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For reference:

As it may help understand what is being negotiated in some of the detail below.

 DRY CAPACITY:

The basic unit of dry capacity was the boll (from the word ‘bowl’).

A quarter of a boll was a firlot (a ‘fourth lot’).

A quarter of this was a peck (possibly from the word ‘pack’ or else from the French picotin, meaning a peck, or the Latin picotus, a liquid measure).

A quarter of a peck was a forpet (a corruption of ‘fourth peck’) or lippie (from the Anglo-Saxon leap, meaning a ‘basket’).

Sixteen bolls made a chalder or chaldron (from the French chaudron, meaning a ‘kettle’).

Lippies, pecks, firlots, bolls and chalders varied depending on what was being measured.

 

And of course for those born after 1970 : L = £s, s = Shillings, d = Pennies.

 

Thank heavens for the metric system!!!

  

CARGILL

 

1. William Rattray, 1652.-1684.

William Rattray, eldest son of James Rattray of Rannagullane 1. matriculated at St Salvator’s College, St Andrews, on February 15, 1636, and graduated Master of Arts in 1639.2

On January 5, 1649, he was minister at Glenisla.3 He became minister at Cargill between March 10 and April 13, 1652,4 in succession to Mr john Anderson, who died in january 1650,5 and, on entering the cure, paid 1000 merks Scots to Lilias Brown, Anderson’s widow, as the price of the manse.6

On june 15, 1653, he was one of a committee appointed by the Synod to endeavour to compose the differences which had arisen in the Kirk Session of Perth concerning additions to that body, and attended a meeting on june 28. On April 11, 1654, he was present at Perth, as one of the commissioners from the Presbyteries of the Province appointed to meet to adjourn the Synod, and was also present at Perth, on September 13, 1654, at a sederunt of representatives of the various Presbyteries within the bounds, concerning the next meeting-place of the Synod.?

He conformed to Episcopacy in 1662, and received the appointment of Prebendary of Menmuir.8 On August 10, 1668, he preached at Rattray on the Monday after the celebration of Holy Communion, his text being joshua xxiv. 15.

Between March 1 and April 5, 1682, he received a colleague and successor in the person of his son, Mr William.9 On April 2, 1684, he was reported to be  "in a dying condition" 10 He died during that month 11

 

1 Perthshire Srisiiies, june I5, 1642.

2 A Williani Rattray matriculated at the same College on january 27, 1635.

3 Perthshire Sasines, February 5, 1649.

4 MS. Register of the Synod of Perth mid Stirling, july 1652, April 1653.

5 v. Dunblane Com. Testaments, November 25, 1652.

6 MS. Register of the Presbytery of Dunketd, February 25, 1707.

7 MS. Register of the Presbytery of Perth.

8 Perthshire Sasines, December 22, 1663.

9 MS. Register of the Presbytery of Dunkeld.

10. Ibid.

11 Note by Dr Maitland Thomson to Fasti (Register House copy), iv. 798.

 

He married Elspeth (Elizabeth) Drummond1 She died in june 1697.2

Their children were : Mr Williain,3 Mr john,4 George,5 Patrick,6 Francis,7, and Anna.8

1 Perthshire Sasines, December 1, 1660.

2 Dunkeld Com. Testamentss, November 15, 1699.

3 Perthshire Sasines, February 6, 1680.

4 Elilizabeth Drummond, widow of Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, executrix-dative to john Drummond in Coupar, her brother german, signed at Coupar (january 20, 1696), in presence of Mr john Rattray, her son, a discharge in favour of Andrew Gardner, merchant, burgess of Perth, and then in the Mains of Cargill, of 1009 merks belonging to her brother (Perthshire Deeds, januarv 21, 1696). Dunkeld Commissariot Deeds, December 10, 1695.

