Tealing (Angus)

Records, sources & information about the Parish of Tealing

Parish number 322

map of Tealing

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


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NLSNational Library of Scotland
NRSNational Records of Scotland, formerly called the National Archives of Scotland [NAS] and, before that, the Scottish Record Office [SRO]
HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY (Tel: +44-131-535-1314)
OPROld Parish Registers of Births/baptisms, Banns/marriages & Deaths/burials (pre-1855)


Books & articles


Statistical accounts of Tealing


Maps of Tealing

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


Photographs of places

Geograph.org: Tealing - recent photographs of Tealing. National Grid ref. NO4037.


Parish church

Located at National Grid ref. NO403379 in Kirkton of Tealing. Built 1806.

There is an article, with photographs, on Tealing Parish Church in A Corpus of Scottish Mediaeval Parish Churches.


Parish ministers 1560-1941

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

Adam Fowlie1561-1568vicar 1561; parson 1563; min. 1568
Andrew Gibb1567-1590reader; pres. to vicarage 2 Jun 1573 on death of Adam Fowlie
David Robertson1567min. in 1567; he probably also held Rossie
John Ramsay1590-1618b. 1569; M.A. St Andrews 1587; D.D.; also had Inverarity in the charge; pres. to parsonage 30 Apr 1591; d. 10 May 1618; mar. Eliz. Kinloch, wid. of James Auchinleck of Woodhill; issue: Cath. (mar. [1] John, son of James Scrimgeour of Fordell; mar. contr. [2] William Ochterlony of Seton); Helen (mar. [1] Alexr, son of James Durham of Pitkerro; mar. [2] 1632 John Kinloch of Little Gourdie)
Alexander Bruce1623-1649bro. of Dr Peter Bruce; M.A. St Andrews 1599; adm. Kinfauns PER 6 Sep 1611; tr. & adm. bef. 10 Sep 1623; prob. dep. Sep 1649; mar. Isobel Kinman (Kinninmonth); issue: Geo.; Cath. (mar. William Drummond in Baldragon); Barbara; Margaret
John Campbell1650-16633rd son of Colin C., min. of 3rd charge Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1644; adm. aft. 12 May 1650; deprived 1 Oct 1662 but continued 30 Oct 1663; mar. Margaret, dau. of William Rait, min. of 3rd charge Dundee); issue: dau. (mar. George Fotheringham of Ballindean); dau. (mar. Patrick, son of George Haliburton, bishop of Aberdeen)
Patrick Makgill1665-1684eldest son of Patk M., min. of Monikie; M.A. St Andrews 1655; ord. bef. 21 Jun 1665; d. Jan-Mar 1684; mar. Marjory Durham; issue: Geo., writer in Edinburgh
John Lyon1684-17013rd son of John Lyon of Wester Ogil; M.A. St Andrews 1656; ord. to Airlie 17 Oct 1663; tr. to Glamis 21 Dec 1681; tr. & adm. bef. 27 Jul 1684; archdeacon of Dunkeld 1687; dem. 3 Sep 1701; d. Jun 1702 Kirriemuir; mar.; issue: John, Patk, Geo., Chas, Andw, Margaret, Agnes
Hugh Maxwell1703-1717M.A.; ord. 29 Jul 1703; tr. to Forfar 27 Mar 1717
John Glas1719-1728b. 21 Sep 1695 Auchtermuchty FIF, only son of Alexr G., min. of Auchtermuchty and later Kinclaven PER; of fam. of Glas of Sauchie; M.A. St Andrews 1713; ord. 6 May 1719; suspended 18 Apr 1728 for departure from orthodoxy; dep. 15 Oct 1728; moved to Dundee; founded what became the Glassite Church; went to Perth 1733; formed church there; d. 2 Nov 1773 Dundee; mar. 1721 Kath., eldest dau. of Thos Black, min. of Perth; issue: Capt. Geo./John, sailor; Thos, bookseller, Dundee & Glassite pastor; Alexr, poet; Kath. (mar. Robert Sandeman (see also here), founder of Sandemanians); 11 others
John Stewart1731-1763b. 15 Mar 1704, son of Wm S., min. of 2nd charge Perth; M.A. St Andrews 1722; ord. to Dunkeld PER 27 Dec 1727; tr. & adm. 16 Sep 1731; d. 12 Sep 1763; mar. 1744 Kath., 2nd dau. of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmyln, bart.; issue: Wm
John Gellatly1764-1796b. 27 Feb 1742 Forgan FIF, son of John G., min. of 3rd charge Dundee; M.A. St Andrews 1759; ord. 2 Aug 1764; d. 16 Dec 1796; mar. 1780 Mary, dau. of David Graham of Meiklewood; issue: John; Isabella (mar. Archd McLachlan, min. of 1st charge Dundee)
Walter Tait1797-1813tr. from Lundie; adm. 5 Oct 1797; tr. to Edinburgh Trinity 25 Nov 1813; mar.; issue: Robt Dundas
Charles Adie1814-1826ord. 17 Mar 1814; tr. to 2nd charge Dundee 12 Oct 1826
George Tod1827-1829adm. 29 Mar 1827; tr. to St David's Dundee 6 Aug 1829
Peter Balfour1830-1835tr. from Evie & Rendall; adm. 22 Apr 1830; tr. to Clackmannan 13 May 1835
David Barclay Mellis *1835-1843b. 16 Nov 1800 Fetteresso KCD, yst son of James Mellis of Newhall, who d. 1804; ord. to Douglas, Isle of Man, Aug 1830; tr. & adm. Nov 1835; joined Free Kirk 1843; d. 27 May 1861 Edinburgh; mar. 1842 Mary Campbell; issue: James; John Campbell; Jane Kinnear; Jessie Barclay; Mary Campbell
William Elder1843-1890b. 1804 Dundee; ord. min. of Orig. Secession Ch. Cupar FIF 25 Aug 1836; joined Ch. of S.; min. of St Mary's Cupar 1839; tr. & adm. 28 Sep 1843; d. 26 Aug 1890 unmar.
Samuel Macauley1889-1925b. Castleblaney, Ireland, son of matthew M, min. of Irish Presb. Ch. at Annaclone; B.A. 1883 LL.B. 1884 LL.D. 1886 Queens Belfast; adm. to Ch. of S. May 1887; ass. Brechin and St Bernard's Edinburgh; ord. 30 Dec 1889; d. 5 Jun 1925; mar. 1897 Helen Scott, dau. of John Shiell, S.S.C., Dundee; issue: Mary Margaret; Sheila Lyall Guthrie (mar. Graham Nicoll Warner, min. of Bervie); Helen Scott
Ian Forbes McCulloch1925-1928b. 29 May 1898, son of John Hutton McC., min. of N. Leith; M.A. Edinburgh 1924; ord. 19 Nov 1925; tr. to Greenock East 27 Nov 1928; tr. to Grahamston East 2 Apr 1937; mar. 1926 Jane McWaters, dau. of Robt Semple, Kilmarnock; had issue
James Alexander Sutherland Wilson1929-1941tr. from Bridge of Allan 15 Jun 1929; dem. 31 May 1941; d. 12 Nov 1944; mar.; had issue

