Session Minutes of Blair Atholl Parish (1741-49)

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Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes, 1718-23

alternative title

St. Bride's - the Old Church of Blair Atholl Parish

Sixth day of May 1741, which day Mr Alexander Stewart was ordained in the church of Blair.

(Note: Mr Alexander Stewart was the eldest son of Alexander Stewart, 2nd of Strathgarry and Amelia Robertson, and was said to have been an eloquent Gaelic orator.)

10th May 1741 (First Session Meeting)

The Session consisted of:
The Minister
Elders:
Donald Robertson of Pitagowan
Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar
Donald Fraser in Blair
Charles Conacher in ..............
George Ritchie at Bridgend of Tilt
John Cowan in Balintoul
John Stewart in Ardtulichan

The person after-mentioned were given testificates:
John Robertson in Levadge of Strathgroy
James Robertson in Baluaine
Janet, sister to Neil Robertson in Ardtulichan
John Robertson in Grennich
John Stewart in Blairbuie
James McDonald in Kindrochit

The daughter of John Stewart in Balnakeillie alleged to be with child, got in fornication, was summoned to the next Session meeting.

15th May 1741

Resolutions:
1. That lists of all the begging poor be laid before the Session meeting of Monday next.
2. Said lists to be purged of non-indigent (non-indigenous) cast-outs, badges to be given to indigents and some means devised to restrain the non-indigent from begging, but to furnish them (with a means of self-support).
3. To appoint a person, employed at the expense of the parish, to clear the parish of such vagabonds.
4. To purchase lint for the poor to spin and be paid for

Donald Fraser and the Minister had conversed with Robert McIntosh in Blair, who had seen the testament of the deceased John Stewart in Balintuim (which mentioned) a mortification. Donald Stewart in Balintuim said that half of the sum alleged of 50 merks was paid to the Session some years ago. The other half of 50 merks, he acknowledged, was still owing.

(23rd June 1741) Thomas McColman was ordered to speak to Donald Stewart in Balintuim, about his father's mortification to the poor, and to exhibit the testament at the next session meeting.

Alexander Gow, younger, in Urrard-beg gave his bill for the balance, 11 5s, payable Martinmass next.

Testificates for:
John McGlashan in Croftinewan? and his son, John McDougal, farm ....... in Blair.
Patrick Gow in Kindrochit.
James Stewart in Wester Baluaine.
Robert Ferguson and his wife, Janet McPherson, and their two children. (from Balnald of Borenich)

24th May 1741

Donald Ferguson in Caltom made his first appearance before the Congregation.

(23rd June 1741) Donald Ferguson in Caltom was ordered to pay 10 Scots.

Janet Stewart in Pitnacree appeared before the Session and said that the father of her child was James Gow in Urrard-beg. He did not appear.

(20th September 1741) James Gow in Urrard-beg was ordered to appear before the Congregation for his fornication with Janet Stewart in Pitnacree.

(27th September 1741) James Gow appeared before the Congregation.

(1st October 1741) It being a the thanksgiving day, James Gow had his fine modified to 5 Scots to be payable by him and the same to be paid by his party. James Gow paid 4 Scots.

(4th October 1741) James Gow was rebuked and dismissed.

Elspeth Ferguson, guilty of fornication with John Robertson in Pitagowan appeared before the Congregation.

A testificate was given to John Moon in Upper Drumnacrich, saying that a public collection had been made for him.

5th June 1741

Alexander Tais in Glengarry, late in Balintoul, and now servant to Killichonzie, Logierait parish, confessed his guilt of fornication.

(24th June 1742) Alexander Taus, in Strathgarry paid 5s Stirling as part payment of his fine for fornication with Janet Fergusson, then servant to John Cowans, which was lodged in the Treasurer's hands.

Alexander Stewart in Dalginross, having paid 3 Scots, had his fine modified and was discharged.

Donald Forbes in Kirkton of Lude to be ordained as an Elder.

21st June 1741

Donald Robertson in Calvine was summoned.

(23rd June 1741) Donald Robertson in Calvine was asked to pay his fine, but he could not.

(5th July 1741) Donald Robertson in Calvine did not appear before the Session.

(4th October 1741) Donald Robertson in Calvine appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Janet McFarland in Dalnamine.

Donald Reid in Markdou of Clune applied for a testificate to say that he had satisfied Church discipline for a scandel of some years previous.

Robert Robertson in Fonvuick was summoned.

John McLauchlan in Borenich was summoned.

(4th October 1741) John McLauchlan in Bonskeid appeared for the first time, for his fornication with Janet McKenzie in Borenich.

23rd June 1741

Janet McDonald in Clachan declared that she no money, to pay her fine, just now. She was ordered to appear before the Congregation.

Donald Robertson in Kindrochit, Struan, appeared before the Session.

John Duff in Dalnamine was summoned, but did not appear.

Thomas McColman and Donald McColman were to sit in Session until they, and some others, were ordained.

Thomas McColman was ordered to learn what papers belonging to the Session were now in the custody of Thomas Stewart in Balnabodach. Donald Fraser was ordered to take in all papers and sums of money, belonging to the Session, which currently lay in several hands.

Donald Stewart in Balnabodach was to get a testificate and Janet Stewart his wife to get a badge.

5th July 1741

Three and a half bolls of meal were ordered (to feed the poor), and a stone of heckled lint (for the poor to spin).

The Minister reported that Janet Kay in Mualich-beg was decreeted 50 Scots for begging. She was not indigent (indigenous).

(4th October 1741) Janet Kay in Mualich-beg appeared and her fine for begging was modified to 10 Scots, payable Martinmass next, but would increase to 20 Scots if the Session had to pursue her creditors.

9th August 1741

The Session distributed to the poor 6s 6d Stirling beside the expenses of pleas, marriage money and booking money.

The sum of 3 Scots was lent to John Stewart at the waulk-mill of Blair, payable at 8th October next. Mr Murray, Session clerk was cautioner.

30th August 1741

Robert McIntosh of Tirinie, Donald Forbes in Kirkton of Lude, Thomas McColman in Balnabodach, and Donald McColman in Grennich were ordained as Elders.

27th September 1741

A day of thanks-giving was to be arranged to thank God for averting a famine.

Janet Stewart in Aldanachlair was said to be with child and was summoned to the Session.

(4th October 1741) Janet Stewart did not appear when summoned.

(27th December 1741) Janet Stewart in Aldanachlair confessed her guilt and fathered her child, begotten in fornication, upon Alexander Robertson, son to Robert Robertson at the Mill of Invervack. Alexander Robertson was not in the parish, but was sought.

(7th March 1742) Janet Stewart in Aldanachlair and Alexander Robertson in Invervack were ordered to appear before the Session, Sabbath next.

(14th March 1742) Janet Stewart and Alexander Robertson appeared before the Session and the Congregation.

1st October 1741

A day of thanks-giving.

Katherine Mannich in Blairfettie, who delivered a child, begot in fornication, about 2 years ago was summoned to the Session at Struan.

(4th October 1741) Katherine Mannich said that the father of her child was Duncan McPherson, a soldier in Major Grant's Company. She confessed that he was only once guilty with her in Grissel Robertson's house in Blairfettie, in the daytime, and that he was 'in drink'. She was asked for proof.

Christian Douglas in Grennich gave up William MackGlashan in Milntown of Fincastle, as father of her child, saying that they had only been guilty once, about 1st May last. He was summoned to the Session.

(28th March 1742) Christian Douglas in Grennich confessed her guilt of fornication with William McGlashan in Miltown of Fincastle. He refuted the charge. She had sickened about the beginning of February last, the time she should have been delivered.

15th November 1741

John Caldell in Kilmaveonaig was given a testificate.

22nd November 1741

William McGlashan, who was about to marry, gave 1s Sterling for the poor.

John McLauchlan, in Markdou was given a 1s Sterling to help to buy a winding sheet for his mother.

The Session modified the fine of John Duff in Dalnamine, given for his relapse in fornication with Janet McDonald in Craig, to 25 merks Scots between him and said party.

James Murray, Session clerk, demitted office and Mr Neil Stewart was appointed in his stead.

Charles Conacher, Treasurer, was ordered to meet with the Session, Friday next.

(29th November 1741) A Committee of Robert Stewart, John Cowan or any other two of the Elders, with the Minister, were instructed to clear the Session debts to Charles Conchair, their Treasurer.

(1st December 1741) Charles Conchair produced a discharge of debts for the Session dated 4th December 1727 signed by James Marray, their clerk, of all intromissions preceding that date, when he entered office. He also produced his commission from the Session dated 10th December 1727 signed by Mr Bisset, late Minister, empowering him to collect fines and allowing him the fifth part of what should be made effectual. The Committee asked for a list of these fines, but he could not give it because he could not write, but had trusted to the Session minutes of that time, which were now missing and could not be traced. He appealed to several members of the Committee to affirm that he had given in the fines, which had been disposed of, without his getting any share of them. The members affirmed this, so he asked that an estimate be taken of the fines during the ten years, and then he left.

(6th December 1741) The Session agreed to meet at the house of (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, so that justice might be done to both the Treasurer and the poor.

(15th December 1741) It was argued that as Charles Conchair could not produce a list, he was not owed anything, but it was voted that the Session was owing him (something). It was carried by a vote that he should have 20 Scots and the annual interest. He was asked to continue in office, but refused the same and demitted office. John Cowans was selected to be his successor, under the same terms as Charles Conchair.

29th November 1741

Donald Moon in Tombmhullin appeared and confessed a relapse in fornication with Margaret McLaren, servant to Mr Walter Stewart of Orchil. He was ordered to appear before the Congregation.

6th December 1741

Duncan Mackglashan (the blacksmith) in Kindrochit promised to pay part of his daughter's fine.

Grissell Stewart in Invervack was given a testificate for her honesty.

10th January 1742

No Session meeting, the waters being impassable.

17th January 1742

Janet Stewart, servant to Patrick Stewart at Bridgend of Tilt, paid her fine of 2 Scots. The Treasurer had kept a 5th part in his own hands.

24th January 1742

The Minister report that Duncan Robertson, servant to John McDonald in Tirinie, was guilty of antenuptial fornication, being a relapse, and paid a 4s Stirling fine, which was given to Robert Mackintosh, merchant in Blair, in part payment of the funeral charges of Neill Stewart, late Beadle.

31st January 1742

Mr James Murray, late schoolmaster asked for a testificate as he was being removed (transferred) from the parish. However, there was a claim of a domestic dispute with his wife, indecent language and blows struck on both sides. This he denied and asked for proof. He was asked to confess, persisted in his refusal but at length he made some general confession which did not satisfy. The matter as held over.

(7th February 1742) Mr James Murray again asked for a testificate, which was refused. Being further dealt with he acknowledged the whole matter and professed his repentance. A testificate was given, but it did not mentioning him being the schoolmaster, nor his behaviour.

Two precepts (warrants) given to him by the Session in October 1741, each for 15 Scots were both cancelled, as the Session had been over-charged by him.

(see 12th August 1742)

14th February 1742

The Minister gave in 5 Scots, received from Tulloch, the annual rent (interest) on 100 Stirling. 5 merks was given to Thomas McColman, to be given to Katherine Forbes. 2 merks to lay in his hands until Tulloch cleared his account.

A testificate was given to Isabel and Ann McLean in Bohespick.

21st February 1742

The Minister gave in an account of the disbursements for pursuing the heirs and executors of Charles Robertson in Clunes for 100 merks, said to be mortified by him to the poor. Also for pursuing Allan Stewart in Innerchadden for 15 Stirling, said to be mortified by Mr Duncan Stewart, his father, to the poor of this parish. Both before the Regality Court of Blair Atholl. The disbursements were refunded out of William Stewart in Dallerie's fine, which he had collected, and gave in the balance of 4 18s to the Treasurer.

(Mr Duncan Stewart had been the Episcopal Minister of Blair Atholl, and Allan Stewart of Innerchadden was the present Minister's uncle)

Mr James Murray had drawn in his favours by the deceased John Stewart, younger, of Bonskeid, for timber he gave to hang the bell in the steeple. Given to the Beadle, 3s Stirling with.......... preceeding 25th December last.

14th March 1742

Robert Stewart in Kindrochit was appointed Beadle, with a right to the usual emoluments.

A testificate was given to John Robertson in Ceannamoin.

21st March 1742

Donald Robertson in Kindrochit, Isabel Robertson, his wife, and Janet Robertson, the smith's wife were summoned before the Session, Sabbath next, for coining new oaths and using base language.

Donald Robertson in Aldanachlair paid in 5s Stirling. His fine was modified, discharged, and his bill returned to him.

A testificate was given to Patrick Forbes in Tulloch.

5th April 1742

John Stewart, sergeant in Lord Rothes's Regiment, was summoned but did not appear. Likewise Amily McMillan (the wife of Mr James Murray) in this town.

Janet McFarland in this town, was interogated upon the points of libel. She confessed that she was in Mr James Murray's house, Saturday last, in the company of the said John Stewart and that they were drunk and intoxicated. Owned that for some short space (of time) she was alone with him, and that the door was locked, being opened by Janet Frazer in Drumnacrich, after they had been locked in by Amily McMillan. Confessed that she had kept company all that day with John Stewart, contrary to her husband's advice. Janet McFarland was rebuked by the Session.

Janet Stewart, spouse to Robert Mackintoch in Blair said that Amily McMillan had come to her house and called her out, and told her on the way that she had found sergeant Stewart and Janet McFarland in Mr Murray's house and left them there, but when they arrived the door as shut and Amily McMillan called to Janet McFarland twice, before she answered to reach for the key. Amily McMillan unlocked the door while she looked in the window and saw sergeant Stewart and Janet McFarland together.

Janet Fraser in Drumnacrich, aged about 60, said that she saw sergeant Stewart and Janet McFarland in Mr Murray's house and that sergeant Stewart was overtaken with drink, and that they were locked in the house, and they forced open the door and left it in that condition. She said that Janet McFarland was not intoxicated and saw no indecent carriage.

Margaret Stewart, spouse to Donald Campbell in Blair, said that she was at Mr Murray's house that day and saw sergeant Stewart laying in Mr Murray's bed, with Janet McFarland leaning on the pillow, her head near his, with their faces together, and both had their wearing clothes on. He lay under the bed-clothes and she above. Janet McFarland had tied her own napkin about the sergeant's head after she had refused her own handkerchief for that purpose, and that Janet McFarland kissed him while tying on the napkin, and that she seemed to be intoxicated.

Janet Robertson, spouse to Donald Robertson in Blair, said that she saw sergeant Stewart, Janet McFarland and another woman going up and down the town together, and heard reports of indecent behaviour between them. Christian Fergusson in Blair, said likewise.

9th May 1742

Alexander O'cain in Ballintuim was guilty of drunkenness and breach of the Sabbath Day. Summoned, but did not appear.

(6th June 1742) Alexander McDonald, alias O'cain was summoned, but did not appear.

Testificates were given to Janet Stewart, a widow in Invervack, who had lived in the parish since her infancy. Also to Donald McGillivie in Pitaldonich who had lived in the parish for most of his life. Also to John Stewart in Ballintuim.

Quarters were assigned to each Elder as follows:
John Robertson in Craig: from Calvine to Dalnacardoch;
Donald Robertson of Pitagowan: from Calvine to the Duke of Atholl's parks north of the Garry, the two Invervacks, and Kindrochit's lands, south of the Garry;
Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy: Glen Errochty;
James Robertson in Tomicaldonich: from Dalnacardoch to Auchleanie, and the town (Blair) itself;
Donald McColman in Grennich: from the burn of Tressait to Strowan's march at Bohespick;
Thomas McColman in Balnabodach: from the burn of Tressait to Fincastle's march, including Borenich of Bonskeid;

6th June 1742

A testificate was given to Janet Stewart in Kirkton of Struan

18th July 1742

It was reported that Elspeth Campbell in Blairfettie had given out publicly that for 13 years she had lived in an imputant course of fornication with Patrick Stewart an unmarried man in Blairfettie. Both were summoned.

12th August 1742 (written in the spine at 7th February 1742)

The Minister, Robert Stewart in Kindrochit, Patrick McGlashan in Blair, John Cowan, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan.

Mr James Murray, late schoolmaster, acknowledged that his servant ....... Stewart lay above the (bed) clothes in his bed, and that his wife, falling ill of a sudden, he laid her at the back of said servant with two pairs of blankets he took from another bed. When asked why he didn't lay his wife in that other bed, answered that the other bed was too short. For this he was rebuked.

Alexander Gow and James McLaren, carvers(?) in Blair were called before the Session for giving liquor to Amily McMillan, and promised they would not give her any in the future unless her husband was with her.

31st October 1742

The Session modified the fine of Patrick Robertson in Tordou and his party, for their fornication, to 5 Scots each.

(11th December 1743) Patrick Robertson in Tordou in Blairfettie appeared before the Congregation and was dismissed.

29th November 1742

Robert Stewart, Kirk Officer, was given 2 15s 4d Scots which, with 4 13s 2d Scots he received before and 1s Sterling given at another time, was his year's wages for his services as Kirk Officer.

A testificate was given to John Shaw in Kincraigie.

19th December 1742

A precept (warrant) was given to Mr Neill Stewart, Session Clerk, for 8 Scots, being his year's wages.

26th January 1743

The Elders of each district were instructed to pass from house to house, collecting for the infirmary at Edinburgh.

(26th June 1743) A receipt from the Treasurer of the Royal Infirmary for 3 Stirling.

13th February 1743

Donald Robertson in Caltomb paid his fine for fornication of 8s Scots.

6th March 1743

Neill Robertson in Bohespick gave the Minister half a crown, as part of his fine, which was given to (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan. (This probably relates to the illegitimate daughter, Janet, of Neill Robertson in Dalno and Christian ....... in Moulinvaddie).

