Montrose (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish and Royal Burgh of Montrose

Parish number 312

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For "Old Montrose", see Maryton.

seal of Montrose

The Common Seal of the
Royal Burgh of Montrose

The original name of the town was Salorch, variant Sallork, latinised as Selurca or Celurca.

Please also visit the page of general information applicable to all of Angus & Kincardineshire.


NLSNational Library of Scotland
NRSNational 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)
OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles

Photo-books - old photographs of Montrose


Statistical accounts of Montrose


Maps of Montrose

John Wood - Plan of the Town of Montrose (Edinburgh, 1822).

Reform Act plan of Montrose of 1832.

Town plan of Montrose in 1861-2.

1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1957

1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1861, published 1865

1:2500 (25 inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1861, published 1865

For the full range of maps of Montrose, see National Library's Maps.

Copies of the old Ordnance Survey plan of Montrose, dated 1902 & reduced from 25 inches to the mile to about 15 inches to the mile, can be bought from Alan Godfrey Maps. These are not coloured maps.

See also ScotlandsPlaces: Montrose

map of Montrose

Above: modern street map of the town of Montrose
Click on the map above to go to a navigable, zoomable map of Angus
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Photographs of places

Photographs of places and people


Local societies


Montrose parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO714577. Rebuilt 1791; steeple by James Gillespie Graham added 1842. The mediaeval kirk was dedicated to St John the Evangelist.

See Montrose Parish Church for exterior and interior photographs and also Photos of Montrose Parish Church.

Denhead Free Kirk

Above: the former Free Kirk (later, United Free Kirk), just inside the parish boundary at Denhead, near Hillside. It was known as the Den Kirk, and would seem to have been the Free Kirk of Logie Pert.


Parish ministers of Montrose

adm.: admitted, app.: appointed; 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

Ministers of 1st charge 1560-1968

Thomas Anderson1560-1585schoolmaster here; min. 1560; d. 1585, "aged and unable"
John Craig1571-1573tr. from St Giles Edinburgh 1571; tr. to Aberdeen 6 Aug 1573
John Beattie1572, 1579reader Mar 1571-2 and 26 Oct 1579
John Durie1585-1600b. 1537 Mauchline AYR; conventual brother, Dunfermline Abbey; imprisoned till he died, for heresy, but escaped; exhorter at Restalrig MLN 1563-7; min. at Colinton MLN 1569; tr. to S. Leith MLN May 1570; tr. to St Giles Edinburgh bef. 6 Aug 1573; adm. here 1585; d. 29 Feb 1600; mar. Marion, who survived him, dau. of Sir John Marjoribanks, provost of Edinburgh; issue: Joshua, min. of Inverkeilor; Robt, min. of Anstruther FIF; Simeon, min. of Arbroath; Christian (mar. George Gledstanes, archbishop of St Andrews); Eliz. (mar. James Melville, min. of Kilrenny FIF); dau. (mar. John Dykes, min. of Kilrenny FIF)
Samuel Ramsay1601-1631min. of Glamis 1595; tr. & adm. 1601; d. Apr 1631; mar. Janet Moncur, wid. of Wm Haliburton, burgess of Dundee; issue: John; Annas (mar. James Govan, min. of Blackford PER)
John Ogilvy1615reader 31 May 1615
John Croll1629-1669reader 8 Mar 1629; master of the music school; mar.; issue: Marie; James; David; David
Archibald Symmer1631-1633adm. bef. 18 Dec 1631; still min. 17 Dec 1633; issue: Archd, Grizell
James Duncan1633-1641M.A. St Andrews 1625; adm. bef. 12 Nov 1633; d. Aug 1641, aged ca. 36; mar. Jean, dau. of David Lindsay of Dunkenny, bishop of Edinburgh; issue: David, James, Athertune [f.], Jean, Mary, Cath.
Thomas Couper1642-1662son of Thos C., burgess of Edinburgh; M.A. Edinburgh 1625; adm. to Saline FIF bef. 21 Jun 1634; tr. to Menmuir bef. 2 Apr 1639; tr. & adm. 16 Jun 1642; d. 28 Mar 1662, aged ca. 56; mar. dau. of Robert Burrell, Perth; issue: James; Eliza(beth); Janet (mar. Theodore Umphray, min. of Nesting SHI)
David Strachan1662-1672b. 1630, eldest son of David S., bishop of Brechin; adm. 1662; d. 2 Jul 1672; mar. dau. of James Melville of Dysart; issue: Margaret, James, David
David Lyell of Balhall1673-1696bapt. 10 Nov 1634 Montrose, eldest son of Walter Lyell of Balhall [in Menmuir], hereditary town clerk of Montrose; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1654; ord. to Banchory-Devenick bef. 18 Oct 1658; tr. to 3rd charge Aberdeen 1666; tr. & adm. bef. 3 Apr 1673; d. Mar 1696; mar. 1658 Mary, dau. of Sir James Sandilands of St Monans; issue: James, of Balhall, advocate; Patrick, of Balhall; Anne (mar. James Williamson, shipmaster, Montrose); Mary
William Arrott1697-1730son of Andrew Arrott of Dumbarrow; M.A. St Andrews 1676; adm. to Channelkirk BEW 31 Aug 1682; adm. here 6 Jan 1697; d. 15 Aug 1730, aged ca. 73; mar. Magdalen Oliphant, who survived him; issue: Andrew, min. of Dunnichen; Margaret (mar. John Willison, min. of 2nd charge Dundee); Eliz. (mar. James Bell, min. of Logie Pert)
John Couper1731-1774b. 1697, son of Matthew C., min. of Kinfauns PER; ord. to 2nd charge 24 Sep 1724; tr. & adm. 20 Apr 1731; retired 1746 and thereafter his charge supplied by licentiates to 1764; d. 21 Jan 1774 Nether Caldhame
Charles Nisbet1764-1785bapt. 18 Jan 1736 Yester ELN, 3rd son of Wm N., schoolmaster, Long Yester; M.A. Edinburgh 1754; preacher Chapel-of-Ease Gorbals LKS 1760; res. 1762; ord. (ass. & suc.) 17 May 1764; D.D. New Jersey 1783; dep. for absence in America 5 Oct 1785; president Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 1786; d. 18 Jan 1804; left his books to Princeton; mar. 1766 Anne, dau. of Thomas Tweedie of Quarter & Kingledores [PEE]; issue: Thos; Mary; Wm; Alison; Ann; Eliz.; Alexr, judge, Baltimore; Chas
Alexander Mollison1785-1825bapt. 21 Apr 1748 Kinnell, son of James M.; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1767; ord. to 2nd charge 8 Feb 1776; tr. & adm. 17 Nov 1785; d. 19 Feb 1825; mar. Anna Lyon; issue: Jean (mar. James Mitchell, min. of 2nd charge here); Alexr, merchant, Glasgow; James, M.D., Edinburgh; George Crawford, M.A.
Robert Smith1825-1853b. 1 Aug 1788, son of Theophilus S., farmer, Stanley PER; tutor to families of Bruce of Kennet & Dundas of Arniston; ord. (ass. & suc.) to Borthwick MLN 22 Jul 1814; tr. to Newtyle 24 Sep 1818; tr. & adm. 15 Sep 1825; D.D. St Andrews 1836; d. 13 May 1853; mar. 1818 Eliz., eldest dau. of Alexr Thomson, Edinburgh; issue: Louisa (mar. James Wilson, woollen manuf., Earlston BEW); Margaret Marshall; Theophilus, min. of Temple MLN; Eliz.; Alexr Thomson; Robt, min. of St Clement's Dundee; Mary Ann; Sybella; Edward Lothian; Fredk; Frances; James
Colin McCulloch1853-1862tr. from Denny STI 22 Dec 1853 & tr. to Aberdeen East 26 Jun 1862
George Stewart Burns1863-1865tr. from Houston RFW 12 Feb 1863; tr. to St Mungo's Glasgow 22 Jun 1865
Malcolm Campbell Taylor1865-1867tr. from Grayfriars Dumfries 28 Sep 1865; tr. to Crathie ABD 6 Jun 1867
Donald Macleod1867-1870D.D.; tr. from Grayfriars Dumfries 15 Nov 1867; res. on appointment to St Mark's Chapel Dundee 16 Jun 1870
William Ewan Bull Gunn1870-1873eldest son of Wm G., soldier; ord. to Newton-upon-Ayr AYR 17 Jan 1867; tr. to Anderston Glasgow 31 Dec 1868; tr. & adm. 28 Sep 1870; res. on appointment to St Andrew's, Rodney St, Liverpool 30 Oct 1873; joined C. of E.; vicar, Egremont, Cheshire; d. 16 Sep 1911; mar. (1) 1876 --; (2) 1891 Sophie McChater
Robert Duncan1874-1893b. 30 Mar 1837 Livingston WLN, son of Geo. D.; ass. Kirkcaldy Pathhead FIF; ord. to Paisley Middle RFW 7 May 1868; tr. & adm. 26 Feb 1874; d. 26 Oct 1893
James Niblock Stuart né James Niblock1894-1921b. 14 Apr 1844 Co. Monaghan IRL, son of James Niblock of Corniglar; B.A. Dublin 1864; ord. to Newry IRL 30 Mar 1869; adm. to Comber IRL 17 Jun 1873; tr. to Newark, Port Glasgow RFW 7 Aug 1877; tr. to Yesater ELN 25 Jul 1878; tr. to S. Dulwich London 4 Feb 1886; tr. to Stirling North 17 Jan 1889; tr. & adm. 12 Jul 1894; d. 20 Jul 1921 Edinburgh; assumed surname 'Stuart' 1882; mar. 1869 Lizzie, dau. of Joseph Gray of Rockfield, Monaghan; issue: Wm Johnston Smith; Eliz. Marion; Caroline Louise; James; Julia Evelyn; Joseph Gray; John Herbert
John Stewart Robertson1918-1948b. 7 Apr 1869 Banff BAN, son of John R., agric. engineer; M.A. 1892 B.D. 1905 Glasgow; ass. Barony LKS; ord. to Kilmarnock High AYR 24 Oct 1907; tr. to Wallacetown Dundee 10 Feb 1911; tr. & adm. (ass. & suc.) 17 May 1918; adm. to united charge 23 May 1936; dem. 28 Apr 1948; mar. 1911 Euphemia Clark, dau. of James Robertson, builder
Frederick Kennedy1948-1968tr. 1948 from Strathblane STI; d. 1968

