Liff, Benvie and Invergowrie (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie

Parish number 301

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Deaths & burials
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Land owners
Ministers of the parish
Monumental inscriptions
Old parish registers
Parish Church
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Population statistics
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills
War memorial


The three parishes of Liff, Invergowrie and Logie-Dundee were united in 1613, and the parish of Benvie was united to them in 1753 (1758?). Logie-Dundee was disjoined in 1877 and Invergowrie was disjoined in 1916.

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

Photo-books - old photographs of Invergowrie


Statistical accounts of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie


Maps of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie

For the full range of maps of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie, see National Library's Maps.


Photographs of places Invergowrie - recent photographs of Invergowrie. National Grid ref. NO3430. Liff - recent photographs of Liff. National Grid ref. NO3332.


Parish churches

Liff Kirk

Above: Liff Parish Church

Liff Parish Church is located at National Grid ref. NO333328. Built in 1838. The bell, presumably taken from the previous kirk, bears the inscription [ref.]:


i.e., Jan Burgerhuis has cast me, 1596. Eeles, page 6 states the year as 1696, but that is impossible. See Jan sr. Burgerhuys [in Dutch], which states that "work by Jan Burgerhuys is known between the years 1598 and 1614" and "... known is about fifteen bells that he supplied to Scotland".

There are some slight remains of the preceding kirk in the kirkyard. The mediaeval church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was appropriated to the Abbey of Scone.

Only part of the west gable remains of Benvie Church, covered in ivy, at NO328314.

The remains of St Peter's Church, Invergowrie are at NO351301, with the burial vaults of the family of Mylne of Mylnefield and the family of Clayhills and Clayhills Henderson of Invergowrie.


