The parishes of Inchbraoch and Dunninald were united to form the new parish of Craig in 1618.
The lands of Dunninald were granted to Restenneth Priory, a cell of the Augustinian abbey of Jedburgh, by Malcolm IV "the Maiden"; the first lay proprietor of Dunninald was Andrew Gray, who received a feu charter from Jedburgh Abbey in 1539.
|NLS||National Library of Scotland|
|NRS||National Records of Scotland, formerly called the National Archives of Scotland [NAS] and, before that, the Scottish Record Office [SRO]|
HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY (Tel: +44-131-535-1314)
|OPR||Old Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)|
- See also, for history of the parish:
Adrian Diack - Chalcedony Gems of Craig Parish (in Gem Craft, July 1977, pp. 454-7) - copy available from me on request
Andrew Douglas - A History of the Village of Ferryden (2nd ed., Montrose, 1857)
David Herschell Edwards - Among the Fisher Folks of Usan and Ferryden (Brechin, 1921)
Clarence Frank Leighton - Memorials of the Leightons of Ulishaven ... (2 vols; privately printed, 1912[?])
John Stansfeld - History of the Family of Stansfeld of Stansfield in the Parish of Halifax and its Numerous Branches (Leeds: Goodall & Suddick, 1885)
John Stansfeld of Dunninald - The Story of Dunninald (1999: booklet)
Photo-books - old photographs of Ferryden
- Fiona Scharlau - Old Ferryden (Catrine: Stenlake, 2002)
- Old Statistical Account of the 1790s - vol. 2, p. 495
- New Statistical Account of the 1840s - vol. 11, p. 245
- 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1957
- 1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1861, published 1865
For the full range of maps of Craig, see National Library's Maps.
Geograph.org: Ferryden - recent photographs of Ferryden. National Grid ref. NO7156.
Geograph.org: Usan - recent photographs of Usan. National Grid ref. NO7255.
Geograph.org: Boddin, etc. - recent photographs of Boddin, Elephant Rock, St Skae's. National Grid ref. NO7153.
Rossie Castle - demolished.
Located at National Grid ref. NO703558. Built 1799 by Henrietta Parish or Ross; now a private house.
Above, left: the former kirk in 2011; right: the kirk in the early 1950s
A better recent photo
adm.: admitted, ass.: assistant, bapt.: baptised, contr.: contract, dem.: demitted, dep.: deposed, ind.: inducted, lic.: licensed, mar.: married, min.: minister, ord.: ordained, pres.: presented, rel.: related, res.: resigned, suc.: successor, test.: testament, tr.: translated
|Richard Melville||1562?-1567?||adm. 1562, also having Maryton in the charge; vicar 1562-3; removed to Maryton bef. 1567|
|John Melville||1562||bro. of above; min. here 1562|
|John Beattie||1571||adm. 1571 as reader; formerly of Montrose|
|James Melville||1587||reader; also reader at Maryton|
|Thomas Hog||?-1607||ord. bef. 1607; tr. to 2nd charge Dysart FIF 1607|
|James Lichton||1615-1622||M.A.; adm. bef. 4 Oct 1615; also master of Montrose Grammar School 1616; tr. to Dun bef. 1 Oct 1622|
|James Lyon||1622-1662?||M.A. St Andrews 1615; tutor to children of laird of Clackmae; pres. but not adm. to Collace PER Aug 1619; adm. here bef. 1 Sep 1622; d. bef. Jan 1663|
|Andrew Spence||1659-1662||M.A. St Andrews 1653; chaplain to David Carnegie, 1st of Craigo (who was Dean of Brechin); adm. (ass.) 21 Jul 1659; dep. 11 Jun 1662 for not conforming to episcopacy|
|John Mathie||1664-1689?||M.A. St Andrews 1656; adm. 8 Aug 1664; d. aft. 1689; mar. Mary Nicolson, who survived him;|
|James Forsyth||1699-1713||son of James F., min. of St Ninians STI; ord. 27 Sep 1699; d. 30 Jan 1713; mar. Kath. Watson, who survived him|
|Robert Stephen||1714-1759||b. ca. 1680, son of Robert S., min. of Aberlour BAN; tutor to fam. of lady Chesters; ord. to Aberlour 18 Sep 1707; tr. & adm. 6 May 1714; d. 12 Aug 1759; mar. 1715 Margaret, dau. of James Leslie, min. of St Cyrus|
|James Paton||1760-1803||b. 1727 Auchtergaven PER; M.A. St Andrews 1751; tutor to fam. of earl of Moray and fam. of John Balfour of Fernie; ord. 8 May 1760; D.D. Kings Aberdeen 1792; dem. 30 Nov 1803; d. 10 Nov 1811; mar. 1766 Anne, eldest dau. of David Greig of Barns of Rossie (in this par.); issue: David; James, M.A. (Marischal); Jean; Ann; John, flaxspinner, Montrose; George, flaxspinner, provost of Montrose; Eliz. (mar. Geo. Ramsay)|
|James Brewster||1804-1843||b. 5 Aug 1777 Botriphnie BAN, son of James B., rector of Jedburgh Grammar School; bro. of Sir David Brewster [Portrait]; ass. here; ord. 12 Jan 1804; joined Free Kirk 1843; min. of Free Kirk of Ferryden 1843-7; d. 5 Feb 1847; mar. 1804 Janet, dau. of Dr Crichton, Dumfries; issue: James; Henry, min. of Farnell; David, in Calcutta; Geo. John; Eliz. Margaret; Margaret Agnes Scott|
|Robert Mitchell||1843-1872||b. 1802 Dunning PER, son of John M., farmer; ord. to Carrington MLN 30 Jun 1835; tr. & adm. 22 Sep 1843; d. 4 Aug 1872 Craig; mar. 1837 Sophia Duddingston, dau. of Henry Buist of Berryhill, Fife; issue: Helen Walker; Ann Wardlaw (mar. Robert Grant, min. of Stracathro); Sophia Duddingston (mar. John Fisher, merchant, Dundee); Mary Jane Thomson; Henry Buist|
|Robert Scott||1873-1908||b. 10 Sep 1840 Perth, son of Robt S., baker; B.A. 1860 M.A. 1861 St Andrews; ass. Erskine RFW and Port Dundas; ord. to St Stephen's Broughty Ferry 23 Dec 1869; tr. & adm. 5 Feb 1873; D.D. St Andrews 1907; d. 24 May 1908 Edinburgh; mar. 1874 Mary, dau. of David Jobson, provost of Dundee; issue: Robt, major, 54th Sikhs; Mary Jobson; Helen Murray; David Jobson, O.B.E., M.C., M.D., D.Ph., lt-col. R.A.M.C.; William, min. of Bressay SHI; Florence; James, M.C., min. of Scots Church, Alexandria Egypt; Flora Murray, M.B.E., M.A., B.Sc., Q. Mary's Army Aux. Corps|
