to use their endeavours to provide timber, in order to repair the bridge at Struan.

(12th November 1752) The Session paid Charles Robertson in Achinruie, 3s Sterling for a joist for the bridge at Struan, and ordered the speedy reparation of the bridge.

(3rd December 1752) The Session paid Charles Robertson in Achinruie, 3s Sterling for two joists, and paid John Stewart in Pitagowan, 1 10s Scots for another.

29th October 1752

The Minister had been informed of a notorious riot and breach of the Sabbath, committed in Strathgroy and Clune, and had caused summons for: George Seaton, servant to Neil Mackglashan in Clune-beg; Donald Stewart, his shepherd; James Cook and Donald Stewart, servants to John Robertson in Balinluig (of Strathgroy); and Duncan Robertson, servant to Donald Stewart, there. The above persons were called and interrogated as to how the riot had happened.

Donald Stewart, servant to John Robertson, owned that when Donald Stewart, shepherd to Neil Mackglashan, was turning horses belonging to Neil Mackglashan, his master, off the grass belonging to John Robertson, he had taken the said Donald Stewart, servant to Neil Mackglashan, by the breast and shaken him, and that upon his getting provoking language from him, they began to wrestle and both had fallen to the ground.

James Cook owned that when he was forcibly driving away his master's horses from Neil Mackglashan's grass, he threw a stone which he had intended to strike upon one of the horses, but it had accidentally lighted upon the said George Seaton's head and bled. Upon this George Seaton owned that being hurt to the effusion of his blood, in a passion, he had struck the said James Cook, once, upon his back with a with a staff he had in his hand.

The Session took the matter to an avisandum, and all concerned were ordered to reappear before the Session, Sabbath next.

(5th November 1752) George Seaton amd Donald Stewart, servants to Neil Mackglashan in Clune-beg, and James Cook and Donald Stewart, servants to John Robertson in Balinluig, and Duncan Robertson, there, all appeared before the Session.

Verdict: Donald Stewart, servant to John Robertson in Balinluig was found guilty of breach of the Sabbath, by wrestling with Donald Stewart, servant to Neil Mackglashan, while doing his duty to his master by keeping his grass from the horses of Ballinluig. His fine was modified from 5 to 4. James Cook was fined for striking George Seaton with a stone to the effusion of blood. The fine was modified to 8 as he had been trying to do his duty to his master. George Seaton, as he had a breaking of his head and he had been trying to do his duty to his master, was given a Sessional rebuke.

(7th January 1753) James Cook and Donald Stewart, servants to John Robertson in Balinluig paid their fines for breach of the Sabbath.

A testificate was given to Donald Reid in Margdou of Clune, and his family, who were leaving the parish.

19th Novenber 1752

A testificate was given to James Stewart, one of the Duke of Atholl's servants, at Atholl House.

6 7s 11d was lodged with George Ritchie.

26th November 1752

Testificates were given to: Robert and John Robertsons, servants to His Grace at Atholl House; Thomas Litch, journeyman gardener there; Elspeth McGlashan, servant lass to His Grace at Atholl House; and Charles Robertson, younger, in Easter Monzie.

An attestation from three Borenich tenants was given in favour of John McLauchlan in Grennich, who was making a claim or title to the effects of one John McLauchlan, who was born in Borenich and died at Bridge of Earn, or near it, with whom the foresaid tenants were acquainted.

The Minister, considering the pitiful case of Elspeth Stewart in Levaish (Levadge), eaten up with the cancer, intimated to the Congregation that she would be given the collection in 14 days time.

3rd December 1752

Alexander Stewart in Loinvoir (Loin Mhor, Fortingall parish?), late in Port-an-eilean paid 3 more of his fine of fornication, of which the Kirk Officer received 6d for summoning (it must have been a long-standing debt), and a receipt was given to said Alexander Stewart, stating that he had paid 13s 6s Sterling in whole, as his bill was not in readiness to be produced.

28s Sterling was given to the poor.

Ann Robertson, servant woman to Auchleeks, a relapse, was delated to be with child and was summoned.

(24th December 1752) Ann Robertson in Auchleeks appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up John Robertson, tailor in Ard Trinafour as father to it. John Robertson was summoned.

(14th January 1753) John Robertson in Ard Trinafour appeared before the Session and owned guilt with Ann Robertson in Auchleeks, and acknowledged himself father to her pregnancy, and gave in his bill of 10 for both their fines and appearances, payable ten days after date.

(18th March 1753) John Robertson in Ard Trinafour made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Ann Robertson in Auchleeks, and was rebuked.

(1st April 1753) John Robertson in Ard Trinafour made his second appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed. The said John Robertson, desired his child to be baptised and his brother Patrick Robertson in Trinafour became cautioner to the Session for him, under penalty of 10 Scots. Patrick Robertson in Auchdrumnahuagie, the said Ann Robertson's brother became cautioner to the Session for her, with like penalty.

(2nd December 1753) John Robertson in Tomcraggach gave a joist for the bridge of Struan, valued at 14s Scots, which the Session took to account in so much as his fine of fornication with Ann Robertson in Auchleeks.

(22nd December 1754) John Robertson in Tomcraggach paid 2 10s Scots as the remainder of his fine for his fine of fornication with Ann Robertson in Auchleeks, and got up his bill. The said Ann Robertson was answerable for her own fine. Patrick Robertson, her brother, had given his hand to the Minister as cautioner for her.

(16th November 1755) Ann Robertson in Auchdrumnahuagie paid her fine for her trilapse in fornication with John Robertson in Tomcraggach, modified by the Session to 10 12s Scots, which was given to the poor of the parish.

(8th February 1756) Ann Robertson trilapse in Balnafeid appeared and declared her willingness to enter upon public satisfaction for the scandal she had given the Session. Considering that she could not, by the rules of the church, be admitted to satisfaction until the Session had received the Presbytery's approval, the whole matter was referred to the Presbytery of Dunkeld.

Testificates were given to: Donald Robertson in Achleanie; Isobel Robertson in Kirkton of Struan; Grissel McDougal in Kirkton of Struan; and Isobel Robertson, alias Gruagich in Kirkton of Struan; and Donald Stewart in Dalclachaig, all removing out of the parish at the present term.

10th December 1752, at Blair

The Session took a list of the poor at that end of the parish.

17th December 1752

Testificate was given to Margaret Stewart in Kilmaveonaig, who was going out of the parish.

John Robertson in Levadge gave 1s Sterling for his third proclamation. (This doesn't seem to appear in the OPR of marriages)

The Minister gave 1s Sterling of the legacy of Finlay Stewart, late in Baluaine, to Margaret Murray in Tomgoulich, late in Balinuarain

24th December 1752

Testificate was given to John Fergusson journeyman smith in Blair, who had resided for seven years in the parish.

Nota: The day's colection of 3 3s 5d Scots was given to John McLean, a poor man in Dalinturuaine.

31st December 1752

Katharine Stewart in Balintoul was delated to be with child, was summoned but did not appear (see also 4th February 1753).

(7th January 1753) Katharine Stewart in Balintoul appeared before the Session, owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up John Gow jnr. in Balinuarain as father to her child. He was summoned.

(21st January 1753) John Gow jnr. in Balinuarain appeared and owned himself father to Katharine Stewart's pregnancy.

(18th November 1753) John Gow jnr. in Balinuarain appeared for his incest committed with Katharine Stewart in Balintoul (having run away with her, out of the parish), confessed the heinous guilt, was seriously dealt with for lying about his sin before, and was exhorted to repentance and ordered to appear at the next Session meeting, to consider which way to deal with him - as a fornicator or as an incestuous person.

(25th November 1753) John Gow jnr. in Balinuarain was told to appear before the Presbytery of Dunkeld, meeting at Dunkeld the first Tuesday of December next.

(9th December 1753) John Gow jnr. in Balinuarain appeared before the Session. The Minister reported that the Presbytery of Dunkeld had sent him back to the Session and considered his sin more heinous than adultery, but they desired the said John Gow to wait on the Minister several times, and the Minister to report his way of behaviour: if he was heartily sorry for his offence or sensible of the heinousness of his sin.

Testificate was given to Robert Robertson, alias Clarsair, in Easter Craggan, who left the parish at Martinmass 1749.

The Session, considering the circumstances of Alexander McGlashan and his poor family in Balintuim, allowed them 15 Scots from the fine of Neil Robertson in Bohespic.

The day's collection of 3 15s 9d Scots was given to the protestants of Pensilvania (sic).

7th January 1753

William Robertson in Levadge gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his third proclamation (of marriage to Elspeth Campbell in Tighnaird), of which 10 merks was given to William McMillan in Ard Kincael for a quarter of the foundlings board wages from 3rd June to 14th September last, and 1s Sterling was given to the Kirk Officer for summoning, while the rest was disposed of, as per the list of distribution.

14th January 1753

The Session gave 2s Sterling in cash and 1 Scots annual interest, owed them by Alexander Robertson in Mains of Blairfettie, to John Robertson in Trinafour, to defray some of the funeral charges of Margaret Mannich in Blairfettie, who died lately and had nothing for her burial.

After distributing a part to the greatest objects (of pity), and Donald Robertson, late Treasurer, having cleared his accounts of what was lodged in his hands, 3 5s 6d Scots was lodged with Duncan Robertson in Calvine, the new Treasurer.

21st January 1753

Duncan Kennedy in Glengarry in the North was summoned for keeping undecent company, as man and wife, with Elspeth Kennedy in Bochonie, and she was also summoned as well as Malcolm Kennedy, her father, for allowing them to cohabit together in his house, he, the said Duncan Kennedy, being a married man having divorced from or foresaken his own wife, residing with the said Elspeth Kennedy openly and shamelessly in downright adultery.

A testificate was given to Margaret Robertson in Kilmaveonaig who had left the parish at Martinmass, last.

4th February 1753

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson, John Robertson, Thomas Calmanach, Elders, with Duncan Robertson and Donald Cameron, Sessioners.

