Tannadice (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Tannadice

Parish number 321

map of Tannadice

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Births & baptisms
Books & articles
Census records
Church Session
Clock & watch tax
Deaths & burials
Estate records
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


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 Tannadice


Maps of Tannadice

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


Photographs of places

Geograph.org: Tannadice - recent photographs of Tannadice. National Grid ref. NO4758.

Geograph.org: Memus - recent photographs of Memus. National Grid ref. NO4258.


Tannadice parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO475581. Built in 1866, to replace the building of 1846 that had been gutted by fire. The mediaeval kirk was dedicated to St Adamnan.

Photograph of Tannadice Kirk

Above: Tannadice parish kirk

Other churches

Memus Church

Memus Church Bell

Memus Church

Above: Memus Free Church. The inscription above the door reads "Memus Free Church Erected 1843 Restored 1900". See also these photos, including views of the interior.


Parish ministers 1560-1929

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 Kinloch1560reader
James Melville1563-1568M.A.; also had Fern and Menmuir in charge; tr. to Menmuir aft. 29 Jul 1568
James Rait1567-1574min. in 1567, with Aberlemno also in charge; tr. to Lanark LKS bef. 1574
Alexander Gordon1574-1576reader
Edward Chisholm1575min. ?
James Ramsay of Wester Ogil1597-1621min. of Aberlemno 1585; removed to Auldbar 1586, but returned 1591; tr. & adm. here 1597; still min. 10 Apr 1621; mar. Christian Dempster; issue: James, Agnes
Alexander Pitcairn1617-1648son of David Pitcairn of Forthar; M.A. St Andrews 1608; adm. (coll. or ass.?) 7 Oct 1617; still min. 29 Nov 1648; mar. Lucrece Cairncross; issue: Alexr, min. of Dron PER; Isobel; Margaret; Jean; mar.? (2) Eliz., dau. of John Sinclair, dean of St Andrews
Robert Rule1648-1655M.A.; min. ca. 1648; tr. to 2nd charge Stirling & adm. there 12 Jul 1655
William Esson1658-1666adm. bef. 23 Jan 1658; tr. to Auchtergaven PER Nov/Dec 1666
James Carstairs1667-1682M.A.; ord. 22 Aug 1667; tr. to Inchture PER 22 Mar 1682
Patrick Lyon1682-1686M.A.; ord. bef. 1 Nov 1682; tr. to Kinghorn FIF 19 May 1686
George Lyon1688-17166th & yst son of William Lyon of Easter Ogil; bro. of above Mr Patrick Lyon; M.A. St Andrews 1679; ord. ca. 1688; dem. 12 Apr 1716; mar.; issue: Margaret; Mary; a son
William Oliphant1716-1724ord. 13 Dec 1716; dep. 17 Oct 1723 for drunkenness; reponed 22 Oct 1724
John Ogilvie of Quiech1724-1742son of John Ogilvie of Shielhill; ord. to Cortachy 18 Sep 1706; tr. & adm. 1 Oct 1724; d. Apr 1742; mar. (1) 1714 Margaret Lidderdale; mar. (2) 1729 Cath. Findlay; issue: Robt; Cath. (mar. John Edgar of Keithock)
John Weath1743-1766b. ca. 1704 ANS; M.A. Kings Aberdeen 1724; master of Brechin Grammar School; ord. 31 Mar 1743; d. 27 Apr 1766; mar. 1743 Jean Dow, wid. of John Johnston, min. of 2nd charge Brechin
John Buik1767-1796ord. 5 Nov 1767; d. 8 Apr 1796; mar. 1747 Eliz. Balfour; issue: Cath. (mar. James McDiarmid, min. of Weem PER); James
John Buist of Tillywhanlaw & Kirkton of Aberlemno1797-1845b. ca. 1762 Abdie FIF, son of Geo. B.; ord. 15 Aep 1796; d. 9 Dec 1845; mar. 1802 Margaret, dau. of James Jafferson; issue: Jean; Geo., LL.D., F.R.S.; Isobel; Eliz. (mar. Joseph Loudon, min. of Dalziel LKS); James Jafferson, merchant, Dundee; Margaret Johnson; John; Alexr Jafferson; Charles Guthrie
William Allan1845-1870b. 1815 Dumfries, 3rd son of Wm A., manufacturer; M.A. St Andrews 1840; ord. (ass. & suc.) 9 Oct 1845; d. 26 Apr 1870; mar. 1869 Mary Ann, dau. of John Bartlett, farmer
Frederick Johnston1870-1882b. 1843 Balmerino FIF, son of Geo. J., farmer; M.A.; ord. 10 Nov 1870; d. 28 Dec 1882; mar. 1872 Jessie, dau. of James Borwick, min. of U.P. Kirk, Rathillet, Fife; no issue
John Herkless1883-1894ord. 15 Jun 1883; M.A.; appointed prof. of Ecclesiastical History & Divinity, St Andrews 27 Mar 1894; dem. 15 Nov 1894
Charles Stewart1895-1902M.A., B.D.; ord. 19 Apr 1895; tr. to Coupar Angus 12 Jun 1902
David Fraser Liddle (Liddell)1902-1907b. 19 Oct 1873 Crieff PER, son of John L.; M.A. 1896 B.D.1899 Glasgow; ass. St Paul's Dundee; ord. 6 Nov 1902; tr. to St Margaret's Arbroath 26 Dec 1907; d. 17 Oct 1936; mar. Cath. Pinckney, dau. of Edward MacI. Smith; issue: Louise P; Cath. F.
Brodie Smith Gilfillan1908-1916b. 9 Oct 1877, son of Robt G.; M.A. Glasgow 1899; B.D.; ord. 30 Apr 1908; tr. to Inch WIG 29 Nov 1916; mar. Helen Johnston, dau. of John S.; issue: Helen Esther; John Brodie Smith
Charles Edwin Forster1917-1921b. 19 Oct 1870 Bedlington, Northumberland, son of Joseph F.; M.A. Edinburgh 1906; ord. to Congreg. Ch. Macclesfield 22 Oct 1902; adm. to Ch. of S. 28 May 1914; ass. W. St Giles Edinburgh; locumtenens Inverness; ord. 12 Apr 1917; tr. to Aberdeen South 27 Apr 1921; mar. 1902 Marion, dau. of Capt. Wm Kell; had issue
William Robertson Smart1921-1925b. 28 Dec 1891 Liff, son of Thos R. S.; M.A. 1913 B.D. 1916 St Andrews; ass. Kirkcaldy, Morningside Edinburgh; ord. 7 Sep 1921; tr. to Kennoway FIF 18 May 1925; mar. 1922 Alison Maxwell, only dau. of Thos Sanderson, Edinburgh; had issue
Donald MacGilvray Beaton1925-1929b. 14 Mar 1871 Gorbals LKS, son of John B.; M.A. 1897 B.D. 1903 Glasgow; ass. Shettleston and Bothwell; missionary Kames, Muirkirk, Drumclog; ass. St George's Glasgow; ord. to Leslie ABD 6 Dec 1917; tr. from Leslie 24 Sep 1925; tr. to Glenrinnes 31 May 1929; d. 10 Sep 1942; mar. 1920 Janette, dau. of Geo. L. Simpson

