St Cyrus (formerly Ecclesgreig, Ecclescyrig) (Kincardineshire)

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Parish number 267

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Jacobites, 1745
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OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles


Statistical accounts of St Cyrus


Maps of St Cyrus

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


Photographs of places St Cyrus - recent photographs of St Cyrus. National Grid ref. NO7464. Nether Kirkyard, St Cyrus - recent photographs near the Nether Kirkyard, St Cyrus. National Grid ref. NO7463.


St Cyrus parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO750648 in the Upper Kirkyard. Built in 1850. The Nether Kirkyard is at NO743635. The mediaeval church belonged to the Priory of St Andrews, Fife.

Photograph of St Cyrus Kirk

Above: St Cyrus parish church

Other churches

Photo of the former Free, later U.F., church at NO747649.


Parish ministers 1560-1900

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 Wilkie1563vicar
Robert Neilson1563, 1567reader
John Goodfellow1563min. of Benholm; min. here 1563
Robert Burnet1569reader May 1569, reader 6 Sep 1576
Alexander Allardice1572-1587min. of Benholm, May 1572; tr. & adm. with Marykirk also in the charge; d. Apr 1587; mar. Marjory Scot, whos survived him; issue: Wm, ...; John Allardice of that ilk was an executor
George Gledstanes1587-1592M.A.; adm. bef. 23 Jul 1587; Marykirk also in the charge in 1588; tr. to Arbirlot 1592
John Erskine1592-1614M.A.; pres. 17 May 1592; tr. to Dun 1614
David Meldrum1614-1616b. ca. 1586, son of James M. in Segiehill; M.A. St Andrews 1608; adm. 28 Aug 1614; d. 29 Nov 1616; mar. Nicolas, dau. of Joshua Durie, min. of Inverkeilor; issue: Geo.; Joshua, min. of Trinity College Kirk, Edinburgh
Andrew Collace1619-1635M.A.; adm. bef. 6 Apr 1619; tr. to Dundee bef. 24 Jul 1635
Robert Ramsay of Woodston1635-1643b. ca. 1608, son of Andrew R., min. of Old Kirk, Edinburgh; M.A. Edinburgh 1628; pres. 24 Jul 1635; d. 1643; mar. contr. 1635 Eliz., dau. of sir William Fairlie of bennetfield; issue: Maria (mar. John Lundie, fiar of Strathairlie); Margaret (mar. Wm Walker, preacher, Canongate); Helen; the 3 dau. were his heirs portioners 21 Mar 1644
David Campbell1644-ca 1679son of John Campbell, portioner of Cowbyre; M.A. St Andrews 1624; adm. to Careston bef. 6 Jun 1639; adm. aft. 27 Feb 1644; d. 1676x1679; mar. contr. 1643 Margaret, dau. of Robert Carnegie of Leuchland (by Brechin); issue: 4 sons, Margaret (mar. Alexander Heriot, tailor, Edinburgh), Eliz. & 3 other dau.
John Lammie1679-1689son of John L., dean of Brechin & min. of Farnell; adm. 24 Sep 1679; deprived by Privy Council 10 Sep 1689; Jacobite; dep. 14 Feb 1717; d. 1723; mar. Cecil Graham, who survived him; issue: Charles, Silvester and others
James Leslie1696-1731b. ca. 1667; M.A. St Andrews 1687; ord. 15 Apr 1696; d. 14 Mar 1731; mar. 1696 Janet Stratoun; issue: Margaret (mar. Robert Stephen, min. of Craig); Janet (mar. Robert Beattie, merchant, Montrose)
Alexander Shank1732-1743ord. 23 Aug 1732; tr. to Arbuthnott 26 Oct 1743
James Molison1744-1759son of John M. in Miln of Clenter, Birse ABD; master of Song School, Aberdeen; ord. 4 Apr 1744; d. 22 Jan 1759; mar. 1733 Catherine Douglas; issue: ELiz., Barbara (mar. John Freebairn, min. of Dumbarton), John, Margaret
