Eassie and Nevay (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Eassie and Nevay

Parish number 284

map of Eassie

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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Census records
Church Session
Clock & watch tax
Deaths & burials
Farm horse tax
Heritors' records
Land owners
Ministers of the parish
Monumental inscriptions
Old parish registers
Parish Church
Photographs of places
Population statistics
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills


The parish of Nevay was also known as St Ringans. The parishes of Eassie and Nevay were united in March 1600. Eassie is roughly the north-eastern half of the united parish, Nevay the south-western half.

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


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


Books & articles


Statistical accounts of Eassie & Nevay


Maps of Eassie and Nevay

For the full range of maps of Eassie and Nevay, see National Library's Maps.


Photographs of places

Geograph.org: Eassie - recent photographs of Eassie. National Grid ref. NO3547.

Geograph.org: Nevay - recent photographs of Nevay. National Grid ref. NO3144.


Parish church

The ruined Eassie Kirk is located at National Grid ref. NO353475. The ruined Nevay Kirk is located at National Grid ref. NO313441.

Photograph of Eassie Kirk

Another photo of Eassie Kirk

Above: Eassie Kirk


Parish ministers 1560-1942

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

(1) Eassie to 1600, thereafter Eassie & Nevay

John Nevay1563min. here, also with Newtyle in charge 1564; also with Glamis in charge 1571
Matthew Moncur1564, 1574reader here and Nevay
George Arnot1564, 1568, 1577parson
Hugh Currie1572parson
David Brown1599-1601tr. from Nevay, having that parish also in the charge; tr. to Glamis 1601
George Symmer1603-1616pres. to parsonage & vicarage 1603; adm. 4 Feb 1606; tr. to Kilspindie PER 1616
William Murray1606M.A.; parson & reader
William Blair1616-1617M.A. St Andrews 1611; adm. 1616; d. 2 Feb 1617, aged ca. 26; probably unmar.
David Brown1617-1635M.A.; adm. aft. 7 Oct 1617; tr. to Longforgan PER 1635
[William Murray]1633formerly of Crail FIF; called parson & vicar 10 Dec 1633
Robert Crichton1637-1665M.A. St Andrews 1625; adm. bef. 14 Oct 1637; d. bef. 1 Aug 1665 aged ca. 60
Silvester Lammie1665-1695son of Silvester L., min. of Glamis; M.A. St Andrews 1661; adm. 22 Sep 1665; dep. 5 Dec 1695 as non-jurant; preached to congregation in manse 17 Apr 1701; d. bef. 28 Apr 1713; mar. Margaret Melvill who survived him; issue: John, D.D., min. at Staines, Middlesex; Silvester, M.D., Montrose; Helen (mar. Lt-Cl. John Lammie)
Adam Davidson1702-1720b. 1679; M.A. Edinburgh 1697; ord. 30 Dec 1702; d. 20 oct 1720; mar. 1710 Agnes Slows, widow, who survived him
Alexander Finlayson1721-1731b. 1692; ord. 23 Aug 1721; d. 12 Sep 1731; mar. -- Finlayson; issue: Margaret (mar. George Brown, farmer, Gorgie Mill, Edinburgh)
David Maxwell1733-1751M.A.; ord. 22 Apr 1733; tr. to Strathmartine 1751
James Ogilvy1752-1802b. 1727, son of George Ogilvy, min. of Kirriemuir; ord. 30 Jun 1752; d. 20 Jun 1802; mar. 1752 Susan, dau. of Sir George Ogilvy of Barras, bart.; issue: George; Anna; David; William, of Westhall; James
James Miller1803-1827ord. 3 Apr 1803; tr. to Monikie 26 Sep 1827
James Flowerdew1828-1844ord. 17 Apr 1828; tr. to Fordoun KCD 22 Feb 1844
David Lindsay1844-1877b. 1807 Murroes, son of Alexr L.; schoolmaster Inverarity; ass. Dunnichen; ord. 9 May 1844; d. 19 May 1877 Eassie; mar. 1844 Janet, dau. of Andrew Gow; issue: Janet Scott; Jane Ann; Barbara Bruce; Marion Eliza Lowden; David; Andrew Gow; Alexander; John Laurence Gow; Robert Archibald, S.S.C; James Ainsworth; Frederick
Nathaniel Anderson Law1877-1888b. 1852 Insch, son of John L.; M.A. Aberdeen 1873; missionary Dowally; ass. St Mark's Dundee; ass. Udny; ord. 21 Nov 1877; d. 14 Feb 1888 Eassie; mar. 1882 Jessie, dau. of James I. Gillespie; issue: John, James Gillespie
Thomas Bayley McCorkindale1888-1900b. 1862 Orkney, son of D.L. McC, Congreg. min. at Harray; M.A. Edinburgh 1883; ass. Dalziel; ord. 27 Jul 1888; res. 19 Dec 1900 on appointment to Bonnington Edinburgh; tr. to Knoxland 1907; res. 4 Jun 1910; went to Canada, min. Deseronto ONT 1924; mar. 1889 Margaret, yst dau. of William Menzies M.D., Edinburgh; issue: Wm Menzies; Jean Gladys; Margaret Ingram
Alexander Waddell1901-1942b. 1867 New Monkland LKS, son of Geo. W., farmer; missionary Slamannan STI; ord. Invergowrie Chapel 16 Nov 1899; tr. & adm. 6 May 1901; dem. 30 Nov 1942; d. 3 Oct 1944 Dundee; mar. 1909 Effie Morrison, dau. of George Anton; had issue

