Kinnettles (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Kinnettles

Parish number 297

map of Kinnettles

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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Census records
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 memorial


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


Statistical accounts of Kinnettles


Maps of Kinnettles

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


Photographs of places

See Kinnettles - recent photographs of Kinnettles. National Grid ref. NO4246.


Local societies

Kinnettles and District Heritage Group


Kinnettles parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO422466. Built 1812 by Samuel Bell. Now a private house.

Photograph of Kinnettles Kirk

Another photo of Kinnettles Kirk

Above: Kinnettles kirk

Other churches

Kinnettles Free Kirk

Above: the former Free Kirk, later United Free Kirk, at Kirkton of Kinnettles. It closed in 1919 and is now the Duncan Hall, named after Sir James Duncan of Kinnettles.


Parish ministers 1560-1950

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

John (James?) Scott1563parson; d. bef. 22 May 1566
Andrew Davidson1566pres. to parsonage 22 May 1566; also held vicarage; d. bef. 4 Dec 1587
James Fotheringham1567min. of Inverarity; also in charge here 1567
Alexander Nevay1573-1574reader from 1 May 1573 to 1574
Robert Duncanson1576reader
Gilbert Simson1578-1586reader
Andrew Lindsay1587M.A.; regent, St Andrews; pres. to parsonage 4 Dec 1587 on death of Andrew Davidson
James Davidson1587min. here; pres. to vicarage 15 Dec 1587 on death of Andrew Davidson
James Rait1588-1608min. of Forfar 1576; pres. to parsonage & vicarage 10 Sep 1588 on death of Andrew Davidson[?]; tr. & adm. 16 Sep 1588; still min. 1608
David Lindsay1610-1617M.A. St Andrews 1602; min. of Carmyllie 1609; adm. bef. 20 Sep 1610; tr. to Belhelvie ABD bef. 8 Aug 1617
James Lamont1620-1649b. ca. 1593, son of Alan L., min. of Scoonie FIF; M.A. St Andrews 1613; adm. bef. 2 Oct 1620; dep. Oct 1649; d. 1651 Kinnettles; mar. Margaret Sibbald, who survived him
Alexander Pigott1662-1666M.A.; adm. bef. 29 Oct 1662; tr. to Airth STI 8 May 1666
Silvester Lyon1667-1669M.A.; adm. 31 Jan 1667; tr. to Kirriemuir 6 Jan 1669
Alexander Tyler (Taylor)1670-1688b. Buchan; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1664; ord. 27 Feb 1670; still min. 11 Jul 1688
James Taylor1689-1691?prob. rel. to above; adm. bef. 1689; Jacobite rebel; d. 1694
John Lyon1691-1716M.A. St Andrews 1662; ord. 15 Sep 1665; adm. to Urr KKD 1666; outed there 1688; he said he filled vacancy here caused by Alexr (James?) Taylor from Apr 1691; d. aft. 19 Mar 1716; mar. Jean Murray; issue: Robt, Jane, Eliz.
William Wingate1716-1735ord. 14 Dec 1716; d. 8 May 1735
Thomas Brown1736-1743ord. 26 Feb 1736; dep. 26 Sep 1743 for deserting charge; tried for celebrating an irreg. mar. and transported to American plantations for 14 years
George Nicol1744-1773ord. 20 Jun 1744; d. 25 Nov 1773; mar. 1744 Jean Abercromby
David Ferney1774-1806ord. 30 Jun 1774; d. 26 Apr 1806; mar. 1775 Margaret Cambella Walker; issue: Wm Douglas, Jean
Robert Lunan1807-1850b. 1779 (not in Angus); ord. 16 Apr 1807; d. 9 Apr 1850 the manse, Kinnettles; mar. (1) 1808 Isabella Smith; issue: Helen, Margaret, Robt, Eliz., Wm; mar. (2) 1843 Eliz., dau. of Geo. Bell; issue: Geo. Bell, min. of Newtyle
Robert Turner1850-1899b. 8 Mar 1826 Hamilton, son of Robert T.; ass. Largs 1849-1850; ord. (ass. & suc.) 10 Jan 1850; dem. 16 May 1899; d. 26 Apr 1903 Dunoon; mar. 1850 Marianne, dau. of Wm McFarlane, merchant, Glasgow; issue: Wm McFarlane; Robt; Eliz. Wylie; Marianne McFarlane; Margaret Fisher; John Kinross; Janet Wilson
Maunsell Grant Mackintosh Donald1899-1941b. 25 Aug 1871 Grantown MOR, son of James D.; M.A. 1891 B.D. 1895 Aberdeen; ass. Keith and Forfar; ord. 21 Sep 1899; d. 7 May 1941 Kinnettles; mar. 1905 Mary Henrietta, yr dau. of John Stevenson, LL.D., min. of Glamis; had issue
John Alexander Paterson1941-19452nd son of John P.; ord. & ind. 19 Nov 1941; tr. to Haifa 1945; mar. 1941 Edith, dau. of James MacHardy
George Kinnear Wood1946-1950b. 1899 Yoker, son of William W., marine engineer; educ. Clydebank High School; M.A. Glasgow; tr. from Thornhill DFS & ind. to Kinnell 26 Jan 1933; tr. to Kells, New Galloway Jan 1937; tr. to St Ninian's, Stonehouse 1944; tr. here & ind. 26 Jun 1946; tr. George Street Church, Paisley 1950; d. 1990 Dunfermline; mar. 1927 Rose T. McKenzie; issue: rev. James L.K.