Ministers of 2nd charge 1563-1930
United with the 1st charge on 23 May 1931

John Beattie (Baty)1566-1571reader 1566; pres. to vicarage of Hospital of Montrose 20 Jul 1571 on death of Sir John Gilbert; tr. to Craig 1571
George Gledstanes1586-1587ord. to St Cyrus 23 Jul 1585; reader here 1586-7
Joshua Durie1594-1596M.A.; min. 1594; tr. to Forfar 1596
John Oswald1626-1629M.A.; adm. bef. 29 Jan 1626; tr. to Pencaitland ELN 7 Jul 1629
James Granger1635-1640M.A.; min. 11 Nov 1635 to 11 Nov 1640; later, min. of Kinneff
William Forbes1640-1643servitor to earl of Montrose; ord. 20 Nov 1640; tr. to Inverurie ABD 14 Jan 1643
Patrick Symson1643-1646ord. 7 Jun 1643; inst. to Logie Pert 10 Sep 1646
John Rait1647-1650M.A.; ord. 23 Dec 1647; tr. to Inverkeilor aft. 5 Sep 1650
James Middleton1659-1661ord. 17 Mar 1659; tr. to Longforgan PER 18 Dec 1661
[James Fithie]1663preacher at Leith MLN; app. 19 Mar 1663 but ord. to Mains May 1663
James Strachan1663-1668app. 1663; dem. Feb 1668; later, min. of Oyne ABD
George Strachan1669-1672M.A.; adm. 24 Apr 1669; tr. to Old Machar ABD bef. 15 Feb 1672
Alexander Mylne1672-1684M.A.; adm. 14 Feb 1672; tr. to Benholm 23 Jul 1684
John Milne1684-1695son of Wm M., tailor, Aberdeen; ord. to Garvock 2 Mar 1670; tr. & adm. Oct 1684; dep. 1695 as non-jurant; had meeting-house at Inverarity 1701; d. Sep 1710; mar. 1670 Eliz. Milne; issue: Robt, burgess of Montrose; Jean (mar. Thos Thomson, notary, Chance Inn)
George Stephen1698-1707ord. 27 Dec 1698; tr. to Maryton 10 Jun 1707
James Trail1709-1723b. 1681 nr Lifford IRL, son of Wm T., min. of Borthwick MLN; M.A> Edinburgh 1699; ord. 22 Feb 1709; d. 25 Mar 1723; mar. 1714 Christian, dau. of John Allardice, provost of Aberdeen; issue: John; Agnes (mar. Alexr Thomson, bookseller, Aberdeen); Susanna (mar. James Chalmers, printer, Aberdeen, son of Prof. James C.)
John Couper1724-1731ord. 24 Sep 1724; tr. to 1st charge 20 Apr 1731
William Hopper1732-1733b. BEW; chaplain to laird of Allanbank; ord. 7 Feb 1732; dep. 21 Nov 1733 for immorality
George Aitken1735-1775M.A. St Andrews 1721; ord. 29 Jan 1735; d. 24 Aug 1775, aged ca. 74; mar. (1) 1735 Margaret, dau. of William Burnet of Criggie; mar. (2) 1764 Margaret Mudie
Alexander Mollison1776-1785M.A.; ord. 8 Feb 1776; tr. to 1st charge 17 Nov 1785
James Mitchell1786-1805b. 1763; tutor to (Sir) Walter Scott; chaplain to Willielma lady Glenorchy; ord. to S. Shields 22 Jun 1784; adm. here 22 Jun 1786; dem. 13 Feb 1805; min. of Scots congregation, Wooler; d. there 20 Oct 1835; mar. 1791 Jean, dau. of Alexr Mollison, min. of 1st charge; issue: James; Alexr, indigo planter; Jean
James Esdaile1805-1810ord. 14 Aug 1805; tr. to Perth East 29 Nov 1810
Joseph Paterson1811-1871b. 17 Jan 1779 Aberdeen, son of Alexr P.; M.A. Marischal 1797; tutor to lord Byron; schoolmaster Fintray ABD 1809; ord. 18 Apr 1811; D.D. Aberdeen 1821; d. 24 Apr 1871; mar. 1814 Janet, dau. of Robt Hunter, Dundee; issue: Jane Scott; Eliz. Crawford; Robt; Mary; Susan Scott; Alexr McNaughtane; Janet (mar. Andrew Spence, Broughty Ferry)
John Methven Robertson1871-1873M.A.; tr. from Dunnichen 12 Oct 1871; tr. to Stow MLN 17 Jul 1873
George Brown1873-1875tr. from Newtyle 25 Sep 1873; tr. to Bendochy PER 6 Jul 1875
William Workman1876-1882b. 13 Aug 1844 Ireland, son of Wm W., agric. lab., and Jane Clark; missionary, Parish Mission (now St Clements Parish), Glasgow; ord. 28 Jan 1875 Fullarton AYR; tr. here 28 Jan 1876; tr. to Stow MLN 20 Apr 1882; d. 8 Apr 1910; mar. Margaret, dau. of Geo. Burrell, shipowner, Glasgow
Hugh Cameron1882-1898ord. 14 Sep 1882; tr. to Edinburgh Newington 8 Jun 1898
Hugh Callan1899-1924b. 13 Aug 1860 Ayr, son of Thos C.; M.A. Glasgow 1885; teacher Ayr Academy 1880, Bellahouston Academy 1885-6, West End Girls' School, Glasgow 1886-7; ass. St Andrew's Glasgow; chaplain depute Barlinnie Prison; ord. to Catrine 8 Nov 1893; tr. & adm. 13 Jan 1899; d. 13 Aug 1924; mar. 1901 Jessie Dickie, dau. of Sir John McDowall, Piraeus
Neil Alexander Maclean1925-1927ord. 3 Feb 1925; tr. to St Andrew's Edinburgh 7 Jun 1927
William Carrie Clark1927-1930b. 15 Feb 1886, 4th son of Andrew Shearer Clark; ass. Kirknewton and Morningside; ord. to Newton MLN 3 Apr 1924; tr. & adm. 7 Dec 1927; tr. to St Mary's Partick LKS 12 Oct 1930; tr. to Stobhill 5 Nov 1941; mar. 1924 Effie, only dau. of Wm Wallace Dunlop, headmaster, Daniel Stewart's Coll.

