Kettins (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Kettins

Parish number 294

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Church Session
Clock & watch tax
Deaths & burials
Farm horse tax
Land owners
Ministers of the parish
Monumental inscriptions
Old parish registers
Parish Church
Photographs of places
Population statistics
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
War graves


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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 Kettins


Maps of Kettins

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


Photographs of places

See Kettins - recent photographs of Kettins. National Grid ref. NO2339.


Parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO238390. Built 1768. The mediaeval kirk was dedicated to St Bride (Bridget).

The bell, called "Maria Troon", is dated 1519. It was cast by Jooris Waghevens (George Waghevens), one of a family of bellfounders in Mechelen. It would seem to have been donated by Master Hans Popenruyter, a gunfounder of Mechelen who cast guns for Henry VIII of England [e.g., MS British Library Cotton Galba B. iii. ff. 3v-4]. But it is unclear to what place it was originally given. See Hutcheson's article. The bell is inscribed:


One may note the dedication of the Birgittine monastery of Maria Troon at Dendermonde in 1471 [Ulla Sander Olsen, "The late medieval chronicle of Marie van Oss, abbess of the Birgittine monastery Maria Troon in Dendermonde, 1466-1507" in Erik Kooper (ed.), The Medieval Chronicle: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle, Driebergen/Utrecht, 13-16 July 1996, pp. 240-50 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999)].

There was also a priory of Maria Troon at Grobbendonk, east of Antwerpen, that was sacked in 1579 - Priorij Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ten-Troon te Grobbendonk. The bell may have come from there, if one accepts that the name of the bell should match the name of the place it belonged to.