Ministers of Kinnettles Free Kirk, later U.F. Kirk

Thomas James Patteson (Pattison)1845-1895b. ca. 1817 Ireland; ord. 10 Oct 1845; due to retire Jun 1895; d. 14 Aug 1895 Kinnettles; mar. 1854 Agnes Smith; issue: Agnes Eliz.; Alexr Matth. Chas; Angelica Allison; Thos Edward; Marion Anne Scrimgeour Fotheringham; Frances Eliz. Anne; Mary S.; Anna Matilda Julia; Robina Mary
Peter Wilson1895-1899ord. 10 Oct 1895; res. 24 Dec 1899; went to Australia
John Bruce Wilson1900-1906b. ca. 1850 Dunblane PER; ass. 1st Free Kirk, Forfar 1899-1900; ord. 1 Feb 1900; res. Dec 1906; chaplain, Craigleith Poorhouse, Edinburgh
William Fairbairn1907-1909formerly Abercorn; lately Wynberg, S.A; ind. 4 Jul 1907; res. Dec 1909; tr. to Delting


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Kinnettles Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 40 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.)

A fuzzy plan of interments and monumental inscriptions, with lair numbers and a few out-of-focus photographs of monuments in Kinnettles Kirkyard are at Kinnettles and District Heritage Group: Kirkyard.

The following are some inscriptions in Kinnettles Kirkyard:

[west] Also in memory of their father ANDREW MELVIN, merchant, Glasgow, who died and was interred there February 1813, aged 37 years. BARBARA MELVIN, his eldest daughter died at Forfar 22nd April 1879, aged 75 years; and is interred here. Also ELIZABETH JOHNSTON, relict of the above WILLIAM MELVIN, who died 11th November 1887 aged 76 years. MARGARET MELVIN, younger daughter of the above ANDREW MELVIN, who died at Forfar 18th July 1900, aged 89 years and is interred here

1840 Erected by JAMES RAE, farmer, North Mains of Kinnettles, in memory of his friends. The erector of this stone an elder of the parish died 19th April 1876, aged 79 years.