Other ministers of the established church

Ministers of Hillside quoad sacra
Disjoined from Montrose 17 Mar 1879

Alexander Milne1870-1871ord. 16 Mar 1870; tr. to St Andrew's Dundee 1 Nov 1871
Thomas Mitchell1872-1907b. 31 Mar 1846 Fordoun, son of James M.; M.A. Aberdeen 1867; ass. Montrose; ord. 4 Jan 1872; first min. of the par. 1879; res. 1907; mar. 1876 Elsie Low, dau. of Basil McKilliam, Aberdeen; issue: Thos, M.B., Auchinblae
Michael Cunningham Wilson1907-1926b. 6 Feb 1879 Glasgow, son of James Wilson, min. of Gardenstown; M.A. 1901 B.D. 1904 Aberdeen; ass. Marnoch High Ch. Inverness and Holburn Aberdeen; ord. 19 Sep 1907; dem. 27 Jul 1926; mar. 1922 Annie, wid. of Col. William Swynfen Jones
Robert Wilson Merry1927-b. 19 Dec 1882 Irongray, son of Wm. M.; ass. St Paul's Leith; ord. to Canisbay CAI 10 Dec 1924; tr. from Canisbay 24 Feb 1927; mar. 1925 Dr Jean MacMurray, dau. of Hugh Crawford, Edinburgh

Ministers of Melville quoad sacra
Disjoined from Montrose 27 Jun 1855; named after the reformer, Andrew Melville, b. at Baldovie in Craig parish

Robert Smith1852-1856ord. 1852; res. 10 Jun 1856 on appt to Scots Kirk, Kandy, Ceylon
James Dodds1856-1858ord. 11 Sep 1856; tr. to St Clement's Dundee 23 Sep 1858
David Skinner Maxwell1858-1864adm. from Milngavie Chapel 7 Dec 1858; tr. to Monimail FIF 12 May 1864
William Anderson1864-1867ord. 6 Oct 1864; tr. to Fettercairn 8 Aug 1867
William John Steven1867-1877b. 19 Jul 1841, son of Charles Bannatyne S., min. of Stewarton AYR; ass. the Park Glasgow; ord. 7 Nov 1867; d. 16 May 1877; mar. 1871 Jessie, only dau. of Andw Spence, Broughty Ferry and gdau. of Jos. Paterson D.D., min. of 2nd charge here; issue: Wm Chas, M.C., C.A.; Jean Paterson (mar. E. Kenyon Howden, M.B., C.M., Natal); Joseph Paterson
Thomas Burns1877-1882ord. 8 Nov 1877; tr. to Lady Glenorchy's Edinburgh 30 Aug 1882
John Archibald St Clair1882-1891b. 1859 Perth, son of John Patrick S., min. of St Stephen's Gaelic Chapel, Perth; ass. St Paul's Perth; ord. 28 Dec 1882; dep. 18 Jun 1891; mar. 1883 Margaret Frances, only dau. of Evan Ross, min. of Ardersier INV; issue: John Ewan; Sydney Francis; Melville; Evelyn; Robt
William Taylor1891-1916b. 3 Nov 1863 Muthill PER, son of Peter T.; M.A. Glasgow 1884; ass. Stirling North STI, Dalkeith MLN and Dumbarton DNB; ord. 11 Dec 1891; chaplain to 1st Forfar Royal Garrison Artillery 1902 and N. Scottish R.G.A.(Terr.) 1910; d. 19 Oct 1916; mar. 1895 Jane Gow, dau. of Robert Latta, Dumbarton; issue: Peter Raymond; Kathleen McMillan (mar. Wm Francis Smith)
Julius McCallum1917-1935b. 11 Aug 1869 Paisley RFW, son of Chas McC.; M.A. 1890 B.D. 1894 Glasgow; Baptist missionary, Ceylon; adm. to Ch. of S. May 1902; ord. to Merrylea Chapel Glasgow 18 Aug 1904; res. 28 Nov 1910; ass. Dornoch SUT and Unst SHI 1911; locum tenens Stirling North 1912 and St Ninians STI 1913; adm. to Whalsay SHI 26 Oct 1915; tr. & adm. 2 May 1917; d. 15 May 1935; mar. 1896 Margaret Lang Smith, dau. of Angus Macarthur; issue: Margaret Julia Mary; Julius Charles Neil, min. of Killearnan ROC

Ministers of St John's Chapel 1829-1843
Opened 4 Jan 1829; retained by the Free Kirk after 1843

Thomas Liddell1829-1831ord. 17 Sep 1829; tr. to Lady Glenorchy's Edinburgh 22 Dec 1831
William Nixon1833-1843b. 3 May 1803, 4th son of John N., merchant, Glasgow; ass. Whitsome BEW; ord. to Hexham Northumberland 14 Jun 1831; adm. here 27 Jun 1833; joined Free Kirk 1843; min. of Montrose Free Kirk, 1843-1900; d. 24 Jan 1900; mar. (1) 1835 Margaret Landels, only dau. of A. Sedgeley; (2) 1875 Janet Craig; issue: Wm Robt; Alexr S.; James; Robt T.; John, min. of Free Kirk

Ministers of other denominations

Ministers of St Luke's Church, Montrose (Antiburgher)

Colin Mackie1751-1786from Elgin; ord. 23 Oct 1751; res. 14 Mar 1786; d. ca. 1792
Frederick McFarlane1788-1795from Edinburgh (Nicolson Street); ord. 25 Sep 1788; res. 1795; moved to Edinburgh to preach to part of Potterrow congregation; dep. by Antiburgher Synod 25 Sep 1795 from office & membership; emigrated to Long Island, USA; mar. a dau. of the Rev. Thomas Bennett, Ceres
Archibald Willison1798-1804b. Denny; from Dennyloanhead; ord. 14 Mar 1798; res. 22 May 1804; moved to Denny; loosed from charge 25 Jun 1804; later at Birsay OKI
Andrew Wilson1806-1846b. ca. 1770, Dunning PER; ord. 16 Apr 1806; res. 29 Dec 1846; joined Free Church; d. 16 Apr 1854 Montrose; issue: Andrew, min. of E.P. Church, Wark, Northumberland
Alexander Anderson1845-1876b. ca. 1815; M.A. St Andrews; from Perth (North); ord. 12 Aug 1845 as colleague; d. 19 Aug 1876
John Goold1877-1882son of the Rev. Marshall N. Goold, Dumfries; ord. 13 Feb 1877; tr. to Glasgow (Elgin Street) 25 Jul 1882
David Broom Croom1883-1898b. 12 Sep 1851 Sanquhar DFS, son of the Rev. David Murray Croom, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh; M.A.; ord. 21 Feb 1883; dem. 25 Oct 1898; thereafter in Skirling PEE; d. 5 Mar 1913 Edinburgh
Robert Fisher Lockhart1899-1901-?b. 2 Oct 1868 Paisley High REW, son of John L.; from Paisley (Abbey Close); ord. 4 Oct 1899; d. 1 Dec 1951; mar. Amelia Murray

Ministers of John Street Church, Montrose (Burgher); from 1900, Trinity U.F. Church

John King1790-1827b. ca. 1761; from Beith AYR; ord. 26 May 1790; d. 17 May 1827; issue: the Rev. Dr King, Greyfriars, Glasgow
James Lillie1829-1833b. ca. 1800; from Kelso (First) ROX; ord. 11 Mar 1829; res. 27 Feb 1833; emigrated 1835 to USA; min. there; thereafter professor in Wisconsin, later in Upper Canada; returned to study medicine at London; M.D., D.D.; d. 7 Oct 1875 Kansas, USA
Henry Hyslop1834-1880b. ca. 1807; from Annan DFS; ord. 21 Jan 1834; relieved of duties 6 Mar 1877 on account of ill health; moved to Langholm; d. 3 Oct 1880 Langholm; mar. Jessie Park; issue: Margt P. (mar. the Rev. John Thomson, Campbeltown); Thos; Clementine; Wm; Jessie; Williamina B.; Mary C.; Henry
James Watson Hay1877-1901-?b. 12 Oct 1850 Govan LKS, son of James H., min., U.P. Church; from Glasgow (St Vincent Street); ord. colleague & successor 13 Nov 1877; mar. Agnes --; issue: Alexr, Annie, Agnes, James M., Lilian

Ministers of Knox's United Presbyterian Church, later United Free Church, Montrose

Alexander Campbell1859-1892b. ca. 1820 Bower CAI; teacher for Tolbooth Free Church, Edinburgh; ord. 1 Nov 1859; d. 12 Mar 1892
George Palin MacFie1892-1909-?M.A.; from Glengarnock; ord. 31 Aug 1892

Ministers of St George's Free Church, Montrose

John Laird1848[?]-1851-?b. 1811, son. of Dr Hugh L, min. of Portmoak KRS; ass. at Arbroath, Nov 1834; ord. as ass. Arbroath, 19 Mar 1835; adm. to Inverkeilor 11 Aug 1836; joined Free Kirk, 1843; min. of Inverkeilor Free Kirk, 1843-47; min. of Free Kirk, Cupar FIF, ?-1861-1891-?; d. 19 Apr 1896; mar. Agnes Maule, dau. of Thomas Anderson, farmer, Westhaven, Carnoustie; issue: Hugh A.; Jane C.; John G.; Eliz. B.; Harry; David M.W.; Alexr A.

