Craig (Angus)

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Parish number 280

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The parishes of Inchbraoch and Dunninald were united to form the new parish of Craig in 1618.

The lands of Dunninald were granted to Restenneth Priory, a cell of the Augustinian abbey of Jedburgh, by Malcolm IV "the Maiden"; the first lay proprietor of Dunninald was Andrew Gray, who received a feu charter from Jedburgh Abbey in 1539.

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


NLSNational Library of Scotland
NRSNational Records of Scotland, formerly called the National Archives of Scotland [NAS] and, before that, the Scottish Record Office [SRO]
HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY (Tel: +44-131-535-1314)
OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles

Photo-books - old photographs of Ferryden


Statistical accounts of Craig


Maps of Craig

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


Photographs of places Ferryden - recent photographs of Ferryden. National Grid ref. NO7156. Usan - recent photographs of Usan. National Grid ref. NO7255. Boddin, etc. - recent photographs of Boddin, Elephant Rock, St Skae's. National Grid ref. NO7153.

Rossie Castle - demolished.


Local societies


Craig parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO703558. Built 1799 by Henrietta Parish or Ross; now a private house.

Craig Parish Church   Craig parish church in 1950s

Above, left: the former kirk in 2011; right: the kirk in the early 1950s

A better recent photo


Parish ministers 1560-1970

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

Richard Melville1562?-1567?adm. 1562, also having Maryton in the charge; vicar 1562-3; removed to Maryton bef. 1567
John Melville1562bro. of above; min. here 1562
John Beattie1571adm. 1571 as reader; formerly of Montrose
James Melville1587reader; also reader at Maryton
Thomas Hog?-1607ord. bef. 1607; tr. to 2nd charge Dysart FIF 1607
James Lichton1615-1622M.A.; adm. bef. 4 Oct 1615; also master of Montrose Grammar School 1616; tr. to Dun bef. 1 Oct 1622
James Lyon1622-1662?M.A. St Andrews 1615; tutor to children of laird of Clackmae; pres. but not adm. to Collace PER Aug 1619; adm. here bef. 1 Sep 1622; d. bef. Jan 1663
Andrew Spence1659-1662M.A. St Andrews 1653; chaplain to David Carnegie, 1st of Craigo (who was Dean of Brechin); adm. (ass.) 21 Jul 1659; dep. 11 Jun 1662 for not conforming to episcopacy
John Mathie1664-1689?M.A. St Andrews 1656; adm. 8 Aug 1664; d. aft. 1689; mar. Mary Nicolson, who survived him;
James Forsyth1699-1713son of James F., min. of St Ninians STI; ord. 27 Sep 1699; d. 30 Jan 1713; mar. Kath. Watson, who survived him
Robert Stephen1714-1759b. ca. 1680, son of Robert S., min. of Aberlour BAN; tutor to fam. of lady Chesters; ord. to Aberlour 18 Sep 1707; tr. & adm. 6 May 1714; d. 12 Aug 1759; mar. 1715 Margaret, dau. of James Leslie, min. of St Cyrus
James Paton1760-1803b. 1727 Auchtergaven PER; M.A. St Andrews 1751; tutor to fam. of earl of Moray and fam. of John Balfour of Fernie; ord. 8 May 1760; D.D. Kings Aberdeen 1792; dem. 30 Nov 1803; d. 10 Nov 1811; mar. 1766 Anne, eldest dau. of David Greig of Barns of Rossie (in this par.); issue: David; James, M.A. (Marischal); Jean; Ann; John, flaxspinner, Montrose; George, flaxspinner, provost of Montrose; Eliz. (mar. Geo. Ramsay)
James Brewster1804-1843b. 5 Aug 1777 Botriphnie BAN, son of James B., rector of Jedburgh Grammar School; bro. of Sir David Brewster [Portrait]; ass. here; ord. 12 Jan 1804; joined Free Kirk 1843; min. of Free Kirk of Ferryden 1843-7; d. 5 Feb 1847; mar. 1804 Janet, dau. of Dr Crichton, Dumfries; issue: James; Henry, min. of Farnell; David, in Calcutta; Geo. John; Eliz. Margaret; Margaret Agnes Scott
Robert Mitchell1843-1872b. 1802 Dunning PER, son of John M., farmer; ord. to Carrington MLN 30 Jun 1835; tr. & adm. 22 Sep 1843; d. 4 Aug 1872 Craig; mar. 1837 Sophia Duddingston, dau. of Henry Buist of Berryhill, Fife; issue: Helen Walker; Ann Wardlaw (mar. Robert Grant, min. of Stracathro); Sophia Duddingston (mar. John Fisher, merchant, Dundee); Mary Jane Thomson; Henry Buist
Robert Scott1873-1908b. 10 Sep 1840 Perth, son of Robt S., baker; B.A. 1860 M.A. 1861 St Andrews; ass. Erskine RFW and Port Dundas; ord. to St Stephen's Broughty Ferry 23 Dec 1869; tr. & adm. 5 Feb 1873; D.D. St Andrews 1907; d. 24 May 1908 Edinburgh; mar. 1874 Mary, dau. of David Jobson, provost of Dundee; issue: Robt, major, 54th Sikhs; Mary Jobson; Helen Murray; David Jobson, O.B.E., M.C., M.D., D.Ph., lt-col. R.A.M.C.; William, min. of Bressay SHI; Florence; James, M.C., min. of Scots Church, Alexandria Egypt; Flora Murray, M.B.E., M.A., B.Sc., Q. Mary's Army Aux. Corps
Peter Smith Bisset1908-1943b. 20 Jul 1866 Aboyne, son of John B., farmer; M.A. 1891 B.D. 1894 Aberdeen; ass. St George's West Aberdeen; ord. to Oyne ABD 15 Apr 1897; tr. & adm. 12 Nov 1908; dem. 17 May 1843; d. 11 Oct 1960 Kingsbarns FIF; mar. 1898 Maria Greasham Elrick, dau. of Robt Milne, Aberdeen; had issue
William Murray Diack1943-1970b. 27 Jun 1903 Irvine AYR, son of Wm D., tailor; M.A. Glasgow; ind. Aug 1932 Pittenweem FIF; ind. 8 Apr 1936 Lugar AYR; ind. here 24 Nov 1943; also had Maryton in his charge from 4 Mar 1959; dem. 30 Nov 1970; d. 11 Jun 1972 Stracathro; mar. (1) 1936 Annie Law, yr dau. of Robert Forsyth Harrison; had issue; mar. (2) 1949 Margaret Henderson, yr dau. of Lt-Cdr. Albert Hughes R.N., Bridge of Weir; had issue

Ministers of Ferryden Free Church

Ferryden Kirk   Memorial to Rev. Dr James Brewster

Above, left: Ferryden Kirk, at National Grid ref. NO714567
Above, right: memorial to the Rev. Dr James Brewster inside Ferryden Kirk

James Brewster1843-1847see above list of parish ministers
Hugh Mitchell?-1851-1881-?b. 1822 Aberdeen, son of Thos M.; M.A. Aberdeen, LL.D.; d. 10 Nov 1894 Aberdeen; mar. 1888 Christian Birnie Smith


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments inside the former Craig parish kirk (18 stones), and at 3 burial grounds in the parish at Inchbrayoch (Rossie Island) (ca. 200 stones), Dunninald (23 stones) & Usan (5 stones) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 2: Seacoast" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1996), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 2. Pre-1855 Sea-coast" in their online shop.)

