Lunan (formerly Inverlunan) (Angus)

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Parish number 305

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The arms of Lyell of Dysart

The lands of Dysart were formerly a detached portion of the parish of Brechin, and thereafter of Maryton, but now form part of Lunan.

Apart from Dysart, the parish of Lunan consists of two baronies: Inverlunan (Easter Lunan) and Lunan. Unfortunately, these two names have been used almost interchangably in the past, and it is not always clear which property is being referred to.

The small barony best called Inverlunan orginally belonged to the Abbey of Arbroath and, by the 19th century, belonged to the Blair-Imries. It is the barony whose history was detailed by Col. William Blair-Imrie [See Books below].

The barony best called Lunan was granted in 1383 to Alexander Stewart, one of three undoubted sons of Robert II by his mistress Mariota (Marion) de Cardny [Fraser Southesk, 2, p. 494]. He received Pitfour in Aberdeenshire at the same time. Mariota had been granted Burleigh, on the northern shore of Loch Leven in Kinross-shire by Robert II. In 1477, James III confirmed a charter dated at Montrose on 22 May 1477, by which Giles Stewart, (lady) of half of the lands of Lunan and Pitfour, elder daughter and one of the heirs of the late Sir Walter Stewart de Burlie, sold half Pitfour [RMS, 2, ch. 1295]. It is apparent that Walter was either a fourth son of Mariota, or a grandson.

Giles married a Tyrie, of the Drumkilbo family, and the baronial title and half the lands of the barony passed to her son, Walter Tyrie. The Tyries held Hawkhill, Newton, half the mill, the sunny (east) half of Drumbertnot and the superiority of Arbikie, which was a separate tenement (held by Ramsays, and later, Mudies). These properties passed from the Tyries to Sir Peter Young of Seaton in 1612 [RMS, 7, ch. 744].

Sir Walter Stewart's younger daughter, Euphemia, married a Ruthven. In 1483, her son Walter Ruthven was served heir to her in half of Lunan [Fraser, Southesk, 2, p. 522]. The Ruthvens held Courthill, half the mill and the shady (west) half of Drumbertnot until 1607, when the lands passed to Sir Robert Crichton of Cluny [RMS, 6, ch. 1965].

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The arms of Mudie of Arbikie
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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]
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OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles


Statistical accounts of Lunan


Maps of Lunan

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


Photographs of places

Coats of arms at Lunan House lodge

The photograph above, of the lodge of Lunan House, shows representations of two coats of arms and, in the centre, a crest. The crest, A stag lodged proper, is that of Blair of that ilk. The arms on the left are Imrie arms; those on the right, arms of Blair of that ilk, with the mascles drawn correctly. The only Imrie arms registered before 1913 were those of John Imbray of Crubie [i.e. Imrie of Cruivie, in the parish of Logie, Fife], Barry of eight sable and argent, over all three fusils counter-changed, registered in 1672; he was eldest lawful son to William Imrie of Wester Cruivie [NRS SIG1/89/36, SIG1/90/3]. The present faded colours of both shields are completely misleading; the blue should be argent (silver), the white should be sable (black). Uncertainty about the ancestry of both the Blairs and the Imries makes it unclear why these arms are displayed here. Lunan - recent photographs of Lunan. National Grid ref. NO6851.

Queen of Thanet - includes a few photos taken at and near Lunan House in 1940


Lunan parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO687516. Built 1844. No longer in use as a church.

Photograph of Lunan Kirk

Second photo of Lunan Kirk

Members of a family surnamed Gavin appear to have been employed as beadles (church officers) of Lunan over an extended period before stepping smartly up the social scale. Alexander Gavin (1686-1774) acquired Easter Braikie in the parish of Kinnell, and was granted arms in 1747. His son David (1720-1773) married, firstly, a cousin, Christina Maria Hersey, the daughter of the owner of a Dutch ship wrecked in Lunan Bay. David purchased Langton in Berwickshire in 1758 and created the planned village of Gavinton there. His second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of James 7th earl of Lauderdale, whom he married in 1770. [See e.g. The Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Weekly Magazine, No. 30, vol. II of 23 Feb 1833, p. 127; Geo. Hay's History of Arbroath, p. 399; Burke's Landed Gentry under 'Gavin'.]

Third photo of Lunan Kirk


Parish ministers 1560-1953

For ministers after 1953, see Inverkeilor 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