A crown from (Alexander Stewart, 6th of) Tulloch's annual interest, due Martinmass last, was used to defray the funeral charges for Katharine Fowl.

There was a report that Alexander Gow, now in Kilmaveonaig, and Katharine Stewart in Balintoul had undecent intimacy last year, or thereabouts and, seeing that she was pregnant to John Gow his brother, who admitted it and intended to marry the said Katharine Stewart, their proclamation was stopped until the Session could examine the behaviour of the said Alexander Gow (see also 31st December 1752).

The Kirk Officer was ordered to summons Robert MackIntosh in Balintoul, Janet Stewart his wife, and Janet Robertson in Achinruie, to appear before the Session and declare upon oath what they had seen or heard anent the behaviour and undecent intimacy of Alexander Gow and Katharine Stewart. Also the said Alexander Gow and Katharine Stewart were summoned.

(11th February 1753) Alexander Gow, in Kilmaveonaig, appeared before the Session and owned himself guilty of uncleanness with Katharine Stewart, in Balintoul, pregnant to John Gow, his brother.

(18th February 1753) Katharine Stewart in Balintoul was summoned but did not appear.

(4th March 1753) Alexander Gow, in Kilmaveonaig, appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Katharine Stewart in Balintoul, was rebuked and dismissed. He desired to attend the Session meeting at Blair in order to see and hear how he found himself (concerning the) foresaid guilt (of his brother and Katharine Stewart), if the Session thought it proper.

(18th March 1753) Katharine Stewart in Balintoul was summoned for the third time.

(25th March 1753) Katharine Stewart and Alexander Gow were summoned but did not appear.

(8th April 1753) Alexander Gow in Kilmaveonaig appeared before the Session and owned guilt with Katharine Stewart, late in Balintoul. The Session, by reason of his voluntary confession modified his fine to 2 10s scots, payable per bill at Whitsunday next. He was rebuked and dismissed. (this seems to be a partial repeat of previous minutes)

(10th June 1753) Alexander Gow in Kilmaveonaig paid his fine, modified by the Session to 2 10s Scots, for his fornication with Katharine Stewart, in Balintoul, and got up his bills (see 2nd March 1755).

11th February 1753

A precept (warrant) was drawn in favour of Neill Stewart in Calvine, upon Neill Kennedy in Croftvickewan, for 3s Sterling as the interest on 3 Sterling due to the Session at Martinmass last, and upon George Moon in Blairuachdar for 2s 8d Sterling, as two years interest on a principal sum of 16 Scots, due from Martinmass 1750 to Martinmass 1752.

The Treasurer, George Ritchie was instructed to give the Session Clerk 2s Sterling of what lodged in his hands which, with the other 2s Sterling consignments viz, Janet McGrigore in Kilmaveonaig (to Duncan Robertson in Riechippe, Caputh parish, 28th December 1752) and Janet Mannich in Riechaile (to Alexander Stewart in Wester Invervack, 18th December 1752) - both marriage retractions, cleared his wages.

18th February 1753

A testificate was given to John Robertson, merchant in Kindrochit, and his wife and family, who were leaving the parish.

A testificate was given to Elspeth Fergusson in Clunes who left the parish half a year before.

25th February 1753

No Session as the Minister was visiting and waiting on his distressed father, (Alexander Stewart, 2nd of) Strathgarry.

4th March 1753

A precept was drawn in favour of Patrick Robertson in Croftcarnach (of Borenich) and Isobel Calmanach (McColman) in Balnaloin (later called Miltown) of Borenich, upon John Stewart of Bonskeid for 5 merks Scots, being a year's interest on the principal sum of 100 merks Scots, due by him to the Session from Martinmass 1751 to Martinmass 1752, to be equally divided betwixt them.

A testificate was given to Janet McIntosh, born sometime in Nether Drumnacrich, who had lived in the parish until Martinmass 1749.

18th March 1753

A testificate was given to Duncan Robertson, alias French in Kindrochit who was going out of the parish.

1st April 1753

The Session allowed the pounds Scots interest due to them at Martinmass last to be given to Donald McFarlane in Calvine.

8th April 1753

A testificate was given to Donald Stewart, sometime tailor in Blairuachdar, who left the parish at Candlemass 1741.

A testificate was given to Donald MackGlashan and Margaret Stewart, his wife, in Aldclune for the time that they had lived in the parish.

The Minister produced the Presbytery Officer's discharge for 1s Sterling, which he had advanced and for which he was reimbursed, using the 1s Sterling paid by John Stewart in Shinigaig-more for his 3rd proclamation. (John Stewart in Shinigaig-more and Janet Small in Tarvie, Moulin parish, married 15th March 1753)

15th April 1753

A testificate was given to Aemily Robertson, daughter to Alexander Robertson, late in Cuiltmhuic (Cuiltvuick), who left the parish at Lammas last, 1752.

The Minister gave 1s Sterling of Finlay Stewart's legacy to Margaret Murray in Tomgoulich.

3 19s 9d was lodged with George Richie.

22nd April 1753

A crown from (Alexander Stewart, 6th of) Tulloch's annual interest, due Martinmass last, was used to defray the funeral charges for Katharine Fowl (a repeat).

6th May 1753

The Minister gave 1s Sterling from the legacy of Finlay Stewart in Baluaine, to Margaret Murray in Tomgoulich. (a repeat?)

13th May 1753

Donald McDonald in Dalnamine appeared before the Session and had his fine for his trilapse antenuptial fornication modified to 10 Scots payable by the next Session meeting at Struan and, if he failed to pay, would be pursued for the whole content of his bill (this dates back to 10th March 1745 and also 12th March 1749).

(2nd December 1753) Donald McDonald in Dalnamine, a trilapse, paid his fine for his antenuptial fornication with Christian Duff, his wife, modified to 9 18s Scots and got up his bill. (They married 23rd February 1748).

20th May 1753

The Session ordered George Ritchie, their Treasurer, to pay William McMillan in Ardkincael, to account, 9 Scots for the foundling's board wages from 3rd June 1752.

Some of the Day's collection was given to the most indigent (needy).

27th May 1753

Mr James Campbell, Minister of Dull parish, preached at Blair.

3rd June 1753

Mr Alexander Campbell, Minister of Weem parish, preached at Blair.

The Day's collection of 2 16s 11d Scots, by appointment, was given to John McLean in Dalinturuaine.

10th June 1753

The Kirk Officer was given 5 Scots which cleared his wages before Candlemass last.

Testificates were given to:
Lauchlan McLauchlan in Dalginross, who left the parish at Martinmass 1749;
John Cameron in Cailbruar, and his wife and four children who were going out of the parish;
Alexander McGlashan in Cuiltalosgin-beg, and his wife who were going out of the parish.

17th June 1753

William McMillan, now in Calvine, received 11 Scots which, with what was given him before, cleared him from 3rd June 1752 to 15th June 1753, amounting to 40 merks Scots, being a year's board wages for the foundling.

Thomas McKenzie of Rinancoillach, paid in to account 8 6s 8d Scots as bygone interest, due by him per bill to the Session, of the principal sum of 50 merks Scots mortified by Thomas McKenzie, his grandfather, to the poor of the parish of Blair Athole.

After distributing to the most indigent (needy), 6 17s 5d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

A testificate was given to Elspeth McIntosh, daughter to Neill McIntosh in Balintoul.

24th June 1753

Mr James Robertson's relict (widow) in Pittenacie discharged the Session for 5 merks of the late Niel Robertson of Bohespic's mortification of 400 merks to the poor, being part of the said annual rent (interest) due at Martinmass 1752. (see 8th December 1751)

3 15s 3d Scots was lodged with Duncan Robertson.

1st July 1753

2 10s Scots was distributed to the poor.

3 5s 2d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie which, with the 3 16s Scots lent to the Session Clerk (as a fund for clearing off the charity which the Duke appoints to be given weekly to the poor of the parish, until he gives in a list of what he gives out, and then the Duke advances in cash), amounts to 7 11s 8d Scots.

8th July 1753

The Session gave 2s Sterling in order to help to buy dead clothes for John Robertson in Auchinruie.

After distributing to other poor persons, 7 13s 3d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

22nd July 1753

After distributing so much of the Duchess's charity amongst the greatest object (of pity), and giving 16s Scots for a coffin for John Robertson in Auchinruie, 4 1s 6d Scots was lodged with Duncan Robertson, Treasurer.

29th July 1753

Nothing of moment came before the Session.

12th August 1753

After distributing to several object (of pity), it was proposed to repair the east loft and have it ready by the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which was to be celebrated on Sunday, fourteen days time.

19th August 1753

The Minister and Elders were given tokens to be given to the Communicants.

23rd August 1753 (The Fast Day)

A testificate was given to Patrick Robertson at Bridgend of Struan.

2nd September 1753

The Minister paid Donald Cameron in Cuiltalosgin 5 14s Scots for timber for the east loft of Blair church, and board or diet to the wrights during the work.

24 19s 5d Scots was given out to the poor of the parish.

A testificate was given to John Robertson in Carrick.

The Session agreed with Neill McIntosh in Pitagowan, for a half year's board wage for an orphan, Janet Forbes, for 10 Scots, and gave him 3 Scots in part payment of said board wage, beginning at August 2nd, last.

2s Sterling was lent to Donald McFarlane in Calvine, in the name of the Session.

9th September 1753

Margaret Robertson, then in Kirkton of Struan, paid her fine for retracting from marriage (1st March 1751) with Duncan Robertson jnr. in Crombruach, modified to 3 Scots, and got the Session Clerk's receipt since her bill was not in his custody at the time.

Elspeth McDonald, an unmarried woman in Dalnamine, was delated to be with child and was summoned to appear Sabbath next.

(16th September 1753) James Stewart, younger, in Dalnamine had written a line to the Minister which was read to the Session, wherein he owned himself father to Elspeth McDonald's pregnancy.

