Murroes (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Murroes

Parish number 313

map of Murroes

More maps of Murroes

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
Population statistics
Statistical Accounts
Testaments & wills


The former parish of Ballumbie is now part of the parish of Murroes.

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 Murroes


Maps of Murroes

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


Photographs of places

See Murroes - recent photographs of Murroes. National Grid ref. NO4635.


Murroes parish church

Photograph of Murroes Kirk   Another photo of Murroes Kirk

Located at National Grid ref. NO462351. Built 1843. The mediaeval kirk was one of those belonging to the abbey of Arbroath.


Parish ministers 1560-1963

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

Ninian Cook1561vicar and reader
William Oliver1567reader
Ninian Cook1670reader, May 1570
Andrew Auchinleck1574min. of Barry, Monifieth & this par.
William Oliver1574-1589reader; d. bef. 18 Jun 1599
Henry Duncan1585-1618bro. of Alexander Duncan, goldsmith, Dundee; min. of Ballumbie 1585 with this par. also in the charge; removed here 1590, still with Ballumbie in his charge; d. 5 Apr 1618; test. 25 Nov 1618 & 29 Apr 1620 St Andrews; mar.(1) Alison Fithie, who d. Jun 1603 (test. 29 Jun 1609 Edinburgh); (2) Janet Sibbald, who survived him and mar. 1621 David Guthrie of that ilk; issue: Marjory (mar. George Clephane of Carslogie)
Robert Rollock1618-1639son of Walter R., merchant, Dundee; M.A. 1609 St Andrews; pres. Jun 1618; dep. 1639 for neglect of charge; issue: Andrew
James Gardine [James Gardiner?]1641-1647M.A. St Andrews 1627; pres. 3 Mar 1641; d. Nov 1647; test. 23 Mar 1648 St Andrews
Michael Gilbert1648-1652son of Thomas Gilbert of Kaimes, advocate; installed N. Berwick ELN 6 Feb 1622; tr. to Garvock 1628; tr. & adm. ca. 1648; d. bef. 3 Jan 1652; test. 13 Jan. 1652 St Andrews; mar. Eupham Wood, who survived him
Robert Edward1656-1689b. ca. 1616, son of Alexander E., burgess of Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1632; adm. Kirkmichael AYR 1637; pres. 1656; burgess of Dundee 1663; dep. 1689; buried 23 Mar 1696 Edinburgh; mar. Jean Johnston, who survived him; issue: Alex., min. of Kemback FIF; Chas, min. here; John, tutor to son of sir James Fleming; Robert, episc. min.; Magdalen, Martha; he published 1678, in Latin, A Description of the County of Angus to Accompany the Map of Angus, of which a translation was later publ. by Mr James Trail, min. of St Cyrus - see Warden's Angus or Forfarshire, vol. 2, for a reprint
Charles Edward1684-1692son of above; M.A. St Andrews 1679; recommended for ord. as colleague 27 Aug 1684; last mentioned 27 Aug 1692
James Marr (James Mair)1698-1740b. ca. 1674; M.A. St Andrews 1695; ord. 30 Mar 1698; d Aug/Sep 1740; mar. Ann Alison; issue: Geo., min. here; Margaret (mar. James Alison, governor of Guinea)
George Marr (George Mair)1741-1760b. ca. 1709, son of above; served heir to father 2 Jun 1744; M.A. St Andrews 1729; ord. 4 Jun 1741; d. 16 Aug 1760; mar. 1745 Janet Rodger; issue: Margaret, Anne, Janet, Eliz., James (father's heir 20 Dec 1770), Christian, Mary, Hugh
Alexander Imlach1761-1808b. 1727; teacher, Kirriemuir; ord. 14 May 1761; d. 5 Nov 1808; mar. 1752 Susan Ogilvy; issue: George, W.S.; Janet,; Henry, HEICS; Anne; Margaret (mar. 1789 George Ogilvie of Baikie); Jean (mar. 1788 James Spence, writer); Susan
David Cannan1809-1820tr. from Kirriemuir; adm. 3 Aug 1809; tr. to Mains & Strathmartine 16 Nov 1820
John Irving Currie1821-1863b. ca. 1793 Annan DFS; ord. 19 Apr 1821; assumed name Irving 1846; d. 20 Jul 1863 Murroes
John Boyd1864-1873D.D.; b. 21 Mar 1837 Dundee, son of John B., farmer; ord. 17 Mar 1864; tr. to Kirriemuir 10 Jan 1873; d. 6 Jul 1903 Brodick; mar. 1871 Charlotte Josephine Ramsay; issue: rev. Dr John, min. of Menstrie; Alex. R.; Wm; Eleanor J.; Angus
James Nicoll1873-1919b. 27 Sep 1845 Dundee, son of Thos N.; ass. East par. Aberdeen; ord. Rosebank Dundee 14 Jan 1873; tr. & adm. 5 Jun 1873; res. 15 May 1919; mar. 1877 Cecilia Beatrice, dau. of Richard Baird; issue: Thos; James; Cath. B.; Agnes H.; Peter Hill, min. of Abbey par., Arbroath & St Andrew's, Br. Guiana; Cecilia B.; Jean C.
William Augustus Forbes1919-1942b. 15 Jul 1882 Tain ROC, son of Rev. Alex. F., teacher, Morgan Acad., Dundee; M.A. 1902 B.D. 1906 St Andrews; ass. Scots Church, Buenos Aires; ass. Lady Yesters, Edinburgh; ord. N. Ronaldsay 7 Sep 1910; tr. & adm. 24 Sep 1919; d. 16 Aug 1942 Murroes manse
James Pryde Batchelor1943-1947b. 1887 Dundee; M.A.(St Andrews 1913); B.D.(Aberdeen); ind. May 1943; d. 1 Mar 1947 Murroes; m. 1917 Eliza Low
John Oswald Westwater1947-1963b. 1893 Blyth, Northumberland, son of rev. James W.; M.A.; ord. 1923; tr. to Woodlands Church, Glasgow 1926; d. 13 Dec 1963 Newark; mar.; issue: dau.

