Montrose (Angus)

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

Parish number 312


map of Montrose

More maps of Montrose

Introduction

For "Old Montrose", see Maryton.

seal of Montrose
The Common Seal of the
Royal Burgh of Montrose

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

Abbreviations

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); some records are at West Register House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (Tel: +44-131-535-1413)
OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)

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Books & articles

Photo-books - old photographs of Montrose

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Statistical accounts of Montrose

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Maps of Montrose

Some old 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
© OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA

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Photographs of places

Photographs of places and people

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Local societies

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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.

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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, only dau. of A. Sedgeley; (2) 1875 Janet Craig

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; issue: a dau. mar. the Rev. John Thomson, Campbeltown
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 the Episcopal Church, Montrose

John Woodward?-1875-1896-?LL.D., F.S.A.Scot.; rector, St Mary'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.

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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.)

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

One of the monuments in Montrose Churchyard follows. [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.

[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.]

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Montrose war memorials

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Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1855 to present

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.

Births, Marriages & Deaths, before 1855

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.

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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
GD1/47/2/4
8 Dec 1606-James Williamson, merchant, burgess of Montrose
&
Elspit Lichtoune, relict of William Murray, sometime burgess of Montrose
GD1/195/2
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
RH9/7/29
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
RH9/7/140

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Church Session Records of Montrose parish church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/943/...
Minutes1633-16521
Mortcloth & other accounts1634-16451
Minutes & accounts1686-16912
Minutes1696-17243
do1724-17344
do1734-1743, 1778-17875
do1748-17786
do1788-18197
do1819-18368
do1836-18609
do1861-188810
Extract of the whole acts of session, 1633-1671, made in 16871633-167111
Collections1702-172711
Scroll minutes1717-171912
do1727-172913
do173414
do1734-173515
do1741-174416
do1744-174817
do1767-177218
Ledger1856-188019
Accounts1880-188220
do1883-189621
Cash book1882-189922
Proclamation accounts1875-189523
Seat rent accounts1881-188224
Cemetery & churchyard accounts1880-188325
do1883-189426
Cemetery cash book1883-189427
Marriages1811-182828
Baptisms1811-1819, 1838-183929
do1866-187130
List, possibly new communicants1840-187131
List of male communicants, heads of families1834-184232
Communion roll1862-187433
do1863-187434
do1875-188935
Baptisms for RAF Station, Montrose194036
Baptisms1856-192737

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/...
Minutes1855-18881
do1888-19222
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
do1954-196210
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
Minutes1787-922
Accounts1790-18272
Minutes1802-18463
do1846-18764
do1876-19035
do1903-19236
Managers' minutes1822-18387
do1838-18728
do1872-18989
do1898-190910
do1908-192311
Cash book1823-188412
Baptismal register1842-185013
do1877-192314
Communion roll1853-188315
do1877-191916
do1921-192317

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/...
Minutes1869-19231
do1923-19532
Managers' minutes1874-18913
do1891-19074
do1908-19245
do1925-19466
do1946-19527
Sabbath School Society business meeting minutes1883-18918
do1891-19049
Cash book1784-184010
Baptisms1745-1799 (with gaps)
1807 (1 entry)
1828-1831 (3 entries)
10
Marriages1760-178910
Cash book1840-184211
do1862-188612
do1882-189313
do1894-193314
do1934-195315
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
Minutes1788-186922
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
Minutes1852-18812
do1881-19013
do1901-19234
do1923-19495
do1949-19676
Deacons' court minutes1844-18657
do1865-18988
do1898-19269
do1927-195110
Scroll deacons' court minutes1844-184711
Cash book1844-185012
do1908-193813
Ledger1908-194714
Collections1935-195615
Cash book, Congregational Board1953-195616
Tract Society minutes1841, 184417
Trustees' minutes1844-184518
Private register of baptisms1825-184519
Baptismal roll1884-192320
do1901-191121
Baptismal register1911-197622
Private register of marriages1833-184923
Proclamation register1932-197624
Communion roll1883-189325
do1895-190626
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/...
Minutes1843-18551
do1855-18972
do1897-19133
do1913-19224
do1922-19485
do1948-19606
do1961-19777
Deacons' court minutes1843-18628
do1862-19009
do1900-192110
do1922-196211
do1962-197712
Register of baptisms1847-195713
Proclamation register1932-196414
do1964-197715
Communion roll1906-193916
do1922-192517
do1940-194918
do1950-195319
do1953-196320
do1963-197221
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/...
Minutes1900-19351
Deacons' court minutes1861-19092
Proclamation register1932-19603
Communion roll1894-19164
do1926-19335
do1933-19416
do1942-19537

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Montrose Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR408/...
Minute book (with accounts)1812-18561
do1892-19322
Minutes (bundle)1881-19193
Minute Book of Parish Church Repairs Committee18684
Accounts1836-19325
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

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Land owners

The principal proprietors of land in the parish in 1835:

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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].

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Population statistics

Yearmalefemaletotalref.
17554150Dr Alexander Webster
17906194Old Statistical Account
18017974
18118955?, 8975?
18214576576210338
183112055*
1841
185115822
18716800898315783
18817352895116303

After change of parish boundary:

Yearmalefemaletotal
18916343824814591
19016247778014027
19115643702612669
19215540715212692

* excludes ca. 750 sailors

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Street and trade directories

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

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Testaments & wills

Montrose was in the Commissariot of Brechin.

List of pre-1801 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.

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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 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1920 only, can be seen at ScotlandsPeople.

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Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Montrose:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/49

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Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Montrose:

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Window tax records

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

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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, etc.ca. 1400-1865B51/15/1 to B51/15/42
Warrants of the register of deeds, etc.1671-1938B51/16/1 to B51/16/24

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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.

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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

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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
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?
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 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, 1824-1825ca. 17801852Portrait
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.

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Bailies (Magistrates) of Montrose, to 1974

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

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Town treasurers of Montrose, to 1974

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

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Deans of Guild of Montrose, to 1974

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

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Town clerks of Montrose

NameIn officeBornDiedInfo
Walter Lyell of Balhall1630s-1667-?hereditary t/c
Thomas Lyell?-1686-?
James Milne?bef. 17 Sep 1731
John Spence?-1744-?bef. 28 May 1762
William Speid?-1761-?ca. 1700Dec 1771
Thomas Stewart?bef. 28 Jul 1798
Charles Thomson?-1803-1811-?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 Montroseconjunct t/c with James Leighton, both appointed Oct 1814, for life; salary £16
James Leighton1814-1847-?25 Jul 179120 Nov 1850conjunct t/c with Alexr Thomson, both appointed Oct 1814, for life; salary £16
James Burnes1825-1847-?conjunct t/c with Leighton from 1825
George Cooper Myers?-1872-?22 May 1811 Montrose25 Nov 1885
David Crombie Wills?-1887-191224 Nov 1832 Montrose11 Oct 1912 Hillside, Montrose
James Cumming1912-1944joint t/c 1943
R. A. Barrowman1944-1958-?Bo'ness
John S. Richardson?-1962-1971-?

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Libraries

Montrose Library

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Places of interest

Portraits

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