Ministers of the Free Church, Memus; later, United Free Church

Peter Edgar?-1892-1896-?ord. 1844
John M. Craig?-1904-1907-?ord. 1886

Ministers of the Congregational Church in Tannadice

See Congregational ministers in Tannadice.


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Tannadice Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 60 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.)

Andrew Jervise recorded several monuments at Tannadice in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 45-8.


Tannadice war memorial

Tannadice war memorial

See also The Scottish War Memorials Project: Tannadice.

The parishes of Oathlaw and Tannadice were united in 1982, and the war memorial windows from the former Oathlaw parish church are now on the north wall of Tannadice kirk.


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

DateTypePartiesNAS ref.
11 Mar 1663antenuptialJohn Erskyne, son of John Erskyne at Dunsmylne
Anna Ramsay, daughter of deceased James Ramsay at Mylne of Tannadyce


Church Session Records of Tannadice Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNAS ref. CH2/1019/...
Seat rent accounts1721-17411
Minutes & accounts1720-17461
Communion roll1864-18725
Minutes (discipline)1907-19178

Church Session Records of Memus Free Church
later, Memus United Free; Memus Ch. of S.; Cortachy & Memus Ch. of S.

Nature of recordDatesNAS ref. CH3/497/...
Communion roll1857-18701


Tannadice Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNAS ref. HR465/...
Minute book1751-18681
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1926-19305
Correspondence, etc.1906-19306


Land owners

There were 12 proprietors of land in the parish in 1835:


Estate records

Records of the Lands of Balgillo, Memus & Murthill in the Barony & Parish of Tannadice, 1680-1826 - NAS ref. GD16/19 (part of the Airlie Muniments)


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

17551470Dr Alexander Webster
1790no total givenOld Statistical Account


Testaments & wills

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

Patrick Adamin Ludgingtoun, par. of Tannadyce 16 Feb 1639
Charles Bailliein Marquis-miln, par. of Tannadice 2 Mar 1771
David Barclay of Auchluchriepar. of Tannadyce 31 Mar 1620
Isobel Barriespouse to Alexander Bowak, tailor in Chapilmoss, par. of Tannadyce 29 Nov 1620
Mr John Buickeminister at Tannadice 19 Jul 1797
Alexander Cadgerin Marcus, par. of Tannadyce 12 Aug 1685
David Cadgerin Cottoun of Coull, par. of Tannadyce 5 May 1624
John Campbellin Dod, par. of Tannadyce 24 Apr 1617
Helen Carnegiespouse to Donald McClaren, in Cottoun of Kincardin, par. of Tanudes16 Oct 1617
Margaret Clerkspouse to Alexander Adamson, in Cottoun of Memess, par. of Tannadyce 5 Oct 1613
David Cramondin Dirachie, par. of Tannadyce 3 Jul 1619
John Duncanlawful son to the deceased Robert Duncan, weaver, burges of Brechin, par. of Tannadyce 16 Aug 1705
John Edwardin Batornoch, par. of Tannandice 26 Jan 1683
James Essiein Stron, par. of Tannandyce 14 Aug 1662
Colonel William Falconerin Quhyt-Wall, par. of Tannadyse22 Aug 1640
John Farquharsonin the Sherrifbank, par. of Tannadyce 27 Jun 1705
Thomas Fentonin Coull, par. of Tannandyce 24 Feb 1685
Isobel Filfurdspouse to Andrew Dyker, in Baldeukie, par. of Tannadyce 3 Jun 1626
David Fodin Cottoun of Barnzairds, par. of Tannadyce 28 Dec 1614