(30th September 1753) The Session ordered Elspeth McDonald in Dalnamine to be summoned so that she could give up openly, the father of her pregnancy.

(7th October 1753) Elspeth McDonald in Dalnamine appeared before the Session, owned guilt and pregnancy and gave up James Stewart, younger, in Dalnamine as father to it.

(2nd December 1753) James Stewart, younger, in Dalnamine paid 8 Scots for his own fine and gave in his bill of 5 Scots, payable 6th February next, for the fine of his party, Elspeth McDonald.

(13th January 1754) James Stewart, younger, in Dalnamine made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Elspeth McDonald, there, was rebuked and dismissed.

(3rd February 1754) Elspeth McDonald in Dalnamine made her first appearance for her fornication with James Stewart, younger,, there, and was rebuked.

(10th February 1754) Elspeth McDonald in Dalnamine made her second appearance for her fornication with James Stewart, in said town, and was rebuked.

(24th February 1754) Elspeth McDonald in Dalnamine made her third appearance for her fornication with James Stewart, there, was rebuked and dismissed.

4 1s 3d Scots was distributed to the greatest objects (of pity), of which the Minister advanced 1s Sterling, and the Session Clerk 2s Sterling, on account.

The Minister was repaid the 2s Sterling which he had given to Donald McFarlane in Calvine, for his workmanship on account, from the money which had lodged in the hands of Donald Robertson, late Treasurer, since Fast Day, last.

16th September 1753

The Session Clerk paid in the crown which had been in his hands since Sabbath last at Struan.

William McMillan in Calvine was given 1s Sterling for the foundlings clothes, which he furnished him with, winter last. With what he received before, making a total of 3 Scots.

12 2s Scots was lodged with George Ritchie.

23rd September 1753

Jean Hackwith, His Grace's dairymaid in Atholl House, being delated to be with child was summoned but appeared not.

(24th September 1753) Jean Hackwith appeared before the Session, owned guilt and pregnancy and gave up John Ramsay, one of His Grace's servant lads in Atholl House, as father to her pregnancy. The said John Ramsay voluntarily appeared, owned her accusation and confessed himself father to her pregnancy. Both were severely exhorted to repentance.

(30th September 1753) John Ramsay, servant to His Grace at Atholl House, made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Jean Hackwith, and was rebuked. The Session delayed the appearance of Jean Hackwith for 14 days since they were designed to marry (2nd November 1753).

(14th October 1753) Jean Hackwith in Atholl House appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Ramsay, was rebuked and, by reason of their being booked in order to marriage, was dismissed. The said John Ramsay paid their fines, modified to the Session to 5 Scots.

(18th November 1753) A testificate was given to John Ramsay and Jean Hackwith, his wife, who were removing out of the parish.

7th October 1753

Thomas Calmanach in Auchinruie was given 1 Scots as 2 days wages for working at the bridge of Struan.

John McGlashan in Invervack was given 1s Sterling as a help to buy dead clothes for a crippled daughter of his.

Margaret Murray in Tomgoulach was given 1s Sterling.

Angus Mannich in Riechaile paid 7s Sterling for Janet Mannich, his wife's retraction of marriage to Alexander Stewart in Wester Invervack (18th December 1752) which, with a shilling paid by him before, made 5 Scots lacking a groat, which the Session dropped and returned his bill. The Session Clerk gave him a note for producing it, as the bill was not in his custody.

A testificate was given to Donald McDougal in Kirkton of Struan who left the parish at about June last.

21st October 1753

A testificate was given to Patrick McGillivie in Blair who left the parish at February 1744.

11th November 1753

The Session, considering the poor people's case in the cold weather, desired their Officer summons some of their deliquents (non-payers) in the Commissary Court for their fines due to the Session per bill, in order to buy shoes for the most indigent.

The Minister presented the Synod and Presbytery Clerks' discharges to October last, amounting to 8s Sterling. The Session instructed the Treasurer of Blair to repay the Minister, who had advanced it, by Tuesday next.

18th November 1753

Testificates were given to:
Janet McLean in Kirkton of Lude;
Christian Cuthbert in Blair; and
Alexander Fleming in Atholl House, all of whom were removing out of the parish.

The Session paid 1 Scots to John McIntyre in Tomgoulich for two hundred half-double plensions for the east loft of Blair church. (a similar puchase was made for the church at Struan, 24th September 1752).

The Session paid Donald McFarlane in Calvine 2 12s Scots in wages for working 4 days at the bridge of Struan, and 1s Sterling for a joist for the bridge.

25th November 1753

A testificate was given to Duncan Stewart, son to John Stewart, late of Inverslanie, who was removing from the parish.

2nd December 1753

The Session paid 3 Scots on account to Duncan Stewart in Caltomb, for keeping school at Kirkton of Struan, for his encouragement.

The rest of the fines and the Day's collection, and the last Day's collection viz 12s Scots lodged with Donald Robertson in Calvine, were given to the poor.

Testificates were given to:

Ann McGlashan in Blairuachdar who had left the parish 9 years before;
John Shaw and Donald Shaw in Balnald of Clune. The said John Shaw left the parish at Martinmass 1742, and Donald Shaw was leaving at the present time;
Margaret McDonald in Blair who was about to leave the parish, and
John Robertson, a boy in Bohespic, who was just going off.

John Robertson in Tomcraggach gave a joist for the bridge of Struan, valued at 14s Scots, which the Session took to account in so much as his fine of fornication with Ann Robertson in Auchleeks (see 3rd December 1752).

9th December 1753

Testificates were given to:

Alexander Calmanach in Auchinruie;
Patrick Robertson;
Beatrice McLauchlane in Brae of Lude, and
Donald McIntyre, in Riemoraig, all going out of the parish.

Patrick Stewart, late in Easter Invervack, was decreated (released from) his fine and appearances at the Session insistance, being now dead. (This dates back to 19th February 1744, but being captured as a rebel during the '45, had been pardoned on condition that he enlisted in the British army). The Session, considering the poor condition of Patrick Stewart, his uncle, and family, in regards that his grandfather mortified 50 merks to the poor, unanimously agreed that the said decreet (warrant) be given him, in order to support his poor family this winter season.

John Robertson in Easter Balrobie paid 2 merks Scots, being a half-year's interest due from Whitsunday 1753 to Martinmass last, of a principal sum of 100 merks mortified by the deceased Isobel McLauchlane in Shinigaig-more, for the poor of the parish.

30th December 1753

James Kennedy in Park of Lude and Ann Robertson (in Kilmaveonaig), his wife, voluntarily appeared before the Session and owned that they were married persons, but had no lines to produce but had famous witnesses of their being married. Upon that, the Minister declared them married persons (recorded in the Blair Atholl OPR for 10th December 1753).

Margaret McLauchlane in Dalginross was delated to be with child and summoned Sabbath next.

(20th January 1754) Margaret McLauchlane in Dalginross was summoned Sabbath next at Blair.

(27th January 1754) John McLauchlane in Fascharie appeared and owned himself father to the pregnancy of Margaret McLauchlane in Dalginross. Since he appeared voluntarily the Session sustained it as his first appearance and he was rebuked Sessionally.

(3rd February 1754) John McLauchlane in Fascharie appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Margaret McLauchlane in Dalginross, was rebuked and dismissed.

(8th December 1754) John McLauchlane in Fascharie paid 10 Scots for his fornication with Margaret McLauchlane in Dalginross, being both their fines, and got up his bill (his IOU was returned to him).

John Robertson in Tomcraggach (the tailor?) gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his 3rd proclamation. (John Robertson in Tomcraggach and Janet Robertson in Dalchalloch, married 27th December 1753).

Alexander Gow in Balinuarain gave a 6d for his 3rd proclamation. (Alexander Gow in Balinuarain and Christian Robertson, servant to Lude, married 27th December 1753).

6th January 1754

Jannet McCollie in Dalnamine, delated to be with child, was summoned, appeared, owned guilt and pregnancy and gave up Donald Fergusson in Pitagowan as father to it. He voluntarily appeared and acknowledged himself father to her pregnancy. Both were rebuked and ordered to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next.

(13th January 1754) Donald Fergusson in Pitagowan and Jannet McCollie in Dalnamine made their first appearances before the Congregation and were rebuked. By reason that they were booked in order to marriage he was dismissed, but she was ordered to appear a second time as she was a relapse.

(22nd December 1754) Donald Fergusson in Dalnamine paid his fine, modified by the Kirk Session to 3 Scots, for his antenuptial fornication with Jannet McCollie, his wife, and got up his bill.

13th January 1754

After somewhat was given to the most indigent (needy), 1 3s Scots was lodged with Duncan Robertson.

27th January 1754

John Gow, son to Alexander Gow in Inverslanie, paid in 6 Scots in behoof of Ann Stewart, daughter to Donald Stewart in Achmark-beg, as the fine incurred by her retraction from Donald Forbes in Auchghoul. He, it was thought, was the occasion of her retraction, and William Stewart in Miltown of Kincraigie got up his bill (presumably her cautioner). The 6 Scots was lodged with the Session Clerk, in the absence of George Ritchie. (Donald Forbes in Auchghoul married Ann Stewart in Middle Blairuachdar, one month later, while Alexander Gow in Inverslanie married Ann Stewart in Achmark-beg, 31st June 1757).

10th February 1754

William McMillan in Calvine was given 11 4s Scots, on account, for the foundling's board wages.

17th February 1754

Isobel Robertson in Margagheat voluntarily appeared, owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up Donald Stewart, tailor in Margrochach of Invervack as father to it. He, the said Donald Stewart, voluntarily appeared and confessed himself father to her pregnancy. Both were rebuked Sessionally and ordered to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next, at Struan.

(24th February 1754) Donald Stewart in Margrochach and Isobel Robertson in Margagheat appeared for their fornication, the one with the other, were seriously exhorted and rebuked for their sin.