Ministers of St John's Free Church, Montrose

William Nixon1843-1900See above list of ministers of St John's Chapel

Ministers of the South United Free Church, Montrose

John D. Paterson?-1925-?

Ministers of the Evangelical Union, Montrose

David Hislop?-1860-1861-?b. ca. 1832 Leadhills LKS; in Hawick ROX by 1871

Ministers of the Baptist Church, Montrose

James Watson?-1825-?

Ministers of the Methodist Church, Montrose

William Flint?-1825-?

Ministers of the Congregational Church, Baltic Street, Montrose
Formed in 1800 by the Rev. George Cowie

George Cowie1800-1825-?parochial schoolmaster Montrose; ass. min. Dun; tutor at Charleton; d. 1829 Edinburgh; mar. 26 Jan 1817 Mary Ruperta (who d. 1 Dec 1817), dau. of Alexander Smith, sometime master of H.M.S. Favourite
-- Campbell?-?
Peter Whyte?-1863-?
D. Russell Scott?-1917-?

See also Congregational ministers in Montrose.

Ministers of St Mary's Scottish Episcopal Church, Montrose
Ministers of this church and those of St Peter's, below, still to be clarified

Leonard Morse?-1848B.A.(Oxon.); b. 3 Nov 1818 Ealing, Middx, son of Edward Wm M.; d. 10 Aug 1848
Thomas Castle Southey1849-1856M.A.(Oxon.); b. 3 Aug 1824 Newlands, Cumberland, son of Thos S., commander R.N.; d. 18 Oct 1899 Warwickshire

Ministers of St Peter's English Episcopal Church, Montrose
Built in 1724; rebuilt 1858. St Mary's Scottish Episcopal Church was united with it after 1880. See St Mary's and St Peter's Episcopal Church for exterior and interior views.

John Reay?-?b. ca. 1753; min. here 28 years; d. 4 Jun 1808
John Dodgson?-?b. ca. 1759; min. here for 34 years; d. 1 Jul 1853 Perth; mar. Alexa --; issue: Wm S.; Geo.; David S.; Phoebe S.
John Woodward?-1875-1896-?LL.D., F.S.A.Scot.; rector, St Mary's; b. ca. 1836 England; d. 4 Jun 1898 Montrose; mar. Jane Gordon Stuart; issue: Mary R.; Jane E. S.; Harriet A. S.; Ethel V. S.; author of A Treatise on Heraldry, British and Foreign (new enlarged edn., Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston 1896)
Charles Grub?-1909-?rector, St Mary's
J. Fortescue L. Gueritz?-1912-?min.


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Montrose Parish Kirkyard (ca. 510 stones), St Peter's Episcopal Kirkyard (ca. 110 stones), Rosehill Cemetery (ca. 630 stones) and at the Howff of Kinnaber (16 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.)

Several early monuments in Montrose Kirkyard were recorded by Robert Monteith; see An Theater of Mortality, pp. 211-232.

See also Montrose's Sleepyhillock Cemetery, which is in the parish of Dun, on the north side of Montrose Basin.

Some monuments in Montrose Churchyard follow - east faces only at present. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. Uncertain readings are in parentheses, (); parentheses on the stones are replaced here by braces, {}; square brackets enclose editorial comments.

South side of the path [M1 to M287]

[M18] In memory of GEORGE SHEPHERD seedsman Montrose died 30th April 1841 aged 76. And of his wife MARY WALKER died 9th August 1846 aged 78. And also of their children JANE died 5th December 1819 aged 18. GEORGE died 30th October 1831 aged 33. JOHN [die]d 28th December 1835 aged 29.

[M27] In memory of JAMES MATHER died 5th April 1816. JANE ANDERSON his wife died 7th Nov. 1846. Their children MARY, died 14th Feb. 1810. JAMES, [died] 27th Feb. 1822. JANE, [died] 27th Jan. 1828. JESSIE, {Mrs BURN} [died] 25th Jan. 1875. Her family JESSIE, died 26th Mar. 1845. ROBERT, [died] 28th Jan. 1847. MARGARET, [died] 4th Oct. 1859. JAMES, [died] 12th Oct. 1862. ALEXANDER, [died] 22nd Jan. 1865. GEORGE, [died] 26th Dec. 1917. WILLIAM, [died] 6th Dec. 1925. JESSIE, [died] 27th June 1926.

[M95; one-masted ship] 1816 Erected by MARGARET SHEPHERD in memory of her husband ROBERT ALLAN ship master in Montrose who departed this life 7th August 1816 aged 47 years. Likewise his sister JANET who died 11th December 1803 aged 28 years. His mother JEAN ALLAN who died 21st February 1806 aged 66 years. And his father ROBERT ALLAN who died 22nd February 1807 aged 77 years. WILLIAM ALLAN late ship-master died 9th March 1880, aged 75 Mrs MARY ALLAN YOUNGSON died 11th March 1880 aged 73

[M97] 1821 Erected by JOHN BUIK of the Exise in memory of three children who died in 1820 & 1821.

[M101] 1827 GEORGE NAPIER mariner Montrose in meory [sic] memory of his spouse ELIZABETH WISE died 7th September 1826 aged 40 years

[M102] 1834 Erected by ROBERT WATSON brewer Montrose to the memory of his daughter ANN who died the 7th November 1834, aged 5 years and 7 months. The above designated ROBERT WATSON died February 14th 1836, aged 35 years. MARY his daughter died 15th April 1837, aged 18 months. Also his spouse ANN LINDSAY who died 26th July 1854 aged 51 years.

[M118] Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM BURNES painter in Montrose who died upon the 6th Decr 1806, aged 49 years: & of his children viz, BETSY & MARY, who died in infancy.

[M121] 1825 Erected to the memory of DAVID CHRISTIE, merchant in Montrose, who died on the 22nd of April 1825, in the 74th year of his age. And to his wife ANN JAFFRAY, who died on the 20th of April 1824, in the 83rd year of her age. Also his son JAMES CHRISTIE, merchant in Montrose, who died on the 9th of November 1849, in the 76th year of his age. And his wife ANN WEBSTER, who died on the 23rd of January 1850, in the 77th year of her age.

[M129] ... in memory of ROBERT WALKER watch maker who died 17th July 1800 aged 32 years. JOHN WALKER his nephew died 17th March 1858.

[M131; ship, partly defaced] 18(.)4 Erected by WILLIAM BARCLAY ship master in Montrose and CHRISTIAN LAW his spouse in memory of their children ROBERT MARY MARGARET and GEORGE who all died in [infancy]

[M142] 1824 Erected by ALEXANDER MASTERTON flesher in Montrose in memory of his parents viz. JANET LAW his mother who died 18th November 1814 aged 54 years. Also his father ALEXANDER MASTERTON who died 11th May 1820 aged 60 years. And three of their children died in infancy and is interred here.

[M150; ship being built] 1818 Erected by ROBERT STRACHAN ship-builder in Montrose, as a testimony of esteem to the remains of his parents, viz MARY COBB who died 3rd November 1809, aged 43 years. Also JAMES STRACHAN who died 10th June 1810 aged 41 years. Kind reader here I beg a tear, / To those who gave me birth, / My loving parents, once held dear / Here mingle with the earth.

[M161] Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM DORWARD, Esqre, merchant in Montrose, who died 10th April, 1848, aged 83. Donations and bequests to the poor of Montrose, amounting to not less than £30,000, will perpetuate his remembrance to future generations.

[M168] 1806 Erected by WILLIAM ADAMSON slater in Montrose in memory of MARGARET ALLAN his spouse who died 22nd Feby 1805 aged 47 years. Also his mother ELISABETH HUSBAND who died January 1794 aged 75 years. And his son WILLIAM who died in infancy. Is interred here also sister MARGARET who died Jany 19th 1822 aged 77 years. And also his daughter ISABELLA who died 1st March 1835 aged 35 years.