* See, further, Presbyterian Church, Isle of Man and The First Century of Presbyterianism in Douglas, but note that Newhall is in Fetteresso KCD, not Perthshire as stated in the latter.

Ministers of Tealing Free Church, 1843-1909

David Barclay Mellis1843-1861see above list of parish ministers
Duncan Turner1861-1883b. ca. 1819 Glasgow; mar. 1852 Henrietta Wilson; issue: Agnes Cath.; Mary Jane Mackean
Neil S. Elder1883-?b. ca. 1852 Watten CAI; M.A.


Monumental inscriptions

Monuments in Tealing Kirkyard bearing pre-1855 information (ca. 90 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 Tealing Churchyard, compiled by S. Cramer, in NRS [NRS ref. RH4/41/3 no. 6]

There is a monument to the Rev. David Barclay Mellis, his wife and son John in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh.


Tealing war memorial

At NO404382 north of Kirkton of Tealing: Photographs & names.


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

DateTypePartiesNRS ref.
2 Aug 1693antenuptialPatrick Maxwell now of Tealling, only son and heir apparent of dec. Patrick Maxwell of Tealling
Elizabeth Duncan, eldest dau. of Alexander Duncan of Lundie
23 Oct 1815?Patrick Scrymsour of Tealing
Isabella Coutts, his spouse


Church Session Records of Tealing Parish Church
Original records are held by Dundee City Archives; repertory is available at https://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/search.aspx">NRS ref. CH2/23/...; digital images are available on personal visit to NRS.

