Inverarity and Meathie (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Inverarity and Meathie

Parish number 292

map of Inverarity

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


The parishes of Inverarity and Meathie-Lour were united in 1612, part of Meathie parish (Lour) being transferred to Forfar parish at that time. The former parish of Kirkbuddo or Carbuddo, which became a detached part of the parish of Guthrie, now forms the eastern end of Inverarity and Meathie.

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

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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


Statistical accounts of Inverarity


Maps of Inverarity & Meathie

For the full range of maps of Inverarity & Meathie, see National Library's Maps.


Photographs of places

See Inverarity - recent photographs of Inverarity. National Grid ref. NO4544.

See Meathie - recent photographs of Meathie. National Grid ref. NO4646.


Inverarity parish church

Inverarity parish kirk is located at National Grid ref. NO452443. Built 1754. The bell hung on the pre-reformation church, and is dated 1614.

Photograph of Inverarity Kirk

Another photo of Inverarity Kirk

Above: Inverarity kirk

The ruins of Meathie Kirk are at NO465462.


Parish ministers

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

Ministers of Inverarity 1560-1982

David Lindsay of Pitcairlie1560min. of Oathlaw, with charge here also
Sir Hew Lindsay1561-1563vicar 1561-3; chaplain of Denside 1566
James Blindschall1563reader
James Fotheringham1563-1568also had Meathie and Kinnettles in the charge
Charles Welwood1594-1605M.A.; adm. 1594; tr. to Kirkden 1595; prob. held both for a time; dem. here bef. 22 Apr 1605
David Williamson1605-1622pres. 22 Apr 1605; removed from Meathie on its union with Inverarity; tr. to Kilspindie PER 1 Aug 1622
William Rigg1622-1656b. ca. 1597 Edinburgh, son of John Rigg, min. of Dunnichen; M.A. Edinburgh 1617; pres. to Meathie 10 Oct 1622; d. Jul 1656; mar. Margaret, dau. of Colin Campbell, min. of Dundee; issue: John, min. of Strathmiglo FIF; William, min. of Lundie; Thos, writer in Edinburgh; Margaret (mar. Andrew Oliphant of Prinlaws, min. of Rossie); Eliz. (mar. Andrew Arrot of Dumbarrow); Agnes (mar. John Peter of Chapel, W.S.); Lilias (mar. David Halstoun of Craigton)
Frederick Bower1662-1663bro. of Alexander Bower of Kincaldrum; M.A. St Andrews 1649; adm. bef. 29 Oct 1662; d. Sep/Oct 1663, aged ca. 35; mar. Helen Fotheringham, who survived him; issue: Jean (mar. Alexr Graham, merchant burgess of Montrose); Lilias
George Grahame1665-1694M.A. St Andrews 1657; ord. 17 May 1665; dep. 1694 for drunkenness
John Milne1701-1710formerly min. of 2nd charge Montrose; intruded here 1701; dep. 1710
Robert Young1710-1734M.A. St Andrews 1703; clerk to Synod of Fife; ord. 6 Jun 1710; d. Dec 1734; mar. Eliz. Anderson; issue: John, min. here; Robert, min. of Benholm
John Grub1715-1716M.A.; intruded here Sep 1715 to Feb 1716
John Young1735-1778b. ca. 1711, son of above; ord. 20 Feb 1735; D.D. St Andrews 1763; d. 20 Jun 1778; mar. 1737 Jean Hay; issue: Robert, Maurice
John Webster1779-1807b. 1755, son of John W., bailie of Forfar; M.A. St Andrews 1773; ord. 8 Apr 1779; d. 10 Nov 1807; mar. 1793 Mary, dau. of Patrick Bryce, min. of Carmyllie; issue: Mary; John, M.D.; Patrick; Margaret; Eliz.; Geo., solicitor, London; Chas, barrister, London; James; Francis, W.S.; Wm Maul, solicitor, London; Thos, advocate
William Rankine1808-1830ord. 3 Nov 1808; d. 11 Feb 1830; mar. 1798 Margaret Scott, who survived him; issue: Isabella; Margaret; Mary Fothringham; Ann Eliz. Fothringham; Chas F.; Wm; Thos F.; Fredk F.
George Loudon1831-1867b. 1792 Tannadice, son of John L., farmer; M.A. St Andrews 1817; ord. to Lintrathen 28 Sep 1819; tr. & adm. 10 Mar 1831; d. 9 Mar 1867; mar. 1825 Mary, eldest dau. of Robert Montgomerie of Barnahill; issue: Mary Marian Montgomerie (mar. James Cruickshank Easton, min. of Meldrum); Eliz. Macfarlane
Patrick Stevenson1867-1905b. 24 Jul 1835 Coupar Angus, son of Peter James Stevenson, D.D., min. of Coupar Angus; ass. Dundee, Farnell, Alyth, Carluke LKS and Mount Stuart BUT; ord. 23 Aug 1867; d. 20 Aug 1905 unmar.; learned in medicine, botany and astronomy; student of the Diatomaceae
George Bremner1906-1921M.A., B.D.; b. 19 Mar 1875 Forres, son of Geo. B., burgh officer; ord. 18 Jan 1906; tr. to St Margaret's, Barnhill 13 Jul 1921; d. 27 Nov 1946 Broughty Ferry; mar. 1907 Jeanie Mackay
James Miller1921-1927b. 26 Nov 1880 Alloa CLK, son of James M.; business career for 15 years; ass. St Mary's Edinburgh; ord. 9 Nov 1921; tr. to Martyrs Glasgow 17 May 1927; mar. 1910 Laurenca Hamilton, dau. of Colin Finnie, Pollokshields; had issue
Walter Kilgour Black1927-1945b. 25 Feb 1875 Largo FIF, son of Andrew B.; ord. to Dudhope Free Church Dundee 5 Feb 1909; adm. Delting SHI 29 Aug 1912; tr. & adm. to Kirriemuir South 17 May 1915; tr. & adm. here 11 Aug 1927; dem. 30 Jun 1945; d. 1951 Edinburgh; mar. 1911 Mary Jane, dau. of Geo. Crichton, Largo; issue: Sir Douglas Andrew Kilgour, P.R.C.P.Lond.; WKG bicycled round the parish, in spite of an artificial leg
William Fimister Paxton1946-1958b. 1911 Kirkcaldy, son of Walter A.F.P.; educ. Kirkcaldy High School; M.A.(Edinburgh); ass. Dysart Barony; ind. to Laurieston West, Falkirk, 17 May 1937; tr. & ind. 25 Apr 1946; d. 12 Apr 1958 Edinburgh; mar. 1937 Margaret G. McGill
David George H. Whyte*1959-1982b. 1911 Inch WIG; divinity stud., St Andrews 1939; tr. from Keig & Tough & ind. 6 Apr 1959; ret. 23 Mar 1982; d. 24 Oct 1990 Stracathro; mar.(1) 1944 Grace N. Dunlop; had issue; (2) 1982 Jane A.G. Donaldson

