Duddingston (Midlothian)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Duddingston

Parish number 684


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Duddingston and Portobello

Introduction

This page lists some of the available sources of information about Duddingston before 1900, in particular, records that are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, where many of the records are open to the public at no charge.

The Old Parish Registers of births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials (1631-1854), the Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths beginning on 1 Jan 1855 and the census records for the parish for the years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 may be seen, in person, in Edinburgh, at the ScotlandsPeople Centre. See details at the website for the ScotlandsPeople Centre.

Indexes and actual records for the Old Parish Registers, Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages & Deaths and Censuses are also available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople. The statutory records of births can be seen at that site from 1855 up to 100 years ago; of marriages, from 1855 up to 75 years ago; for deaths, from 1855 up to 50 years ago. More recent records can be ordered.

The Old Parish Registers and census records are also widely available in libraries on microfilm. Microfiche indexes to the pre-1855 registers of baptisms/births and marriages (for all Midlothian) and of the censuses of 1881 and 1891 are also widely available.

The parish of Duddingston lies within the area covered by the Lothians Family History Society.

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

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Adjacent parishes

North of Duddingston: South Leith MLN
West of Duddingston: South Leith MLN, St Cuthberts MLN
South of Duddingston: Liberton MLN
East of Duddingston: Inveresk MLN

Note There is also a Duddingston in the parish of Abercorn WLN.

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Books & articles

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Statistical accounts

The Old and New Statistical Accounts of Duddingston, written by the parish minister:

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Maps

Reform Act plan of Portobello of 1832

Reform Act plan of Edinburgh & Leith of 1832 - shows part of Duddingston.
A reproduction of the Edinburgh & Leith plan was published in 1992 by Historical Discovery, 9/11 Market St., Crewe, Cheshire CW1 2EW, England - ISBN 1 85796 404 7). Includes west of Duddingston parish.

1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1947; shows Portobello at left

1:25000 Ordnance Survey map - published 1959; shows Duddingston at right

1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1853, published 1854; shows Portobello at left

1:10560 (Six inch) Ordnance Survey map - surveyed 1852, published 1853; shows Duddingston at right

1:2500 (25 inch) Ordnance Survey map - published 1896; shows east Portobello

1:2500 (25 inch) Ordnance Survey map - published 1896; shows Duddingston Mills and west Portobello

For the full range of maps of Duddingston and Portobello in the National Library, see National Library's Maps.

There are no Ordnance Survey maps before the 1850s.

National Library of Scotland MS5848, no. 35 - Plan of Brunstane & Duddingston (Stevenson, 1820)

Ordnance Survey 1:2500 scale maps (Edinburghshire sheets 4.05, 4.06), surveyed 1893-4, published 1896 (reproduced in 1992, as Portobello (West) & Portobello (East) respectively, at scale of ca. 1:4340 or 15 inches to the mile by Alan Godfrey.

For a selection of maps of Edinburgh, see EdinPhoto: Maps.

ScotlandsPlaces: Duddingston - an extensive collection of photographs, maps and records. NOTE: some of the entries are for a different Duddingston in West Lothian.

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Photographs of places

EdinPhoto: Duddingston - old photographs of Duddingston.

EdinPhoto: Portobello - old photographs of Portobello.

Geograph.org: Portobello - recent photographs of Portobello. National Grid ref. NT3073.

Geograph.org: Wester Duddingston - recent photographs of Wester Duddingston. National Grid ref. NT2872.

ScotlandsPlaces: Duddingston - an extensive collection of photographs, maps and records. NOTE: some of the entries are for a different Duddingston in West Lothian.

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Parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NT283726 in Wester Duddingston Village, beside Duddingston Loch. The church has a Norman doorway & chancel arch of 12th century date; it was remodelled in 1889 by Rowand Anderson. Photo of Duddingston Kirk.