Alexander Shank of Castlerig1759-1781son of above Alex. S.; ord. 27 Sep 1759; dem. 13 Jun 1781; retired to Laurencekirk; d. there 5 Jan 1814; mar. 1770 Diana, dau. of Robert Scott of Dunninald; issue: Alex.; Diana (mar. George Cook D.D., min. of Laurencekirk); Martin; Jane; Henry, of Castlerig, HEICS
William Walker1781-1797b. ca. 1727, son of George Walker, Newmills; M.A. Marischal Aberdeen 1768; ord. 26 Sep 1781; d. 24 Mar 1797; mar. 1788 Margaret Scott; issue: Margaret; Wm, HEICS; James Scott; John; David; Susan
James Trail1797-1816b. 7 May 1767, son of Robert Trail, min. of Panbride; ord. ass. Kettins 20 Jun 1792; adm. 14 Dec 1797; d. 1 May 1816; mar. Ann, dau. of David Burn, min. of Largo FIF; published A Description of the County of Angus, a translation of the latin of Robert Edwards, min. of Murroes; drew up a census of St Cyrus, 1798/9 [see below]
Alexander Keith (primus)
See also
1816-1843b. 13 Nov 1792, son of George Skene Keith of Keith Hall, min. of Tulliallan; M.A. Marischal Aberdeen 1809; ord. 27 Aug 1816; D.D. Aberdeen 1833; joined Free Church 1843; d. 8 Feb 1880 Buxton; buried Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire; mar. 1816 Jane, dau. of John Blackie, plumber, Aberdeen; issue: Alex., his ass. & suc.; Geo. Skene, M.D., LL.D.; John; James, M.D.; Thomas, M.D., LL.D.; David, M.D., HEICS; Helen
Alexander Keith (secundus)1840-1843b. 13 Sep 1817, son of above; M.A. Marischal Aberdeen 1835; ord. ass. & suc. 5 Nov 1840; joined Free Church 1843; min. of Free Church, St Cyrus 1843-1880; d. unmar. 29 Apr 1880
Thomas Mackintosh1843-1882b. 1807, son of Wm M., general merchant; ord. 28 Sep 1843; d. 28 Jan 1882; mar. 1855 Helen, dau. of Alex. Keith, grain merchant; issue: Georgina K.; Wm Alex., of Usan; Jane C. (mar. Wm L. Todd, paper manuf., Polton); Thos, W.S.; Archibald, M.B., Ch.B.
William Milne1880-1883b. 1843 nr Fraserburgh, son of James M., farmer; ord. Linwood 11 Spe 1873; tr. & adm. ass. & suc. 18 May 1880; d. 30 Dec 1883; mar. Margaret McEwan, dau. of David Reston, min. of Elderslie
Robert Davidson1884-1936b. 1 Mar 1849 Kinneff, son of Robert D.; M.A. Aberdeen 1870, B.D. Edinburgh 1877; ass. St Bernards, Edinburgh; ord. Dunnottar 1 Oct 1878; tr. & adm. 29 Jul 1884; d. 3 May 1936; mar. 1885 Susan Porteous Murray, dau. of John Cunningham D.D., LL.D., principal of St Mary's Coll., St Andrews; issue: Lt.-Col. Robert, M.B., Ch.B., M.D., D.P.H., RAMC; John W. M. C; Fredk C., M.B., Ch.B.; Edwin Maxwell Murray, min. of Dunning PER; Reginald Ian, min. of Foss; Harry C.

Ministers of the Free Church (later United Free Church), St Cyrus

Alexander Keith (secundus)1843-1880see entry under ministers of the established church, above
George Anderson1880/1-1912-?b. ca. 1828 Arbroath; d. 20 Apr 1916 at Central Hotel, Montrose
Arthur Frederick Taylor?-1914-1915M.A.; b. 16 Jan 1863 India, son of Joseph v.S., minister; ass. McCheyne Memorial Free Church, Dundee 1891; res. 1915; locum tenens, Gallowgate Church, Aberdeen 1915; d. 29 Jun 1940 Surrey; mar. 1900 Phoebe Milligan; issue: Leonard
James Haggart Clark1916-tr. from Aberlemno, 1916

Ministers of the United Free Church, St Cyrus (New church?)