Christian Forrestspouse to David Milne, at the Milne of Memes, par. of Tannadyce 7 Mar 1616
Alexander Forresterat the Mylne of Ogill, par. of Tannadyce 10 Feb 1627
Jean Forrestersometime spouse to Thomas Skair, in Little Meircus, par. of Tannadyce 26 Nov 1616
David Fyffat Mill of Murthill, thereafter at Tannadice8 Mar 1823
Janet Gallin Achleische, par. of Tannadyce, spouse of William Thomson14 Mar 1614
John Grayin Langmure, par. of Tannadyce 8 Nov 1651
Alexander Guthrie of that ilkpar. of Tannadyce 18 Feb and 9 May 1615
Alexander Guthrie of that ilkpar. of Tannadyce 19 Apr 1619
James Guthriebrother-german to John Guthrie of Mennis, par. of Tannadyce 19 Apr 1699
Janet Guthriespouse to John Muresone, in Sowtray, par. of Tannadyce 7 Mar 1616
David Henryin Brucklaws, par. of Tannydice 22 Sep 1720
Thomas Hutcheonin Cardenswell, par. of Tannadyce 19 Jul 1641
Isobel Jonkenspouse to James Bruce, in Mains of Ogill, par. of Tannadyce 7 Jan 1614
Janet Laingspouse to Andrew Bellie, in Meikle Coule, par. of Tannadyse20 Sep 1639
David Leightonsometime in Tanadice 24 Jun 1799
Dony Leightonspouse to Walter Thomsone, in Glenqueich, par. of Tannadyce 18 Jan 1614
James Leightonfarm servant residing at Rottenmoss of Inchewan14 Jan 1815
David Lindsay of Corrahillpar. of Tannadyce 15 Jun 1620
John Lyell of Murthilpar. of Tannadice 23 Apr 1686
James Lyon of Easter Ogillpar. of Tannadyce 3 Jan 1616 and 2 Nov 1625
Margaret Lyonlawful daughter of the Rev. George Lyon, minister at Tannadyce, par. of Forfar3 Sep 1777
Patrick Lyonin Muirtoun of Tannadyce27 Mar 1616
Patrick Lyon of Balgillopar. of Tannadyce3 Nov 1704
Patrick and James Lyonlawful sons to the deceased Patrick Lyon of Balgillo, par. of Tannadyce 23 Nov 1709
Catherine Melvillespouse to James Scrymgeour, in Gledey, par. of Tannadyce 26 Aug 1619
Margaret Mitchellspouse to John Wyllie, in Cottertoun of Muirhillok, par. of Tanndyce 21 Aug 1619
Janet Moriespouse to Andrew White, in Howmoor of Moory-hillock, par. of Tannadyce 13 Feb 1712
James Nicolsonwriter in Forfar, par. of Tannadyce8 Feb 1710
David Ogilvie of Airliecommonly called Earl of Airlie; d. at Kinnalty, par. of Tannadice12 & 26 Sep 1812; 25 Sep 1814
John Ogilvie of Murthellpar. of Tannadice8 Jul 1720
Agnes Ravinin Kynnally, par. of Tannandes27 Dec 1595
Andrew Reidin Stryles, par. of Tannadyce30 Jul 1624
Robert Reidin Cottoune of Coull, par. of Tannadyce3 Jun 1626
Thomas Reidin Butterclack, par. of Tannadice30 Jan 1683
Andrew Richardson alias Stanshillpar. of Tannadyce 17 Dec 1613
Thomas Rinweillin Incheschewand, par. of Tannadyce9 Sep 1628
Alexander Simpsonin Justinhauch, par. of Tannadyce19 Jun 1617
Patrick Simpsonin Auchnagray, par. of Tannadyce17 Apr 1621
Alexander Skairin Muirhillok, par. of Tannadyce18 Feb 1618
Alexander Smithin Craigmowth, par. of Tannadice26 Oct 1627
Thomas Smithin Flobatt, par. of Tanadyce22 Oct 1617
Agnes Strattounspouse to Thomas Low, in Over Perth, par. of Tannadyce 26 Apr 1621
Isobel Taylorspouse to Alexander Adamson, in Cottoun of Memess, par. of Tannadyce 5 Oct 1613
Alexander Thomin Cottoun of Auchnagray, par. of Tannadyce8 Jan 1621
Alexander Websterin the Mains of Easter Ogill, par. of Tannandice 5 Aug 1713
Andrew Williamsonmiliar at the Milne of Marcus, par. of Tannadyce 3 Jul 1619
James Youngtenant in Little Coull, par. of Tannadyce10 Nov 1698