(17th March) Donald Stewart in Margrochach paid his fine for his antenuptial fornication with Isobel Robertson, his wife, modified to 3 Scots. (married 26th March 1754)

The Kirk Officer was given 4 Scots on account in part payment of his wages.

Somewhat was distributed to the greatest objects (of pity).

3rd March 1754

The Session Clerk paid in 15 Scots, of which Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar gave a bill for 9 Scots, payable 6 weeks after date.

(26th May 1754) Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar paid the 9 Scots, given him in loan per bill, and had his paid bill returned to him.

10th March 1754

A testificate was given to John McLauchlane and Alexander McLauchlane in Wester Monzie.

17th March 1754

(Alexander Stewart, 6th of) Tulloch's annual interest, being 4 Scots, due Martinmass last, was divided amongst the following objects (of pity):

Alexander McDonald in Blairbuie, 1 10s;
Finlay McCrosty in Port-an-eilean, 1 5s;
Isobel Calmanach in (Balinloin of) Borenich, 1 5s;

James Mannich in Blairfettie was given 1 4s Scots for a joist for the bridge at Struan. Donald Calmanach in Auchinruie was given 15s Scots for another joist, and 8s Scots for nails for the bridge. Donald Cameron in Cuiltalosgin was given 1 1s Scots for a dozen backs for covering the bridge.

Duncan Robertson in his sickbed in Dalriach of Glengarry was given 8s Scots (as charity), and Elspeth Mackintosh in Kirkton of Struan was given 8s Scots.

24th March 1754

The timber bridge of Glentilt was communed upon before the Session, who condescended to give 40 Scots out of their funds to assist them, but delayed until Sabbath next, so that the tennants and others of that glen could settle their quotas (of the final cost).

31st March 1754

Alexander Mackglashan in Balintuim was given 3 Scots (as charity), and a poor woman (un-named) was given 1s Sterling.

The Kirk Officer was given 4 Scots, which cleared his wages preceeding Candlemass last.

Testificates were given to:
Alexander Gow, a pedlar, sometimes in Wester Invervack, who was 3 years service in the low country;
Alexander Mannich in Dalnamine, who was about to remove out of the parish.

14th April 1754

Alexander Frazer in Calvine and Alexander Robertson in Tomcraggach each gave in 1s Sterling to the poor for their 3rd proclamations (Alexander Frazer in Calvine and Margaret Frazer in Miltown of Bruar, married 26th March 1754. Alexander Robertson in Tomcraggach and Janet McLean in Trinafour, married 11th April 1754)

The Minister was reimbursed for 1s Sterling that he had paid to the Presbytery Officer as salary from March 1753 to March last, 1754, and presented his receipt.

A testificate was given to Alexander Graham in Invertilt, who was about to remove out of the parish.

13 15s 8d Scots was lodged with George Ritchie, of which there was 6 Scots of Drumquhance's money.

28th April 1754

Duncan Stewart teacher at Kirkton of Struan was given half a crown, on account, for his encouragement.

5th May 1754

Beatrice Grant in Kirkton of Struan was delated to be with child and summoned.

(12th May 1754) Beatrice Grant in Kirkton of Struan appeared, owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up Donald Stewart, younger of Shierglas as father of it. The Session requested the Minister to write to Mr Campbell, minister of Dull, of her confession since the guilt was committed in his parish.

Donald Cumming in Auchtarsin gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his 3rd proclamation. (Donald Cumming in Auchtarsin, Fortingall parish, and Margaret Robertson in Dalriach of Bohespic, married 30th April 1754)

12th May 1754

William McMillan was cleared of three-quarters of his board wages for the foundling. The said William McMillan allowed merk to the Session, of what he charged them for the foundling's clothes, being satisfied with the crown he got for that use.

19th May 1754

The Session gave a precept (warrant) to John McGregor, schoolmaster in Dalnamine, drawn upon Donald Gow in Tomicaldonich, of 3s Sterling, in part payment of his fine of fornication, supplying the failure of the tenants of Dalinturuaine to the said schoolmaster on the cost laid upon that glen for his encouragement, until he recovered it from them. (There had always been a problem with the Dalinturuaine tenants who claimed that, as Dalinturuaine had originally been a summer shieling, they were exempt from paying stipends for the minister and schoolmaster. But, as Dalinturuaine was now a permanent 'town' the tenants were deemed liable)

Testificates were given to:
Patrick McLaren, schoolmaster in Glenerrochty, during his officiating in the parish;
James McIntosh in Kindrochit who was about the leave the parish;
Janet Robertson, daughter to Mr James Robertson in Pittanicie, who left the parish at Martinmass 1752.

The Minister told the Session the Alexander Cameron, the Kirk Officer, was waxing tender and not able to officiate and was willing to demit office. The Minister desired the Session to see about an honest person to succeed (as Kirk Officer) and report back to him by Sabbath next.

26th May 1754

A testificate was given to Janet Stewart, daughter to the late John Stewart in Ardkincael, who left the parish at Martinmass 1741.

Alexander Robertson in Pitaldonich gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his 3rd proclamation. (Alexander Robertson in Ard Pitaldonich and Katharine Robertson in Easter Invervack, married 14th May 1754).

2 17s 11d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

2nd June 1754

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, John Cowan, John Robertson, George Richie, John McLauchlane, Elders.

A testificate was given to John McGregore, during his officiating as schoolmaster in Glengarry.

18s Scots was given to John Forbes, sometimes Charity schoolmaster in Grandtully, by the Presbytery's recommendation, as an old man and an object (of charity).

2 1s 6d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

9th June 1754

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine, James Robertson, John Robertson, Duncan Robertson, Thomas Calmanach, Donald Cameron, Elders.

Testificates were given to John McGlashan, alias Arich in Pitagowan, and Donald Cameron in Cuiltalosgin, both poor old men, for going through the parish as objects of charity.

A testificate was given to Bettie Rattray, a young lass in Blair, who was going to the Low Country for service.

16th June 1754

The Minister told the session that he designed to celebrate the Sacraments of the Lord's Supper in the coming summer and asked their advice of what date to fix upon. They, in one voice, fixed upon the Sabbath five weeks time, being the 21st July.

23rd June - 21st July 1754

(There were no Session meetings during this period, with 18th July being a Fast Day and 20th July being a Peparation Day. Collections were lodged on each Sabbath Day as well as the Fast and Preparation Days)

22nd July 1754

30 1s 9d Scots came from the collections of the four days.

1s Sterling was given to the poor by Alexander Robertson in Pitagowan for his 3rd proclamation. (Alexander Robertson in Pitagowan and Margaret Mannich in Kinaldy, married 15th July 1754). The 1s Sterling was given to John Forbes in Grandtully.

Duncan Stewart in Caltomb was given 14s Sterling which, with the half guinea he was given at Struan, made up the 15 Scots as promised by the Minister and Session as encouragement for keeping school at Struan from Hallowmass last to 1st May last.

21 7s 9d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

28th July 1754

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine, Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, Duncan Robertson, Donald Calmanach. Thomas Calmanach, Donald Cameron, Alexander McGlashan, Elders.

A testificate was given to Isobel Robertson, daughter to John Robertson in Calvine, who left the parish at Martinmass 1751.

1 11s 10d Scots was lodged with Duncan Robertson.

4th August 1754

James McLauchlane in Dalginross voluntarily appeared and acknowledged that upon 18th July last, while loading the Duke of Atholl's peats, unjustly defamed and slandered Fergus Fergusson in Little Lude by several times calling him a thief. That he now owned that he had no grounds for calling him so, and that he believed him to be of a good, fair character, and was very sorry that he should have had the misfortune to have utter anything so prejudicial to the said Fergus Fergusson. The Session enquired if the said Fergus Fergusson was satisfied with said acknowledgement, and he said that he was. The Session, having taken the matter into consideration, ordered the same to be recorded and extracts thereof to be given when demanded.

11th August 1754

The Minister enquired whether the people of Glentilt were fully resolved to build the wooden bridge over the Tilt as they several times had alleged, and they answered not. (As a consequence) the Minister proposed to make up the loft at Struan and to set all the pews upon the parishioners for so much yearly, with the interest on the money being paid to the poor. Thus the money for Glentilt would be employed for said use in payment of the charges. The Session consented to the proposal and the Minister would intimate, Sabbath next, a meeting of the Heritors of Struan parish, to meet upon a weekday thereafter to concert with them about the same.

18th August 1754

Margaret Campbell, late servant woman to Robert Robertson in Miltown of Invervack, voluntarily appeared before the Session and owned guilt and pregnancy and gave up Donald Robertson, servant to the said Robert Robertson as father to it. Donald Robertson voluntarily appeared and acknowledged himself father to her pregnancy. Both were ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(25th August 1754) Donald Robertson in Miltown of Invervack made his first appearance before the congregation for his fornication with Margaret Campbell, late servant there, and was rebuked.

(8th September 1754) Donald Robertson servant to Robert Robertson in Miltown of Invervack made his second appearance for his fornication with Margaret Campbell was rebuked, gave in a conjunct bill with Alexander Robertson in Pitagowan of 10 Scots, payable at Martinmass next for both their fines, and was dismissed. (This may be his father).

(15th December 1754) Donald Robertson in Miltown of Invervack paid 5 Scots to account for his fornication with Margaret Campbell, there, which was marked upon the back of his bill.

25th August 1754

A testificate was given to Alexander McDonald in Grennich, who spent the summers of 1745 and 1746 in the Low Country.

A testificate was given to Donald McDonald in Grennich, who served for 5 years in the Low Country. Martinmass 1743 to Martinmass 1748(?).

8th September 1754

9 Scots was given to Alexander Stewart, wright in Blairuachdar, in part payment of his wages and to buy nails for the loft at Struan, and to have slated to account.

10 merks was given to William McMillan in Calvine for a year's wages for the foundling, and 3 merks given for clothes for said foundling.

James Stewart in Dalnamine gave 1s Sterling to the poor for his 3rd proclamation. (James Stewart in Dalnamine and Susan Stewart in Miltown of Bruar, married 5th September 1754).