James Hastings1901-1911D.D.; b. 26 Mar 1852 Huntly, son of James H., miller; min. Free Church, Kinneff 1891; tr. from Willison U.F. Church, Dundee, 1901; ret. 1911; d. 15 Oct 1922 Aberdeen; mar. 1884 Ann W. Forsyth; issue: Annie W., Edward; editor of an Encyclopaedia of Religion & Ethics

Assistant ministers of the Free Church (later United Free Church), St Cyrus

Dugald M. F. Lennox?-1901-?b. ca. 1828 Greenock


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Upper St Cyrus Kirkyard (ca. 50 stones) and in Nether St Cyrus Kirkyard (ca. 80 stones) bearing pre-1855 information are listed in Alison Mitchell (ed.), "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Kincardineshire" (Edinburgh: Scottish Genealogy Soc., 1999), which can be bought from the Scottish Genealogy Society. (It's listed as "Kincardineshire MI - The Mearns" in their online shop.)

Andrew Jervise recorded several monuments at St Cyrus in his "Epitaphs & Inscriptions", vol. 1, pp. 36-43.

Inscriptions in both the Nether and Upper Kirkyards are available in Montrose Library [ref. 80.929.5]

Some details of the Nether Kirkyard are at BBAF: St Cyrus.

See also St Cyrus Nether Kirkyard and St Cyrus Upper Churchyard.

The modern cemetery is immediately adjacent to the upper kirkyard.

The following inscriptions are inside the kirk:

[Arms: Azure(?), 3 bucks' (or stags') heads couped (Or or Argent); motto: Ocyus properemus (Let us prepare swiftly)] In memory of ALEXANDER PORTEOUS of Lauriston, born 1st Feb: 1797, died 7th June 1872. This tablet is erected by his affectionate wife and loving children. "Yea though I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me." Also in loving memory of his wife HELEN*, born 30th Dec. 1815, died 9th Oct. 1892.

* Helen Scott

Sacred to the memory of DICK MACDONALD PORTEOUS D.S.O. Captain 1st Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action near Ypres, Flanders May 10th 1915 in his 32nd year, only son of Lt Colonel and Mrs J.J. PORTEOUS.

In loving memory of MARGARET, widow of WILLIAM ORR Esqre late of the Ceylon Civil Service, and of Bridgeton in this parish. Died at Ecclesgreig on the 1st July 1877, aged 84. "He giveth his beloved sleep." This tablet to a good mother is erected by her sorrowing daughter.

To the memory of WILLIAM ADAM ORR, of Bridgeton in this parish, Companion of the Bath, Colonel in the Royal Artillery, and Aide-de-Camp to the Queen. Eldest son of the late WILLIAM ORR Esqre of H.M. Ceylon Civil Service, and of Bridgeton,who after an honorable and distinguished career in the service of his country, died at Weston super Mare, on the 11th of Septr 1869, from effects of illness contracted during the arduous campaigns of 1857 and 1858 in central India. This tablet is affectionately dedicated to a beloved brother by his sorrowing sister.

In memory of SUTHERLAND GEORGE GORDON ORR commandant of the 3rd regiment of cavalry Hyderabad contingent, who after many years of distinguished service fell a victim to his enduring courage, June 19th 1858 aged (47) years. To him who, uniting every domestic with every knightly virtue, was thus prematurely summoned to the grave, this tablet is erected by his wife as a faint token of a love for which there is no expression.

