17 April 2014

Cullen Kirk Session Minutes, 17th April 1814

The Moderator reported, that he had caused summon Alexander Watson in Portsoy & Jean Pirie in this Parish to attend the meeting of Presbytery at Portsoy on the 6th inst. and that they had both accordingly attended but that the Presbytery had remitted that case to this Kirk Session, to do in it as they might see for edification, & he reported also that he had ordered them to attend the Kirk Session this day: upon being called they both compeared, but pleaded their inability to pay the penalty of Three Guineas demanded of them, upon which for the present they were dismissed.  Closed with prayer.

Cullen Kirk Session Minutes, 1813 (NAS Reference: CH2/1113/7)
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13 April 2014


To be Let for such number of years, from Whitsunday 1815, as may be agreed upon;

THE HOUSE and OFFICES of NEWBIGGING, as occupied by Mr WILLIAM DONALDSON, with KITCHEN GARDEN, and such quantity of LAND as may be desired by a Tenant.  The House, which is neat and in good repair, and fit for the accommodation of a small family - is pleasantly situated in the neighbourhood of Stonehaven, commanding a view of the Bay, and surrounding country, and united to the advantages of rural situation; the conveniences afforded by vicinity to a market town, good schools, and fishing station; excellent sea bathing, and daily Mail and Stage Coaches.  The Land not set apart for the accommodation of the Tenant of the House, will be Let in Lots of from 4 to 7 acres each.

Apply to Mr CHRISTIAN, Stonehaven.

James Priest, deceased


ALL those to whom the late Mr JAMES PRIEST, Feuar and Merchant in Keith, stood Indebted, at the time of his death, are requested to lodge accurate statements of their Claims in the hands of his Son, Mr George Priest, residing in Keith, between and the 15th day of May next, in order that measures may be taken for their speedy payment.  And those Indebted to the deceased, are requested to pay the same to the said George Priest.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 13th April 1814.

6 April 2014

James Blackhall, merchant in Aberdeen


JAMES BLACKHALL, Merchant in Aberdeen, having granted a trust deed in favour of Messrs. Thomas McCombie and John Symon, Merchants in Aberdeen, as Trustees for his Creditors; all those having claims on the said James Blackhall, will please lodge the same with Mr Symon, or Alexander Smith, Advocate, Aberdeen, Agent for the Trustees; and all those anywise indebted to the said James Blackhall, will please [pay] what they owe, to Mr Symon without delay.


On Thursday the 7th day of April curt. (instead of 30th March as formerly advertised)

The whole GROCERY and other GOODS belonging to the bankrupt will be sold by public roup, at his House and Shop, in the Schoolhill of Aberdeen; with a quantity of GRASS SEEDS; also his whole HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and Effects.  The roup to begin at 11 o'clock forenoon.

Aberdeen, March 25, 1814.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 6th April 1814.

Rosefield Farm, Peterhead


To be let during the life of the principal Tenant of the Farm of Middle Burnyards of Torterston,

THAT part of the said Farm called ROSEFIELD, consisting of 46 acres or thereby, as presently possessed by William Mess and George Oldman.  Entry at Whitsunday first.

For further particulars, apply to James Arbuthnott, Esq. of Dens, Peterhead.

Peterhead, 21st March, 1814.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 6th April 1814.

Parochial School of Keith

KEITH, 31st March, 1814. - This day, the Parochial School of Keith was visited and examined by a Committee of the Presbytery of Strathbogie.  The Committee were happy to observe the striking improvement that has taken place in this School, since last examination; the Scholars, in the several branches usually taught, having acquitted themselves in a manner that reflected much credit on Mr Low, their Teacher.  The specimens in Writing were particularly well executed.
ALEX. ANGUS, Moderator.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 6th April 1814.

30 March 2014

Fyvie Farms and Crofts


PART of the Estate of FYVIE, in the parish of Fyvie, and county of Aberdeen.

Entry at Whitsunday 1814.

HADDO, at present occupied by the Proprietor.
DARNABO, occupied by the late John Craig.
Croft of DITTO, James Mackie.
Croft of DITTO, called BLUEHILL, James Brown.
MILL of SAPHOCK, James Skene.
BRIDGEND, the late Mrs Hay.

Entry at Whitsunday 1815.

LEWES of FYVIE, James Milne.
Two Crofts on MAINS of FYVIE, J. Brown and Widow Robertson.
Three Crofts on PETERWELL, W. Simpson, Jas. Milne, and J. Wilson.
Two Crofts on PARKBURN, A. Duncan and J. Murray.
Five Crofts on HILLHEAD, A. Petrie, J. Robertson, W. Bremner, and G. Drum.
MILL of ARDLOGIE, Wm. Pratt.
PART of PARKBURN, Andrew Reid.
MILL of TIFTIE, P. Cowison.
TIFTIE, Ditto.
Croft of DITTO, called TILLYFARR, As. Scott.
Croft of DITTO, called WHITERASHES, Wm. Renny.
RODS, P. Cowison.
Three Crofts on GOURDAS, J. Clark, J. Smith, and J. Rennie.
REEMSHILL, J. Hunter, Al. Pratt, J. Rennie, John Rennie, Jas. Wilson, and William Duguid.
NETHER CAMMALOWN, John and James Cowison.
HILL of PETTY, Geo. Duguid.
WAULKMILL, W. Mathieson.
Part of COWHILL, W. Cran.
Three Crofts in CLAYLATCH, James Reith and others.
PART of BOGHEAD, Al. Strath.
Three Crofts on CROSS of JACKSTON, A. Aiken and J. Mowat.

The above Farms and Crofts have been all newly arranged, so as to make them more convenient for tenants than formerly, are are free of all multure and mill services.  They are of an early and grateful soil, and capable of much improvement; and the Farms being in general of great extent, merit the attention of farmers of skill and capital, to whom good encouragement will be given.  The Crofts are mostly situated in the vicinity of the Church of Fyvie, in a populous and pleasant part of the country; and being well accommodated with fuel, are excellent situations for tradesmen and labourers, to whom, if well recommended, a preference will be given.

LEWES of FYVIE has been for many years established as an INN, being in a very centrical situation, upon the side of the turnpike road, half way between Old Meldrum and Turriff, and also upon the great cross road communicating between Buchan and the Garioch; and having a convenient small Farm, of about 25 acres of excellent land, attached to it.  So eligible a situation for a country Innkeeper is very rarely to be met with.

The Mills of Tiftie and Rothiebrisbane have convenient small Farms attached to them, and being situated in the heart of a fertile country, with a great command of water, are certain of good employment at all seasons; and Millers, properly recommended, who understand the drying and manufacturing grain, as practised in other places, will find them well worth their attention.  It being proposed not to continue the Mill of Ardlogie, as a Corn Mill, it would be an excellent situation for a dyer, or any country trade which requires machinery and a command of water.  The Estate has the advantage of being intersected by the turnpike road leading from Aberdeen to Banff, and at a convenient distance from both these places, where there are ready markets for the produce, and a constant supply of lime and coals.

The above Farms and Crofts will be let, at Fyvie Castle, upon Friday the 15th day of April curt.; and in the mean time, application may be made for further particulars, to the Proprietor, to Mr Hay of Monkshill, his Factor; or Charles Chalmers, advocate in Aberdeen; and William Urquhart, Ground-Officer at Fyvie, will point out the Grounds.

Published in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 30th March 1814.