John Baty (John Beattie)1567, 1570reader 1567; vicar 24 Oct 1570
David Guthrie1574-1590reader
Andrew Leitch (Andrew Leech)1585-1589min. of Maryton; adm. bef. 1585; removed to Maryton 1589
Alexander Inglis1590-1622M.A.; tr. to St Vigeans 1622
James Philip (James Philp)1590-1622bro. of Henry Philp D.D., min. of Arbroath; M.A. St Andrews 1613; schoolmaster Arbroath; pres. 1622; still min. in 1630; mar. (1) Jane, dau. of James Guthrie, min. of Arbirlot, (2) Margaret Aikman
Robert Norrie1650-1652regent St Andrews; adm. 1650; still min. in 1652
Robert Bruce1654-1668M.A. St Andrews 1637; chaplain to Lindsay of Edzell; adm. 1654; buried 6 Aug 1668, aged ca. 52; mar. Margaret Fullarton, who survived him
Alexander Pedey (Alexander Peddie)1669-1713M.A. Kings 1662; adm. 1669; d. 17 Feb 1713 aged 70; mar. (1) 1671 Isobel Guthrie, (2) Marjory Lindsay, of family of Dowhill, who survived him
James Rait1713-1717formerly min. of Inverkeilor; ass. to Mr Alexr Pedey; intruded 1713; dep. 1717
Charles Irvine1715-1726ord. 1715; tr. to Maryton 1726
Henry Ogilvie of Wester Balgillo1727-1781b. 1697, son of Thomas Ogilvie min. of Coupar Angus, & yr bro. of Thomas Ogilvie of Ruthven & Coul; ord. 1727; d. 23 May 1781; mar. 1749 Margaret, dau. of Alexander Wyse of Lunan; issue: Eliz.; Robert; Thos; Henry, lieut. R.N.; James; John; Margt; cath.; Isobel (mar. James Scott, min. of Benholm)
Alexander Girvan1782-1789ord. 1782; tr. to Langton 1789
John Gowans1790-1820b. Dec 1750 Kinnell, son of John G., merchant; M.A. Marischal 1769; schoolmaster St Vigeans; ord. Glenisla 1789; tr. & adm. 1790; d. 14 Nov 1820; mar. 1771 Isabella Webster; no issue
Robert Barclay1821-1849b. 8 Nov 1787 Logie Pert, son of David B.; M.A. Marischal 1806; ord. 1821; d. unm. 11 Jul 1849
James Hay1850-1866M.A.; tr. from St Bernard's, Edinburgh & adm. 1850; tr. to Inverkeilor 1866
Alexander Fridge1867-1906b. 25 Jan 1840 Forres, son of James F., farmer; M.A. Kings 1861; ass. St Cyrus & Montrose; ord. 1867; dem. 1906; d. 14 Jan 1917 Arbroath; mar. 1884 Eliz. Cath., dau. of Chas Macdonald, shipmaster, Arbroath
Walter Percy Cox1907-1939b. 15 Jan 1869 Pennan, New Aberdour ABD, son of Henry William Cox, coast guard; bro. of rev. James Taylor Cox, min. of Dyce; M.A. Aberdeen 1894; ass. Forteviot, Coats, Larbert & Dunipace; ord. 1902 for S. Africa; ass. Selkirk 1904; adm. 1907; dem. 11 Feb 1939; d. 15 Aug 1952 Montrose; mar. (1) 1904 Wilhelmina Agnes, dau. of Robert Brown; (2) 1941 Jane Leck
Thomas Alexander1939-1952M.A.; b. 1882 Perth, son of David A., grain mercht; educ. Perth Academy; min. St Andrew's Church, Bo'ness 1918-39; ind. Oct 1939; ret. 31 Dec 1952; d. 1 Aug 1953 Lunan manse; mar. 1934 Mary I. Sinclair M.B., Ch.B.


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Lunan Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 20 stones) are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Vol. 2: Seacoast" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1996), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Angus MI - Vol. 2. Pre-1855 Sea-coast" in their online shop.)

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Lunan in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 241-4.

The modern cemetery lies immediately north of the kirk.

Obelisk at Braehead of Lunan

Above: monument at Braehead of Lunan (NO690527) to Lt-col. James Blair. The full original inscription was recorded by Jervise, Epitaphs, vol. 1, p. 242:

To the memory of Lieuteuant-Colonel James Blair, of the Bengal Army. Born on the 7th November 1792, he died at sea on board the ship Madagascar, during a voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, undertaken for the recovery of his health, on the 12th of August 1847. High in the estimation of the Supreme Government of India, he had, for the last twelve years of his life, Commanded the Cavalry Division of His Highness the Nizam's Army, and this Monument was erected by his Brother Officers, European and Native, to commemorate their admiration of his character as an Officer, and their affectionate recollection of him as a Friend.

The inscription on the monument now, which is on the seaward face, is much shorter than the original, and is itself wearing:

To the memory of Lieutenant Colonel James Blair, of the Bengal Army, who died at sea, on the 12th August 1847

Monuments inside the kirk
With thanks to Colin and Lisa Badger for permission to take these photos.

William Taylor Imrie monument

The monument to William Taylor Imrie of Lunan

In memory of WILLIAM TAYLOR IMRIE, Esq. of Lunan, who died 11th March 1849, in the 70th year of his age.

[Born 2 July 1779 Durris KCD, 2nd son of Alexander Taylor (later, Alexander Taylor Imrie, life-renter of Lunan) and Agnes Simpson.]

Alexander Pedey monument

The monument to Mr Alexander Pedey

[Arms of Pepdie/Peddie/Pedey: three papingoes (parrots)]

P. M. Reverendi viri ALEXANDRI PEDEY, qui per XLIV annos in ecclesia de Lunan, summa cum laude, munere pastorali functus, ob egregiam pietatem, animi modestiam, sine fuco amicitiam, sine fastu munificentiam, mirum denique candorem & urbanitatem deo carus, coelo maturus, bonis omnibus desideratus, septuagenarius decessit XVII Februarii MDCCXIII.

Amoris debiti hoc monumentum marmoreum posuit moestissima conjux, MARJORA LINDSAY.