The following inscription is in the Upper Kirkyard:

Erected to the memory of JESSIE BROWN MARTIN wife of GEORGE DAVIDSON blacksmith North Water Bridge who died 4th July 1906, aged 50 years. His son Corpl Mechanic FALCONER MARTIN DAVIDSON died at Courtrai, and is interred there on 28th Nov. 1918, aged 35 years. The above GEORGE DAVIDSON died 4th Jan. 1920, aged 79 years.


St Cyrus war memorial
Located in the upper churchyard, at NO750648. 1939-45 names are below the horizontal lines. General view of the memorial.

War memorial sides one and two
Captn. N. Fraser
Lt. Ivor Forsyth Grant
Captn. D.McD. Porteous
Lt. A. Webster
Sergt. W. Crowe
Sergt. W. Rattray

Captn. A.D. Mackenzie
S.Lr. R.J.S. Parsons
Plt.Off. A. Easton

Cpl. F. Davidson
Cpl. J. Warden
L.Cpl. W. Hall
L.Cpl. A. Taylor
L.Cpl. D. Watson
War memorial sides three and four
Pte. G. Addison
Pte. D. Anderson
Pte. A. Balfour
Pte. J. Burnett
Pte. J. Davidson
Pte. J. Balneaves

Pte. J. Gove
Pte. W. Gove
Pte. W. Hampton
Pte. G. Hay
Pte. R. Hay
Pte. D. Abernethy
War memorial sides five and six
Pte. W. Jarvis
Pte. W. McHardy
Pte. D. Milne
Pte. C. Mowat
Pte. A. Mugg
Pte. F. Abernethy

Pte. R. Mugg
Pte. G. Murray
Pte. W. Murray
Pte. F. Nicoll
Pte. A. Petrie

Pte. P. Duncan
Pte. C. Henderson
Pte. C. Smith
Pte. C.E. Walker
War memorial sides seven and eight
Pte. J. Reid
Pte. A. Robertson
Pte. D. Smart
Pte. J. Taylor
Pte. D. Waldie

Spr. J.L. Massie
J. McLachlan, R.N.
W.M. Simpson, R.N.
A.J. Larkin, M.N.

See also Scottish War Memorials Project: St Cyrus for more photographs and details.


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.

Burial records for St Cyrus are held by the Registrar in Stonehaven. See Kincardine and Mearns Burial Grounds.

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 St Cyrus Parish Church (Ecclesgreig; St Cyrus East)

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH2/590/...
Minutes1781-1862, 1864-19541
Cash book1787-18142
Proclamations1865, 1867-18754


Church Session Records of St Cyrus Free Church
later, United Free; St Cyrus West Ch. of S.; united with St Cyrus (East) in 1933

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. CH3/1557/...
Deacons' Court minutes (Free Church)1844-19012
Congregational Board minutes1934-19553
Board of Managers' minutes1955-19664
Presentation album to the Rev. James Hastings from the
members of his congregation and other friends
Oct 19115


St Cyrus Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR339/...
Minute book (with accounts)1850-18741
Papers re ecclesiastical buildings, etc. (church, manse, churchyard, glebe, school)1866-19225
Papers re transference of property to Church of Scotland General Trustees1926-19276
Papers re teinds and stipend1881-19017
Copy valuation of parish18538


Land owners

There were 11 heritors of the parish in 1792:

There were 11 proprietors of land in the parish in 1841:


Estate & family records

Records of the Grahams of Morphie - University of St Andrews: Family & estate papers - ref. msdep36



Following records are held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives:

Nature of recordDatesRef.
St Cyrus Parochial Board: Minute Book1840 - 1851AS/KPscy/1
do1851 - 1861AS/KPscy/2
do1862 - 1881AS/KPscy/3
St Cyrus Parochial Board / Parish Council: Minute Book1881 - 1901AS/KPscy/4
St Cyrus Parish Council: Minute Book1901 - 1920AS/KPscy/5


School records

The following records are some of those held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives:

Nature of recordDatesRef.
St Cyrus School: Log Book (Continuation School)1925 - 1954ED/GR6S/K39/1/1
St Cyrus School: Log Book1873 - 1896ED/GR6S/K39/1/2
do1896 - 1907ED/GR6S/K39/1/3
do1907 - 1919ED/GR6S/K39/1/4
do1919 - 1934ED/GR6S/K39/1/5
St Cyrus School: Admission Register1902 - 1914ED/GR6S/K39/2/1
do1914 - 1922ED/GR6S/K39/2/2
do1922 - 1930ED/GR6S/K39/2/3
do1930 - 1939ED/GR6S/K39/2/4


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.