(26th June 1743) Neill Robertson in Bohespick appeared before the Session and was rebuked. the Session agreed to reduce his fine to 10 merks in regard of his poverty. He was ordered to the Stool, for his relapse, for 6 days. The said Neill Robertson paid in 4 10s Scots as part of his fine.

(5th February 1744) Neill Robertson in Bohespick paid 3 Scots for his party's fine.

The Minister produced a receipt from the Presbytery clerk for 4s Stirling, which the Session allowed (repaid) the Minister, using part of the crown (5s) he uplifted (collected) in December last from John Stewart in Glaickachloideamh (Glaickchlair).

Janet Robertson in Deallgdhorais (Dalginross) appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Campbell in Drumnabechin, and was rebuked.

Testificates were given to Alexander McGlashan and Donald Stewart in Invervack and they gave 5 merks to Thomas McColman in name of Katherine Forbes.

27th March 1743

A testificate was given to William Robertson who had lived in this parish, but had moved to Carie.

John McIntosh in Urrard-beg was summoned to appear before the Session, Sabbath next, at Blair for breaking the Sabbath Day

5th June 1743

Testificates were given to Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy, Christian Stewart in Urrard-beg and Margaret Stewart, presently in Nether Drumnacrich.

26th June 1743

John Reid in Pitnacree in Logierait parish, late in this parish, confessed fornication with Mary Fraser in Kindrochit, about 25th December last. Rebuked and exhorted to repentance.

(25th September 1743) Mary Fraser, who was guilty of fornication with (John) Reid made her first appearance before the Congregation.

(9th October 1743) Mary Fraser made her second appearance before the Congregation.

(16th October 1743) Mary Fraser made her third appearance, seriously rebuked and exhorted to repentance.

(18th December 1743) John Reid in Pitnacree paid 6 Scots for his fornication.

A testificate was given to Patrick Gow lately in Tighnaird.

Margaret Duff in Dalnamine, an unmarried woman alleged to be with child, was summoned Sabbath next.

(17th July 1743) Margaret Duff in Dalnamine gave up Donald McPherson, soldier in My Lord Semple's Regiment, as father. ........ in the Colonel's own Company. The alleged father was out of the Kingdom, so she was asked to produce witnesses.

(25th September 1743) A letter had been received from the minister of Duthill relating the dispositions in support of a confession made by Margaret Duff in Dalnamine, signifying that James McPherson, father of the said Donald McPherson, soldier in My Lord Semple's Regiment, was satisfied with the deposition and character of the woman, and was willing to receive the child into his family, or the mother and child together if they pleased.

(2nd October 1743) Margaret Duff made her first appearance before the Congregation.

(13th November 1743) Margaret Duff appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked, exhorted to repentance and dismissed.

(5th February 1744) John Duff in Dalnamine paid 4s Stirling for the fine of his daughter Margaret Duff.

9th September 1743

A testificate was given to Christian Stewart, lately in Moulin, now in the parish of Fettercairn, for during her stay in this parish previous to her going to Moulin.

18th September 1743

Patrick Kennedy in Balmeanach of Lude was summoned, Sabbath next, for his fornication with Katherine Stewart in Balnakeillie.
(The couple also had an illegitimate child baptised 16th August 1739)

Robert Stewart, interim Kirk Officer, was paid his salary.

The office of Session Clerk was vacant by the removal (transfer) of Mr Neill Stewart. The post was given to Donald Robertson.

25th September 1743

The Minister and Elders: (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, George Richie, Charles Conchair, Donald Fraser.

A testificate in favour of Katherine McKenzie was presented to the Session from the parish of Kilmorack, signed by Thomas McKenzie, minister, and William Fraser, Session Clerk there, signifying her good behaviour and deportment since infancy.

2nd October 1743

Janet McKenzie residing lately in Dalnuadh (Dalno) of Bohespick was said to be with child and summoned.

(23rd October 1743) Janet McKenzie in Strathtummel voluntarily appeared and acknowledged that she was with child, begot in fornication with Robert Robertson in Dalriach of Bohespick. Both were ordered to appear Sabbath next.

(6th November 1743) Robert Robertson in Dalnaudh (Dalno) was summoned.

(25th November 1743) Robert Robertson appeared before the Session and had his fine modified to 3 Scots, which he paid. He promised to pay half a crown (2s 6d) for his party's fine by 15th February next.

(15th January 1744) Janet McKenzie and Robert Robertson both appeared before the Congregation.

(20th December 1747) Robert Robertson in Dalnuadh (Dalno) paid half a crown for his party's fine.

23rd October 1743

The Kirk Officer (Robert Stewart) reported that when collecting a poynd (impounded payment) from Jannet Forbes in Kindrochit of Struan, upon 22nd October, by virtue of a decreet (warrant) obtained before the Commissary of Dunkeld, he was deforced by Duncan Stewart in Pitaldonich, Donald Tossich's wife in Kindrochit and Donald Fergusson in Caltomb. The Session resolved to prosecute according to the Law.

(30th October 1743) The deforcers paid to the Officer and party sent to poynd them, 4s Stirling, and no further prosecution was required.

Donald Robertson in Kindrochit was summoned to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next, for his fornication. He paid 4s Stirling of his fine.

(30th October 1743) Donald Robertson in Kindrochit appeared before the Congregation and was rebuked.

(20th November 1743) Donald Robertson in Kindrochit appeared a second time before the Congregation.

(4th December 1743) Donald Robertson in Kindrochit paid 2s Stirling of his fine.

30th October 1743

Charles McLaren in Hosefield(?) paid 2 year's interest and renewed his bill for 22 merks Scots, payable Martinmass 1744. The said interest with 5s 6d from the collection was given to Robert MacIntosh, merchant in Blair, for dead clothes bought from him for a poor woman who died at Blairuachdar.

The Session agreed to give a crown (5s) to the schoolmaster, in loan, to pay for a schoolhouse for the half-year, until such time as it could be collected from the heritors.

6th November 1743

Patrick Kennedy in Balmeanach of Lude reported that he had given a young wedder to Mr Murray, late Session Clerk, who promised that he would stand as his friend before the Session (the church being vacant) and procure a discharge of his fine, due for fornication. The Session agreed to enquire diligently about the matter.

(25th December 1743) Patrick Kennedy in Balmeanach was rebuked and dismissed.

13th November 1743

A testificate was given to William Robertson who had been born in Dalnamine

20th November 1743

A testificate was given to Margaret Seaton, servant to Janet Roy in Kilmaveonaig, who intended to go to the Lowlands for service, being assured of her good behaviour in Blair Atholl parish.

4th December 1743

Elspeth McLean in Dalnacardoch appeared before the Congregation for her fornication, was rebuked, paid a crown (5s) for her fine and was dismissed.

11th December 1743

Margaret McLaren in Tombmhuillin (Tomvulin) had her fine modified to half a crown (2s 6d) as the Session considered her condition and state of life.

(18th December 1743) Margaret McLaren in Tombmhuillin did not appear to pay her mulet. John Cowan, Treasurer, was instructed to extract the same.

18th December 1743

Angus Stewart in Ballinloin of Blair paid 3 Scots of his fine and was ordered to pay 1 Scots more within 14 days.

(1st January 1744) Angus Stewart in Ballinloin paid his 1 fine.

James McLauchlane, a tailor in Dealgdhorais (Dalginross) was summoned upon a complaint entered by Patrick Stewart there, of his scandalising Margaret Stewart, his daughter. James McLauchlane admitted the charge and was ordered to pay 1 Scots to the poor (fund) and was rebuked.

(12 February 1744) James McLauchlane, a tailor in Dealgdhorais paid his fine for scandalising Margaret Stewart there.

15th January 1744

The Session appointed Dalnamine and Pitagowan to converse with the debitors of John McGrigore and his sister in Invervack to the intent that they might regard their poor, indigent state and assist them, in giving them part of their own, in their distress.

The Session ordered a precept (warrant) for Donald and Janet Stewarts in Balnabodach to be drawn upon Bonskeid.

29th January 1744

The Minister obtained a decreet (warrant) against Mungo Forbes in Tullimet for 100 merks Scots legatted to the poor of Blair Atholl parish by Isabell McCoulla (McColl?) in Tullimet.

5th February 1744

Sophia McDonald, born in the parish of Laggan, and now in Dalnuadh (Dalno) in the parish of Blair, presented a testificate to the Session for her behaviour hitherto free from public scandal and church censure, known to them, dated 20th March 1743 and signed by John McKenzie, minister, and Alexander McDonald of Tullochcrom.

John Robertson in Croftinloin of Foss paid his fine of 2 2s Scots.

A testificate was given to Elspeth Stewart in Wester Invervack.

A receipt was given to Bonskeid for 5 Scots, the interest on a bill (due to the Session).

12th February 1744

A testificate was given to Marjory Robertson in Cnappaig, wife to Neil Stewart, soldier in the Earl of Rothes's Regiment.

Elders Robert Stewart and Charles Conchair were asked to witness the account for the Treasurer, John Cowan.

(19th February 1744) The Committee found that the Treasurer was owing a small balance in his account and was asked to review the accounts and report again.

(14th March 1744) The revised accounts were produced and approved.

19th February 1744

The Minister obtained a decreet (warrant) against Patrick Stewart of Easter Invervack for 10 Scots, and another of forthcoming against Jannet Robertson in Tordou for the fine of Elspeth Campbell in Blairfettie.

(13th January 1745) Patrick Stewart of Invervack paid his fine and got up his bill (his promisery note was returned).

(20th January 1745) a precept was given to Grissell Stewart in Raondou (Rindow) to be drawn upon Patrick Stewart of Invervack for 2 merks and a half, annual rent (interest) due by him on his bond.

26th February 1744

The Session delayed consideration about the bill granted by Duncan Stewart in Seomairban (Chamberbane) until the next session, and appointed Donald and Thomas McColmans to enquire at Donald Stewart in Seomairban, what he knew about said bill.

(18th March 1744) In obedience to the order of the Session, Donald and Thomas Calmanachs, Elders, inquired of Donald Stewart in Seomairban what he knew about the bill of Duncan Stewart in Seomairban. Donald said that he knew nothing of it, and besides which nothing could be recovered of the said Duncan's effects in regard of their poverty. The Session, considering the said Duncan's poor widow's condition gave up (returned) her bill.

The Session absolved John Tossich in Auchleeks, of his conjunct bill to the Session, seeing that he had paid his share.

4th March 1744

Donald Frazer in Raonroy (Runroy) complained against Jannet Robertson, spouse to John Forbes in Kirkton of Lude for scandalising him, by alleging before several others that he had bribed the Kirk Officer and that the said Jannet Robertson had raised several by-names upon him, his wife and several of his friends, and called them liars.

Both sides were exhorted to forbear their un-christian behaviour and live more peaceably for the future. John Robertson in Balinluig gave in an obligation to pay 10 Scots in case his daughter, the said Jannet Robertson, or her husband should be the first that renewed their differences by scolding or giving by-names. David Stewart in Balinluig, in like manner, gave the same security for his daughter, the said Donald Fraser's wife (Isobel) and the said Donald Fraser himself.

11th March 1744

The Minister and Elders: Robert Stewart, John Cowan, Charles Conchair, George Richie, John Robertson, Donald Fraser, Donald Forbess.

Janet Tossich, alias Gow servant to Drumachuine at Kindrochit was reported to be with child. Ordered to appear before the Session.

(19th March 1744, at Bridge of Tilt) Janet Tossich, servant to Drumachuine, confessed her guilt and named Donald Stewart, servant to Patrick Robertson in Kilmaveonaig, to be the father of her child. He, being summoned, confessed and said Donald gave in his bill for the penalty.

(11th April 1744, A Fast Day) Donald Stewart in Kilmaveonaig appeared before the Congregation and was reproved and, in regard that he was booked in order to marry the said Janet McIntosh, was dismissed. (see Marriage Banns 12th April 1744)

11th April 1744

Susan McGlashan, wife to Donald Robertson in Easter Kindrochit was summoned for breach of the Sabbath, by leading a horse with a load of baggage from the Ford of Apersuaine to her husband's house, Sabbath last. She did not appear.

(15th April 1744) Susan McGlashan was summoned but did not appear.

(29th April 1744) Susan McGlashan was rebuked, promised good behaviour in the future and was dismissed.

15th April 1744

The Minister and Elders: (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, Robert Stewart, John Cowan, Charles Conchair, John Robertson, Donald McBeath, Donald Fraser.

Alexander Gow in Blair appeared before the Congregation for his breach of the Fast Day, and was exhorted to forbare his undecent behaviour for the future. He acknowledged his guilt by musick and dancing in his house. He consigned a bill for 20 as a security of his future good behaviour, to be forfeit in case he be found guilty of any further breach of Civil or Ecclesiastical Fasts. The bill was lodged with Charles Conchair.

James Gow, tailor in Invervack confessed that he danced in Alexander Gow's house that Fast Day, was rebuked and consigned a bill of 5 Scots as security against his further good behaviour.

22nd April 1744

A testificate was given to John Stewart, soldier in the City Guard of Edinburgh, who was born and lived in Invervack until the 1st May.

25th April 1744, at Dalerie

The Minister, Robert Stewart and Donald McBeath.

An inquiry into flagrant reports of an undecent intimacy between Robert Robertson in Dalerie and Margaret Mackintosh, his servant woman.

Robert Robertson acknowledged that he and Margaret Mackintosh had been watching a fox in a cote (den) at some distance from the house, under silence of night. It was suggested that he should dismiss her, but said he would not, so witnesses were called.

Margaret Mackintosh, spouse to Donald McBeath in Clachglas, aged 47 or thereabouts, said that Friday last she was at Robert Robertson's midding (midden?), when the above Margaret Mackintosh was working and heard her express the words that if there was not a person in her master's family that she liked better than her mistress, she would have put the house on fire. (The witness) swore it to be true, but could not write.

Donald Stewart of Dalvorest, aged 44y and married, said that it was commonly reported that there was undecent behaviour betwixt Robert Robertson and Margaret Mackintosh, and claimed that Robert Robertson told him that if his servant was dismissed, then his wife would never eat of his bread with a will.

John Stewart of Innerslanie, aged 55 or thereabouts, a widower, said the same as Dalvorest.

The Session considered that there was undecent behaviour and ordered their separation for the edification (of their neighbours) and peace of Robert Robertson's family, and ordered them not to haunt one another's company.

(14th October 1744) Margaret Mackintosh in Tombnanculaik (Tomnaculag), an unmarried woman, was said to be with child.

(15th October 1744, at Bridge of Tilt) Margaret Mackintosh, servant to Donald Campbell in Tomnacullach, acknowledged that she was with child and gave up Robert Robertson in Dalerie, a married man, as father of her child.

(21st October 1744) Robert Robertson admitted his adultery with Margaret Mackintosh, sometime his servant woman. He was ordered to appear before the Presbytery of Dunkeld on the first Tuesday of November next. Likewise Margaret Mackintosh.

(10th February 1745) Robert Robertson had appear before the Presbytery of Dunkeld and was rebuked before being returned.

(7th April 1745) Margaret Mackintosh in Tomnacullach (Tomnacean of Lude?) appeared before the Congregation to be rebuked for her adultery.

(28th December 1746) Margaret Mackintosh residing at present in Balmeanach, appeared before the Congregation for her adultery with Robert Robertson in Dalerie. She was rebuked, exhorted to repentance, and paid 6s Sterling as part of her fine.

(18th October 1747) Robert Robertson in Dalerie was summoned to make his appearance for his adultery with Margaret Mackintosh, then in Tombnanculaig.

(1st November 1747) Robert Robertson in Dalerie was summoned but did not appear.

(8th November 1747) Robert Robertson in Dalerie made his first appearance before the Congregation for his heinous crime of adultery, committed with Margaret Mackintosh, late in Tombnanculaig. He was rebuked and seriously exhorted to repentance.

(27th December 1747) Robert Robertson in Dalerie appeared before the Congregation for his adultery with Margaret Mackintosh.

(3rd April 1748) Robert Robertson in Dalerie appeared before the Congregation for his adultery with Margaret Mackintosh, his late servant woman.

(24th April 1748) Robert Robertson in Dalerie appeared before the Congregation and was ordered to appear before the Presbytery of Dunkeld before his dismissal, which he craved.

(30th October 1748) The Minister reported that Robert Robertson in Dalerie, guilty of adultery, was remitted by the Presbytery of Dunkeld to the Kirk Session of Blair, that he might continue his appearances or be loosed from the scandal, as they felt best. He appeared before the Session, was seriously exhorted and loosed from his scandal of adultery.

29th April 1744

A testificate was given to James Robertson, shoemaker in Perth, son to Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy.
A testificate was given to Duncan Robertson, son to James Robertson in Tomicaldonich.

20th May 1744

The Minister reported receiving a letter from the Session Clerk of Coupar in Angus, anent (concerning) Jean Cameron who resided in the parish and had produced a child, which she fathered upon John Stewart, late servant of Patrick Robertson in Kilmaveonaig, and presently servant to John Robertson there, and that it was begot in fornication. John Stewart confessed his guilt and was ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(27th May 1744) Jean Cameron appeared before the Congregation and was rebuked for her fornication with John Stewart.

(3rd June 1744) John Stewart servant to John Robertson in Kilmaveonaig was rebuked for his fornication with Jean Cameron and paid 5 Scots for his own and Jean Cameron's fines and was dismissed. (Child baptised 3rd June 1744).

A testificate was given to Janet Robertson, daughter to Alexander Robertson in Tomnasallan.
A testificate was given to Grissell Stewart, daughter to Paul Stewart in Baluaine.
A testificate was given to Elspeth Stewart, daughter to Alexander Stewart in Over Bohespic.
A testificate was given to the children of John Robertson and Margaret Robertson.
A testificate was given to Robert Robertson, sometime in Auchleeks.
A testificate was given to Janet and Elspeth Stewarts daughters to Donald Stewart in Ard thuilckin (Ardtulichan).

