SHAND - Some Notices of the surname of SHAND, particularly of the County of Aberdeen
By Rev George Shand
PART SEVEN - POLL BOOK OF ABERDEENSHIRE OF 1696.
The entries in these volumes are pretty numerous; allowing moderately for children not named, about one hundred persons of the name of Shand were probably in the county at the date when the lists were made up. The following selections are made: -
PARISH OF PREMNAY
V.I p243 Mr John Shand, Minister, paid £3 6s, Jean Panton, his spouse 6s, Mr Jas. Shand, his sone and Marya and Janet Shands, his daughters, 18s.
PARISH OF CULSAMOND
V.I p263 Margaret Shand, Tenent in Meickle Ledinghame.
PARISH OF ABERDOUR
V.II. p74 William Shand, tenent in Mill of Auchmedden, and his wife and James and Anna Shands, his children, paid £1 14s.
(From the Appendix - In the churchyard of Banff (near Hossack’s monument) is a very old tombstone with the inscription in raised characters: - “Heir lyes William Schand in Barnehill. Isbel Lame,” (Isabella Lamb.) – See page 20, 1641 and 1644. These may have been the parents of Wm. Shand, Auchmedden, Abewrdour. – . They were certainly of the same family.)
(From the Appendix - William Shand, Gentleman of the Horse to the Earl of Dundonald, was in 1716, admitted a Burgess of Guild of Glasgow. – Craigellie Papers. He was probably of the Auchmedden Shands.)
PARISH OF PITSLIGO
V.II p81 Rosehartie; William Shand, Merchant ther, whose free stock is 500 marks, paid £ 2 16s, Beatrix Keith, his wife 6s,2d.
PARISH OF CRUDEN
P122 Samuel Hutchison, tennet in Croft of Craighead, and Barbra Shand, his spouse paid 14s.
PARISH OF UDNIE
P178 Mill of Cairnfechell. James Metland, Gentleman paid £ 3 6s, Isobel Shand, his wife, and Wm. Metland, his son paid 12s.
PARISH OF FYVIE V.I. p278 “Milne of Tifty”. William Smith, Elder, Gentleman, indweller there, and Helen Black, his spouse, their general poll is £ 3 12s. William Smith, younger, £3 6s. At page 277 both the Smiths are stated to be tenants in Milne of Fyvie, and gentlemen.
(From the Appendix - “Tiftie’s Bonnie Annie.” In some editions of the Ballad, Wm. Smith, the father of the hapless damsel, is described as “Farmer and Miller of Mill of Tiftie.” This apparently is meant to show that, looking to his own position in life, he was quite reasonable in rejecting the suit of the gallant Trumpeter. But without venturing to entertain so delicate a question, far less to decide it, there would appear to be more than one mistake involved here. In the first place, the farmer, Wm. Smith, was not himself the miller. That office was held by a servant, “Gilbert Pratt.” – Poll Book of Aberdeenshire. In the next place, at the period in question, half of the best farms in Aberdeenshire, apart from crofts (and a “Mill-Toun” was proverbially a highly advantageous possession) were in the hands of the sons and near connections of the gentry. The name “Pratt” often spelt “Prott” is one of the old surnames of the district. It has produced some eminent men, among whom no one who is acquainted with his charming book, “Buchan,” the history of his native district, will fail to rank the late Rev. J.B.Pratt, Episcopal clergyman of Cruden.)
P296 “Munkshill”. John Shand, yeaman, tennent ther, (in trade) paid £1 2s 8d. Margaret Wood, his spouse, 6s.
PARISH OF TURRIFF
P344 Wm. Shand, tennent in Corsbinie (Corsebrae) and his wife, of general poll 12s.
P362 Wm. Shand of Woodend, whose valuatione is £53 6s 8d, all laboured be himself, listed himself, familie and servants as follows: - His own poll conforme to his valued rent with the general poll is £ 4 6s. Elizabeth Simson, his wifes poll is 6s; James, Anne and Elizabeth Shands, his son and daughters, in familia, their poll is 18s. (Believed to be of the family of Idock in the same parish.)
PARISH OF MONQUHITTER
P365 Mill of Achry. William Shand and his wife tennents, their poll 12s.
PARISH OF FORGUE
P398 Ashallach. Alexr. Shand, tennent ther, 11s, his wife and daughter 12s.
P399 Kirktoun of Forgue. Robert Shand, tennent ther, his proportion of the valued rent with the general poll is 11s. Elizabeth Wright, his wife, 6s.
PARISH OF GARTLY
P444 George Shand, tennent ther, and his wife, poll is 12s.
P465 Mr John Shand, in the family of the Laird of Drum. Fee £ 42 per annum, poll £1 7s.
PARISH OF DYCE
Wm. Shand of Craig, valuation above £500, pais £12 6s.
PARISH OF OLD MACHAR
P555 Heirs of Thomas Shand of Craig, 9 bolls, polled in a higher capacity, in the paaroch of Dyce.
TOUNE OF OLD ABERDEEN
P587 Robert Shand, indweller ther, and his wife, poll 12s.
Mr John Robertson, gentleman, and Helen Shand, his spouse, £3 12s.
TOUNE AND FREEDOM OF ABERDEEN
P597 James Schand, Couper £3 4s.
P606 Christian Shand, daughter to the deceast Wm. Shand 6s.
P607 Thomas Schand, Writer, no stock, wife, child nor servant 6s.
P613 Janet Shand, relict of Thomas Burnet, Merchant, stock under 5000 merks, her daughter Christian and servant £ 2 1s 4d.
P620 James Shand, Merchant, stock under 5000 merks, £ 2 16s.
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