There is a list of 1675 inhabitants, 25 Oct 1798 to 11 Apr 1799, in the Kirk Session records [NRS CH2/590/1], drawn up by the Rev. James Trail, of which the following is an excerpt:

EntryLocationGiven nameSurnameRelation & occupationChildRemarksStateAgePageCol.
1212Silly CotsDavidMilntenant12L
1213Silly CotsAnnMacklinwife12L
1214Silly CotsElizabethMilnchild12L
1215Silly CotsAnnMilnchild12L
1216Silly CotsJohnMilnchild12L
1217Silly CotsWilliam TryonWilsonservant12L
1218Blinks MilnAlexanderMatherlabourer12L
1219Blinks MilnJaneMatherchild12L
1220Blinks MilnJamesMatherchild12L
1221Fisher FordAlexanderMollesonshoemaker12L
1222Fisher FordJaneClarkwife12L
1223Fisher FordMargaretMollesondaughter12L


Population statistics

17551271Dr Alexander Webster
17921763Old Statistical Account

* of whom, in the villages: 179 in Kirkton of St Cyrus, 105 in Roadside & Burnside, 112 in Lochside & Whitehill, 50 in Milton & Tangleha'


Testaments & wills

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

Jean Allardycerelict of Mr. William Bethun, brother-german to the late Laird of Creich, par. of Eaglesgreig21 Nov 1687
Dame Margaret Arbuthnotrelict of Sir George Ogilvie of Barras, par. of Eaglisgreig16 May 1690
David Barriein Glen of Ogilvie, par. of Eglisgreig24 May 1626
Alexander Bischopin Northbank of Morphie, par. of Eglisgrig10 Sep 1628
George Bonartailor in Snawtoun, par. of Eglisgreig18 Mar 1605
Mr John Bowis of Snawton par. of Ecclesgreig6 Feb 1713
Mr Robert Burnet of Coutounpar. of Egglisgreig6 Aug 1687
Elspet Caithnessspouse to Andrew Wilson, in Murhead of Snadoun, par. of Egilsgreig15 Oct 1681
Andrew Carnegiein Pitbadles, and Marjorie Wilson, his spouse, par. of Egilisgreig19 Apr 1614
Catharine Carnegiespouse to David Graham, miller at the Mylne of Canterland, par. of Egilsgreig20 Oct 1635
Dame Margaret Carnegiespouse of Sir Robert Grahame of Morphie, knight, par. of Eglisgrig21 Apr 1627
George Christallin Morphie, par. of Eglisgreig20 Apr 1615
Thomas Clerkin Spittill, par. of Eglisgreg18 Oct 16S1
James Davidsonin Cottoun of Stane of Morphie, par. of Eglisgreig9 Feb 1614
William Fearnvintner & innkeeper at St Cyrus1 Apr 1813
Alexander Finlayin Heiland of Laurenstoune, par. of Eglisgreig20 Oct 1624
William Finlayin the Hill of Lawristoun, par. of Eglesgreig27 Mar 1694
David Forbesin Kynner of Canterland, par. of Eglisgreig23 Mar 1648
David Forbestenant in the Hill of Crichie, par. of Ecclesgrieg28 Jun 1717
Sir Harry Grahame of Morphie, knightpar. of Eglisgreig23 Feb 1614
Dame Magdalen Grahame, Lady Morphiepar. of Ecclesgreig12 Feb and 4 Mar 1720
John Hillin Milnetoun of Mathers, par. of Eglisgreig26 Nov 1617
Thomas Hillin Mathers, par. of Eglisgreig19 Apr 1614