27th May 1744

A testificate was given to Ann McGlashan in West Blairuachdar.
A testificate was given to Janet Robertson, daughter to Alexander Robertson sometime in Inverslanie, who left this parish as a child.
A testificate was given to Margaret and Grissell Stewarts in Toldunie.
A testificate was given to James McDonald in Carrick.

3rd June 1744

Katharine McDonald, alias Mannoch, servant to James Stewart in Auchghoul, an unmarried woman, was declared to be with child.

(24th June 1744) Katharine Mannoch summoned but did not appear, and in common report was guilty of adultery with James Stewart, her master.

(24th June 1744) Katharine Mannoch confessed herself to be with child, begotten in adultery with James Stewart in Auchghoul. She was exhorted to repentance. James Stewart was summoned.

(1st July 1744) Katharine Mannoch and James Stewart summoned but did not appear.

(8th July 1744) The Kirk Officer reported that he could not find Katharine Mannoch and James Stewart.

(15th July 1744) Katharine Mannoch persisted in fathering her child on James Stewart who denied that he ever committed uncleanness with her. She persisted in her confession, naming several places where he had met with her.

(22nd July 1744) With both parties sticking to their stories, the matter was referred to the Presbytery of Dunkeld for 4th September.

(23rd September 1744) Katharine Mannoch was summoned but did not appear.

A testificate was given to Donald Robertson in Tomb of Kindrochit.
A testificate was given to Jean Stewart, daughter to Alexander Stewart in Mill of Blair.
A testificate was given to Isobel Gow, daughter to Donald Gow in Seanbhaill.

5th June 1744

The Minister declared that a riot, in or near Blair, last Sabbath, gave great offence and had called the meeting to enquire into the breach of Sabbath. The persons said to be guilty were Alexander Gow in Croftcrombie, Charles Gow his son, Donald Gow in Seanbhail of Glentilt, and James Stewart, son to Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar.

James Stewart confessed his guilt of striking Charles Gow and alleged that Alexander Gow drew away his feet, whereby he fell upon his face, and someone or others pulled his hair. Alexander Gow and Donald Gow denied this. James Stewart offered to prove it by witnesses.

John Stewart in Ardkincael, 42 years or thereabouts, married, said that he was with Alexander Gow and Donald Gow in Blair and also with James Stewart in the house of Robert Gow, the smith, and that angry words passed betwixt James and Donald while Alexander advised them to refrain their quarrels considering it was the Lord's Day. In a little James separated from Alexander and Donald, and left them to go to his own house. A little after he saw Alexander and Donald going home, and James on his way also, after them. Then he saw James and Charles, son to Alexander, fighting and beating one another. Alexander Gow ran towards them and drew James by the feet until he fell. Also Alexander Gow and John Robertson in Glen Feshie, Badenoch, struggling together until both tumbled into a strip that ran by them. Whether their struggling proceeded from John Robertson's hindering Alexander Gow from fighting with James Stewart, or any other cause, he didn't know, only that before and afterwards they were in good friendship. He also said that whilst they were in the smith's house James Stewart desired either Alexander Gow or Donald Gow to come out to the Fair field and he would fight them. Alexander Gow had replied that were it any other day than the Sabbath he would think nothing of thrashing James Stewart. James and Donald had been drinking, but not much. James was leading and helping a sick man home when he overtook the others.

Duncan Mackintosh, shoemaker in Blair, 28 years or thereabouts, unmarried, said that he went with James Stewart to help bring home his sick neighbour and that James, the sick man, Alexander Stewart in Middle Blairuachdar, and he overtook Alexander, Donald and Charles Gows below John Stewart's house at Ardkincael. Alexander was behind Donald and Charles and tried to pull Alexander Stewart away and a quarral ensued. Donald and Charles turned back, Charles with a stone in his hand which he maybe threw away, before beating each other with fists and Alexander pulling his feet away. The incident was seen by the Minister and Blairfettie. James Stewart then struck Charles Gow with a staff, on the head, with such force that Charles Gow ran a little and fell to the ground. Alexander Gow said that if he could not get justice, he would take satisfaction at his own hands.

The Session found James Stewart guilty of breach of the Sabbath by fighting and provoking others to fight, was rebuked, exhorted to better behaviour in time coming, and took his bill for 8 Scots as a fine to be employed for the use of the poor.

Donald Gow and Charles Gow were found guilty of breach of the Sabbath, though in a less henious manner, rebuked and fined a joint bill of 8 Scots.

(7th December 1746) James Stewart, in Blairuachdar, gave in his bill of 8 Scots for a riot committed by him on 3rd June 1744, which was modified by the Session to a crown.

(4th January 1747) James Stewart, in Blairuachdar, paid his fine for riot which had been modified by the Session to a crown.

(18th January 1747) Alexander Gow, in Croftcrombie and his brother Donald Gow, in Seanbhaile paid their fines for riot and breach of the Sabbath, modified by the Session to a crown, and were told to collect their bill given in Blair, 5th June 1774.

8th July 1744

Margaret McColman in Blairuachdar, having contracted with Alexander McGlashan at the Mill of Blair, unadvisedly, applied to the Session for their advice. The Session delayed answering to her retraction.

A testificate was given to Ann McMillan, daughter to William McMillan in Pitagowan, who left this parish at Martinmass 1742.
A testificate was given to Margaret Robertson, daughter to deceased Duncan Robertson in Drumachuine, residing at Tulloch, who left this parish at Whitsun 1740.
A testificate was given to Janet Stewart, daughter to Neill Stewart in Pitagowan, who left this parish at Martinmass 1742.

15th July 1744

A testificate was given to Jean Cameron in Nether Drumnacrich.

22nd July 1744

A testificate was given to John Fergusson in Pitaldonich, who left this parish Martinmass 1741.

29th July 1744

A testificate was given to Allan McDonald in Tomnasallan.

15th August 1744,
being the Fast Day before celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Ann Robertson, an unmarried woman, servant to Patrick Robertson of Trinafour, was said to be with child.

(26th August 1744) Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar was said to have committed guilt with the said Ann Robertson and was ordered to appear before the Session.

(2nd September 1744) The Session enquired why Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar had excused his not performance (non-appearance) and was ordered to re-appear before them.

(6th January 1745) Ann Robertson gave up Angus McDonald alias Croyderlich in Glengarry as father of her child, and that they committed guilt in Patrick Robertson's house in Dalnacardoch, about the 4th March, last. She also confessed that Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar had committed guilt with her a week before St. Bride's Fair in Blair, last. Angus McDonald and Duncan Robertson were ordered to appear before the Session, Sabbath next.

(13th January 1745) Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar confessed that he had committed guilt with Ann Robertson 3 days before the 1st of January 1744.

(20th January 1745) Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar was fined 10 for his fornication and ordered his proclamation to be stopped until he cleared himself of his scandal with Christian McGillivie, his servant woman.

(27th January 1745) Angus McDonald alias Croydarlick acknowledged that he had committed guilt with Ann Robertson the 8th March, last, in Patrick Robertson's house at Dalnacardoch but did not own the child to be his, by her calculation of time. He was rebuked before the Congregation.

(3rd February 1745) Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar appeared before the Congregation.

(17th February 1745) Angus McDonald in Glengarry declared that if Duncan Robertson would solemnly swear that he had not committed guilt with Ann Robertson after the last time mentioned by her, he would baptise her child. Duncan Robertson swore so, and Angus McDonald baptised and fathered her child, paid 4s 6d Sterling money, and promised to do all duty in maintaining the said child, and was dismissed.

(21st July 1745) Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar appeared before the Session for his fornication with Ann Robertson and was rebuked. His bill was modified to 4 Scots, of which he paid 3 Scots in cash.

(28th December 1746) Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar paid 1 Scots as the remainder of his fine of fornication with Ann Robertson, which was lodged in the Minister's hands.

2nd September 1744

The Session, after distributing somewhat to the poor, gave a testificate to Christian Robertson, daughter to John Robertson in Achinruie, who left the parish at Candlemass last.

14th October 1744

Christian McGillivie, in Bohespic, having appeared at Blair on the 7th October, gave up Neill Robertson in Bohespic, a married man, as father of her child.

(21st October 1744) Neill Robertson in Bohespic acknowledged that he was guilty of fornication with Christian McGillivie in Bohespic, but denied the child was his by means of difference in time (i.e. outside of nine months).

(4th November 1744) Elspeth McDonald in Dalecruaidh (Dalcroy) of Bohespic was summoned and appeared, being 22y or thereabouts and unmarried. She said that Christian McGillivie and herself were in company together at Perth on Sunday 30th September last at 5 o'clock in the afternoon when Christian McGillivie gave birth. Swore it to be the truth, but could not write it.

(11th November 1744) Neill Robertson and Christian McGillivie, both in Bohespic, appeared. Finding that the child was born 13 days within the 9 months, Neill Robertson said that he was willing to father the child, do his duty as a parent and satisfy Church discipline.

(23rd December 1744) Neill Robertson appeared and alleged that Robert Stewart in Duntaulich was reported to have an undecent intimacy with Christian McGillivie and asked the Session to delay the child's baptism until the Session had investigated, which was granted.

(1st March 1747) The Minister reported that he had decreeted (fined) Neill Robertson in Bohespic 30 Scots for his relapse in fornication, and that he was out of purse, 3s Sterling for summoning, calling and sentance money, and requested the Session to clear the account with him, as he had been acting on their behalf.

Margaret Robertson, spouse to Neill Stewart in Haugh of Easter Invervack, being summoned for imprecating and wishing ill to Robert ('Ban') Robertson in Miltown of Invervack, and his family, was rebuked, enjoining her to have a more Christian behaviour for the future, and dismissed.

4th November 1744

It was reported to the Session that there had been a riot committed in Grennich, Sunday, October 14th last, between John McDonald and Elspeth McGlashan, both residents there, and that they fought very rudely, having no regard to the Lord's Day.

(11th November 1744) The Kirk Officer was excused for not summoning the rioters.

(18th November 1744) John McDonald and Elspeth McGlashan were summoned, but did not appear.

(25th November 1744) John McDonald appeared and confessed that he had struck Elspeth McGlashan, but as she was not present the proceedings were held over.

(16th December 1744) John McDonald and Elspeth McGlashan were summoned, but did not appear.

(19th December 1744, at Grennich) Elspeth McGlashan confessed that she threw a stone at John McDonald, which missed. John McDonald, in a passion, beat her with a staff very cruelly. The Session found Elspeth McGlashan as the aggressor and guilty of breach of the Sabbath. As the stone missed, her fine was modified to 2 Scots. John McDonald was fined 8 Scots.

(21st April 1745) John McDonald in Grennich appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked, and exhorted to repentance. His fine was modified to 2s Sterling.

16th December 1744

Dorothy Mackglashan and Jannet Mackglashan, in Wester Invervack, were summoned for their riot upon the Lord's Day, last. Only Dorothy Mackglashan appeared, so held over.

(23rd December) Dorothy Mackglashan and Jannet Mackglashan, both in Wester Invervack appeared for their breach of the Sabbath. Jannet confessed to throwing the first stone. Dorothy confessed to throwing it back. Then they fought it out, tearing one another's linen. Jannet Mackglashan was fined 10 Scots as provoker, Dorothy Mackglashan was fined 8 Scots.

23rd December 1744

A testificate was given to John McGlashan, son to John McGlashan in Wester Invervack.

30th December 1744

The Minister informed the Session that he had agreed with William Mackglashan in Fincastle, for his fine for his fornication, and got Tulloch's bill payable against 15th February next, modifying his fine to 12 Scots, which the Session approved, knowing of said William Mackglashan's circumstances.

6th January 1745

Christian Robertson, daughter to John Robertson in Achinruie, being in service in Dunkeld, voluntarily appeared and acknowledged herself to be with child and gave up James Lauder, merchant in Dunkeld, as the father of her child, and that they committed guilt in Dunkeld about 29th August last, being St. John's Market at Perth.

The Session approved the Minister to draw a precept upon Alexander Stewart in Knockgharie, Factor to Bonskeid, for 5 merks Scots, to be equally divided betwixt Patrick Robertson in Balnald of Borenich and Donald Stewart in Seomairban (Chamberbane), and upon a receipt of 5 merks more, to grant a discharge to Bonskeid of all bygone annual rents (interest) for that bill.

17th February 1745

Alexander Robertson, son to Robert ('Ban') Robertson in Miltown of Invervack, paid his fine for his fornication, modified by the Session to 4s 8d Sterling, and gave a discharge. (This may relate to 27th September 1741).

10th March 1745

Christian Duff, an unmarried woman in Dalnamine, was said to be with child.

(5th April 1745, at Dalnamine, with the Minister and Elder James Robertson in Tomicaldonich) Christian Duff there, confessed to be with child begot in fornication, which she fathered upon Donald McDonald in Dalnamine. He initially denied, but eventually owned guilt and begged for the matter to be delayed until the child was born and, if granted, would do all his duty to it.

(23rd June 1745) Donald McDonald in Dalnamine appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Christian Duff.

(30th June 1745) Donald McDonald in Dalnamine appeared before the Congregation, gave in his bill, payable Martinmass next, and was dismissed.

17th March 1745

Elspeth Robertson in Cailbruar was asked if she was guilty of adultery with Donald Gow in Seanbhaile of Glentilt, her late master (as was generally rumoured). She absolutely denied. The Session nominated two skilful women, Margaret Robertson, Pitagowan's wife, and Marjory Robertson, Dalnamine's wife, to inspect the woman and give verdict.

(24th March 1745) The above gentlewomen inspected the said Elspeth Robertson and gave in their verdict that they saw no appearance (grounds) for the accusation, and thought it proper that the Minister, from the pulpit, should intimate to the Congregation that they should not be so ready to give credit to such scandalous stories without judicious authors.

24th March 1745

A testificate was given to Donald Fraser and John Fraser, sons of the deceased William Fraser in Achinruie, who left the parish April 1743.

31st March 1745

Margaret McDearmid in Bohally, late servant woman to Charles Stewart of Bohally, was said to be with child. Being summoned, she fathered the child upon Alexander Stewart, an unmarried man, servant to Bohally. Alexander Stewart in Port-an-eilean was summoned.

(7th April 1745) Alexander Stewart in Port-an-eilean was summoned, but did not appear.

(19th May 1745) The Officer was excused by reason of his distress he had not summoned Alexander Stewart.

(26th May 1745) The Session accused their Officer of being negligent for not summoning Alexander Stewart. He excused himself for want of health.

(23rd June 1745) Alexander Stewart in Port-an-eilean appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Margaret McDearmid and paid 4s Sterling as part of his fine.

7th April 1745

Testificates were given to Isobel and Jannet Mackintoshes in Aldclune.
A testificate was given to Collin Campbell in Margdou, to travel through the parish to get victuals etc, to support his poor family.

21st April 1745

Elspeth McGrigore, servant to Patrick Robertson in Dalnacardoch, an unmarried woman, was said to be with child.

(19th April 1745) Elspeth McGrigore was summoned but did not appear.

(25th May 1745) Elspeth McGrigore in Dalnacardoch confessed to be with child, begot in fornication with John Campbell, an unmarried man, servant to Patrick Robertson in Dalnacardoch.

(2nd June 1745) Elspeth Campbell (is this a clerical error or an alias name?) and John Campbell, appeared before the Session. He admitted guilt with her on 12th November last, and again betwixt the 1st and 7th January. Both were ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(9th June 1745) John Campbell, servant to (Patrick Robertson of) Trinafour, appeared before the Congregation in the forenoon and again in the afternoon. Rebuked and exhorted to repentance.

(30th June 1745) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch appeared before the Congregation and gave in his bill, payable Martinmass next, and was dismissed.

(22nd September 1745) John Campbell and Elspeth McGrigore appeared, the said Elspeth McGrigore having been delivered of her child. John Campbell alleged that the child did not answer his calculation, and suspected that Angus McDonald alias Croyderlich (in Glengarry) and Donald Robertson, son to Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy had indecent behaviour with her. Elspeth McGrigore swore that she had not, and John Campbell agreed to father her child. (see baptisms - 22nd September 1745)

(21st September 1746) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch paid his fine for his fornication with Elspeth McGrigore, late servant there, which was modified to 6s Sterling, considering his condition.

(12th October 1746) Elspeth McGrigore in Pitagowan appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Campbell in Dalnacardoch, and was rebuked.

(19th October 1746) Elspeth McGrigore appeared before the Congregation and was rebuked.

(26th October 1746) Elspeth McGrigore appeared before the Congregation and was dismissed.

(22nd February 1747) The Minister reported that Elspeth McGrigore in Pitagowan, a deliquent (i.e. still owing her fine), paid a crown to him for her fornication with John Campbell in Dalnacardoch, which the Session accepted, considering her condition, and discharged her.

5th May 1745

A testificate was given to Grissell Robertson in Bohespick, who left the parish two years ago.

12th May 1745

The Minister and Elders: Alexander Robertson, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson jnr., Donald Calmanach, Thomas Calmanach, Donald Fraser, (Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine.

Alexander Robertson, younger, in Kinaldy, an unmarried man, on 29th April last, came voluntarily and acknowledged guilt with Beatrix Robertson, an unmarried woman, (daughter of Duncan Robertson) in Kinaldy, and gave up his bill to satisfy Church discipline.

(7th July 1745) Alexander Robertson, younger, in Kinaldy, appeared twice before the Congregation for his fornication with Beatrix Robertson in Kinaldy, and paid a crown as part of his fine.

(1st February 1747) Alexander Robertson, in Kinaldy, paid 1 Scots, and with the crown paid before, the Session accepted this as complete payment for his fine and his party's, since he had married her (13th November 1746), and returned his bill.

A testificate was given to John McLauchlan in Aldclune.

19th May 1745

Donald Stewart in Pitdornie, late in Kilmaveonaig, paid his fine for his fornication with Janet McIntosh, now his wife. His bill of 5 Scots lodged with the Treasurer was modified to 2 14s Scots, considering his condition and being now married to his said party. The Treasurer returned his bill.