[M169] 182(0) Erected by HENRY FARQUHARSON, brewer in Montrose, in memory of his spouse MARJORY TULLOH, who departed this life the 20th July 1823 in the 43rd year of her age. Also his mother JEAN SKINNER, who died the 9th December 1819, aged 72 years. Likewise his mother in law, JANET McCULLOCH, who died the 6th May 1817, aged 70 ye[ars]

[M172] 1834 Erected by ANDREW LESLIE, baker, and ANN THOMSON, his spouse; In memory of their children, viz. GEORGE, died 26th Oct. 1834 aged 3 years JANE CANT, died 27th Oct. 1834 aged 17 months. ANDREW LESLIE died the 31st January, 1840, aged 34 years

[M185] In affectionate remembrance of JAMES BROWN, shipmaster, who died at Newcastle-on-Tyne, 22nd Oct. 1841, aged 42 years. And ELIZABETH DONALDSON his relict, who die 24th Nov. 1860, aged 56 years. Also their sons DAVID D. BROWN, shipmaster, who died at sea, on board the Forfarshire of London, on 28th Feb. 1888, aged 56. JOHN THOMAS died in Glasgow 23rd Jan. 1890 aged 52 JAMES who died at Bendigo, Australia, on 17th April 1899, aged 64. And ROBERT MILNE died at Bothwell 3rd Dec. 1919, aged 82

[M197] 1827 Erected by WILLIAM PEART ship-master Montrose in memory of his spouse MARGARET LAW, who died 19th July 1826 aged 63 years Also their son GEORGE who died 9th April 1879 aged 77 years

[M198] 1796 Erected by DAVID LOW and JEAN CRAW his spouse in memory of their daughter JEAN who died 5th Feby 1795 aged 4 months KATHARINE died 21st July 1804 aged 2 years 8 months ALEXANDER died April 5th 1808 aged 17 years 2 months

[M203] 1823 Erected by ANN SUTTON in memory of her husband, ROBERT DOUGLASS carter, Montrose who departed this life Decemr 3rd 1823, aged 62 years. Also their son ROBERT who died in infancy. Also ANN SUTTON his spouse who died the 17th Augt 1827 aged 46 years.

[M210; anchor] 1806 Erected by WILLIAM MEARNS ship master in Montrose and MARGARET BLUES his spouse in memory of their children viz ELISABETH, WILLIAM, ROBERT & MARGARET who all died in infancy The above named Wm MEARNS died at sea 25th Decr 1806 aged 50 years & along with him his son ANDREW MEARNS died aged 22 years. Also JOHN who died June 10th 1823 aged 30 years and 9 months, and is interred here.

[M213] 1848 In memory of ROBERT LAW carter who died November 1838, aged 75. Also of his spouse MARY DOW who died October 1830, aged 53. And of their son JOHN who died May 1836, aged 40. And of his spouse MARY GREIG who died June 1831, aged 39. And of MARGARET daughter of said ROBERT LAW who died November 1842, aged 38. Also of ROBERT LAW, mason son of the said ROBERT LAW, who died 6th Sep. 1850, aged 50. And WILLIAM LAW who died 10th Oct. 1859, aged 53 years. JEAN died 10th June 1866, aged 55 years ELIZABETH died 12th April 1869, aged 74 years ISOBEL LYALL wife of the said ROBERT LAW, mason died 20th October 1880, aged 80 years JANET died 18th February 1889 aged 78 years. J.L. 1830.

[M214] 1837 Erected by WILLIAM CARTER, flax dresser in Montrose, in memory of his mother BARBARY EMSLIE, who died 15th March 1837.

[M215] 1818 Erected by SILVESTER FRASER in memory of CHRISTIAN THOMSON his mother who died April 16th 1780 aged 36 years And also to the memory of JOHN FRASER his father who departed this life the 13th December 1823 aged 90 years.

[M216] 1798 Erected by COLIN HENRY shoe-maker in Montrose and MARY LEWCHARS his spouse in memory of his parents viz ROBERT HENRY flax-dresser Montrose who died 11th July 1761 aged 38 years & MARY CHRISTIE who died the 6th April 1797 aged 66 years. Also of their daught[er] SUSAN who died the 14th Janry [1]807 aged 5 years. [He]re is also interred the above named MARY LEWCHARS who died 27th [buried]

[M229] 1827 ROBt LEIGHTON wright Montrose

[M232] Sacred to the memory of GEORGE INNES captain in the Forfar Militia who died 24th March 1828. And of ELIZABETH CROLL his wife who died 22nd Novr 1825. Both sincere Christians. And sacred to the memory of their family ALEXr INNES, who died at Guernsey, an infant. GEORGE INNES, Lt 13th Regt died at Malta, 1804. JOHN W. INNES, Lt & Adjt 42nd Royal Highlanders, fell at the battle of Orthes, 27th Feby 1814. ELIZABETH INNES, died at Montrose, 16th Jany 1867. All of them beloved & respected. Also SUSANNA INNES died 8th July, 1874.

[M237] 1827 JOHN BELL ship-master

[M242] Erected in memory of DAVID HUTCHEON, mason, Montrose, who died July 1852, aged 84 years. And of his spouse ELISABETH CAMERON, who died June 1847, aged 73 years.

[M243] Erected by JAs BOWER in memory of his mother MARGARET SOUTER aged 72 years - and of his first wife MARY PEDGRIFT aged 35 years Also his second wife MARGt GRIEG aged 78 years. JAMES BOWER, died 8 Feby 1827, aged 87 years Also MARGARET BAIRD his third wife died 18th Feby 1837 aged 63 years. HELEN BAIRD, died 18th Feby 1845, aged 73.

[M244] Revised by WILLIAM LESSLE [sic] carter Montrose in memory of his father ALEXANDER LESSLIE who died 11th September 1837, aged 67 years. [broken] his mother ISOBEL GREIG [w]ho died 10th May 1838, [aged] (.)4 years

[M255] 1838 Erected by THOMAS MITCHEL shoe-maker Montrose.

[M256] In memory of JOHN SHAND, cutler who died 27th June 1855, aged 59. His wife MARGARET GREIG who died 1st May 1869, aged 72.

[M265] 1840 Erected by ALEXANDER JACK, mason, in memory, of his father, JOHN JACK, who died, 17th May 1842, aged 84 years. Also of his spouse, ANN NICOLL, who died, 7th March 1853, aged 89 years.

[M268] 1831 Erected by JAMES FARGUSON mariner, in memory of his son JAMES BARCLAY who died 24th Decr 1830, aged 4½ months.

[M276] 1840 Erected by ROBERT DUNCAN flax dresser Montrose in memory of his mother in law ANN COWIE who died 21st April 1839 aged 71 years.

[M281] Erected by Pr TAIT in memory of JOHN MILNE late corporal in the Forfar Militia who died in June 1831. PETER TAIT, died 25th May 1842, aged 52 years Also his spouse ELIZABETH WHITE who died 18 Decr 1851 aged 86 years

North side of the path [M288 to M447]

[M289] Erected in memory of THOMAS DRIMMIE, weaver North Links Montrose who died 3rd Novr 1826 aged 83 years And ANN RAE his wife who died 3rd Septr 1830 aged 87 years by their son ALEXr DRIMMIE Also their son in law JOHN PITHIE who died 13th September 1848 [defaced] HELEN [defaced]

[M290] 1821 Erected by ROBERT GIBB millwright Montrose, in memory of his spouse ISOBEL STEWART who departed this life Octr 16th, 1819 aged 47 years. ROBERT GIBB died June 14th, 1840 aged 70 years. Of their children JAMES drowned at Cronstadt July 29th 1826 aged 16 years and interred there. JANE died Octr 9th 1843 aged 36 years. JOHN died July 23rd 1844 aged 39 years. ROBERT died Jany 3rd 1854 aged 52 years.

[M292] Erected to the memory of ELIZABETH COBB, wife of DAVID FARFOR, fishcurer, who died, November 1844, aged 34 years. Also of the above DAVID FARFOR, who died 1st April, 1879, aged 79 years.

[M294] 1808 Erected by DAVID MURRAY ship-master in Montrose and JEAN CREAGIE his spouse in memory of their daughter ISABELL who died the 2nd March 1805 in the fourth year of her a[ge]

[M300] 1827 In memory of WILLIAM NICOL ship-master Montrose, died 15th Decr 1816 aged 41 years

[M320; chest] Sacred to the memory of JAMES DICKSON merchant in Montrose who died 10th August 1826, aged 78 years.

[M303] Erected in memory of the daughters of the late JOHN OUCHTERLONY Esquire and MARY RUPERTA SKINNER, his wife viz. ELIZABETH who died 25th Aug. 1825, MARGARET who died 11th Nov. 1848, ANNE who died 8th Aug. 1850 HENRIETTA who died 1st Sep. 1853.
[Note: Mary Ruperta (b. 1737 Rotterdam, d. 1830 Montrose) was the eldest dau. of James Skinner, governor of Fort James, the Gambia.]

[M305?; partly defaced] [18](.)2 [Erec]ted by ... HENRY ... Montrose ... of his children viz ... 1799 aged ... two months and ...

[M308] 1834 Erected to the memory of DAVID CANT, late merchant in Montrose, who departed this life on the 30th June, 1834, in the fifty ninth year of his age. Also of his children, by MARTHA KINNEAR, JOHN, AGNES, LAVINIA, and ELIZA, who died in infancy. And of JAMES, who died at sea, on the 4th of August, 1833, aged twenty nine years.