Ministers of Ballumbie

Henry Duncan1585-ca. 1590min. in 1585, with Murroes also in the charge; removed to Murroes ca. 1590
James Fotheringham1604min. in 1604; d. bef 8 Sep 1621


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Murroes Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 100 stones) 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.)

Copy of monumental inscriptions in Murroes Churchyard, compiled by S. Cramer, in NRS [NRS refs RH4/41/3 no. 6 & RH4/41/4]

See also monumental inscriptions in Murroes Church Session records.

Andrew Jervise recorded some monuments at Murroes in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 121-6.


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 Murroes Parish Church
Original records are held by Dundee City Archives; repertory is available at NRS ref. CH2/23/...; digital images are available on personal visit to NRS.

Nature of recordDatesDCA ref. CH2/274/...
Accounts & minutes1790-1800, 1805-18731
Notes on foundation of church & history of parish
by Rev. James Nicoll
ca. 19191
Excerpts and notes in Latin, Greek, Hebrew;
sketches of memorial tablets, etc.
Inventory of gravestones18922
Births & baptisms1813-18543
Cash book1874-19427
Communion rolls1913-19658 to 10
Transcriptions of memorial stones1646-166311
Property register1956-197215
Benefice & stipend register1807-193017


Land owners

There were 5 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

1755623Dr Alexander Webster
1790462Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