(2) Nevay to 1600

John Nevay1563in charge here
Alexander Tyrie1563reader
Alexander Erskine1567reader Nov 1567
Matthew Moncur1568-1579reader Nov 1562; pres. to vicarage 14 Jun 1572
George Swinton1563M.A.; rector 1570; d. aft. 20 Mar 1606
Thomas Moncur1578, 1585reader
Alexander Tyrie1582min. 8 May 1582; issue: Alexr, John
David Brown1590-ca. 1598min. 1590; removed to Eassie 1597x1599


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Eassie Kirkyard (ca. 70 stones) and in Nevay Kirkyard (ca. 60 stones) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 1: Strathmore" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1993), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 1. Pre-1855 Strathmore" in their online shop.)

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Eassie in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 67-8 and at Nevay on pp. 68-9 of the same volume.

The Tyries of Drumkilbo (in Meigle PER) were buried at Nevay.

There is a monument in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh to John R. L'Amy of Dunkenny, d. 1814, and family.

Two inscriptions in Eassie Kirkyard:

1870 Erected by PETER and HELEN PATTULLO* in memory of their children EDWARD born 20th March 1863 died 16th March 1870 ISABELLA SMITH born 31st Decr 1864 died 6th April 1870 Sacred also to the memory of the above PETER PATTULLO, late farmer, Eassie, who died 25th May 1884 aged 61 years. MARGARET, their eldest daughter born 27th March 1857 died 29th September 1899. HELEN widow of PETER PATTULLO born 3rd Decr 1828 died 7th Feby 1914. Also their sons FRANK, died 1918. THOMAS, died 1927. PATRICK, died 1934. And their daughters HELEN wife of JAMES MELVILLE died 14th Dec. 1956. ELIZABETH died 10th April 1957.
[* i.e. Peter Pattullo and Helen Smith]

Erected by JAMES DEMPSTER, in memory of his wife ANN SCRIMGEOUR, who died 28th Octr 1893, aged 72 years. JOHN SCRIMGEOUR, her father who died at Balgownie Mill 22nd Sept. 1882, aged 89 years. BELLA & RICHARD DEMPSTER grandchildren, who both died in infancy. Also to the memory of the above JAMES DEMPSTER, who died at Balgownie, Newtyle 13th Sept. 1909, aged 88 years.


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.


Church Session Records of Eassie & Nevay Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/495/...
Minutes & accounts1721-17551
Minutes & accounts1755-1759, 1802-18062
Communion roll1878-19065


Eassie & Nevay Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR605/...
Minute book1888-19281
Account Book1884-19282
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1925-19283
Letter Book1892-19334


Land owners

There were five proprietors of land in the parish in 1842:


Farmers / Tenants

BalgownieWilliam Mitchell-1851-1871-
Balgownie MillAlexander Allerdice-1901-
BalkeerieAndrew Bruce-1851-
doJohn Christison-1861-
doWilliam Lindsay-1871-
CastletonPeter Roy-1841-1851-
doWilliam Bruce Mount (425 acres)-1861-1871-
doGeorge D. Mount (180 acres)-1861-
doJohn Adam-1881-1891-
DunkennyDavid Halkett [d. 1850]-1841-
doJohn Crichton-1841-
doCatherine Halkett [d. 1896]-1851-
doEdward Keith-1861-
doAlexander Henderson-1871-
doWilliam Henderson-1881-
doRobert Young-1891-1901-
EassiePeter Pattullo [d. 1884]-1851-1881-
doHelen Pattullo [née Smith, d. 1914]-1891-1901-
Eassie MillJames Naughton-1861-
doWilliam Lindsay-1881-
doDavid Carnegie-1901-
East NevayDavid Cardean-1841-1851-
doElizabeth Cardean-1881-
doJohn Henderson Pattullo-1891-
doJames Thomson-1901-
GatesideMargaret Bathey-1861-
doWilliam Horne-1891-1901-
HattonDavid Hood-1841-1861-
doWilliam Whyte-1881-1901-
Hill FarmJames Barrie-1861-
InglistonJames Dalgairno-1851-
doPeter Simpson-1871-1901-
KirkinchJohn Taylor-1891-1901-
doAlexander Martin-1891-1901-
KirktonMatthew Morrison-1861-
doJames Moncur [d. 1905]-1891-1901-
Mewick?William Robertson-1871-
MurleywellWilliam Ostler [d. 1872]-1841-1861-
doAlexander Dick-1871-1891-
doJames Dick-1901-
NewmillCharles Stewart-1851-
doRobert Simpson-1861-1891-
doJames Simpson-1901-
North NevayAlexander Black-1841-
doJohn Black-1851-
doAlexander Black-1861-1871-
doPeter Kerr-1881-
doAndrew Bruce-1891-1901-
South InglistonPeter Lawson-1891-
doDavid Imrie-1901-
TempletonDavid Waddle-1841-
West NevayJames Cardean-1841-1861-
doAnn Cardean-1871-1901-


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.


Population statistics

1755500Dr Alexander Webster
1790Old Statistical Account


Testaments & wills

Eassie & Nevay 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 Eassie & Nevay people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823