Walter Mill or Milne monument

The monument to Walter Mill or Milne

Sacred to the memory of WALTER MILL, for upwards of forty* years pastor of this church, and the last Scottish martyr for adherence to the protestant faith. He entered on his ministrations in the days when popish error prevailed in Scotland; but by divine grace was brought to the knowledge of the truth; and having faithfully preached the gospel for many years, in the midst of persecution, suffered martyrdom at St Andrews on the 28th day of April, A.D. 1558, in the 83d year of his age.

This memorial was erected, A.D. 1848, during the ministry of the Revd ROBERT BARCLAY, by the heritors and parishioners of Lunan, in grateful acknowledgment of the blessings resulting from the Reformation.

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

[* Jervise, Epitaphs, vol. 1, p. 241 says this is an error for 20.]

The following is a complete list of the stones in Lunan Churchyard, excluding those in the modern extension north of the kirk. [M1], etc., indicate Mitchell's numbering. Uncertain readings are in parentheses.

Photographs of any of the inscriptions listed below will be supplied on request by e-mail, insofar as I judge it possible to obtain them. The photos will be 2304 pixels by 1728 pixels, and approx. 850 kilobytes in size, taken in good lighting to show the inscriptions rather than the whole monuments. Please be prepared for a considerable delay in sending photos.

[p1521], etc., indicates that I already have a photo of the monument; the links on this page are to photos reduced in size to 576 x 432 pixels.

[1; M1; p611] In memory of ROBERT HUDDLESTON late school master Lunan who died Feby 27 1821 aged 53 years Also of WILLIAM his son who died in infancy

[2; M2; p617] Erected by ALEXANDER ALLAN, tenant Arbickie in memory of his two children A son born 19th March 1830 who died in infancy And of his daughter ANN ANDERSON ALLAN born 8th October 1831. died 22nd June 1833, aged 20 months.

[3; p616] Suffer little children to come unto me Erected by WILLIAM TINDAL, Drumbertnot, in memory of his daughter ANNIE, who died 18th April 1872, aged 5 years and 8 months.

[4; p629, p630] At rest Erected by ANDREW STURROCK in loving memory of his beloved wife ANN BALLA who died at Hawkhill Lunan December 10th 1906 aged 59 years The above ANDREW STURROCK died 17th April 1931 aged 84 years. To memory ever dear

[5; p610] Erected by JAMES WALLACE in memory of his son, GEORGE, who died at Edinburgh, on the 2nd Feb. 1902, aged 28 years. The above JAMES WALLACE, died at Lunan Mill, 2nd May 1906, aged 72 years. His daughter GRACE, died at Inchock, Inverkeillor, 14th Feb. 1907, aged 36 years. And his wife VIOLET STEPHEN who died at Montrose, 17th Oct. 1924, aged 81 years. His daughter ISABELLA DUTHIE died at Montrose, 21st April 1943, aged 74 years. GEORGE WALLACE, father of the above, JAMES WALLACE, died at Drumbertnot 26th Aug. 1883, aged 83 years.

[6; M3; p597] Near this spot are interred the remains of the Rev: JOHN GOWANS. the faithful minister of this parish for nearly 31 years who died 14th Novr 1820 greatly lamented in the 70th year of his age This stone is erected to his memory by his afflicted widow ISABELLA WEBSTER who also departed this life 2nd March 1823 in the 77th year of her age and is here laid by the side of her husband.

[7; M4; p598] Sacred to the memory of the Reverend ROBERT BARCLAY, minister of the parish of Lunan, who died on the 11th day of July 1849, in the 62nd year of his age, and 29th year of his incumbency

[8; M5; p636] Sacred to the memory of the late DAVID FELL tenant in Balzeordie, who departed this life on the 4th November 1836 aged 66 years. And also of his daughter, ANN FELL who died on the 9th June 1827 aged 12 years. Also AGNES REA, his spouse who died in the 25th July 1842, aged 51 years.

[9; M6; p628] By WILLIAM GRAY and JANE WALKER, in memory of their son ALEXANDER who died at Kingblythmont House 22nd Sep. 1848, aged 19 years, much regretted. The foresaid WILLIAM GRAY died on the 17th Sep. 1854, aged 55. Also JANE WALKER died on the 9th Feb. 1860, aged 61.

[10; p637] Erected by the family in memory of their father CHARLES DORWARD who died 31st July 1915, aged 83. Also their mother JANE MASON who died 10th Feb. 1916, aged 73. Their grandmother BARBARA RIOCH died 20th May 1896, aged 86.

[11; p638] In memory of ALEX HANTON who died 20th Feb. 1931 aged 83 and of his wife ISABELLA FALCONER Also his wife ISABELLA LYALL who died 27th Jan. 1913 aged 60

[12; p615] Erected by JOHN GOURLAY & DAVID B. TOLEMY in memory of JAMES GOURLAY who died 28th Dec. 1882 aged 5 months. Also in loving remembrance of ELSPET GOURLAY beloved wife of DAVID B. TOLEMY who died 4th June 1892 aged 24 years. ALEXANDER J. GOURLAY who died 6th June 1895 aged 22 years. MARION JOLLY beloved wife of JOHN GOURLAY died 14th Oct. 1924 aged 77 years. The above JOHN GOURLAY died 26th Nov. 1931 aged 89 years.