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

Thomas Allancotterman in Myrsyde of Brichtie, spouse to Jonet Ra, par. of Muirhouses17 Jun 1606
Marjorie Andersonsometime spouse to William Durhame of Umoquhie, par. of Murroes4 Jul 1620
George Arklytenant at Westhall, par. of Muirhouse8 Feb 1790
Elizabeth Auchinleckspouse to William Alexander, tailor in Brichtie, par. of Murhouss6 Nov 1627
Thomas Boyackin Murross10 Jan 1614
Thomas Brownin Muirhousses17 Feb 1595-6
John Butterin Murrois21 Jul 1636
John Butter younger in Murrows27 Jan 1676
John Charterispundler to the auld Ladie of Brichtie, par. of Murross4 Jun 1599
Andrew Craighead or Craigkedresiding at Middlebrighty8 Dec 1817
John Dicktenant in Whitehouse19 Dec 1806
Mr Henry Duncanminister at Muirhouse25 Nov 1618 and 29 Apr 1620
Mr James Fothringhameparson of Ballumbie, par. of Monyfuith8 Sep 1621
Mr James Gardynesometime minister at Murros23 Mar 1648
Michaell Gilbertsometime minister at Murois13 Jan 1652
Agnes Greivespouse to Walter Kid, in Brichtie, par. of Muirhousses13 Mar 1620
Margaret Guildweaver in Murrossl0 Jan 1614
William Guthrie of Gagiepar. of Murrois16 Jul 1625
Thomas Hanton of Myresidepar. of Murroes6 Feb 1755
Janet Hobbertspouse to William Henderson, in Brichtie, par. of Murrois18 Nov 1620
John Hobbertcotterman in Emmak, par. of Murroiss22 Oct 1599
Agnes Kaywidow at the Milne of Powrie, called Wannandis Milne, relict of Andrew Keill, par. of Muirhouse13 Mar 1618
David Keillpar. of Muries21 Apr 1675
James Kinnearin the Coltoun of Easter Pourie, par. of Murhouse6 Aug 1662
Jean Lambspouse to Thomas Fyfe, in Barns of Easter Powrie, par. of Murrois23 Oct 1650
Isobel Leslieand William Guthrie of Geagie, her spouse, par. of Muirhouse18 Jul 1621
John Mathersin Cottoun of Easter Gagy, par. of Murross4 Jun 1599
James Mathewtenant in Westhall14 Jan 1808
Isobel Mudierelict of William Wilson or Wolson, residing at Hole of Murroes25 & 26 Aug 1819
William Oliverreader at Brichtie, par. of Murross18 Jun 1599
David Parisin Brichtie, par. of Murroes7 Nov 1620
Robert Patersonin Wester Gagie, par. of Murroes9 Aug 1682
Mr Archibald Pearsonsometime in Westhalf, par. of Murrayes17 Oct 1684
Richard Philipcotter and quariour in Brichtie, par. of Murehouse4 Jun 1599
Robert Philip wright in Brichtie, par. of Murroes4 Jun 1599
Matilda Pitpillocksometime spouse to Robert Mitchelson, in Brichtie, par. of Muirhouse28 Jun 1614
David Scottin Easter Gagie, par. of Murhouse6 Aug 1662
George Scottin Muirhouse, Forfar [par. of Murroes?]9 Jun 1697
Margaret Sibbaldin the Cottoun of Powry, par. of Murross4 Jul 1598
John Smithsometime lorimer at the Milne of Brichtie, par. of Murhouse1 Oct 1605
William Smithin Brightie, par. of Murhouse6 Aug 1662
Isobel Spanzie, alias Wobstarin Brichtie, par. of Murrois, spouse of Alexander Low5 Feb 1628
Isobel Stevenspouse to Thomas Mathow, in Auchan in Brichtie, par. of Murehousses2 Jan 1618
Bessie Thomsonspouse to Thomas Anderson, at Whitthouse of Brighty, par. of Murrays8 Oct 1714
Alexander Webstercotterman in Brichtie, par. of Murross4 Jun 1599
Christian Websterspouse to John Bowak, in the Murrois, par. of Muirhouse24 Feb 1618
William Websterat the Milne of Murhouse27 Jan 1615
Alexander Wedderburn of Easter Powriepar. of Murras16 Nov 1683
Alexander Wedderburn of Easter Pouriepar. of Murrois7 Nov 1733

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

Mr George Marrlate minister at Murross15 Jul 1767

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

Dame Alison Charterhouse, Lady Pourie-Fothringhamesher. of Angus12 Oct 1593
Thomas Fothringhame, elderin Wester-Powrie, par. of Murehouse, sher. of Forfar9 and 28 Feb 1597-8
Margaret Lindsaysometime spouse to Mr James Fothringhame, parson of Ballumbie, sher. of Forfar11 Dec 1599
George Lovellwright in the Tempillands of Murrois, sher. of Forfar9 Dec 1583
John Michelsonin Brichtie, par. of Murrowis, sher. of Forfar12 Jul 1599
Jonet Ogilviesometime spouse to Henry Auchinlek, in Muirhouse in Angus9 Dec 1590

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

Euffame Carmichaellsometime spouse to John Betoun, in Murehous, in Angus13 Mar 1607
Alison Fithie (Futhie)sometime spouse to Henry Duncane, minister at Muirhous, in Angus29 Jun 1609
Dougall McPherson of Easter Pourie28 Feb 1678 and 3 Jan 1679
Barbara Scottsometime spouse to Thomas Fothringhame of Wester Powrie, par. of Murehous, in Angus31 Dec 1606

Testaments of Murroes people from the Registers of Testaments of the Commissariot and Sheriff Court of Edinburgh, 1701-1823

Alexander Ogilvy Fothringham of Powrie, esq.17 Dec 1812 & 29 Mar 1813 [SC70/1/7]
Miss Ann Elizabeth Fothringhamdau. of Alexander Ogilvy Fothringham of Powrie, esq.12 Dec 1817 [SC70/1/17]
Eugen Fothringhameshipmaster in Leith, son to Thomas Fothringhame of Powrie14 Dec 1732


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Murroes ("Muirhouse"):

NRS ref. E326/12/2/59


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Murroes ("Muirhouse"):


This page updated 1 Oct 2022