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

Parish ministers of Liff 1560-1925

John Buchan1563min. 1563
Ninian Hall1567-1571min. 1567 with Invergowrie and Logie-Dundee also in his charge; tr. to Invergowrie 1571
Andrew Hany1574reader here and at Logie-Dundee
John Christison1601min. of Logie-Dundee; also had charge here
John Duncan1608[?]-1637min. of Lundie 1607; tr. & adm. 1608x1613; also had charge of Invergowrie and Logie-Dundee; dem. bef. 2 Mar 1637; d. 1650; mar. (1) Grizel Durham; issue: Wm; mar. (2) Isobel Thornton; issue: Andw, Edinburgh apprentice; Agnes
James Duncan1637-1643M.A. St Andrews 1631; pres. to Liff, Logie-Dundee & Invergowrie 2 Mar 1637; still min. 15 Jul 1643; mar.; issue: Alexr, of Ardounie; Wm
Patrick Ballingall1649-1650M.A. St Andrews 1635; adm. bef. 1 May 1649; still min. 5 Jun 1650
Andrew Wedderburn1650-1664M.A.; son of James W., min. of Moonzie FIF; adm. 29 Jul 1650; dep. 11 Jun 1664; restored 25 Apr 1690 but did not return
William Skinner1664-1673b. ca. 1640, son of Lawrence S., min. of Navar; M.A. St Andrews 1654; adm. 19 Aug 1664; d. Apr 1673; mar. Nicolas Auchterlonie, who survived him
John Christison1673-1690prob. son or gson of John C., min. of Logie-Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1663; adm. to Kemback FIF 30 Jun 1672; tr. & adm. 30 Jul 1673; dep. at revolution; re-adm., as presbyterian min. 1694; d. Apr 1703, aged ca. 68; mar. 1670 Euphemia, 6th dau. and co-heiress of David Balfour of Nether Sanford; issue: John
Andrew Wedderburn1690see above
John Christison1694-1703see above
Alexander Scott1704-1724M.A. St Andrews 1699; ord. 16 Aug 1704; d. 7 Jan 1724, aged ca. 45; mar. 1704 Margaret, dau. of Donald Maxwell of Cowhill
Thomas Donaldson1726-1758ord. 5 Apr 1726; d. 26 Sep 1758; mar. 1727 Christian Hunter; issue: John
James Playfair1758-1772bapt. 6 Nov 1712 Bendochy PER, son of John P., tenant, Coupar Grange; M.A. St Andrews 1731; chaplain to Thos Gifford of Busta SHI 1739; ord. to Benvie 23 Mar 1743; removed here 19 Nov 1758; d. 28 May 1772; mar. (1) Isobel Ure; no issue; mar. (2) 1746 Margaret Young; issue: John, min. here; Robt; Andw; Jean; James, architect (father of Wm Henry Playfair, architect, Edinburgh); Chas; William, author; Andw; Margaret; Barbara
John Playfair1773-1783b. 26 Feb 1748, eldest son of above; M.A. St Andrews 1765; ass. to prof. of natural philosophy St Andrews; competitor for chair of maths, Marischal Coll., Aberdeen 1764; candidate for chair of nat. phil. St Andrews 1772; ord. 30 Jun 1773; res. 8 Jan 1783 on appt as tutor to fam. of Wm Ferguson of Raith; joint prof. of maths, Edinburgh 1785; prof. of nat. phil. Edinburgh 1805; F.R.S. 1807; d. 20 Jul 1819 unmar.
Thomas Constable1785-1817bapt. 12 Mar 1755 Dundee, eldest son of David C., grazier; M.A. St Andrews 1772; ord. 12 May 1785; D.D. St Andrews 1809; d. 17 Apr 1817 unmar.
George Addison1817-1852b. 1779, son of Wm A., miller, Huntly ABD; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1794; tutor to fam. of David earl of Airlie for 12 yrs; ord. to Glenisla 22 Sep 1803; tr. to Auchterhouse 11 oct 1804; tr. & adm. 4 Sep 1817; D.D. St Andrews 1830; d. 4 Jan 1852; mar. 1810 Mary Agnes, dau. of James Scott, min. of Auchterhouse; issue: Margaret; Geo., min. of Arbirlot; Mary Christina; Wm Scott; James
Lachlan McLean (Lauchlan Maclean)1852-1868bapt. 1 Jan 1797 Campsie STI, son of Chas McL., army lieut. and/or calico printer; ord. to Kinfauns PER 25 Sep 1843; tr. & adm. 21 Jul 1852; d. 7 Mar 1868 Liff manse; mar. 1822 Christina Maclean; issue: Chas Stuart, min. of Dun; Alexr Brunton; Mary; Lauchlan; Christina Sinclair; Allan Douglas; Marion Hope Mackenzie; Donald Kennedy, accountant; David Ridpath; John Fitzroy
John Wilson1869-1892b. 3 Aug 1839 Aberdeen, son of Robt W.; M.A. Aberdeen 1864; ass. Barony LKS; ord. 4 Mar 1869; d. 12 Apr 1892 Edinburgh; mar. 1869 Marianne, eldest dau. of Alexr Rae, Glasgow; issue: James Rae, engineer; Alexr Robt Rae; Mary Sedgwick Rae; Christian Sarah; Mabel Campbell (mar. Fredk Collins Clifton); Norah Fitxmaurice (mar. David Charles Wilson, solicitor); Maud Alexandra (mar. Francis Clement Yardley); Hilda Muriel Bannerman Ramsay (mar. Fredk Ambrose Stapleton Gwatkin)
George Dingwall1892-1918b. 23 Mar 1855 Turriff ABD, son of Geo. D., coachman; M.A. 1875 B.D. 1881 Aberdeen; ord. to Craigiebuckler 22 Dec 1881; tr. & adm. 28 Sep 1892; d. 19 May 1918 Liff; mar. 1887 Annie Esther, dau. of James Reid; issue: Geo., mechant marine; Esther; Alice; Archd, M.C., engineer; Neil
William Sutherland Buchan1919-1924M.A., B.D.; b. 28 Feb 1888 Kilbirnie, son of rev. Henry R.B., min. of Kilbirnie; ass. St Matthew's, Edinburgh; ind. Galshiels West SEL 1915; tr. from Galashiels & ind. here 3 Jan 1919; tr. to St James's Portobello MLN 8 Oct 1924; tr. to Sanquhar 1929; tr. to Dunbog; d. 9 Jun 1955 Cupar
John Maclean1925-1950-?tr. from Renton DNB 25 Mar 1925; mar. Ann O'Brien; had issue

Ministers of Liff Free, later U.F., later Church of Scotland - at Muirhead of Liff