[13; p614] Erected by JAMES CHRISTIESON in memory of his family LIZZIE, who died 29th January 1873, aged 4 years and 8 months. JOHN, who died at Abu Fatmeh, Egypt, 5th July 1885 aged 22 years. STEWART, who died at Edinburgh, 31st October 1890, aged 23 years. And is here interred. The above JAMES CHRISTIESON died 30th Jan. 1900, aged 71 years. Also his wife HELEN WILSON who died 12th June 1908, aged 73 years.

[14; p613, p639] Erected by JAMES CHRISTISON in loving memory of his wife JANE ANN FYFE, who died 25th July 1904, aged 40 years. Also his daughter MARY VALENTINE, died 2nd Sept. 1899, aged 2½ years. The above JAMES CHRISTISON died at Montrose, 24th March 1930, aged 68 years.

[15; M7] Erected by JOHN GREIG & MARGARET SOUTER in memory of their son WILLIAM who died 1(9) March 18(44) aged 1(3) years & (5) months FRANCIS GREIG born 3rd Jan. 1823. died 7th Oct. 1883.
[left face] WALTER GREIG born 30th January 1825, died 11th November 1901.
[right face] JOHN GREIG, farmer, Bridgend, born 12th Aug. 1782, died 3rd May 1872. His wife MARGARET SOUTER, born 7th Jan. 1798, died 12th Oct. 1884.

[16; M8; p599] In loving memory of JAMES MILNE long wright at Braehead 1807 - 1883. And JEAN MATTHEWSON, his wife 1809 - 1886. And of his children DAVID, 1836 - 1838. ANNIE, 1850 - 1858. ANDREW, 1847 - 1881. "Till the day break." Erected by their son the Rev. ALEXr MILNE, minister of Gourock.

[17; p600] Sacred to the memory of JOHN MACKAY, who for 43 years held the office of schoolmaster etc. in the parish of Lunan, died at the School House 22nd July 1892, aged 66 years. Also of his wife EUPHEMIA MILL, who died at Arbroath 8th May 1914, aged 84 years. Also of their daughter MARGARET who died at Arbroath 18th June 1939. Also of their daughter JANE YOUNG who died at Arbroath on 29th June 1955.

[18; M9; p627] In memory of JOHN BRUCE, farmer, Hawkhill, born 16th August, 1795, died 4th August, 1881. His wife MARGARET GREIG born 5th July 1819. died 11th March 1898. Their son JOHN born 21st Feb. 1848, died 13th Nov. 1898.

[19; leaning against south wall of kirk] [flat slab without evident inscription]

[20; M10; p618, p640] [mural, south wall of kirk] DM ED [between 2 angels of hiberno-northumbrian manuscript style]

[21; M11; p619] [mural, east wall of kirk] [coat of arms: shield (blank); helmet; mantling; motto (blank)]

[22; M12; p620] To the memory of ALEXANDER BLAIR who died 2(6)th May 1835
[south] ...
[west; p609] ELIZABETH BLAIR born 10th Jany 1794 died 16th Decr 1879 MARGARET BLAIR born 5th June 1795 died 16th June 1878

[23; M13] [recumbent cross in plot with stone edging; inscription on edging] Here lieth CHARLOTTE CECILIA*, widow of Brigadier General JAMES BLAIR, Indian Army, who died April 29th 1891, aged 83 years. Here lieth also her son, Lieutenant Colonel HENRY FRANCIS BLAIR, Royal Bengal Engineers, who died April 13th 1908, aged 71 years. And his wife SOPHIA GRACE† who died 28th July 1921 aged 81 years. "At evening time it shall be light." And their daughter HELEN MARY who died 13th April 1961.
[* i.e. Charlotte Cecilia Vanrenen; † i.e. Sophia Grace Bott]

[24] In memory of GEORGE ELDER CRABBE mill manager born 13th May 1819, died 7th Nov 1894. His wife MARGARET BRUCE born 4th May 184(6) died 1st March 1904 Their grand-child HAROLD LENNOX JUPP born 22nd September 1905, died 19th February 1906

[25; M14; p631] 1815 Erected by ROBt SOUTTER weaver Drumbertnot in memory of his spouse JEAN JAPP. who died 30th Decr 1811, aged 30 years and also of his parents His father JAMES SOUTTAR who died 18 Feby 1801 aged 70. And his mother HELLEN DUNCAN; who died 20th March 1786 aged 50 years. To know Death and not to fear it [buried]

[26; p626] In memory of our parents WILLIAM MURRAY, who died at Nether Tulloch, Garvock 7th April 1921 aged 78 years. CATHERINE HAXTON, who died 1st Feb. 1923 aged 73 years. Their sons FRANK, killed in action 1st Jan. 1917 aged 20 years DAVID, who died at Brackenrig, St. Cyrus, 25th Jan. 1932 aged 47 years. MURRAY

[27; p625] Erected by JOHN BLACKLAWS in memory of his wife JANE MURRAY who died at Braehead, Lunan 26th June 1912, aged 56 years. Also his wife MARY BURGESS who died at Braehead, Lunan 15th March 1919, aged 52 years.