Christian Barnettin Haltoun of Essie, relict of John Low, sometime hammerman in Glamis, par. of Essie3 Jan 1689
Alexander Beggin Nevay, par. of Essie24 Aug 1639
David Belliein Kirktoun of Essie24 Oct 1625
Grissall Belliein Balgonnie, par. of Essie3 Feb 1687
Alexander Blacktenant at Kirktown of Nevay16 Aug 1823
John Blairin Balkerie, par. of Essie31 Dec 1615
Mr William Blairminister at the Kirk of Essie and Nevay2 May 1617
Marjorie Butchartsometime spouse to William Allan, cotterman in Dungiloun of Duncane, par. of Essie15 Feb 1600
Agnes Craigsometime spouse to John Incheak, ploughman to James Haliburtoun of Kirktoun of Essie14 Jan 1600
Alexander Dalgairnsin Nevay, par. of Eassy and Nevay13 Jul 1753
Gilbert Dewgit (Dewcat)in Tempiltoun of Nevay20 Oct 1685
Patrick Dogin Loan-end of Balgrigo, par. of Nevye7 Oct 1681
Alexander Donaldsoncotterman in Kirkinche, par. of Nevay31 Jan 1603
Thomas Donaldsonin Kirktoun of Essie23 Dec 1673
Christian Farriersometime spouse to William Broun, cotterman in Nevay, par. of St Ringane11 Dec 1599
James Fentontenant in Eassie26 Sep & 31 Oct 1812; 20 Jul 1821
James Flowrisin Nevay1 Oct 1605
Robert Flowriscotterman, par. of St Tringans11 Dec 1599
David Fullartonat Castleton, par. of Eassie26 Mar 1789
Grissell Greenspouse to John Mitchell, elder, in Craighead, par. of Nevoy13 Oct 1673
Margaret Greensometime spouse to John Hendersoun, cotterman in Barnsdaill, par. of Essie31 Jan 1600
Archibald Greigcotterman in Balkirie, par. of Nevay8 May 1615
Margaret Hayspouse to John Nevay of that ilk, par. of Methie13 Jan 1615
William Hunterat the Mylne of Balgownie, par. of Essie22 Oct 1638
Janet Huttonsometime spouse to John Gib, brabonar, cotterman in Castletoun, par. of Essie17 Jan 1600
Margaret Jackspouse to John Lowk, in Castelltoun, par. of Essie24 Nov 1619
George Jamiesonlawful son to umquhile John Jamieson, in Dunikenie, par. of Eassie6 Mar 1648
Walter Kayin Haltoune, par. of Essie14 Apr 1597
Agnes Kerrspouse to William Watson, in Balkirie, par. of Essie8 Feb 1617
Magdalen Kerrspouse to Andrew Smyth, in Haltoun of Essie17 Jul 1627
Patrick Kinnearcordiner in Haltoun of Essie, lawful son to umquhile John Kinnear, in Haltoun of Essie, and Margaret Luke, his spouse, par. of Essie25 Jan 1615
John Kydmerchant traveller in Angus, par. of Nevoy28 Apr 1707
Elspott Laingsometime spouse to John Donaldson, cotterman in Kirkinche, par. of Nevay31 Jan 1600
Alexander Lairdin Cassiltoun, par. of Essie21 Sep 1639
Susanna Lairdlawful daughter to the deceased John Laird, in Newmiln of Castletoun, par. of Eassie21 Feb 1718
Mr John Lammie of Dunkenniepar. of Eassie26 Mar 1707
Robert Lowsmith in the Seatone of Essay, par. of Essay6 Jun 1711
Alexander Lowellin Nevay7 Dec 1639
Margaret Lukedaughter to umquhile Patrick Luke, in Castilltoun, par. of Essie23 Jun 1618
Anna Lyonrelict of David Nevoy of that ilk20 Oct 1685
John Maircotterman in Nevay, par. of St Ringane11 Dec 1599
William Martinin Inglishtoun of Eassie, par. of Eassie31 May 1705
Peter Millarsometime tenant in Eassie, and Margaret Davidson, his spouse26 May 1780
Andrew Mitchellin Craighead, par. of Essie22 Oct 1685
George Mitchellin Tempiltoun, par. of Nevay3 Jul 1626
John Moncurat the Milne of Balgowny, par. of Essie19 Jun 1617
Margaret Moncurservant woman to John Moncur, her brother in Balgownie, par. of Essie14 Jan 1600
William Mustardin Dunkenie, par. of Eassie7 Aug 1717
Margaret Mylnespouse to John Jamesone, in Cottoun of Dunkeny, par. of Essie16 Jan 1636
John Nevay of that ilkpar. of Nevy2 Feb 1638
John Nevay of that ilkpar. of Essie29 Sep 1690 and 30 Aug 1693
Margaret Nevoylawful daughter to the deceased Sir David Nevoy of Nevoy, Senator of the College of Justice, and sometime spouse to Thomas Myln of Mylnfeild, par. of Forgan28 Apr 1691
James Ogilviein Kirktoun of Essie, par. of Essie12 Aug 1635
Andrew Ostlarin Inglishtoun, par. of Essie7 Apr 1687
James Parkertailor in Balkeirrie, par. of Nevay2 Apr 1618
Robert Patersoncotterman in Kirkinch, par. of Nevay23 Jan 1600
John Philiptenant in the Mill of Blairgowrie, par. of Eassie25 May 1798
Thomas Ramsayin Inglistoun of Essie, par. of Essie5 Nov 1616
John Rossin Nevoy29 Jun and 14 Oct 1720
David Scrimgeourin Balkirie, par. of Nevay10 Nov 1613
Helen Smartspouse to Alexander Ker, cotterman in Nevay12 Jan 1616
William Smartcotterman in Nevay, par. of St Tringane11 Dec 1599
William Soutarin Tempiltoun, par. of Nevay3 Jan 1600
John Stewartat the Brigend of Dunkeny, par. of Essie4 Aug 1621
Grissell Stobin Nevay, spouse to Robert Polgavie12 Jan 1616
Isobel Stobin Nevay19 Mar 1617
John Stobin Nevay12 Jan 1616
Alexander Thorntonin Balgounie, par. of Essie2 Aug 1639
James Thorntonin the Haltoun of Eassie6 Jul 1683
Margaret Thorntonsometime spouse to Alexander Schiphird, husbandman in Balgownie, par. of Essie14 Jan 1600
Thomas Thorntonin Balgony, par. of Essie16 Jan 1618
Mr Alexander Tyrielawful eldest son to umquhile James Tyrie, in Nevay11 Mar 1615
Alexander Tyriein Balkirie, par. of Nevay17 Oct 1616
David Tyriein Nevay, par. of Forfar22 Jun 1626
David Tyriein Neway, and William Tyrie, his brother, Helen Tyrie, their sister22 May 1651
Isobel Tyrie, Lady Nevay9 Feb 1626
James Tyriein Balkerie, par. of Nevay22 May 1626
James Tyriein Inglistoun, par. of Essie15 Feb 1637
John Tyriein Nevay24 Jun 1617
Andrew Vallentinecotterman in Nevay, par. of St Ringane11 Dec 1599
Isobel Vallentinein Neva, spouse of John Mair21 Mar 1615
George Watsonshepherd in Haltoun, par. of Essie24 Oct 1625
Grissell Watsonrelict of John Jack, in Balkirie, par. of Nevay20 Apr 1615
John Youngcotterman in Nevay, par. of St Ringans11 Dec 1599