Photo of the church at Muirhead of Liff

William Moncur?-1851-1865-?b. 1811 Gask
John Kennedy1880-1915M.A.; b. 26 Dec 1852 Edinburgh, son of Angus K., clerk, Inland Revenue; ass. Broughty Ferry; ind. 8 Feb 1880; d. 13 Jan 1915 Liff; bur. Kingussie; mar. 1891 Elizabeth, dau. of Duncan Macpherson
Thomas Tully1923-1936M.A.; b. 29 May 1865 Fochabers, son of Thos T., master joiner; educ. Milne's Institution, Fochabers; ord. 30 Aug 1894 Rattray as colleague & succ. to min. there; tr. to Whiteinch, Glasgow 1909; ind. 4 Oct 1923; ret. Sep 1936; d. 15 May 1955 St Andrews; mar. 1895 Robertina Donald; issue: Robert; Annabel M.T.; Janet F. (mar. 1929 rev. Wm L. Coulthard)
T.E. Nichol1937-1950M.A., LL.B.; ind. Feb 1937; tr. to W. Calder 1950
John R. Lester1950-1952-?ass. St Mary's, Dundee 1949; ord. & ind. 21 Sep 1950

Parish ministers of Benvie 1560-1758

William Lude1560
John Blair1574reader
Nicolas Spittall1574-1576tr. from Fowlis Easter PER; had Fowlis PER and Longforgan PER also in the charge; removed to Longforgan 1576
William Haitlie1576-ca. 1584tr. from Logie-Dundee; had Abernyte PER and Lundie also in the charge; removed to Abernyte bef. 1585
Robert Scrimgeour1585min.
Patrick Watterston1590-1591M.A.; min. 1590; tr. to St Andrews & Deerness OKI 1591
Alexander Scrymgeour1591-1599adm. 1591; tr. to Inchture PER 1599 but retained this charge and did not demit until 1614
John Ogilvie1599-1606M.A.; had Kinnaird-in-Gowrie PER also in the charge; pres. to vicarages of Inchture and Kinnaird-in-Gowrie 3 Mar 1601; tr. to Kingoldrum 1606
John Ramsay1619-1622M.A. St Andrews 1609; adm. bef. 3 Nov 1619; still min. Sep 1622
Henry Fithie1622-16332nd son of James Fithie, skinner, merchant burgess of Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1621; adm. 25 Mar 1627; burgess of Dundee 27 Nov 1629 or 9 Oct 1632[?]; pres. to Mains 19 Feb 1633; dep. thence by 1652; d. bef. 1 May 1655; mar. ca. 1628 Isobel Erskine; issue: Henry (d. young); James, min. of Mains
Andrew Shippert (Shepherd)1633-16502nd son of Andw S., baker, burgess of Dundee; bro.-in-law of above Henry Fithie; M.A. St Andrews 1626; adm. 8 Apr 1633; still min. 21 Jul 1650; mar. ca. 1636 Elspit, dau. of James Fithie, skinner, merchant burgess of Dundee; issue: Andrew, min. of Abernyte PER
William Gray1655-1664also had Fowlis in the charge; dem. bef. 9 Jun 1664
Alexander Scrymgeour1665-1686b. ca. 1642, eldest son of John S., merchant burgess of Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1660; installed 9 May 1665; pres. to vicarage 11 May 1669; d. Oct 1686; mar. Martha Granger, who survived him; issue: dau. (mar. -- Fernie/Farnie, shipbuilder, Burntisland FIF)
George Thomson1687-1692M.A.; regent, St Andrews; adm. 22 Sep 1687; imprisoned ca. 1689; dem. bef. 3 Jan 1692; d. 18 Apr 1692 Edinburgh, aged ca. 47; mar. 1672 Margaret Wood; issue: Wm, Eliz., Anna
[Alexander Rankin]1692-1706M.A. St Andrews 1667; adm. deacon during episcopacy; intruded here; later lived in Dundee; d. 7 Apr 1729, aged 82; mar.; issue: John, min. of Inchture PER
George Ogilvy1707-1713M.A.; ord. 27 Aug 1707; tr. to Kirriemuir 13 Sep 1713
Thomas Beveridge1716-1731M.A. St Andrews 1704; ass. 2nd charge Dundee; ord. 20 Sep 1716; d. Jan/Feb 1731, aged ca. 47; mar. Barbara Rankine, who survived him
Thomas Lawrie1731-1741M.A. Edinburgh 1700; chaplain to Thomas Shairp of Houston; ord. to Bathgate WLN 25 Dec 1717; tr. & adm. 18 Nov 1731; d. Nov/Dec 1741, aged ca. 62; mar. (1) Jean, 3rd dau. of John Hamilton of Bogs; mar. (2) Margaret Ferguson; issue: Helen, Flora, Kath.
James Playfair1743-1758ord. 23 Mar 1743; removed to Liff on union of parishes 1758