There was also a burial ground, not located by Mitchell in 1977, at Rossie, just north of the reformatory; its location is shown on the Ordnance Survey 25-inch-to-a-mile map of 1865.

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Craig in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 386-96.

Some of the inscriptions in the parish of Craig are given below. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. [p1521], etc., indicates that I already have a photo of the monument.

(1) Craig Kirk

There are no gravestones in the kirkyard of the former parish kirk, but on the north side of the kirk there are mausolea of the Rosses, proprietors of Rossie 1783-1845, and the Millars of Rossie.

Edward Millar of Rossie was a wood merchant (b. 7 Sep 1822 Montrose, son of Robert Millar & Else Bolette Hoyer; d. 23 Oct 1911 Rossie Castle). There is a monument in the kirkyard of Montrose episcopal church to Robert Millar & Else Bolette Hoyer and their family. There is a monument in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, to Christian Hoyer Millar (1807 Montrose - 1884 Culross), Edward Millar of Rossie's brother, and his family.

Millars of Rossie mausoleum

Above: the mausoleum of the Millars of Rossie, with the Ross mausoleum behind it

Millar coat of arms

Above: arms in the east window of the Millar mausoleum: Quarterly, 1st & 4th Millar, 2nd & 3rd A lion passant [for ?]; crest: a dexter hand, with two fingers pointing up; motto, for Millar: Manent optima cœlo [The best things await us in heaven]; the Millar quarters are unclear, but are probably: Argent, a cross moline azure, the base wavy vert, in chief a lozenge between two mullets of the second [Miller of Glenlee, registered 1788].

Monuments within Craig Church

Memorial to David Scott

[M1; inscription below a sculpture of a mourning female figure seated beside an urn, by Peter Rouw (1771-1852); the seat on which the figure rests bears the arms of Scott (the fess being embattled, counter-embattled), impaled with (Gules), on a chevron (Argent), three mullets (Sable)] In memory of DAVID SCOTT, Esquire, of Dunninald in this County, who closed a valuable and well-spent life on the 4th day of October 1805, aged 59. His ardent desire to enlarge the sphere of his benevolence led him to forego the ease of independence and those social enjoyments for which the sensibility of his heart was peculiarly formed, and to embrace the more arduous cares of public life. His native country experienced the full benefit of his unwearied services as one of her representatives in successive parliaments, and the records of the East India Company amply attest the zeal, talent and integrity with which, for many years, he directed the affairs of that great commercial body. After a severe and lingering illness, borne with manly fortitude and Christian resignation, though greatly aggravated in its progress by the loss of the best of wives and worthiest of women, he sunk depressed to the same grave with her who had most endeared life and soothed its sufferings. In pious memory of their parental affection, their mutual attachment and congenial virtues, this monument is erected by their afflicted son.

Memorial to Archibald Scott

[M2] Ad maiorem dei gloriam and in memory of ARCHIBALD SCOTT of Usan eldest son of ROBERT SCOTT of Dunninald, M.P. for Angus, 16th in descent of Sir MICHAEL SCOTT, 2nd baron of Balweary, died at Usan House, 1795. His wife MARGARET CHALMERS of Sclattie, died 1827, both interred near Usan. DAVID SCOTT of Usan, 2nd son of ARCHIBALD, born at Usan 1786, died 1831, judge and commissioner of the Hon. East India Company. CHARLES SCOTT of Usan, only son of DAVID, born 1814, died at Dacca 1847, captain 27th Bengal Regiment, principal assistant to commissioner of Assam. HARRIET EMILY FRANCES SCOTT, only child of CHARLES, born Bishnath, Assam, 1838, died Lincoln, 1913. Her husband J. ORPE BROOKHOUSE, F.R.C.S., F.R.C.P., born 1835, died 1905. Erected by Colonel K. G. L-O-GRAHAM-SCOTT* [...]

[* Kenneth Graham Lindsay-Orrock-Graham-Scott, né Kenneth Graham Graham-Scott]

Memorial to Robert Mitchell

[M3] Sacred to the memory of the Rev. ROBERT MITCHELL, minister of this parish from 1843 to 1872, and previously for eight years, of the parish of Carrington in the Presbytery of Dalkeith, who died at Craig Manse on 4th August 1872, aged 70 years. He was a faithful pastor and was held in high esteem by his congregation and parishioners.

[There is also a monument to Mitchell in Abdie Kirkyard in Fife:

In memory of the Rev. ROBERT MITCHELL, minister of the parish of Craig, Forfarshire who after a faithful ministry of 37 years died at the Manse of Craig 4 August 1872 aged 70 years. Also of his wife SOPHIA BUIST died 2 January 1902 aged 90 years. Also of their son HENRY BUIST died 15 April 1904. Also of their daughter MARY died 1 December 1911 "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." ]

Memorial to William Diack

In loving memory of Rev. WILLIAM M. DIACK, M.A., minister of Craig for 27 years. Born 1903, died 1972 and MARGARET H. DIACK, cherished wife and mother of ARTHUR, ANNE and ADRIAN. Born 1914, died 1981. This memorial was erected by ADRIAN, JENNIFER and ANDREW DIACK.

Colquhoun memorials

[M4] Sacred to the memory of ELIZABETH COLQUHOUN, second daughter of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN and of MARGARET ROSS who died on the 11th September 1850. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

[M5] Sacred to the memory of MARY COLQUHOUN eldest daughter of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN and of MARGARET ROSS who died on the 30th of November 1821 I am the resurrection and the life He that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live

[M6] In memory of Lieutenant General DANIEL COLQUHOUN died 17th November 1848 "God is the strength of my heart" Psalm 73.26.