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

Mr Alexander Finlaysonminister of Eassie and Nevay23 Feb 1732

Testaments of Eassie & Nevay people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600

Grissell Arbuthnotsometime spouse to David Watson, in Balkerie, par. of Nevay26 Apr 1577
Christiane Auchinleckrelict of Andro Donaldson, in the Tempiltoun of Nevay, in Angus5 Jun 1591
Marjorie Blacksometime spouse to John Moncur, in Inglistoun-Esse28 May 1576
John Brownin the Haltoun of Esse28 Mar 1582
Margaret Brownand Robert Kinneir, in the Haltoun of Esse, her spouse28 Mar 1582
Andro Butschartin Castleton, par. of Essie, sher. of Forfar12 Jul 1597
Elspeth Christiesometime spouse to Andrew Bucheart, in Casteltoun, par. of Esse30 Nov 1577
Margaret Curroursometime spouse to James Oisler, at the Newmylne of Esse in Angus10 Nov 1590
Helen Fararsometime spouse to Robert Ker, in Inglistoun-Essie22 Nov 1577
John Gourlayin the Haltoun of Essie, sher. of Forfar6 Mar 1598-9
Alexander Herries of Kirktoun-Esse20 Jan 1578-9
Elspeth Jack, alias Andersonsometime spouse to Henry Louk, in Cassiltoun, par. of Essie25 Nov 1577
Helen Jacksometime spouse to James Ostler, in the New-mylne of Esse25 Nov 1577
Isobel Jack, alias Andersonsometime spouse to John Tyrie, in Nevay14 Jun 1581
John Jack, alias Andersonin Balkerie, par. of Nevay25 Nov 1577
John Jackin Balkerie, par. of Navar [probably should read "Nevay"], sher. of Forfar7 Dec 1598
Robert Kerin Inglistoun of Essie, sher. of Forfar12 Jul 1583
John Kinnearin Haltoune of Essie, sher. of Angus24 May 1593
Margaret Kinnearsometime spouse to William Watson, in the Haltoun of Esse21 Dec 1581
Katherine Moncursometime spouse to Alexander Herries, in the Kirktoun of Esse22 Apr 1577
David Ostlarein Nevay26 Jul 1577
Mr Gilbert Ostlarebrother-german to David Ostlare, in Nevay17 Dec 1567
John Smythin the Haltoun of Essie in Angus25 Feb 1583-4
Malcolm Smythin Haltoun of Essie, in Angus20 Feb 1595-6
Isobel Strachansometime spouse to John Moncur, in Inglistoun-Esse18 Feb 1577-8
Katherine Strachan sometime spouse to John Nevay of that ilk, par. of Methie, sher. of Forfar17 Jun 1587
Jonet Watsonsometime spouse to John Tyrie, in Nevay25 Nov 1577
Jonet Watsonrelict of David Oisler, in Nevay in Angus8 Jan 1590-1

Testaments of Eassie & Nevay people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1601-1700

David Abercrombiein Nevay, in Angus2 Jun 1608
John Annerdaillin Bogischallow, par. of Navie, in Angus29 Jul 1602
John Donaldsonin Tempiltoun of Balgrowgow, par. of Nevay, sher. of Forfar6 Jun 1607
John Lammie of Dunkenneypar. of Essie, in Angus17 Oct 1605
John Lindsay of Dunkanypar. of Essie, sher. of Forfar24 Feb 1643
William Moncurin Nevay, par. of Nevay, in Angus3 Jan 1607
John Thorntonin Balgowney, par. of Essie, in Angus6 Jan 1602
James Tyriein Neva, par. of Nevay, sher. of Forfar26 Feb 1605
Bessie Youngspouse to Alexander Wrycht, in Dunkany, par. of Essie, sher. of Angus22 Dec 1602


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Eassie & Nevay ("Nevy & Essie"):

NRS ref. E326/12/2/43


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Eassie & Nevay ("Nevy & Essie"):


This page updated 8 Feb 2024