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Parish ministers 1560-1900

adm.: admitted, bapt.: baptised, ord.: ordained, pres.: presented, tr.: translated

William Blackwood1560
John Brand1564he was minr. of Holyrood, but had oversight of Duddingston
Ninian Hamilton1574 - 1588d. 1588?
Charles Lumsden elder1588 - 1630 d. 30 Nov 1630, aged ca. 69
Robert Monteith1630 - 1633bapt. 25 Jan 1603, adm. 28 Dec 1630, fled the country & denounced rebel 7 Oct 1633, d. before 13 Sep 1660
Jasper Hume1633 - 1635pres. 20 Sep 1633, d. Feb 1635, aged ca. 34
Archibald Newton1635 - 1639pres. 14 Feb 1635, tr. to Liberton 19 May 1639
Charles Lumsden yr1640 - 1681son of Chas. L elder, bapt. 22 Mar 1614, adm. 8 Sep 1640, pres. 23 Aug 1641, alive 3 May 1686, d. Oct 1686?
Andrew Lumsden1681 - 1691son of Chas. L yr, bapt. 8 Oct 1654, licensed 4 Aug 1675, charged for refusal to take the test 22 Nov 1681, deposed Jan 1691, d. 20 Jun 1733
James Craig1694 - 1704tr. from Canongate & adm. 1694, d. 31 May 1704, aged ca. 72
David Malcolm1705 - 1742ord. 28 Mar 1705, deposed 24 Mar 1742 for deserting his charge
Robert Pollock1744 - 1745ord. 13 Mar 1744, tr. to Greyfriars, Aberdeen 31 Jul 1745 & appointed Professor of Divinity, Marischal College, Aberdeen, 1745
William Bennet elder1746 - 1785tr. from Denny & adm. 14 May 1746, d. 14 Jul 1785, aged 77
William Bennet yr1786 - 1805nephew of Wm B. elder, ord. 12 May 1786, drowned 15 Apr 1805 in Duddingston Loch
John Thomson1805 - 1840b. 1 Sep 1778, adm. 14 Nov 1805, d. 28 Oct 1840; a noted landscape painter
James MacFarlane1841 - 1866b. 27 Apr 1808 Middlebie DFS, adm. 18 May 1841, d. 6 Feb 1866; mar. 1841 Agnes Jane Goodsir; issue: Agnes G.; Helen; Eliza; John; Alex. G.
John Allan Hunter Paton1866 - 1903b. 8 Jul 1830 Greenock RFW; adm. 13 Sep 1866; d. 4 Feb 1911 at St Andrews
William Serle1903 - b. 11 Nov 1866, ord. 16 Apr 1903

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Records of the Church Session

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/125/...
Minutes1710-16, 1742-97, 1806, 1820-771
Examinations of Duddingston parish1699 & 17032
Examination of Canongate parish, no date17th century2
Accounts1682-1706, & to 1719, with gaps3
Heritors' & Kirk Session Minutes1810-334
Proclamations1855-845
Communion Roll1892-6 to 8
List of houses, families & their occupations, & the number of persons within the parish of Duddingston, 28.5.1821 & subsequent days, taken in order to make the return required by 1 Geo. IV, cap. 9. Headings include: Joppa Salt Pans, Fishwives' Causeway, Portobello including potteries. With a 2nd list giving approx. ages of inhabitants.18219

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Session clerks

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Church treasurers

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Church elders nominated 17 Jun 1677

Source: OPR marriages

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Schoolmasters

John Lin1631-1662
William Allan (from Prestonpans)1662-d. 1710, m. Janet, dau. of above John Lin, 26 Jun 1657
Mr Joseph GrierTestament (Edr) 31 May 1735
John Combd. before 6 Jun 1760dau. Elizabeth mar. James Robertson, indweller in Canongate, on 6 Jun 1760
Thomas Handyside1761admitted burgess of St Andrews in Fife, 22 Sep 1761 (see also Inveresk entry)
Robert Garrow1763-1767m. Elizabeth Black 4 Sep 1763 Duddingston
John Robertson1806-

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Other ministers

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

(1) Portobello Old Church, Melville Street (renamed Bellfield Street)

Foundation stone laid 27.10.1808. Opened 1810 as chapel of ease. Quoad sacra parish from 1834. Erected as parish 1861.