Robert Robertson, merchant in Blair, was paid 1 Scots for 400 half-double plensions (large nails) for the east loft at Blair.

23 14s 11d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

15th September - 6th October 1754

There were no Session meetings during this period.

13th October 1754

The Minister was given 8s Sterling to clear off the Synod and Presbytery Clerks' salaries, to date.

James Stewart in Croftcarnach (of Borenich) was given 4s 5d Sterling in payment for Isobel Calmanach's coffin and winding sheet, as the poor object (of charity) had died in his house.

1s Sterling was given to Margaret Murray in Tomgoulich.

20th October 1754

Elspeth McLean in Dalnacardoch was delated to be with child, and was summoned.

(27th October 1754) Elspeth McLean appeared before the Session, owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up John McDonald, servant lad to John McPherson in Dalnacardoch, as father to it. He voluntarily appeared and acknowledged her accusation. Both were ordered to appear again, 14 days time, at Struan.

(7th November 1754) John McDonald in Dalnacardoch made his first appearance for his fornication with Elspeth McLean, there, and was rebuked. John McPherson in Dalnacardoch promised to pay both their fines about Christmas next.

(1st December 1754) John McDonald in Dalnacardoch made his second appearance for his fornication with Elspeth McLean, there, and was rebuked.

(22nd December 1754) Elspeth McLean in Dalnacardoch made her first apperance for her fornication with John McDonald in Dalnacardoch, and was rebuked.

(16th March 1755) John McPherson in Dalnacardoch paid 5 Scots on behalf of John McDonald, his late servant, for his fornication with Elspeth McLean, late there.

(4th April 1755) Elspeth McLean, relapse in Dalinturuaine, paid her fine, modified to 6 Scots, for her fornication with John McDonald, late in Dalnacardoch.

27th October 1754

Isobel Richie in Kincraigie was delated to be with child, and was summoned.

(7th November 1754) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie was summoned but did not appear.

(17th November 1754) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie was summoned but did not appear and was summoned a third time.

(24th November 1754) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie appeared, owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up William Robertson, son to (Donald Robertson, 4th of) Kincraigie, as father to it. He was summoned.

(1st December 1754) William Robertson, Kincraigie's son, appeared and owned guilt with Isobel Richie, twenty days after the Market of Foss, March last.

(29th December 1754) William Robertson, son to Kincraigie, and Isobel Richie in Kincraigie appeared. He persisted upon the time he formerly gave and refused his concern with her, the said Isobel Richie at any other time. She, after debating with him, the said William Robertson, about a time they were lighting and receiving seed oats in Kilmaveonaig when he, the said William Robertson had ado with her. This he refused.

At last, in order to refresh his memory with regard to the time that the guilt was committed, she reminded him of a night he took away some bear, out of Alexander Robertson's house in Kincraigie, the man and his wife being from home, only his daughter Margaret Robertson was in the house, and she, the said Isobel Richie was spinning in said house. It was a clear moonlight frosty night and she went out with him, and he committed guilt with her that night. This he owned but said that it was the only time he had ado with her, and refused the child to be his as it did not answer to his calculations, but she said that it was 6 weeks before Beltane.

Both were ordered to appear again, together with Margaret Robertson or any other person that could give light in the matter.

(4th January 1755) William Robertson and Isobel Richie appeared and after debating before the Session, he persisted (in his denial), while she named another time that they committed guilt viz, 20 days or thereabouts after the first time which he could not deny. The first time according to her reckoning was 5 weeks and 5 days before Beltane last. Then the said William Robertson gave in a bill of 10 Scots for both their fines, payable 6 weeks after date. The said Margaret Robertson in Kincraigie did not appear.

The Session ordered Margaret Robertson and the gardener of Urrard, William Brand in Aldclune and Charles Robertson in Kilmaveonaig to be summoned in 14 days time, in order to give light on what they knew about the same.

(19th January 1755) Isobel Richie appeared, also William Brand in Aldclune and James Young, Urrard's gardener.

William Brand in Aldclune, being interogated as to what time it was that Isobel Richie desired him to write in harvest last, and to whom, said that she desired him to write to a surgeon to procure some remedy for an aunt of hers, who lived in some glen which he did not perfectly mind, in order to remove a stoppage in her courses. This he denied to do, or to have any hand in the like matter. Further, being asked about Charles Robertson in Kilmaveonaig, and what passed betwixt them, he answered that the said Charles Robertson came to him a little afterwards and desired him to write to a surgeon to procure a remedy for a cousin of his in Glen Brerachan, troubled with a stoppage in her courses, all which he would declare upon oath.

(Charles Robertson probably was Isobel Richie's brother-in-law, as Charles Robertson in Badyo, Moulin parish and Margaret Richie in Kincraigie, married 4th January 1753. If so, then Isobel Richie's parents were John Richie and Janet Stewart).

The said Charles Robertson, being present, acknowledged he had such demands and that the remedy was for Janet Robertson, spouse to John Stewart, alias McCaoilt, in Dalnancarran (Dalnacarn, Moulin parish).

James Young was asked what passed betwixt him and Charles Robertson, and said that Charles Robertson aforesaid came to him and said that a cow of his good-mother (mother-in-law) was near to her time of calving, and being hurt wanted 2 or 3 branches of the savin tree (Juniperus sabina) in order to give her ease, which he innocently gave, but fearing what events might happen, he pursued him to Kilmaveonaig, but being informed that he was at the house of his good-father (father-in-law) in Kincraigie, sent for him directly and got from him the foresaid herbs.

(There is a ballad about four ladies-in-waiting in the court of Mary Queen of Scots, one of whom became pregnant and resorted to savin, as an abortifacient).

The Session summoned the wife (Katharine Young) of Donald Campbell in Tomnagaoith (Tomnaguie), who was said to have gone along with Isobel Richie to Dunkeld, in order to consult the gardener there, for a cure for her cousin.

(26th January 1755) Katharine Young, spouse to Donald Campbell in Tomnagaoith, being called, gave the same story.

(2nd March 1755) William Robertson, Kincraigie's son, made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Isobel Richie in Kincraigie, and was rebuked. The said Isobel Richie appeared before the Session and was informed that they now had more witnesses to prove that she was suing bad designs and destructive arts, and that she desired her aunt (Beatrice Stewart), the wife of John Forbes in Raondou, to advise with some person of skill to procure some cure for a person that was troubled with a stappage in her courses. Isobel Richie denied her ever desiring her aunt or any other person upon that matter or giving such orders, and would in no way confess heself guilty in such practice. Beatrice Stewart was summoned to appear, Sabbath next.

(9th March 1755) William Robertson, Kincraigie's son, made his second appearance, was rebuked and dismissed, having paid a crown on account in part payment of his fine of fornication with Isobel Richie in Kincraigie.

Beatrice Stewart, spouse to John Forbes in Raondou, appeared and owned that Isobel Richie came to her at about the end of harvest last, and told her that she had a stoppage in her courses, and earnestly begged her to apply to a woman of skill in order to procure for her a remedy that might remove the same, and give her ease. The Session, having removed Isobel Richie who was present at her aunt's examination, taking the matter into their consideration, found the case proven by this and the two preceeding witnesses, that she had some bad designs in order to make her miscarry, although it did not have the intended effect. Isobel Richie was fined 12 Scots and ordered to appear for 5 Sundays and sit upon the repentance stool. Her father, John Richie, gave in his bill on her behalf, payable against Whitsunday next.

(23rd March 1755) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie made her first appearance before the Congregation, for her fornication with William Robertson, Kincraigie's son, was rebuked and seriously exhorted to repentance.

(30th March 1755) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie made her second appearance before the Congregation.

(13th April 1755) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie made her third appearance before the Congregation.

(20th April 1755) Isobel Richie in Kincraigie made her fourth appearance, was rebuked and dismissed.

(11th May 1755) William Robertson, son to Kincraigie, paid 2 Scots being the remainder of his fine for fornication with Isobel Richie in Kincraigie, and got up his bill.

(14th September 1755) John Richie in Kincraigie paid in his bill for his daughter Isobel Richie's fornication with William Robertson, Kincraigie's son, and had her fine for bad intentions modified to 6 Scots.

7th November 1754 (The Thanksgiving Day)

The Minister added 6d Sterling to the day's collection of 18s 6d Scots, which was given to Duncan Robertson, a poor lad in Croftnacussaig, distressed with the gravel (probably suffering from kidney stones).

17th November 1754

Katharine Scot in Fonvuick, late in Drumachuine serving John Stewart, tacksman of the mill thereof, appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up Duncan Stewart, a boarder in said house, going to Drumcastle school, as father to it.

6s Sterling of Drumquhance's money, lodged with George Richie, was given to Alexander Stewart, wright in Blairuachdar, to account, for the use of the loft at Struan.

A testificate was given to Kenneth McKenzie alias McLey, journeyman gardener at Atholl House, who had served in the parish for 2 years.

24th November 1754

Testificates were given to:
Duncan Moon in Ardkincael, who was leaving the parish.
John McGlashan in Blair, who was leaving the parish.
John McPherson in Invertilt, who was leaving the parish.

8 9s 6d Scots was lodged with George Richie

1st December 1754

Peter Bennet, (mason in Blair) and Neill Stewart in Invervack, both gave 1s Sterling to the poor (for their 3rd proclamations (Peter Bennet, mason in Blair and Charlotte Garvie in Lude, married 21st November 1754, while Neill Stewart in Easter Invervack and Vere Stewart in Glengoulandie, parish of Dull, were married 5th December 1754).

The Day's collection was given to the poor.

8th December 1754

The Kirk Officer was given 18s Scots for raising a decreet, in the name of the Kirk Session, against delinquents before the Justices of the Peace at Moulin.

Alexander Stewart, wright in Blairuachdar, was given a Portuguise piece of 36s Sterling of which he lent himself 7s Sterling. Moreover, 3s 10d Sterling was given to him for his workmanship and for buying materials for the loft at Struan.