[M7] Sacred to the memory of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN who died on the 31st of January 1809 and of MARGARET ROSS his wife who died on the 27th of April 1795 "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord"

[M8] Sacred to the memory of MARIA MARGARET COLQUHOUN eldest daughter of Major General DANIEL COLQUHOUN and of his first wife ANNE ROSS, died on the 8th of April 1844. "Weep not; She is not dead, but Sleepeth." "Whosoever believeth in me, shall never die."

[M9] Sacred to the memory of MARGARET COLQUHOUN, youngest daughter of HUMPHRY COLQUHOUN and of MARGARET ROSS, who died on the 3d of May, 1828. "I know that my redeemer liveth."

[M10; from Jervise] JOHN TURNBULL of Strickathrou, who deceased upon the tent day of October 1693, and of age 65 years, and Dedicated to the Poor of Parochin the soum of 150 mkes Memento.

Upper part of Memorial to children of Peter Arkley of Dunninald
Lower part of Memorial to children of Peter Arkley of Dunninald

[M11] Sacred to the memory of the sons and daughters of PETER ARKLEY, of Dunninald, namely, PATRICK, his eldest son, died June 19, 1868, aged 52. And LOUISE MALAN, his wife, died Sep. 23, 1868, aged 52. Also PATRICK, their only son, died Jan. 13, 1857, aged 13. ROBERT HENDERSON, died August 5, 1887, aged 69. DAVID, died young. MARGARET, died July 18, 1830, aged 16. ANNE DUN, died September 22, 1870, aged 51. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

This tablet is erected by MARY CHARLOTTE, wife of CHARLES ARMSTRONG SMYTH, of Stradreach, Ireland, and ELIZA, wife of JOHN STANSFELD, of Field House, Yorkshire. Daughters and sole surviving children of the above PATRICK ARKLEY, of Dunninald. September, 1888.

Memorial to Peter Arkley of Dunninald

[M12] Sacred to the memory of PETER ARKLEY Esqr of Dunninald Born September 16th 1786. Died December 31st 1825. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. This tablet was erected by ELIZABETH HENDERSON his wife, who died Dec. 25th 1876, aged 91 years.

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The arms of Arkley of Dunninald (1825)

[Arms, granted 1825: Or, on a chevron azure a garb of the first, in chief two stars gules.
Crest: Two thistles orlewise vert, flowered gules; in the centre, a rose of the second, barbed of the first.]

Memorial to Hercules Ross

[M14; above the inscription is the motto "Think on" and the crest of Ross of Rossie: a falcon's head erased proper] In grateful and affectionate remembrance of his parents and sisters this tablet is raised by HORATIO ROSS. HERCULES ROSS Esq. of Rossie died at Rossie Castle 24th December 1816 in his 72d year. HENRIETTA PARISH his wife died at Rossie Castle 14th June 1811 in her 43d year. HARRIET married WILLIAM ELLICE Esq. died at East Sheen 16th December 1822 in her 36th year. ELIZA MARGARET married LAURENCE OLIPHANT Esq. of Condie died at Villa Tansi on the Lake of Como in Italy 23d June 1821 in her 28th year. MARIA GEORGINA died at Craig House 16 December 1839 in her 35th year. "If we believe that Jesus died and rose even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." I. Thess. IV.14.18.

Memorial to Horatio Ross

[M15] In affectionate and honoured memory of HORATIO ROSS formerly of the 14th Light Dragoons & Member of Parliament for Aberdeen & Montrose Burghs. J.P. & D.L. for the counties of Forfar, Kincardine & Ross. One of the finest sportsmen of the nineteenth century, who as a horseman or with rifle-gun or pistol had few equals. Born at Rossie Castle 5th September 1801, died at Rossie Lodge, near Inverness, 6th December 1886. His remains lie in the vault adjoining this church. Also of his wife JUSTINE HENRIETTE MACRAE daughter of COLIN MACRAE of Inverinate, Kintail, chief of Clan Macrae Born 17th April 1815, died 17th October 1894. This tablet is erected by their sons & grandsons [See DNB: Horatio Ross, Photo. Soc. Scot.: Horatio Ross and Wikipedia: Horatio Ross]

Memorial to Robert Christian Hoyer Millar

[M16] In memory of my husband ROBERT CHRISTIAN HOYER MILLAR eldest son of EDWARD MILLAR of Rossie, who passed to rest at Craig, 2nd June 1932, in his 62nd year. Served with the Black Watch during the Great War in France & Salonica, Sept. 1914 - March 1919. I thank my God for every remembrance of you. Phil. 1.3. R.I.P.

[His wife, Muriel Rosa Lilian Foster, died at Montrose on 3 Apr 1952.]

Memorial to Robert Christian Hoyer Millar

[M17] In loving memory of MARGARET BUIST JOHNSTONE the beloved wife of EDWARD MILLAR of Rossie who fell asleep on the 6th of December 1905 and of the above EDWARD MILLAR who died at Rossie Castle 23rd October 1911 whose bodies rest in the vault outside this church Them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him

[M18; from Jervise] JAMES SCOT of Ulisses Haven came to this world Jany. the 5th, 1667. Depairted Jany. 18th, 1701, and Dedicated to the Poor of this Parochin, the soum of 150 mkes Memento.

(2) Inchbrayoch (Rossie Island)

The ancient kirk of the parish of Inchbrayoch stood within this burying ground; it is said to have been in ruins by 1573. In addition to Mitchell's recordings, there is an Index of Personal names in Rossie Island Cemetery (Inscriptions recorded by Gordon Johnson) [Angus Archives ref. 26:929.5].

(3) St Skeoch's (or St Skae's), Dunninald

View of St Skeoch's, Dunninald

Above: St Skeoch's, Dunninald, showing, from left: Keith tomb, the chapel, Arkley/Stansfeld enclosure, Brewster enclosure

St Skeoch's chapel, Dunninald

Above: ruins of St Skeoch's (or St Skae's) chapel, Dunninald (or a rebuilt structure on its site?), on the cliff top, beside Elephant Rock (NO717544)

Tomb of Keith of Usan

Above: tomb of Keith of Usan, beside St Skeoch's chapel

According to Angus Council's web-site "Angus Ahead":

Close to the cliff top between Boddin and Usan stands the ruin of the ancient chapel of St Skae. The adjacent graveyard is littered with old carved gravestones, many of which are those of seafarers from Boddin and Usan.

"Littered" is a grotesque exaggeration and seafarers are not much in evidence!

