St Vigeans (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of St Vigeans

Parish number 319


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Introduction

See also the page for Arbroath. The lands of Inverpeffer and also the lands of Hospitalfield were detached parts of the parish of St Vigeans until 1889, when they were incorporated into Panbride and Arbroath respectively.

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

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Statistical accounts of St Vigeans

Images of the original printing of the Old and New Statistical Accounts, with articles on each parish written in most cases by the parish minister:

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Maps of St Vigeans

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

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Photographs of places

Geograph.org: St Vigeans - recent photographs of St Vigeans. National Grid ref. NO6342.

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St Vigeans parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO638429. Much altered in 1872. Dedicated to St Feachan, St Vigeans Kirk also served as the parish kirk of the burgh of Arbroath until the Reformation. For some details of the history and architecture of the church, see St Vigeans History.

Photograph of St Vigeans Kirk   Another photo of St Vigeans Kirk

Above: St Vigeans Kirk

Other churches

Colliston Kirk   St Peter's Church, Auchmithie

Above, left: Colliston Church
Above, right: St Peter's Episcopal Church, Auchmithie; formerly Auchmithie Church of Scotland

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Parish ministers of St Vigeans 1560-1958

adm.: admitted, ass.: assistant, bapt.: baptised, contr.: contract, dem.: demitted, dep.: deposed, ind.: inducted, lic.: licensed, mar.: married, min.: minister, ord.: ordained, pres.: presented, rel.: related, res.: resigned, suc.: successor, test.: testament, tr.: translated

Ninian Clement1563-1573min. 1563; tr. to Forfar ca. 1573
James Melvill1573-1593tr. from Menmuir; adm. between 12 Aug 1573 & 6 Mar 1573/4; Ethie & Kinnell included in charge 1574; removed to Arbroath by 1593
Patrick Lindsay of Kirkton1593-1630?M.A.; tr. from Guthrie 1591-3; had gift of 1/3 of vicarage 26 Oct 1601 & of fruits of Arbroath Abbey 5 Feb 1602; became bishop of Ross 1613
Robert Bruce1602M.A.; min. 4 Nov 1602
John Young1602reader
Thomas Ray of Kirkton of Brothock1618-1622bro. of Andrew R., merchant burgess of Perth; M.A. St Andrews 1581; pres. to Cortachy 1582; tr. & adm. as colleague 1618; burgess of Arbroath 9 Nov 1618; d. bef. Feb 1623; mar. Barbara Dempster; issue: Joseph, min. of Cortachy; James; Thomas; Eliz. (mar. con. 1612 Andrew Donaldson, skinner burgess of Perth)
Alexander Inglis1622-aft. 1645M.A. St Andrews 1587; min. of Lunan 1590; tr. & adm. 1622; still min. 1645; mar.; issue: Peter
Robert Reynold [Rennold]1650-1665M.A.; ord. aft. 15 Aug 1650; tr. to 1st charge Old Machar ABD 29 Oct 1665
Patrick Strachan1665-1693M.A. Marischal Aberdeen 1637; adm. Carmyllie 1659; tr. & adm. 5 Nov 1665; d. ca. 1693; mar. Helen Erskine; issue: George, min. in 1696; Anna; David, min. of Carmyllie; Margaret (mar. con. 1695 David Ramsay, younger of Cairnton)
George Strachan1696-1700son of above; intruded bef. 6 Apr 1696; d. bef. 20 Sep 1700; issue: John
Thomas Watson1702-1725M.A. St Andrews 1689; ord. 1702; suicide 1725; mar. Margaret Maitland [? but testaments have Margaret/Marjorie Mathie]
Tobias Martin1727-1730schoolmaster Inveraray ARL 1708; ord. 18 Jul 1727; d. Sep 1730
John Burn [Burns?]1731-1734ord. 14 Mar 1731; d (unmar.?) 4 May 1734
John Henderson1734-1753ord. Aberlemno 1709; tr. & adm. Kirkden 4 Jul 1711; tr. & adm. 1734; d. 16 Jul 1753; mar. 1740 Anne Melville; issue: Margaret, Eliz., Robert, James, Jean, Alex., Kath., Amelia, Williamina
John Aitkin1754-1816b. 1726; schoolmaster Arbroath 1748; ord. 16 May 1754; d. unmar. 2 May 1816
John Muir1816-1865b. 1779 West Calder, son of John M., farmer; tutor Benholm Castle; ord. Fettercairn 27 Dec 1814; adm. 24 Sep. 1816; d. 28 Nov 1865; mar. 1817 Grace, dau. of Geo. Watson; issue: John, Janet, Agnes (mar. Robert Lindsay of Almericlose), Geo. W.
William Duke1859-1911b. 27 Oct 1832 Brechin, son of Alex. D.; M.A. Aberdeen 1854; ass. East Church, Dundee; ord. ass. & suc. 14 Jul 1859; D.D. St Andrews 1889; d. 2 Nov 1911; mar. 1863 Annie, dau. of Peter Leonard; issue: sir Fred. Wm; Alex. L.; Sidney; Herbert; Ernest H., min. of Middlebie DFS; Evelyne A. (mar. Arthur Rawlins)
Charles Edward Duff1912-1958b. 23 May 1885 Islay, son of Alex. D., min. of Kilmeny; M.A. 1906 B.D. 1910 Glasgow; ass. St Andrew's, Edinburgh; ord. 17 Apr 1912; mar. 1912 Helen Mary, dau. of Alex. Robertson & had issue

Ministers of Auchmithie quoad sacra
Auchmithie was disjoined from St Vigeans on 15 Mar 1886

James Christie1886-1906b. 1856 Fordyce, son of William Christie; M.A. Aberdeen 1880; ass. Dunkeld & St John's, Edinburgh; ord. 18 May 1886; d. 25 Dec 1906; mar. 1892 Eliza Matilda, dau. of Rev. Thomas Hill
Robert Ingram1907-b. 1874 Newmill, son of James Ingram; M.A. Aberdeen 1897 B.D. 1900; ass. Marnoch, Rosemount, Bothwell, Gartsherrie; ord. 1907

Ministers of Colliston quoad sacra
Colliston was disjoined from St Vigeans on 6 Dec 1875