15th December 1754

Alexander Stewart, wright in Blairuachdar, was given 9s Sterling for his workmanship for the loft at Struan. The Session is still due him 1 0s 1d Sterling. The smith was given 3s Sterling for his workmanship.

8s Sterling was given to the poor and 4s Sterling was allocated to the poor of Struan.

7s Scots was given to the Kirk Officer which he had laid out in addition to the 18s Scots minuted for the decreet against Alexander Stewart in Little Lude, and 6s Scots for his expenses, with 2s Scots to the witnesses of the charge of payment (non-payment).

22nd December 1754

John Robertson, alias Gruagich in Kirkton of Struan, and Duncan Robertson in Grennich each gave 1s Sterling to the poor (for their 3rd proclamations - John Robertson in Kirktown of Struan and Elspeth Gow in Kirktown of Struan, married 19th December 1754. Duncan Robertson in Grennich and Susan McDonald in Grennich, married 26th December 1754).

George Richie gave the 4s Sterling of Blair fund allocated by the Session for Struan, together with the Day's collection (except half a crown) to Duncan Stewart in Drumachuine in part payment of the carriage of timber to the loft at Struan.

Charles Robertson in Auchinruie was given 14s Scots for a joist for the bridge at Struan.

7s 8d Scots was paid in of the half pennies exacted for postage, for Baxter's Call to the Unconverted, from Moulin to Blair parish, being the super-plus, besides paying the carrier and giving to the poor. (Richard Baxter, 1615-1691, was the author of 'A Call to the Unconverted' which is acknowledged as an outstanding classic on the subject of conversion. He was pastor at Kidderminster and wrote over 70 volumes during the golden age of theology)

29th December 1754

Thomas McKenzie in Port-an-eilean gave 1s Sterling to the poor (for his 3rd proclamation - Thomas McKenzie in Port-an-eilean and Mary Stewart in Port-an-eilean, married 26 Dec 1754)

3 13s 8d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

4th January 1755

John Robertson in Easter Balrobie paid in 105 merks Scots, due by him per bill to the Session and, for want of exchange, paid 3 merks more, which the Session would repay him. (This may be the mortification of Isobel McLachlane in Shinigaig-more - see 9th December 1753).

A testificate was given to Donald Stewart in the service of Mr Harrison at Atholl House.

26th January 1755

The 100 merks lodged with the Minister was given per bill to Alexander Robertson, brother germain to Duncan Robertson of Kindrochit (Struan), and the said annual rent (interest) was distributed to the poor.

Baron McLaren and Duncan McGlashan, alias Arich gave 1s Sterling, each, to the poor (for their third proclamations - (Alexander McLaren of East Haugh of Dalshian and Elizabeth MackGlashan, daughter to (Patrick McGlashan of) Lambtown, married 23rd January 1755 while Duncan McGlashan in Cuiltaloskin and Janet McDonald in Struan, married 21st January 1755).

8 3s 1d Scots was collected for New Jersey College (which later became Princeton University, New Jersey).

2nd February 1755

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson, Duncan Robertson, Donald Calmanach. Thomas Calmanach, George Richie, Alexander McGlashan, Elders.

A precept was drawn in favour of Neill Stewart in Calvine, upon John McLauchlane in Strathgarry, for 18s Scots, being the annual interest due by him to the Session.

The Session ordered Alexander Robertson in Mains of Blairfettie, to give the 20d annual interest due by him to the Session at Martinmass last, to James Robertson, a poor boy in Kirkton of Struan.

The Minister reported to the Session about the way that he had disposed of the 30s Sterling paid into him by the Session Clerk, in part payment of a bill due by him to the Session.

A testificate was given to Donald McGlashan, late in Balnadalloch, and his wife and two young sons, who left the parish at Lammas 1753.

Donald Cameron in Cuiltalosgin requested that the Session paid to the Kirk Officer 8s Scots, the arrears of a carriage of timber, due by the Session to him.

The Day's collection was given to the poor.

9th February 1755

William McMillan in Calvine was given 10 merks, on account, in part payment of the exposed child's board wages.

Testificates were given to James Gow and Dorothy Wallace, his wife, in Miltown of Blair, also to Donald Stewart and Margaret Stewart his wife (in Toldunie?), who all left the parish at Lammas 1753.

10th February 1755 at Pitagowan

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, Duncan Robertson in Calvine, Elders.

Donald Calmanach in Auchinruie and Patrick Robertson in Bridgend of Struan appeared to complain on behalf of their daughters, Christian Calmanach and Isobel Robertson, together with John Robertson in Auchinruie on behalf of Janet Robertson, his sister, that Lauchlane Mackintosh, tailor in Kirkton of Struan, said before several witnesses that in the year 1751 he had carnal dealings with the said Isobel Robertson. The said Lauchlane Mackintosh, being called, refused the charge laid against him, whereupon the complainers proceeded to adduce witnesses - Donald Stewart, son to Alexander Stewart of Tulloch, and Alexander Robertson, alias Gruagich in Wester Kindrochit. The defender objected against the latter and offered instantly to prove that he had malice against him and therefore ought not to be received to swear against him.

Donald Stewart, son to Alexander Stewart of Tulloch, aged 20 years or thereabouts, being solemnly sworn and purged of malice and partial council, deponed that about 4 year before, happening to sleep with the said defender, the defender (Lauchlane Mackintosh) had told him that upon a time when he had gone to Carie (a place on the south side of Loch Rannoch), to get water of Clach na Brattaich, on his return he came to the Leadcassain shealing and stayed there all night with Janet Robertson, sister to John Robertson in Auchinruie, and slept with her in naked bed. Donald Stewart swore that this was the truth as he should swear to God and, as he could not write, his words were written for him by the Minister.

(Clach na Bratach is the famous Clan Robertson rock crystal charm stone. As well as being carried into battle to ensure victory, it was also said to predict the future. If the crystal ball was dipped into water, it was thought that the water gained the power to provide mystical cures for various human and animal ailments)

Alexander Robertson, in Wester Kindrochit, aged 20 years or thereabouts, being solemnly sworn and purged of malice and partial council, deponed that about 3 year before, happening to be in bed with the defender, the defender (Lauchlane Mackintosh) had told him that had carnal dealings with Isobel Robertson, daughter to Patrick Robertson in Bridgend of Struan, in a barn, when she had come to shake some straw, and for Janet Robertson, alike with the previous witness. Alexander Robertson swore that this was the truth as he should swear to God, and declared that he could not write, so his words were written for him by the Minister.

(23rd February 1755) Lauchlane Mackintosh, tailor in Kirkton of Struan, appeared before the Session and alleged that he had carnal dealings with Isobel Robertson in the barn four years before, and for Janet Robertson in Auchinruie, he declared that he was free of her and never expressed such words. The said Isobel Robertson appeared and refused that he ever had such indecent dealings with her. Lauchlane Mackintosh persisted and she denied it. The matter was left over.

(20th April 1755) The Session resumed the affair anent Lauchlane Mackintosh in Kirkton of Struan concerning his allegation that he had carnal dealings with Isobel Robertson, daughter of Patrick Robertson in Bridgend of Struan, four years previously, in her said father's barn. He was ordered to satisfy Church Discipline in order to terrify others from alleging, or staining any young woman's character for the future, and in the meantime believing and declaring that his accusation was not any proof against her, the said Isobel Robertson.

(27th April 1755) Lauchlane Mackintosh in Kirkton of Struan appeared and the last minutes of the Session were read in his presence. He adhered to his alleged story and willingly gave in his bill for 5 Scots, payable against Whitsunday next.

16th February 1755

Testificates were given to James Stewart late in Wester Baluaine, who listed himself in the Scots Hollanders, and Donald Gray, sometime residenter in Glentilt.

1 17s 4d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

23rd February 1755

Alexander Robertson in Achleanie, going about his lawful affairs to the Low Country, got an attestation of his good character and honesty from the Session.

2nd March 1755

A testificate was given to Christian Forbes, daughter of John Forbes in Raondou, who was going into service in the Low Country.

Alexander Gow late in Balinuarain was ordered to appear before the Session for his incest with Katharine Stewart, late in Balintoul. (see 4th February 1753)

(9th March 1755) Alexander Gow in Balinuarain appeared and acknowledged his guilt of relapse in incest with Katharine Stewart, late in Balintoul. Censure was referred until the Session had been advised by the Presbytery of Dunkeld as to the way in which to proceed against him.

(23rd March 1755) Alexander Gow in Balinuarain appeared, owned guilt of a relapse in incest, professed his sorrow for his wickedness, was resolved to refraim the company of Katharine Stewart for the future, and was willing to submit to Church Discipline. He was ordered to appear before the Presbytery of Dunkeld on 1st day of April.

(7th September 1755) The Minister reported that the Presbytery of Dunkeld had ordered Katharine Stewart, late in Balintoul, to appear Sabbath next for her confession anent Alexander Gow's guilt with her, before they passed sentence against John Gow, his brother, for incest.

(14th September 1755) Katharine Stewart, late in Balintoul, appeared and denied being guilty of fornication with Alexander Gow but owned guilt with John Gow, his brother. She was ordered to appear again 14 days hence, together with Alexander Gow, Robert McIntosh in Balintoul, Janet Stewart his wife, Neill Stewart in Miltown of Blair, and Isobel Robertson his wife, as witnesses to declare what they had seen and heard anent the behaviour and indecent intimacy betwixt Katharine Stewart and Alexander Gow.