|Peter Smith Bisset||1908-1943||b. 20 Jul 1866 Aboyne, son of John B., farmer; M.A. 1891 B.D. 1894 Aberdeen; ass. St George's West Aberdeen; ord. to Oyne ABD 15 Apr 1897; tr. & adm. 12 Nov 1908; dem. 17 May 1843; d. 11 Oct 1960 Kingsbarns FIF; mar. 1898 Maria Greasham Elrick, dau. of Robt Milne, Aberdeen; had issue|
|William Murray Diack||1943-1970||b. 27 Jun 1903 Irvine AYR, son of Wm D., tailor; M.A. Glasgow; ind. Aug 1932 Pittenweem FIF; ind. 8 Apr 1936 Lugar AYR; ind. here 24 Nov 1943; also had Maryton in his charge from 4 Mar 1959; dem. 30 Nov 1970; d. 11 Jun 1972 Stracathro; mar. (1) 1936 Annie Law, yr dau. of Robert Forsyth Harrison; had issue; mar. (2) 1949 Margaret Henderson, yr dau. of Lt-Cdr. Albert Hughes R.N., Bridge of Weir; had issue|
Ministers of Ferryden Free Church
Above, left: Ferryden Kirk, at National Grid ref. NO714567
Above, right: memorial to the Rev. Dr James Brewster inside Ferryden Kirk
|James Brewster||1843-1847||see above list of parish ministers|
|Hugh Mitchell||?-1851-1881-?||b. 1822 Aberdeen, son of Thos M.; M.A. Aberdeen, LL.D.; d. 10 Nov 1894 Aberdeen; mar. 1888 Christian Birnie Smith|
Monuments inside the former Craig parish kirk (18 stones), and at 3 burial grounds in the parish at Inchbrayoch (Rossie Island) (ca. 200 stones), Dunninald (23 stones) & Usan (5 stones) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 2: Seacoast" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1996), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 2. Pre-1855 Sea-coast" in their online shop.)
There was also a burial ground, not located by Mitchell in 1977, at Rossie, just north of the reformatory; its location is shown on the Ordnance Survey 25-inch-to-a-mile map of 1865.
Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Craig in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 386-96.
Some of the inscriptions in the parish of Craig are given below. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering.
(1) Craig Kirk
There are no gravestones in the kirkyard of the former parish kirk, but on the north side of the kirk there are mausolea of the Rosses, proprietors of Rossie 1783-1845, and the Millars of Rossie.
Edward Millar of Rossie was a wood merchant (b. 7 Sep 1822 Montrose, son of Robert Millar & Else Bolette Hoyer; d. 23 Oct 1911 Rossie Castle). There is a monument in the kirkyard of Montrose episcopal church to Robert Millar & Else Bolette Hoyer and their family. There is a monument in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, to Christian Hoyer Millar (1807 Montrose - 1884 Culross), Edward Millar of Rossie's brother, and his family.
Above: the mausoleum of the Millars of Rossie, with the Ross mausoleum behind it
Above: arms in the east window of the Millar mausoleum: Quarterly, 1st & 4th Millar, 2nd & 3rd A lion passant [for ?]; crest: a dexter hand, with two fingers pointing up; motto, for Millar: Manent optima cœlo [The best things await us in heaven]; the Millar quarters are unclear, but are probably: Argent, a cross moline azure, the base wavy vert, in chief a lozenge between two mullets of the second [Miller of Glenlee, registered 1788].
Monuments within Craig Church
[M1; inscription below a sculpture of a mourning female figure seated beside an urn, by Peter Rouw (1771-1852); the seat on which the figure rests bears the arms of Scott (the fess being embattled, counter-embattled), impaled with (Gules), on a chevron (Argent), three mullets (Sable)] In memory of DAVID SCOTT, Esquire, of Dunninald in this County, who closed a valuable and well-spent life on the 4th day of October 1805, aged 59. His ardent desire to enlarge the sphere of his benevolence led him to forego the ease of independence and those social enjoyments for which the sensibility of his heart was peculiarly formed, and to embrace the more arduous cares of public life. His native country experienced the full benefit of his unwearied services as one of her representatives in successive parliaments, and the records of the East India Company amply attest the zeal, talent and integrity with which, for many years, he directed the affairs of that great commercial body. After a severe and lingering illness, borne with manly fortitude and Christian resignation, though greatly aggravated in its progress by the loss of the best of wives and worthiest of women, he sunk depressed to the same grave with her who had most endeared life and soothed its sufferings. In pious memory of their parental affection, their mutual attachment and congenial virtues, this monument is erected by their afflicted son.
[M3] Sacred to the memory of the Rev. ROBERT MITCHELL, minister of this parish from 1843 to 1872, and previously for eight years, of the parish of Carrington in the Presbytery of Dalkeith, who died at Craig Manse on 4th August 1872, aged 70 years. He was a faithful pastor and was held in high esteem by his congregation and parishioners.
In loving memory of Rev. WILLIAM M. DIACK, M.A., minister of Craig for 27 years. Born 1903, died 1972 and MARGARET H. DIACK, cherished wife and mother of ARTHUR, ANNE and ADRIAN. Born 1914, died 1981. This memorial was erected by ADRIAN, JENNIFER and ANDREW DIACK.