Alexander Thou Scott1871-1876b. c. 1847 Brechin; ord. 16 Oct 1871; adm. as first min. 1875; tr. to Bargeddie LKS 14 Dec 1876; mar.; issue: Edith M. M.
William Smith1877-1883b. 1852, son of Robert Sinclair Smith, surveyor of taxes; missionary Waterside; ord. 14 May 1877; tr. to St Pauls Dundee 9 May 1883; d. 19 Jan 1897; mar. (1) 1885 Christina Drummond, dau. of George Campbell, min. of Eastwood; isue: Robt Sinclair; Geo. Campbell; William Christian; mar. (2) 1893 Jessie, eldest dau. of John Bayne, Bridge of Allan
Alexander Mills1883-1929b. 1854 Montrose, son of Alexr M.; M.A. Edinburgh 1877; ass. St Andrews Edinburgh; ord. 2 Nov 1883; d. 17 Dec 1929 Arbroath; mar. 1885 Georgina, yst dau. of Geo. Anderson, fish-curer, Montrose; issue: Alexander Harold; Mary Kelman; Anita Watson; Ina Andrew; David Wm.; James Kinnison Tulloch; Geo. Anderson; Arthur Kelman

Ministers of the Free Church, Colliston (alias Gowanbank); later, United Free Church

Andrew Peebles?-1856-1876b. ca. 1821 Dunfermline; d. 12 Mar 1876 Colliston; mar. Margaret ---; issue: Andrew R.
Andrew Morris?-1881-1912[M.A. St Andrews ?]; b. ca. 1842 Abdie FIF; d. 6 Dec 1912 Colliston; mar. Elsie Brown ---; issue: Elsie Jane; Andrina E.

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Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in St Vigeans Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 270 stones) 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.)

For war graves in the kirkyard, see The Scottish War Graves Project: St Vigeans old Churchyard.

A very small number of monuments in St Vigeans 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.

Photographs

[p1521], etc., indicates that I already have a photo of the monument, and I will happily supply any of these photos free, on request by e-mail, at the full size of 2304 pixels by 1728 pixels, and approx. 850 kilobytes in size. The links on this page are to these photos, but reduced in size to 576 x 432 pixels.

Inside the kirk

[M1] Sacred to the memory of JOHN HENDERSON, M.D. surgeon, Bengal Establishment, who died at Lodiana on the banks of the Satlaj, on the 12th of March, 1836 a victim to the fatigues of a journey, which he accomplished through many difficulties and dangers, to explore the regions north of the Hamalaya, and the course of the Indus above Attak. This monument is erected by his friends and admirers in testimony of regret for the loss which they have sustained, and to record the intrepidity, disinterested zeal and ability, with which he devoted himself to advance the commercial interests of his country in Central Asia, to forward the cause of a free press in British India to establish the Bank of Agra, to found the Bengal Medical Retiring Fund, and to ... ...ther objects of public ... ...ility in India.
[Note: He appears to have been attached to the 41st regiment of Native Infantry (ref.)]

[M2; see also Fraser's, Carnegies of Southesk, vol. 2, p. 300] PETRUS YOUNG a Seton Eq[ues] Aur[atus] ser[enissi]mo ac pot[entissi]mo Jacobo VI Brit[anniæ] Fran[ciæ] et Hib[erniæ] regi a studiis consil[iis] et eleemos[ynis] propter erudit[ionem] prudent[iam] et morum elegantiam eximiam domi regi suo et civibus charus foris regibus et principibus apud quos variis legat[ionibus] funct[us] est celebris. Hic beatorum resurrect[ionem] expectat. Obiit Jan. VII an[no] MDCXXVIII æt[atis] s[u]æ LXXXIIII.

[M3] Here lyes the corpse of JOHN DEMPSTER Esq. of Dunnichen, who died by a fall from his horse, much lamented, the 2d of Novmr 1753, in the 49th year of his age.

In memory of the Rev. JOHN MUIR, minister of this parish who died 28 Nov 1865 in the 87 year of his age and 51 of his ministry

To the glory of God and in loving memory of GEORGE WATSON MUIR who died while prisoner of war in Sumatra February 1945 Also JOHN MUIR Lieut. R.A.F. who was killed in action in France March 1918: sons of JOHN MUIR: great-grandsons of the Reverend JOHN MUIR

To the dear memory of FREDERICK WILLIAM DUKE Indian Civil Service, Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire, Knight Commander of the Star of India, Under secretary of State for India, eldest son of the Revd WILLIAM DUKE D.D. sometime minister of this parish He served India for forty years and was the last Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal. 1863-1924

Propped against a building by the east gate:

[M13] Rest in hope and ... above the skys JOHN SPINK; AGNES SPINK; (JOH)N SPINK wea... JEAN ...

[M16; p1738] Beneat[h] ... ...dep... ye body [of ALEXANDER BRAND] late s[ch]oo[l] master in ... who died 12th Augt 1768 ... [h]aving served this ... that station 34 yrs. In 1740 [he married] HELIN LESSLIE daughter of JOHN LESSLIE mert in Edinburgh by whom he had seven children, four whereof JOHN, JAMES, MARGARET & ALEXr with their mother were surviving at his death. He displayd incontestable ability as a teacher and discharged the dutys of that character with honour to himself and his country. In private life he was steady & sincere in his freindship, benevolent & charitable in his disposition. His death is justly regrated by all who knew him ... ...h...
[Note: his name obtained from OPR baptisms]

Two monuments on the west side of the mound:

[M165; p326] 1844 Erected by JOHN CRAIG tennant in ground of Peebles and his wife, MARGARET GAUDY in memory of their children, ANN died the 22nd August 1848 aged 4 years. WILLIAM died the 22nd September 1848 aged 2 years. Both interred here. Also their daughter JANE PETERS who died 30th April 1928 aged 82 years

[p327] "In blessed rest waiting for Jesus Christ." Sacred to the memory of DAVID MANN, late farmer, Peebles, Colliston, who died 23rd Oct. 1887, aged 76 years. And of MARGARET BARRIE his wife who died 18th April 1867, aged 52 years. Also of their son WILLIAM, who died in 1841, aged 9 years. And a daughter who died in infancy.

The monuments listed below are on the south side of the mound. Only texts on the east faces are given at present:

[p690] In memory of CHARLES ROBERT youngest son of THOMAS and AGNES BUNCLE Arbroath born 20th July 1865 died 7th Oct. 1874 Of their daughter MARY McDONALD born 29th Jan. 1854 died 27th Jan. 1881 AGNES wife of THOMAS BUNCLE died 18th May 1885, aged 65 years [cut away: "Of THOMAS ALEXA"]N[cut away: "DER BUNCLE"] died 28th October 1899, aged 79 years AGNES McDONALD daughter of THOMAS and AGNES BUNCLE died 28th October 1907 The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away Blessed be the name of the Lord

[M39; p691] 1850 Erected by the surviving children, ELIZABETH, JAMES, ALEXANDER and PATRICK MANN in memory of JOHN MANN, their father, who died 1st January 1841, aged 54 years; MARGARET MITCHELL, their mother, who died 9th November 1849 aged 63 years; and of their brothers, sisters, and other near relatives, whose bodies rest here. In hope of a blessed immortality. PATRICK died 24th November 1859, aged 30 years & 7 months; JAMES MANN, died 25th February 1871, aged 53 years.