Parish ministers 1560-1954

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

James Jamieson1563, 1567reader
Archibald Keith1568min. at Lundie; in charge here 1568
James Anderson1590-1603min. of Bendochy PER and Kettins Nov 1569; tr. to Stirling 2 Dec 1582; tr. & adm. 1590; d. 31 Jan 1603; mar. Agnes Halyburton, who survived him; issue: Henry, burgess of Perth
Colin Campbell1605-1617M.A.; adm. ca. 1605; tr. to Dundee 1617
James Auchenleck1618-1649M.A.; adm. 1618; dep. Sep 1649; adm. to Auchterhouse 30 Jul 1656
David Paton1650-1692b. ca. 1624 Dundee; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1644; adm. to Kemback FIF 11 Jul 1648; tr. & adm. 9 Aug 1650; d. Apr 1692; mar. Christian Brown; John; James, min. here; David; Christian; Agnes; Grissel; Margaret (mar. Alexr Bruce, merchant, Dundee); Eupham (mar. John Haliburton of the Fodderance); Geo.
James Paton of Scotston1680-1716bapt. 27 Mar 1655, son of above; M.A. St Andrew 1674; adm. (colleague) 29 Oct 1680; imprisoned 1716 by his cousin Geo. Duncan; d. 1730x1739; mar. (1) 1688 Anna Nairn; issue: James; John; Geo.; Eupham; Eliz. (mar. contr. Henry Crawford of Monorgan); Anna; Grisell; Barbara; Christian; Margaret; mar. (2) 1700 Isobel, dau. of Patrick Oliphant of Newton; issue: Isobel, Anna
James Gray1717-1743b. 1672; M.A. St Andrews 1692; ord. to Kinloch 6 Aug 1697; tr. & adm. 17 Nov 1717; d. 17 Mar 1743; mar. (1) Ann Drummond; issue: John; Eliz. (mar. William Morison of Naughton, merchant, Dundee); Marion; Margaret; mar. (2) Christian Arbuthnot; no issue
John Ker1744-1745ord. 1 Feb 1744; tr. to Forfar 7 Mar 1745
Robert Traill1746-1753ord. 22 Jan 1746; tr. to Banff 20 Dec 1753
John Haliburton1754-1799b. 1727, son of David Haliburton, writer, Dundee; ord. 7 Aug 1754; d. 25 Aug 1799; mar. (1) 1757 Margaret, dau. of David Thomson, min. of Meigle; issue: Helen (mar. Colin Symers, min. of Alyth); David; John; mar. (2) 1767 Eliz. Ker; issue: Thos, Eliz., Geo.; David
David Symers1801-1842b. 1 Jun 1778, son of Colin S., min. of Alyth; gson of above John Haliburton; ord. 7 May 1801; d. 16 Jul 1842 unmar.
John Ross Macduff1842-1849ord. 29 Dec 1842; tr. to St Madoes PER 21 Jun 1849
John Tulloch (John Grant Tulloch)1849-1855b. 1 Jun 1823 Dron PER, son of Wm Weir T., min. of Tibbermore PER; ass. St Paul's, Dundee; ord. to St Paul's Dundee 4 Mar 1845; tr. & adm. 20 Sep 1849; res. 22 Jun 1855 following adm. 9 Nov 1854 as principal of St Mary's Coll., St Andrews; D.D. St Andrews 1854; moderator of Gen. Assembly 23 May 1878; d. 13 Feb 1886 Torquay; bur. St Andrews Cathedral yard; the most distinguished church man of his time; mar. 1845 Jane Ann Sophia, dau. of Prof. J.H. Hindmarsh; issue: Wm Weir, D.D., min. of Maxwell Glasgow; Sarah Eliz.; Isobel Frances; John Marshall; Antonetta; Maude Janet Ann; Francis Glasgow; Charles James; Fredk Ferrier Rose; Agnes Amy; Edith Rose; Margaret Blanche Oliphant (mar. Sir Charles Stewart Wilson, K.C.I.E)
John Alexander Mackenzie1855-1867b. 20 Jul 1829 Auldearn NAI, son of James G. M., M.A., schoolmaster; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1847; ord. to Chapelshade Dundee 22 Apr 1852; tr. to Ferryport-on-Craig FIF 22 Sep 1853; tr. & adm. 27 Sep 1855; d. 31 Oct 1867
James Fleming1868-1913b. 12 May 1842 Troon AYR, son of James F., min. of Troon; M.A. Glasgow 1860; ass. St Paul's Dundee; ord. to Stanley PER 11 May 1865; tr. to Glenisla 12 May 1866; tr. & adm. 17 Jul 1868; D.D. Glasgow 1911; res. 16 May 1913; d. 21 Sep 1913 Kettins; mar. 1870 Mary Stuart Menzies, dau. of David Campbell Macdonald of Lassintullich, Perthshire; issue: James
Colin Mackay Kerr1913-1922b. 12 Jul 1880 Aberdeen, son of James K., teacher; M.A. 1903, Ph.D.(1906 Jena), B.Sc. 1906, B.D. 1906 Aberdeen; ass. Arbroath; ord. 10 Mar 1909 at Arbroath to be missionary prof. to Scott. Ch. Coll., Calcutta; ass. Marnoch 1913; adm. here 25 Sep 1913; tr. to St Geo. in the Fields Glasgow 16 May 1922; emig. to Halifax, Nova Scotia, 17 Jan 1926; min. of presb. ch., Halifax; ass. St Luke's, Lochee 4 Jun 1944; d. 2 Sep 1964 Comox, B.C.; mar. 1913 Eliz., dau. of David Cargill; issue: Isobel M.
Charles Neilson Rutherfurd1922-1931b. 27 Apr 1894 Lewes, Sussex, son of John R.; M.A. Glasgow 1914; ass. St Mark's Dundee; ord. 21 Sep 1922; tr. to Huntly ABD 3 Sep 1931; tr. to St Michael's Linlithgow 15 Nov 1939; d. 14 Jan 1961 Edinburgh; mar. 1924 Janet Archer, 2nd dau. of Ebenezer Henderson, solicitor, Dundee; had issue
Robert Kerr Goodfellow1932-1954b. 27 Feb 1881 Irvine, son of Robert G., tailor; uni. Glasgow M.A.; from Dunbar; ret. 31 Dec 1954; d. 1958 Dundee; mar. 1924 Margaret H. Barclay


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Kettins Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 110 stones) 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.)

Copy of monumental inscriptions in Kettins Churchyard, compiled by S. Cramer, in NRS [NRS ref. RH4/41/3 no. 4]

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Kettins in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 2, pp. 90-100.


Kettins war graves

CWGC - Kettins - 2 men


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 Kettins Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/518/...
Minutes1742-1791, 1801-18753
Misc. papers, mostly re trusts, collections & correspondenceca. 1890-19215
Vouchers (22)1911-19126


Land owners

There were 7 proprietors of land in the parish in 1842:


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
excluding the Perthshire part of the parish

17551475Dr Alexander Webster
1790Old Statistical Account

* A further 73 people lived in the Perthshire part of the parish.