Thomas Wright1810-14pres. to Borthwick in 1814
John Glen1814-43b. 23.11.1783 Dunfermline; in charge from 1814; ord. 1818; last preached in 1840; joined Free Kirk 1843; d. 7.11.1854 at Edr; mar. 1818 Sarah Whyt
William Stirling Blackwood1844-1861b. 1806 Glasgow; ord. 1835; adm. 7.3.1844; d. 2.6.1861 unmarried
John Wallace1862-66ord. 1862; res. 28.2.1866 and went to New Deer ABD
George Thomas Jamieson1866-b. 27.8.1838 Currie; ord. 1863; trans. & adm. 20.7.1866; mar. 1868 Harriett Flora McWhirter Bryce; issue: Mary Florence; Eliza Kath.; Robert G.; James B.

(2) St James's, Portobello

A chapel of ease, formed as a mission station from 1874. Church opened 9.6.1912.

William Adam Stark1874-76b. ca. 1845 Edinburgh; later min. at Kirkpatrick-Durham; mar.; issue: Wm D.; Annie C.; Harriet C.
John Miller Darling1876-78res. 1878; went to St Andrew's, Rodney Street, Liverpool
William Dunbar Dey1878-80later min. at Tomintoul
James Oliver1880-b. 10.5.1845 Teviothead; ord. 1870; adm. 1880; mar. 1884 Eliz. Young

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Statutory Records of Births, Marriages, Deaths (1855 to present)

These are online at ScotlandsPeople.

They can also be seen in person at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh - see details at ScotlandsPeople Centre.

Old Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages, Deaths/burials (1631-1854)

These are online at ScotlandsPeople.

They can also be seen in person at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh - see details at ScotlandsPeople Centre.

They are also widely available on microfilm in libraries and Family History Societies. Microfiche indexes (for all Midlothian) of the baptisms/births and banns/marriages in these registers are also widely available in libraries and Family History Societies.

  1. Births & baptisms

    • 1631 - Dec 1854
  2. Banns & Marriages

    • 1653 - Jun 1681
    • Apr 1684 - Dec 1684
    • Sep 1694 - Nov 1696
    • Apr 1698 - May 1698
    • Feb 1712 - May 1743
    • Aug 1747 - May 1817
    • Apr 1821 - Dec 1854

    Mentions of people in the parish of Duddingston found in the marriage register of the parish of Edinburgh:

    Mentions of people in the parish of Duddingston found in the marriage register of the parish of Canongate:

  3. Deaths & Burials

    • 1631 - Nov 1667
    • Nov 1667 - Jan 1685 - only a few pages
    • Jan 1685 - May 1796
    • Feb 1813 - Dec 1854

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Monumental inscriptions in Duddingston Churchyard

Originally published as D.R. Torrance (ed.), Duddingston Monumental Inscriptions and Poll Tax 1694-99, Scottish Genealogy Soc., Edinburgh, 1997, ISBN 0-901061-41-7 (but the title page has Tombstone Inscriptions and 1694 List of Pollable Persons in the Parish of Duddingston).

Has now been republished as part of R. Torrance (ed.), North-East Midlothian Monumental Inscriptions, Scottish Genealogy Soc., Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0-901061-88-3. There are some minor changes to the original publication, e.g. stone 92, originally said to have 'Royal Vetinarian Battalion', now said to have 'Royal Veterinarian Battalion'.

See Duddingston Kirk's own website, with a listing of the inscriptions here.