In memory of ROBERT, who died in 1856. MARIANNE MacFARLANE, who died in 1879. JEANETTE WILSON, who died at Davos-Platz, Switzerland in 1890. Son and daughters of Rev. ROBERT TURNER, minister of Kinnettles. His wife MARIANNE MacFARLANE, died 1898. The said Rev. ROBERT TURNER, died at Dunoon in 1903. MARGARET FISHER, daughter of above died at Helensburgh in 1919. ELIZABETH TURNER, last surviving daughter died 18th August 1932.

In the vault underneath lie the mortal remains of ANNE KEAN née NICOL born at Burnside Foffarty 21 Feb. 1802, died at the manse of Moonzie Fife 30 Dec. 1870. "Neither counted she her life dear."

[west] Ar L 1761 See hou Impartial Death Cutts Doun / Some in their Morning Some at иoon / Some in the Evening of their day / O therefore Mortals Watch and pray / That Death May never you Surprise / For as the tree Falls So it Lyes ; Memento mori

This stone was erected by JAMES PROCTOR in memory of his father JOHN PROCTOR geardner who died the 28th of Feby 1743 aged 56 years


Kinnettles war memorial 1914-1918
Located in front of the Duncan Hall

Kinnettles war memorial

2nd Lt. David S. MacHardy - Royal Engineers
Sgt. William Douglas - 16th Canadian Scottish
Lce. Cpl. Robert Moug - 4/5th Black Watch
Pte. George Beattie - 4/5th Black Watch
Pte. John Fyfe - 5th Black Watch
Tpr. Charles Hadden - 5th Dragoon Guards
Pte. Charles Hood - Argyll & Sutherland Hldrs
Pte. David Lackie - Highland Light Infantry
Pte. James S. Pattullo - Canadian Seaforths
Pte. Alexander Roy - Highland Light Infantry

See also The Scottish War Memorials Project: Kinnettles.


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 Kinnettles Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/221/...
do1736-1760, 1774-17752
do1751-1753, 1756-1762, 1753-1782, 1794-18003
Congregational Board minutes1955-19585
Baptisms1858-1864, 1875-19566
Communion roll1945-19777


Land owners

There were 5 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

1755616Dr Alexander Webster
1790325296621Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

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

Mrs Mary Bowerdau. of decd. William Bower of Kinnettles, and spouse of John Ritchie esq.7 Dec 1809
Patrick Bower of Kinnetles25 Oct 1687
Grissell Buchansometime spouse to John Finlaw, in the Cottoune of Innerrichtie, par. of Kynnettills14 Nov 1595
James Buchanin Inglistoun, par. of Kynnettills6 May 1620
John Donaldsonin Invereighty, par. of Kinnettles22 Oct and 5 Dec 1751; 1 Jan and 12 Aug 1752
John Fairweathercottar in Cauldsyde, par. of Kynnettills24 Jul 1596
Christian Fuirdspouse to John Malcolme, in Tocherend, par. of Kinnettells7 Aug 1648
Janet Fullartonspouse of decd. David Guthrie, tenant in Brigton28 & 29 Sep 1820
William Goodallin Inglishtoun of Kinnettells22 Aug 1694
David Guthrietenant at Millton of Brigton10 Mar 1819
Robert Halkneyin Midiltoune of Brigtoune, par. of Kinnettills6 May 1620
Janet Halsellisspouse to David Nicol, in Innerrightie, par. of Kinnetles24 Oct 1687
George Hendersonin Inglistoun of Kinnettills, par. of Kinnettills22 Apr 1616
Janet Hendersonspouse to David Skirling, in the Kirktoun of Kynnettills par., there8 Mar 1619
Thomas Hendersonin Inglistoun of Kinnettills, par. of Kinnettylls7 Mar 1620
George Kinmondinnkeeper, Douglastown, spouse of Margaret Stewart6 & 23 Jul 1812
Janet Kinninmonthspouse to John Adam, in Inglistoun, par. of Kynnettis16 Nov 1625
Elspeth Kydspouse to James Lyon, in Kinnetles23 Apr 1686
Agnes Langlandsrelict of Andrew Henderson, in Inglischtoun, par. of Kinnettles6 Nov 1621
Alexander Langlandsin Inglistoun of Kinnettills28 Nov 1616
David Lindsay of Kinnettills11 Mar 1614
Alexander Littlejohnin Cottoun of Inglistoune, par. of Kinnettills30 Mar 1615
Eupham Milnespouse to George Kid, cotter in Innerritchie, par. of Kinnettills24 Dec 1617
William Mitchellweaver in the Cottoun of Innerrichtie, par. of Kinnetles4 Mar 1687
Euphame Mylnein Richtie, par. of Kynnettills12 Jul 1624
George Simpson of Inverightypar. of Kinnettles4 Mar 1786
Pattoun Stevencotterman in Kinnettills2 Feb 1600
Alexander Strachan, fiar of Brigtounepar. of Kinnettills16 Aug 1614
George Strachanin Cottoun of Inglistoune, par. of Kinnetills15 Dec 1626
John Thomsonin Pellfaldsis of Innerraretie, par. of Kinnettills25 Mar 1620
Andrew Wardroperin Inglistoune, par. of Kinnettells3 Jan 1650 and 28 Apr 1651
Agnes Waughspouse to John Findlaw, in Puilfaulds, par. of Kinnetles22 Nov 1627
David Whittontenant at Mill of Kinnettles26 Mar 1814
David Wilsonin Drumgley, sher. of Forfar8 Mar 1648
David Wilsonlawful son to umquhile David Wilsone, in Drumgley, par. of Forfar [now in Kinnettles]18 Oct 1649