The following is a list of all monuments seen at St Skeoch's chapel in 2011 and 2014; the ground is very uneven and it seems likely there are buried monuments. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering; Mitchell's readings are unreliable for St Skeoch's, as is her sketch of the kirkyard. Uncertain readings are in parentheses; square brackets enclose editorial comments.

Murals in Keith tomb:

[1; M1; p650, p1865; east wall] The burying place of GEORGE KEITH esq. of Usan 1836 GEORGE KEITH, esq. of Usan, died at Usan House on 15th January 1855, aged 97 years. ELIZA DONALD, his wife, died 10th November 1864, aged 61 years. CATHERINE ELIZABETH, his eldest daughter born 31st October 1825, died 11th April 1836. GEORGE, his only son born 5th September 1829, died 12th April 1840, GEORGINA ANN, his last surviving child, born 20th May 1827, died 23rd January 1850.

[2; M2; p651; p1866; south wall - has been moved since Mitchell saw it] CATHARINE [sic] ELIZABETH, his [i.e. George Keith's] eldest daughter born 31st October 1825, died 11th April 1836. GEORGE, his only son, born 5th Septr 1829, died 12th April 1840. GEORGINA ANN, last surviving child, born 20th May 1827, died 23rd January 1850. HELEN DONALD, his sister-in-law youngest daughter of ANDREW DONALD esqr born 24th March 1824, died 16th May 1853. GEORGE KEITH esqr of Usan born 4th Oct. 1834, died 1st Feb. 1909. MARGARET his wife born 14th Aug. 1843, died 22nd Sept. 1917.

[3; M3; p1869; base of cross] Sacred to the memory of MARGARET wife of NATHANIEL STEVENSON Esq. of Braidwood born 4 April 1817 died 11 March 1897 MAY infant daughter of GEORGE and MARGARET KEITH of Usan born 21 March 1884 died 21 March 1884 GEORGE KEITH Esq. [buried]
[side 2; p1867] MARGARET wife of GEORGE KEITH Esq. of Usan, only daughter of NATHANIEL STEVENSON Esq. of Braidwood born 14 August 1843 died 22 September 1917
[side 3; p1868] In loving memory of General NATHANIEL STEVENSON late Governor of Guernsey 2nd son of NATH. STEVENSON Esq. of Braidwood Lanarkshire born 15th April 1840 died 2nd August 1911

In railed enclosure behind Keith tomb:

[4; M4; p1871] Sacred to the memory of KATIE and DODIE BURNESS, who fell asleep in Jesus. KATIE on the 25th Sept 1873 aged 12 years. DODIE, on the 1st Sept 1874 aged 14 years. ... father's hope ...

[5; M5; p1870; cross] Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM ALEXANDER MACKINTOSH, M.B.C.M. died at Inchbrayock, 28th Jan. 1911, aged 52 years. His wife ALICE MARY SHEPHERD died at Usan, 3rd Jan. 1932, aged 71 years.

[6; M6; p1864] Erected by PETER KEILL farmer Boddin: to the memory of his deceased children ROBERT, born 15th July 1830, died 13th Octr 1836. ANDREW, born 7th June 1839, died 19th Feby 1842. AGNES born 25th Sepr 1833, died 23d Feby 1842. JAMES, born 2d Jany 1829, died 27th Feby 1842.

[7; M7; p1860-63; splitting; part of inscription in pieces on ground; 2014 - now almost entirely defaced] ...S MOIR [s]ometime quarrier at Boddi[n] in memory of his spous[e] JEAN RO(S)... who departed t... September 13th, 1809 ... years.

[8; M8; p1857-59; p1876; large flat stone, with several cup marks, very eroded, but with decoration at one end, including "an animal's head, erased", and some uncertain traces of '17']

[9; M9; p1872-75; mural on east wall of chapel, inside] Here lie Captain ROBt SCOTT of Abbeythune 1843 ANNE ROLLAND 1847 GRAY SCOTT 1859 and LOUISE ROLLAND of Abbeythune who died 7 Sept 1873 "Ye have need of patience." ALEXA JESSIE MacGREGOR God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes died 18th September 1932 Also in memory of LOUISA ROLLAND BAZELEY MacGREGOR who died 21st April 1933 and ELSIE THEODORA BAZELEY who died on 21st April 1936 Both the latter are buried at West Hill Devon.

[10; M10; p653; p1880; see Note] In memory of GEORGE JAMES RAMSAY. Born Novr 24th 1859. Died Decr 17th 1840.

[11; M11; p1878, p1879] 1843 Sacred to the memory of JOHN FITCHET, merchant Montrose, who died 5th January 1838 aged 76 years. And of his sons ALEXANDER, who died in Jamaica on 20th February 1822 aged 30 years. WILLIAM, who died 21st June 1824 aged 16 years. DAVID, who died 26th June 1824 aged 29 years. Also lies interred here ANNE LINDSAY, the beloved wife of JOHN FITCHET, who died the 20th August 1850 aged 88 years. ISOBELLA FITCHET who died 23rd Dec. 1874 aged 74 years.
[west; p649, p1877] Sacred to the memory of MARGARET VALENTINE FITCHET the beloved wife of Captn JOHN FITCHET, Montrose, who died 11th Sep. 1888, aged 62 years. The above Captn JOHN FITCHET, died 22nd June 1889, aged 88 years.

[12; M12; entirely defaced]

[13; M13; p648, p654; p1885; in railed enclosure] To the memory of JAMES BREWSTER, D.D. minister of the gospel at Craig. Born 5th August 1777. Ordained 12th January 1804, died 5th February 1847. Erected by public subscription in testimony of his fervent piety and distinguished attainments, as a divine; his inflexible integrity and affectionate zeal, as a pastor; and his practical benevolence and genuine humility, in every relation of life.

[14; M14; p1881-84; flat stone with marginal inscription, partly under turf] ... WILLIAM and JAMES STRATONs lawfull sons to WILLIAM STRATON in Sco... ...IAM departed this life February 17 1718 And of his age 22. JAMES departed August 16 1722 ... of his age 16; WS WS; AS MS; IS [skull, crossbones, hourglass] Here lies interd the earthly part of ... / Whose soul ... / Who w... /Ye... / Blessed ... / For they ... / And their ... / ..u 14.17

[15; M15; p1886] 1801 Erected by COLIN SALMON watch maker in Dundee in memory of his parents JOHN SALMON and KATHRINE BUCHAN who lyes interd near this place & two brothers viz ALEXr & GEORGE also interd here. Hear wht the voice from heav.n prclaims / For all the pious dead / Sweet is the savour of ther names / And soft their sleeping bed. / Far from this world of toil and strife / They're present with the Lord / The labours of their mortal life / End in a large reward.