See Baird's Annals for lost inscription on memorial to bailie William Duncan & Janet Ker, and their son Archibald & his wife Elspeth Robertson. (Stone no. 112 in Torrance, still incorrectly recorded as WD JJ AD EP.)

Monumental inscriptions in Portobello Old Churchyard

Copy of monumental inscriptions in Portobello Old Churchyard, compiled by S. Cramer, in NRS [NRS ref. RH4/41/2 no. 1]

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Modern Cemeteries & Burial records

Portobello Cemetery

Burial records

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Population statistics

YearMaleFemaleTotalSource
1703689(Kirk session records: see details below)
1755989(Dr Alexander Webster)
1794428482910 (Old Statistical Account)
18011003decennial census
18115869471533do
1821132217663088do (see details below)
1831162522373862do (see details below)
18414366do
18514401do
18615159do
18716369do
18817830do
18919643do
190111203do

In 1703, 444 persons were in Wester Duddingston, 151 in Easter Duddn., 64 at Magdalene Pans, 30 at Prestonfield.

In the 1821 census, the population was distributed as follows:

PlaceMaleFemaleTotal
County part279279558
Easter Duddn.81101182
Wester Duddn.81128209
Joppa100127227
Portobello78111311912

In the 1831 census, the population was distributed as follows:

PlaceMaleFemaleTotal
County part129166295
Easter Duddn.8191172
Wester Duddn.93132225
Joppa186203389
Portobello113616452781

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Street directories

Residents listed in the Portobello & Duddingston section of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory for 1842/43 are available here (surnames A-M) and here (surnames N-Y).

Directories for other years are available in book form and some are available on fiche.

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Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Duddingston:

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Poll tax records for 1694

NRS ref. E70/8/9.

Originally published as D.R. Torrance (ed.), Duddingston Monumental Inscriptions and Poll Tax 1694-99, Scottish Genealogy Soc., Edinburgh, 1997, ISBN 0-901061-41-7 (but the title page has Tombstone Inscriptions and 1694 List of Pollable Persons in the Parish of Duddingston).

Has now been republished as part of R. Torrance (ed.), North-East Midlothian Monumental Inscriptions, Scottish Genealogy Soc., Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0-901061-88-3. No attempt has been made by the editor to correct the errors in the original publication, e.g. the 2nd entry, which should read 'Will: Johnstoun his servant', not 'Will: Johnstoun & his servant'. Also, James Robertson, farmer in W. Duddingston, would have been surprised to learn he had a servant (no. 63) called Thomas Michell; the man's name was Michell Sho (i.e. Shaw).

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Hearth tax records for 7 Mar 1694

NRS ref. E69/16/1/16 [includes Brunstane]

Images of the original records for Duddingston, accessible only on payment of subscription:

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Census records from 1841

These are online at ScotlandsPeople.

They can also be seen in person at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh - see details at ScotlandsPeople Centre.

Census records are also widely available in libraries (such as the Scottish Genealogy Society's Library and Edinburgh Central Library) on microfilm. Microfiche indexes to the censuses of 1881 and 1891 are also widely available.

Indexes to the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses have been published by the Lothians Family History Soc.

The censuses of 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 do not name individuals.

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Estate & family records

Abercorn papers in Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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Bailies of the Barony of Duddingston

The baronies of Easter Duddingston and Wester Duddingston were united in the early 16th century [White, p. 215]. However, references to bailies of the separate parts continue after that.

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Tenants in 1752

  1. Easter Duddingston
    • Mr Biggar
    • Mrs Horn (Marion Herriot, widow [2nd wife] of William Horn)
    • Peter Scott (m. Eupham Horn)
  2. Wester Duddingston
    • Robert Brisbane, estate factor
    • Henry Brown
    • James Brown
    • Thomas Brown
    • Mr Clerk
    • Mrs Cook (Bessie Robertson, widow of Archibald Cook)
    • Mr Dallas
    • Archibald Duncan
    • James Duncan
    • William Duncan
    • Andrew Horn
    • John Horn
    • William Horn
    • Alexander Johnston
    • Robert Johnston (m. Christian Duncan)
    • Walter Johnston
    • Mr Lumsden
    • William Pringle
    • Richard Robertson (m. Eliz. Brand)
    • Andrew Scott

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Boys with Duddingston connexions who were apprenticed to Edinburgh masters

See List of apprentices from Duddingston, 1583-1800.

