Gorebridge, N[orth] B[ritain]
Aug 27th 1902
I understand that a register of the Kirk discipline of Carrington is in existence dating from 1653 also Minutes of the Kirk Session of Carrington from 1695 to 1698,
I do not know whether they will be in your possession or not but if they are I should be greatly obliged if you would be so kind as to examine them & let me whether they contain any references to Dewar. My G. G. G. G. grandfather resided in the parish & his 2nd marriage is duly noted in the Register of Baptisms & Marriages under date 1658.
He died in 1699 & is buried at Carrington. The period I should like the two registers examined is from 1653 to 1699.
Very truly yours
J Cumming Dewar
1695 Febry 10 Received from James Dewar in Capilaw & his wife being th[ei]r collection for the building of Kinkell harbour 7 shillings by reason they were not here the day if was gathered.
1696 April 26 This day given in by Wm Cunningham as he & Robt Tait had received it from Sir John Ramsay of Whitehill & James Dewar in Capilaw £2-10 as their collection for the harbour of Queensferrie.
Occasionally you will come across a request from someone researching their ancestry. We also recently found a letter to the session clerk of Dumbarton requesting a lookup about the writer’s grandfather, who was born in 1854. The letter was sent from Tasmania in 1973 – a fantastic discovery if you happen to be researching Robert Brown Ballantyne.
In the modern age, however, you don’t have to find the name and address of the parish clerk, send off a speculative letter and wait for a response by post, which might never come. (It would seem Robert Brown Ballantyne’s grand-daughter may never have received a reply, as her international reply coupon is included with her letter in the Dumbarton records!). We have recently launched a service offering lookups in Kirk Session records for a very affordable price, which we are gradually rolling out across the whole of Scotland. Those parishes currently available are shown below. If you don’t see the parish you’re interested in listed, let us know and we’ll have a look for you.