[M40; p692] This stone was erected by JOHN MILLAR, Parkhill in memory of his son WILLIAM MILLAR, who died 10th March 1818 in infancy SUSAN MILLAR, who died 9th Octr 1862, aged 17 years. ELIZABETH MILLAR, who died 2nd March 1866, aged 10 years. JESSIE MILLAR, who died 16th August 1870, aged 9 years. The above JOHN MILLAR died 11th Jan. 1884 aged 72 years And his wife ELIZABETH EASSON died 9th Nov. 1897 aged 82 years

[p693] Erected by MARY MUNRO in loving memory of her husband JOSEPH SMART who died 31st December 1914 aged 78 years. Also of JOSEPH their son born 18th Sep. 1863 died 1st Feb. 1871. The above MARY MUNRO died 19th March 1919 in her 80th year, at 362 St Vincent Street Glasgow and is interred here. "Until the day dawn"

[p694] Erected by MARY CARGILL in memory of her husband WILLIAM EATON, who died 4th Septr 1883, aged 29 years, and of their two children who both died in infancy. The above MARY CARGILL, who died 5th July 1919, aged 69 years.

[M38; p695] Erected by MARGARET CARGILL, in memory of her husband PETER CARGILL, who died April 10th 1850 aged 61 years. Revised by his son DAVID CARGILL, and MARGARET WATT, his wife in memory of their son JOHN, who died 17th February 1857, aged 6 weeks. The above DAVID CARGILL, died 14th May 1880, aged 50 years. MARGARET WATT, died 31st July 18(9)1, aged [defaced] years.

[M37; p696] This stone was erected by MARGt SPEID in memory her husband ALEXr SMITH who died July 1th [sic] 1779 aged 56 years 4 month and interrd here Here also lyes the dust of ISOBEL SPEID spouse to JOHN SIBBELD who died May 1779 of age 52 years they had 4 children viz. ALEXr ... MARGt & JEAN SIBBALD [buried]

[M112; p697] Erected by BETTY EATON, in memory of her husband, JAMES CARGILL, Trinity Pilot, who died 14th Septr 1849; aged 69 years. The above BETTY EATON, died 23rd December 1863, aged 75 year[s.]

[M111; p698] Sacred to the memory of JOHN SHIELD, blacksmith in Boghead, who died on the eliventh day of November MDCCCXXVII aged eightyfour years. And of his wife HELEN GARDNER, who died on the twentysixth day of February MDCCCXXXII aged seventyfive years. This memorial is erected on the spot where their remains are deposited by their surviving children.

[M110; p699] [18]55 Erected by JOHN & GEORGE SHIELD in memory of their father WILLIAM SHIELD blacksmith Boghead who died 9th September 1852 aged 68 years. Also of their mother SUSAN BROWN who died 15th October 1825 aged 41 years. Also of their brother WILLIAM druggist in Brechin who died 8th April 1852 aged 29 years. The above JOHN SHIELD, farmer West Boghead born 31st May 1818, died 21st February 1866.

[p700] Erected to the memory of our dear mother AGNES RAYNE LISK who died 16th January 1922 aged 64 years. And to our dear brother DAVID who died at Pretoria, South Africa, aged 34 years.

[M109; p701] Erected by ROBERT ADDISON at Hillend of Kepty in memory of AGNES OGILVIE his spouse who died the 22 of Aug:t 1801 aged 57 years. They had five children: viz. DAVID who died at sea off Grenada W: Indies the 13 Octr 1805: aged 26 years: & JOHN died: 12 Decr 1801 aged 1(8) years & [defaced, then buried]

[p702] 1858 Erected by JOHN MURRAY, forester, Ethie, in memory of his daughter MARGARET, who died 11th June 1857, aged 11 years. And of his son JOHN who died 20th Feby 1861 aged 2(.) years. Also of his son DANIEL, who died 8th Decr 1862, aged 21 years. And (likewise) his wife HENRIETTA CULLEN, who died 6th July 1863, aged 57 years. The above JOHN MURRAY died 1(9)th October 1894, aged 92 years. His second wife ANN DOR(W)[ARD] died 10th August [buried]

[M47; p703] 1843 Erected as a tribute of respect, by ELIZABETH BEATTIE, in memory of her husband, ROBERT SMITH, late fisherman in Arbroath, who died May 9th 1843, aged 51 years.

[p704] 1865 Erected by GEORGE ANDERSON and ANN MORROSON, in memory of their daughter EUPHEMIA, who died at Wardmillhill Arbroath, 28th July 1864 aged 20 years. Also of their daughter MARGARET, who died at Carnoustie 4th February 1868, aged 27 years. Also of their daughter ELIZABETH, who died at Carnoustie 29th December 1876, aged 25 years. The above ANN MORROSON died 14th October 1890 aged 85 years. And GEORGE ANDERSON died 28th November 1899 aged 84 years.

[p705] 1864 Erected by GEORGE GUILD, Ward-mill Hill, and ANN JAMIE, his wife, in memory of their three children, his brother DAVID, and his mother BARBARA KYD, who are all interred in the churchyard of Kinnell; Also his father JAMES GUILD, who died 19th July 1861, aged 72 years, whose remains rest here; Their grandchild HELEN W. GUILD, died 13th January 1865, aged 7 years. The above ANN JAMIE, died 10th August 1868, aged 57 years. Their daughter ANN GUILD, died 27th November 1868, aged 24 years. The above GEORGE GUILD, died 9th August 1878, aged 63 years.

[p706] Erected in memory of JAMES MOONLIGHT who died at Rosefield, 28th Sept 1867. Also his wife JANE LINDSAY who died at Carnoustie 11th Jany 1889. Also their daughter CATHERINE who died in infancy.

[M105; p707] Erected by PETER SMITH seaman in Auchmethie and JEAN SWANKIE his spouse, in memory of there children: viz CAMPBELL and JEAN who died in infancy, and WILLm who died Septr 7th 1830 aged 20 years and are intered hear: ELIZABETH, ROBERT, THOMAS, ISOBELL, CHARLES, and PETER, survive this date. The above PETER SMITH who died 1(5)th Novr 1855 aged 71 years. Also the above JEAN SWANKIE, who died 10th March 1868, aged 79 years.