Parish ministers of Invergowrie 1560-1613
The parish was united to Liff on 3 Sep 1613

William Cavell1561vicar
John Buchan1563min.
David Denmuir1563reader
Ninian Hall1568-9, 1571-3tr. from Liff Nov 1571; tr. to Biggar LKS 1573
Alexander Forbes1574reader
John Christison1580M.A.; pres. to vicarage 14 Jan 1579-80 on death of Wm Hepburn, chalmoner of Scone

Ministers of Invergowrie quoad sacra
Invergowrie was disjoined from Liff & Benvie on 28 Jan 1916 and erected, with the addition of part of Longforgan PER, quoad sacra

Alexander Waddell1899-1901ord. 16 Nov 1899; tr. to Eassie & Nevay 6 May 1901
Donald Davidson1901-1929b. 30 Apr 1854 Inverness, son of Donald D.; ass. Campbeltown ARL and St Michael's Edinburgh; ord. to Kingston Jamaica Mar 1888; missionary Robertson Mission Edinburgh 1899-1901; adm. here 9 Oct 1901; adm. first min of the parish 1916; d. 16 Feb 1929 Longforgan; mar. 1888 Lily, dau. of Alan Munro; issue: Janet; Helen Kath.; Donald, M.A., B.D., B.Litt.[or D.Litt.?], Ph.D., min. of Campbeltown Lowland; Alan, M.A., chaplain; James

Parish ministers of Logie-Dundee 1560-1613
The parish was united to Liff before 3 Sep 1613

William Haitlie1574-1575tr. from Abernyte PER 1574; had Liff, Invergowrie, Abernyte and Lundie also in the charge; tr. to Benvie bef. 1576
Andrew Hany1574reader here and at Liff
John Christison1576-1612reader at Dunfermline FIF Nov 1570 to 1574; adm. bef. 1576, with Liff and Invergowrie also in the charge; decreet of usury against him 4 Jun 1612; d. bef. 30 Jun 1615; mar. (1) 1570 Bessie Keir; issue: Wm; mar. (2) Janet, sis. of John Davidson, Dunfermline


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Liff Kirkyard (ca. 160 stones), Benvie Kirkyard (ca. 30 stones) and Invergowrie Kirkyard (ca. 90 stones) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 3: Environs of Dundee" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1996), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 3. Pre-1855 Environs of Dundee" in their online shop.)

Arms of Scrimgeour, viscount of Dudhope

Above: on the roadside wall of Benvie kirkyard. Arms of James Scrymgeour, 2nd viscount of Dudhope (a lion rampant wielding a scimitar) impaled with those of his spouse, Lady Isabella Kerr (or Carr), daughter of Sir Robert Kerr of Cessford, 1st earl of Roxburghe (on a chevron, three mullets, and a unicorn's head erased in base). Initials to dexter: IVD; to sinister, ILC. Date: 1643, which was the year of James's succession to the title. (The metal plaque above is inaccurate.)

The following are some of the monumental inscriptions in Benvie Churchyard, several of which are short and uninformative. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. Uncertain readings are in parentheses, (); parentheses on the stones are replaced here by braces, {}; square brackets enclose editorial comments.

[M30] 1852. J. BRUCE;

[M24; back; front not accessible] Also their grand children ELIZABETH ANDERSON died (2)5th April 1876 aged 2 years AGNES ANN ANDERSON died 19th Novr 1886 aged 10 years

[M31] 1851 D. LUNAN, Lochee.

[M29] IK 1724 B(C)
[west] ...

[M26] [18]52 (I) BROUGH

Erected 1873 by JOHN GRAHAM Lochee

1874 Erected by JAMES ANDERSON, in memory of his wife AGNES BROWN, who died 29th May 1873, aged 30 years EUPHEMIA ANDERSON, who died 6th March 1900, aged 86 years The above JAMES ANDERSON, died 16th August 1909, aged 65 years.

[M32] MDCCCXXXIX Erected by MARY MITCHEL, in memory of her husband, JAMES BROWN, who died the 14th March 1839, aged 69 years. Also two of there children. DAVID & CHARLES. who died in infancy.