5 Dunkeld Commissariot Deeds, November 14, 1688.

6 Perthshire Hornings, October 21, 1698.

7 Perthshire Deeds, March 14, 1690.

8 Perthshire Sasines, October 18, 1704.

 

  1. References in the Register of Sesines for Perthshire.

 

Mr Williain Rattray, eldest son of James Rattray of Rannagullane, had sasine, june 1, 1642, of the lands of Nether and Over Tullimurdo and of a pendicle of Murtoune of Creuchie called Brawtane, subject to his father’s liferent and to redemption by Gilbert Campbell of Kathik on payment of 2500 rnerks ; proceeding on a precept of sasine in a charter by his father, signed at Tullemurdo, june 1, 1642.

Registered june 15, 1642.

 

Mr William Ratray, minister at Glenylla, Mr john Ratray, senior, minister at Alyth, and Mr john Ratray, junior, his son, witnessed, January 5, 1649, an instrument of sasine in favour of Archibald Alexander of three acres of arable land and other subjects in the town and burgh of Alyth; proceeding on a charter of sale by Alexander Alexander in Alyth, with consent of Beatrix Rattray, his wife, mother of the said

Archibald, signed, january 4, 1649, in presence of Mr John Ratray, senior and junior, Alexander Ratray, second son of the said Mr john, and Mr Thomas Irland, schoolmaster at Alyth.

Registered February 5, 1649.

 

Mr William Ratray, minister at Glenylla, and Mr john Rattray, minister at Ruthvens, witnessed, january 20, 1651, a charter by Patrick Ratray in Wester Quhytsyd of Alyth, with consent of Catherine Smith, his wife, in favour of Mr Thomas Ireland and Isabella Ratray, his wife, of three acres of arable land in Alyth.

Registered August 1, 1651.

 

 

Mr William Rattray, designated minister at Kinclevine, witnessed, March 28, 1656, an instrument of sasine, in favour of Jean Barns, daughter of the deceased William Barns of Belweddocke, of half the ferry boat of Kincleavine, on the waters of the Tay and the Isla, with half of all the profits of the said boat, the easter half of all the houses, etc., belonging thereto, and one half of two acres of the boat lands. Infeftment was given by delivery of oars, stone and earth, and in fulfilment of the terms of a contract of marriage between Thomas Rattray alias Beat, of the boat of Kincleavine, and the said jean Barns.

Registered April 30, 1656.

 

Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, witnessed, May II, 1658, a charter by William Drummond of Halholl in favour of David Drummond, his son, and Jeane Ogilvie, promised spouse of the said David, of the lands of Halholl.

Registered june 15, 1658.

 

Mr Williame Rattrey and Elspeth Drummond, his wife, had sasine, October 5, 1660, of an annual rent of 240 merks Scots to be uplifted from the lands of Balthyock, etc.; proceeding on a precept of sasine in an obligation by Sir Alexander Blair of Balthyock, principal, and Gilbert Ramsey of Bamff and john Blair of Ardblair, his cautioners, signed at Cowpar of Angus and Weltoune of Rattray, juno 24 and july 5, 1660. Mr Thomas Strachane, minister at Sandmairtine, witness to the sasine

(A Renunciation was subscribed at Coupar on May 13,, and registered june 22, 1668)

Registered December 1, 1660.

 

Mr Williame Rattrey, and James Robertsone, his servitor, witnessed. October 5, 1660, an instrument of sasine in favour of Sir Williame Stewart of Innernytye of an annual rent of 180 merks Scots, to be uplifted from the lands of Cleen; proceeding on a precept of sasine in an obligation by David, Viscount Stormonth, dated june 18, 1659.

Registered December 1, 1660.

 

Mr William Rattrey, minister at Cargill, and Mr Alexander Irland, minister of Kincleavne, witnessed, February 4, 1661, an instrument of sasine in favour of Silvester Rattray and Lilias Greig, his wife, (in implement of a provision in their contract of marriage), of one-half of the ferry boat, etc., of Kincleavne.

Registered February 28, 1661.

 

Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, had sasine, October 10, 1681, of an annual rent of £120 Scots, to be uplifted from the lands and barony of Keathick, proceeding on a precept in an obligation by james Campbell of Keathick.

Registered November 21, 1681.