[p708] 186(3) Erected by DAVID CARGILL and his wife MARGARET HAMILTON in memory of their two children who both died young The above DAVID CARGILL died 9th August 1902, aged 70 years. The above MARGARET HAMILTON died 16th April 1903, aged 8(0) [buried] Also their da[ughter; buried] ANNIE [buried] died 20 [buried]

[p709] 1893 Erected by ALEXANDER SPINK and ISABELLA CARGILL his wife in memory of their daughter ISABELLA who died May 23. 1893 aged 8 years and their son DAVID who died June 1. 1895 aged 19 years Also CATHERINE their daughter died Feb. 18. 1896 aged 7 years The above ALEXANDER SPINK died 30th May 1897 aged 40 years and their sons ALEXANDER who died 12th April 1899 aged 18 years WILLIAM who died March 1901 aged 9 years The above ISABELLA CARGILL (died) Nov. 1918 aged 63 (y)[ears]

[M106; p710] 1814 As a tribute to the memory of ELISABETH MITCHELL who died on the 20th February 1814, aged 55 years, this stone is erected by her husband ALEXANDER KINNEAR feuar in Marywell-park. Their children ISABEL, ALEXANDER and JAMES survive at this date. JEAN ALLARDICE, wife of ALEXr KINNEAR [buried] died 13th [buried]

[M107; p711] This stone was erected by WILLIAM ALEXANDER fisherman in Auchmithie in memory of his spouse JANET SHEPHERD who died on the 5th of Novr 1819 aged 6(0) years They had three children viz JEAN, AGNES & MARGARET [buried]

[p712] 1864 Erected by WILLIAM SOUTER, Wood Inn, and his wife, in memory of their son SAMUEL SOUTER, who died 28th December 1863, aged 7 years. And JESSIE SOUTER, who died 27th November 1855, in the 6th year of her age.

[M104; p713] Erected by THOMAS SWANKIE fisherman in Auchmethie and KATHERINE CARGILL his spouse in memory of there children, viz MARGRET who died July 7th 1830 aged three years and eight months and THOMAS who died Augt (..)th aged 1 year and 2 months and is intered here PETER surviv[es] this da[te] and also WILLIAM

[M103; p714] 1852 Erected by JANET GRANT, in memory of her husband, JAMES LESLIE, late tenant in Berrybrae Boysackmur[e] who died on the 7th December 1851 in the 76th year of his age Likewise of their children ALEXANDER, who died on the 9th September 1842 in the 38th year of his age ANN, who died on the 29th July 1821 in the 10th year of her age BETSY, who died on the 22nd June 1840 in the 24th year of her age JAMES, who died on the 3rd July 1821 aged 10 months. The above JANET GRANT, died on the 21st May 1864, aged 89 years FRANCIS, who died on the 19th April 1879 aged 79 years ISABELLA, who died on the 11th September 1855 aged 44 [years]

[p715] Erected by MARY ANN FINDLAY, teacher in loving memory of her mother JANE FINDLAY born 14th August 1848, died 18th September 1931. Her grandfather JAMES FINDLAY born 16th April 1811, died 1st November 1891. His wife JEAN SMART born 10th August 1820, died 18th November 1865. Their daughter AGNES born 25th November 1856, died 14th January 1876. The above MARY ANN FINDLAY born 8th August 1872, died 29th March 1934.

[M102; p716] Erected by JAMES GREIG wright in Smiddy Croft Arbroath, and ELSPETH WEBSTER his spouse, in memory [of] their d...[buried]

[M100; p717] This stone was erected by JOHN BEATTIE fisherman in Auchmithie & HELEN SPINK his spouse in memory of their daughter HELEN who died 7th Jany 779 [sic] in the 23rd year of her age & is interred here. They had also betwixt them JOHN PETER MARGARET & [buried] who all survived

[p718] Erected by DAVID CARGILL fisherman Auchmithie and his wife ELIZABETH CARGILL in memory of their son DAVID who died 13th Decr 1872 aged 8 days and of their daughter CATHERINE who died 18th Decr 1875, aged 2 years. Also their son DAVID who died 1st May 1891, aged 1(3) years. The above ELIZABETH CARGILL, died (9)th October 1901, aged 51 years The above DAVID CARGILL died 26th April 1934, aged 88 years Their daughter ELIZA CARGILL died 6th Sept. 1955, aged 79 years. Also their daughter CECILIA CARGILL, died 1(0)th June 196(5), aged 82 years. Also her dear sister BELLA CHRISTIE CARGILL, died 18th Feb. 1977, aged 91 years. For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall [all be made alive]

[p719] 1865 Erected by JAMES CARGILL, in memory of his wife AGNES BEATTIE, who died 4th July 1862, in the 53rd year of her age.

[M101; p720] To the memory of WALTER SMITH, late tenant of Legastoun, who died on the 24th July 1841 aged 67 years. And of ELIZABETH GOODLET, his spouse, who died on the 11th August 1846 aged 73 years. Erected by their children as a tribute of affection. Also their daughter JEAN, who died 30th Oct. 1849, aged 43 Their son WILLIAM died at New York, 31st Oct. 1865, aged 57. And AGNES, died 4th March 1885 aged 6(9). And lastly their daughter ELIZABETH died at Burghill Brechin 9th Sep. 1893, aged 81

[M71; p721] 1848 Erected by DAVID EA(T)TON, fisherman in Auchmithie and his wife JEAN SPINK, in memory of their daughter ELIZABETH, who died 17th October 1845 aged 19, and her child ALEXANDER; And of their other children, viz CECILIA, DAVID, NICOLAS, and MARY.

[p722] Erected by JAMES EATON, Drunkendubb in memory of his wife ELIZABETH ELLIS, who died 14th October 1873, aged 67 years. And of his mother MARY BEATTIE, who died 8th August 1867, aged 83 years. The above JAMES EATON died 19th December 1896 aged 82 years

[M99; p723] Erected by JOHN SPINK mariner in Auchmithy & JANNET SWANKIE his spouse in memory of three of their children viz ELISABETH and MARY who died in infancy & JAMES who died 27 Apr 1793 aged 6 years Other 6 survives this date viz AGNES JOHN JEA[N] [buried] MAR[Gt] [buried]

[M70; p724] 1855 Erected by JOHN LEITCH, and JANE YOUNG, in memory of their daughter ELIZABETH, born the 9th of Octr 1835, died the 30th of April 1851. The above JANE YOUNG, died 16th March 1879, aged 79 years. MARGARET LEITCH died 5th June 1902, aged 43 years.