[M28] 1858 Erected by ANN, HELEN, ROBERT, and JAMES ROBERTSON, in memory of their father JAMES ROBERTSON, who died 25th February 1848, aged 85 years. And of their mother ANN NICOLL, who died 2nd March 1846, aged 82 years. Also of their brother WILLIAM, who died 5th February 1826, aged 22 years. The above JAMES ROBERTSON, died the 3rd December 1866, aged 69 years. The above ANN died 7th Decr 1868 aged 72 years. The above HELEN wife of WILLIAM ANDERTSON [sic] died 20th March 1871 aged 69 years. The above ROBERT ROBERTSON died 22nd Jany 1890 aged 84 years

1872 JOHN McFADDEN Lochee

Erected by WILLIAM BREMER in memory of his wife MARGARET NELSON who died 26th July 1873 aged 46 years The above WILLIAM BREMER died 5th April 1884 and is interred here

[M27] Erected by PETER DOIG in memory of his wife MARY KENNEAR who died January 28th 1865 aged 48 years Also his children JESSIE died September 29th 1853 aged 6 years DAVID died June 27th 1866 aged 17 years MARGARET died June 3d 1873 aged 20 years Also PETER DOIG the above, died April 5th 1878 aged 65 years Also GRACE daughter of the above PETER DOIG died January 5th 1885 aged 41 years

Erected in memory of CECILIA DUNCAN relict of the late WILLIAM KERR who died 11th July 1874 aged 63 years

[M17; lion rampant, anchor, Fast] Erected in memory of MARY GRAY widow of ROBERT THOM who died at Denhead of Gray 8th Feb. 1900, aged 77 years The said ROBERT THOM died 10th Jan 1897, aged 74 years Also in memory of JOHN GRAY in Denhead, her father who died 14th March 1838, aged 65 JEAN MURDOCH his widow, her mother who died in the year 1846 JOHN GRAY her grandfather land steward and farmer died at Gray House 31st May 1831 aged 91 and ELIZABETH DONALD his widow her grandmother who died at Old Manse of Liff 29th July 1835 aged 89 years and who are all interred in this churchyard    1900


Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM PEEBLES who died 3rd May 1870 aged 77 years and three of his children who died in infancy Also his son DAVID PEEBLES who died 6th May 1859 aged 18 years Also ALEXANDERINA McLEOD grandchild of the above WILLIAM PEEBLES who died 8th August 1873 aged 11 months

1870 Erected by ALEXANDER LUKE farmer Lochee and MARGARET BROWN his spouse in memory of their daughter JANNET, who died 6th April 1870 aged 21 years. The above ALEXANDER LUKE died 23rd June 1877 aged 72 years. The above MARGARET BROWN died 17th July 1886 aged 79
[the 'hi' of 'his' is mis-cut; the '9' of '79' is back-to-front]

Erected by T. F. DAVIDSON in memory of his daughter HELLEN ISLES who died 18th Feb 1873 aged 4 months,

1882 Erected by JAMES BRICKNALL in memory of his son ROBERT


[M11; flat stone; the name 'John Lyell' is a much later addition] JOHN LYELL IW 1636 PG

[M10; flat stone; the name 'John Lyell' is a much later addition] PG JOHN LYELL 1638

[flat stone; the name 'John Lyell' is a much later addition] JOHN LYELL

Erected by ALEXANDER McINTOSH in memory of his wife ELIZABETH GORDON who died 8th May 1873 and their children ROBERT, MARGARET, ANNIE, and ELIZABETH Also of his second wife MARGARET MARSHALL The above ALEXANDER McINTOSH died 30th August 1902 aged 75 years


1860 Erected by ROBERT HAIN

[M9; flat stone] AW BM 1641

[M8; flat stone] IS 1623

[entirely defaced]

... ROBERTSON ...emory of his son WILLIAM who died 22d Jany 1872 aged 17 years

1751 Memento mori

Erected by DAVID BROWN in memory of his wife MARY YOUNG, who died 24th February 188(3) aged 31 years. And of his family ROBERT who died of wounds received at the Battle of Magersfontein South Africa 11th December 1899 aged 20 years. Also ALBERT, who died 8th February 1902 aged 3 years & 10 months And JOHN & GEORGE, who died in infancy.

[open book; at foot of preceding stone] In memory of DAVID BROWN who died ...