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Men with Duddingston connexions who were admitted burgesses and gildbrethren of Edinburgh, 1406-1841

B. = Burgess; G. = gildbrother; C. = Edinburgh Town Council
dr. = daughter; fr. = father; s. = son; w. = wife
mt. = merchant; p. = apprentice
dec. = deceased; umq. = umquhile, i.e. deceased

namedesignationadmitted asby right ofdate
Duncan, Patrikservitor to Sir Thomas Thomesone of Duddingstone, Knyt.B.at Marques of Hamiltone's banquet, by act of C. of this dait (entered after 19 Feb. in Burg. regr.)12 Feb. 1634
Duncan, Wm.fermourer in DuddinstonB. and G.umq. fr. Wm. D., maltman, B. and G.25 Nov. 1674
Duncan, Robertfarmer in DuddingstonB. and G.umq. fr. Wm. D., B. and G., gratis, by act of C.25 July 1711
Duncanson, Patrikservitor to Sir Thomas Thomsone of Duddingstoune, Knyt.B. and G.by act of C. of 12 Oct. inst.19 Oct. 1636
Horn, Adam [recte Andrew]coalgrieve at Magdalen PansB. and G.w. Euphan, dr. to Wm. Sheills, gardener in Brumston [Brunstane]14 June 1721
Horn, Wm., elderfarmer in Easter DuddingstonB. and G.fr. Andrew H.26 Oct. 1743
Johnston, Robertfarmer in DuddistonB. and G.w. Christian, dr. of Robert Duncan, B. and G.16 Jan. 1763
Ker, ArchibaldbrewerB. and G.fr. James K. in Didystone, B. and G.30 Nov. 1670
Ker, Andro
(apprenticed 9 Nov. 1614)
cordoner (hagbuit)B.as p. to umq. Mathew Crawfuird, cordoner, B.
Johne Ker, portioner of Duddingstoune, souertie [surety] for extentis, etc.
8 Jan. 1623
Ker, Johnein DuddingstouneB.by act of C. of this date4 Aug. 1630
Lumsden, Mr AndrewministerB. and G.fr. Mr Charles L., minister at Duddingston, B. and G.13 May 1713
Lumsden, Andrews. to Wm. L., writerB. and G.by act of C. of 5 Sept. 174412 Oct. 1750
Lumsden, Mr Charlespastour of Chrystis Evangele at the Kirk of DuddingstoneB.by r. of fr. Andro L., mt., B.14 Dec. 1614
Lumsden, Mr Charlesminr. of the word of God at Duddingstone, B. of beforeG.4 Jan. 1615
Lumsden, Mr Charlesminister at Dudieston, s. to umq. Mr Charles L., minister thereB. and G.sd. umq. fr., B. and G.23 Sept. 1657
Lumsden, Mr Charless. to Mr. Charles L., minister at DudingstounB. and G.sd. fr., B. and G.15 Aug. 1660
Lumsden, CharleschirurgeonB. and G.fr. Mr Andrew L., B. and G.13 May 1713
Lumsden, ThomasprinterB.fr. Mr Charles L., late minister at Duddingston, B. 6 Apr. 1722
Lumsden, Wm.writerB. and G.dec. fr. Mr Andrew L., minister, B. and G., gratis, by act of C. of 5 Sept. 174412 Oct. 1750
Malcolm, Mr Davidminister at DuddingstonB. and G.gratis, for good services, by act of C. of 3 June, where his name appears as ``Mackcoun''5 Aug. 1730
Patoun, Wm.salse grive (salt grieve) to the Earl of Dysart at Magdalen PansB. and G.as p. to Robert Liddell, mt., B. and G., gratis, by act of C. of this date27 Sept. 1699
Thomson, Thomas, of DuddingstouneB. and G.by act of C. of this date4 Aug. 1630