[M4] Sacred to the memory of ELIZABETH COLQUHOUN, second daughter of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN and of MARGARET ROSS who died on the 11th September 1850. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
[M5] Sacred to the memory of MARY COLQUHOUN eldest daughter of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN and of MARGARET ROSS who died on the 30th of November 1821 I am the resurrection and the life He that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live
[M6] In memory of Lieutenant General DANIEL COLQUHOUN died 17th November 1848 "God is the strength of my heart" Psalm 73.26.
[M7] Sacred to the memory of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN who died on the 31st of January 1809 and of MARGARET ROSS his wife who died on the 27th of April 1795 "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord"
[M8] Sacred to the memory of MARIA MARGARET COLQUHOUN eldest daughter of Major General DANIEL COLQUHOUN and of his first wife ANNE ROSS, died on the 8th of April 1844. "Weep not; She is not dead, but Sleepeth." "Whosoever believeth in me, shall never die."
[M9] Sacred to the memory of MARGARET COLQUHOUN, youngest daughter of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN and of MARGARET ROSS, who died on the 3d of May, 1828. "I know that my redeemer liveth."
[M10; from Jervise] JOHN TURNBULL of Strickathrou, who deceased upon the tent day of October 1693, and of age 65 years, and Dedicated to the Poor of Parochin the soum of 150 mkes Memento.
[M11] Sacred to the memory of the sons and daughters of PETER ARKLEY, of Dunninald, namely, PATRICK, his eldest son, died June 19, 1868, aged 52. And LOUISE MALAN, his wife, died Sep. 23, 1868, aged 52. Also PATRICK, their only son, died Jan. 13, 1857, aged 13. ROBERT HENDERSON, died August 5, 1887, aged 69. DAVID, died young. MARGARET, died July 18, 1830, aged 16. ANNE DUN, died September 22, 1870, aged 51. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
This tablet is erected by MARY CHARLOTTE, wife of CHARLES ARMSTRONG SMYTH, of Stradreach, Ireland, and ELIZA, wife of JOHN STANSFELD, of Field House, Yorkshire. Daughters and sole surviving children of the above PATRICK ARKLEY, of Dunninald. September, 1888.
[M12] Sacred to the memory of PETER ARKLEY Esqr of Dunninald Born September 16th 1786. Died December 31st 1825. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. This tablet was erected by ELIZABETH HENDERSON his wife, who died Dec. 25th 1876, aged 91 years.
[Arms, granted 1825: Or, on a chevron azure a garb of the first, in chief two stars gules.
[M14; above the inscription is the motto "Think on" and the crest of Ross of Rossie: a falcon's head erased proper] In grateful and affectionate remembrance of his parents and sisters this tablet is raised by HORATIO ROSS. HERCULES ROSS Esq. of Rossie died at Rossie Castle 24th December 1816 in his 72d year. HENRIETTA PARISH his wife died at Rossie Castle 14th June 1811 in her 43d year. HARRIET married WILLIAM ELLICE Esq. died at East Sheen 16th December 1822 in her 36th year. ELIZA MARGARET married LAURENCE OLIPHANT Esq. of Condie died at Villa Tansi on the Lake of Como in Italy 23d June 1821 in her 28th year. MARIA GEORGINA died at Craig House 16 December 1839 in her 35th year. "If we believe that Jesus died and rose even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." I. Thess. IV.14.18.
[M15] In affectionate and honoured memory of HORATIO ROSS formerly of the 14th Light Dragoons & Member of Parliament for Aberdeen & Montrose Burghs. J.P. & D.L. for the counties of Forfar, Kincardine & Ross. One of the finest sportsmen of the nineteenth century, who as a horseman or with rifle-gun or pistol had few equals. Born at Rossie Castle 5th September 1801, died at Rossie Lodge, near Inverness, 6th December 1886. His remains lie in the vault adjoining this church. Also of his wife JUSTINE HENRIETTE MACRAE daughter of COLIN MACRAE of Inverinate, Kintail, chief of Clan Macrae Born 17th April 1815, died 17th October 1894. This tablet is erected by their sons & grandsons [See DNB: Horatio Ross, Photo. Soc. Scot.: Horatio Ross and Wikipedia: Horatio Ross]
[M16] In memory of my husband ROBERT CHRISTIAN HOYER MILLAR eldest son of EDWARD MILLAR of Rossie, who passed to rest at Craig, 2nd June 1932, in his 62nd year. Served with the Black Watch during the Great War in France & Salonica, Sept. 1914 - March 1919. I thank my God for every remembrance of you. Phil. 1.3. R.I.P.
[His wife, Muriel Rosa Lilian Foster, died at Montrose on 3 Apr 1952.]
[M17] In loving memory of MARGARET BUIST JOHNSTONE the beloved wife of EDWARD MILLAR of Rossie who fell asleep on the 6th of December 1905 and of the above EDWARD MILLAR who died at Rossie Castle 23rd October 1911 whose bodies rest in the vault outside this church Them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him
[M18; from Jervise] JAMES SCOT of Ulisses Haven came to this world Jany. the 5th, 1667. Depairted Jany. 18th, 1701, and Dedicated to the Poor of this Parochin, the soum of 150 mkes Memento.
(2) Inchbrayoch (Rossie Island)
The ancient kirk of the parish of Inchbrayoch stood within this burying ground; it is said to have been in ruins by 1573. In addition to Mitchell's recordings, there is an Index of Personal names in Rossie Island Cemetery (Inscriptions recorded by Gordon Johnson) [Angus Archives ref. 26:929.5].
(3) St Skeoch's (or St Skae's), Dunninald
Above: St Skeoch's, Dunninald, showing, from left: Keith tomb, the chapel, Arkley/Stansfeld enclosure, Brewster enclosure
Above: ruins of St Skeoch's (or St Skae's) chapel, Dunninald (or a rebuilt structure on its site?), on the cliff top, beside Elephant Rock (NO717544)
Above: tomb of Keith of Usan, beside St Skeoch's chapel
According to Angus Council's web-site "Angus Ahead":
"Littered" is a grotesque exaggeration and seafarers are not much in evidence!