[M33; partly defaced] (Erected) ... WILLIAM ... m(a)... ... in memory of his spous[e] JANET (S)E(L)... who died ... In memory of ... who died 2(5th) May 1... ... (m)other of the abo(v)[e] ... [Al](s)o his wife HELLEN ... who died (3) January 1873 aged ... year[s] and both interred (h)ere


Liff war memorial 1914-1919
In Liff Kirkyard

Liff WW1 war memorial face 1 Archibald Bathie
James Burgess
James Burry
Arnott Chalmers
George Clayhills
George Drew
George Boyd Duncan
William Fairweather
John Galt
Malcolm Gillies
Thomas Goodfellow
John Halkerston
Liff WW1 war memorial face 2 William Halkerston
James Duncan Hay
William Macpherson Hay
Alexander Kinmond
Thomas Kinnear
Drummond Kenneth Lamond
Roy McCaskie
Robert McLagan
Gordon McNaughton
William McNaughton
George Maitland
Liff WW1 war memorial face 3 Charles Mitchell
John Mudie
James Pratt Murray
Andrew Paul
Henry Jack Powrie
John Russel
Alexander Shields
James Smith
William Stewart
James Stormont
James White
Victor Whitwell

See also Scottish War Memorials Project: Liff & Benvie, WW1


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.

There is a Map of Birkhill Cemetery, that identifies the different Sections but not individual lairs.

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 Liff & Benvie Parish Church
Records are held by Dundee City Archives.

Nature of recordDatesDCA ref. CH2/497/...
Minutes (Benvie)1667-16891
Minutes and accounts (Liff)1673-17502
Minutes (Liff)1786-18923

Church Session Records of Liff Free Church
later, United Free; Muirhead Ch. of S.
Records are held by Dundee City Archives.

Nature of recordDatesDCA ref. CH3/1348/...
Minute book1843-19171
Scroll minute book1925-19344
Deacons' Court minute book1844-18725
Baptismal roll1875-19439
Proclamation register1950-196910
Communicants' roll book1843-190111
Schedules of accounts and statistics1868-194316
Sunday school library registerca. 190017
Seat letting book1935-193918
Church door collections cash books1908-195019
Cash book1939-195321
Fabric fund cash book1943-195322
Collections account book1954-195923
Weekly freewill offering cash bookca. 194724
Abstract of accounts1913-195325
Deacons' court minutes1900-192326
Congregational board minutes1953-198327


Liff & Benvie Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR304/...
Minute book1836-19011
Cash book1872-19313


Land owners

The main 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

17551311Dr Alexander Webster
17901790Old Statistical Account
1801 (ANS?)2194
1811 (ANS?)2442
1851 (ANS?)18949
1871 (ANS)†151012043035531
1871 (PER)†121123
1881 (ANS)†184302474643176
1881 (PER)†9514

* excluding Lochee
† 7070 acres in Angus, 4 acres in Perthshire

After changes to parish boundaries:



Testaments & wills

Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie were 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 Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1823