 

  1. References in the Register of Deeds of Perthshire Sheriff Court

 

Mr William Rattray witnessed, September- 29, 1666, a contract of marriage between Umphra Smeittone, younger, in Pittendynie, and janet, daughter of john Pirnie in Cargill and Issobell Robertson, his wife.

Registered December 28, 1671.

 

Mr William Rattray witnessed, at Huntingbush, january 28, 1670, an indenture between John Pirney, mason in Cargill, and Robert Robertsone in Huntingbush, in which the said Robert bound his eldest son, john, as apprentice to the said john Pirney for the space of 6 years from the following Candlemas, and became obliged to pay £40 Scots as apprentice fee at specified terms.

Registered june 24, 1672.

 

Mr William Rattray witnessed, at Myreside of Stobhall, july 15, 1677, a matrimonial contract between Thomas Turnbull in Flawcraig-mylne and jean, third daughter of William Steuart in Campsie.

Registered November 14, 1678.

 

Mr William Rattray witnessed, at Myreside, December 22, 1671, a matrimonial contract between john Bisset, son of james Bisset, smith at Whytfields, and Marjory, daughter of john Duncan in Easter Cottoun of Cargill.

Registered july 8, 1687.

 

  1. Reference in the Register of Decreets of Perthshire Sheriff Court.

 

Mr William Rattray obtained decree against Thomas Ogilvy of Litle Cathik, janet Moncur, liferentrix, john Douglas, janet M‘Clarane, William Donald, and Andrew Peeries, there, and David Sim in Craighead, tenants and occupiers, for £4 for each boll of 10 bolls, 3 firlots and 1 peck meal, and £5 as price of each boll of 5 bolls, 1 firlot and 3 pecks bear of stipend, payable out of the lands and town of Litle Keathick for years 1677-80, with £20 of expenses. He obtained decree against Ogilvy.

Registered May 15, 1681.

 

  1. Reference in the Register of Testaments of Dunkeld Commissariot.

 

Mr William Rattray, by bond of relief, dated March 14, 1672, became cautioner for David Rattray of Rannagullon to Major Gilbert Campbell of Deanhead for £197, 9s. 4d.

 

  1. Reference in the Collection of Teind Papers, General Register House.

 

On july 13, 1663, a summons was issued at the instance of Major George Brown of Meikle Buttergask against George, Bishop of Dunkeld, titular of the teinds of the under-mentioned lands, Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, james, Earl of Pearth, Wlilliam Halyburton of Buttergask, john Ogilvie of Latoun, Donald Campbell and Thomas Ogilvie of Litle Kethick, Andrew Meny of Bruntie, and  Campbell of Soutterhoussis, for valuation of the lands of Meikle Buttergask and Lidgertlaw, with pertinents, at 20 bolls victual-2/3 meal and 1/3 bear.

 

2. William Rattray, c. 1682-1693.

 

A son of Mr William Rattray, his predecessor, and Elspeth or Elizabeth Drummond, he matriculated at St Leonard’s College, St Andrews, on February 18, 1674, and graduated Master of Arts on july 25, 1676. He studied Theology at the New College, St Andrews, and was licensed by the Presbytery of St Andrews.

He was admitted to Cargill before April 3, 1682, as colleague with, and successor to, his father, and succeeded to the full charge at his death in April 1684.

He preached at a visitation of the church of St Martins by the Presbytery of Cowpar-Angus on july 17, 1688. That court held a visitation of Cargill on july 31, and, by virtue of a commission from the Bishop of Dunkeld, apprised the manse. The value of it was declared to be £797, 12s.

A complaint 1 against him and other ministers, viz. : Messrs john Rattray at Ochterairder, james Inglis at Muthill, john Omey, minister at Methven, and Patrick Ochterlony, minister at Rogortoune, was considered by the Privy Council on April 4, 1693. It was stated that they continued to preach without praying for William and Mary as King and Queen of Scotland, had failed to read the Proclamations issued by

Authority, stirred up and fomented disaflection in their bearers, encouraged their Majesties’ enemies and discouraged their loyal subjects, and sometimes prayed for King james, " aither expressly or in ambiguous or circumstantial tearms." Rattray appeared in obedience to a citation, as did his brethren of Ochterairder and Muthill. Omey and Auchterlony were not present, but were excused till the first meeting of the Privy Council in ]une, in consequence of their illness and inability to travel, as testified under the hand of physicians.