Nature of recordDatesDCA ref. CH2/352/...
Minutes & accounts1650-1655, 1670-16711
do1723-1726, 1740-1752, 1764-17864
Cash book1829-18738
Congregational Board minutes1930-195910
Communion roll1880-191811
Young persons' roll1948-194915
Property register1957-197318
Vacancy Committee minutes1941-196220

Church Session Records of Tealing Free Church
Records are in Dundee City Archives

Nature of recordDatesDCA ref. CH3/1424/...
Deacons' court minutes1844-18753
do (fragile)1911-19305
Cash book1873-19016
Membership roll1914-19298


Tealing Heritors' records

Nature of recordDatesNRS ref. HR533/...
Minute book1861-19281
Cash book1911-19292


Land owners

The main proprietors of land in the parish in 1836:


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

1755735Dr Alexander Webster
1790802Old Statistical Account

After change of parish boundary:



Testaments & wills

Tealing was in the Commissariot of Dunkeld [NRS CC7].

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 Tealing people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Dunkeld, 1682-1823
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

John Barnetbrewer in Kirktoun of Tealling23 Feb 1764
Isabella Couttswidow of Patrick Scrymsoure of Tealing27 May 1822
John Harein Begroe, par. of Teling, and Helen Boyd, his spouse12 Apr 1690
John Harein Balgray, par. of Tealine27 Jun 1723
John Hillin Doigstown Tealin24 May 1750
George Maxwellsometime Chamberlain of Tealling19 Feb 1717
Patrick Maxwell of TelingT. 7 Nov 1700
Patrick Maxwell of Tealing3 Nov 1737
John Menziesin Todholl of Tealling5 Jun 1690
David Mitchellwright in Kirkton of Tealing31 Mar 1823
Margaret Moore, Lady Tealling15 Dec 1692
David Smithshoemaker at Balgray13 Sep & 17 Nov 1821
James Walkerin Begrey, par. of Telling4 Jul 1688

Testaments of Tealing people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of St Andrews, 1549-1800

Ellen Bruce, Lady, elder, of Telingin Dundee26 May 1593

Testaments of Tealing people from the Register of Testaments of the Commissariot of Brechin, 1576-1823
'T' before the date indicates that the copy in the register is lost, but the original testament is extant.

Catherine Clayhillsspouse to Patrick Maxwell, Laird of TellingT. -- 1667
William Fyfein the Kirktone of Tealling, and Catherine Whittane, his relict30 Jan 1657
Jean Guthrierelict of Captain John Scrymsoure, yr of Tealing2 Feb 1819
James Scrimgeour, elder of Tealine28 Dec 1728
James Scrimgeour, younger of Tealine28 Dec 1728
John Scrimgeour of Tealinemerchant and late Provost of Dundee12 Jun and 16 Oct 1735

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

Margaret Airsometime spouse to Andrew Wilkieson, in Balkello, par. of Teling, sher. of Forfar2 Aug 1597
Barbara Guildsometime spouse to Andrew Wilkieson, in Balkello, par. of Teling, sher. of Forfar 2 Aug 1597
Alexander Maxwell of Telingsher. of Forfar11 Feb 1586-7
Henry Maxwellbrother to David Maxwell of Teling in Angus6 Jan 1594-5
Thomas Maxwellin Petkemmok, par. of Teling, and sher. of Forfar31 Dec 1599
John Murrayin Balcok, par. of Teilling, sher. of Forfar26 Oct. 1586
David Nicholin Ballodroun, par. of Teling, sher. of Forfar10 May 1588
Robert Nicholin Kirktoun of Teling, sher. of Forfar5 Aug 1588
Elizabeth Scrymgeour, Lady Strickmairtenesometime spouse to John Ogilvie of Patpointie, par. of Teilling, sher. of Forfar17 Jan 1596-7 and 3 Mar 1604


Clock & watch tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Tealing ("Tealline"):

NRS ref. E326/12/2/59


Farm horse tax, 1797-8

Images of the original records for Tealing ("Tealline"):


This page updated 15 Mar 2015