A testificate was given to William Robertson, son to Ensign Charles Robertson, who was born in this parish and served the Laird of Struan for 7 years, and had his line (reference) approving his behaviour.

A testificate was given to John Fergusson and Christian Fergusson in Pitaldonich.

A testificate was given to Donald Stewart in Wester Invervack.

A testificate was given to Janet McGrigore in Calvine.

26th May 1745

A testificate was given to Isobel Moon, daughter to Duncan Moon in Baluaine, who left this parish at Candlemass 1742.

A testificate was given to William Stewart, merchant in Ballinfhurain (Balinuarain) of Blair.

2nd June 1745

A testificate was given to Janet Robertson, a married woman in Dalriach (of Glengarry).

9th June 1745

The Minister and Elders: Robert Stewart, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, George Richie, John Cowan, Charles Conchair, Donald Fraser.

Angus McIntosh in Croftdou became debtor to the Session Clerk for a precept of 5 merks Scots due by him to the Session, and paid half a crown in cash which the Session Clerk accepted as part payment of his salary.

23rd June 1745

A testificate was given to Duncan Forbess in Raondou.

30th June 1745

Margaret Stewart in Foss, late servant to Patrick Stewart in Inverslanie, was delivered of twins, some days ago, which she fathered on Donald McGillivie, later servant to the said Patrick Stewart and now in General Collier's Regiment which had left this Kingdom, February last. The Session, pitying that the poor infants should be deprived the sacrament of baptism, consented that Donald Forbes in Keannacoil (south side of Loch Tummel) and Angus Stewart in Croftinstokain of Duntaulich should give their conjunct bill for the said Margaret Stewart's fine. (see baptisms - 30th June 1745)

(12th October 1746) Margaret Stewart in Foss, late in Inverslanie, appeared before the Session for her alleged fornication with Donald McGillivie, late serving in Inverslanie and now in General Collier's Regiment. The Session, pitying her case and the distance, allowed it as her first day of appearance (before the Congregation).

(19th March 1749) Margaret Stewart in Duntaulich, late in Inverslanie, made her third appearance before the Congregation for her guilt, as she alleged, with Donald McGillivie, who listed himself in General Collier's Regiment. She was rebuked and dismissed.

(2nd April 1749) The Session considered Margaret Stewart in Foss, late in Inverslanie, who had made her appearances before the Congregation, but was unable to pay her fine by means of indigency, having twins left with her, begot in fornication, she alleged, with Donald McGillivie, late in Inverslanie, who left the country (i.e. parish), listing himself in General Collier's Regiment. The Session ordered that Donald Forbes in Rinnacoill and Angus Stewart in Duntaulich, the said cautioners (guarantors) to the Session, should have their conjunct bill retired (returned) to them.

Elspeth Campbell, in Auchleeks, an unmarried woman, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(7th July 1745) Elspeth Campbell was summoned but did not appear.

(15th December 1745) Elspeth Campbell appeared before the Session, confessed guilt, and gave up Duncan Stewart, servant to Robert Robertson in Easter Bohespic, as father of her child, born about September last. Duncan Stewart was summoned.

(5th January 1746) Duncan Stewart and Elspeth Campbell appeared, owned guilt, were rebuked, and each of them gave in bills of 10 Scots.

Christian McCollie, in Clunes, an unmarried woman, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(7th July 1745) Christian McCollie appeared, owned guilt, and fathered her child on John Stewart, brother of Charles Stewart of Bohally, and said that they had committed guilt two days before Christmas last.

(14th July 1745) The Minister reported to the Session that he had spoken to Charles Stewart of Bohally about the accusations against his brother John Stewart and he had promised to write to his brother in Edinburgh and return the answer to the Session.

(22nd September 1745) Duncan McCollie in Clunes had his grandchild, by his daughter Christian McCollie, baptised, which she fathered upon John Stewart, presently in the (Jacobite?) army, the brother of Charles Stewart of Bohally. Duncan McCollie gave in his bill for his daughter's fine.

(4th December 1748) Christian McCollie in Tomnasallain appeared, was rebuked, and paid her fine which the Session modified to half a crown by reason of her poverty.

7th July 1745

The Session considered the distress and indigent condition of Margaret Murray in Tighnafead, as represented to them, having nothing to support herself and not able to stir out of the house for her wants. It was agreed to have a charitable collection for her, Sabbath next.

14th July 1745

The Minister reported that he had received a bill from George Moon in (Rie)chappel, of 16 Scots, as part of the legacy left by Isabel McCaula to the poor of Blair parish, and owing by Janet Mackglashan in Blairuachdar, mother of the said George Moon. (see - 29th January 1744)

21st July 1745

A testificate was given to Alexander McDonald in Tomnasaillean, who left this parish four years ago.

11th August 1745

Testificates were given to Donald McDonald in Dalnamine, Donald Robertson in Calvine, and Donald McDonald in Tomnasaillean for being habile (reliable) witnesses where legally called at the insistance of James Robertson in Craig of Clunes.

15th September 1745

The Session considered that they needed a new Kirk Officer as Robert Stewart had listed himself in the (Jacobite) military, about August 14th. It was agreed to receive Alexander Cameron, sometime Officer, into the said office, to have 8 Scots for his wages with other dues, but only since the departure of Robert Stewart. (Robert Stewart in Bridgend of Tilt served in Lude's 3rd batallion, was taken prisoner but later discharged)

2nd March 1746

The Minister and Elders: Robert Stewart, John Cowan, George Richie, James Robertson, Donald Fraser.

A testificate was given to John Stewart in Tighnafead.

A testificate was given to George Caldall in Carrick.

16th March 1746

Alexander Mackintosh in Easter Craggan, servant to John Kennedy, there, voluntarily made his appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Elspeth Stewart, late servant to Patrick Robertson in Kilmaveonaig. He was rebuked and gave in his bill for 10 Scots.

(6th July 1746) Alexander Mackintosh in Easter Craggan was ordered to appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Elspeth Stewart, late servant to Patrick Robertson in Kilmaveonaig.

(13th July 1746) Alexander Mackintosh, servant to John Kennedy in Craggan, and Elspeth Stewart, his party, appeared before the Congregation and were rebuked.

(20th July 1746) Elspeth Stewart, late in Kilmaveonaig, appeared before the Congregation, forenoon and afternoon, was rebuked, exhorted to repentance. (21st December 1746) Elspeth Stewart, late in Kilmaveonaig, paid 6s Sterling for her fine of fornication with Alexander Tossich (i.e. McIntosh), servant to John Kennedy in Craggan.

(28th December 1746) Elspeth Stewart, late in Kilmaveonaig, appeared before the Congregation and was dismissed.

21st April 1746, at Bochonie,
the Minister and Alexander Robertson being present

Elspeth Kennedy, daughter to Malcolm Kennedy in Bochonie, was called and was asked who had fathered the child lately brought forth. She answered it to be Alexander Robertson, son to Robert ('Ban') Robertson in Milntown of Invervack. Asked whether she had acquainted the said Alexander Robertson with her pregnancy, she replied that she had not the opportunity, but that she sent Elspeth McDonald in Toulich (of Glen Errochty) to acquaint him, about the latter end of October last. Elspeth McDonald was summoned and said that she had delivered the message to Alexander Robertson who had answered that he would, if ever he returned from the (Jacobite) army, do all duty to the said Elspeth Kennedy, as father to her child, and also would write to Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy, the Elder, on her behalf. (Unfortunately, Alexander Robertson was killed at Culloden).

(12th May 1746) Malcolm Kennedy in Bochonie gave in his bill of 19 Scots for the fine incurred by his daughter.

Elspeth Robertson, alias Deur in Bochonie was called and asked who was the father of the child that she was pregnant with. She answered it to be Robert McGillivie in Bochonie, who acknowledged the child to be his. Both were seriously exhorted to repentance.

(25th May 1746) Robert McGillivie in Bochonie appeared before the Congregation.

(22nd June 1746) Robert McGillivie in Bochonie appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(12th October 1746) Robert McGillivie in Bochonie paid his fine for his fornication with Elspeth Robertson, alias Deur. Their fine was modified by the Session to a crown.

(31st May 1747) Elspeth Robertson, alias Deur in Bochonie was ordered to appear before the Congregation for her fornication with Robert McGillivie in Bochonie.

4th May 1746

James Robertson in Dalclachaig voluntarily appeared and confessed guilt with Isobel McBeath, widow (of William Stewart) in Dailness.

(8th June 1746) James Robertson in Dalclachaig appeared before the Congregation, and paid a crown for their fines which were modified for voluntarily submitting to Church discipline and also intending to marry (see marriages - 17th June 1746). The crown was used as part payment of the Session Clerk's wages.

(28th December 1746) James Robertson, late in Dalclachaig, was given a discharge (receipt) for his fine and appearances.

John Seaton, servant to John Stewart in Croftmore, appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Christian McIntosh, servant woman to Croftmore.

(25th May 1746) John Seaton, servant to Croftmore appeared before the Congregation.

(15th June 1746) John Seaton, servant to Croftmore, a relapse, did not appear. Ordered to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next.

(22nd June 1746) John Seaton, servant to Croftmore, appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Christian McIntosh in Dealgdhorais (Dalginross), was rebuked and by reason that he designed to marry his said party, was dismissed.

(29th June 1746) John Seaton, servant to Croftmore, had his and his party's fine modified to 5 merks, which he paid, by reason of his being booked and proclaimed with Christian McIntosh in Dalginross, and also in having, in the last years of famine, spent the most part of his effects upon his father who had been in a distresse condition.

25th May 1746

A testificate was given to Malcom Menzies in Milntown of Bruar.

1st June 1746

A precept (warrant) was drawn upon Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry in Bonskeid's (land), beholf to give to Donald Stewart in Seomuirban (Chamberbane), 2 merks Scots as part payment due by Bonskeid's bill for Martinmass last 1745. (see - 6th January 1745)

22nd June 1746

Janet MackFarland in Dalnamine, an unmarried woman, being pregnant and delivered of a child begotten in fornication, gave up Donald McDonald, a relapse in Dalnamine (See 10th March 1745), as the father. He owned the child to be his and both were exhorted to repentance. Donald McDonald gave in a bill of 40 Scots for their fines and appearances, and paid a crown (5s) of his former fine of fornication. The money was given to (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan for repairing the bridge at Strowan.

(21st December 1746) Donald McDonald, in Dalnamine, appeared before the Session with a resolution to pay his two fines, but to no purpose, and was ordered to appear before the Congregation first.

(11th January 1747) Donald McDonald, a relapse in Dalnamine, appeared before the Congregation. His fine was modified to 14s Scots, which he paid to Alexander Cameron, the Kirk Officer.

A testificate was given to Elizabeth Stewart, daughter to John Stewart in Kindrochit, who left the parish at Martinmass 1743.

A testificate was given to Donald McDonald, a lad of about 17 years in Grennich.

29th June 1746

The Minister and Elders: Robert Stewart, John Cowan, George Richie, John Robertson, Donald Fraser, John McLauchlan, younger in Brae of Lude.

Duncan McIntosh in Brae of Lude appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Janet Robertson in Croftnacussaig and was rebuked.

(6th July 1746) Duncan McIntosh in Brae of Lude appeared before the Congregation in the forenoon and the afternoon for his fornication with Janet Robertson. He was exhorted to repentance and was dismissed, having paid his and her modified fine of 6 Scots. Janet Robertson was ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(27th July 1746) Janet Robertson, in Croftnacussaig, appeared before the Congregation and was rebuked.

6th July 1746

Katharine McDonald in Dalnamine, an unmarried woman, was claimed to be with child and was ordered to appear before the Session.

(13th July 1746) Katharine McDonald fathered her child upon Duncan Stewart, servant to (James Robertson of) Blairfettie, and said that they committed guilt in the latter end of harvest last.

(20th July 1746) Katharine McDonald, was summoned but did not appear and was summoned again. Her effects, so much as lay in the hands of her master, Duncan Robertson in Cailbruar, was arrested.

(2nd November 1746) Duncan Stewart, servant to (James Robertson of) Blairfettie, given up by Katharine McDonald in Dalnamine, as the father of her child, appeared before the Session, confessed, and promised to satisfy the session in fines and appearances. Having a sponsor, he had his child baptised.

(21st December 1746) Duncan Stewart, servant to (James Robertson of) Blairfettie, paid his fine, modified to a crown if he married Katharine McDonald, as promised, and if not the Session would exact more. (He doesn't seem to have kept his promise).

13th July 1746

Grissell Mannich in Cailbruar, an unmarried woman, was said to be with child and was ordered to appeared before the Session, Sabbath next.

(27th July 1746) Grissell Mannich being asked who fathered her child, gave up Duncan McFarland, an unmarried man in Cailbruar. He was summoed to appear before the Session.

(3rd August 1746) Duncan McFarland confessed his guilt with Grissell Mannich which happened on the Friday before the market of St. Bride's at Blair, last, and on the Monday following the fair. Considering his ready confession, Duncan McFarland's fine was modified to 4 Scots, which he promised to pay within a few days.

(17th August 1746) Duncan McFarland appeared before the Congregation, forenoon and afternoon, and was rebuked.

(24th August 1746) Duncan McFarland appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(31st August 1746) (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan reported that Duncan McFarland's fine of 4 Scots had been spent on timber and other necessities for the bridge at Strowan. He was given a receipt.

(2nd November 1746) Duncan McFarland in Cailbruar and Grissell Mannich there, appeared before the Session, debated long, and could not agree in their calculations. The process was delayed for advice from a skilful person.

(9th November 1746) Duncan McFarland and Grissell Mannich appeared before the Session again, but the arguement was still not resolved. In the opinion of a skilful person, for the difference of 12 days, the child might still be his. He was asked if he wanted Grissell Mannich to swear an oath (that the child ws his). She swore that she knew no other, but him, the said, Duncan McFarland from 1st January last, and upon that he had the child baptised.

17th August 1746

Testificates were given to Janet Robertson, a blind woman in Aldclune, to Grissell Robertson, a married woman in Aldclune, to Christian Robertson, a widow in Aldclune, and to Christian Forbes, a widow in Aldclune.

24th August 1746

A testificate was given to Janet Stewart, servant to (Robert Graham of) Fintry, late residenter in this parish, and (now) serving Lady Lude.

7th September 1746

Testificates were given to Patrick McLean, pedlar in Kilmaveonaig, and Margaret Fleming, spouse to John Seaton in Runmore.

Patrick McGlashan in Wester Invervack gave 2s Sterling to the poor for two proclamations. The money was given to (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan for the bridge at Strowan. (Patrick McGlashan in Margagheat and Grissell Stewart in Bohally, Dull parish, married 22 Jul 1746).

14th September 1746

The Minister reported that William Wilson, gardener in Blair was suspected of being guilty of fornication with one of His Grace's dairy maids, but she had left the country (parish), so he had no accuser. However, being to marry, he had paid a crown of fine to the Session, which was given to the Session Clerk as part of his wages. (William Wilson, gardener to His Grace the Duke of Atholl at Blair and Janet Moorison at Bridgend of Perth, Kinnoul parish, married 18th September 1746).

21st September 1746

The Session, considering that they had gone to a great deal of expense in repairing the bridge at Strowan, and fearing that the bridge might be broken down again by horses passing upon it, appointed James McLaren in Kirkton of Strowan to extract 2s Scots for every horse passing over the bridge and, in cases of refusal, to seize and detain any horse until payment was made. The Session Clerk gave him a warrant and an extract of his duties, and he was ordered to report his diligences to the Session.

5th October 1746

The Minister reported that the Synod of the United Shires of Perth and Stirling was to meet at Perth on 14th October, and that an Elder needed to be elected to witness the meeting. Mr Robert Mackintosh, writer in Edinburgh, was unanimously elected and requested to report the proceedings.

Elspeth Richie, servant woman to Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar, was reported to have had indecent behaviour with Alexander Fergusson, the said Robert Stewart's hire-man.

12th October 1746

A precept was ordered for the children of James Stewart, late in Drumnacrich, to be drawn upon Thomas McKenzie of Rinancoillach, for 2 merks Scots, being a year's interest due by him per bill to the Minister and Session for Martinmass last.

19th October 1746

The Minister presented the Synod Clerk's discharge (receipt) for 3 years (1742-44) for the sum of 9 (Scots), being a crown yearly.

A testificate was given to Susan Keillor in Nairn, late residenter in the parish and serving (Duncan Robertson of) Drumachine.

The Session considered that for some time past, several who had removed from the parish had been in use of asking for testificates from the Session, 3, 4, 5 or even 7 years after their removal, and that it was impossible for the Elders to have a distinct remembrance of the character and behaviour of such persons at such a distance of time. It was resolved that, in time coming, no testificate would be forthcoming unless demanded within 6 months after their removal. Friends of all such persons as have left the parish were to inform them that they had 6 months left in which to claim. It was also resolved that none could come from another parish unless clothed with a testificate from that parish. The Session Clerk was instructed to make public this intimation, immediately after divine service, Sabbath next.

(26th October 1746) The Act of Session was read before the Congregation, in both languages, and enlarged upon by the Minister, so that none might protest ignorance.

9th November 1746

The Session appointed Robert Stewart, George Richie and Donald Fraser to witness the accounts since 13th February 1744 submitted by John Cowan, the Treasurer.

(23rd November 1746) An extract of discharge was given for the accounts (i.e. they were approved).

23rd November 1746

Testificates were given to Janet Stewart, daughter to Neill Stewart in Calvine, and Katharine Scott in Fonvuick.

7th December 1746

A testificate was given to Jean Cameron, sometime in this parish and party to John Stewart now in Invertilt (See 20th May 1744).

The said John Stewart being summoned, was rebuked for violating his promise of marriage to Ann Gow, now in Blair, and bringing her out of service. The Session, wishing to curb such misdemeanours in the future, find him 18s Scots which was given to Grissel Conchair, a poor woman in Invertilt. (See 14th June 1747 - This is probably the same Ann Gow, in Blair, who married Robert Robertson, in Blair, on 7th July 1747, after a retraction of marriage to John MacDonald, in Tomnagaoidh, also dated 7th July 1747)

The Minister presented a receipt of 11s Sterling due to the Presbytery Clerk from the Session of Blair Atholl.

