Whilst we have a researcher onsite in the Scotland's People Centre in Edinburgh most days it would have been a costly exercise to find 'our' Margaret McKAY in amongst all of these online! Common names in Kinclaven, Perthshire include DUNCAN and GELLATLY.
The Kinclaven Statutory Registers and 1911 census are the first of the genealogy records that we have in full in our database but we also have been busy digitising and collecting many other records from Kinclaven parish which we shall publish shortly. If you are making a day visit or planning a stay at one of the excellent hotels, B&Bs or self catering establishments to carry out ancestral research in the area contact us with your enquiry. One of our next goals will be to use the records to draw up a parish family tree! When we establish the best way to do this Old Scottish will be able to repeat the process for other parishes. If you have a parish you would like us to examine let us know. Follow us on facebook or twitter to stay up to date with our latest resources (opens new window).
On October 5 1785, Vincenzo Lunardi, a minor Italian noble, famously flew from George Heriot's Hospital in Edinburgh to Coaltown of Collange, near Ceres, in Fife. My ancestors were farmers on several nearby farms, and I like to imagine they were among the crowd who saw Lunardi land. He wasn't the first aeronaut in Scotland - that honour belongs to James "Balloon" Tytler - although he was ultimately more successful than Tytler. [As it happens, Tytler and his wife were Glasites, members of a small but radical Presbyterian sect found by John Glas, who was born on October 5 1695.]
The illustration on the left is by celebrated Edinburgh caricaturist, John Kay (1742-1826), from his wonderful Original Portraits.
Lunardi evidently enjoyed the attention his ballooning exploits afforded him, as can be seen from this account of his first Scottish flight, 228 years ago today
"Melville House, October 5 1785
My Dear Friend,
I now proceed to give you the particulars of my late glorious voyage, which in many respects has been the most remarkable I ever made.
At twelve o’clock on Wednesday the 5th of this month, I began the operation of filling the balloon, with one pipe from each of the cisterns, communicating with another to which the balloon was connected: at two o’clock it was sufficiently inflated to carry me, with the ballast, instruments &c, but the wind still continuing to blow from the SW I fastened eight bladders to my car; then, having taken in 60lb of ballast, several ropes, a basket of provisions, sent my by Mrs Corri, and a cork jacket with which I was furnished by Dr Rae. I put on my regimentals, and ordered the machine to be carried quite to the eastern part of the area, that the Ladies might have a better view of the ascension.
Before my departure, I shook hands with Sir William Forbes, and requested him to advertise, that I would make another experiment on the Wednesday following, for the benefit of the Charity Workhouse.
Happy National Poetry Day!
Perceptions of life in the Perthshire Parish of Kinclaven around 1725. A poem which was penned to Mrs Fisher the wife of Rev. James Fisher by her cousin Margaret Erskine, Dunfermline. It was published by Dr. John Brown in his narrative on the life of Rev Fisher.
Coffee or Kail? Not sure if we'd cope here with that - though we love making Kail crisps and Kail is of course the new Broccoli!
Mrs Fisher was the wife of the Rev. James Fisher who was the minister at Kinclaven Church from 1725 and seceeded as one of 'The four Brethren' from the Church of Scotland. He established The Kirk O' Muir and took most of the Kinclaven Church congregation with him. The poem addressed to Mrs Fisher was written by her cousin Mary Erskine and appended by Dr. John Brown in his biography of Fisher "Memorials of the Rev. James Fisher ... in a narrative of his life ... and a selection from his writings'' In: Young (1849)
Memorials of Alexander Moncrieff, M.A., and James Fisher, fathers of the United Presbyterian Church.
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