The following is a list of all monuments seen at St Skeoch's chapel in 2011 and 2014; the ground is very uneven and it seems likely there are buried monuments. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering; Mitchell's readings are unreliable for St Skeoch's, as is her sketch of the kirkyard. Uncertain readings are in parentheses; square brackets enclose editorial comments.
Murals in Keith tomb:
[1; M1; east wall] The burying place of GEORGE KEITH esq. of Usan 1836 GEORGE KEITH, esq. of Usan, died at Usan House on 15th January 1855, aged 97 years. ELIZA DONALD, his wife, died 10th November 1864, aged 61 years. CATHERINE ELIZABETH, his eldest daughter born 31st October 1825, died 11th April 1836. GEORGE, his only son born 5th September 1829, died 12th April 1840, GEORGINA ANN, his last surviving child, born 20th May 1827, died 23rd January 1850.
[2; M2; south wall - has been moved since Mitchell saw it] CATHARINE [sic] ELIZABETH, his [i.e. George Keith's] eldest daughter born 31st October 1825, died 11th April 1836. GEORGE, his only son, born 5th Septr 1829, died 12th April 1840. GEORGINA ANN, last surviving child, born 20th May 1827, died 23rd January 1850. HELEN DONALD, his sister-in-law youngest daughter of ANDREW DONALD esqr born 24th March 1824, died 16th May 1853. GEORGE KEITH esqr of Usan born 4th Oct. 1834, died 1st Feb. 1909. MARGARET his wife born 14th Aug. 1843, died 22nd Sept. 1917.
[3; M3; base of cross] Sacred to the memory of MARGARET wife of NATHANIEL STEVENSON Esq. of Braidwood born 4 April 1817 died 11 March 1897 MAY infant daughter of GEORGE and MARGARET KEITH of Usan born 21 March 1884 died 21 March 1884 GEORGE KEITH Esq. [buried]
[side 2] MARGARET wife of GEORGE KEITH Esq. of Usan, only daughter of NATHANIEL STEVENSON Esq. of Braidwood born 14 August 1843 died 22 September 1917
[side 3] In loving memory of General NATHANIEL STEVENSON late Governor of Guernsey 2nd son of NATH. STEVENSON Esq. of Braidwood Lanarkshire born 15th April 1840 died 2nd August 1911
In railed enclosure behind Keith tomb:
[4; M4] Sacred to the memory of KATIE and DODIE BURNESS, who fell asleep in Jesus. KATIE on the 25th Sept 1873 aged 12 years. DODIE, on the 1st Sept 1874 aged 14 years. ... father's hope ...
[5; M5; cross] Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM ALEXANDER MACKINTOSH, M.B.C.M. died at Inchbrayock, 28th Jan. 1911, aged 52 years. His wife ALICE MARY SHEPHERD died at Usan, 3rd Jan. 1932, aged 71 years.
[6; M6] Erected by PETER KEILL farmer Boddin: to the memory of his deceased children ROBERT, born 15th July 1830, died 13th Octr 1836. ANDREW, born 7th June 1839, died 19th Feby 1842. AGNES born 25th Sepr 1833, died 23d Feby 1842. JAMES, born 2d Jany 1829, died 27th Feby 1842.
[7; M7; splitting; part of inscription in pieces on ground; 2014 - now almost entirely defaced] ...S MOIR [s]ometime quarrier at Boddi[n] in memory of his spous[e] JEAN RO(S)... who departed t... September 13th, 1809 ... years.
[8; M8; large flat stone, very eroded, but with decoration at one end and some traces of '17']
[9; M9; mural on east wall of chapel, inside] Here lie Captain ROBt SCOTT of Abbeythune 1843 ANNE ROLLAND 1847 GRAY SCOTT 1859 and LOUISE ROLLAND of Abbeythune who died 7 Sept 1873 "Ye have need of patience." ALEXA JESSIE MacGREGOR God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes died 18th September 1932 Also in memory of LOUISA ROLLAND BAZELEY MacGREGOR who died 21st April 1933 and ELSIE THEODORA BAZELEY who died on 21st April 1936 Both the latter are buried at West Hill Devon.
[10; M10; see Note] In memory of GEORGE JAMES RAMSAY. Born Novr 24th 1859. Died Decr 17th 1840.
[11; M11] 1843 Sacred to the memory of JOHN FITCHET, merchant Montrose, who died 5th January 1838 aged 76 years. And of his sons ALEXANDER, who died in Jamaica on 20th February 1822 aged 30 years. WILLIAM, who died 21st June 1824 aged 16 years. DAVID, who died 26th June 1824 aged 29 years. Also lies interred here ANNE LINDSAY, the beloved wife of JOHN FITCHET, who died the 20th August 1850 aged 88 years. ISOBELLA FITCHET who died 23rd Dec. 1874 aged 74 years.
[west] Sacred to the memory of MARGARET VALENTINE FITCHET the beloved wife of Captn JOHN FITCHET, Montrose, who died 11th Sep. 1888, aged 62 years. The above Captn JOHN FITCHET, died 22nd June 1889, aged 88 years.
[12; M12; entirely defaced]
[13; M13; in railed enclosure] To the memory of JAMES BREWSTER, D.D. minister of the gospel at Craig. Born 5th August 1777. Ordained 12th January 1804, died 5th February 1847. Erected by public subscription in testimony of his fervent piety and distinguished attainments, as a divine; his inflexible integrity and affectionate zeal, as a pastor; and his practical benevolence and genuine humility, in every relation of life.
[14; M14; flat stone with marginal inscription, partly under turf] ... WILLIAM and JAMES STRATONs lawfull sons to WILLIAM STRATON in Sco... ...IAM departed this life February 17 1718 And of his age 22. JAMES departed August 16 1722 ... of his age 16; WS WS; AS MS; IS [skull, crossbones, hourglass] Here lies interd the earthly part of ... / Whose soul ... / Who w... /Ye... / Blessed ... / For they ... / And their ... / ..u 14.17
[15; M15] 1801 Erected by COLIN SALMON watch maker in Dundee in memory of his parents JOHN SALMON and KATHRINE BUCHAN who lyes interd near this place & two brothers viz ALEXr & GEORGE also interd here. Hear wht the voice from heav.n prclaims / For all the pious dead / Sweet is the savour of ther names / And soft their sleeping bed. / Far from this world of toil and strife / They're present with the Lord / The labours of their mortal life / End in a large reward.