21st December 1746

2 merks was given to Margaret Stewart and Janet Tossich, poor women in Grennich; 3 merks was given to Patrick Robertson in Balnald of Borenich; 2 merks was given to Donald Stewart in Seomairban (Chamberbane) - the whole amount being the annual rent (interest) of a 100 merk bill due to the Session by Bonskeid for Martinmass 1746, and of bygone annual rent of said bill.

4s 8d Sterling was given into the Minister's keeping. 1s 4d Scots of the remainder of the collection was given into the keeping of Thomas McColman.

4th January 1747

Grissell Gordon in Carrick, appeared before the Congregation and was rebuked. (Her illegitimate son John was baptised 27th November 1745).

(11th January 1747) Grissell Gordon in Carrick, appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with Patrick Stewart of (Easter) Invervack. (Patrick Stewart of Easter Invervack was a Captain in the Atholl Brigade during the 1745 Jacobite Rising. He surrendered and was pardoned on condition that he enlisted).

(18th January 1747) Grissell Gordon made her third appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked, and paid her fine, modified by the Session to a crown. Her father, Donald Gordon was ordered to get up her bill.

11th January 1747

Donald McFarland in Cailbruar, gave a joist for the bridge at Strowan, valued at half a crown, which the Session allowed in part payment of annual rent (interest) due to them by a conjunct bill granted by the said Donald McFarland and his son, to the Session. The Session appointed that the remainder, 1 Scots, would be given to Janet McFarland in Cailbruar, and to Patrick Cameron in Dalinrich (Dalinriach of Glengarry), relatives of the said McFarlands.

Margaret Mannich in Croft of Auchleeks, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(1st February 1747) Margaret Mannich in Croft of Auchleeks was summoned but did not appear.

(22nd February 1747) Margaret Mannich in Croft of Auchleeks was summoned but did not appear.

(5th April 1747) Margaret Mannich was summoned but did not appear.

(26th April 1747) Margaret Mannich late in Croft of Auchleeks, now in Crombruach, was summoned but did not appear.

(5th July 1747) James Robertson, servant to Robert McColman in Tressait, voluntarily appeared before the Session and acknowledged himself guilty of fornication with Margaret Mannich late in Croft of Auchleeks, and at present in Pitcastle of Strathtay.

(12th July 1747) James Robertson in Tressait appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Margaret Mannich, was rebuked and paid his own fine which was modified by the Session to 4s Sterling.

(9th August 1747) James Robertson in Tressait appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(26th July 1748) Margaret Mannich in Pitcastle, Strathtay, made her second appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with James Robertson in Tressait.

(23rd October 1748) Margaret Mannich, late in Strathtay, made her third appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked, paid 1 7s Scots in part payment of her fine, and gave in her bill to the Kirk Session payable at Candlemass next.

18th January 1747

The wife of Robert Stewart, late Kirk Officer, got on his behalf the remainder of his wages due for 1745, being 3 months, and was asked for a discharge (receipt).

Alexander Cameron, present Kirk Officer, was given 8 as a year's wages due since his intromission at 14th August 1745 until August 1746, and asked for a discharge, the Session having paid him 3s 6d Sterling. The remainder, being a crown, was laid in the box.

25th January 1747

Elspeth Robertson, a dumb, unmarried woman in Dalinrich, was reported to be with child.

(15th March 1747) It had been reported to the Minister that Elspeth Robertson in Dalinrich, a dumb woman since birth, had brought forth a child begotten in fornication with John Campbell, servant to Patrick Robertson of Trinafour, dwelling at Dalnacardoch. Both appeared before the Session and, by signs being made to her (was she also deaf?), asked to know the father of her child. She pointed to John Campbell but he positively refused that he had ever had any carnal knowledge with her. Despite exhortions, both persisted with their version. By signs, it was confirmed that the circumstances corresponded with the date of birth. Both were questioned in private, but to no avail.

The session ordered the friends of Elspeth Robertson to produce evidence, and ordered James Robertson, jnr the Church Elder, to take the pair to the place when she alleged the guilt took place and make enquiries. John Campbell was ordered to adduce anything for his exculpation.

(22nd March 1747) James Robertson, jnr reported that he went with Elspeth Robertson and John Campbell to the place where she alleged that John Campbell committed guilt with her. She took them to a place near Dalnacardoch and pointed at it, and then signed several circumstances of his forcing her. James Robertson, being asked if the part appeared to be so private as to favour such an attempt, answered that it did, but John Campbell observed that it was only a gunshot from the King's Highway, and that travellers might see them. He also alleged to have heard reports that she had fathered the child upon another, but the witness claimed that he had never said such a thing. The whole matter was referred to the Presbytery of Dunkeld for the first Tuesday in April 1747. John Campbell was ordered to attend but judging it would be to no purpose to summons Elspeth Robertson, they ordered her brother Duncan Robertson in Dalinrich to go instead, and ordered James Robertson, jnr to acquaint him of that order.

(12th April 1747) The Minister reported that he had laid the case of John Campbell before the Presbytery who dealt with him to bring him to confession, but he continued to deny and was returned to the Session of Blair upon his application to administer the Oath of Purgation, or anything else they saw fit for edification.

(19th April 1747) The Minister report that John Campbell had waited upon him Friday last and had got from him a copy of the Oath of Purgation.

(31st May 1747) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch was solemnly sworn before the Congregation for the accusation of fornication, laid to his charge by Elspeth Robertson, the dumb woman in Dalinrich.

1st February 1747

The Minister and Elders: Alexander Stewart, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson, jnr, Donald McColman, Thomas McColman, John Robertson. Sessioners: (Duncan Robertson of) Dalnamine and Alexander McGlashan.

James Menzies in Lettoch, Moulin parish, appeared before the Congregation for his fornication with Christian Stewart in Sinigaig. He was rebuked and ordered to appear Sabbath next. Christian Stewart likewise.

(15th February 1747) James Menzies, servant to Lettoch, appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked, exhorted to reform his actions and way of life, and was dismissed.

A testificate was given to Patrick Robertson in Bohespic.

22nd February 1747

A testificate was given to Alexander McGlashan in Balnald of Borenich.

1st March 1747

The Minister and Elders: (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, John Cowan, George Richie, Donald Fraser.

The Minister reported that having summoned Donald Stewart in Tomintianda, he had paid 12 18s Scots, due by him to the Session.

15th March 1747

A testificate was given to Elspeth Fergusson in Pitaldonich.

The Minister presented the Presbytery Clerk's discharge of 3s Scots for October 1746

The Minister presented the Presbytery Officer's discharge of 1s Scots for preceeding Candlemass 1747

The Minister presented a discharge from Mr Douglas, minister of Kenmore, for 3s Sterling, collected at Blair parish for the church at Athmulrie (Amulree?)

22nd March 1747

Charles McLaren in Hosefield paid 14s Scots as the annual rent (interest) due by him to the Session at Martinmass last, as per his bill of 14 Scots.

5th April 1747

A testificate was given to John McGillivie, a lad of about 14 years in Gaskan of Bohespic.

19th April 1747

The Session ordered a precept (warrant) to be drawn in favour of Neill Stewart in Calvine, upon Neill Kennedy in Croftvickewan for a sum of 3s Sterling as annual rent (interest) due by him to the Session per his bill, Martinmass last.

Mary McNab, servant to John McKenzie of Rieniand was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(31st May 1747) Mary McNab, late servant woman to John McKenzie of Rieniand, voluntarily came and gave up John McDonald, servant to Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar, as father of her child.

(28th June 1747) John McDonald, servant to Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar, was summoned to appear before the Sesson at the instance of Mary McNab, late servant woman to John McKenzie of Rieniand.

(5th July 1747) Mary McNab, late in Rinancoillach, appeared with John McDonald, servant to Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar. He suspected her of having guilt with others, but she solemnly swore that she had no carnal dealings with any but himself since Lammas last, or ever with any other.

(26th July 1747) John McDonald appeared before the Congregation, fore and afternoon, was rebuked, exhorted to repentance and dismissed.

26th April 1747

The Session ordered a precept (warrant) to be drawn in favour of Neill Stewart in Calvine, upon George Moon in Blairuachdar for 16s Scots in part payment of the annual rent due by him to the Session per his bill.

24th May 1747

A testificate was given to Ann Stewart in Kindrochit.

31st May 1747

Alexander Cameron demitted (resigned) his office of Kirk Officer, and the Session were pleased to accept (in his place) Duncan Robertson alias French in Kincraigie, having a fair character. His wages and emoluments were confirmed.

14th June 1747

Patrick McGlashan in Blair (i.e. of Lambtown) appeared in favour of Ann Gow, his servant woman, and protested in regard that John McDonald in Tomnagaoidh had not appeared before the Session to make good his objection against the intended marriage of Robert Robertson in Blair and the said Ann Gow. Therefore the Session proposed that the said cause was deserted and that it should not be allowed for the said John McDonald to offer any objection to marriage in time coming, and thereupon took instruments in the Session clerk's hands. And upon that Robert Robertson in Blair and the said Ann Gow were proclaimed pro primo. The Session modified Ann Gow's fine, for retracting from marriage with the said John McDonald, to half a crown which was given to James Mackintosh in Tomgoulach.

A testificate was given to Donald McGilliwie, servant to the Lady Nairn, late residenter in this parish.

28th June 1747

Elspeth McGrigore in Tighnafead was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(5th July 1747) Elspeth McGrigore in Tighnafead did not appear when summoned, but offered as excuse that she was brought to bed and not in a condition to appear.

John Fergusson, an invalid soldier in Blair, voluntarily appeared and owned himself father to her child. But there was a representation given in by the Minister, which he had received when at the Assembly in Edinburgh, in May last. This declared that the said John Fergusson was married to one Mary Irvin at Edinburgh, 27th February 1746. The said John Fergusson replied that while he was in the Castle of Edinburgh at the time of the blockade (by the Jacobite army), she had furnished him with provisions and other necessities, and that he had no more ado with her. Upon that the Session took it as an avisandum to search further about the matter.

Testificates were given to Isabel Robertson and Ann Robertson, serving in Perth, and John Robertson their brother, serving in Fife, who left the parish at Whitsunday 1742.

26th July 1747

John Cattanich (John McIntosh), in Tressait, voluntarily appeared before the Session and owned himself guilty of antenuptial fornication with his promised spouse, Christian Stewart in Balcastle, and paid both their fines which were modified by the Session to a crown. The fine was given to Alexander Cameron, their late Kirk Officer, to elect (a needy recipient).

9th August 1747

Margaret Shaw, a relapse, was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(23rd August 1747) Margaret Shaw, in Woodsheal, was summoned but did not appear.

(13th September 1747) Margaret Shaw, in Woodsheal, appeared and confessed guilt, and to be with child by Alexander Robertson, servant to (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, and that they committed guilt Tuesday after St. Fillan's Market at Strowan, last.

(20th September 1747) Alexander Robertson, servant to Pitagowan, owned guilt with Margaret Shaw. Both made their first appearance before the Congregation.

(27th September 1747) Alexander Robertson, in Pitagowan, made his second appearance before the Congregation.

(4th October 1747) Alexander Robertson, in Pitagowan, made his third appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

23rd August 1747

It was reported that John Robertson snr., in Kilmaveonaig, was seen at an undecent time, under cloud of night, in the haugh above Kilmaveonaig with Janet McGrigore, a widow there. John Cowan, the Session Clerk, was ordered to examine the matter and enquire the occasion of raising such a flagrant noise.

(30th August 1747) John Cowan, the Session Clerk, reported that he had met and discoursed with John Robertson snr., in Kilmaveonaig, who flatly denied that he ever was, in silence of night, in the den above his house with Janet McGrigore. One witness said that she saw the said John Robertson and the said Janet McGrigore a little above Kilmaveonaig, under night, but the burn was between them. Another witness said that Janet McGrigore was not at home that night. The Session concluded that the allegation was groundless and dismissed it.

13th September 1747

Christian Mannich, servant woman to James Robertson in Craig of Clunes, was reported to be with child, and that James Man, servant to the said James Robertson in Craig of Clunes, was father to said child. Both were summoned and James Robertson was ordered to separate them out of his house.

(20th September 1747) James Robertson, servant to James Robertson in Craig of Clunes, voluntarily appeared before the Session and owned guilt with Christian Mannich.

(27th September 1747) James Robertson, in Craig of Clunes, made his second appearance before the Congregation.

(4th October 1747) James Robertson, in Craig of Clunes, made his third appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(25th October 1747) Christian Mannich appeared before the Session and owned guilt of fornication with James Robertson, servant to James Robertson, was seriously rebuked, and ordered to public confession before the Congregation in 20 days time. James Robertson paid his fine, and his party's, which was modified by the Session to 5 Scots if they married, and would be doubled if not.

(7th February 1748) Christian Mannich in Dalinturuaine appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked, and seeing that she and her party were to marry, was dismissed. (James Robertson in Craig of Clunes and Christian Mannich in Dalinturuaine, married 9th February 1748)

Margaret Campbell, servant woman to Croftmore, was said to be with child.

(20th September 1747) The Session enquired if Margaret Campbell, Croftmore's servant woman had been summoned. The Kirk Officer said that she was in child-bed, but would be summoned as soon as her strength and health permitted.

(27th September 1747) Margaret Campbell, servant to Croftmore appeared and fathered the child upon Robert Stewart, Croftmore's youngest son. He was summoned.

(4th October 1747) Robert Stewart, son of Croftmore, appeared before the Session and admitted that he was the father of Margaret Campbell's child, and was rebuked.

(11th October 1747) Margaret Campbell in Croftmore appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and exhorted to repentance.

(18th October 1747) Robert Stewart voluntarily appeared before the Session, was rebuked and his fine and his party's was modified to 7 Scots. He was ordered to appear before the Congregation in 14 days time.

(1st November 1747) Robert Stewart in Croftmore was summoned but did not appear.

(8th November 1747) Robert Stewart in Croftmore was summoned but did not appear.

(15th November 1747) Robert Stewart in Croftmore made his last appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Margaret Campbell, late servant in Croftmore, was rebuked and exhorted to amendment of his life and behaviour and was dismissed.

(13th March 1748) Croftmore paid his son Robert Stewart's and party's fines, modified to 7 Scots as it was before the act of Session was made. The Session gave 6 to their clerk for his wages and 6d to the Kirk Officer for summons. The rest was distributed to the poor, as per list.

20th September 1747

Alexander Gow snr. in Blair, gave in an account of 4s Sterling due to him by the Session, several years ago, for repairing the quire (choir? or possibly the Precenter's seat), repentance stool, seat and bars, which the Session ordered to be paid to him presently.

Katherine Stewart, servant to Robert Mackintosh in Balintoul, a relapse, was said to be with child. Summoned but did not appear.

(27th September 1747) Katherine Stewart, servant to Robert Mackintosh in Balintoul, owned that she was pregnant and fathered he child upon Angus Robertson in Calvine. Stated that they committed guilt a month or 20 days before Lammas last. Angus Robertson was summoned.

(4th October 1747) Angus Robertson in Calvine was summoned, but sent his excuse that he was sick. Katherine Stewart in Balintoul appeared before the Session.

(18th October 1747) Angus Robertson in Calvine and Katherine Stewart were summoned again.

(6th March 1748) Angus Robertson in Calvine appeared before the Congregation for his guilt committed with Katherine Stewart in Kindrochit.

(13th March 1748) Angus Robertson in Calvine made his last appearance before the Congregation for his fornication with Katherine Stewart in Kindrochit, was rebuked, exhorted to repentance and dismissed.

(5th June 1748) Katherine Stewart in Kindrochit appeared before the Session and persisted that she had no (other) father to her child but Angus Robertson in Calvine. He denied her by reason of the months differences. Advice was taken from skilful men and women, and physicians, being an unusal matter. It was referred to the Presbytery of Dunkeld for advice.

(12th June 1748) The Presbytery of Dunkeld said that it would not meddle upon such a point and referred it to the Commissary Court of Dunkeld.

(11th September 1748) Katherine Stewart in Kindrochit made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with Angus Robertson in Calvine.

(25th September 1748) Katherine Stewart made her second appearance before the Congregation.

(4th October 1748) Katherine Stewart in Kindrochit made her third appearance before the Congregation for her guilt committed with Angus Robertson in Calvine.

29th November 1747

The Minister and Elders: John Cowan, George Richie, Donald Fraser, John McLauchlane and Sessioner Alexander Gow, snr. in Blair.

The Minister represented that a flagrant report was going through the country (i.e. parish) of some scandalous behaviour by Patrick Robertson in Kilmaveonaig. viz: Of his having endeavoured to prostitute Ann Gow, his late servant, to Donald Cameron in Fealar, first having decoyed her into a room with said Cameron, left them alone together, and when she had made her escape from Cameron, threatening and abusing her for leaving him, and lastly by searching for her through several houses in Klmaveonaig after she had fled out of his own house and escaped the violence Cameron had been offering her.

Ann Gow and witnesses were examined (and gave testament).

Ann Gow, servant to Donald Robertson at the Mill of Faskalie, aged 20 years or thereabouts, solemnly sworn and purged of malice and partial council stated that:

Upon Tuesday 10th November instant, Donald Cameron, servant to Fintry, came to Patrick Robertson's house in Kilmaveonaig after all his family were in bed and raised said Patrick, her master, who went out with him to the east end of the house, and that Patrick ordered he to raise and make a bed for the said Donald. After she had refused him once and again, after the bed was made, Cameron persuaded her to sit down and take a dram with him, and in a little while, as she thought, Cameron gave a signal to Patrick, upon which he pretended to go and seek Duncan Robertson in Kilmaveonaig, and was about to leave the room. Ann Gow proposed that she should go the errand, which Cameron opposed and Patrick still insisted that he himself should go the errand and returned with her to the room. When she sat down he left her and Cameron together endeavouring to entice her. She ran out of the room and Cameron got hold of her clothes and tore them whilst she was forcing her way. After which she went by her mistress's direction to the backroom where some of the rest of the servants were laying.