[M69; p725] In memory of JOHN STEEL, late tenant in Cairnie, who died 29th Novr 1840 aged 80 years. And of BARBARA KYD his wife who died 20th Feby 1819 aged 56 years. Also of their family. JAMES died 26th June 1809 aged 16 years. DAVID drowned near the Texel in Novr 1816 aged 22 years. LILLIAS died 18th Feby 1817 aged 28 years. JOHN 24th March 1830 aged 42 years. And AGNES, relict of DAVID PORTER merchant Dundee who died 12th April 1861 aged 71 years.

[p726] Erected by WILLIAM ROBBIE, late crofter, Grange of Connon in memory of his wife AGNES SMITH, who died at Cloverpark, Colliston on 27th Jan. 1920, aged 88 years. Also of his father CHARLES ROBBIE, who died at Grange of Connon on 17th April 1861, aged 75 years. And of his mother BETSY MUNRO, who died in Arbroath on 12th Sep. 1891, aged 80 years. The above WILLIAM ROBBIE, who died on 11th Feb. 1921, aged 83 years.

[p1723] Erected by DANIEL SWANKIE, and CATHERINE CARGILL his wife in memory of their daughter, JANE, born 23rd July 1881, died 12th Jan. 1882, and of their daughter CHRISTINA, born 8th July 1886, died 24th January 1888, their son DAVID died 18th October 1891 aged 6 months The above DANIEL SWANKIE died 5th May 1907 aged 53 years Their son DANIEL SWANKIE, who died in Calgary Hospital, Canada, 23rd April 1912, aged 27 years. CATHERINE CARGILL wife of the above DANIEL SWANKIE died 4th April 1937, aged 85 years. Also their daughters HELEN SWANKIE, died 25th April 1962, aged 69 years. JEAN SWANKIE died 20th Jan. 1987, aged 92 years.

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St Vigeans war memorial 1914-1918
Location: at north side of the kirk

East face

east face of war memorial Lieut. Frederick N. E. Kitson. Black Watch.
Pte. Frederick Anderson. Black Watch.
Pte. James Cargill. Black Watch.
Pte. David Christison. Black Watch.
Pte. James Clark. Black Watch.
Pte. Thomas Clark. Black Watch.
Pte. Alexander Craig. Black Watch.
Pte. William Duthie. Black Watch.
Pte. Charles R. Geddes. Black Watch.
Pte. Alexander Glen. Black Watch.
Pte. John McDonald. Black Watch.
Pte. James Nairn. Black Watch.
Pte. George T. Orrock. Black Watch.
Pte. James C. Paterson. Black Watch.
Pte. George Reid. Black Watch.

South face

south face of war memorial Capt. James Bruce. R.F.A.
Sgt. John Bowie. R.F.A.
Sgt. David Hogg. R.F.A.
Cpl. Frederick Johnston. R.F.A.
Gnr. Charles McDonald. R.F.A.
Gnr. Alexander Murray. R.F.A.
Dr. Frederick Pringle. R.F.A.
Gnr. Robert Scott. R.F.A.
Fr. George D. Dick. R.G.A.
Pte. George Hogg. Scots Guards.
Cpl. William Howie. F.&F.Y.
Cpl. David Muckart. Welsh Horse.
Pte. James Sturrock. Scottish Horse.
Dr. George Moir. M.T.
Spr. John P. Muckart. R.E.

West face

west face of war memorial Lieut. Joseph F. Webster. Gordon Hrs. [Portrait]
Pte. William Mann. Gordon Hrs.
Pte. William Paton. Gordon Hrs.
Pte. James Smith. Gordon Hrs.
Sgt. Frederick Mitchell. Cameron Hrs.
Pte. William B. Fleming. Cameron Hrs.
Pte. Alexander Mann. Cameron Hrs.
L.Cpl. Joseph Hanton. A.&S.H.
Pte. Douglas Morrison. Seaforth Hrs.
Pte. William Paterson. Seaforth Hrs.
Siger. James Scott. Seaforth Hrs.
Pte. Thomson Scott. Seaforth Hrs.
Pte. David Stewart. Seaforth Hrs.
Pte. James P. Cadogan. H.L.I.
Pte. Joseph Keith. H.L.I.
Pte. Arthur McGregor. H.L.I.

North face

north face of war memorial Sgt. Robert E. G. Kydd. V.R.
Cpl. Andrew W. Bennet. C.I.
Cpl. David Murray. C.I.
Sgt. Alexander Marshall. S.R.
Pte. James Leslie. Royal Scots.
L.Cpl. John Mann. K.O.S.B.
Pte. John Whitton. K.O.S.B.
Pte. James B. Ritchie. Black Watch.
Pte. Arthur Shanks. Black Watch.
Pte. James Smart. Black Watch.
Pte. John Smart. Black Watch.
Pte. Henry Spink. Black Watch.
Pte. William Stewart. Black Watch.
Pte. Robert Tasker. Black Watch.
Pte. George L. Taylor. Black Watch.

See also The Scottish War Memorials Project: St Vigeans

For war graves, see:
The Scottish War Graves Project: St Vigeans old Churchyard
and
The Scottish War Graves Project: St Vigeans New Cemetery

The following metal plaque is lying inside St Vigeans Kirk. It may be a memorial from the former Inverbrothock Kirk in Arbroath:

To the glory of God and in sacred memory of the sons of this church who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of king and country during the world war 1939-1945

David C. Craig
Richard David
James S. Fettes
Clarence C. M. Gauldie
Herbert V. L. Griffiths
Alexander Mathers
John McIntyre
William Mitchell

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Colliston war memorial
Inside Colliston Kirk

1914-1919

John Bowie - Sergt R.F.A
William Duthie - Pte B.W.
Charles R. Geddes - Pte B.W.
David Gray - Pte G.H.
William Gray - Pte B.W.
David S. Hogg - Sergt R.F.A.
George E. Hogg - Pte S.G.
Frederick Johnston - Corpl R.F.A.
Richard Muckart - Pte G.H.
James Nairn - Pte B.W.
Richard Sadler - L.S. R.N.
Norman Smith - Pte G.H.
David Stewart - Pte S.H.
George M. Stott - Pte Can.
James W. Tosh - Pte H.L.I.
John Wilkie - Pte B.W.
1939-1945

Alexander Craig
Peter Craig
John Robertson

This 1914-19 roll includes additional information from the Roll of Honour Arbroath & District 1914-1919 and CWGC records:

NameRankUnitDatePlace of deathDetails
John BowieSergtR.F.A.28 Oct 1917Ieperengineer, Govan LKS; eldest son of Wm Bowie & Helen Spence
William DuthiePte7th B.W.1 Oct 1918-farm servant, Tarry; son of Robert Duthie & Mary Carnegie
Charles Raitt GeddesPte5th B.W.6 Nov 1917Palestineploughman, Parkconon; son of David Geddes & Margaret Raitt
David GrayPteGordon Hrs25 Sep 1915Loosploughman; son of Wm Gray & Jane Cuthill
William GrayPte7th B.W.23 Apr 1917-farm servant; 3rd son of David Gray & Margaret Stott, Mains of Kelly
David Scott HoggSergtR.F.A.25 Aug 1916Sommepoliceman, Carnoustie; son of David Hogg & Jessie N. Murray, Denfield
George Edward HoggPte1st Batt. Scots Guards27 Sep 1915Loosploughman, Drumbertnot, Lunan; son of David Hogg & Jessie N. Murray, Denfield
Frederick Johnston, M.M.CplR.F.A.31 Jul 1917-apprentice grocer, Dundee; son of Wm Johnston & Elizabeth Ramsay Dorward, Colliston Castle Stables
Richard MuckhartPte5th Gordon Hrs16/17 May 1917-ploughman, Boysack; son of Mrs M., Panbride
James NairnPte5th B.W.14 Oct 1916Franceshepherd, Jenny's Wells, Boysackmuir; son of David Nairn
Richard Hugh Whistler SadlerLeading SeamanR.N., HM S/M G83 Jan 1918--
Norman A.K. SmithPte7th Gordon Hrs13 Nov 1916-from Grange of Conon; son of Alexander Smith, Brechin
David StewartPteSeaforth Hrs12 Oct 1917-West Newbigging, later at Milton of Conon
George Murray StottPte43rd Canadian Camerons16 Aug 191[8?]Fresnoy-les-Royelabourer, Winnipeg; son of James Stott, 5 St Vigeans Road, Arbroath
James Wilkie ToshPte17th H.L.I.18 Nov 1916Francefarm servant, West Balmirmer; son of James Wilkie Tosh, Millfield Feus
John WilkiePte5th B.W.3/4 Sep 1917-ploughman, Mains of Kelly; gson of James Wilkie, Millfield Feus

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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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Church Session Records of St Vigeans Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/320/...
Minutes1665-16941
do1727-17581
Accounts1731-17561
Minutes1758-18292
do1816-18453
do1845-18734
Proclamations1855-18665
Baptisms1855-18826
Decreet, minister v. heritors18267
Baptisms1882-19338
Charitable trusts comittee minutes1897-19499
Proclamations1863-197810

Members of St Vigeans kirk session nominated 20 Sep 1611
[from "Selections from the Minutes of the Synod of Fife", Edinburgh, 1837, p. 41]

Sir Peter Young of Seaton Easter
James Ochterlony of Wester Seaton
Andrew Lamb in South Tarrie
James Balfour of North Tarrie
Alexander Pearson in Wardmilne
Andrew Wannand, portioner of [Dickmont]Law
--- Ramsay of Cairntoun
Henry Fithie of Muirhouse
Francis Ogilvie of Newgrange
Henry Smyth, portioner of Bruntoun
Robert Guthrie in Auchmithie
Henry Wood of Bonnyton
Henry Guthrie of Colliston
Thomas Smyth in Kirkton
Robert Smyth in Grange of Conon
Robert Fletcher of Innerpeffer

Church Session Records of Auchmithie Parish Church
Disjoined from St Vigeans and erected quoad sacra in 1886; reunited with St Vigeans in 1953

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/1135/...
Minutes1886-19531
Trustees' and managers' minutes1885-19522
Baptismal register1886-19533
Proclamation registerr1886-19534

Church Session Records of Colliston Parish Church
Disjoined from St Vigeans and erected quoad sacra in 1875; united with Colliston St Mark's U.F. in 1930

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/1524/...
Minutes1876-19631
Scroll minutes1875-19652
Miscellaneous papers19603
Baptismal register1871-19254

Church Session Records of Colliston Free Church
United with Colliston Ch. of S. in 1929

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1546/...
Minutes1896-19291

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St Vigeans Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR349/...
Minute book1861-19021
do1902-19302
Minutes1915-19253
Copy certificate of Sheriff under 1925 Act19294
Locality of stipend19305
Certified copy lease of site of parish stable18666

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Land owners

The main proprietors of land in the parish in 1842:

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Poor

The records of Arbroath and St Vigeans Parochial Board and its successors, 1846-1930, are held by Angus Archives, ref. ACC 9/3.

Information, maps & photographs of Arbroath & St Vigeans Combination Poorhouse.

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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.

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Lists of inhabitants

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Population statistics

Yearmalefemaletotalref.
17551592Dr Alexander Webster
1793163617003336Old Statistical Account
18014243
18114958
1821265029335583
18317135
18418780*
18519799
18715710709512805
18816741824114982

* i.e. 2743 in the landward area, including Auchmithie (280), Marywell (170) and Gowansbank (120); and 6037 within the burgh of Arbroath, in the Inverbrothock and Ladyloan districts

The following data are for the united civil parish of Arbroath & St Vigeans

Yearmalefemaletotal
1891113041394925253
1901109141376324677
1911100631266722730
192195491183621385

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Testaments & wills

St Vigeans was in the Commissariot of St Andrews. See also Testaments for Arbroath parish.

Indexes to all extant pre-1926 testamentary records (wills & inventories of moveable property) can be searched free of charge at ScotlandsPeople. Digital (and paper) copies of the documents can be purchased at that site. See further the introduction to Angus & Kincardineshire at Testaments.