[16; M16; cross] Erected by FLORA TINDAL, in loving memory of her dear husband JAMES TINDAL, shipmaster, who died at Montrose, 13th July 1905, aged 82. The above FLORA MacDONALD or TINDAL who died at Montrose, 3rd May 1909, aged 86. I hope to see my pilot face to face / When I have crossed the bar."
[17; M17] 1864 Erected by JAMES MacDONALD Dunninald to the memory of his children viz. JOHN died 11 April 1829 aged 2. ELIZABETH died 15 May 1839 aged 15. DAVID DUNCAN died 8 Feb. 1842 aged 4. MARY ANN died 9 July 1858 aged 39. JOHN died 19 June 1863 aged 28. The above JAMES MacDONALD died 1st April 1872, aged 86 MARGARET DUNCAN, wife of JAMES MacDONALD, and mother of the above children, died 20th September 1887, aged 88 years.
In Arkley/Stansfeld enclosure:
[18; M18] THOMAS dearly beloved son of WILLIAM & ELIZABETH PRYOR born 2nd June 1964, died 20th April 1967 The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
[19; M19] Sacred to the memory of PETER ARKLEY esqr of Dunninald born September 16th 1780, died December (3)1st 182(5). ELIZABETH HENDERSON his wife born September 16th 1786, died December 25th 1876. PATRICK ARKLEY, esqr of Dunninald, their eldest son, born 17th May 1816 died 19th June 1868. LOUISE PHILIPPINE MALAN his wife born 12th September 1815, died 23rd September 1868. ANNE DUN ARKLEY daughter of P. ARKLEY esqr & E. HENDERSON born 16th October 1819 died 22nd September 1870. We asked life of thee, and Thou gavest it them / even length of days for ever and ever ROBERT HENDERSON ARKLEY esqr younger son of the above named PETER ARKLEY esqr born 28th March 1818, died 5th August 1887 R.I.P.
[20; M20] PATRICK ARKLEY died 13th January 1857, aged 13 years.
[21; M21; coffin-shaped] [north] CHARLES ARMSTRONG SMYTH of Stradreagh Co. Derry Ireland. Died 11th April 1906, aged 69
[south] (MARY SMYTH of) Dunninald daughter of PATRICK ARKLEY esq. widow of CHARLES A. SMYTH born 20th June 1840 died 18th Feb. 1920.
[22; M22; coffin-shaped] [north] JOHN STANSFELD of Field House Sowerby Yorkshire and of Dunninald late captain the Royal Scots Greys born 16. Jan. 1840 died 22. Jan. 1928
[south] ELIZA STANSFELD of Dunninald wife of JOHN STANSFELD daughter of PATRICK ARKLEY esq. born 6. Dec. 184(6) died 2. June 1916.
[23; urn; see Note] JOHN de BOURBEL STANSFELD 1905-1975 MARY MAROW STANSFELD 1909-1997
Note on : Mitchell incorrectly gives the year of birth on the stone as 1839, though it is clearly 1859; but - George James was bapt. 23 Dec 1839 at Craig, son of George Ramsay & Elisabeth Margaret Brewster.
Note on : John de Bourbel Stansfeld of Dunninald's wife was Mary Marow Eardley-Wilmot
The following is a list of all five murals at Usan, by Mains of Usan and the ruins of Chapel Mill. There was a mediaeval chapel here, dedicated to St Mary. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. Only no. 4 is original; see Jervise for the original wording of nos 2 and 5.
[1; M1] In loving memory of Major ERIC TOM BROOKHOUSE GRAHAM-SCOTT, M.C., the younger son of THOMAS GRAHAM-SCOTT born 14th June 1900 died 17th February 1958. Interred at Nottingham
[Photo of monument at Nottingham]
[2; M2] In memory of ARCHIBALD SCOTT of Usan eldest son of ROBERT SCOTT of Dunninald, died 1795. His wife, ELIZABETH RENNY, heiress of the barony of Ulysseshaven, died 1761. His second wife, MARGARET CHALMERS of Sclattie, died 1827. Original stone repaired 1950 by Col. Graham-Scott.
[above the mural; vacant space once occupied by a shield]
[beneath the mural, a motto] Aut tace aut face [Be silent or act]
[3: M3] In loving memory of THOMAS GRAHAM GRAHAM-SCOTT, M.D., M.R.C.S.,(Eng,) son of THOMAS SCARD SCOTT, D.D., M.A., (Oxon.) born 9th February 1864, died 18th September 1952. Interred in the Brookhouse Vault at Nottingham. Also of EMILY HANNAH HALFORD GRAHAM-SCOTT, beloved wife of the above born 31st May 1869, died 5th November 1965.
[T. G. Graham-Scott's wife was Emily Hannah Halford Brookhouse; these Scotts are unrelated to the earlier Scott proprietors of Usan]
[4; M4] Hic sub spe beatæ resurrectionis tegitur corpus optimi viri D. PATRICII RENNY de Ulysseshaven, qui 67 ætatis anno XI die Iulii 1735 ex hac vita migravit. Annos 47 cum amantissima uxore D. ELIZABETHA WILLIAMSON vixit, ex qua undecim liberos genuit, quorum duo infantes decessere, nouem reliqui ad ætatem adultam peruenerunt, e quibus quatuor filii, ROBERTUS, ALEXANDER, JACOBUS & THOMAS, tres item filiæ IANA, MARGERIA & MARGARETA supersunt. Curavit uidua hoc monumentum chara struendum, in desiderii & pignus amoris, ei.
[No. 4 is the marble monument facing the entrance, visible in this photo.