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

Margaret Lyondau. of William Lyon of Easter Ogill3 Jul 1735
John Ogilvie of Murthillpar. of Tannadyce15 Oct 1725
Robert Ogilvie of Coullpar. of Tannadyce4 Mar 1730
Mr John Weathminister of the Gospel at Tannadyce11 Feb 1767

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

John Adamin Over-Balgillie, par. of Tannadeis in Angus27 Apr 1592
Walter Clarkin Littill-Coull, par. of Tannadice in Angus5 Aug 1588
Walter Esse of Muretounpar. of Tannades in Angus14 Feb 1591-2
Katherine Ferriersometime spouse to Alexander Cheild, in Inschewin, par. of Tannadice, sher. of Forfar31 Jul 1588
Duncan Forresterin Cortoquhy, or at the mylne of Eister Kynnaltie, par. of Tannades in Angus27 Jul 1582
Mr Henry Lumsdenperson of Tannadice24 Nov 1580
Barbara Lyonsometime spouse to Thomas Ogilvie, apparent of Inschewane, par. of Tannades, sher. of Forfar9 Jan 1595-6
John Moffatin Tobie, par. of Tannadeis in Angus30 Oct 1587
William Neischein Eister-Balgillie, par. of Tannadyce in Angus5 Nov 1588
Jonet Ramsaysometime spouse to Alexander Muresoun, in Cuill, par. of Tannadeis in Angus2 Jan 1588-9
John ScheillInschewin, par. of Tannadyce, sher. of Forfar31 Jul 1588
David Scottin Coulie, par. of Tannades, sher. of Forfar19 Apr 1594
Isobel Scottsometime spouse to John Feme, in Strone, par. of Tannadice in Angus24 Jun 1581
William Youngin Auchirroch, par. of Tannadeis in Angus22 Jan 1588-9

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

Alexander Hummillin the Coittoun of Baldukie, par. of Tannades, sher. of Angus16 Feb 1603
Jonet Kinnearrelict of William Currour, in Kinnatie, par. of Tannades, sher. of Forfar16 May 1606
Thomas Ogilviein Inschewane, par. of Tannades, sher. of Angus4 Aug 1603


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Tannadice:

NAS ref. E326/12/2/45


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Tannadice:


This page updated 19 Mar 2014