Margaret Howiein Clevis of Laurenstoun, par. of Eglisgreign May 1614
Grissell Jamiespouse to John Scott, in Gaitsyde, par. of Eglisgreig26 Aug 1626
John Jamiein Biddrie, par. of Eglisgreig1 Apr 1607
Margaret Jamiespouse to Robert Watson, par. of Eglisgreig27 Jun 1636
Mr James Leslie minister at Ecclesgreig[22 Sep 1731] 15 Jul 1747
Margaret Lindsayspouse to Alexander Barclay, in Mathers, par. of Eglisgreig26 Aug 1626
William Lowlawful son to umquhile John Low, in Densyde, par. of Eaglesgreg21 Oct 1684
Thomas Lyell in Kennydie, par. of Eglisgreig21 Dec 1615
Mr David Meldrumsometime minister at Eglisgreig12 Nov 1618
William Monkploughman in Northbank of Morphie, par. of Eglisgreig18 Mar 1605
Margaret Napierlate at East Mathers, par. of Ecclesgreig17 Jun 1786
David Oustianin Cragie, par. of Eglisgreig23 Aug 1620
Thomas Oustianin Cantirland, par. of Eglisgreig11 May 1614
Alexander Scottsometime in Mowerhead, par. of Eglesgreig10 Jul 1717
Lieutenant-General James Scott of Comistounpar. of Dun14 Dec 1747
Catherine Shie or Schiespouse to John Young, in Lawrencestoun, par. of Eglisgreg5 May 1621
Mr John Spencetenant of Canterland, s.t. town clerk of Brechin, spouse of Jean Greig, eldest dau. of decd. David Greig, feuar in Nether Tenements of Caldham28 May 1816
John Steedman in Cragie, par. of Eglisgreig25 Dec 1625
Mr Thomas Stewartin Lawerstoun, par. of Eiglesgrig19 May 1673
George Stratonresiding at Dummieshead30 Jun & 19 Jul 1809
Alexander Strattoun of that Ilkpar. of Eaglesgreg15 Feb 1686
Henry Strattounin Kirksyde, par. of Eglisgreig26 Aug 1626
James Thomsonfarmer at Milton of Mathers1 Mar 1819
Alexander Tulloch of Bridgetownpar. of Ecclesgreig5 Nov 1753
Margaret Vallentinespouse to Patrick Lyell, in Maynes, par. of Egilisgreig19 Dec 1618
Alexander Websterin Pitbedlie, par. of Egilsgreig13 Aug 1662
Alexander Websterlate tenant in Stone of Morphew, in Ecclesgreig22 Nov 1770
John Websterstone of Morphie13 Dec 1802
Elizabeth Wood, sometime Ladie Matherspar. of Eglisgreig12 Apr 1614
Alexander Wyllietenant in Nether Warburton16 Oct 1815
Helen Wyllierelict of Robert Smith, farmer at Hillend of Woodston, par. of St Cyrus13 Jun 1792

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

John Cairdin Over Creugie, par. of Ecclesgreig20 Jan 1725
Isobel Donrelict of James Webster, in Ston of Morphy, par. of Ecclesgreig1 Dec 1742
Alexander Graysubtenant in East Town of Mather, par. of Ecclesgreig17 Mar 1762
Robert Rodgerin Scotstoun of Kirkside, par. of Ecclesgreig5 Jan 1744
Colonel John Scott of Comistonpar. of Dun15 May 1767
William Smithin Lauriston, par. of Ecclesgreig10 Feb 1742

Testaments of St Cyrus people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1800