[16; M16; p1887; p1891; cross] Erected by FLORA TINDAL, in loving memory of her dear husband JAMES TINDAL, shipmaster, who died at Montrose, 13th July 1905, aged 82. The above FLORA MacDONALD or TINDAL who died at Montrose, 3rd May 1909, aged 86. I hope to see my pilot face to face / When I have crossed the bar."

[17; M17; p1888-90] 1864 Erected by JAMES MacDONALD Dunninald to the memory of his children viz. JOHN died 11 April 1829 aged 2. ELIZABETH died 15 May 1839 aged 15. DAVID DUNCAN died 8 Feb. 1842 aged 4. MARY ANN died 9 July 1858 aged 39. JOHN died 19 June 1863 aged 28. The above JAMES MacDONALD died 1st April 1872, aged 86 MARGARET DUNCAN, wife of JAMES MacDONALD, and mother of the above children, died 20th September 1887, aged 88 years.

In Arkley/Stansfeld enclosure:

[18; M18; p1893] THOMAS dearly beloved son of WILLIAM & ELIZABETH PRYOR born 2nd June 1964, died 20th April 1967 The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

[19; M19; p652; p1899] Sacred to the memory of PETER ARKLEY esqr of Dunninald born September 16th 1780, died December (3)1st 182(5). ELIZABETH HENDERSON his wife born September 16th 1786, died December 25th 1876. PATRICK ARKLEY, esqr of Dunninald, their eldest son, born 17th May 1816 died 19th June 1868. LOUISE PHILIPPINE MALAN his wife born 12th September 1815, died 23rd September 1868. ANNE DUN ARKLEY daughter of P. ARKLEY esqr & E. HENDERSON born 16th October 1819 died 22nd September 1870. We asked life of thee, and Thou gavest it them / even length of days for ever and ever ROBERT HENDERSON ARKLEY esqr younger son of the above named PETER ARKLEY esqr born 28th March 1818, died 5th August 1887 R.I.P.

[20; M20; p1892] PATRICK ARKLEY died 13th January 1857, aged 13 years.

[21; M21; p1900-03; coffin-shaped] [north] CHARLES ARMSTRONG SMYTH of Stradreagh Co. Derry Ireland. Died 11th April 1906, aged 69
[south] (MARY SMYTH of) Dunninald daughter of PATRICK ARKLEY esq. widow of CHARLES A. SMYTH born 20th June 1840 died 18th Feb. 1920.

[22; M22; p1894-95; coffin-shaped] [north] JOHN STANSFELD of Field House Sowerby Yorkshire and of Dunninald late captain the Royal Scots Greys born 16. Jan. 1840 died 22. Jan. 1928
[south] ELIZA STANSFELD of Dunninald wife of JOHN STANSFELD daughter of PATRICK ARKLEY esq. born 6. Dec. 184(6) died 2. June 1916.

[23; p1896-98; urn; see Note] JOHN de BOURBEL STANSFELD 1905-1975 MARY MAROW STANSFELD 1909-1997


Note on [10]: Mitchell incorrectly gives the year of birth on the stone as 1839, though it is clearly 1859; but - George James was bapt. 23 Dec 1839 at Craig, son of George Ramsay & Elisabeth Margaret Brewster.

Note on [23]: John de Bourbel Stansfeld of Dunninald's wife was Mary Marow Eardley-Wilmot

(4) Usan

The following is a list of all five murals at Usan, by Mains of Usan and the ruins of Chapel Mill. There was a mediaeval chapel here, dedicated to St Mary. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. Only no. 4 is original; see Jervise for the original wording of nos 2 and 5.

[1; M1; p1494] In loving memory of Major ERIC TOM BROOKHOUSE GRAHAM-SCOTT, M.C., the younger son of THOMAS GRAHAM-SCOTT born 14th June 1900 died 17th February 1958. Interred at Nottingham

[2; M2; p1495] In memory of ARCHIBALD SCOTT of Usan eldest son of ROBERT SCOTT of Dunninald, died 1795. His wife, ELIZABETH RENNY, heiress of the barony of Ulysseshaven, died 1761. His second wife, MARGARET CHALMERS of Sclattie, died 1827. Original stone repaired 1950 by Col. Graham-Scott.
[above the mural; vacant space once occupied by a shield]
[beneath the mural, a motto] Aut tace aut face [Be silent or act]

[3: M3; p1496] In loving memory of THOMAS GRAHAM GRAHAM-SCOTT, M.D., M.R.C.S.,(Eng,) son of THOMAS SCARD SCOTT, D.D., M.A., (Oxon.) born 9th February 1864, died 18th September 1952. Interred in the Brookhouse Vault at Nottingham. Also of EMILY HANNAH HALFORD GRAHAM-SCOTT, beloved wife of the above born 31st May 1869, died 5th November 1965.
[T. G. Graham-Scott's wife was Emily Hannah Halford Brookhouse; these Scotts are unrelated to the earlier Scott proprietors of Usan]

[4; M4; p1492, p1493, p1497] Hic sub spe beatæ resurrectionis tegitur corpus optimi viri D. PATRICII RENNY de Ulysseshaven, qui 67 ætatis anno XI die Iulii 1735 ex hac vita migravit. Annos 47 cum amantissima uxore D. ELIZABETHA WILLIAMSON vixit, ex qua undecim liberos genuit, quorum duo infantes decessere, nouem reliqui ad ætatem adultam peruenerunt, e quibus quatuor filii, ROBERTUS, ALEXANDER, JACOBUS & THOMAS, tres item filiæ IANA, MARGERIA & MARGARETA supersunt. Curavit uidua hoc monumentum chara struendum, in desiderii & pignus amoris, ei.

[No. 4 is the marble monument facing the entrance, visible in this photo. The "sir" and "dame" were wishful thinking on someone's part.]
Translation: Here in the hope of a blessed resurrection lies the body of a most noble man, Sir PATRICK RENNY of Ulysseshaven, who departed this life on the 11th day of July 1735 in the 67th year of his age. He lived 47 years together with his most beloved spouse, Dame ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON, by whom he had eleven children, of whom two died in infancy, the other nine reached adulthood, of whom four sons, ROBERT, ALEXANDER, JAMES and THOMAS, and three daughters JANE, MARJORY and MARGARET survive. His beloved widow erected this monument to him, as a token of her grief and love.