She had not been there long when Patrick came and quarrelled her for the leaving the room, where Cameron was, until he came back, and ordered her to come down immediately. She refused. He insisted upon his authority as her master and added some sharp language. Sometime after her refusing to leave the backroom, he called for one of the servants who had been sleeping there, to come out of the room. She followed the said servant and went to the room where her mistress was laying. A little afterwards Patrick came there to his bed and told his wife that Cameron and Ann Gow were together and had been busy 'at the work', after which she made her escape by her mistress's contrivance and assistance, and slept in a neighbour's house the remainder of the night.

Being asked if Patrick had, in any former time, enticed her to bad company, she said he had not. Being further interrogated, she said that Thomas Clark, a slater, was laying in a bed in the same room, after having drunk a great deal, but whether asleep or not, she knew not.

Ann Gow declared that she could not write, but this was the truth as she shall answer to God.

John McPherson, servant to Robert Stewart in Keannaglin (Moulin parish), aged 24 years or thereabouts, solemnly sworn and purged of malice and partial council stated that:

Upon Tuesday 10th November, he heard Patrick Robertson, his then master, calling Ann Gow, the servant lass, out of her bed. Sometime after he heard a noise, came to the door of the east room and saw Ann Gow coming out of the said room and Donald Cameron pulling her back by her clothes. Asked if he had heard Patrick Robertson chide Ann Gow for leaving the room where Donald Cameron was, or desiring her to go down from the backroom where she was laying, he answered that Patrick told her that she did not regard him as her master.

A little while after, his master called him from the backroom to the room where Cameron and his master were together, and told him to ignore a cry. A little while after, Cameron went to the backroom to lay in the bed of the boy, Ann Gow having left with him (John McPherson). Cameron returned very soon and told him that there was villany in the case, and that he would make Patrick Robertson's behaviour stand him 200 merks.

Patrick Robertson and Cameron told him to go and search for Ann Gow in the houses of the town, when they found that she had gone out. A considerable time afterwards Patrick Robertson called him back and said that he had no intention to make his house a bawdy house, and that if Ann Gow committed herself to his care, she would be absolutely safe.

Being further interrogated if he knew Patrick Robertson, at any former time, to have endeavoured to make Ann Gow, or any other servant, a prostitute, he answered he did not. (He swore this to be the truth as he should answer to God and as he said that he could not write, his words were subscribed by the Minister).

Duncan Robertson in Kilmaveonaig, about 30 years of age, said that he knew nothing about the matter (nihil novit in causa). Patrick Kennedy in Balmeanach, about 32 years of age, said likewise.

Janet Campbell in Kilmaveonaig, about 20 years of age, said that upon Tuesday 10th November, after she had risen before day(break) to swingle (scrutch) lint, Ann Gow came to where she and others were swingling, having very few clothes on, and asked for a bed to lie in. Janet Campbell directed her to her mother's house, and said that she neither knew nor asked the reason for Ann Gow to leave her master, Patrick Robertson's house.

Christian Stewart in Kilmaveonaig, about 40 years of age, said that upon Tuesday 10th November, John McPherson, sometime after midnight, had called at her window and asked if Ann Gow was with her, but knew no more of the matter. Janet McGrigore in Kilmaveonaig, about 30 years of age, said much the same, and knew nothing of Patrick Robertson pimping for Donald Cameron.

The Session considered the case to be proven, but it merited only a gentle censure. Patrick Robertson was ordered to pay a crown or receive a public rebuke upon the first Sunday sermon at Blair.

(27th December 1747) Patrick Robertson in Kilmaveonaig made his first public appearance before the Congregation, for attempting to prostitute Ann Gow, his hire woman, to Duncan Cameron, Fintry's servant, being in his option to appear or pay a crown to the poor. Severely exhorted to repentance for the heinousness of the crime, clearly presented. Patrick Robertson was dismissed and did not have to pay the fine as he had appeared.

20th December 1747

The Minister and Elders: (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, John Cowan, George Richie, John Robertson, John McLauchlane, Donald Fraser and Sessioner Alexander Gow.

Neill Graham in Invertilt acknowledged his foul and scandalous attempt to ravish Cecily Stewart in Tombmhuillin (Tomvulin), and said that she provoked him to it, laying a wager that he would not be able to put her legs asunder. Neill Graham was fined half a crown and rebuked. Cecily Stewart was summoned to appear before the Session, Sabbath next.

Elspeth McGrigore in Daleanachie, late servant to Dalvorest, a relapser, was reported to be with child, was summoned but did not appear.

(27th December 1747) Elspeth McGrigore, late servant to Dalvorest, appeared and admitted her guilt, and fathered her child, begotten in fornication on Paul Robertson, servant to Dalvorest. Paul Robertson was summoned to appear in 14 days time, at Blair.

(10th January 1748) Paul Robertson, servant to Dalvorest, appeared and admitted guilt with Elspeth McGrigore, but alledged that he had good reason to believe that another man was equally guilty with her, namely Donald Stewart in Innisdroinich (Inchgrenich) and had witnesses who could prove that Donald Stewart was naked in bed with her. A warrant was granted to summons Donald Stewart and the witnesses for Sabbath next.

(17th January 1748) Donald Stewart in Innisdroinich (Inchgrenich) appeared and acknowledged that he was naked in bed with Elspeth McGrigore, a while of the night alone, but refused that he committed any guilt with her. Paul Robertson, who was present, insisted no further but for a declaration upon Donald Stewart's word of honour. Donald Stewart was fined half a crown, payable st St. Bride's Fair, and failing to pay was liable for a crown fine.

(31st January 1748) Donald Stewart paid half a crown to the Session and was dismissed. From the money, the session paid a shilling to John McGlashan, the miller's son at Kindrochit, who had officiated for a day as Session clerk, when the clerk had been sick with fever. 6d was paid to the Session clerk.

(7th February 1748) Paul Robertson in Tighnacoille was summoned to appear before the Congregation.

(3rd April 1748) Paul Robertson in Tighnacoille made his first appearance for his guilt committed with Elspeth McGrigore in Mualich-more. Paul Robertson paid his fine of 5 Scots, of which 8s was given to the Kirk Officer for summoning witnesses on Paul Robertson's behalf.

(10th April 1748) Paul Robertson in Tighnacoille made has last appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(25th September 1748) The Kirk Officer was instructed to summon Elspeth McGrigore, a relapse, for her fornication with Paul Robertson in Tighnacoille.

(9th April 1749) Elspeth McGrigore in Mualich-more, a relapse, made her first appearance before the Congregation, for her sin of fornication with Paul Robertson in Tighnacoille, and was rebuked.

(16th April 1749) Elspeth McGrigore in Mualich-more, made her second appearance before the Congregation.

(3rd February 1751) Elspeth Robertson, alias McGrigore, presently in Daleanachie paid the remainder of her fine, for her fornication with Paul Robertson in Dalvorest. She was given a testificate of her honesty and fair charater, as was going into service in the low country.

Katharine Mannich in Kirkton of Struan was reported to be with child, and was summoned to appear Sabbath next at Blair.

The Session considered that the youth of this parish were much addicted to vices, especially to the sin of uncleanness, and when they appear before the Session, pleaded poverty, depending upon the favour of some member of the Session, and bringing in friends to interceed for them. "Therefore the Session acts and doth enact that every person, man and woman, that shall after this day and date, being guilty of the sin of fornication, will pay 5 Scots of fine each, without distinction, if they have it in the world, and no favour of friends or any other will lessen it, or alter the Session's resolution". Closed with prayers (as usual).

27th December 1747

The Minister presented a bill accepted by John McLauchlan in Strathgarry of 8 Scots payable to the Session, as Isobel McCoula's legacy (see 14th Jul 1745).

The Session ordered a crown be granted to the Session clerk as part of his wages.

7th February 1748

The Minister reported that, hearing of a flagrant report that Donald Fergusson in Aldandoulaish had attempted to ravish, or at least behaved very undecently with Margaret Frazer in Kirkton of Lude, upon Sabbath last, the 31st January, and understanding that there was positive proof, had ordered the Kirk Officer to summons Donald Fergusson and the following witnesses: Margaret Fraser in Kirkton of Lude; John McLean in Croft of Lude; Jannet McLean, his daughter; Jannet Robertson, spouse to John Forbes in Kirkton of Lude.

Donald Fergusson appeared and acknowledged that he had been wrestling with Margaret Frazer, and had half thrown her into a bed in the house of John Forbes in Kirkton of Lude.

Jannet Robertson aged about 24 years, spouse to John Forbes in Kirkton of Lude, said that Donald Fergusson was in her house with Margaret Frazer upon Sunday 31st January, and that Margaret Frazer began to ask Donald Fergusson if the little man between his legs was troubled with the cold. He replied it was. She then asked if a woman could cure it. He said a woman could. Then Margaret Frazer began to feel his feet and knees, upon which Donald Fergusson threw her over, first onto the floor and then on to a bed. Margaret Frazer made resistance and cried for help. Donald Fergusson spread his plaid over them, and when she (Jannet Robertson) came to her cries, to the relief of Margaret Frazer, she found them in undecent posture with Margaret's clothes up above her knees. Being further questioned Jannet Robertson said that they were in a dark bed (a box bed), but it was hard to force a woman, and Margaret cried for relief and she came to her assistance. Donald Fergusson, after getting out of bed, said to Margaret that he would not be such a stranger to her, as he had been, and made a vow that all the lasses would not come from Glenloch (the summer shielings) as they came the last year. Stated that she could not write.

John McLean aged about 50 years, in Croft (Glebe) of Lude, stated that he came into John Forbes's house and heard Donald Fergusson in a bed, making some noise, but does not remember what was said. Swore that it was the truth as he should answer to God. Stated that he could not write.

Margaret Frazer aged about 40 years, in Kirkton of Lude, stated that she was in the house of John Forbes, that Donald Fergusson was there, and toying with her, flung her into a bed. She struggled against him so that her head and breast were hurt and he took up her clothes in the bed. She cried for relief until Jannet Robertson, the landlady, came and rescued her, and that his plaid was over them while in bed. She said that she suspected that he had a design for her chastity. She further stated that he was not guilty with her, but he was beside her in bed.

Taking the whole affair into consideration, the Session modified Donald Fergusson's fine to 10 Scots and ordered him to appear before the Congregation.

(5th March 1749) Donald Fergusson in Aldandoulaish paid 9 Scots, being the fine due, per protested bill, to the Session for his breach of the Sabbath and attempting to ravish Margaret Frazer, then in Kirkton of Lude.

14th February 1748

The Minister and Elders: Alexander Robertson, (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, James Robertson jnr., Donald McColman, John Robertson and Sessioner Alexander McGlashan.

Alexander McDonald in Dalnamine and James Robertson in Kinaldy appeared before the Session. James Robertson alledged that Alexander McDonald had said some threatening words to his prejudice, by reason of the disappointment he gave him in pursuading Elspeth Robertson, his promised spouse, to forsake him. (Alexander McDonald in Dalnamine and Elspeth Robertson in Bruchriach, marriage retracted 26th January 1748, Blair Atholl OPR).

Witnesses, Duncan Robertson in Athandrai (the pendicle of Andraidh was part of Kindrochit of Struan), Isobel Robertson, servant woman to James Robertson in Auchleeks and Donald Robertson, there, were present or at least heard it. The said riot witnesses were summoned.

(21st February 1748) Alexander McDonald in Dalnamine and James Robertson in Kinaldy appeared, but without the summoned witnesses.

(6th March 1748) Alexander McDonald in Dalnamine and James Robertson in Kinaldy appeared. The Session called Donald Robertson in Mains of Auchleeks and Duncan Robertson in Athandrai, but neither witness appeared. Donald Robertson was ordered to appear before the Minister when he was visiting the school in Glenerrochty, but if he refused to appear that day, the Session was to reckon himself the author and raiser of the feigned story

Janet Robertson in Blair voluntarily appeared before the Session and admitted to be with child which she fathered upon Angus Campbell, later servant to William Mackglashan in Tressait.

(25th September 1748) The Kirk Officer was instructed to summon Janet Robertson in Blair, for her fornication with Angus Campbell, late in Tressait.

(5th February 1749) Janet Robertson, servant to Mrs McGlashan in Blair, paid 3 Scots in part payment of her fine for her sin of fornication with Angus Campbell, late servant to William McGlashan in Tressait. It was given to the Minister in part payment of the balance due at clearing his accounts as Treasurer with the Session, April 4th last.

21st February 1748

John Fergusson senior, in Aldindulaish, appeared for scandalising Elspeth McIntyre, spouse to John McLean in Glebe of Lude. He claimed that some years ago, in John McLean's house, finding Elspeth McIntyre alone and in jesting mood, taking hold of John Fergusson's trews (trousers), pulled it down and tore part of it. He, provoked, thrust her over a stool and alledged that if he had been as willing as he judged her to be, he might have committed guilt with her, but his conscience checked him and he immediately retired.

But after the Session had examined the matter by speaking to men who had heard him express such as recorded, John Fergusson confessed that he had lied, and no grounds to raise such a scandal, asked pardon of the said Elspeth McIntyre and all present, for such a heinous crime. He was rebuked and fined 5 Scots by 1st May next. John Fergusson promised to give in his bill to the Session for keeping good neighbourhood in the future.

John Forbes in Kirkton of Lude and James Frazer in Wester Monzie were cautioners for John McLean. John Fergusson, younger, in Aldandulaish became cautioner for John Fergusson, his father, that neither of them for the future would have no reflections or angry words, under the penalty of 20 Scots each.

9th March 1748

John Scot in Pitcastle, voluntarily appeared before a quorum of the Session and confessed antenuptial fornication with Isobel McKenzie, then in Rinancoillach, now his wife (married Logierait parish 1747). As they had been married before the guilt came to light, both their fines were modified to 5 each, which John Scot paid in cash, and gave in his bill of 20 Scots against their public appearance before 1st May.

(20th March 1748) John Scot in Pitcastle made his appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed. The Session, considering that Isobel McKenzie, his spouse, lay at a great distance for making her appearance before the congregation, compounded with John Scot, her husband, for 4s Sterling, which he paid in cash. A discharge was given on the back of his bill.

13th March 1748

The Minister told the Session that it was liable to pay 1 merk Scots to Blairfettie for the stance of the Charity Schoolhouse at Struan as it was on his property, and had run the span of 9 years, as they thought, unpaid. The Session condescended to pay a crown themselves, and suggested that the Struan people might willingly pay the rest, seeing that they reaped more of the benefits.

(20th March 1748) By Blairfettie's last discharge, presented to the Session, they found themselves due 11 merks Scots, being 11 years unpaid. The Treasurer was ordered to pay Lady Blairfettie the said bygone rents and procure her discharge.

Elspeth McLean, late servant woman to Robert Stewart at the Bridgend of Tilt, appeared, confessed guilt and fathered her child upon her late master, Robert Stewart, who was summoned.

(20th March 1748) Robert Stewart at Bridgend of Tilt appeared before the Sermon and owned guilt with Elspeth McLean, his late hire woman. He was seriously exhorted to repentance and ordered to appear before the Congregation when the Sermon began.

(4th December 1748) The Minister reported that he had sent Alexander Gow, senior, in Blair, to prevail with Robert Stewart at Bridgend of Tilt, to pay his fine for his sin of fornication with Elspeth McLean, his late servant woman. Robert Stewart refused and said that he would answer to the Law.

3rd April 1748

Isobel Robertson, daughter to John Robertson in Kilmaveonaig, was said to be with child, was summoned, but did not appear.

Isobel Robertson in Kilmaveonaig appeared, owned herself pregnant, fathered her child upon John McDonald, son to Angus McDonald in Laggan parish, late student (teacher?) in the school of Blair, and reckoned from the 1st week of August last in which they committed guilt.

The Session ordered that 8 Scots, being his year's wages, be given to the Kirk Officer in advance, by reason of some straits he was in.

John Cowan and the Session clerk were ordered to inspect the Treasurer's accounts.

(4th April 1748 at Tirinie) The Committee of the Session appointed to inspect the accounts of Mr Stewart, Minister of Blair, who had acted as Treasurer since 10th November 1746, found the Session resting (remaining due) to the said Treasurer, a balance of 4 1s 8d Scots, and this in full of all money advanced by him on the Session's account, whither of the 10 Sterling borrowed by Mr Stewart on behalf of the poor in the dearth 1741.

(10th April 1748) The Committee confirmed that a balance of 4 1s 8d Scots was due to the Minister and gave him a discharge for the accounts. The Session appointed Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar and George Richie in Bailinfhuaran as conjunct Treasurers, gave a key to each of them for the Box which would bide always in the Minister's closet at the manse. The money left in the Box was 3 9s Scots, including the day's collection.

(24th April 1748) Robert Stewart in Blairuachdar refused the key of the Box, alledging his insufficiency by reason of old age. The Session appointed John Cowan in Aldclune, which he accepted and was given the key.

24th April 1748

John Robertson younger, in Easter Kilmaveonaig, was summoned at the insistance of Ann McKenzie, an unmarried woman in Rinancoillach, who alledged that he scandalised her by raising a flagrant report that he got of her, what he sought. John Robertson flatly denied that he raised such scandalous tales. As the witnesses called would not appear, John Robertson solemnly swore that he never offered her abuse or any undecent behaviour, with which Ann McKenzie was satisfied.

(22nd May 1748) Ann McKenzie in Rinancoillach desired that the Session publicly intimated her good character, which was granted.

8th May 1748

The Session order a precept drawn upon Neill Kennedy in Croftvikewain for 3s Sterling, as the annual rent (interest) of 3 Sterling due by him at Martinmass last, in favour of Neill Stewart, a poor man in Calvine.