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Registers of Sasines: Land ownership

The registers of sasines (changes of ownership of land) for the Sheriffdom of Edinburgh (which includes Duddingston) can be seen in person in the Historical Search Room at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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Testaments (wills & inventories), recorded at Edinburgh

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.

They can also be seen in person at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh - see details at ScotlandsPeople Centre.

Note that hardly any of these testaments before 1800 include the will of the deceased, being largely accounts of the 'goods and gear' of the deceased and of debts owed and owing. Some of them mention relatives.

16th century testaments of people with Duddingston connexions

namedesignationdate testament
was recorded
Hannay, ChristianeSee Purves, Edward, in Westir-Dudingstoune.
Ker, Jamesin Wester-Dudingstoun3 Feb. 1583-4
Ker, Robert, elderin Westir-Dudingstoun15 Jan. 1576-7
Purves, Edwardin Westir-Dudingstoune, and Christiane Hannay, his relict7 Nov 1579
Robson, Williamin Wester-Dudingstoun20 Aug 1578
Smyth, Marionsometime spouse to John Craig, in Easter-Dudingstoun28 July 1575

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Testaments of people with Duddingston connexions, 1601-1800 - just a few so far

Dud = Duddingston; WD = Wester Duddingston; ED = Easter Duddingston
Edr = Edinburgh
rel = relict; sp = spouse; s.t. = sometime

namedesignationdate testament
was recorded
William Allanin WD15.3.1706, 19.2.1708
John Borthwickin WD22.7.1626
Ann Chrystalrel of Wm Murray, baker in WD26.9.1782
Archibald Cookfarmer in WD18.4.1746, 8.9.1748
James Cookresidenter in Dud6.1.1770
John Cookfarmer at Dud Miln15.11.1725
Alexander Craigin WD18.4.1616
Barbara Craigsp to Robert Ker in WD26.10.1615
John Craigfarmer at WD1.6.1720
Margaret Craigsp to James Ker in WD26.10.1615
Nicol Craigin WD8.5.1612
Nicol Craigin ED24.11.1683
William Davidsonindweller in Dud6.7.1733
Sir William Dickof Prestonfield, bart.21.5.1746
Sir William Dickof Prestonfield, bart. (see Dame Joanna Douglas)-
William Dontenant of Cameron & residenter at Clearburn9.8.1733
Dame Joanna Douglasrel of Sir Wm Dick of Prestonfield bart.21.9.1798
Charles Duncans.t. wright or carpenter at London, son to decd. Arch. D., farmer in Dud22.6.1752
Christian Duncanlate tenant at Southfield, rel of Robt Johnston, tenant there23.9.1774
Alexander Edingtonoverseer of Lord Abercorn's farms at WD28.3.1774
Andrew Horncoal grieve at Magdalen Pans8.8.1734
Robert Hornfarmer in the East Room of Restalrig [i.e. Fillyside, parish of S. Leith]15.5.1794
William Hornsmith at Magdalen Pans18.7.1716
William Hornfarmer in ED4.8.1747
Robert Johnstontenant at Southfield (see Chris. Duncan)-
James Kerin WD (see Margaret Craig)-
Robert Kerin WD (see Barbara Craig)-
William Murraybaker in WD (see Ann Chrystal)-
James Robertsonfermorer, Mountlothian [parish of Temple] [ex WD]13.12.1692
Robert Robertsonfeuar of Brunstane Mill & tenant in Dud9.6.1744
Robert Simpsonweaver in Dud20.7.1761
Andrew Symingtonfarmer in Dud24.4.1662

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