David Abercrombie of Gourdiepar. of Liff11 Nov 1615 and 13 Oct 1624
David Abercrombie of Pittessiepar. of Lyffe7 Jan 1619
Agnes Andersonsometime spouse to Robert Donaldson, husbandman in Baridrie, par. of Benvy29 Nov 1599
David Bissettenant in Innergowrie, par. of Liff8 Dec 1777
James Bisset (Bizet)tenant in Innergowry, son of David Bizet, tenant there, and David, John and Alexander Bizet, par. of Liff, Logie, and Innergourey13 Sep 1755
John Bissettenant at Miln of Invergowrie2 Aug. 1781 and 15 Nov 1787
James Blackin the Kirktoun of Liff22 Dec 1614
Janet Brownrelict of Thomas Crome, in Liff15 Jun 159S
Janet Butchartspouse to Peter Loch, tailor in Cottoun of Blaknes, par. of Innergowrie1 Apr 1607
John Butchartin Denhead, par. of Liff10 Apr 1621
John Clerksometime quarrier at Dargie, near Dundee, par. of Liff14 Sep 1798
Thomas Cockmanufacturer in Scouringburn, par. of Liff19 Jun 1798
Rev. Dr Thomas Constableminister of Liff & Benvie16 & 18 Aug 1817
Alexander Coutieburges of Dundee and portioner of Kirktoun of Liff, par. of Liff3 Nov 1625 and 24 Jan 1637
John Crombcotterman in the Kirktoun of Liff10 Jan 1598-9
David Doigweaver in Lochee9 Jan 1816
Elspett Donaldsonsometime spouse to Patrick Wobster, alias Spainzie, husbandman in Benvy29 Nov 1599
Mr Thomas Donaldsonminister at Liff8 Feb 1759
Agnes Duncanin Middle Gourdie, par. of Liff22 Feb 1600
Agnes Duncansometime spouse to David Walcar, tailor in Wester Gourdie, par. of Liff21 Apr 1600
Mr James Duncanminister at Liff8 May 1651
James Eldercotter, wobster in Easter Gourdie, and Jonet Anderson, his spouse, par. of Liff31 Jan 1600
William Fishermanufacturer at Lochee16 Sep 1822
Robert Gibbwobstar in Balgay, par. of Innergowrie15 Jun 1614
Christian Gourlayin Liff, spouse to Patrick Montago3 Jan 1600
Lady Jean Grahamelawful daughter to James, Marquis of Montrose, par. of Liff14 Jul 1688
Andrew Grayin Bulzeoun, par. of Innergowrie12 Jan 1616
David Grayin Easter Liff21 Feb 1649
John Grayin Denhead, par. of Liff10 Feb 1703
Thomas Graycotterman in the Cottoune of Blackness, par. of Innergowrie28 Jun 1598
Thomas Grayin Muirsyde, par. of Liff27 Jun 1673
William Hallin Baksyde of Liff, par. of Liff23 Nov 1640
Rannald Hendersonskinner in Liff14 Jan 1600
Thomas Henryin Lochee, par. of Liff5 May 1796
Margaret Herringspouse to Andrew Thomson, cotterman in Cottoune of Blackness, par. of Innergowrie30 Mar 1607
Agnes Hillspouse to Thomas Syme, in Broderie, par. of Benvie27 Nov 1686
Janet Hillin Cottoune-Newbigging, par. of Innergowrie19 Feb 1607
William Howiesonin Meikle Gourdie, par. of Liff31 Jul 1637
Andrew Hunterin Easter Gourdie, par. of Liff18 Oct 1687
Alisoun Liddellin Danemylne, par. of Innergowrie22 Oct 1599
Andrew Liddellin Balgay, par. of Liff24 Jun 1702
Alisone Littlejohnspouse to Thomas Loch, in Cottertoun of Blackness, par. of Logie-Dundee30 Jul 1617
Thomas Lochin Blackness, par. of Logie17 Dec 1636
Agnes Lowsometime spouse to Thomas Lowsoun, cotter in Balgay, par. of Innergowrie28 Jun 1598
Makine Lowsonsometime spouse to James Lowsoune, cottar in the Cottoune of Blackness, par. of Innergowrie17 Jan 1597-8
David Masongardener at Scouringburn, par. of Liff17 May 1786
Margaret Masonspouse to William Henderson, in Innergowrie13 Jan 1615
Janet Mathewin Lochee30 Dec 1823
Helen Meik sometime spouse to John Smith, brabanar in Stannisruiff, par. of Liff12 Apr 1600
Andrew Millarin the Backsyde of the Moor of Liff19 Jan 1704
David Millarweaver in Lochey, par. of Liff4 Apr 1695
Robert Millarin Mekle Benvy, par. of Benvy12 Jan 1616
John Milne of Pleasancepar. of Liff31 Mar 1784
Isobel Mortimerspouse to John Liddell, in Easter Gowrie, par. of Liff11 Jul 1638
David Ogilvieresidenter at Backmuir of Liff7 Aug 1789
John Ogilvietailor in Liff7 Feb & 19 Mar 1821
William Ogilviein Innergowrie29 Oct 1685
Alexander Pennycookresiding at Invergowrie21 Oct 1816
Alexander Robertsonflaxdresser in Lochee2 Aug 1814
Thomas Rodgercotterman of Gourlie, par. of Liff14 Jan 1600
Isobel Saunderssometime spouse to Walter Pyott, cotterman in Cottertoun of Easter Liff14 Jan 1600
Mr Alexander Scottminister at Liff5 Jun 1724
Maribill Scottspouse to John Butchart, in Denhead of Nether Liff, par. of Liff14 Jun 1617
Mr Alexander Scrimgeoursometime minister at Benvie22 Nov 1686
Elspet Smithsometime spouse to Thomas Webster, husbandman in Barndrie, par. of Benvy29 Nov 1599
Isobel Smithspouse to David Chambers, in Gourdie, par. of Liff14 Oct 1673
Janet Smithin Cottoun of Pittelpie, par. of Liff22 Feb 1600
Janet Stephenspouse to James Walker, in Innergowrie17 Jan 1614
Margaret Taylorsometime spouse to Robert Howesoune in Cottoun of Balgay, par. of Innergowrie6 Jun 1606
Margaret Thomsonspouse to Alexander Anderson, tenant in the Back moor of Liff21 Apr 1704
Donald Thornton, portioner of Blaknesspar. of Logie Dundie19 Aug 1619
James Watsontenant in Liff29 Mar 1704
John Watsonin Cottoun of Gourdie, par. of Liffe1 Aug 1620
Margaret Watsonspouse to James Gourlay, in Balgertin, par. of Innergourie9 Jul 1617
Marion Watsonsometime spouse to James Black, husbandman in Liff14 Jan 1600
Bessie Webstersometime spouse to Andrew Hall, in Balridrie, par. of Benvy21 Dec 1599
John Websterin Benvie, par. of Benvie5 Jan 1639
John Websterin Innergowrie, par. of Liff31 Oct 1674
William Webstersometime in Ethiebeaton, but last residing in Flockloans, par. of Liff17 Dec 1778
Patrick Yeaman of Dryburghpar. of Liff 16 Apr, 4 Sep, and 5 Nov 1685, and 16 Feb 1687
Mrs Helen Youngresiding at Scouringburn, par. of Liff, widow of Andrew Anderson, weaver in Kirriemuir31 May 1819
Marjorie Youngspouse to Duncan Millar, in Benvie9 Feb and 10 May 1620
Janet Zeisterspouse to Andrew Low, cotterman in Kirktoune of Lyffe15 May 1621