1 The Privy Council, on january 10, 1693, instructed Mr Nathaniel Fyfe, Sheriff-

depute of Perthshire, to make inquiries regarding the ministers in the bounds who

failed to pray for Their Majesties, in terms of the Act of Parliament and pro-

clamation of the Council, and to transmit their names, with a note of their crimes

and the evidence against them, to the Solicitor-General by February 10, that libels

might be raised against them.

 

The Lord Advocate intimated that, if Rattray and the others present promised to pray in future for their Majesties as King and Queen, they would not be proceeded against for their past conduct, They refused, however, to enter into any obligation of the kind, or even to ask time for further consideration. Accordingly, they were deprived of their benefices, enjoined to remove from their parishes at Whitsunday, and forbidden to exercise any part of the ministerial office within the kingdom, until they had qualified in accordance with the law. Rattray treated the sentence with contempt.

On September 6, 1694, a representation from the Commission of the General Assembly was submitted to the Privy Council, bearing that ministers deprived for disloyalty preached in vacant churches, and specifying Mr William Rattray, Dr john Nicolson, formerly minister at Errol, and Mr David Andersone, formerly minister at Perth, as intruders on Kilspindie.

On May II, 1698, the Presbytery of Perth and Dunkeld ordered letters of ejection to be obtained against him and other deposed or deprived incumbents. They were duly issued and executed; and, on june 22, the Presbytery ordered Mr Robert Andersone, minister at Perth, to preach at Cargill, to declare the church vacant, and to demand the keys, by instrument if necessary. Anderson obeyed the appointment on ]uly 3, but was unable to obtain the keys of the church. The Presbytery, on ]uly 20, appointed a clergyman to preach at Cargill, and for some years continued to supply the pulpit, at least monthly, without opposition.

It was reported to the Presbytery, on May I4, 1701, "that the generallity of the paroch of Cargill are longing for a minister, and particularly for Mr George Blair.’ The Presbytery appointed a committee to request the laird of Blair-Drummond to agree to an appointment to that parish. Blair—Drummond, however, asked the Presbytery to delay procedure until Lord·Drummond should arrive in the district.

On August 6, they appointed Blair to preach at Cargill, and to intimate a meeting of heads of families for the election of a minister. At the next meeting-August 13-several parishioners appeared with a written invitation to Mr William Stewart, afterwards minister of Blairgowrie, to be their minister. It was reported that the parishioners were unanimous in his favour, and that his settlement would be acceptable to Lord Drummond, the chief heritor. The Presbytery were prepared to call Stewart, jure devoluto, but he declined to accept a call to Cargill, and the Presbytery sisted procedure, and continued to supply the pulpit. The beadle, however, was found remiss in his duties. On january 14, 1702, he was ordered either to attend the ministers appointed to preach, and to ring the bells for their services, or to give up his office.

Rattray, however, did not remain inactive- On September 16, 1702, the Presbytery instructed the minister of St Martins “ to represent to her Majesty’s Advocate the frequent and ordinary irregularities of Mr William Ratray, late incumbent at Cargill, both within and out of that parish of Cargill." He reported on October 7 that the Advocate was " unwilling to proceed." On February 3, 1703, on a report by the minister of Kinclaven that the parishioners desired Mr Patrick Wyllie to be their minister, the Presbytery resolved to hold a visitation of the parish on February 18, 1703. The minute of that visitation proceeds :-" The Presbytrie findeing no access to the church, the doors therof being all shutt, and the beddell absenting himself, the Moderator, the rest of the brethren, and the Clerk, went to the most patent door of the church, and, after knocking and calling for the keys to gett entrie and open doors, and none compearing with the keys to give access, the Moderator, in name of the Presbytrie, took instruments in the Clerk’s hands therupon, before thes witnesses, James Muillien in New milne, David -- at the Wood of Stobhall, George Brown and many others. Then appeared George Ratray, brother to the late incumbent, before the Presbytrie, and owned judiciall that he had lockt the church doors and had the keys, but would not give them up, alleadgeing he had Blair-Drummond and other heretors their orders and warrant for so doeing: and being asked, ‘ If he had a wreaten order ? ’ he answered, ‘ It was only verball ’- upon all which the Moderator, in name of the Presbytrie, asked and took instruments again in the Clerk’s hands."