Isobel Stewart relict to the deceased Alexander Robertson, late in Cuiltmhuic, complained to the Session that, since an inquiry made at Struan of the unmarried women and widows of that parish in order to find out the mother of the child lately left exposed, her name had been reported as if she had been lately with child and was the mother of the exposed infant. She desired that the Session might take proper measures to have her reputation cleared. It was agreed that the Minister would intimate, from the pulpit the next Lord's Day, that there was no evidence found against any woman. (The following entry is in the OPR. "1748 An exposed child was left in the window of the Manse, April 13th, baptised 15th, called William.")

(5th February 1749) Alexander Fergusson in Drumnacrich was given 10 merks Scots being the wages due from 13th October 1748 to 13th January 1749 for nursing the exposed child.

(9th April 1749) The Session agreed to settle the foundling child with William McMillan in Ardkincael for the ensuing quarter at 10 merks.

(27th August 1749) Robert Fergusson in Balnald of Blairuachdar was given 10 merks as the board wages for the exposed child.

(22nd October 1749) Robert Fergusson in Balnald was given 3 Scots in part payment of board wages for the foundling.

15th May 1748

A testificate was given to George Caldell younger, in Carrick.

22nd May 1748

A testificate was given to Margaret Stewart, daughter to John Stewart in Blair.

A testificate was given to Christian Fleming, late in Miltown of Kincraigie, who left the parish at Whitsun Day 1744.

29th May 1748

Katherine Mannich in Auchleanie appeared before the Session and fathered her child, born a few days before the 1st May last, upon James Robertson, late servant to John McPherson in Dalnacardoch. (This probably is the same as Katherine Mannich in Kirkton of Struan mentioned in the Session minutes, 20th December 1747)

A testificate was given to Donald Cameron, in Dalinturuaine, who was going in quest of stolen horses, of his being a habile (truthful) witness before any judge competent.

5th June 1748

A testificate was given to Elspeth McDonald, daughter to Donald McDonald in Breakach (of Lude), who left the parish 6 years ago.

A testificate was given to Elspeth McGlashan in Blairuachdar.

Duncan Robertson in Balinfhuarain complained that a flagrant report was raised upon him and Janet McFarlane, spouse to Donald Frazer in Blair, of their undecent intimacy. The report raiser was summoned.

Duncan Robertson in Balinfhuarain appeared and gave an execution against Ann Anderson, spouse to John Gray in Toldamh, for raising scandalous reports upon him. Janet McFarlane, spouse to Donald Frazer in Blair, also Janet Taus, spouse to Angus Stewart in Neither Drumnacrich, also Elspeth Richie, spouse to Alexander Fergusson in Neither Drumnacrich were called as witneses upon oath of the said Ann Anderson's uttering such words to their disgrace. Ann Anderson appeared and admitted that she had expressed such-like words, but groundlessly, had lied, and asked pardon for scandalising them. Upon that Duncan Robertson was satisfied, and they both promised to keep good correspondence for the future.

12th June 1748

John Robertson in Bridgend of Tilt and Jean Rattarie in Glengynate voluntarily appeared and owned that they were married, and presented their marriage lines, upon which the Minister declared them married persons.

(10th July 1748) The Minister reported that he had summoned John Robertson, merchant in Bridgend of Tilt, before the Sheriff of Perth in order to get him fined for a clandestine marriage, but that procurator had written to say that John Robertson had presented a certificate of his being proclaimed in terms of law. The Session clerk, being asked if he had granted such a certificate, owned that he had certified his being proclaimed thrice, but he had not mentioned in the certificate the objection that lay against his wife, namely that no account was got of the death of her former husband. The Session considered that the clerk had behave irregularly and contrary to their orders, fined him a crown and warned him not to repeat the offence, or lose office.

31st July 1748

John Mackintyre in Riemoraig appeared before the Session for his antenuptial fornication with Janet McDonald his wife. He was rebuked and dismissed. (Their daughter Isobel was born 29th July 1748)

14th August 1748

Christian Robertson, servant woman to John Duff in Dalnamine was reported to be with child, and was summoned.

(18th September 1748) Christian Robertson, servant woman to John Duff in Dalnamine, voluntarily appeared and gave up Lauchlan Duff, her master's son, as father to her child, and said that they committed guilt at Andersmass term, last.

(13th November 1748) Lauchlan Duff in Dalnamine made his first appearance before the Congregation.

(29th November 1748) Christian Robertson in Dalnamine made her first appearance for her sin of fornication with Lauchlan Duff.

(12th February 1749) Lauchlan Duff in Dalnamine was ordered to appear before the Congregation at Struan, Sabbath next, for his crime.

(19th February 1749) Lauchlan Duff in Dalnamine made his second appearance, for his guilt with Christian Robertson, there. He was rebuked and gave in his bill of 20 Scots, payable at Whit Sunday next.

(24th December 1749) Lauchlan Duff in Dalnamine paid 8s Sterling of his fine.

28th August 1748

Grissel Tossich (McIntosh) in Dalinrich was reported to be with child, and was summoned.

(18th September 1748) James Robertson jnr. (the Church Elder) was ordered to advise Grissel McIntosh in Dalinrich to appear before the Session.

(29th November 1748) Grissel Tossich in Dalinrich appeared, and owned herself to be pregnant, and fathered her spurious child upon John Campbell, late servant to John McPherson in Dalnacardoch, and said that they committed guilt summer last.

(12th March 1749) John Campbell, a relapse in Dalchunie, late in Dalnacardoch, appeared before the Session, owned guilt with Grissel Tossich in Dalinrich, was seriously exhorted to repentance, and ordered to appear before the Congregation, which he did the same day.

(30th July 1749) John Campbell, in Dalnacardoch, late in Dalchuinie, appeared before the Congregation for the second time, for his fornication with Grissel Tossich in Dalinrich.

(15th October 1749) John Campbell, a relapse in Dalnacardoch, had his fine modified to 7 10s Scots. Grissel Tossich in Dalinrich had her fine modified to 5 Scots. Both to be paid in 20 days time.

(12th November 1749) John Campbell, appeared before the Congregation for the third time and was ordered to appear a fourth time as he was a relapse. He paid both fines, modified to 12 Scots. Half a crown (2s 6d) of John Campbell's fine was left in Pitagowan's hands (as the Collection Box had been broken into).

18th September 1748

Elspeth McFarlane was reputed to be with child and was summoned. She appeared, owned guilt and gave up Alexander McGillivie, younger, in Blairfettie as its father, and that they committed guilt 5 weeks before Beltane last.

(16th October 1748) Alexander McGillivie, younger, in Blairfettie appeared before the Session and owned himself guilty of fornication with Elspeth McFarlane in Blairfettie, his accuser. He paid his fine of 5 Scots and was given a discharge.

(29th November 1748) Alexander McGillivie, younger, in Blairfettie made his first public appearance before the Congregation.

(4th December 1748) Alexander McGillivie, younger, in Blairfettie made his second appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(29th January 1749) Elspeth McFarlane in Blairfettie made her first appearance before the Congregation for her fornication with Alexander McGillivie younger, in Blairfettie, and was rebuked. The Session, by reason that they married (2nd January 1749), exacted no fine of her.

25th September 1748

The Kirk Officer was instructed to summon Charles Robertson, son to Duncan Robertson in Easter Monzie, for his fornication with Janet Frazer, there.

(4th October 1748) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie acknowledged his guilt, appeared before the Congregation, and was rebuked. Janet Frazer appeared before the Session and was questioned, but could give no positive answer as to when they had committed guilt.

(30th October 1748) Charles Robertson in Easter Monzie made his last appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and paid his own and his party's fines, amounting to 10 Scots, and was dismissed.

4th October 1748

The Minister and Elders: (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan, John Cowan, John Robertson, George Richie, John McLauchlane, and Donald Fraser.

A testificate was given to Margaret McGlashan in Wester Invervack, who had served out of the parish from Martinmass to Whitsunday last.

16th October 1748

Donald Robertson of Pitagowan, Kirk Treasurer of Strowan gave in his accounts, charges and discharges, before the Session since 31st August 1746 until 18th September 1748, the said day's collection included.

The Session appointed a committee of Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy and Duncan Robertson in Dalnamine, to carefully revise and examine the same.

23rd October 1748

The Minister presented the Clerk's discharges for 4 10s Scots for their meetings: at Perth, 13th October 1747; at Stirling, 12th April 1748; and at Perth, 12th October 1748. Also the Presbytery Clerk's discharge from October 1747 to Octobet 1748 for 3s Sterling.

A testificate was given to Thomas Brunton and William Brunton in Jedburgh, masons(?) presently in Blair.

13th November 1748

John Kennedy and Paul McDonald, tenants in Tomintianda, charged with a breach of the Sabbath upon 18th September last, appeared before the Session and owned that they had quarrelled about some of their own, and Tulloch's lint that was blown together by a violent win, which swept all out of its place. Both were ordered to reappear with witnesses.

(29th November 1748) John Kennedy and Paul McDonald in Tomintianda did not appear before the Session. John Stewart in Balnabodach became cautioner for John Kennedy to appear Sabbath next, against a penalty of 10 Scots. John Stewart was ordered to acquaint both to appear.

(4th December 1748) John Kennedy and Paul McDonald appeared but without their witnesses. They were told to appear again, with their witnesses.

(11th December 1748) John Kennedy and Paul McDonald appeared yet again but still without their witnesses. The witnesses were ordered to appear.

(8th January 1749) John Kennedy and Paul McDonald appeared. Having reasoned and disputed along lines to no purpose, the witnesses were called: Patrick Robertson in Ballachastail (Balcastle), aged 20 years or thereabouts, said that he saw the two men struggling with each other on the ground, but did not observe which was more to blame. Margaret McDonald in Croftandoulaish (Croftdouglas) aged 28 years or thereabouts, married (to Donald Stewart), said the same. John McLauchlane in Tighnabruach, aged 23 years or thereabouts, said the same.

The Session fined each tenant a crown for breach of the Sabbath and they were ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(19th February 1749) John Kennedy in Tomintianda appeared before the Congregation for his breach of the Sabbath, was rebuked and dismissed. The Session modified his fine to half a crown. Paul McDonald in Tomintianda did not appear.

(12th March 1749) Paul McDonald appeared before the Congregation and was rebuked.

29th November 1748

The Session, in order to keep their Session rolls of baptism in regulation, ordered the Session Clerk to insert each baptism, whether they paid or not, and have recourse to Law to effect payment. The Elders were ordered to compare the baptisms in their districts with the baptismal roll.

Alexander Stewart in Knockgarry, manager to Bonskeid, paid 22s 6d Sterling to the Session for the annual rent (interest) on the principal sum of 23 16s Scots, due by Bonskeid, per bill, since Martinmass 1736. Moreover he paid the odd 16s of the principal, and renewed Bonskeid's bill for 24 3s Scots, payable at Martinmass 1749.

4th December 1748

Marjory Whittack in Blair was suspected of being pregnant, and was summoned.

(1st January 1749) Marjory Whittack was summoned but did not appear.

(15th January 1749) Marjory Whittack appeared, owned herself pregnant, and fathered her child upon Robert Herring, a bombardier in His Majesty's train of artillary in Perth, and that they committed guilt between 1st and 15th of May last.
(This is odd as the parish baptismal register records the father as James Walker, merchant in Perth, 7th February 1749).

(19th March 1749) The Minister presented a line from Mr Black, minister of Perth, in answer to his letter anent Marjory Whittack, wherein he wrote the Kirk Session of Perth's consent, desiring the said Marjory Whittack to satisfy Church Discipline and pay her penalty for use of the poor of Blair parish where she resided.

(9th April 1749) Marjory Whittack was summoned but did not appear.

(18th June 1749) Marjory Whittack in Blairuachdar was ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(23rd July 1749) Marjory Whittack in Blairuachdar was ordered to appear before the Congregation for her guilt with Robert Herring a soldier in His Majesty's train of artillary, lying that year at Perth.

(30th July 1749) Marjory Whittack in Blair appeared before the Congregation for the first time, and was rebuked.

(19th November 1749) Marjory Whittack in Nether Drumnacrich appeared before the Congregation a second time, was rebuked and discharged. Her uncle, George Moon in Blairuachdar, as cautioner paid her fine of 5 Scots.

Elizabeth Stewart in Kindrochit was suspected of being pregnant, and was summoned.

(1st January 1749) Elizabeth Stewart was summoned but did not appear.

(15th January 1749) Elizabeth Stewart in Kindrochit appeared, owned guilt, and gave up James Menzies in Woodend as the father of her child, and said that they committed guilt in Sir Patrick Murray of Auchtertyre's house in Monzievaird parish.

11th December 1748

The Session ordered a precept to be drawn in favour of Grissell Stewart in Raondou (Rindow), upon Alexander Stewart in Glaicneid for 2 merks, as the annual rent (interest) of 50 merks Scots due by Patrick Stewart of Invervack to the Session at Martinmass last, by bond. (Patrick Stewart of Easter Invervack was involved in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, surrendered, and was pardoned on condition that he enlisted. Patrick McGlashan of Lambtown acted as his Factor during his enforced absence).

8th January 1749

The Session allowed a crown (out of the fines of John Kennedy and Paul McDonald) to the Kirk Officer, in part payment of his wages.

15th January 1749

Isobel Robertson, servant woman to Alexander Gow senior, in Blair, was reported to be with child and was summoned.

(22nd January 1749) Isobel Robertson, servant woman to Alexander Gow senior, in Blair, appeared, owned herself to be pregnant, and fathered her child on Charles Gow, son of the said Alexander Gow. Charles Gow appeared and confessed his guilt.

(9th April 1749) Charles Gow in Blair made his first appearance, for his sin committed with Isobel Robertson in Croftcrombie, and was rebuked.

(23rd April 1749) Charles Gow in Blair made his second appearance before the Congregation and was rebuked.

(30th April 1749) Charles Gow in Blair appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(25th June 1749) Alexander Robertson in Cuiltalosgin-beg gave in his bill of 10 Scots, payable 1st October current, in case Isobel Robertson, Charles Gow's party in fornication, did not appear before the Congregation.

(16th July 1749) Alexander Gow senior, in Blair, paid the fine on behalf of Charles Gow, his son, and Isobel Robertson, the said Charles Gow's party.

29th January 1749

A proposal was made to the Session to admit Alexander Cameron, late Kirk Officer, to replace the current Kirk Officer, Duncan Robertson and the Session concurred.

(5th February 1749) Alexander Cameron was admitted Kirk Officer by the consent of Session and Duncan Robertson demitted office. The Session gave him 3 Scots, which cleared all his wages since his intromission (31st May 1747).

13th February 1749

The Session Clerk brought in his charge of 11 1s 6d Scots, due to him preceeding the 1st September last, for officiating as Session Clerk. He also presented the Records of Session, begun 6th May 1741 by Mr Neill Stewart and since continued to the 1st September 1748 (in which there were upward of 40 sederunts), during the officiating of Mr James Murray to 22nd November 1741 and thereafter during the said Mr Neill Stewart and Robert Stewart, Kirk Officers officiating as Session Clerk, and connecting it to his own minutes with pains and trouble, which the Session valued at a crown, and seeing that the Session Clerk was by inadvertency brought under censure for behaving irregularly and contrary to their orders, was fined a crown. So the Session made the one counter-balance the others, and paid him in his own hand.

28th February 1749

The Minister reported that the Plea pursued by the Session, in order to recover payment (anent Donald McKenzie's bill) against the McKenzies was referred to Balnakeillie and Balledmund, to which the Session concurred.

The Session elected Donald Robertson of Pitagowan as Elder to attend the Presbytery Meeting at Blair against 28th February current, and subsequent meetings for the ensuing half year, and to vote in all matters brought before them.

Margaret Campbell in Tombnaculack, a relapse, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(5th March 1749) Margaret Campbell, a relapse, for present at Tombnaculack, appeared before the Session, owned guilt, and gave up John Robertson, son of Kincraigie, as father of her child. John Robertson was summoned.

(29th March 1749) John Robertson, son of Kincraigie, appeared before the Session, owned guilt, was rebuked, and was ordered to appear before the Congregation.

(9th April 1749) John Robertson in Croftcrombie made his first appearance before the Congregation, for his guilt committed with Margaret Campbell in Tombnaculack.

(16th April 1749) John Robertson in Croftcrombie made his second appearance before the Congregation, and was rebuked.

(30th April 1749) John Robertson in Croftcrombie appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

5th March 1749

Ann Stewart in Kindrochit appeared before the Session, owned guilt, and fathered the child upon the Honourable Mr John Murray, son to the Honourable Lord George Murray, and that they committed guilt at Dunkeld.

The Session Clerk received 6 Scots in part payment of his wages due, preceeding 1st September last.

12th March 1749

..... McIntosh gave in his bill for 50 merks Scots, payable 24th June next (Donald Cameron in Dalnamine being conjunct with him) for his and his party's fine.

A precept was drawn upon Alexander Stewart in Knochgharie (Knockgarry) on behalf of Patrick Robertson in Croftcarnach for 2 merks Scots, in part payment of the annual rent (interest) due by Bonskeid to the Session at Martinmass last.

John Duff and Donald McDonald, tenants in Dalnamine, were ordered to be summoned.

19th March 1749

Alexander McDonald in Dalnamine gave 1s Sterling to the poor as fine for booking himself with Kathrine Robertson, daughter to Donald Robertson in Mealdoulash, against the Acts of Session, made for that purpose, Saturday evening, for furthering his proclaimation and consigned another 1s Sterling to the Session (married 6th April 1749).

26th March 1749

James Gow in Raondou got a precept on behalf of Grissel Stewart, his mother-in-law, upon Patrick McGlashan of Lambtown, as Factor for Patrick Stewart of Invervack, for 4 years annual rent (interest) of a sum of 50 merks Scots, due by the said Patrick Stewart, per bond, to the Minister and Session of Blair Athole, commencing from Martinmass 1744 to Martinmass 1748 as by his precept. (see 11th December 1748).