Marjory Renny married Thomas Lyell, 2nd of Gardyne:

7 Decemr 1735 Thomas Lyel younger of Gairn in the Parish of Aberbrothick and May Rainy Daughter to the Laird of Usine Contracted.

is from the Montrose marriage register. Thomas was brother to Stewart Lyell of Newgate, Arbroath. There is a monument to Thomas & Marjory at Kirkden.]

[5; M5; p1490] In memory of ISABELLA, daughter of ARCHIBALD SCOTT of Usan, and wife of Capt. ROBERT SCOTT, H.E.I.C. Interred here 1816. DAVID SCOTT of Usan, commissioner & judge, son of ARCHIBALD, died Chirrapondee 1831. Capt. CHARLES SCOTT, son of DAVID, died Dacca, 1847. Also his wife, HARRIET BECHER. HARRIET FRANCES, daughter of CHARLES, and wife of J. ORPE BROOKHOUSE, interred Nottingham 1913.

Scott arms at Usan    Scott arms in Craig Kirk

Above, left [p1491]: arms of Scott above mural 5 at Usan: A fess embattled between three lions' heads erased. (Below the shield, not illustrated here, is the motto Aut tace aut face [Be silent or act])

Above, right: coat of arms forming part of the monument to Archibald Scott of Usan in Craig Kirk: Argent, a fess embattled gules between three lions' heads erased of the second, langued azure

These arms are not Archibald's, but the undifferenced arms of his ancestor, James Scott of Logie.

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The arms of Scott of Logie


Craig war memorials

(1) 1914-1919
Location: NO710564, at SW corner of playing field, Barns Brae, Ferryden
It was moved there in 1949 from a site close to the old Inch Bridge.

See also Craig WW1.

View of Ferryden WW1 memorial

North side of Ferryden WW1 memorial

- Black Watch -
Lt. J. Fred. Watson
Sergt. Jas. Spence
Sergt. Chas. Thomson
Sergt. W.W. Watt
L/Col. Geo. Allan
L/Col. Wm. Anderson
Pte. Wm. Adamson
Pte. Jas. W. Anderson
Pte. Chas. Begg
Pte. Jas. Begg
Pte. Jas. Blacklaws
Pte. Robert Duncan
Pte. John Forbes
Pte. David Gouk
Pte. Angus Moir
Pte. John Paton
Pte. John C. Paton
Pte. Jas. Reid
Pte. Wm. Robb
Pte. And. West
Pte. And. Young

- H.L.I. -
Sergt. David Nicoll
Pte. Peter Paton
Pte. John Pert
Pte. Geo. Pert
Pte. David P. Smith
- Seaforth Highrs -
Pte. Geo. Pert
- Gordon Highrs -
Lt-Col. J.R.E. Stansfeld, D.S.O.*
Pte. David R. Ryrie
Pte. Alex. Thomson
- Cameron Highrs -
Pte. Jas. Clayton
Pte. John Macaskill
- Canadians -
Sergt. T. Anderson
Sergt. Gordon Watson
- Australians -
Pte. Jas. B. Coull
- R.A.F. -
Fl-Sergt. Geo. Aitken

* John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld ("Johnnie") was the only son the Rev. John Birkbeck Evelyn Stansfeld, a first cousin of John Stansfeld ("Jack") of Field House, Yorkshire, who was the husband of Lila Arkley, co-heiress of Dunninald. Johnnie was named heir apparent of Dunninald, but died in 1915. Jack died in 1928, and Johnnie's son John de Bourbel Stansfeld inherited the estate.

South side of Ferryden WW1 memorial - Royal Navy -
David Anderson
- R.N.R. -
John Anderson
Fred. Cargill
Robert Coull
David Freeman
Frank Mearns
John M. Paton
Robert West
- R.N.D. -
Daniel Watt
Alex. Coull
- Merchant Service -
James Anderson
Alex. Anderson
- Lovat Scouts -
Pte. W.R. Hamilton
- R.F.A. -
Capt. James Scott, M.C.
Pte. Wm. Dick
- R.C.A. -
Pte. Alex. Pert
- R.E. -
Lt. A.M. Coull
Sergt. James Imrie
- Scots Guards -
Pte. Alex. Adams
Pte. John Paton
- Royal Scots -
Lt. T.C. Mackenzie
Cpl. Clyde Elrick
Pte. John A. Lorimer
- Yorkshire Regt. -
Lt. C.M. Clark
- K.O.S.B. -
Pte. James Clerihew

(2) 1914-1919: members of Craig Kirk
Location: inside Craig Kirk

WW1 memorial
Pte. Alex. Adams, Scots Guards.
Fl. Sgt. Geo. Aitken, R.A.F.
Pte. Chas. Begg, Black Watch.
Pte. Jas. Begg, Black Watch.
Pte. Jas. Blacklaws, Black Watch.
Alex. Coull, R.N.D.
Pte. Jas. Dryden, Gordon Highs.
Cpl. Clyde Elrick, Royal Scots.
Sgt. Jas. Imrie, R.E.
Pte. Angus Moir, Black Watch.
Pte. John C. Paton, Black Watch.
Capt. Jas. Scott, M.C., R.F.A.*
Pte. D. P. Smith, H.L.I.
Lt. Col. J.R.E. Stansfeld, D.S.O., Gordon Highs.
Pte. Alex. Thomson, Gordon Highs.
Sgt. Chas. Thomson, Black Watch.
Lieut. J. Fred. Watson, Black Watch.
Sgt. M. Gordon Watson, Canadians.
Sgt. J. H. Western, Scots Guards.

* son of the Rev. Dr Robert Scott

(3) 1939-1945: landward part of the parish of Craig
Location: inside Craig Kirk

WW2 memorial
John Fotheringham.
George Kidd.
David Kidd.
Peter Alexander Watt.
Robert Murray.
James Mathers.
Ronald Stewart.
John W. Simison.
David Valentine Blacklaws.
Alexander Robertson.
Albert McKenzie.

(4) 1939-1945

Craig WW2


Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1855 to present

Indexes and actual records for Statutory Registers of Births, Marriages & Deaths, beginning 1 Jan 1855, are available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople.

Births, Marriages & Deaths, before 1855

Indexes and actual records for all extant Old Parish Registers (OPRs) (pre-1855) of the Established Church of Scotland are available online, following registration and the purchase of credits, at the official web-site, ScotlandsPeople.