The parishioners present stated that they desired to have a minister settled among them, and that they preferred Mr Patrick Wyllie to all others.

‘ The Presbytery continued to appoint supply. On March 31, 1703, the minute of the Presbytery runs :" Anent Cargill affair, Mr William Ratray haveing again invaded the kirk on Sabbath last, and Mr Wyllie haveing bein there, offering to preach, was interrupted be George Ratray, and could get no access to the kirk; wherupon he required witnesses, whom he took out of Perth with him for that end." The Presbytery appointed a committee to interview Blair—Drurnmond and Mr Thomas Creighton concerning the delivery of the keys of the church ; and appointed Wyllie to preach at Cargill on the following Sunday, to demand the keys from the beadle, or the holder of them, and, in the event of his refusal to deliver them up, to take instruments against him. lt was reported to the next meeting that Wyllie could find no notary public to accompany him, save at a very heavy fee, and proceeded to the district without one, but, finding that he would have no congregation if he went to Cargill, remained at Kinclaven manse. Blair—Drummond, as was reported by the Committee, stated " that Mr Ratray went in to the kirk without any desire from him, and he wold not medle with putting him out." The Presbytery referred the case to the Synod for advice as to their procedure.

The Synod advised that the Moderator of the Synod should forward, in the name of the Synod, a representation of Rattray’s acts of intrusion at Cargill to the Moderator of the Commission, that it -might be included among the grievances to be submitted to Parliament.

On November 24, the Presbytery, considering that the heritors and others gave no access to the church to the ministers sent to preach there, and that the pulpit was constantly occupied by intruders, appointed the members of the Presbytery of Dunkeld to make extracts of the instruments taken upon the refusal to provide due entry to the church, and representation to be made to the Sheriff—depute to require him to give the Presbytery peaceable access. The Sheriff-depute replied that he " thought it convenient " not to interfere, in the absence from the kingdom of Lord Drummond, the chief heritor of Cargill.

The Duke of Atholl, to whom the Presbytery had made a representation on the case, recommended them first to ask his depute to obtain the keys, and promised, in the event of his failure, that he would “ find a way himself of getting of them up." The Sheriff-depute promised to write for the keys; but in default of any information from him, the Presbytery again approached the Duke of Atholl as Sheriff-principal, who, as was reported on january 17, 1705, declared " that he was very sensible that these churches (Cargill and Caputh) should be in the Presbitrie’s hands, and that he should take that affair to his serious consideratione." Nothing was effectually done, however; and the Presbytery, on February I4, 1705, instructed the minister of St Martins, when in Edinburgh, to obtain advice as to whether a Council warrant, or Council letters, would be the more speedy and effective course for obtaining possession of the keys, and suppressing meeting houses, and to proceed according to the advice received. Mr jarnieson reported that he was informed by Mr David Williamson of the West Kirk that nothing more could be effected at present, but that he would be ready with his assistance when the representatives of the Presbytery attended the Commission or the Assembly.

The Presbytery, on March 1, 1705, appointed that a representation should be made regarding Cargill and other parishes, and that a letter on the subject should be sent by the Moderator to Mr David Williamson.

It was reported, on the 15th, that Council letters had been raised against Rattray and others.