A testificate was given to Janet McLauchlane in Aldclune, who left the parish about 1st January 1748.

2nd April 1749

The Session ordered a precept to be given to Neil Stewart in Calvine, drawn upon Neil Kennedy in Croftvickewan for 3s Sterling, being the annual rent (interest) of 3 Sterling due by him to the Session at Martinmass last, 1748. (see 8th May 1748)

30th April 1749

John Robertson senior, in Kilmaveonaig, being summoned for breach of the Sabbath, appeared and owned that he went Sunday evening April 23rd to view about the town, and found his neighbour's swine in his sown land. Seeing the damage done he pursued them, in a passion, to his neighbour's door and killed one of them there, with a little fork he had in his hand. The Session, hearing his confession, carried the matter over to the next Session meeting.

(4th May 1749) After considering the heniousness of his crime in breach of the Sabbath fined John Robertson senior, in Kilmaveonaig, 5 Scots for the use of the poor and ordered him to appear before the Congregation.

(18th June 1749) John Robertson senior, in Kilmaveonaig, was ordered him to appear before the Congregation.

(25th June 1749) John Robertson senior, in Kilmaveonaig, gave in his bill of 12 Scots payable Martinmass next.

21st May 1749

The Presbytery Officer received 1s Sterling, being his yearly wages due the preceeding Candlemass last.

4th May 1749

John Robertson in Wester Baluaine appeared before the Session and was questioned as to whether he had made charms on the cow belonging to John Tossich in Wester Monzie. He claimed that a witch in the Town's end did harm to the cow and that he never uttered such words. John Tossich was summoned.

Elspeth Kennedy, daughter to Malcolm Kennedy in Bochonie, who had left the parish December last, appeared and denied that she had been pregnant when she left the parish. Skillful women were consulted and they found no evidence that she had lately brought forth a child. She had been in Colleraish in Badenoch, and the Session told her to get the Minister's attestion of her behaviour whilst she was there.

28th May 1749

A testificate was given to Beatrice Stewart, daughter to Inverslanie, and for Margaret, Marjory and Isabel McKenzies his good daughters, who came to the parish in September 1744, from Badenoch, with their mother, Inverslanie's wife.

11th June 1749

A testificate was given to Alexander McGlashan, son to John McGlashan in Clune-beg, who had resided in the parish about 12 years, with a fair character.

18th June 1749

A certificate was given to Donald Stewart and James Stewart in Wester Baluaine, who were going to Strathbogie to enquire about the effects of their brother Malcolm Stewart who had recently died at Brae in that (part of the) country.

25th June 1749

A testificate was given to John Robertson son of John Robertson in Breakach.

A testificate was given to Alexander Forbes in Haugh of Invervack.

9th July 1749

A testificate was given to Isabel Grant in Grennich, who left the parish Martinmass 1746.

Margaret Stewart, servant woman to James Robertson younger, in Kilmaveonaig, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(11th July 1749) Margaret Stewart appeared before the Session and fathered her child on John Stewart, shoemaker in Kilmaveonaig. He was summoned and owned guilt with her, market night of St Bride's last. John Robertson senior, in Kilmaveonaig, became his cautioner for 15 Scots payable 13th November next, for John Stewart and his party.

(8th October 1749) John Stewart in Kilmaveonaig made his first appeareance before the Congregation for his fornication with Margaret Stewart, there.

(15th October 1749) John Stewart in Kilmaveonaig made his second appeareance before the Congregation.

(22nd October 1749) John Stewart in Kilmaveonaig made his last appeareance before the Congregation.

(31st December 1749) John Stewart in Kilmaveonaig paid 5 Scots in part payment of his bill for his fornication with Margaret Stewart there, of which 4 Scots was given to the Session Clerk in part payment of his salary.

(10th February 1751) Margaret Stewart in Kindrochit appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Stewart in Kilmaveonaig, and was rebuked.

(10th March 1751) John Stewart in Kilmaveonaig paid the remainder of his bill of 5 Scots for his party's fine.

Kathrine Mannich in Wester Blairfettie, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(15th October 1749) Kathrine Mannich in Wester Blairfettie appeared, owned guilt and fathered her child upon Patrick Robertson in Aonach of Auchleeks.

(12th November 1749) Patrick Robertson in Aonach of Auchleeks appeared and acknowledged himself as father to the child of Kathrine Mannich in Wester Blairfettie.

(3rd December 1749) Patrick Robertson in Aonach of Auchleeks made his first appeareance before the Congregation, and gave in his bill of 10 Scots.

(10th December 1749) Patrick Robertson in Aonach of Auchleeks appeared before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(14th October 1750) Patrick Robertson in Aonach of Auchleeks paid 5 Scots, being his share of a fine incurred for his fornication with Kathrine Mannich in Blairfettie, and got up his bill (had his promissary note returned). The fine was lodge in the hands of (Donald Robertson) of Pitagowan, the Treasurer.

16th July 1749

Margaret Shaw in Woodsheal, a relapse, appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with Alexander Robertson in Pitagowan, and was rebuked.

(14th January 1750) Elspeth Shaw (sic) in Clunes appeared before the Session and had her fine modified to a crown, by reason of her poverty and her duty towards her poor distressed father, for her sin of fornication with Alexander Robertson, servant to (Donald Robertson of) Pitagowan.

A testificate was given to George Moon in Carrick.

A testificate was given to Donald McLaren, waulker, in Bridge of Tilt.

23rd July 1749

Patrick Stewart in Dalginross, declared that some cloth of his, that Donald McLaren, waulker at Kindrochit, had been working for him, had come back to his house with the end cut off. He wanted it recorded that he did not think that Donald McLaren was to blame in any way.

30th July 1749

A testificate was given to Robert Robertson, tailor in Wester Craggan.

Elspeth Robertson, alias Deor in Bochonie, was fined for her fornication with Robert McGilliwie, a tenant there. She was rebuked.

(24th December 1749) Elspeth Deor in Bochonie made her second appearancce before the Congregation.

20th August 1749

The Session, having sent for the box, lodged in the Minister's room, reserved by him, in the Manse, found it broken up while the Minister had been staying at Tirinie. It was strictly inspected by the Session who found only 1 13s 3d Scots, left of all the money, and some bills and receipts dues to the poor. The money and the two collections of the day (1 17s 9d Scots) was put into the hands of Alexander Gow in Blair.

27th August 1749

A testificate was given to Elspeth Fergusson, daughter to John Fergusson, late in Pitaldonich, who left the parish 7 years ago.

The Minister produced a letter from Mr Fergusson, Minister of Moulin, desiring Wiliam Stewart, Kirk Officer of Moulin, to summon Patrick McIntosh in Tirinie to answer some scandal he stood accused of. A warrant was granted.

3rd September 1749

A testificate was given to John Robertson, tinkler in Achinruie.

8th October 1749

The Session chose Alexander Robertson in Kinaldy, one of their number, to be the Ruling Elder at the provincial Synod at Perth.

15th October 1749

James Robertson, servant to Pitagowan, George Stewart in Pitagowan, and Alexander Forbes in Sean-bhaile of Calvine were reported for breach of the Sabbath. They were summoned, along with witnesses.

22nd October 1749

Alexander Gow gave in the collection, lodged in his hands.

The Minister presented the Synod's discharge of 3 Scots for April and October 1749 year and preceeding, which the Minister had advanced at Perth, and for which he was reimbursed.

Dougal Carmichael in Glaickclaimh was given half a crown (2s 6d) to help to defray his wife's funeral charges.

5th November 1749

A testificate was given to John Gray and Ann Anderson, his wife, lately in Toldamph.

Kathrine Robertson in Daleanachie, servant to Patrick McGrigore there, was said to be with child and was summoned.

(10th December 1749) Duncan Cameron, in Daleanachie voluntarily appeared and fathered the spurious child of Kathrine Robertson there.

(11th December 1749 at Kindrochit) Kathrine Robertson, late in Daleanachie, appeared and owned her guilt and preganancy, and gave up Duncan Cameron in Daleanachie as father of her child. Duncan Cameron, being present, owned the same.

(7th January 1750) Duncan Cameron, in Daleanachie made his first appearance before the Congregation with Kathrine Robertson in Toldunie, and was rebuked.

12th November 1749

Angus Mannoch and Christian Mannoch, (sic) both in Trinafour, were accused of fornication and were summoned.

(3rd December 1749) Janet McDonald, alias Mannoch, in Trinafour owned guilt and gave up Angus Mannoch in Trinafour as father of her child. He acknowledged his guilt.

(4th February 1750) Angus Mannoch in Trinafour made his first appearance before the Congregation, for his fornication with Christian Mannoch, and was rebuked.

(25th March 1750) Angus Mannoch in Trinafour made his second appearance, was rebuked, exhorted to repentance and paid 6s Sterling in part payment of his fine.

(23rd December 1750) The Session empowered John Robertson in Trinafour, Elder, to get up from Angus Mannoch there, 1 8s Scots, being the remainder of his fine of fornication committed with Angus Mannoch, there, and to give it to the poorest objects in his district, and to get up an exact list of their names for the Session minutes.

(3rd February 1751) John Robertson in Trinafour reported that he had got the remainder of Angus Mannoch's fine, and gave it to the poorest objects, as per list.

A testificate was given to Christian Robertson in Kinaldy, who had left the parish 5 years before.

The Minister presented the Presbytery Clerk's discharge of 3s Sterling, for October 1748-9, which he had advanced at Dunkeld, and which was reimbursed by the Session.

19th November 1749

Duncan Robertson in Easter Monzie was summoned and said that he was present when John McIntosh in Tombamhuillin (Tomvulin) wrote the names of several of his neighbours upon pieces of paper, it being Sunday, to find out who had stolen some shirts from him. He saw the names put into water. (This seems to have been a superstition that the name of the guilty party would float, being rejected by the water). John McIntosh was fined a crown.

Pitagowan gave in 6s Sterling, the Struan collection. 5 8s 5d Scots was lodged in the Minister's hands, and 2s Sterling was borrowed from Pitagowan.

The Session ordered the Minister to employ a procurator at Dunkeld, in case James Frazer in Wester Monzie should be brought to any trouble for his confession before them, concerning Elspeth McLauchlane's process. (see 11th March 1750)

A testificate was given to John McGlashan in Kindrochit of Struan, who left the parish at Martinmass last.

26th November 1749

The Minister paid down the 5 8s 5d Scots lodged in his hands.

Janet McCollie, servant woman to Alexander Gow in Blair, was reported to be with child, and was summoned.

(10th December 1749) Janet McCollie in Clunes appeared, and gave up Donald Forbes in Auchghoul, servant to John Forbes there, as the father of her child.

(17th December 1749) Donald Forbes, servant to John Forbes in Auchghoul, appeared and owned guilt with Janet McCollie, late servant to Alexander Gow in Croftcrombie, and that he committed guilt with her twenty days before Lammass last and fourteen days thereafter. Both parties agreed on this time. Donald Forbes was ordered to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next, at Struan, and she at Blair.

(31st December 1749) Janet McCollie made her first appearance before the Congregation, and was rebuked.

(7th January 1750) Janet McCollie in Blair made her second appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and dismissed.

(11th March 1750) Donald Forbes in Auchghoul paid 5 Scots of his fine, which was given to the Kirk Officer as part payment of his wages.

(22nd April 1750) John Forbes in Auchghoul, became cautioner to the Session for 5 Scots which his servant Donald Forbes was due to them for Janet McCollie's fine.

3rd December 1749

Christian McDonald, alias Carkich, in Dalinriach was said to be with child.

(24th December 1749) Christian McDonald, alias Carkich, in Dalinriach was summoned and appeared, owned guilt and gave up Donald Robertson in Kindrochit as father of her child. They had listed themselves in the Session Records to be proclaimed in order to marrriage, December 8th last.

Patrick Robertson in Calvine appeared and objected against the said Donald Robertson as having married a woman in the late Rebel army, and put a stop to his proclaimation with Christian McDonald, and offered to verify the same by witnesses. The following versions, being called were legally examined:

James Robertson in Auchleanie, aged 40 years or thereby, sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed that he saw the said Donald Robertson come out of Edinburgh, and a woman along with him, and heard them say that they had been married, and saw them bedded that night in a barn at Duddingstown (Duddingston). Asked if Florence, as they called her, was in life, deponed that he did not know, but that he heard them say that she followed them to Glasgow. Being asked if he saw them together afterwards, deponed that he did not see them bed together, but saw them travail together, and swore that this was the truth as he shall answer to God. Declared that he could not write (deposition scribed for him).

Alexander Robertson in Mains of Blairfettie, aged 40 years or thereby, sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed that he heard it reported that Donald Robertson and Florence were married persons, and swore that this was the truth as he shall answer to God.

Angus Robertson in Calvine, aged 27 years or thereby, sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed that he saw the said Donald Robertson and Florence travail together as a married couple, and to the best of his remembrance heard Donald Robertson say that he was married to her, though he cannot positively depone that he said so, and swore that this was the truth as he shall answer to God.

John Robertson in Bruchriach, aged 43 years or thereby, sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed that Donald Robertson and Florence were reported and spoken of, as married persons in the Regiment, and saw them sometimes travail together and heard that they had a wedding in Edinburgh, and swore that this was the truth as he shall answer to God.

Lauchlane Duff in Dalnamine, aged 27 years or thereby, sworn and purged of malice and partial council deponed the same, except that he did not hear of their wedding in Edinburgh, and swore that this was the truth as he shall answer to God.

The Session ordered further witnesses, Donald Forbes in Achmark-more, Alexander McGillivie in Easter Blairfettie, and Donald Robertson in Tordow to appear Sabbath next.

(7th January 1750) Donald Forbes in Achmark-more, aged 43 years or thereby, deponed that he saw Donald Robertson in Kindrochit and a woman called Florence McNab travail frequently together and heard Donald Robertson say that they had been married upon a night in Duddingstown, said in the company of James Robertson in Achleanie, and had invited him and James Robertson and others to drink with him in way of a wedding. Asked if he saw them in bed together, deponed that he could not remember. Asked if he was told that they were married in the said woman's presence, deponed that he did not.

(9th January 1750) Alexander McGillivie in Easter Blairfettie, aged 27 years or thereby, deponed that he saw Donald Robertson and the woman called Florence McNab bedded at Duddingstown together in a tent, and that this woman was commonly called the said Donald Robertson's wife. He was naked but the woman had on her clothes. She did not follow him and he did not go after her.

Donald Robertson in Tordow, aged 25 years or thereby, said nothing to add to the case.

(25th February 1750) Verdict: Although persons said that they were married and two had witnessed them bedded at different times, it appeared that the said woman kept him company for only 5 or 6 weeks, and had not adhered to him for 4 years past. Donald Robertson declared to Officers that they were never married, and only gave out their being married to remove any suspicion that might arise from their too great an intimacy together. The Session repelled the objection so that Donald Robertson and Christian McDonald might marry.

(Donald Robertson in Kindrochit and Christian Donaldson in Dalinriach, married 1 Mar 1750).

Janet McFarland, servant woman to John McPherson in Dalnacardoch, was reported to be with child, and was summoned.

(11th February 1750) The Minister reported that while catechising at Dalnacardoch, John Campbell there, and Janet McFarland, late in Dalnamine, trilapses, voluntarily compared and owned themselves guilty of the sin of fornication.

(25th March 1750) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch voluntarily appeared and owned himself the father of a child lately brought forth by Janet McFarland in Dalnamine. Being a trilapse he was ordered to the Presbytery of Dunkeld. John Campbell humbly desired the Session to consider that he was in service, and that it was a most unfit time to go there in the labouring time (ploughing) and begged for a delay, which was granted. The Session was given a conjunct bill, from him and John Duff in Dalnamine, for 40 Scots payable at Whitsunday next.

(16th December 1750) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch, guilty as trilapse in fornication, formerly referred to the Presbytery of Dunkeld for censure, had not yet been summoned on account of an excuse, but as the Presbytery was to meet at Blair on 19th current, his former excuse could no longer be a hindrance to him. Janet McFarland, guilty of trilapse in fornication, was also referred to said meeting.

(23rd December 1750) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch, having appeared before the Presbytery of Dunkeld, was ordered to appear before the Congregation, Sabbath next.

(30th December 1750) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch made his first appearance before the Congregation, was rebuked and seriously exhorted to repentance.

(6th January 1751) John Campbell the trilapse in Dalnacardoch made his second appearance before the Congregation. (13th January 1751) John Campbell made his third appearance, was rebuked, ordered to provide his fine in a few days and to continue his appearances.

(3rd February 1751) John Campbell the trilapse appeared for the fourth time, was rebuked and ordered to continue to appear.

(10th February 1751) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch appeared for the fifth time and was ordered to continue to appear.

(24th February 1751) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch appeared for the sixth time, was rebuked and ordered to continue to appear.

(3rd March 1751) John Campbell in Dalnacardoch paid 9 Scots of his fine.

(31st March 1751) Janet McFarland, a relapse in Dalnamine, appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Campbell in Dalnacardoch.

(14th April 1751) Janet McFarland, a trilapse in Dalnamine, appeared before the Congregation for her fornication with John Campbell in Dalnacardoch.

(28th April 1751) Janet McFarland in Dalnamine appeared before the Congregation for her trilapse in fornication with John Campbell in Dalnacardoch, and was rebuked.

(5th May 1751) Janet McFarland in Dalnamine appeared for her trilapse in fornication with John Campbell in Dalnacardoch, and was rebuked.

(12th May 1751) Janet McFarland in Dalnamine appeared for her trilapse in fornication and was rebuked.

After the distribution, 14s 5d Scots was left in the hands of Pitagowan.

10th December 1749

2s 9d Scots was left in the hands of Donald Fraser, Church Elder.

Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes, 1750-51

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