Testaments of St Vigeans people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823

Henry Adamsonin Cottoun of Cairny23 Dec 1614
Walter Allanin the Grange of Cannan25 Jul 1599
Alexander Andersonin Letham-miln6 Sep 1787
David Anderson of Baldovie, esq.at Abbey Bank25 Nov 1811
James Andersoncotterman of Latham17 Jun 1606
James Andersonin Cottoun of Cairny25 Jun 1617
Thomas Andersonin Cottoun of Kairnie31 May 1637
William Auchterlonie of Seattoun5 Feb 1638
John Badieseaman in Auchmuthie31 Jan 1606
David Balfour of Gowyd (Gwynd)3 Mar 1618
William Barclaytenant in Cairntown, previously farmer at Meadows of Carpow, afterwards residing in Smiddey Croft, spouse of Katharine Fleeming, dau. of George Fleeming, farmer in Meikle Friertown16 & 21 Apr 1821
David Bennetin Innerpeffer8 Nov 1615
James Bowakin Cottoun of Over Torrie17 Jul 1616
Robert Boysein Auchmithie14 Aug 1662
George Brownin Murhead of Newgrange26 Oct 1685
Andre Buickweaver in Ferguston31 Oct 1812
Isobel Butchartspouse to John Mathow, in Newtoun1 Aug 1662
Janet Butchartin Cottoun of Seattoun, spouse to Walter Richart there25 Oct 1617
John Butchartshepherd in Cottoun of Lethame10 Feb 1606
William Cairdsometime in Forth10 Nov 1697
Miss Alison Carnegyresiding at Marywell Village10 Nov & 29 Dec 1817
James Chaplain of Colieston20 Aug 1746 and 26 Jul 1749
Agnes Childspouse to David Durvard, in Cottoun of Gwnd16 Jul 1616
Mr David Couper of New Grange19 Jan 1750, 23 Jan 1751
1 Apr 1754, 22 Sep 1756
22 Jun 1757, 18 Jun 1758
and 4 May 1759
Henry Couperin Easter Innerpeffer27 Apr 1639
William Craigtenant in Loanhead of Colliston14 Mar 1816
Helen Crightonwidow of William Johnston, tenant in Inverpeffer6 & 7 May 1823
Henry Davidsonin Cottoun of Kirktoun of Aberbrothok4 Sep 1606
Janet Dearspouse to Thomas Paterson, in South Tarrie17 Jul 1616
William Dearin Cottoun of Auchmuthie28 Jun 1614
James Doigin Auchmuthie3 May 1688
James Downieweaver at Tullos, par. of Dunnichen, thereafter at Dishlandtown, near Arbroath20 & 23 Nov 1818
Elizabeth Durwardspouse to Thomas Hood, in Cottoun of Grange of Connon10 Jul 1613
Henry Durwardcotterman in the Cottoun of New Grange25 Jul 1599
Christian Dysartspouse to Andrew Dickie, cotterman in Cottoun-Lathame4 Sep 1606
John Eliottploughman to Alexander Beattoun, Archdean of Lowdeane25 Jul 1599
James Fauldin Hiltoun of Innerpeffer19 Mar 1616
James Fauldsin Haltoune of Innerpeffer20 Jan 1621
Ann Fellwife of Alexander Walker, mason, Marywell, Inverkeilor[!]1 Mar 1803
Andrew Ferriercotterman in Cottoun-grange of Connan27 Jan 1607
Thomas Ferrierand Marion Pattoun, his spouse, in Collistoun25 Jul 1599
Agnes Finlay (Findlaw)sometime spouse to Alexander Gourlay, in New Grange11 Aug 1599
Marion Finlayspouse to Patrick Pyot, in Collestoun18 Dec 1617
John Frasercotter in Colleistoun25 Jan 1600
Elspet Fyfespouse to John Cuthbert, in Tarrie3 Mar 1618
Effame Gardinesometime spouse to William Hog, cotterman in New Grange11 Aug 1599
John Gardner of North Tarry29 Jul 1778
John Gourlayin Lathanie30 Jul 1599
Patrick Gowanscotterman in Cottoune of Colestoune17 Jun 1607
William Grahamoverseer at Over Newbigging13, 23 Mar & 18 Sep 1818
Isobel Grayspouse to John Hutcheone, in Grund of Newgrange7 Mar 1636
David Guthrie of Wester Seaton18 Apr 1685
William Guthriein the Grange of Cannan25 Jul 1599
Janet Hepburnspouse to James Badie, in Auchmuthie3 Mar 1617
Mr Peter Inglis of Peebles13 Nov 1713
John Johnston, esq.residing at Jock's Lodge10 & 17 Jun 1823
William Johnstontenant in Inverpeffer31 May 1808
John Keillin South Arrien8 Aug 1649
Andrew Kerrin Hospitallfield31 Dec 1673
James Kydin Collestoun17 Dec 1617
Isobel Lambspouse to Patrick Pyot, in Clogsmedow2 Jan 1616
James Lamb of South Tarrie18 Apr 1640
Janet Lambin Grange of Conan15 Feb 1614
Thomas Laungerisin Cottoun of Kynnadie of St Vigean13 Jul 1615
Margaret Legatspouse to David Arnot, in Dykmonthlaw6 Aug 1683
James Leitch, esq.residing in Ground of Almeriecloss1 Aug 1812
David Littlejohnin Bentis of Guynd4 Apr 1614
Isobel Lowspouse to Robert Smyth, in Grange of Connan12 Jan 1616
James Lowlawful son to umquhile Thomas Low, in Ruves7 Nov 1620
Margaret Lungarspouse to John Bowar, in Cottoun of Brax28 Mar 1614
Isobel Lyellspouse to James Ritchie, at the Milne of Innerpeffer1 Feb 1620
John Machaneseaman in Auchmuthie, and Agnes Thomson, his spouse28 Jun 1614
Henry Manniein Colleistoun30 Jul 1599
John Marin Cottoun of North Torrie24 Oct 1617
Katherine Marsometime spouse to George Gourlay, cotterman in Overcarrie25 Jul 1599
Thomas Marshepherd in North Tarrie25 Jan 1600
John Menziesin Cottoun of Colleistoun25 Jul 1599
John Menziesat the Milne of Collistoun23 Jan 1618
John Millarweaver, Wardmill-Croft15 Jan 1806
Isobel Milnespouse to John Da, in Lethame1 May 1616
Helen Mitchellspouse to Henry Ritchart, in Easter Seattoun25 Oct 1617
William Moncursmith in Wardmill Croft of Arbroath27 May & 10 Jun 1820
John Ochterlony of Kairny9 Feb 1614
Jaine Ogilviebrother-german to Sir Francis Ogilvie of Newgrange, knight14 Feb 1701
Margaret Ouchterlonie of Stobcross1 Feb 1807
George Peterat the Haltoun milne of Innerkelour11 Aug 1599
Capt. James Petermaster of the brigantine 'Nelson' of Dundee, residing in Nether Keptie25 & 28 Jan 1823
Janet Philipspouse to Andrew Fullartoun, in Maines of Lethame7 May 1636
Helen Pitcairnspouse to Andrew Duncan, in Myrdyke1 Aug 1662
George Proctortenant in Dogswalls8 Oct 1810
Agnes Ramsayspouse to Thomas Caird, in Gownd16 Jul 1616
James Ramsay of Parkconon27 Sep 1688
James Reidin Westtoune of Cairnie9 Mar 1638
Janet Reidrelict of Patrick Guthrie, in Auchentilie17 Oct 1673
John Reidin Auchmuthie25 Jun 1599
Begis Richardsonspouse to Walter Williamson, in Grange of Conan12 Jan 1616
Henry Richardsonin Cottoun of Brakis2 May 1614
Helen Ritchiespouse to Henry Hepburn, in Auchmuthie21 Mar 1617
John Rolland of Auchmithie, esq.27 Jan 1808
Robert Rolland of Auchmithie, esq.1 Aug 1812
John Ronald of Cairnie9 May 1781
Mary Scottsometime spouse to Patrick Donaldson, in Colleistoun25 Jul 1599
Patrick Scottcotterman in New Grange7 Mar 1600
John Scrimgeourin the Miltoun of Collistoun14 Aug 1662
Geillis Setonin Cottoun of Haltoun22 Oct 1599
William Smithin Guthriehill, townhead of Arbroath11 Jul 1823
Helen Soutarspouse to John Johnston, in Muirhead of Peebles, shire of Forfar30 Nov 1752
Alexander Spencetenant in Innerpefer2 Sep 1719
Alexander Spencetenant in Midle Innerpefer10 Apr 1723
Helen Stalkerin the Cottoun, spouse of Cuthbert Schanks8 Jun 1614
Andrew Stevenin Middle Innerpeper14 May 1707
David Stevensonmerchant, Arbroath, afterwards at North Tarry19 Jul 1823
James Stevensoncotterman in Cottoun of Colleistoun7 Mar 1600
William Stevensonin Colleistoun25 Jul 1599
Alexander Strachanin South Torrie1 Dec 1624
Patrick Strachanlawful son to umquhile Alexander S., in Nether-Tarrie24 Jun 1620
Thomas Renny Strachan of Tarrie, esq.24 & 31 Dec 1823
Thomas Valentinein the Milnetoun of Conan29 Jun 1614
Robert Weircotterman in Cottoune of Cairnie17 Jun 1606
David Williamsongrieve at Seaton3 & 6 Jan 1818
John Williamsonin Goynd8 Nov 1620
David Wylliemiller at the Ward milne of Arbroath11 Apr 1621
James Youngmason near Stobcross18 May and 17 Jun 1799