The complaint against him was heard by the Privy Council on April 26, 1705. Rattray had been summoned to appear before the Lords on April 10, 1705, at the instance of john Blair, Agent of the Church, with consent of Sir james Stewart, Her Majesty’s Advocate. The libel against him bore " that Mr William Ratrie, late incumbent at Cargill, and who was depryved by the Privie Councell, shaking off all regaird to our Laws and authority, hes of late intruded himselfe into the said kirk of Cargill, and sett up for a preacher therein, and exercises all the other pairts of the ministeriall function, as baptiseing, marrieing, etc., in manifast contempt of the saids Laws and Acts of Parliament, notwithstanding that he is deposed by the Lords of our Privie Councell, and the parish vaccant and in the possession of the Presbetrie of the place ; by all which, the said Mr William Ratrie is guiltie of a manifast intrusion and attempt against the present setled constitution of the Church, and of a high contempt of our Laws and authoritie ; which being proven, he ought to be punished with the pains of Law, and effectually discharged to intrude into, or molest, the said parish, and the Presbetrie restored to the possession of the said church, and he otherwayes punished as the Lords of our Privie Councell shall think fitt, to the terror of others to committ the lyke in tyme comeing." ln a document, dated March 29, john Miller, messenger at arms, stated that he had gone to Rattray’s dwelling house at Killar, and had left a copy of the citation there, and had afterwards seen him at Cargill.

When the case was called on April 26, Rattray failed to appear. The Lord High Commissioner and the Privy Council consequently ordered him to be denounced her Majesty’s rebel ; confiscated his moveable goods and gear for his contempt and disobedience; and enjoined the Sheriff-principal of Perth and his deputes to put the Presbyteries of Perth and Dunkeld in possession of the kirk, and to keep and maintain them therein, under the highest penalties, and to deliver the keys to the Presbytery.

The extract of that decree of the Privy Council was duly delivered to Sheriff Ramsay ; and he intimated that he would endeavour to obtain the keys of Cargill, and hoped that the Presbytery would make no complaint, and take no legal steps, against him for a little. On the same day, june 13, 1705, the Presbytery ordered their Clerk to inform Rattray and others that they had obtained decree against them, " and if they will live peaceably, without makeing incroachments upon these pariochs wherein they live, the Presbitrie will proceed no further against them, but if they transgress, as the Presbitrie is informed some of them have, they will proceed against them as far as Law will allowe."

Rattray, however, continued to marry and baptise, and the Presbytery ordered that intimation to be repeated. The Sheriff-depute had not delivered the keys on july II, and the Presbytery instructed the under-clerk of Council to send over Letters of Horning against him, and against Rattray; but, because the Duke of Atholl had promised to write to his depute to execute the orders of the Council, the Letters of Horning were not raised.

The Presbytery had apparently obtained possession of the church on September 20, 1705, when Mr John Gow was admitted minister.

Rattray, however, retained possession of the manse, and continued to ofliciate in the parish. A reference of Mr Gow’s grievances to “ friends and trustees "’ of Lord Drummond, viz., the Lairds of Logie and Newtoun, and Mr Fleming, designated brother to the Earl of Wigtone, who, as was stated, would meet about Candlernas, was ineffectual in obtaining redress.

The Presbytery, therefore, on March 13, 1706, advised Gow to charge Rattray again to remove from the manse ; and, on April 24, appointed their Moderator and Mr jamisone, minister at St Martins, to require Mr john Ramsay, Sheriff—Depute of Perthshire, to execute an Act of the Privy Council, dated March 20, 1706, anent intrusions upon churches and parishes, etc., against Rattray and Aisone, son of the late minister of Auchtergaven, as intruders within the parish of Cargill, and instructed Gow to use legal diligence for obtaining possession of the manse. Gow reported, on May 29, that " he had used some dilligence against Mr Ratray for getting of his manse," and also that Lord Drummond would _soon he at Stobhall. The Presbytery appointed a Committee to speak with his Lordship concerning the manse and the payment of the stipend, and also instructed another Committee, about to repair to Edinburgh, "to do what they can in that matter"

But all efforts used at that time for the silencing and the removal of Rattray from the manse failed. The Sheriff-depute stated that Cargill lay within the Stewartry of Strathearn, and was not within his jurisdiction 1 : a Representation to the Commission of the General Assembly, and by that body to the Lord Advocate, and by him to the

Privy Council, concerning the manse,2 had no result. Lord Drummond stated that he was " but a strainger to bussiness in this Country " 3; he promised to write to the Presbytery after consulting his friends: but apparently no letter from him was delivered.