[28; p624] Erected by JANE MOIR in memory of her beloved husband ALEXANDER THOMSON who died at Mount Pleasant, Redcastle, 18th July 1910, aged 80 years. The above JANE MOIR died 4th Aug. 1921, aged 90 years. Also their daughter MARY ANN who died 24th March 1928, aged 74 years. Thy will be done

[29; p604, p622] In loving memory of GEORGE ALEXANDER Lunan Lodge, died 17th Feb. 1941, aged 92 years Also his sons CHARLES died in infancy ALEXANDER died 4th April 1905, aged 22 years DAVID died 5th Sep. 1908, aged 21 years Also AGNES HUNTER beloved wife of the above GEORGE ALEXANDER died 4th Nov. 1944, aged 88 years At rest

[30; p623; small broken cross] ... remembr... of wee CHARLIE ALEXANDER Suffer little children to come unto me.

[31; M16] Here lie the remains of ALEXANDER SCOTT sometime weaver in Muir of Lunan who died Septr 1813 aged 68 and of his spouse ISABEL FINDLAY who died March 1817 aged 65

[32; p632] Erected in loving memory of ELIZABETH TODD, beloved wife of JOHN SHERRET, who died at Springfield, 20th Oct. 1909, aged 74. Also of their son CHARLES who died at Lethbridge, Canada 24th Feb. 1921, aged 57. Also the above JOHN SHERRET, who died at Springfield, 5th Nov. 1921, aged 90. Also their youngest daughter MARGARET who died at Springfield, 2nd July 1927, aged 48. Also their son JOHN who died 3rd Sept. 1938, aged 60. Also JAMES who died at Brechin on 29th Jan. 1946, aged 79. At rest Also MARY ALEXANDER daughter of JOHN SHERRET who died 30th May 1942, aged 74. [The stone has attached to it a small metal plate bearing the words: Discovered by members of the Sherret Descendency in Canada Amber & David Hunt from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada]

[33; M15] Erected by ANDREW PETRIE flax dresser Montrose in memory of his daughter ISOBEL who died 2nd June 1788 aged 19 years. And of his wife ELIZABETH ADDISON who died 15th Sepr 1799, aged 67 years. The said ANDREW PETRIE died 2nd March 1812, aged 80 years, and is here interred.
[west] ELIZABETH PETRIE died on the 1(3)th of February 1855, aged 95 years.

[34] Erected by JAMES MIDDLETON gardener Lunan House in memory of his beloved wife MARGARET H. KESSON who died 17th Nov. 1883 aged 65 years. Also of their daughter MAGGIE who died 22nd June 1892 aged 35 years The said JAMES MIDDLETON died 13th March 1900 in his 84th year ELIZABETH MIDDLETON eldest daughter died at Sandy Croft Dor...ns Park Surrey 5th March 1910.

[35] Erected by GEORGE WILSON in affectionate remembrance of his wife CATHERINE MIDDLETON who died 1(0)th Dec. 1896. WILSON

[36; p605] In loving memory of MARY LOW beloved wife of JAMES SMITH who died at Cothill, 14th Sept. 1913, aged 45 years. And the above JAMES SMITH who died at 28 Bank Street Arbroath, 31st August 1947 aged 76 years. Also their daughter ISABELLA who died 8th Sept. 1981 aged 80 years.

[37; p635] 1861 Erected by ANN SCOTT in memory of her parents JAMES SCOTT and ANN BLACKIE who are both interred here. The above ANN SCOTT wife of GEORGE NAPIER died in 1867, was interred Old Church Yard Montrose.

[38; M17; p621] Erected by ROBERT SMART in memory of his father JOHN SMART sometime weaver at Braehead of Lunan who died the 8th day of April 1792 aged 47 years and also of his mother JEAN HENDERSON who died the 26 day of November 1813 aged 68 years. ROBERT SMART died March 30th 1831, aged 52 years.
[west] Died at Montrose on the 31st Jan 18(44) MARY SMART. BETTY SMART died on the 26th March 18(3.) aged 7(3) GEORGE SMART died on the 30th March 18(4)1, aged 60 ANN CATTANACH his wife died on the 12th September 18(33).

[39; M18 & M23 See note; p646] ... T ... BY ... BUT A...
[west; p603] In Dei tota spes nostra ; IT IH ; (.)T (.)H (.)T (.)T (.)T (.)T ; O that they were wise that they understood this / that they would consider their latter end / as we each night lay down our head / each morning open our eyes / so shall the dust be our last bed / from whence we hope to rise

[40; p602] To DAVID CARCARY. Erected by Colonel Blair-Imrie of Lunan, to commemorate the faithful services of his land steward, who died on the 10th August 1909, aged 64 years. HELEN TAYLOR wife of DAVID CARCARY, died on 25th November 1930, aged 87 years. DAVID CARCARY MACFARLANE their grandson who died 22nd December 1993, aged 78 years. His beloved wife JANET BOYD MURRAY who died 11th November 1999, aged 82 years.

[41] CARCARY In loving memory of our dear father and mother

[42; M19; p634] 1857 Erected by ELISABETH GORDON, in memory of her husband ANGUS McLEAN. who died on the 15th of October 1855 in the 58th year of his age and is interred here. The above ELISABETH GORDON died January 30th 1869 aged 72 years.