  1. Births & baptisms

    • 1657 - 1854
  2. Banns & Marriages

    • 1600? (1660?) - 1854

    Additionally, in the National Records:

    • 1756 - 1757 for Church of Scotland [NRS CH2/616/8]
  3. Deaths & Burials

    • 1726 - 1793


Church Session Records of Craig Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/616/...
Heritors' minutes1788-18395
List of parishioners178814
Communion roll1872-190115
Poors' fund minutes1764-182616
Heritors' & kirk session minutes (Poors' fund)1827-193317
Misc. papersn.d.19
Cash book1870-195820
Trust accounts1881-196220
Biog. of the Rev. Wm Murray Diack, M.A., min. at
Craig (1943-70), by son Adrian Diack, M.A.

Church Session Records of Craig Free Church
later United Free; Ferryden Church of Scotland; now united with Craig Ch. of S. and Maryton Ch. of S.

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/62/...
Deacons' Court minutes1845-18902
Cash book1860-19464
Church and manse fabric fund account1946-19564
Baptismal register1843-19615
Communion roll1893-19316


Craig Heritors' records
and see also entries under Church Session

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR737/...
Minute book (with accounts, 1911-1928)1843-19281


Land owners

There were 4 proprietors of land in the parish in 1835:

There were also 757 acres of common land.


See Dunninald: Family Histories for an outline history of the ownership of Dunninald.

Portrait of David Scott (I) of Dunninald

History of Parliament: David Scott (I) of Dunninald

History of Parliament: David Scott (II) of Dunninald


See The History of Rossie Estate near Montrose for an outline history of the ownership of Rossie. Note that A.J. Warden's Angus or Forfarshire, vol. 3, goes astray by confusing owners of this property with Lindsays, owners of Rossie in Kinross-shire.

Portrait of Horatio Ross


Farmers / Tenants

BaldovieStuart Forbes Low-1902-
doDavid Winter-1906-1918-
doMrs Winter-1930-
doH.B. Winter-1935-1942-
BalgoveP. & D. Cargill-1926-
doGeorge P. Adams-1930-
BalstoutTo letFeb 1847
doWilliam C. Low-1881-
doDavid Byars1887-1906-
doR.P. Scott Tindal [d. 1914]-1914
doJohn Tindal-1940-
Barns of CraigJohn Tindall-1891-1921-
doChivers & Sons, Ltd.-1926-1942-
BoddinJohn Tindal-1871-
doWilliam Watson-1891-1921-
doGeorge Gray-1926-1935-
doJohn Bruce Robertson-1939-1947-
Castle BraesRepresentatives of A. Low-1921-
Dunninald MainsMaj. David Anderson Spence, V.D. [son of Andrew S. at Westerton of Rossie; d. 1921]-1901-1921
doA.E. Spence-1926-
doVictor George Morgan-1930-1935-
doGeorge Gibson Ogilvie-1937-1947-
East Mains of Dysart
[East Mains of Rossie]
R.P. Scott Tindal [d. 1914]-1906-1914
doJohn Tindal-1918-1942-
doAlexander Stobo [d. 1952]-1944-1952
FerrydenWilliam Kydd-1881-1901-
doAlexander B. Kydd [d. 1928]-1903-1928
doD.C. Smith-1935-1942-
GightyburnDavid Byars-1881-1887
doJ. Sheret1887-
GovanhillJohn Grant-1881-
doWilliam Grant-1891-1921-
doSold to John Tindal for £710; 26 acres, & 18 acres of woodland1922
HolemillJohn Bruce-1871-
doAndrew Petrie-1901-1906-
doAlexander Hutton-1910-1914-
Mains of UsanWilliam Moir-1871-1881-
doWilliam Stamford Henderson-1926-1936
doGavin Alston [d. 1952]-1938-1950
doDavid Alston1950-
MountboyAndrew Spence-1871-1904-
doRepresentatives of Andrew Spence-1906-1918-
doSold to Herbert George Spence for £8500; 338 acres, & 213 acres of Rossie Moor1922
doHerbert George Spence [son of Andrew S. at Westerton of Rossie; d. 1952]-1921-1952
do-- Spence-1955-
Muir of RossieRepresentatives of J. Coutts-1921-
Scotston of UsanJoseph Kydd-1871-
doDavid Kydd-1881-1889-
doJoseph Calder-1910-1918-
doW. & J. Allan-1921-1926-
doJ. Adam-1930-1935-
Seaton of UsanJohn Burness-1871-
doJoseph Calder-1881-1906-
doIan Mackintosh-1921-1935-
doA.E. Bechely-Crundall-1937-1938
doDavid Alston1938-1955-
UsanGeorge Keith of Usan-1906-
West Mains of RossieDavid Thomson-1881-1902-
doW. Macgregor-1906-1935-
doJ. Booth-1939-1942-
Westerton of RossieAndrew Spence [d. 1854]-1854
doAndrew Spence [son of above; later at Glenskenno in parish of Dun; d. 1901]1854-1861-
doMrs Ann Spence [Ann Kydd, d. 1898, aged 99, widow of Andrew S., elder]-1861-1898
doEdward Millar-1906-
doThomas Easton-1910-1914-
doWilliam Beattie-1918-1921-
doDavid Kilgour-1926-1932-
doAlexander Crombie Simpson-1935-1942-
doSold to Rossie Farm School for £1900; 194 acres1937
Woodside of RossieJohn Coutts-1891-
doG.M. Hendry-1921-


Census records

Records of the official censuses of the parish in 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and 1921 are held in Register House, Edinburgh and are open to the public on payment of a fee.

Indexes to all the original census records, and the records themselves, can be accessed online at modest charge at ScotlandsPeople.

Microfilm copies are also widely available in libraries. The 1881 census is available on CD-ROM.

The early censuses of 1801-31 do not name individuals.

There is a list of parishioners of Inchbrayock in 1788 in the Kirk Session records [NRS CH2/616/14].


Population statistics

1755935Dr Alexander Webster
17906396751314Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

Craig was in the Commissariot of St Andrews.