1 MS. Register of the Presbyyery of Perth and Dunkeld, june 26, 1706.

2 Ibid., july 31, August 21, and September 25, 1706.

3 Ibid., September 25, 1706.

 

On February 25, 1707, the Presbytery of Dunkeld visited Cargill.

Mr john Gow declared that he was unable to catechise and visit as he desired, because he had no house in the parish, and complained that the parishioners, in great numbers, attended worship conducted by Mr William Rattray in the manse. By orders of the Presbytery, workmen~·-Daniel Stewart, mason, and William Page, wright—proceeded to the manse to inspect it, but no attention was paid to their knock, three times repeated.

The Moderator, accordingly, took instruments on the fact that access was refused to them. Mr john Rattray, brother of the late incumbent, then appeared with Mr Thomas Crichtoune 1 factor for Lord Drummond, and produced a discharge by Lilias Brown, widow of Mr john Anderson, minister at Cargill, for 1000 merks Scots, in favour of Mr William Rattray, father of Rattray, in which she renounced all right to the manse.

Crichtoune, in name of Lord Drummond, renewed a request that consideration of the question of the manse should be delayed till Whitsunday, and stated that he was hopeful that an arrangement concerning it would be made between the heritors and Rattray. The Presbytery found that the minister, Mr john Gow, did not enjoy his rights, but agreed to postpone consideration of the subject till their next meeting. On March 25, Gow was appointed to use legal means for obtaining possession of the manse, and an augmentation to his stipend 2

Rattray continued to exercise his ministry in the parish. On October 19, 1708, the Presbytery, in answer to an enquiry, were informed that a schismatical meeting house was kept in the parish of Cargill by him.

They ordered that a representation regarding it should be laid before the justices of the Peace. On November 23, the minister of Cargill had the satisfaction of reporting that the meeting house had been given up.

Rattray died before February 3, 1731.3 He married Eupham Drummond. She afterwards resided at Newtyle, and died on March 24, 1749. The inventory of her goods was given up by Margaret Rattray, her only surviving child, wife of George Crockatt, surgeon in Coupar of Angus. 4

1 Thomas Crichton was the eldest son of john Crichton in the Hill of Blairgowrie (Perthshire Decreets).

2 MS. Register of the Presbytery of Dunkeld, April 22, 1707. On February 25, Gow stated that his stipend was four chalders and four boils victual and " ane hundred merks of money or therabout."

3 St Andrews Com. Testaments. The volume containing his Testament is not in the Register House.

4 Ibid., April 19, 1749.

 

I.                    References in the Register of Sasmes for Perthshire.

 

Mr William Rattray, son of Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, witnessed, january 10, 1679, a charter by David Ramsay, portioner of Miltoune of Rattray, in favour of james Rattray of Craighall, of an eighth part of the lands of the Kirktoune of Rattray.

Registered February 6, 1680.

 

Mr William Rattray witnessed, june 30, 1687, a renunciation by Mr john Rattray, minister at Aughterairder, son of David Rattray of Rannagullane, in favour of James Rattray of Rannagullane, as heir of the said David Rattray, his father, of an annual rent of £60, to be uplifted from the lands of West Drummie.

Registered August 8, 1687.

 

Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, witnessed at Stirling, February 9, 1691, a charter by james, Earl of Perth, in favour of Alexander Roy M'Grigor in Dundurn Wester, of the lands of Dalmarglen alias Bellnacuill.

Registered May 22, 1691.