[43; M20; p644] Erected by JOHN CRABB gardener at Lunan in memory of his spouse ELIZABETH REID who died 13th. June 1847 aged 82 years

[44; M21] Sacred to the memory of JAMES MATHEWSON sometime residing at Cotthill who died 1st February 1850 aged 67 years. Also of his wife MARY HILL who died 20th February 1849 aged 69 years. And are both interred here.
[west] 1850

[45] WILLIAMINA HENDERSON native of Glasgow died at Lunan 9th August 1921 At rest

[46] In loving memory of WILLIAM CUTT beloved husband of MARGARET LENNIE who died at Drumbertnot 18th March 1907, aged 38 years. Christ will clasp the broken chain closer when we meet again

[47] In affectionate memory of MAGGIE JANE BROWN who died at the Royal Infirmary Montrose on the 26th February 1909 aged 18 years

[48] In loving memory of DAVID BROWN beloved husband of ISABELLA WATT who died 26th March 1918, aged 61 years. A tribute from the family.

[49; p633] Erected by JAMES and ANN TOSH in memory of their children Five who died in infancy. Also their son Captain ALEXr MILL, who died at Montreal, 10th Octr 1875 aged 26 years. Also their daughter ELIZA ALEXANDER, who died 11th July 1877, aged 22 years. Also their grandchild MARY ANN HENDERSON, who died 23rd April 1882, aged 10 months. Also Captain JAMES STRACHAN, their son-in-law who died at Chicago 4th May 1886, aged 38 years. The above JAMES TOSH died 14th Dec. 1893, aged 78. ANN DEWARS, wife of the above JAMES TOSH, died 23rd July 1908, aged 87.

[50; defaced; p643]

[51; p606] Erected by ARCHIBALD and MARY WILSON the Schoolhouse Lunan, in memory of their children MARGARET died 27th Sept. 1905, in infancy. KATE died 30th April 1908, aged 11 years. MARY ROSE died at Glasgow 7th Oct. 1918, aged 25 years. JOHN died at Leysin, Switzerland, 10th Feb 1923, aged 21 years. The above ARCHIBALD WILSON, F.E.I.S., schoolmaster at Lunan for 35 years died 31st Aug. 1928, aged 61 years. Also the above MARY WILSON died 15th Sept. 1945, aged 79 years. And in loving memory of their daughter CONSTANCE WHITSON died 4th Dec. 1988, aged 85 years.

[52; p608] SELINA GLADYS EYRE BLAIR IMRIE* 11th July 1880 19th April 1955
[* i.e. Selina Gladys Eyre Crabbe]

[53; p607] FRANCIS WILLIAM BLAIR IMRIE 29th Oct. 1910 25th April 1998 and his wife LILIAN MAY BLAIR IMRIE (née PEACOCK)* 1st May 1908 23rd Jan. 1992 Together in death as in life
[* i.e. Lilian May Theodora Peacock]


Note on [39]: Mitchell failed to recognise that M23, a stone "not seen in 1977" but recorded by Jervise, is the same stone as her M18, the east face being now largely lost. The monument is to John Torn, mason, St Virgins, who died in 1749, aged 37, a wall having collapsed on to him


Lunan roll of honour and war memorial

Roll of Honour 1914-1916

Presumably originally located inside Lunan Kirk, it now hangs in Inverkeilor Kirk. It lists men who had served by 1916; I was told that the crosses indicate the fallen, but this seems to be in doubt.


Lieut. Col. Hew Blair-Imrie, C.M.G. O.C. 3/5 Black Watch
Pte. Alexander Brown, Canadian R.A.M.C.
Shoeing-Smith William Edwards, R.A.S.C.
Sapper David Foreman, R.E.
Driver Andrew Glen, 2d H.E. R.F.A.
Pte. Ralph Hunter, 5th Black Watch
Pte. Alfred Lawrence, 43d Canadian Cameron Highlanders
Lance-corporal Archibald Lawrence, 5th Black Watch
Pte. George Lawrence, 26th Divisional Cyclist Corps
Drummer William Middleton, 5th Black Watch
Pte. John Ross, 5th Black Watch
+ Pte. Roy Thomson, 5th Black Watch
+ Pte. Alexander Wilson, 2d Black Watch
Pte. Archibald Wilson, R.A.M.C.
+ Pte. James Brown, 3d Black Watch
Pte. James Christieson, 1/5 Black Watch
Pte. George Foreman, 10th Black Watch
+ Pte. William Lawrence, 1st Black Watch
Pte. Alexander Smith, H.L.I.
Pte. David Taylor, 2/9 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Pte. James Torrie, H.L.I.
Roll of Honour

War memorial: located in the kirkyard

War memorial side one 1914-1919

Andrew Arbuthnott, Braehead
James Brown, Arbikie
Arthur W. Hendry, Lunan
David S. Hogg, Drumbertnot
George E. Hogg, Drumbertnot
John Jolly, Mountboy
David Macaulay, Denhead
George Macaulay, Denhead
James Pattullo, Arbikie
Arthur D. Taylor, Cothill
James Todd, Courthill
Alexander Watt, Drumbertnot
Alexander Wilson, Braehead
War memorial side two 1939-1945

Hew Blair Imrie, Lunan
Thomas Alexander, White Inn
David Spalding, Upper Dysart
James Wood, Braehead

This 1914-19 roll includes additional information from the Roll of Honour Arbroath & District 1914-1919 and CWGC records:

NameAddressRankUnitDatePlace of deathDetails
Andrew ArbuthnottBraeheadl-cpl6th Batt., Gordon Highlanders22 Feb 1919-b. Johnshaven; son of James Arbuthnott, Anderson's Buildings, Inverkeilor and late Mary ---
James BrownArbikiepte5th Batt., Seaforth Highlanders16 May 1917Vimy Ridgefarm servant, Arbikie; son of David Brown, ploughman, Boghead, Inverkeilor; mar. Mary Edwards, Braehead, Lunan
Arthur W. HendryLunanpte5th Batt., Gordon Highlanders1 Aug 1918-b. Lunan; son of William Hendry, gardener, Lunan & Cath. ---
David Scott HoggDrumbertnotsgtRoyal Field Artillery25 Aug 1916Sommegardener, later policeman, Carnoustie; son of David S. Hogg and Jessie N. Murray, Denfield, Arbroath
George Edward HoggDrumbertnotpte1st Batt., Scots Guards27 Sep 1915Loosploughman, Drumbertnot; son of David S. Hogg and Jessie N. Murray, Denfield, Arbroath
John JollyMountboyl-cpl54th Batt., Canadian Infantry9 Apr 1917-b. KCD; son of Mrs R. Moug, Mains of Guynd
David C. MacaulayDenheadb. St Vigeans, 5th son of Murdoch Macaulay, road surfaceman & Mary Ann ---
George B. MacaulayDenheadgardener; b. Arbroath, 2nd son of Murdoch Macaulay, road surfaceman & Mary Ann ---
James PattulloArbikie
Arthur Davidson TaylorCothilll-cpl5th batt., Cameron Highlanders1 Oct 1918Potyes Chateau dressing stationploughman, Leysmill; gson of David and Mary Taylor, Lunan Mill
James ToddCourthill
Alexander WattDrumbertnot
Alexander WilsonBraehead


Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1855 to present

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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.

Additionally, in Angus Archives:


Church Session Records of Lunan Parish Church

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/253/...
Account book1906-19392
Communion roll1924-19435
Minutes and accounts1654-17136
Poors' fund minutes and accounts1769-17827
Peddie's mortification accounts1774-19589
Allan's mortification accounts1845-19709
Jamieson's mortification accounts1852-19709
Fabric fund accounts1939-19629
Mudie's mortification accounts1851-19709
Fridge fund accounts1939-19709
Baptismal register1885-189511
Communion roll1901-190913
Collection book1907-194617
Decreet of modification & locality180018


Lunan Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR502/...
Minute book1844-19321
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1928-19303


Land owners

There were 3 proprietors of land in the parish in 1836:

There were 8 individuals, proprietors of land in the parish in 1902 [Source: 1902 Valuation Roll]:

ArbikieSir Leonard Lyell of Kinnordy, bart.
Lunan (i.e. Inverlunan)Col. William Blair Imrie of Lunan
Ethie (part of, i.e. Lunan)David John Carnegie, 10th earl of NortheskDrumbertnot, Courthill, Cothill, Hawkhill, Springfield, Denhead, etc.
Rev. Alexander Fridgemanse
Following were previously in Maryton:
DunninaldMrs Mary Charlotte Arkley or Smyth of Dunninald &
Mrs Eliza Arkley or Stansfeld of Dunninald
Woodside, Cooksloch
doJohn StansfeldCrookward
DysartSir George Macpherson Grant of Ballindalloch, 3rd bart.


Estate records

Feu charter of 1544, and history of Lunan, 1189-1849 - NRS ref. GD1/796/... - [Deals only with the part of the parish that had belonged to Arbroath Abbey]


Farmers / Tenants

Includes farmers in Dysart

ArbikieAlexander Allan-1841-
doDavid Salmond-1851-1871-
doJames Alexander Jarron-1881-1913-
doGeorge Jarron-1915-1926-
doJames A. Jarron-1929-1942
doW. Mather1942-
Braehead of LunanCharles Dorward-1916-1923-
doAndrew Edwards-1926-
doDavid Jolly-1926-
CourthillGeorge Matthew-1830
doDavid Matthew-1833
doThomas Matthew-1834
doDavid Lindsay-1841-1862
doRobert Lindsay-1861-
doJohn Rodger-1881-
doJohn L. & Robert Rodger-1891-
doRepresentatives of Robert Rodger-1906-
doMisses Rodger-1915-1924-
doGavin Meikle-1926-1942-
DrumbertnotJames Rodger-1816
doRobert Rodger-1841-
doJames Rodger-1851-
doRobert Rodger-1861-1901-
doRepresentatives of Robert Rodger-1906-
doMisses Rodger-1913-1919-
doAlexander Kirkwood Stirling-1926-
doWilliam Muir Stirling & A. Stirling-1929-1942-
DysartGeorge Kinnear-1901-
doJohn Tindal-1923-1942-
Gighty BurnRobert Mill/Miln-1841-1851-
doIsabel Mill/Miln-1861-
doRobert Mill/Miln-1881-
doAlexander Hood-1891-
doRepresentatives of Alexander Hood-1906-
doMrs Jane Hood-1901-1924-
doRepresentatives of Mrs Hood-1929-1942-
HawkhillJohn Bruce-1841-1881
doMrs Margaret Bruce-1891-
doMarjory & Johanna Bruce-1901-1906-
doAndrew & George Sturrock-1913-1919-
doJoseph Millar-1923-1942-
LunanChivers & Sons, Ltd.-1926-1942-
Lunan HouseCol. William Blair Imrie of Lunan-1906-
doLt.-Col. H.F. Blair Imrie-1923-1926-
Nether DysartDavid Scott-1841-
doDavid Cowie-1851-
doDavid Kinnear-1881-
doGeorge Kinnear-1891-1913-
doRepresentatives of George Kinnear-1916-1919-
doH.W. Dodds-1924-1931-
doAlexander Stobo-1936-1942-
SpringfieldGeorge Henry-1861-1881-
doGeorge Moray Henry-1891-
doJohn Sherret-1899-
doJohn & James Sherret-1901-1924-
doJames Sherret-1926-
doWilliam Clark-1929-1931-
Upper DysartGeorge A. Kydd-1881-
doAlexander Bell Kydd-1891-
doJohn Tindal, jun.-1906-1919-
doHenry W. Dodds-1923-1926-