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

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

William Adiebrabanar cotterman in Milnetoun of Ardlair, par. of Kettins19 Nov 1599
James Andersonat the Walk-miln of Fodderance, par. of Kettins8 Aug 1722
Catharine Auchinlecklawful daughter to the deceased Mr James Auchinleck, minister at Kettins, par. of Perth13 Apr 1676
Marjorie Barbourrelict of Thomas Ogilvie, in Ketins15 Jun 1705
Thomas Baxterservitor to Sir James Haliburtoune of Pitcur, knight, par. of Kettins12 Mar 1618
Thomas Brownin Gask, par. of Kettins7 Jun 1624
David Bruceportioner of North Bandirrene, par. of Kettins20 Dec 1597
Andrew Bruntonbrewar in the Foord of Pitcurr, par. of Kettins4 May 1720
Robert Bruntonin Kettins17 Oct 1683
Margaret Christiesometime spouse to William Mairleoun, cotter-man in Cottertoun of Balgillo, par. of Kettins19 Nov 1599
William Christiein Kettins10 Mar 1590-1
Alexander Cochraneat the Kurd of Pitcur, par. of Kettins30 Jul 1624
James Cokescadgear in Ketins10 Mar 1590-1
Margaret Cooksometime spouse to James Ewin, in Ketins6 May 1588
Ellen Coupersometime spouse of William Bell, in Kettins18 Feb 1589-90
Margaret Couperspouse to Gilbert Couper, in Bandirran, par. of Kettins31 Oct 1616
James Currierin Glask, par. of Ketins19 Oct 1685
David Dougattlawful son to umquhile David D., in Balgarff24 Oct 1625
James Dougattin Balgoiff, par. of Kettins7 Jul 1617
John Dougattlawful son to umquhile David Dougatt, in Balgoiff, par. of Ketnis24 Oct 1625
John Duttourin Cottertoun of Baldowrie, par. of Kettins22 Oct 1599
Isobel Edmonstounspouse to John Christ, weaver in Kettins6 Oct 1681
John Edmonstounin Marshalhill of Kettins, par. of Kettins30 Jul 1707
Adam Geikiein Kinnochtrie, par. of Kethins4 Jul 1673
Anthon Geikiein Kettins4 May 1614
James Geikiein Petie, par. of Ketins4 Jul 1673
John Geikielawful son to William Geky, in Kettins, a young child of fifteen years of age10 Mar 1590-1
William Geikielawful son to Adam Geikie, in Kinnochtrie, par. of Kethins4 Jul 1673
William Geikie elderin Baldowrie, par. of Ketins20 Oct 1685
John Gibbin Muir of Fodrance, par. of Kettins11 Mar 1590-1
Alexander Gregorieat Balgillow, par. of Kettins15 Aug 1699
Alexander Haliburton of Fodderance17 Jul 1706
Catherine Haliburtonin Baldynne, par. of Kettins16 Jul 1626
David Haliburton of Pittcurpar. of Kettins7 Mar 1690, 30 Aug 1695 and 7 Feb 1700
Sir George Haliburton of Foderancepar. of Kettins5 Jun 1706
Sir James Haliburton of Pitcur, knightpar. of Kettins8 Apr and 12 Oct 1619 and 26 May 1620
James Haliburton of Pitcur26 May 1620
John Haliburton of Fodrancepar. of Kettins13 Jul 1676
Margaret Haliburtounspouse to James Haliburtoun of Fodrance, par. of Kettins3 Feb 1687
Mr Thomas Haliburtonbrother german to Sir James H. of Pitcur12 Nov 1613 and 5 Jun 1618
Isobel Halkettrelict of John Key, at Miln of Kettins1 Mar 1751
David Hayin Kinochrie, par. of Kettins3 Apr 1616
Margaret Hendersonin Bandowrie, par. of Kettins7 Oct 1681
William Huntersometime in Balharrie, thereafter in Balgillo, par. of Kettins11 Nov 1687
Elspet Jackspouse to James Fyfe, in Ardblair, par. of Kettins17 Oct 1685
William Jackin Barrindon, par. of Kettins9 May 1683
Andrew Jacksonservitor to James Murray, tailor in Fotherns, par. of Kettins14 May 1686
Jean Jacksonspouse to James Doig, smith in Fodderance, par. of Kettins2 Mar 1715
John Kilgourlabouring servant at Baldourie, par. of Kettins9 Jun 1770
James Kydin Gask, par. of Kettins5 Aug 1613
Helen Lowsonin Fuird of Petcur, par. of Kettins, spouse of Thomas Bell22 Oct 1599
Margaret Macwiespouse to John Lowk, in Kynnochtrie, par. of Kettins28 Jun 1621
Thomas Mancordiner in Kettins20 Oct 1586
Isobel Martinrelict of Alexander Geikie, of Baldowie, par. of Kettins17 Dec 1755 and 28 Dec 1757
Agnes Meikin the Lonhead of Keillour, par. of Kettins, spouse of Thomas Gill30 Jun 1627
John Melvilleat the Mylne of Peatie, par. of Kettins5 Jul 1624
Catherine Menziesin the Neutoun of Fodderance, par. of Kettins30 Aug 1723
Mrs Cecilia Lyonrelict of Mungo Murray esq. of Lintrose13 Oct 1817
Thomas Ogilviein Kettins7 Oct 1681
Mr David Patonminister at Kettins9 Jan 1693
John Pattullo of Kinnochtriepar. of Kettins27 Jun 1748
Margaret Petriespouse to Patrick Thorn, in Balgowe, par. of Kettins29 Mar 1636
Helen Polgaviein Cottoun of Pitcur, par. of Kettins22 Oct 1599
Susanna Ramsayspouse to Mr George Haliburtoun of Kelour, par. of Kettins15 Mar 1614
William Ramsaytenant in East end of Kettins5 Mar 1695
Donald Ritchiein Westtoun End of Kettins20 Oct 1681
William Ritchiein Cathnes, par. of Kettins25 Sep 1695
William Robertsonat Ford of Pitcur, tenant at Gask3 Apr 1810
George Rochesmith in the ground of Baldiunie, par. of Kettins7 Oct 1681
Catherine Rollo[k]in Kynnochtrie, par. of Kettins28 Aug 1621
Dame Margaret Scrimgeourrelict of Sir James Halyburtoun of Pitcur30 Jun 1624
Isobel Simpsonspouse to Richard Gray, in Bandirrane, par. of Kettins21 Jan 1629
Matilda Simpsonspouse to Henry Robert, in Caldhame, par. of Kettins10 Apr 1619
Patrick Simpsoncotterman in Ardler, par. of Kettins19 Nov 1599
Janet Slidderspouse to Thomas Watson, in Peattie, par. of Kettins25 Apr 1636 and 18 Jul 1637
James Smallcotterman in Ardler, par. of Kettins19 Nov 1599
George Smithweaver in Kettins, par. of Kettinsi Nov 1775
Margaret Smithspouse to Andrew Blair, in Pitcur, par. of Ketins19 Oct 1685
William Soutarat the Ford of Pitcur, par. of Kettins19 Jun 1676
Agnes Spaldingspouse to James Small, in Cottoun of Kinnochtrie, par. of Kettins26 Jul 1613
Janet Spinkspouse to John Chrystie, in Balluny, par. of Kettins4 Aug 1621
John Steel of Baldowrypar. of Kettins7 Jan 1793
Beatrix Watsonsometime spouse to Robert Swan, plewman to the Laird of Petcur, par. of Kettins29 Oct 1599
Catherine and James Watsonchildren of David Watson, in Peatie, par. of Kettins25 Jan 1759
Andrew Whitepar. of Kettins26 Jan 1626
William Whittitin Hill of Pitcur, par. of Kettins30 Jun 1606
David Youngin Ketins, par. of Ketins14 Oct 1673