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

Mr William Gray of Invereichtyadvocate10 Apr 1734
George Lindsayin Invereighty, par. of Kinnettles10 Aug 1725
Patrick Raein Inglistoun of Kinnettles9 Oct 1728
Mr William Wingateminister at Kinnettles3 Oct 1735
Andrew Woodin Back Cotton of Invereightie10 Dec 1729

Testaments of Kinnettles 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.

James Graymerchant in Dundee, lawful son of the deceased William Gray of Invereighty, by Lady Margaret Erskine, his spouse29 Dec 1724
George Guthriesometime in Kinnettles, thereafter in Dundee26 & 29 Jun 1821
Alexander Lindsayindweller in Dundee, son to William Lindsay, brother-german to David Lindsay of KynnetlesT. 11 Jun 1645
Sir Thomas Moodie of Kinnettles, knightprovost of DundeeT. -- 1661
Margaret Campbell Walkerwidow of Mr David Fernie, minister of Kinnettles25 Apr 1822
John Webstertenant at Invereighty, afterwards residing in DundeeT. 8 Dec 1800

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

Thomas Buchanat the Myltoun of Brigtoun, par. of Kynnettills, sher. of Forfar2 Mar 1596-7
Jonet Buchart sometime spouse to John Forrest, in Inglistoun of Kynnettillis10 Jul 1577
Mr Andro Davidson parson of Kinnettills28 May 1593
Thomas Flemingin Ingliston of Kynnettills5 Dec 1577
Jonet Furdesometime spouse to James Buchert, in Inglistoun of Kynnettills21 Feb 1577-8
John Moncurin Mylnetoun of Kynnettills, sher. of Forfar2 Feb 1598-9
Thomas Mylne in Litill-Leckothie, par. of Kinnettills, sher. of Forfar10 Nov 1599
David Skirlingin the Kirktoun of Kynnettillis24 Oct 1577
David Tarbatin Tarquhappie, par. of Kynnettills20 Feb 1577-8
Jonet Templemansometime spouse to Robert Smart, in Inglistoun of Kynnettills, sher. of Forfar19 Feb 1577-8
John Volumin Kincreych, par. of Kinnettills, in Angus30 Aug 1599
Margaret Waughand David Whyte, her spouse, in Leckewey, par. of Kynnettills in Angus9 Feb 1592-3


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Kinnettles:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/59


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Kinnettles:


This page updated 21 Sep 2022