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

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

Thomas Allardyce of Dinnaldpar. of Inchbreack4 May 1697
Alexander Arnottin Scotistoune, par. of Inchebreok18 Jul 1620
Robert Arnottin Mains of Rossie, par. of Inchbreak8 Jul 1635
Robert Butterin the West Mains of Rossie, par. of Inchbreck14 Feb 1628
Elizabeth Campbellspouse to Archibald Lighton, par. of Craig10 Oct 1799
Patrick Carnegiein the Maines of Ulischeavein, par. of Inchebreaok13 Aug 1628
Peter Christiegardener on island of Inchbrayock14 Mar 1810
Catherin Clidisliein Ferrieden, par. of Inchebreok23 Jun 1619
Miss Mary Colquhounresiding at Craighouse, near Montrose26 Apr 1822
Colin Crookshankflesher, par. of Craig6 Nov 1760
Ann Dearspouse of Robert McRory, salmon fisher on Rossie Island7 Feb 1822
Elspet Dureswidow in Balkellie, par. of Inchebreak29 Jun 1620
Alexander Edwardin Scotistoun, par. of Inchebreak27 May 1617
Margaret Ferrierspouse to Robert Lawson, in Holmyln, par. of Craig4 Nov 1675
Andrew Formanin Cottoun of Craig, par. of Inchebreak11 Apr 1616
James Forresttacksman of the Montrose Bridge tolls18 Sep 1823
Mr James Forsythlate minister at Craig5 Feb 1718
Robert Gibsonlate tenant in Mains of Dunninauld, Forfar21 Aug 1775
James Glenin Inche of Craig, par. of Inchbreak25 Jul 1635
John Gormein Over Pert, par. of Inchbreak18 Oct 1613
Margaret Hodgestounspouse to Hercules Smyth, in Maynes of Rossie, par. of Inchbreck28 Jun 1620
William Lambin Cookhill, par. of Inchbreck18 Jun 1628
Helen Lawsonspouse to William Lamb, in Cottoun of Craig, par. of Inchbreck11 Apr 1616
Margaret Lawsonspouse to John Forbes, in Putarres, par. of Inchbreak12 Nov 1628
Euphaim Lichtounspouse to Robert Lichtoun of Ulisheavin, par. of Inchebreak22 Dec 1615
James Mackiein Ferrieden, par. of Inchbreck22 Nov 1627
Thomas Milltidesman in Ferryden, par. of Craig, Forfarshire30 Apr 1787
James Nauchtieservitor to George Nauchtie, his brother, in Moniboy, par. of Inchbreak28 Feb 1614
Alexander Neilgardener at Dunninald, spouse of Catharine Clark12 Nov 1818
Alexander Orkneyin Ferrieden, par. of Break16 Jan 1619
William Patersonin Rossie, par. of Inchbreck30 Oct 1615
Dr James Patonminister of the gospel at Craig23 Mar 1812
Gelis Reidin Ferriden, par. of Inchbreak, spouse of David Symson20 Oct 1614
Janet Reidspouse to Thomas Morris, in Cottoun of Balkelie, par. of Inchebreak26 Jan 1615
Archibald Scott of Rossie9 Sep 1773
Archibald Scott of Ullysseshavenpar. of Craig22 Nov 1796 and 27 Jan 1819
James Scottin Uzin13 Jan 1676
John Scottin Ulilschaven, par. of Inchbreck2 Jul 1621
Margaret Scottlawful daughter to the deceased James Scott, in Uilishaven, par. of Inchbreck10 Dec 1675
William Shepherdin the Milnes of Rossie, par. of Inchebrook 16 Dec 1615
David Smartin Ferrieden, par. of Inchbreck23 Jun 1619
John Smithin Wester Maines of Rossie, par. of Inchbreok30 Oct 1617
Margaret Smithspouse to John Gibson, in Maynes of Rossie, par. of Inchbreck28 Jun 1620
William Smithin Bruntoun, par. of Inchebrok28 Jan 1620
Christian Strachanspouse to David Fowlar, in Ferrie, par. of Inchbreck13 Mar 1619
David Strachanin Ferreden, par. of Inchbreck13 Mar 1619
Margaret Strattonin Ferridean, par. of Inchbryock27 Oct 1687
James Sturrockin Ferriden, par. of Craig16 Dec 1615
Robert Taylorsmyth in Cottoun of Craig, par. of Inchbreck17 Jul 1617
Janet Thomsonspouse to John Nauchtie, in Gichtie barnes Geichtie-burne , par. of Inchbreck18 Dec 1620
Alisoun Williamsonspouse to James Ritchie, in Craig, par. of Inchebreok5 Jun 1619
Agnes Woodspouse to William Tailleor, in Cottoune of Cragie, par. of Inchbreak26 Sep 1627
Sir David Wood of Craig, knightpar. of Inchbreck9 Oct and 10 Dec 1616
Helen Woodin Ferriden in the Inchbreck, spouse of David Strachauchan15 Mar 1614
Isobel Woodrelict of Alexander Arnott, in Scotstoun, par. of Inchbreck1 Jul 1621
James Wylliein Ferrieden, par. of Inchebreak8 Mar 1616
William Wylliein Bakille, par. of Inchebreck23 Mar and 27 Jul 1616

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

James Norvalin Higham, par. of Craig1 Jan 1763
James Rossin Cotton of Ulysseshaven, par. of Craig17 Feb 1742
Patrick Scott of Rossie2 Feb 1737

Testaments of Craig people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1823
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

David Fettestidesman at Ferryden24 May 1810
Ann Greigwidow of Rev. Dr James Paton, sometime minister at Craig11 Jan 1820
John Hill, yr of Cotton of Craigtenant in East Cotton26 Jul 1804
Patrick Renny of UlyseshavenT. 24 May 1783

Testaments of people in Craig from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600

William Furdecordiner in Balstuit, par. of Inchbraik in Angus13 Aug 1591
Duncan Lambin the Mains of Rossie in Angus11 Aug 1590
Jonet Taylorsometime spouse to Alexander Wood, in Balkelie, par. of Inchbrayik in Angus13 Aug 1591


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

NamesDesignationsAbodeActs of rebellion
& circumstances
Where at present
James AndersonfisherFerrydenCarried Arms as a Volunteer in the Rebel ArmyLurking
David CowieservantRossie[En]listed with the Rebels but deserted & never was in any Battlenot known
James EdwardresidenterFerryden[En]listed voluntarly with the Rebels & carried Arms at the Battle of CullodenLurking
John FraserservantRossieEnlisted voluntarly with the Rebels & went with them to the NorthLurking
James RobertsonservantRossieVoluntarly enlisted, Carried Arms & was at the Battle of Culloden with the RebelsLurking
David SheepherdservantUlysseshaven [Usan]Carried Arms being hired out, was at the Battle of Culloden &c. about his Mother's houseLurking
John SheepherdservantFerrydenVoluntarly Enlisted & carried Arms at the Battle of FalkirkPrisoner
James WatsoncottarHighomeCarried Arms voluntarly & was at Falkirk & Culloden Battles with the RebelsArbroath Lurking


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Craig:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/51


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Craig:


Places of interest




The following photographs, most kindly provided by Adrian Diack, M.A., are © Adrian Diack; with thanks to him for providing them.

This page updated 3 Feb 2024