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

Margaret Geikiespouse of --- Blair, in Pitcur, par. of Kettins8 Mar 1732
William Geikiepar. of Kettins8 Mar 1732
Margaret Mylesspouse to Alexander Geikie of Baldorone, par. of Ketins3 Jan 1733
William Ogilvie of Newhallpar. of Kettins30 Jun 1731
Thomas Soularin Midle Taith of Kinochtry, par. of Kettins8 Jan 1729
James Steillat Miln of Kinochtry, par. of Kettins2 Dec 1730

Testaments of Kettins 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.

Mr David Patonlawful son to the deceased Mr David Paton, minister at Kettins10 Jan 1700
Mr James Paton of Scotstounminister of Kettins12 Apr 1739 and 23 Sep 1743

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

Katrene Bellrelict of Mr Thomas Halyburtoun, in Kethynns, sher. of Forfar24 May 1597
John Blair of Bagillopar. of Kethynns, sher. of Forfar20 Dec 1597
Thomas Clarkin Kethynns, sher. of Forfar20 Dec 1586
Isobel Gibrelict of John Fergusson, in Kettynns, sher. of Forfar23 Jan 1586-7
George Halyburtounin Katynns in Angus26 Aug 1581
Sir George Halyburtoun of Petcur, knightpar. of Kethynns, sher. of Forfar16 Dec 1597

Testaments of Kettins people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1601-1700

William Geikiein Kethynnis, in Angus23 Dec 1608
John Mustard, youngerin Baldynney, par. of Kettyns, in Angus23 Feb 1604
Thomas Mustardin Balgioff, par. of Kethynns, Angus23 Feb 1604


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Kettins:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/43


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Kettins:


This page updated 19 Sep 2022