[M309] 1823 Erected by DAVID TURNBULL builder in Montrose in memory of his spouse JEAN MILNE who departed this life 17th Novr 1821 aged 52 years. Here is also interred the mortal remains of DAVID TURNBULL ...

[M318] 1812 Erected by ROBERT MERNS [sic] ship-master in Montrose in memory of his spouse ISOBEL MEARNS who departed this life 8th March 1811 aged 32 years. Also his daughter JESSIE who died at Liverpool 1st Augt 1836, aged 31 years. Also the above ROBERT MEARNS who died 12th Febuy 1841 aged 72 years And of his son ROBERT MEARNS ship master in Montrose who died 21st December 1852 aged 44 years. Also of his grandchild JAMES ... (MEARN)S who died (15)th ...

[M319; flaking; two-masted ship] 1800 Erected by ANDREW MEARNS ship-master in Montrose in memory of his spouse MARGARET [LA]W who died 20th Feby 1800 ...

[M322] Sacred to the memory of MARY McLAGGAN daughter of JAMES McLAGGAN merchant in Montrose who died 8th Septr 1807, aged 19 months. Also his daughter MARJORY who died in infancy, 5th Novr 1814. And JAMES McLAGGAN who died 24th Novr 1824 aged 57 years. This monument is erected by SARAH BURNESS his spouse and surviving family. Here also is interred SARAH BURNESS who departed this life (3)1st Nov. 1853 aged 79 years. And their daughter JEAN who died 2nd July 1873, aged 65 years Also their son JAMES who died 1st July 1874, aged 75 years

[M334] 1828 This stone was erected by WILLIAM HODGE ship-master in Montrose, and MARGARET ANDERSON his spouse, in memory of their daughter MARY who died 17th Septemr 1826 aged 10 months. Also in memory of their daughter HELEN who died 1(6)th March 1831 aged 14 years And of the said Mrs MARGARET ANDERSON who died 26th January 1855 aged 68 years. Also of the said WILLIAM HODGE who died 20th July 1858 aged 70 years. Also their daughter CHRISTINA who died 24th Decr 1902.

[M337; shuttle] 1812 Erected by JAMES SMITH weaver in Montrose and ELISABETH WILSON his spouse in memory of their son WILLIAM SMITH who departed this life (12)th [defaced]

[M350; one-masted ship] 1830 Erected by DAVID ROBERTS ship-master Montrose in memory of his son & three daughters who died in infancy. Also his mother MARJERY BUICK who died 1st Oct 182(9) aged ... [years] ... HELEN ROBERTS or INNES who died 22nd [buried]

[M353; cross] Sacred to the memory of ALEXANDER THOMSON writer in Montrose who died 29th October 1848 in the 63rd year of his age And MARGARET SHARP, his spouse who died 24th February 1865 in the 76th year of her age And of their children MARGARET who died 12th February 1822 aged 5 years and 6 months JAMES who died 18th March 1822, aged 7 years HELEN who died 2nd April 1835 in the 22nd year of her age.

[M358] 1822 Erected by ROBERT & ALEXANDER GIBB mariners in Montrose, to the memory of their father DANIEL GIBB, ship carpenter in Montrose who died on the 21st Janry 1816 aged 70 years; Also of their mother JANNET MYERS, who died on the 19th of Septr 1822 aged 73 years. ROBERT GIBB died on the (9)th of January 1832 aged 55 years.

[M360; garb, baker's peels] 1802 Erected by KATHARINE MYERS in memory of her husband ALEXr LAING, baker & burges in Montrose who died 22nd Dec... [defaced]

[M371] WG AB 1763 Here lies interred the body of WILLIAM GRAY brewer burgess & gild-brother of this burgh, who died ye 7 of November 1762 aged 41 years.
[i.e. William Gray & Agnes Brymer]

[M376] 1838 Erected by DANIEL McKINNON hair dresser in Montrose in memory of his son DANIEL who died Septr 2nd 1837 in the 10th year of his age

[M386; anchor & 3 stars; hourglass, skull, cross-bones] RB JN 1760

[M394; anchor] This stone was erected by ELISABETH MILL, in memory of her husband JAMES WATSON shipmaster in Montrose. They were married on the 7 day of Decr 1751 He died on the 25d of March 1781 in the 52nd year of his age. Tho Boreas blasts and Neptunes waves / Has toss'd me to and fro / Yet to an anchor I am come / ...y here [defaced]

[M398] Sacred to the memory of JAMES HAY, for 47 years teacher, Montrose Academy, born 6th May, 1795, died 2nd March 1876. Also HELEN JAPP, his wife, born 26th December 1792, died 19th November 1869. Also of their sons, WILLIAM, born 3rd September, 1827, died aged 22 months. ALEXANDER born 15th November 1834, died in New Zealand, aged 25 years. And also of their son-in-law, ALEXANDER MATTHEW, who died 3rd June, 1859, aged 32 years.

[M402] Erected by ARCHd McDOGAL tide wtr mar cuimhneachan air MARIE nicht CUILCHAN bhean gradhach dheug 17ug Dfheolach 1839 agus gu bhi da gineal na ait a dha mhic Said ARCHIBALD McDOUGALL died 23rd Jany 1848, aged 63 years, after a lingering illness and much lamented by his affectionate family Plesant are the end of true believers ... was his end Also his son ... BUCHANAN McDOUGALL who died 17th Septr 184(9) in the 22d year of his age.
[tide waiter; as a memorial to Mary McQuilkan his wife who died 17 Jan 1839 ... and his two sons (?)]

[M404] The burying place of ROBERT NEILSON's family, Links, Montrose. This stone was placed here by his son, WILLIAM NEILSON ship-master.

[M407] In memory of MARY MACADAM who departed this life the 18th January 1813 in the 8th year of her age. Sinite puerulos venire ad me et prohibete eos ne; enim taluim est regnum dei.

[M408] 1821 Erected by JOHN McANDREW in memory of his spouse ELISABETH McGREGOR who died the 6th March 1820 aged 61 years. And his son JOHN who died in infancy.

[M410; anchor] 1799 Erected by ALEXr WATT ship-master in Montrose in memory of his spouse ANN BLOUSE who departed this life 26th June 1798 aged 32 years JEAN born 27th Octr 1791 JOHN born 17th Agut 1794 MARGt born 12 Marh 1796

[M414] Erected by RODRIECK McGREGOR shoe maker Montrose in memory of his wife MARGARET SMITH who died 6th Feby 1833 aged 61 years. Also of five children who died in infancy JOHN ALEXr MARGt WILLm and DAVID who survives at this date.

[M417] Erected by JAMES MUSTARD in memory of his father JOHN MUSTARD who died 15th April 1858, aged 61 years. Also of his mother HELEN FALKNOR who died 11th Novr 1842, aged 45 years.

[M427] Erected by JAMES BOOTH surgeon R.N. in memory of his grand-father JAMES BOOTH who died August 1799 aged 84 His sister ISABELLA born 19th July 1804 died 5th July 1805 His father JAMES BOOTH forty years superintendent of the Montrose Royal Asylum who died 20th May 1839 aged 90 His daughter WILLIAMINA SUSAN born 30th Sep 1849 died 8th Sep 1853 His mother JANET BIRSE died 2nd April 1854 aged 89

[M438] 1832 Sacred to the memory of JOHN SMITH who died Septr 1799 aged 38 years. MARGARET RITCHIE his spouse who died Septr 24th 1823 aged 63 years. And also of their children JANE SMITH who died Augt 13th 1791 aged 2 years. ISABELLA who died Augt 19th 1800 aged 2 years. MARGARET who died Augt 8th 1801 aged 6 years. CHRISTINIA who died May 5th 1811 aged 23 years. JOHN their only son who died April 22d 1831 aged 33 years. This monument was erected as a mark of respect to their memory by ANN ...

[M440] 1835 Erected by MARY and ANN MALCOLM in memory of their sister HELEN who died Novr 11th 1831 aged 32 and is interred here. And also their brother ALEXANDER who died at Glasgow Novr 1832 aged 29 and lies there

1833 Erected by JEAN SMITH in memory of her husband JAMES DUKE manufacturer Montrose who died the 19th August 1832 in the 72nd year of his age And also of their daughter MARY who died in infancy The said JANE SMITH died 7th July 1866 aged (..)

In memory of JAMES FINDLAY, grain merchant, Montrose, who died on 12th June, 1876, aged 78 years. CHARLOTTE JULIA CORSAN RENWICK his wife, who died on 24th Nov. 1865, aged 52 years. Their children, BARBARA RENWICK, who died 24th July, 1844, aged 2 years. JOHN JAMIE, who died 24th May, 1855, aged 2 years.