* He was also minister of Kinnettles.

Ministers of Meathie 1560-1612

James Fotheringham1567min.
John Watson1574reader
John Nevay of that ilk1577min. of Glamis 1571; min. here 27 Apr 1577
John Strachan1575-1586reader
David Guthrie1588-1591reader
James Bannerman1599-1600M.A.; min. in 1599; tr. to Logierait PER 1600
David Williamson1600-1612adm. 1600; removed to Inverarity on union of parishes in 1612


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Inverarity Kirkyard (ca. 100 stones) and in Meathie Kirkyard (2 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 Inverarity in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 298-304.

A partial listing of monuments at Kirkbuddo is given on the page for Guthrie.

A few monuments in Inverarity Kirkyard:

Mr THOMAS RITCHIE farmer East Tarbrax died 2nd April 1873 aged 77 years ELIZABETH URQUHART wife of the above died 17th October 1885 aged 91 years

in memory of the Right Honourable WILLIAM EDWARD BAXTER D.L., J.P. of Kincaldrum, for 30 years member of parliament for the Montrose District of burghs, who died on the 10th of August 1890, in the 66th year of his age, eldest son of EDWARD BAXTER of Kincaldrum, and his wife EUPHEMIA WILSON. Also in memory of JANET SCOTT wife of WILLIAM EDWARD BAXTER, who died on the 7th October 1910 in the 87th year of her age.

In loving memory of EDWARD ARMITSTEAD BAXTER D.L., J.P. of Kincaldrum and Kilmaron born 25th of September 1848 died 17th of January 1933 eldest son of the Right Hon. W. E. BAXTER and to his wife ISOBEL SCOTT-ELLIOT died 26th of December 1943 in the 91st year of her age

In loving memory of WILLIAM EDWARD ELLIOT BAXTER of Kincaldrum 30.VII.1880 - 28.I.1955 and of his wife INGRID RASMUSSEN SKOWSGAARD 24.II.1896 - 3.IX.1950

[For more on the above Baxters of Kincaldrum, see Here.]