(28th September 1755) Katharine Stewart, now in Invertilt, appeared and was interrogated as to whether she was guilty of fornication with Alexander Gow, now in Lude. She declared that she was not. Alexander Gow appeared and was asked to confirm the same, but the Session could not accept his oath as he had paid the fine for his guilt. Witnesses were called:

Robert McIntosh in Balintoul, aged about 40 years, being sworn and purge of malice and partial council deponed that about 4 years ago, and before Katharine Stewart was guilty with John Gow, Alexander Gow and Katharine Stewart, being his servants, observed a great intimacy between them and being asked if he saw them together at suspicious times or in suspicious places, said that he did not see them himself but heard from others, especially Neill Stewart, also then his servant, that their behavioue was indecent. He also deponed that the friends of Alexander Gow and Katharine Stewart had a meeting to contract them in order to marriage, and when Alexander Gow's friends would not allow him to be married to the said Katharine Stewart, Alexander Gow wept with great bitterness. He swore that this was the truth as he would answer to God.

Neill Stewart, then in Balintoul, aged about 24 years, being sworn and purge of malice and partial council deponed that about 4 years ago and before the intimacy betwixt Katharine Stewart and John Gow, when they were servants to Robert McIntosh in Balintoul, he saw Katharine Stewart come to Alexander Gow several times when lying in his naked bed, and laid down beside him under the cloths (blankets), and that she continued there until he fell asleep, and deponed that he heard them declare of their intention to marry one another, and using the same freedom together as if they had been actually married. He swore that this was the truth as he would answer to God.

The Session ordered the Session Clerk to make copies for the Presbytery of Dunkeld in their advice.

(9th November 1755) The Minister reported the Presbytery of Dunkeld's decree, anent Katharine Stewart and John Gow, that their excommunication would be read at Blair on 23rd November.

(23rd November 1755) John Gow and Katharine Stewart were excommunicated from all Christian Society for their sin of incest.

9th March 1755

Mr Robertson, the Session Clerk, paid in 14s Sterling, in part payment of his bill which, with the 30s Sterling, paid the 4th November last, and a 6d he still had to pay, cleared up his bill and the annual interest, and his bill was returned to him.

(23rd March 1755) The Session Clerk paid the 6d due in arrears.

Alexander Stewart, smith in Blairuachdar, was paid 1 0s 1d Sterling in full payment of his charges for the workmanship of the loft of Struan, with what he had formerly received.

16th March 1755

The Session ordered the Kirk Officer to enquire about Isobel McDonald in Achmark-more, who was suspected of being with child.

(18th May 1755) Isobel McDonald, servant woman to Patrick Stewart in Achmark-more, who was reported to be with child, and was summoned.

(1st June 1755) Isobel McDonald in Achmark-more voluntarily appeared, owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up John Robertson, now in Dalerie, late servant in Achmark-more. John Robertson also voluntarily appeared and acknowledged her accusation. Both were ordered to appear Sabbath next and togive in securities for their fines and appearances.

(8th June 1755) John Robertson in Dalerie made his first appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked, and gave in his bill conjunct with William Robertson in Wester Monzie, of 12 Scots payable 6 weeks after date, for both his and his party's fine and appearances.

(15th June 1755) John Robertson in Dalerie made his second appearance, was rebuked and dismissed.

(17th August 1755) Isobel McDonald in Pitagowan made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with John Robertson in Dalerie, and was rebuked.

(30th November 1755) John Robertson in Dalerie paid his own, and his party's, Isobel McDonald in Pitagowan, fines of 10 SCots which was given to William McMillan, on account, for the foundling's board wages.

Likewise, Elspet McGregore in Lude was suspected of being with child.

(30th March 1755) Elspet McGregore in Lude appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up John Robertson. The said John Robertson voluntarily appeared and acknowledged her accusation.

(6th April 1755) John Robertson, servant to Lude made his first appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Elspet McGregore, trilapse there, and was rebuked.

(13th April 1755) John Robertson, servant to Lude made his second appearance before the Congregation and having paid his fine of 5 Scots for himself, was dismissed.

After distributing to the most indigent (needy) and other demands, 2 1s 2d Scots was lodged with the Treasurer.

23rd March 1755

John Forbes in Tighnaird gave 1s Sterling to the poor. (John Forbes in Tighnaird and Janet Cameron in Edintian, Dull parish, married 13 Mar 1755)

The Session ordered the Kirk Officer to enquire about Margaret Robertson, residing in Invervack, who was said to be with child.

(30th March 1755) Margaret Robertson in Kindrochit of Lude (pro tempore) appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy, and gave up George Seaton, servant to Lude, as father to it. George Seaton was summoned.

(6th April 1755) George Seaton, servant to Lude, appeared and owned himself father to Margaret Robertson's pregnancy.

(13th April 1755) George Seaton in Lude made his first appearance and paid his own fine.

(20th April 1755) George Seaton in Lude made his second appearance, was rebuked and dismissed.

(15th February 1756) George Seaton in Kilmaveonaig paid half a guinea in part payment of his bill for the fine due by Margaret Robertson, his party in fornication. This was marked upon the back of the bill.

1 12s 5d Scots was lodged with George Richie, the rest was distributed to the poor.

30th March 1755

A testificate was given to Alexander Mackglashan, son to John McGlashan, late smith in Tomintianda, who left the parish at Martinmass 1752.

6th April 1755

Grissel Mannich in Cuiltmhuic, a relapse, was said to be with child, and was summoned.

(13th April 1755) Grissel Mannich was called but did not appear.

(20th April 1755) Grissel Mannich was called but still did not appear.

(27th April 1755) Grissel Mannich being called, was said to have fled the parish.

(12th October 1755) The Session were informed that Grissel Mannich in Cuiltmhuic, who left the country (parish) summer last, had returned and brought forth twins in fornication. She was ordered to be summoned.

(19th October 1755) Grissel Mannich, now in Crombruach, a trilapse appeared and gave up Patrick Robertson, son to Duncan Robertson in Dalinrich as father of the twins. Patrick Robertson, in His Grace the Duke of Atholl's service at Atholl House was summoned.

(26th October 1755) Grissel Mannich and Patrick Robertson were called but did not appear.

(21st November 1755, at Pitagowan) Patrick Robertson, servant to His Grace the Duke of Atholl, appeared and acknowledge guilt with Grissel Mannich in Crombruach, but said that he did not acknowledge himself father of her children in regard that he had heard that she was guilty with others. Grissel Mannich appeared and adhered to her former accusation against Patrick Robertson, and said that it took place on Friday 3rd January. Being interrogated further, Grissel Mannich acknowledged also having committed guilt with Duncan McGregore in Liaran upon the 21st of said month. Both parties agreed that the children were born upon the 4th October last.

(23rd November 1755) Patrick Robertson in Atholl House appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Grissel Mannich in Crombruach, was rebuked and dismissed.

(4th January 1756) Duncan McGregore in Liaran voluntarily appeared and denied his having anything ado with Grissel Mannich, his accusor.

(11th January 1756) Duncan McGregore in Liaran appeared and persisted in his denial. Grissel Mannich, his accusor, did not appear and her mother reported that she was sick. Grissel Mannich's mother declared that her daughter revoked her word in fathering her children upon Duncan McGregore and he offered to clear himself by oath that he never had any carnal dealings with her.

A recept was drawn in favour of John McIntosh, a poor old man in Grennich, upon John Stewart of Bonskeid for 2 merks, in part of a year's interest of the principal sum of 100 merks Scots, due by him per bill to the Session, from Martinmass 1753 to Martinmass last, 1754.

Alexander Cameron, Kirk Officer, was given a crown (5s) as part payment of his fee.

13th April 1755

John McDonald in Tomnagaoidh (Tomnaguie) and Duncan Stewart in Wester Monzie paid 1s Sterling each, to the poor, for their 3rd proclamations. (John McDonald in Tomnagaoidh and Margaret Stewart in Mualich-beg, married 10 Apr 1755, while Duncan Stewart in Wester Monzie and Katharine McIntyre in Drumnanagnach, married 10 Apr 1755)

William McMillan in Calvine was given 10 merks Scots as a year's board wages for the foundling, which cleared him from September 15th to December 15th 1754.

The Kirk Officer was given 1 8s Scots which cleared his fees from Candlemass 1754 to Candlemass 1755.

After giving to the most indigent, as per list, 3 1s 7d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

11th May 1755

A testificate was given to Alexander McLauchlane in Chamberbane who left the parish at Martinmass 1749.

18th May 1755

A half guinea of Mr Harrison's charity was given to the poor.

1st June 1755

6 Scots was given to Patrick McDonald in Balnald of Strathtummel, the encouragement promised him for his officiating as schoolmaster there from 10th November to 1st May last.

13s 6d Scots of Mr Harrison's charity was given to the poor.

8th June 1755

The Minister produced the Presbytery Officer's discharge for 1s Sterling, advanced by him, as the fee from Martinmass 1754 to 1755, and was immediately reimbursed by the Session.

A testificate was given to Donald Stewart, son of Thomas Stewart, late in Dalclachaig and Elizabeth Webster his wife, for during their residence in the parish, already being clothed with a sufficient testimonial from the parish of Forglen, where they were married.

15th June 1755

11s Sterling of Mr Harrison's charity was given to the poor.

22nd June 1755

Testificates were given to Isobel McDonald who left the parish at Martinmass 1748 and James McDonald, both children to Duncan McDonald, late in Tomkindrochit. Also a testificate was given to John Mackglashan, son to John McGlashan, smith sometime in Tomintianda, who left the parish at Martinmass 1752.

7s Sterling of Mr Harrison's charity was given to the poor.

29th June 1755

The Day's collection of 16s 8d Scots was given to William McMillan on account. 6s Scots was added by the Treasurer, amounting to 1 2s 8d Scots, as part payment of William Blair's board wages. (This was the first time that the exposed child's surname had been recorded).

20th July 1755.......................................

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Robert Stewart, John Richie, John McLauchlane, Elders.

The Day's collection of 11 3s 3d Scots was given to Patrick McLean in Tearnan(?), a poor man who, by accidental fire, had his wife burned and his whole corns and cattle consumed.

1s Sterling was given to Neill Stewart, a sickly poor man in Miltown of Blair.

2 18s 11d Scots was lodged with George Richie.

