Notes & Queries 5



Scottish Notes & Queries


An occasional series of articles gleaned from research into my NE Scotland ancestors. Lots of stories and odd snippets. I hope you find them as interesting as I do...

Scottish Notes & Queries, August, 1908

How the Risings of 1715 and 1745 affected Kincardineshire

Garvock  In January, 1746, the Jacobite party in arms carried off, as prisoner, Rev. James Smith, parish minister. He managed to escape, however, and within a month was in attendance upon the Duke of Cumberland.

Benholm  In 1745, the fishermen and inhabitants of Johnshaven, being suspected of sending provisions in boats to the troops of the Pretender as they were passing by sea, the troops under the command of Cumberland revenged themselves by burning many of the boats and pilfering valuables, as well as destroying the village.

Bervie  Rev. Thomas Dow, minister of Bervie, hearing of the vengeance being wreaked at Johnshaven determined to take time by the forelock, and set out on foot to meet the Duke. Coming upon the army about three miles off, and making his errand known, he was honoured with a seat in the Duke's own coach, which drove to the manse. Here his Grace remained for the night, and the opportunity was embraced by the minister of giving every assurance of the loyalty of the parishioners. Thus the dreaded mischief was wholly averted.

St Cyrus  Rev. James Leslie was deforced while proceeding to church on 9th October, 1715. The band of armed ruffians compelled him to return to the manse, and it was not till 5th February following that he got re-possession of the pulpit and church.

Durris  Rev. John Reid was deposed in July, 1716, for fomenting and concurring in the late rebellion, and for contumacy. His successor, Rev. Robert Melville, had his manse invaded, his cabinets broken open, and his most valuable effects carried off on 28th February, 1747, by five aremed men, of whom "the famous Mr Davidson" was executed and hung in chains the following year.

Laurencekirk  Rev. William Dunbar, who was deprived in 1693 for not praying for Their Majesties William and Mary, is alleged to have "obliged his parishioners publickly to swear in church that they should never bear arms against any of the race and name of Stewart."

Prince Charles Edward Stuart