Inverarity war memorial
Located in the kirkyard

War memorial side one G. Batchelor, Royl Hrs
Alex. Brown, Scots Gds
James Bruce, Royl Hrs
Pet. Crighton, Royl Hrs
Wm. Douglas, Scot. Cans
Chas. Johnston, Royl Hrs
Dd. Kinnear, Royl Scots
Alex. H. Kinnear, Cam. Hrs

War memorial side two Wm. Downie, Royal Field Arty
David Bruce, Seaforth Highrs
Wm. Duthie, Scots Guards
Alex, Gourlay, Royal Naval Brigde
Wm. Gourlay, Royal Highlanders
Chas. McKiddie, Gordon Highrs
David Nairn, Royal Field Arty
Henry Napier, Royal Highlanders
John Norrie, Royal Scots

War memorial side three Wm. Latto, Cam. Hrs
Robt Marr, R.G. Arty
John Peters, Royl Hrs
John Reid, Scots Gds
Dd. Robertson, H.L. Infty
Alex. Spence, R.F. Arty

And in the 1939-45 war

Pte. Ed. Leslie Balfour, 2nd Black Watch
Pte. Frank Brown, 2nd Black Watch
Gnr. Ralph Hunter, R.A.
F/Lt George Lawrence, D.F.M., R.A.F.

See also The Scottish War Memorials Project: Inverarity.


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.


Marriage contracts

DateTypePartiesNRS ref.
1707antenuptialMr Thomas Thomson, notary public at Chance Inn
Jean Milne, 3rd dau. of Mr John Milne, minister at Inverarity


Church Session Records of Inverarity Parish Church
(Inverarity-Kinnettles from 1959)

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/381/...
Minutes & accounts1769-18363
Cash book1834-18545
Proclamations & baptisms1837-19477
Cash book1911-194510
Communion roll1927-195612
Communion roll1957-197214


Inverarity Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR55/...
Minute book (with accounts)1880-19301
Letter re insurance of ecclesiastical buildings19292
Receipts by Parish Council for records19273


Land owners

The principal proprietors of land in the parish in 1835:


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

1755996Dr Alexander Webster
1789900Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

Inverarity & Meathie 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 Inverarity & Meathie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823