Testaments registered at St Andrews that have been lost, for which only entries in the minute books are extant.

Mr John Burnsminister at St Vigeans11 Feb 1736
David Duncansometime in East Seton10 Feb 1768
Thomas Duncansometime in Kinaldie10 Feb 1768
Margaret Mathierelict to Mr Thomas Watson, minister at St Vigeans12 Jan 1743
Alexander Pearsonin Smiddiecroft27 Jul 1726
Mr Thomas Watsonminister at St Vigeans. See Mathie, Marjorie [sic]

Testaments of St Vigeans people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600

Isobel Auchterloneysometime spouse to Andrew Wannand of the Law, par. of St Vigiane, sher. of Forfar23 Jul 1595
Margaret Betounesometime spouse to Mr James Rutherfurd of Murehouse, par. of St Vigeane, sher. of Forfar13 Dec 1594
Andrew Butschartin Eister-Innerpeffer, par. of St Vigiane in Angus21 Jul 1596
John Butschartflesher, in Eister-Innerpeffer, par. of St. Vigien, sher. of Forfar15 May 1595
James Croftsin Gwynd, par. of St Vigiane, sher. of Forfar16 Feb 1595-6
Andro Lamb of South Tarriepar. of St Vigiane in Angus29 Jul 1596
Alexander Melvillin Kirktoun, par. of St Vigiane, sher. of Forfar10 Dec 1586
Barbara Raitrelict of William Auchterloney of Wester-Seton, par. of St Vigian, sher. of Forfar 6 Mar 1598-9
Mr James Rutherfurd of Murehousepar. of St Vigeane, sher. of Forfar14 Dec 1594

Testaments of St Vigeans people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1601-1700

William Lyellin the Coittoun of Innerpeffer, par. of St Vigien, in Angus21 Jul 1602
Alison Ogilviesometime spouse to George Balfour of Tarrie, par. of St Vigian, in Angus20 Mar 1605

Testaments of St Vigeans people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1701-1800

George Chapline [of Colliston]merchant in Kingstoun, in Jamaica28 Feb 1724
Janet Millar*widow of John Gardner of North Tarry15 Aug 1782

* She is buried at Inveresk (stone no. 208)

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Jacobite rebels - 1745 rebellion
From: A List of Persons concerned in the Rebellion (Edinburgh, Scottish History Soc., vol. 8, 1890)

NamesDesignationsAbodeActs of rebellion
& circumstances
Where at present
John Chalmers-DrunkendielCarried Arms into England with the RebelsLurking
James Hunter-Lethan Caltown [Letham Cotton]Carried Arms & was at the Battle of Falkirk with the RebelsLurking
Duncan MillerweaverAuchmithieCarried Arms in Rebellion being hired by Tenent to save his Levy moneynot known
James Moodie-AuchmithieVoluntarly Enlisted himself into the Rebel Army, accompanyed them into England, was at Falkirk & went NorthPrisoner
Alexander RobertsonservantLetham CottownWas hired by a Tenent, Carried Arms & went North with the RebelsMontrose, Prisoner
John Wilsonson to Thomas WilsonFarrie [Tarrie]Was one of the Rebel Hussars, went with them to England & was takenPrisoner
-- Wood of Allardi[c]e-LethamWas along at Edinburgh & since in the North with the Rebels, has a 100 Libs of Land Rent-

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Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for St Vigeans:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/53

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Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for St Vigeans:

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Achinglas / Auchinglas / Adinaglas

William I, in a charter of (most likely) 1178, gave Arbroath, with its whole shire, and also Ethie - which is now part of Inverkeilor - to the abbey of Arbroath and its monks. The same charter included further donations, including a place spelt "Adinaglas" in the earliest surviving copy of the lost original of the charter [G.W.S. Barrow (ed.), Regesta Regum Scottorum, ii, charter 197]. The identification of this place caused antiquaries some difficulties. Jervise [Epitaphs, i, p. 318] supposed it to be at Ethie, and to be

probably a corruption of the Gaelic words, "Athin-eglish", i.e., the church of Athyn, or Ethie

But, as noted in the index to Regesta Reg. Scott. ii, in the Laing Charters [No. 1647, dated 1612] there is a reference to

the fauld callit of auld in the Register of Abirbrothok, Auchinglas, that is to say Gray leyes, now callit the Chappill fauld

which is clearly in the parish of St Vigeans, close to Newgrange, Peebles and Colliston, and is very possibly the place in question.

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Places of interest

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