 

Mr William Rattray, minister of Cargill, for himself, and as attorney for Francis Rattray, his youngest brother, and Anna Rattray, his eldest sister, had sasin, September 21, 1704, of an annual-rent of £I20 Scots, to be uplifted from the lands of Kethick and Kemphill, belonging to the deceased james Campbell of Kethick; proceeding on a precept of sasine in a bond for 3000 merks, granted by the said james Campbell, with consent of George, Bishop of Aberdeen, then Bishop of Brichin, David Haliburton of Pitcur, Jaines Ramsay, fiar of Bamff, David Kinloch of Aberbothrie, and Alexander Campbell of Ballgersho, his friends, at Couper, june 15, 1681, in favour of the deceased Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, and Elizabeth Drummond, his wife, in liferent, and after their death, of their children,-Mr William to have right to £1000, Francis to 1000 merks, and Anna to 500 merks.

Registered October 18, 1704.

 

2. References in the Register of Deeds of Perthshire Sheriff Court.

 

Mr William Rattray, minister of Cargill, john Murray of Arthurstane, George Chalmers of Milnhorne, and Thomas Chalmers, writer in Perth, tutors of ]ean, daughter of the deceased Robert Chalmers of the Milne of Banchrie, at Cargill, September 1, 1688, granted a commission to George Chalmers, eldest son of ]ohn Chalmers of Milnhorne, to receive the rents of Banchrie for crop 1688, and in time coming during her minority, and to expend it for her behoof.

Registered February 22, 1689.

 

Mr William Rattray and George Meine witnessed at Ridgoull, july 9, 1690, a. bond by james Haggart, portioner of Ruffall, with William Haggart in Little Fardell, his brother, as cautioner, in favour of Marjory Stewart, widow of the deceased Mr William Nairn, Dean of Dunkeld, for £279 Scots.

Registered june 26, 1691.

 

Mr William Rattray witnessed at Ballied, january 27, 1687, a contract between William Stewart 0f Baleid, factor appointed by Lord Balcaskie, tutor of Innernyttie, and George Mein, notary in Innernyttie, and Robert Gellitlie in Burnehead of Muckarsie, under which Stewart sold to Mein and Gellitlie and their heirs the corn yard of Innernyttie, consisting of 10 stacks of bear of crop 1683 and one of crop 1682, to be delivered before April 20, and as they should have conveniency of a barn for threshing: they to begin to thrash with all possible diligence that the corns might be delivered before the specified date.

Registered August 12, 1696.

 

3. Reference in the Register of Inhibitions for Perthshire.

 

Mr 'William Rattray, who had an action depending before the Lords of Council and Session against james, son of George Ramsay of Galray, for payment of £160 Scots due under a bond granted to his deceased father and assigned to him, obtained Letters of Inhibition against him on july 22, 1687.

Registered August 26, 1687.

 

4. References in the Register of Decreets of Perthshire Sherrif Court.

 

Jean Challmers 1 heretrix of the Milne of Banchry, and Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, and Thomas Challmers, merchant, burgess of Perth, her tutors, raised an action against john Will in Easter Banchry, james Brydie in Redgodnis, and Elizabeth Drummond, widow of Major james Stewart of Easter Banchrie, and intromitter with the goods of the deceased Patrick Stewart of Easter Banchrie, for payment of multures, but failed to obtain decree.

1 jean Challmers, only daughter of Robert_Chalmers of the Milne of Banchrie, married David Lyon, factor to the Dowager Countess of Strathmore (Decreets of the

Sheriff Court of Peréhshire, March 13, 1700). I-Ie died on April, 22, 1708, leaving children-Helen, Margaret, Elizabeth, and jean (St Andrews Com. Testaments, july 14,, 1708).

Registered july 13, 1692.

 

Mr William Rattray, minister at Cargill, received a bond, dated April 27, 1697, from Andrew Many, portioner of Little Keathick, and Mr William Many, preacher of the Gospel, for £4, 16s. yearly, as the annual rent of £80, to be uplifted from the quarter lands of Little Keathick, under provision of reversion. He was infeft ion November 2, 1697. Registered December 4, 1697 (Perthshire sasines)

He obtained a decree of poinding.

Registered October 28, 1699.

 

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