David Adamin Cottertoune of Kincaldrum, par. of Innerairetie15 Nov 1620
Robert Adamsonlate tenant in the Mains of Inverarity, thereafter tenant of the half of the Mains of Balfour, par. of Kingoldrum11 Mar 1776
Alison Airthrelict of John Taylor, residing at Whigstreet, Inverarity3 Apr 1820
John Barrietailor in Hapes, par. of Inneraritie22 Oct 1599
David Belliein Quhischit-grein of Ounstoun, par. of Innerarretie11 Nov 1619
Agnes Burnin Hapes, par. of Inneraritie, spouse of Thomas Hog22 Oct 1599
Alexander Butchartin Muirtoun of Easter Methie, par. of Methie22 Sep 1617
Adam Condie elderin Barnhill of Strowie, par. of Methie30 Jul 1616
Patrick Croallin Arnehall, par. of Enneraratie19 Dec 1649
John Daes or Daissin Gaitsyde of Kintreith, par. of Methie6 May 1600
Peter Dawsonflax dresser in Ground of Kilcaldrum, par. of Kingoldrum [?]22 Mar 1817
John Deanin Kincreich, par. of Inveraritie16 Mar 1626
Alexander Dogtailor in Tarvett, par. of Innerarity18 Jun 1596
Isobel Drummondrelict of Mr George Elphingstone, sometime schoolmaster at Inverarity29 Jul 1772
James Gardinein Carrat, par. of Inneraritie26 Aug 1614
John Gibson of Gallowfauldpar. of Inneraretie25 Apr 1620
Mr Alexander Grahame of Wester Meathiepar. of Inveraritie28 Sep 1713, 7 Apr and 15 Nov 1714 and 6 Jan 1717
Margaret Grayspouse to James Ramsay, in Unstone, par. of Inveraritie24 Sep 1640
Janet Halkneyspouse to William Wilson, in Easter Methie, par. of Methie6 Dec 1614
Margaret Hayspouse to John Nevay of that Ilk, par. of Methie13 Jan 1615
Isobel HendersonKincreigh27 Jun 1809
James Hendersontenant of the possession of Cuttyhaugh12 Apr 1813
Marjorie Hendersonspouse to William Nevay, in Cottoune of Kincreich, par. of Methie25 Mar 1620
David Kerrat the Grange of Kincrech, par. of Methie2 Apr. 1618
Euphaim Kerrsometime spouse to Walter Mitchelsone, portioner of East Grange of Kincreich, par. of Methie28 Nov 1614
James Kerrtenant at Little Lower21 Dec 1818
Thomas Kerr of Ovenstonat Seggiden, par. of Inverarity6 Feb 1755, 17 Nov 1756 and 29 Mar 1758
John Laingat the Miln of Innerairty, par. of Innerairity4 Sep 1753
Grissell Millarspouse to Andrew Schiphird, in Lour, par. of Methie30 Jul 1616
John Milnein Aidgertoun, par. of Methie30 Apr 1617
James Mitchelsonin the Kirktoune of Inveraretie3 Jun 1626
Janet Mitchelsonspouse to John Gibson, flesher in Gallofauld, par. of Inveraretie7 Oct 1625
Matild Mitchelsonspouse to John Butter, in Balgirsche, par. of Inneraretie4 Jun 1621
Walter Mitchelson of Easter Grange of Kincreichpar. of Methie5 Jun 1635
Janet Moffatspouse to David Schiphird, in Little Lour, par. of Methie30 Jul 1616
Alexander Mylnein Quhittehauch, par. of Methie30 Jul 1635
Bessie Mylnespouse to umquhile Patrick Trest, in Newtoune of Methie, par. of Methie22 Nov 1627
Isobel Mylnein Grange of Kincreif, par. of Inveraritie24 Sep 1640
Margaret Nessspouse to James Malcom, in Carrat, par. of Inneraretie15 Jun 1619
Katherine Philipin Hapess, par. of Inneraritie22 Oct 1599
William Pirie elderin Kirktoun of West Grange of Kincreich, par. of Methie27 Jul 1616
Janet Ritchiein Happis, par. of Inneraritie15 Mar 1597-8
Robert Smallfarmer at Mill of Kincaldrum, afterwards residing in Forfar10 Dec 1823
Andrew Stevenin Kincreich, par. of Methie12 Jan 1616
Christian Stevenspouse to William Ritchardsoune, now in Arnahall, par. of Methie-lour7 Jun 1624
James Stevenhusbandman at the Milne of Kincreich, par. of Methie19 Nov 1599
John Trestin Methie, par. of Innerraretie4 Mar 1635
Christian Walkersometime spouse to Walter Michelsoun, portioner of Eastgrange of Kincreith, par. of Methie21 Jul 1595
Christian Watterstounspouse to Gilbert Guthrie, in Carrat, par. of Inneraretie15 Jun 1619
Patrick Waughin Glenboy, par. of Methie4 Mar 1597-8
Dr John Youngminister at Inverarity29 Jul 1778

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

Adam Archerin Kaphouse, par. of Inverarity10 Nov 1725
Alexander Bowerin Kilcaldrum, par. of Inverarity23 Mar 1761
James Bower of Methiepar. of Inverarity23 Aug 1738
David Gordonin Labothy, par. of Inverarity9 Jun 1731
John Jarrenin Kincaldrume, par. of Innerichtie [Inverarity]20 Jul 1737
James Morganin Wester Methie, par. of Inveraity25 Jan 1738

Testaments of Inverarity & Meathie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1800
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

Grissell Adamservitor to Thomas Keill, in the Pietter Loone of IneraritieT. 24 Jun 1657
John Bressakportioner of InverarityT. 6 Nov 1779
Mr Alexander Graham of Wester Meathie25 Sep 1735
James Graham of MeathieT. 9 Nov 1792
Mr William Rigg minister at Ineraritie13 Aug 1656

Testaments of Inverarity & Meathie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600

Katherine Grayspouse of umquhile Thomas Guthrie, in the Bonitoune of Inneraratie25 Mar. 1569
John Kinnearin Haltoun of Inveraritie in Angus4 Mar 1587-8
David Lindsayminister at Inneraretie1 Jul 1581
David Lindsayin Bonytoun of Innereritie29 Nov 1592
John Maxwellin Balgirscho, par. of Inneraritie, sher. of Forfar13 May 1586
Elizabeth Nevaysometime spouse to James Wychtand, in the Mylne of Inneraritie9 Jul 1577
Grissell Nevaysometime spouse to James Bouchart, portioner of Eister-Grange, par. of Inneraritie, sher. of Forfar19 Jun 1587
Katherine Strachansometime spouse to John Nevay of that ilk, par. of Methie, sher. of Forfar17 Jun 1587


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Inverarity:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/57


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Inverarity:


This page updated 16 Feb 2024