24th August 1755

The collections from the Fast day, Prepartion day and Thanksgiving amounted to 30 2s 8d Scots, of which 13 6s 8d Scots was given to William McMillan for two quarters of William Blair's board wages, from December 15th 1754 to June 15th 1755, and 18s Scots was given to John Forbes, a poor old Society schoolmaster, sometime in Foss.

31st August 1755

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
(Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, Alexander Robertson, James Robertson, Duncan Robertson, Donald Calmanach and Thomas Calmanach, Elders.

The collections from the Fast day, Prepartion day and Thanksgiving amounted to 30 2s 8d Scots, of which 13 6s 8d Scots was given to William McMillan for two quarters of William Blair's board wages, from December 15th 1754 to June 15th 1755, and 18s Scots was given to John Forbes, a poor old Society schoolmaster, sometime in Foss.

The Session ordered that the 5 Scots bill of Lauchlane Mackintosh, tailor in Kirkton of Struan, be given to the orphan of Robert Frazer in Cuiltalosgin, who had nothing to support her.

A 6d which George Moon in Wester Balrobie paid as his fine for opposing the rules of the Session, was given to John McGlashan, alias Arich, a poor man in Pitagowan.

The 1s Sterling from John Calmanach in Uchdnanetaig was given to Christian Ammanich, (Mannich or McDonald) in Baluaine. (John Calmanach in Uchdnanetaig and Margaret McLauchlane in Uchdnanetaig, married 6th August 1755).

1 13s 2d Scots was given to George Richie

31st August 1755

6 Scots was given to Donald McDonald in Tomnabrak for keeping school in winter and spring at Monzie.

21st September 1755

The Minister sought the advice of the Session anent Duncan McIntosh, the bridegroom's, circumstance, if they thought him in his right judgement. The Session said that he was in a mending way and knew of no reason to stop his marriage. (Duncan McIntosh in Achleanie and Janet Robertson in Achinruie married 30th September 1755, but no children are recorded in the OPR).

12th October 1755

John Calmanach in Uchdnanetaig appeared and owned guilt and antenuptial fornication with Margaret McLauchlane his wife. He was rebuked by the Session and, having paid both their fines which were modified to 3 Scots by reason of their poverty, was dismissed.

26th October 1755

A testificate was given to Donald McDonald in Grennich who was leaving the parish for Scone, in order to marriage. (Donald McDonald, alias Gruagich, in Grennich and Anna Fyfe in Barclayhill, Scone parish, married 29 Nov 1755, but returned to Grennich by September 1760 when their daughter Grissel McDonald was born).

It was agree that 20 days hence, at Blair, there would be a distribution to the poor in order for them to buy winter shoes.

The Session Clerk was given 6 Scots as his fee from 1st September 1754 to 1st September 1755, and 2 18s Scots was given to poor persons.

The Treasurer gave 8s Sterling for the fees of the Synod and Presbytery Clerks, and received a receipt for the latter on 9th November.

2nd November 1755

Having distributed to some of the most indigent (needy), 5 11s 5d Scots was lodged with Donald Robertson.

9th November 1755

The Minister reported that Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach and Robert Stewart in Sinigaig-more were guilty of riot and Breach of the Sabbath, October last. Both were summoned.

(23rd November 1755) Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach appeared and was rebuked by the Session for his riot and Breach of the Sabbath with Robert Stewart in Sinigaig-more. The said Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach paid 7 14s 6d Scots of bygone interest on a principal sum of 50 merks Scots mortified by the deceased Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach (his grandfather), to the poor of the parish of Blair.

(30th November 1755) Robert Stewart in Sinigaig-more appeared for his riot and Breach of the Sabbath with Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach and was rebuked by the Session.

(29th December 1755 at Pitagowan) The Minister reported that he had security from Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach for his fine of riot, two separate bills: the first of 30 Scots payable against Candlemass next, and the other of 30 Scots payable against Martinmass next. Robert Stewart in Sinigaig-more had mortified to the poor, for his fine of riot, 100 merks Scots payable Whitsunday next by his bond.

14th December 1755

John Stewart in Balintoul paid 2 8s Scots in part payment of his own and his father's conjunct bill of 16 8s Scots, payable at Martinmass last. This was marked on the back of the bill. (The reason for this payment is unclear at present).

Testificates were given to Alexander Robertson in Levadge, Finlay McBeath in Dauchinlialash, and to Ewan Grant alias McGregore, son to Gregore McEwan in Rieriach. Ewan Grant alias McGregore left the parish at Martinmass 1751.

21st December 1755

Thomas McKenzie of Rinanacoillach appeared and gave in a charge he was out (i.e. he presented his own bill) for a coffin and dead clothes and for buring a poor woman who died in Sinigaig-more in May 1747. The Session ordered that 9s Sterling be given him when he brought in the wright's estimate for the coffin, dead clothes etc.

(Obviously Thomas McKenzie felt that his dignity had been hurt by being fined for his riot and Breach of the Sabbath, 9th November 1755, and was trying to recoup some of the money in bringing up this old debt. However, it is unlikely that the wright would have given such an estimate eight years after the event. This was just another skirmish in the on-going battle of wills between the Minister and a proud 'Rinancoillach' over payment of dues).

(4th January 1756) The 9s Sterling lodged with the Session Clerk was given to Neill McGlashan, writer in Clune, for his extract of the decreet and writing a petition to the Justices of the Peace, and for writing a bond in the name of the poor of the 100 merks Scots mortified by Robert Stewart in Sinigaig-more

29th December 1755 at Pitagowan

A testificate was given to Alexander Robertson, son to John Robertson, sometime in Bruchriach, who left the parish at Whitsunday 1751.

The Day's little collection was given to Duncan Robertson, a poor lad in Pitagowan.

A half guinea was given to Neill McGlashan, writer in Clune, in the name of the Heritors of the United Parishes of Blair and Struan for his 2 days attendance upon their meeting, in order to make and regulate a list of their poor, and a medium of this year's collections, and a list of their mortifications and fines. The half guinea would be recovered from the said Heritors.

4th January 1756

An attestation of their honesty was given to Donald Robertson in Dalinturuaine, Donald Fergusson in Dalnamine, and John Gow in Achinruie to be received as habile (reliable) witnesses at Killin.

11th January 1756

The Session ordered that 5 Scots, the year's interest on a principal sum of 100 Scots, due by Alexander Stewart of Tulloch to the Session at Martinmass last, be given to Alexander McDonald, a poor man in Blairbuie. Half of John Stewart of Bonskied's interest on 100 merks was given to John McIntosh in Grennich, and the other half to Elspeth McLean in Dalno of Bohespic. The Day's collection was given to the poor.

18th January 1756

The Minister gave Grissel MackGlashan in Kilmaveonaig two old, run out (after by payment date) bills signed by the deceased John McGlashan in Blair, her brother, in order to have recourse upon his son Patrick McGlashan (of Lambtown) to help her in her indigent circumstances.

A testificate was given to Hellen Stewart, daughter to William Stewart in Nether Campsie, who left the parish at Christmas 1748.

The Day's collection, together with William McKenzie's consignation shilling, was given to the most indigent. (William McKenzie in Kirktown of Struan and Elspeth McIntosh in Tomcraggach, married 8th January 1756).

25th January 1756

Grissel Stewart in Balnadalloch of Invervack appeared and owned guilt and pregnancy. Being interrogated as to who was the father to it, she answered that upon a Saturday night about the 1st June last, as she was crossing the hill by west of Feargan (Farragon?), a man met her and forced her, not knowing what (who) he was.

(The Session were sceptical as) the letter from the Session Clerk of Perth narrated that she had appeared before their Session, and had given up one John Forbes as father to her pregnancy, and that they had committed guilt about Whitsunday last in the parish of Blair. Grissel Stewart denied it and alleged that she made no such confession, but meant that she was going home to John MackGlashan's house in Balnadalloch of Invervack. (Grissel Stewart may have been the sister of John MackGlashan's wife, Christian Stewart from Balmeanach of Duntaulich, Dull parish)

The Session finding, by her confession to them, that the guilt was committed in Dull parish (Farragon is on the south side of Loch Tummel), referred her to the Session of Dull and sent all the papers to them.

1st February 1756

The Session, considering the neccessity of ordaining new Elders to supply (fill) the place of such Elders as had been remove by death or by reason of their great age, unanimously chose Duncan Robertson in Calvine, Donald Cameron in Dalnamine, and Donald McIntosh in Blairfettie.

(22nd February 1756) Duncan Robertson in Calvine, Donald Cameron in Dalnamine, and Donald McIntosh in Blairfettie were ordained as Elders.

8th February 1756

Margaret McIntosh, spouse to Paul Robertson in Ardkincael, was reported to be with child in antenuptial fornication, and was summoned.

(15th February 1756) Margaret McIntosh was summoned but did not appear.

15th February 1756

Isobel Robertson in Blairfettie appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with Charles Gow, now in Inverslanie, was rebuked and dismissed. (This probably relates to 15th January 1749).

The Session Clerk lent a 6d to the Treasurer for the poor people.

22nd February 1756

A proposal was made to build a bridge at Struan by the contributions of the parishioners.

All the Day's collection was given to the poor.

The Session ordered Alexander Robertson in Kirkton of Struan, to pay James Robertson, a poor lame boy in Kirkton of Struan, the annual interest due Martinmass last on the 20 Scots which he held, being the mortification to the poor made by Elspeth Forbes, late in Blairfettie, as James Robertson was her nearest of kin.

The 20 merks annual interest, due at Martinmass last, on 100 merks mortified by Alexander Robertson, late in Bohespic, was given to: a temporary schoolmaster in Bohespic for encouragement, 10 merks Scots; Mr James Robertson's wife in Pittinacie, 5 merks; Elspeth McLean in Dalno of Bohespic, 2 merks; and Donald Robertson in Tomcraggach, 2 merks.

7th March 1756

To be continued ...................

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