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Re: Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes
« Reply #36 on: Friday 22 December 17 20:42 GMT (UK) »

The Blair Atholl Kirk Session Minutes are now available from 1718 to May 1751 and indexed which should make it easier for searching.

       http://www.borenich.co.uk/Session_Minutes_1718.html
       http://www.borenich.co.uk/Session_1718_Index.html

       http://www.borenich.co.uk/Session_Minutes_1741.html   
       http://www.borenich.co.uk/Session_1741_Index.html

       http://www.borenich.co.uk/Session_Minutes_1750.html   
       http://www.borenich.co.uk/Session_1750_Index.html
 

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Re: Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes
« Reply #37 on: Saturday 23 December 17 11:39 GMT (UK) »
Nice work Throth! Merry Xmas!

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Re: Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes
« Reply #38 on: Saturday 24 March 18 22:36 GMT (UK) »
The Session Minutes have been extended to April 1753 and the index has been up-dated.

These are very hard times.  Lots of testificates for people leaving the parish, one of them a merchant, and the Session had to pay for the burial of two women who were destitute.  So it is good to see that the Duchess of Atholl gave substantial sums to help the poor of the parish.

At the same time a loft (balcony) was added to the church at Struan, the Struan bridge was repaired yet again, and the loft seating at St Brides was replaced.

In terms of naughtiness, James Cook was involved in a 'riot', while Charles Stewart in Glaicneid
discovered that it was cheaper to have naughtiness in another parish!

(The error with the 1750 index has been rectified - remember to refresh your web-page)

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Re: Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes
« Reply #39 on: Sunday 12 August 18 20:30 BST (UK) »
The Session Minutes have been extended to June 1755 and the index has been up-dated.

All the usual naughtiness, but some interesting social points:

In November 1753 things were so bad that the Session bought shoes for the most needy.

Patrick Stewart of Easter Invervack died. He was involved in the '45 Rising, had been captured and pardoned on condition that he enlisted. The Session decided that he no longer had to pay his fine and make appearance before the Congregation for a previous naughtiness, as he was dead.

The residents of Glentilt petitioned for a wooden bridge across the river, but being unable to agree about who paid what, the scheme came to nothing.

Kincraigie's son denied that he was responsible for Isobel Richie's pregnancy which she tried , unsuccessfully, to terminate with Juniper sabina.

'A Call to the Unconverted' by Richard Baxter, (1615-1691) became a best-seller in Blair Atholl.

Clach na Bratach, the famous Clan Robertson rock crystal charm stone was providing mystical cures at Carie.

And at long last we discover that the surname given to William the 'exposed child' was - Blair (Obvious really, - and reminds us of Angus Coupar, the exposed child at Coupar Angus)

Happy reading - Throth

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Re: Blair Atholl parish Session Minutes
« Reply #40 on: Tuesday 16 October 18 14:09 BST (UK) »
A bit more added to the Session Minutes - now at March 1756.

Patrick McLean loses everything in an accidental fire, his corn, cattle and nearly his wife.

The Minister questions the judgement of Duncan McIntosh in Achleanie in proposing to get married.

Thomas McKenzie of Rinancoillach and the Minister continue their on-going battle over payment of dues, and the Minister gains the upper-hand when Thomas commits a 'riot' on the Sabbath.

Patrick McGlashan (of Lambton) is forced by the Minister to help his poor old aunt, which is pretty bad considering that 'Lambton' had his finger in most financial dealings in Blair.

Grissel Stewart goes home to Invervack with an illegitimate child claiming that she was raped, only to find that a letter from the Perth Session, telling a rather different story, has arrived first.  Oops!

Anyway it is reassuring to see that the poor are being cared for (at last). And finally it is decided to build a bridge over the river at Struan. We can only hope that it lasts longer than the previous ones!

Throth