In vault under Guildhall extension

[M452; chest] The family vault of the late THOMAS STEWART Esq. of Montrose
[Note: he was town clerk here]

[M454; mural] To the memory of a beloved and virtuous wife, an affectionate mother, and a sincere friend, this tablet is erected. ELIZA BRODIE daughter of the late THOMAS and ELIZABETH STEWART* and wife of HENRY WESTMACOTT died on the 6th day of April 1826, in the 39th year of her age.
[* i.e. Elizabeth Guise]


Montrose war memorials


Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1855 to present

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Births, Marriages & Deaths, before 1855

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Marriage contracts

DateTypePartiesNRS ref.
8 Mar 1585-6antenuptialThomas Kay, son of deceased Thomas Kay, burgess in Montrose
Katherine Scott, dau. of James Scott, dyer there
8 Dec 1606-James Williamson, merchant, burgess of Montrose
Elspit Lichtoune, relict of William Murray, sometime burgess of Montrose
ca. 18 Jul 1622-Rot Keith yr burgess of Montrose
Lilias Gardyne now his spouse, dau. of Alexander Gardyne of Borrowfield
3 Apr 1646antenuptialRobert Beattie, yr., eldest son of Robert Beattie, merchant burgess of Montrois
Alison Monteith, youngest dau. of Rachel Sandielandis, widow of Alexander Monteith, merchant burgess of Edinburgh
7 Oct 1695antenuptialGeorge Pyper, merchant in Montrose, son of dec. George Pyper, late bailie there
Margaret Smith, dau. of James Smith, elder, late treasurer there


Church Session Records of Montrose parish church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/943/...
Mortcloth & other accounts1634-16451
Minutes & accounts1686-16912
do1734-1743, 1778-17875
Extract of the whole acts of session, 1633-1671, made in 16871633-167111
Scroll minutes1717-171912
Cash book1882-189922
Proclamation accounts1875-189523
Seat rent accounts1881-188224
Cemetery & churchyard accounts1880-188325
Cemetery cash book1883-189427
Baptisms1811-1819, 1838-183929
List, possibly new communicants1840-187131
List of male communicants, heads of families1834-184232
Communion roll1862-187433
Baptisms for RAF Station, Montrose194036

Church Session Records of St John's Chapel of Ease, Montrose
Opened in 1829; St John's Free from 1843; later, St John's United Free; later, united with St Luke's

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/1371/...
Copy extracts from the 'Montrose Review' giving the history of the foundation of the chapel1824-18291

Church Session Records of Montrose Melville
united with Montrose South in 1951

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/1324/...
Managers' minutes1850-18563
Trustees' minutes1872-19004
Seat letting book1853-1858, 1899-19045
Kirk session and trustees' minutes1925-19336
Baptismal register1877-19517
Marriage register1935-19518
Communion roll1946-19539
Cash book 1854-190811
Musical committee minutes1881-190712
Organ fund cash book1879-188013
Loose papers removed from CH2/1324/131879-188014
Deed of constitution3 Mar 193315

Church Session Records of Second United Associate Congregation (John Street) (Burgher)
later, United Presbyterian; Trinity United Free; united with St George's U.F. in 1923

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/858/...
Sermons by Henry Hyslop18351
Managers' minutes1822-18387
Cash book1823-188412
Baptismal register1842-185013
Communion roll1853-188315

Church Session Records of First United Associate congregation (Antiburgher)
later, Mill Street United Presbyterian; St Luke's U.P.; United Free; Ch. of S.

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1177/...
Managers' minutes1874-18913
Sabbath School Society business meeting minutes1883-18918
Cash book1784-184010
Baptisms1745-1799 (with gaps)
1807 (1 entry)
1828-1831 (3 entries)
Cash book1840-184211
Subscription cash book1850-185416
Collectors' cash book1850-185317
Society for Religious Purposes cash book1841-185818
Baptismal registerca. 1932-195319
Proclamation register1932-195320
Communion roll1949-195321
Managers' minutes1839-187423

Church Session Records of St John's Free Church
later, United Free; Ch. of S.; St Luke's and St John's Ch. of S. from 1953

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1178/...
Minutes (Ch. of S., 1834-43)1834-18521
Deacons' court minutes1844-18657
Scroll deacons' court minutes1844-184711
Cash book1844-185012
Cash book, Congregational Board1953-195616
Tract Society minutes1841, 184417
Trustees' minutes1844-184518
Private register of baptisms1825-184519
Baptismal roll1884-192320
Baptismal register1911-197622
Private register of marriages1833-184923
Proclamation register1932-197624
Communion roll1883-189325
Communion rolls1920-195627-31

Church Session Records of St George's Free Church
later, United Free; united with Trinity in 1923; St George's and Trinity Ch. of S.

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1179/...
Deacons' court minutes1843-18628
Register of baptisms1847-195713
Proclamation register1932-196414
Communion roll1906-193916
District lists (F.W.O)ca. 192222

Church Session Records of St Paul's Free Church
later, United Free; united with Knox's Church as South U.F. church in 1916; Ch. of S.; united with Melville in 1951

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1379/...
Deacons' court minutes1861-19092
Proclamation register1932-19603
Communion roll1894-19164


Montrose Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR408/...
Minute book (with accounts)1812-18561
Minutes (bundle)1881-19193
Minute Book of Parish Church Repairs Committee18684
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (church, manse)1836-19286
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1927-19327
Correspondence (file)1916-19338


Land owners

The principal proprietors of land in the parish in 1835:


Estate & family records


Census records

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 are rolls of male heads of families, 1834-1842, in the Kirk Session records [NRS CH2/943/32].


Population statistics

17554150Dr Alexander Webster
17906194Old Statistical Account
18118955?, 8975?

After change of parish boundary:


* excludes ca. 750 sailors


Street and trade directories

These include: Local Almanac and Obituary Notices of Public Men, Registers of Municipal and Parliamentary Voters, etc.


Testaments & wills

Montrose was in the Commissariot of Brechin.

List of pre-1824 testaments for Montrose people

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.


Valuation rolls

Valuation rolls of properties in the Burgh of Montrose and properties in the County of Angus, 1855-1902, are held on microfilm in Montrose Library

Valuation rolls of properties in the County of Angus, for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920 and 1925 only, can be seen at ScotlandsPeople.


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Montrose:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/49


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Montrose:


Window tax records

For the royal burgh of Montrose, 1753-1798 [NRS ref. E326/1/197]


Royal burgh of Montrose: burgh records in the NRS [ref. B51/...]

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref.
Register of sasines, 1st series1670-1809B51/2/1 to B51/2/22
Register of sasines, 2nd series1809-1944B51/3/1 to B51/3/165
Minute books of register of sasines1703-1944B51/4/1 to B51/4/20
Register of deeds, protests, etc. (old series)1670-1809B51/5/1 to B51/5/24
Minute book of register of deeds, protests, etc. (old series)1772-1809B51/6/1
Register of deeds, protests, etc. (new series)1809-1938B51/7/1 to B51/7/16
Minute book of register of deeds, protests, etc. (new series)1809-1938B51/8/1
Register of probative writs1715-1809B51/9/1 to B51/9/4
Court book1455-1467B51/10/1
Court book1586-1587B51/10/2
Court book1603-1606B51/10/3
Court book1686-1694B51/10/4
Court book1696-1700B51/10/5
Court book1707-1720B51/10/6
Court book1720-1725B51/10/7
Court book1725-1739B51/10/8
Court book1739-1747B51/10/9
Court book1745-1753B51/10/10
Court book1759-1769B51/10/11
Court book1768-1769B51/10/12
Register of decreets of the guild court1751-1761B51/11/1
Record of services of heirs1639-1847B51/12/1 to B51/12/5
Register of acts of curatory, warding, liberation & arrestment1707-1730B51/13/1
Account book of (Alexander?) Erskine, merchant1704-1752B51/14/1
Misc. charters, sasines, resignations, 1400-1865B51/15/1 to B51/15/42
Warrants of the register of deeds, etc.1671-1938B51/16/1 to B51/16/24


Royal burgh of Montrose: burgh records in Angus Archives

Angus Archives' page Catalogs - Burgh Records provides this file listing burgh records of Montrose held by Angus Archives. Earliest document is (apparently) dated 1617; the file seems to be incomplete.


