Title: "The Fair Land of Gowrie," by Lawrence Melville
240 p., With thirty one illustrations and map, bibliography
Published by William Culross & Son Ltd., Coupar Angus, Perthshire
1st ed 1939, reprinted 1975, 1981.
LC Subject: Gowrie (Scotland) -- History, Local.
INCLUDES chapters for Parishes near PERTH on the RIVER TAY,
ELDER, b. PERTH on TAY, d. 1807 Franklin Co PA
which are marked on the map as "CARSE OF GOWRIE",
or VALLEY OF GOWRIE:
KINNOULL, KINFAUNS, ST. MADOES, ERROLL, INCHTURE, Robert's bio sketch
KILSPINDIE, KINNAIRD, ABERNYTE, LONGFORGAN
All of these Parishes have ELDER surname entries in the Parish
Registers for Birth/Christenings from LDS microfiche printouts
but no ELDER names were found in this book.
Melville is also author of a book--
(see Land record of ANDREW ELDER posted here):
"ERROL; Its Legends, lands and People"
Pub: Scotland, Hunter, 1935.
He signs the Intro to the 1st book, in "NORTHBANK, ERROL")
Other names seem familiar.
Foreword for GOWRIE book is by the Rt. Hon. Baron KINNAIRD of Inchture and Rossie.
At the end it is signed:
Rossie Priory, Inchture, Perthshire"
Searching Google.com for KINNAIRD, found more here:
"In North America, some of the first migrates which could be considered kinsmen of the name Kinnaird,
or having a variation of the family surname spelling were: William Kinnaird who settled in Charles Town SC in 1767
and William Kinnard who settled in Philadelphia P.A. in 1786."
"(Extract from the book "My Rappahannock (Virginia) Story Book by Mary Elizabeth Hite - 1950)
About one mile south of Woodville [VA]
is the old "Kinnaird Place."
Living here now are two descendants of this ancient Scottish family -
Miss Emily Berry and her brother Rufus. Miss Emily tells in a fascinating manner the
story of the coming of her ancestors to this part of the world.
The Kinnairds of "Castle Kinnaird" in Scotland came in the early days of Jamestown.
George Kinnaird and his brother David, with their Thornton friends sought homes in the
foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
STUART names in KILSPINDIE PARISH:
Perth and Kinross
"A hamlet in the Braes of the Carse, east Perth and Kinross, Kilspindie lies
on a minor road at the mouth of a glen that opens out into the Carse of Gowrie,
7 miles (11 km) east of Perth. The seat of the Douglases of Kilspindie
probably stood on the site of the present farmhouse near to which are
an old school (1821), a ruined doocot and a parish church rebuilt c.1815.
In the kirkyard is the Stuart of Rait Mausoleum (1822)."
KILSPINDIE, from the book "FAIR LAND of GOWRIE":
"The three volumes of Calendar of the Stuart Papers, belonging to His Majesty the King,
form an invaluable repository of facts relating to the Stuarts and especially to the rising of 1715-16.
...The estates of Fingask and Kinnaird were forfeited but...Sir Stuart returned to Scotland,
and at a sale of forfeited land in 1783 he repurchased the family estates at 12,207 pounds.
Sir Stuart married (first) Janet, the eldest daughter of David Sinclair of Southdun, in the county
of Caithness...and 2nd in 1761, Janet Budge-Murray of Pennyland, Caithness.
It was through the latter marriage that the Pennyland and Toftingall estates fell later to the Threipland family.
After Sir Stuart's return from France, he practised as a physician in Edinburgh...
Sir Patrick Murray Threipland, fifth and last Baronet of Fingask...sold in 1917 to
Sir John Henderson Stewart, Bart,....who also purchased the Inchmichael estates.
The total area of the three estates then extended to 3827.946 acres [or almost 4,000 acres]...
Biblio: [STUART PAPERS.--Calendar of the.-- 6 vols. 1902-16]
HERMAN MELVILLE, author of Moby Dick...
born into a prosperous New York family ..traced genealogical lines to the noble family of
Melvill of Scotland on his father's side ...
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