Translation: Here in the hope of a blessed resurrection lies the body of a most noble man, Sir PATRICK RENNY of Ulysseshaven, who departed this life on the 11th day of July 1735 in the 67th year of his age. He lived 47 years together with his most beloved spouse, Dame ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON, by whom he had eleven children, of whom two died in infancy, the other nine reached adulthood, of whom four sons, ROBERT, ALEXANDER, JAMES and THOMAS, and three daughters JANE, MARJORY and MARGARET survive. His beloved widow erected this monument to him, as a token of her grief and love.
The "sir" and "dame" were wishful thinking on someone's part. Marjory Renny married Thomas Lyell, 2nd of Gardyne:
is from the Montrose marriage register. Thomas was brother to Stewart Lyell of Newgate, Arbroath. There is a monument to Thomas & Marjory at Kirkden.]
[5; M5] In memory of ISABELLA, daughter of ARCHIBALD SCOTT of Usan, and wife of Capt. ROBERT SCOTT, H.E.I.C. Interred here 1816. DAVID SCOTT of Usan, commissioner & judge, son of ARCHIBALD, died Chirrapondee 1831. Capt. CHARLES SCOTT, son of DAVID, died Dacca, 1847. Also his wife, HARRIET BECHER. HARRIET FRANCES, daughter of CHARLES, and wife of J. ORPE BROOKHOUSE, interred Nottingham 1913.
Above, left: arms of Scott above mural 5 at Usan: A fess embattled between three lions' heads erased. (Below the shield, not illustrated here, is the motto Aut tace aut face [Be silent or act])
Above, right: coat of arms forming part of the monument to Archibald Scott of Usan in Craig Kirk: Argent, a fess embattled gules between three lions' heads erased of the second, langued azure
These arms are not Archibald's, but the undifferenced arms of his ancestor, James Scott of Logie.
The arms of Scott of Logie
Location: NO710564, at SW corner of playing field, Barns Brae, Ferryden
It was moved there in 1949 from a site close to the old Inch Bridge.
See also Craig WW1.
- Black Watch -
Lt. J. Fred. Watson
Sergt. Jas. Spence
Sergt. Chas. Thomson
Sergt. W.W. Watt
L/Col. Geo. Allan
L/Col. Wm. Anderson
Pte. Wm. Adamson
Pte. Jas. W. Anderson
Pte. Chas. Begg
Pte. Jas. Begg
Pte. Jas. Blacklaws
Pte. Robert Duncan
Pte. John Forbes
Pte. David Gouk
Pte. Angus Moir
Pte. John Paton
Pte. John C. Paton
Pte. Jas. Reid
Pte. Wm. Robb
Pte. And. West
Pte. And. Young
- H.L.I. -
Sergt. David Nicoll
Pte. Peter Paton
Pte. John Pert
Pte. Geo. Pert
Pte. David P. Smith
- Seaforth Highrs -
Pte. Geo. Pert
- Gordon Highrs -
Lt-Col. J.R.E. Stansfeld, D.S.O.*
Pte. David R. Ryrie
Pte. Alex. Thomson
- Cameron Highrs -
Pte. Jas. Clayton
Pte. John Macaskill
- Canadians -
Sergt. T. Anderson
Sergt. Gordon Watson
- Australians -
Pte. Jas. B. Coull
- R.A.F. -
Fl-Sergt. Geo. Aitken
* John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld ("Johnnie") was the only son the Rev. John Birkbeck Evelyn Stansfeld, a first cousin of John Stansfeld ("Jack") of Field House, Yorkshire, who was the husband of Lila Arkley, co-heiress of Dunninald. Johnnie was named heir apparent of Dunninald, but died in 1915. Jack died in 1928, and Johnnie's son John de Bourbel Stansfeld inherited the estate.
(2) 1914-1919: members of Craig Kirk
Location: inside Craig Kirk
* son of the Rev. Dr Robert Scott
(3) 1939-1945: landward part of the parish of Craig
Location: inside Craig Kirk
Peter Alexander Watt.
John W. Simison.
David Valentine Blacklaws.
Indexes and actual records for Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages & Deaths, beginning 1 Jan 1855, are available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople.
Additionally, in the National Records:
- 1857 - 1860 for Church of Scotland [NRS CH2/616/13]
Additionally, in the National Records:
- 1855 - 1862 for Church of Scotland [NRS CH2/616/13]
Indexes and actual records for all extant Old Parish Registers (OPRs) (pre-1855) of the Established Church of Scotland are available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople.
- 1657 - 1854
- 1600? (1660?) - 1854
Additionally, in the National Records:
- 1756 - 1757 for Church of Scotland [NRS CH2/616/8]
- 1726 - 1793
|Nature of record||Dates||NRS ref. CH2/616/...|
|List of parishioners||1788||14|
|Poors' fund minutes||1764-1826||16|
|Heritors' & kirk session minutes (Poors' fund)||1827-1933||17|
|Biog. of the Rev. Wm Murray Diack, M.A., min. at|
Craig (1943-70), by son Adrian Diack, M.A.
Church Session Records of Craig Free Church
later United Free; Ferryden Church of Scotland; now united with Craig Ch. of S. and Maryton Ch. of S.
|Nature of record||Dates||NRS ref. CH3/62/...|
|Deacons' Court minutes||1845-1890||2|
|Church and manse fabric fund account||1946-1956||4|
Craig Heritors' records
and see also entries under Church Session
|Nature of record||Dates||NRS ref. HR737/...|
|Minute book (with accounts, 1911-1928)||1843-1928||1|
There were 4 proprietors of land in the parish in 1835:
- Horatio Ross of Rossie, M.P. - 2471 acres
- Patrick Arkley of Dunninald - 721 ac.
- George Keith of Usan - 862 ac.
- Sir James Carnegie, bart., of Southesk - Baldovie, 98 ac. & Pittarris, 60 ac.
There were also 757 acres of common land.
See Dunninald: Family Histories for an outline history of the ownership of Dunninald.