Notaries' protocol books (for town clerks of Montrose)

NotariesDatesNRS ref.
Richard Guthrie, James Guthrie1574-1583B51/1/1
James Guthrie1585-1595B51/1/2
James Guthrie1603-1613B51/1/3
James Guthrie1613-1630B51/1/4
James Guthrie1630-1635B51/1/5
Walter Lyell1637-1656B51/1/6
Walter Lyell1656-1670B51/1/7
Walter Lyell1661-1687B51/1/8


Provosts of Montrose, to 1974 (not yet in order; still subject to correction)

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
John Setoun?-1419-?
Alexander Cant?-1430-?
Patrick Barclay?-1431-?
David Rukby?-1434-?
Walter Ogilvy of Rynd?-1493-?, ?-1498-?
Mr Thomas Erskine?-1517-?
John Erskine, 5th of Dun?-1553-?, ?-1567-?bef. 15131589
Robert Lichtoun, fiar of Usan?-1596-1599-?bef. 1605
William Ramsay?bef. 2 Jan 1623
George Petrie?1627
John Tailyour?-1624-?bef. 4 Mar 1663
James Scott, 2nd of Logie162715931643 or 1658
Robert Keith of Powburn (Bradieston & Scotston)?-1634-?1641?mar. Lilias Gardyne, dau. of Alexander Gardyne of Borrowfield
Robert Beattie?bef. 1654
Andrew Gray?bef. 28 Oct 1663
Robert Tailyour of Borrowfield?-1663-1668bef. 10 Sep 1679
Robert Gardyne?bef. 12 Dec 1673
Robert Rennald (Ronald) (I)?-1673-?, ?-1681-?bef. 20 Apr 1693
John Coutts of Fullarton1677-1678, 1682-1684, 1687-168811 Apr 1707
Robert Arbuthnott?-1690-1691-?
Robert Rennald (Ronald) (II)?-1702-?
William Coutts?-1703-?bef. 22 Jun 1720
Charles Ogilvie1704-?bef. 22 Dec 1714
Robert Turnbull?-1706-1707-?
James Scott, 5th of Logie1710, 17221671Oct 1732Article
Alexander Strachan of Tarrie1716-1717Portrait
James Milne (Mill) of Balwyllo [in Dun]bef. 1713bef. 11 Jul 1718
Lt-col. Robert Reid?bef. 26 Apr 1728
James Coutts of Halgreen [in Bervie]1727-?, 1731-1733, 1737-9, 1741-3bef. 24 May 1750
David Skinner1733-1735
John Coutts1735-1737bef. 31 Oct 1738bro. of above James C. of H.
David Skinner, jun.1739-1741
David Skinner of Cononsyth1743-1745[6?]Mar or Apr 1750merchant; presumably the same David as that immediately above
David Doig of Cookston1746-1747, 1749-51, 1753-5, 1757-61Jul 1699 Brechin5 Aug 1763 Montroseformerly provost of Brechin
William Ross1747-1749
George Ross1751-1753
James Bisset1761-1763
Thomas Christie1763-5ca. 16951765
Alexander Christie1765-7not certain this is same man as below
William Christie1767-9
Alexander Christie1769-1771, 1773-5, 1779-81ca. 172129 Dec 1794Article
James Bisset1775-1777
James Low1777-1779
Adam Glegg1781-3, 1785-7, 1789-91, 1793-51 Jun 1807 London
Thomas Webster1783-5, 1787-9, 1791-3
James Lyall1797-9, 1801-3bef. 12 Nov 1817
James Paton1799-1801, 1803-5, 1807-8
Andrew Thom1805-7, 1810-2, 1814-6
Patrick Craigie1808-10, 1812-4
Charles Barclay1816-1817-1818Portrait
James Burnes1818-20, 1824-182517801852Portrait; he was also town clerk here; mar. Elizabeth, daughter of above Adam Glegg
William Gibson, M.D.1820-1822
William Jamieson1822-4, 1825-7, 1829-1830
George Paton1827-9, 1830-2, 1842-18449 Jun 177621 Nov 1846son of James Paton, min. of Craig
John Barclay, jun.1832-1835
George Crawford1835-1839ca. 179213 Jun 1841Portrait
William Sim1839-1842
William Jameson1844-1847Portrait
David Mackie1847-1850
James Calvert1850-18528 Mar 1814 Montroseson of James C., Rector of Montrose Grammar School; writer, trader & dealer in guano; bankrupt 1852
David Mackie1852-1855
George Hall1855-1856ca. 18051882
Thomas Napier1856-1859-1861ca. 1802 Montrose15 Feb 1870
James Savege1861-1864ca. 1813 Montrose13 Dec 1887 Montrosebanker & solicitor; Portrait
William Mitchell1864-1867-1869, 1872-1875ca. 1818 Lasswade MLN1 Aug 1882 Dalmally ARLcorn merchant, manure manufacturer; Portrait
Robert Barclay1869-1872ca. 1816 Montrose8 May 1896 Inchbrayockwine & spirit merchant
John [Gardyne] Milne1875-18784 Feb 1826 Montrose2 Nov 1898corn merchant; Portrait
James William Japp1878-188128 Apr 1824 Montrose17 Apr 1910 Montroseupholsterer
David Lackie1881-1884ca. 1827 Airlie27 Feb 1896 Montroseironmonger, brass-founder
John Reid1884-1887ca. 18201890
George Scott1887-1890ca. 18301890Monument
George Watson Middleton1890-18916 Mar 1837 Montrose29 Sep 1891 Montroseplumber; Portrait
James Mitchell1891-1894-1897-190014 May 1850 Montrosemanure manufacturer, shipowner; son of above Wm M.
William Fotheringham Melvin1900-1903-1906ca. 1842 St Cyrusteacher
Joseph Foreman, O.B.E.1906-190910 Jan 1860 Montrose6 Feb 1940 Montrosejournalist; Portrait
Valentine Stone, M.D., F.R.C.S.E.1909-1912ca. 1843 Newark-on-Trent7 Oct 1919 MontrosePortrait
William Douglas Johnston?-?23 Jan 1835 Montrose10 Jun 1915 Montrosefishcurer
Alexander Thomson?-1918-?Portrait
William Douglas Johnston, O.B.E.?-1931[?]ca. 1875 Montrose3 Mar 1948 Montroseson of above Wm D. J.
Thomas Lyell1931-1934
Hugh Hanton Soutar1930s1890 Brechin4 Jan 1955 Montrosesolicitor
Andrew Duff Todd?-1938-?25 Oct 1943 Dundee
Andrew Wemyss Ritchie?-1945-?ca. 1875 Kilmarnock9 Dec 1956 Stracathrochemist & optician
Joseph Calder Cameron?-1953-1955[?]
William Johnston1955[?]-1958-1967-?Portrait
Marjorie Melville Mitchell?-?1891 Montrose1977 Montrosedau. of above James M.


Bailies (Magistrates) of Montrose, to 1974

In office1st2nd3rd
1825-1826James CrawfordGeorge ShandWilliam Robb
1845-1847David MackieDavid CantJames Spence


Town treasurers of Montrose, to 1974

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
James Ouchterlony?-1706-1707-?
James Haddon?-1802-?
John Ferguson?-1825-?
John Muckart1845-1847


Deans of Guild of Montrose, to 1974

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
James Walker?-1825-?
James Adams1845-1847


Town clerks of Montrose

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
James Guthrie?-1601-?, ?-1623-?
John Brown?-1619-?
James Guthrie?-1623-?
Walter Lyell of Balhall1630s-1668-?hereditary t/c
Thomas Lyell?-1686-?
James Milne?bef. 17 Sep 1731
John Spence?-1736-1744-?bef. 28 May 1762
William Speid?-1752-1761-?ca. 1700Dec 1771
Thomas Stewart?-1777-1787-?1739?Apr 1788 x 28 Jul 1798, possibly 1791mar. Eliz. Guise, who d. 28 Jul 1798, aged 43
Charles Thomson?-1792-1811-?27 Apr 1831He is the hero of Dr James Beattie's poem, the "Thomsoniad"; his sister, Miss Jean Thomson, who died on 27 Sep 1837, left money for the poor of Montrose
Alexander Thomson1814-18242 Feb 1786 Brechin29 Oct 1848 Montrosemar. Margaret Sharp; conjunct t/c with James Leighton, both appointed Oct 1814, for life; salary £16
James Leighton1814-1847-?25 Jul 179120 Nov 1850mar. Isabella Alison; conjunct t/c with Alexr Thomson, both appointed Oct 1814, for life; salary £16
James Burnes1825-1847-?17801852conjunct t/c with Leighton from 1825; he was also provost here; Portrait;
George Cooper Myers?-1872-?22 May 1811 Montrose25 Nov 1885 Montrose
David Crombie Wills?-1887-191224 Nov 1832 Montrose11 Oct 1912 Hillside, Montroset/c depute in 1885; mar. Anne Manson, who d. 4 Dec 1914
James Cumming1912-1944joint t/c 1943
R. A. Barrowman1944-1958-?Bo'ness
John S. Richardson?-1962-1971-?





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