School teachers, Lunan

John Mackay-1871-1891-
Archibald Wilson, F.E.I.S.-1894-1923-
(assistant) Margaret E. Storrie-1915-
(do) Mary Hill-1923-
(do) Lily E. Porter-1926-



BlacksmithThomas EdwardsBraehead of Lunan-1915-1923-
do (& crofter)Andrew EdwardsBraehead-1915-1923-
WrightWilliam JollyLunan-1915-
doDavid JollyLunan-1923-1926-


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

1755208Dr Alexander Webster
1790155136291Old Statistical Account

The following data include the lands of Dysart



Testaments & wills

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

Andrew Arnottin Halkhill, par. of Lunan8 Jul 1635
Andrew Davidsonwobstar in Cottoun of Arbeke, par. of Lownan4 Jan 1626
Margaret Dreddenspouse to Andrew Adam, in Cottoun of Dynnenald, par. of Lownan23 May 1615
Rev. John Gowansminister of the gospel at Lunan1 Aug 1821
Isobel Guthriespouse to Mr Alexander Peadie, minister at Lunan19 Apr 1683
John Guthrie of Lownan26 Apr 1626
Alexander Taylor Imrie of Lunan9 Jun 1814
James Hutcheonin Newtoun of Lownan, par. of Lownan18 Mar 1616
Alexander MillNewton6 May 1803
Isobel Milnespouse to James Davesone, in Hitchim, par. of Lownan12 Jun 1615
John Mudie of Arbikiepar. of Lunan27 Oct 1685
Jean Peartspouse to James Deiris, in Arbekie, par. of Lownan24 Aug 1614
Mr Alexander Pedeysometime minister of Lunnan9 May 1716
James Rodgertenant in Drumbertnot11 Mar 1816
Janet Simpsonspouse to John Scott, in Smiddie hillok, par. of Lownan20 Aug 1614
Thomas Watsonin Ridcastle, par. of Lunan [Inverkeilor]1 Aug 1683
Mrs Isobel Websterrelict of the Rev. John Gowans, minister of the gospel at Lunan1 Sep 1823
Alexander Wyse of Lunnan8 Feb 1753

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

David Jamiesonin Haukhill, par. of Lunnan6 Jun 1733

Testaments of Lunan 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.

Andrew Allanin the Cottoune of Over Dyssert, par. of Marytoune5 Aug 1631
David Allanweaver in Cottown of Dysart29 Oct 1762
James Goukin the Cottoun of Over Dyssert, par. of Marytoun15 Aug 1631
Thomas Gregorywright in Newbigging of Dysart, par. of Marytown6 Jul 1769
John Guthrie of Lownan [Guthrie of Lunan]T. 13 Jul 1659
Euphame Henryspouse to James Guthrie, sometime in Cottoun of Nether Dysert, and now in Curthill16 Jul 1611
James Lambin Cottoun of Nether Dyssert, and Geillis Gouk, his spouse, par. of Brechin11 Nov 1611
Jane Maria Lindsayrelict of Thomas Lyell of Dysert23 Feb 1698
John Liviein Nether Dysart, par. of Marytone, and Janet Lasone, his spouse19 Feb 1689
Thomas Lyell of Dysert18 Nov 1696
Thomas Lyell, late of Dysart26 Apr 1728
Alexander Melvillein Nether Dyssert, and Elspet Falconer, his spouse, par. of Brechin26 May 1610
William Melvilleeldest lawful son to umquhile Robert Melville, sometime of Dysart, and Anna Carstairs, his spouse18 Apr 1684
George Ogilvielawful son to George Ogilvie of Lunnan, and Anne Auchenleck, his spouse15 Jun 1725 and 20 Oct 1732
William Rincksounin Cottertoun of Dyssert, and Margaret Tweedalle, his spouse, par. of Brechin17 Jan 1634
George Speidin Cottoun of Dyssert, and Margaret Tweeddale, his spouse, par. of Marytoun17 May 1613

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

Jonet Andersonrelict of Hercules Guthrie of Lownane and Over-Dysart28 Jan 1582-3
James Butterat the Mylne of Lunane ; and Margaret Johnston, his spouse20 Nov 1599
Hercules Guthrie of Lownane and Over-Dysart27 Jul 1565

Testaments of Lunan people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Edinburgh, 1701-1800

Elizabeth Guthriedaughter to the deceased John Guthrie of Over-Dysart11 Aug 1712
Anna Scottrelict of William Lyell of Dysart28 Sep 1753


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Lunan:

NRS ref. E326/12/2/51


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Lunan:


This page updated 3 Jul 2023