See The History of Rossie Estate near Montrose for an outline history of the ownership of Rossie. Note that A.J. Warden's Angus or Forfarshire, vol. 3, goes astray by confusing owners of this property with Lindsays, owners of Rossie in Kinross-shire.
|Baldovie||Stuart Forbes Low||-1902-|
|Balgove||P. & D. Cargill||-1926-|
|do||George P. Adams||-1930-|
|Balstout||To let||Feb 1847|
|do||William C. Low||-1881-|
|do||R.P. Scott Tindal [d. 1914]||-1914|
|Barns of Craig||John Tindall||-1891-1921-|
|do||Chivers & Sons, Ltd.||-1926-1942-|
|do||John Bruce Robertson||-1939-1947-|
|Castle Braes||Representatives of A. Low||-1921-|
|Dunninald Mains||Maj. David Anderson Spence, V.D. [d. 1921]||-1901-1921|
|do||Victor George Morgan||-1930-1935-|
|do||George Gibson Ogilvie||-1937-1947-|
|East Mains of Dysart|
[East Mains of Rossie]
|R.P. Scott Tindal [d. 1914]||-1906-1914|
|do||Alexander Stobo [d. 1952]||-1944-1952|
|do||Alexander B. Kydd [d. 1928]||-1903-1928|
|do||Sold to John Tindal for £710; 26 acres, & 18 acres of woodland||1922|
|Mains of Usan||William Moir||-1871-1881-|
|do||William Stamford Henderson||-1926-1936|
|do||Gavin Alston [d. 1952]||-1938-1950|
|do||Representatives of Andrew Spence||-1906-1918-|
|do||Sold to H.G. Spence for £8500; 338 acres, & 213 acres of Rossie Moor||1922|
|do||Herbert George Spence [d. 1952]||-1921-1952|
|Muir of Rossie||Representatives of J. Coutts||-1921-|
|Scotston of Usan||Joseph Kydd||-1871-|
|do||W. & J. Allan||-1921-1926-|
|Seaton of Usan||John Burness||-1871-|
|Usan||George Keith of Usan||-1906-|
|West Mains of Rossie||David Thomson||-1881-1902-|
|Westerton of Rossie||Andrew Spence||-1861-|
|do||Mrs Anne K. Spence [d. 1898, aged 99]||-1871-1898|
|do||Alexander Crombie Simpson||-1935-1942-|
|do||Sold to Rossie Farm School for £1900; 194 acres||1937|
|Woodside of Rossie||John Coutts||-1891-|
Records of the official censuses of the parish in 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 are held in the New Register House, Edinburgh and are open to the public on payment of a fee.
Indexes to all the original census records, and the records themselves, can be accessed online at modest charge at ScotlandsPeople.
Microfilm copies are also widely available in libraries. The 1881 census is available on CD-ROM.
The early censuses of 1801-31 do not name individuals.
There is a list of parishioners of Inchbrayock in 1788 in the Kirk Session records [NRS CH2/616/14].
|1755||935||Dr Alexander Webster|
|1790||639||675||1314||Old Statistical Account|
After change of parish boundary:
Craig was in the Commissariot of St Andrews.
Indexes to all extant pre-1926 testamentary records (wills & inventories of moveable property) can be searched free of charge at ScotlandsPeople. Digital (and paper) copies of the documents can be purchased at that site. See further the introduction to Angus & Kincardineshire at Testaments.
Testaments of people in Craig from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823
|Thomas Allardyce of Dinnald||par. of Inchbreack||4 May 1697|
|Alexander Arnott||in Scotistoune, par. of Inchebreok||18 Jul 1620|
|Robert Arnott||in Mains of Rossie, par. of Inchbreak||8 Jul 1635|
|Robert Butter||in the West Mains of Rossie, par. of Inchbreck||14 Feb 1628|
|Elizabeth Campbell||spouse to Archibald Lighton, par. of Craig||10 Oct 1799|
|Patrick Carnegie||in the Maines of Ulischeavein, par. of Inchebreaok||13 Aug 1628|
|Peter Christie||gardener on island of Inchbrayock||14 Mar 1810|
|Catherin Clidislie||in Ferrieden, par. of Inchebreok||23 Jun 1619|
|Miss Mary Colquhoun||residing at Craighouse, near Montrose||26 Apr 1822|
|Colin Crookshank||flesher, par. of Craig||6 Nov 1760|
|Ann Dear||spouse of Robert McRory, salmon fisher on Rossie Island||7 Feb 1822|
|Elspet Dures||widow in Balkellie, par. of Inchebreak||29 Jun 1620|
|Alexander Edward||in Scotistoun, par. of Inchebreak||27 May 1617|
|Margaret Ferrier||spouse to Robert Lawson, in Holmyln, par. of Craig||4 Nov 1675|
|Andrew Forman||in Cottoun of Craig, par. of Inchebreak||11 Apr 1616|
|James Forrest||tacksman of the Montrose Bridge tolls||18 Sep 1823|
|Mr James Forsyth||late minister at Craig||5 Feb 1718|
|Robert Gibson||late tenant in Mains of Dunninauld, Forfar||21 Aug 1775|
|James Glen||in Inche of Craig, par. of Inchbreak||25 Jul 1635|
|John Gorme||in Over Pert, par. of Inchbreak||18 Oct 1613|
|Margaret Hodgestoun||spouse to Hercules Smyth, in Maynes of Rossie, par. of Inchbreck||28 Jun 1620|
|William Lamb||in Cookhill, par. of Inchbreck||18 Jun 1628|
|Helen Lawson||spouse to William Lamb, in Cottoun of Craig, par. of Inchbreck||11 Apr 1616|
|Margaret Lawson||spouse to John Forbes, in Putarres, par. of Inchbreak||12 Nov 1628|
|Euphaim Lichtoun||spouse to Robert Lichtoun of Ulisheavin, par. of Inchebreak||22 Dec 1615|
|James Mackie||in Ferrieden, par. of Inchbreck||22 Nov 1627|
|Thomas Mill||tidesman in Ferryden, par. of Craig, Forfarshire||30 Apr 1787|
|James Nauchtie||servitor to George Nauchtie, his brother, in Moniboy, par. of Inchbreak||28 Feb 1614|
|Alexander Neil||gardener at Dunninald, spouse of Catharine Clark||12 Nov 1818|