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

Mr Walter Grayminister at Haugheads of Benvie26 Sep 1744
Patrick Kinnearin Denhead, par. of Liff23 Aug 1727
Andrew Maxwellmaltman in Benvie2 Feb 1732
William Moncur weaver at Ninewells, par. of Liff10 oct 1733
Thomas Smallin Muir of Liff28 Mar 1739
Sir Alexander Wedderburn of Blacknesspar. of Logie15 July 1730
Andrew Woodin Haughhead of Gray, par. of Liff25 Mar 1741

Testaments of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie 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.

Patrick Air, sometime of Nether Liffburgess of Dundee, and Grissell Strathauchine, his spouse16 Jan 1626
Margaret Clayhillsspouse to James Boyter of Nether Liff, and the said James, her husband18 Nov 1640
Patrick Gourlayin BenvieT. -- 1658
Mrs Isobel Ogilvielawful daughter to umquhile Mr John Ogilvie of Innergowrie30 Sep 1684
Robert Watsonin Hilton of Dundee, late tenant in Invergourie15 Apr 1736

Testaments of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1514-1600

Andro Duncanin Littill-Benvy in Angus22 Jul 1586
Margaret Lowsometime spouse to William Howieson, in the Coittertoun of Balgay, par. of Innergowrie in Angus6 Jul 1597
Malkene Martinsometime spouse to John Smyth, in Balgay, par. of Innergowrie, sher. of Forfar10 Dec 1596
Katherine Methvensometime spouse to David Abercrombie of Pittelpie, par. of Logy, sher. of Forfar 20 Feb 1597-8
Bessie Spanziesometime spouse to David Thomson, in Benvie, in Angus4 Dec 1598
John Spingzein Balrichrie, par. of Benvie, sher. of Forfar16 Apr 1579
William Spingze, alias Wobsterin Balretherie, par. of Benvie in Angus10 May 1581
John Thayneat the Mylne of Benvie ; and Jonet Jackson, there, his spouse, par. of Benvie, in Angus4 Dec 1598
John Watsonin Balgay, par. of Innergowrie in Angus25 Dec 1596
John Whittitin Balruddie, par. of Benvie, sher. of Forfar20 Jul 1594

Testaments of Liff, Benvie & Invergowrie people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1601-1700

Sir Patrick Gray of Innergowrie, knightpar. of Innergowrie, in Angus29 Jun 1607
Margaret Smithsometime spouse to James Gourlay, in Innergourie, in Angus20 Jul 1602
Margaret Thanesometime spouse to Patrik Gairdin, in Kirktoun of Liff, par. thereof, sher. of Angus16 Feb 1603


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Liff & Benvie:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/41


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

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