Barbara Beattiespouse to John Edmistone, in Comistone10 Dec 1656
Captain Francis Graham of MorphieT. 3 Jan 1744
John Grahamin Maynes of LaurestoneT. 15 Jan and 15 Jun 1657
Robert William Graham, late of MorphieT. 10 Jun 1793 and T. 14 Aug 1794
David Jamiein Easter Mathers11 Mar 1657
Margaret Lundiespouse to William Steill, in Wester Mathers, par. of Eglishgrige24 Jun 1657
Archibald Millat the Mill of Morphie, and Janet Read, his spouse24 Feb 1657
Marjorie Nicollspouse to Gilbert Keddie, in Wester Mathers, par. of Edzelsgrege24 Feb 1657
Alexander Rennyin Little Widstone, par. of Egilsgrig13 Aug 1656
Jean Scottyoungest lawful daughter of the late Lieutenant-General James Scott of CommistonT. 20 Aug 1799
John Scott of Comiston27 Feb 1708, 8 Jun 1709, and 1 Dec 1711
Margaret Scottdaughter lawful to umquhile George Scott, in Eglishgrige27 Sep 1658
Euphan Smythspouse to James Steill, in Little Witstoun, of EglisgrigT. 19 Apr 1667
Christian Steellawful daughter to the deceased William Steel, in Stone of Morphie24 Jan 1735 and 29 Jun 1743
Colonel Charles Straton, late Lawrestoundesigned in Old MontroseT. 20 Jul and 22 Aug 1747
Elizabeth Stratononly lawful daughter to the deceased Colonel Charles Straton, late of Lauristoun10 Sep 1750
Catherine Taylorspouse to Alexander Anderson, at the Mill of Camiston [Commieston?]30 Jun 1665
David Wysesometime in Maines of Lowristoune, thereafter residenter in Montrose2 Jun 1732

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

Mr Alexander Allardiceminister of Eglisgrig in the Mearns14 Feb 1587-8
Helen Balfourspouse sometime to Alexander Cowie, in Budrie, par. of Eglisgrig2 May 1577
David Barclay of Mathers19 Jun 1577
David Barclayin Mathers, sher. of Kincardine9 Aug 1593
Richart Barclayin Nethir-Witstoun, par. of Eglisgrig22 Jan 1576-7
Thomas Barclay, fiar of Mathersin the Mearns8 Jul 1584
Jane Erskinespouse to George Barclay of Matheris19 Jun 1577
Dame Jonet Grahamesometime spouse to Sir Harry Grahame of Cummyngstoun and Morphie, knight11 Dec 1590
Robert Grahame of Morphiein the Mearns14 May 1584
Katherine Home, Lady Matheris16 Jun 1575
Margaret Keithsometime spouse to Mr James Keith of Witstoun, par. of Eglisgrig, sher. of Kincardine27 Jan 1595-6
Isobell Lawand Thomas Burnet, her spouse, in Skadokmure, par. of Eglisgrig22 Jan 1576-7
James Mylne, alias Pickemanin Wester-Mathers15 Apr 1577
Alexander Ogilviein Eister-Mathers in the Mearns13 Jan 1588-9
John Reidin Over-Craigie, par. of Eglisgrig in the Mearns26 Aug 1591
Elspeth Strachansometime spouse to Sir Harry Grahame of Cummestoun, knight, apparent of Morphie16 Dec 1581

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

Jonet Forfarsometime spouse to Alexander Pedye, in Pitbleidlie, par. of Eglisgrig, in the Mearns22 Feb 1606
Agnes Lindsayrelict of Harry Graham of Morphie, knight, par. of Eglisrig, in the Mearns31 Jul 1605


Jacobite rebels - 1745 rebellion
From: A List of Persons concerned in the Rebellion (Edinburgh, Scottish History Soc., vol. 8, 1890)

NamesDesignationsAbodeActs of rebellion
& circumstances
Where at present
Thomas ClarkservantMorphie
John Framan-Miltown
John Lessliemerchant and farmerMill of Morphie


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for St Cyrus ("Ecclesgreg"):

NRS ref. E326/12/2/77


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for St Cyrus ("Ecclesgreig"):


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