|Alexander Orkney||in Ferrieden, par. of Break||16 Jan 1619|
|William Paterson||in Rossie, par. of Inchbreck||30 Oct 1615|
|Dr James Paton||minister of the gospel at Craig||23 Mar 1812|
|Gelis Reid||in Ferriden, par. of Inchbreak, spouse of David Symson||20 Oct 1614|
|Janet Reid||spouse to Thomas Morris, in Cottoun of Balkelie, par. of Inchebreak||26 Jan 1615|
|Archibald Scott of Rossie||9 Sep 1773|
|Archibald Scott of Ullysseshaven||par. of Craig||22 Nov 1796 and 27 Jan 1819|
|James Scott||in Uzin||13 Jan 1676|
|John Scott||in Ulilschaven, par. of Inchbreck||2 Jul 1621|
|Margaret Scott||lawful daughter to the deceased James Scott, in Uilishaven, par. of Inchbreck||10 Dec 1675|
|William Shepherd||in the Milnes of Rossie, par. of Inchebrook||16 Dec 1615|
|David Smart||in Ferrieden, par. of Inchbreck||23 Jun 1619|
|John Smith||in Wester Maines of Rossie, par. of Inchbreok||30 Oct 1617|
|Margaret Smith||spouse to John Gibson, in Maynes of Rossie, par. of Inchbreck||28 Jun 1620|
|William Smith||in Bruntoun, par. of Inchebrok||28 Jan 1620|
|Christian Strachan||spouse to David Fowlar, in Ferrie, par. of Inchbreck||13 Mar 1619|
|David Strachan||in Ferreden, par. of Inchbreck||13 Mar 1619|
|Margaret Stratton||in Ferridean, par. of Inchbryock||27 Oct 1687|
|James Sturrock||in Ferriden, par. of Craig||16 Dec 1615|
|Robert Taylor||smyth in Cottoun of Craig, par. of Inchbreck||17 Jul 1617|
|Janet Thomson||spouse to John Nauchtie, in Gichtie barnes Geichtie-burne , par. of Inchbreck||18 Dec 1620|
|Alisoun Williamson||spouse to James Ritchie, in Craig, par. of Inchebreok||5 Jun 1619|
|Agnes Wood||spouse to William Tailleor, in Cottoune of Cragie, par. of Inchbreak||26 Sep 1627|
|Sir David Wood of Craig, knight||par. of Inchbreck||9 Oct and 10 Dec 1616|
|Helen Wood||in Ferriden in the Inchbreck, spouse of David Strachauchan||15 Mar 1614|
|Isobel Wood||relict of Alexander Arnott, in Scotstoun, par. of Inchbreck||1 Jul 1621|
|James Wyllie||in Ferrieden, par. of Inchebreak||8 Mar 1616|
|William Wyllie||in Bakille, par. of Inchebreck||23 Mar and 27 Jul 1616|
Testaments registered at St Andrews that have been lost, for which only entries in the minute books are extant.
|James Norval||in Higham, par. of Craig||1 Jan 1763|
|James Ross||in Cotton of Ulysseshaven, par. of Craig||17 Feb 1742|
|Patrick Scott of Rossie||2 Feb 1737|
Testaments of Craig people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1823
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.
|David Fettes||tidesman at Ferryden||24 May 1810|
|Ann Greig||widow of Rev. Dr James Paton, sometime minister at Craig||11 Jan 1820|
|John Hill, yr of Cotton of Craig||tenant in East Cotton||26 Jul 1804|
|Patrick Renny of Ulyseshaven||T. 24 May 1783|
Testaments of people in Craig from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600
|William Furde||cordiner in Balstuit, par. of Inchbraik in Angus||13 Aug 1591|
|Duncan Lamb||in the Mains of Rossie in Angus||11 Aug 1590|
|Jonet Taylor||sometime spouse to Alexander Wood, in Balkelie, par. of Inchbrayik in Angus||13 Aug 1591|
|Names||Designations||Abode||Acts of rebellion|
|Where at present|
|James Anderson||fisher||Ferryden||Carried Arms as a Volunteer in the Rebel Army||Lurking|
|David Cowie||servant||Rossie||[En]listed with the Rebels but deserted & never was in any Battle||not known|
|James Edward||residenter||Ferryden||[En]listed voluntarly with the Rebels & carried Arms at the Battle of Culloden||Lurking|
|John Fraser||servant||Rossie||Enlisted voluntarly with the Rebels & went with them to the North||Lurking|
|James Robertson||servant||Rossie||Voluntarly enlisted, Carried Arms & was at the Battle of Culloden with the Rebels||Lurking|
|David Sheepherd||servant||Ulysseshaven [Usan]||Carried Arms being hired out, was at the Battle of Culloden &c. about his Mother's house||Lurking|
|John Sheepherd||servant||Ferryden||Voluntarly Enlisted & carried Arms at the Battle of Falkirk||Prisoner|
|James Watson||cottar||Highome||Carried Arms voluntarly & was at Falkirk & Culloden Battles with the Rebels||Arbroath Lurking|
Images of the original records for Craig:
Images of the original records for Craig:
Angus Council: Local history: Ferryden - an Angus fishing village [page no longer extant]
Dunninald - house & gardens
- Eliza Donald (1803 Aberdeen - 1864), dau. of Andrew D.; spouse of George Keith of Usan
- Horatio Ross of Rossie (1801-1886)
- David Scott of Dunninald (1746-1805)
The following photographs, most kindly provided by Adrian Diack, M.A., are © Adrian Diack; with thanks to him for providing them.
- Mausoleum of the Millars of Rossie
- Window of the Millar mausoleum
- Memorial to David Scott
- Memorial to the Rev. Robert Mitchell
- Memorial to the Rev. William Diack
- Memorials to the Colquhouns
- Memorial to Hercules Ross of Rossie
- Memorial to R.C.H. Millar
- Memorial to Edward Millar of Rossie
- Memorial to Horatio Ross
- Memorials to the Arkleys
- Craig Kirk in the 1950s
- The Rev. William Diack
- Memorial to the Rev. Dr James Brewster
- Scott arms in Craig Kirk
- War memorials in Craig Kirk