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of consulting the records of the kirk-session; and to the Rev. John Brown, clerk of the Presbytery of Fordoun, for access to the Presbytery records; as well as to the Rev. H. D. Simpson and the Rev. James Gam mack, Drumlithie, for kindly according the same privilege in regard to the whole records of the Episcopal Church in their custody.

In addition to the sources of information already noticed, the following works, among others, have been consulted: Douglas's 'Peerage and Baronage ;' the works of Andrew Jervise, F.S.A.; Scott's 'Fasti Ecclesias Scoticanse ;' 'History of the Carnegies ;' Biscoe's 'Earls of Middleton ;' Dr Rogers's 'Life of George Wishart;' Sir William Forbes's ' Life of Dr Beattie;' Chalmers's 'Life of Ruddiman ;' Duthie's 'Memoir of George Menzies,' prefixed to his poems; 'Memoir of Rev. David Moir;' Balfour's 'Annals of Scotland;' Chambers's ' Domestic Annals;' the 'Blackbook of Kincardineshire;' Spalding's 'Memorialls of the Trubles in Scotland, &c.;' Wodrow's 'Correspondence ;' the Kincardineshire Retours.

Manse Op Maryton,
July 1880.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

Situation—Extent and population—Boundaries of the parish
—Largely a morass—The ague—Conversion into arable
land—Bogs of Bent—Skeletons found—Site of village—
The "Snowy Terminus "—Castle of Kincardine—Royal
gifts and honours—Claim to literary distinction—Ancient
name of the parish—Modern name—Statistics of popula-
tion—Manufactures—Prospects of burgh,.

PART FIRST.

THE PARISH AND ITS LANDOWNERS.

CHAPTER I.—THE LAND AND ITS OWNERS.

Scotland divided into parishes—Subdivisions of Conveth —
The Berkeleys — Falconers — Middletons — Wisharts—
Frasers—Keiths-Marischal—Earl of Crawford—Barons of
Gray—Meldrum—Strachan of Thornton—Allardice—
Irvine of Drum—Stuarts — Hamilton — Livingstones—
Moncur—Carnegies—Lord Gardenstone—Farquhar and
successors—Allardyce—Crombie—Dr Johnston, .

CHAPTER IV.— HAULKERTON.

Origin of name—William the Hawker—Lands of Luthra—
Ranulph le Falconer—Falconleys—Robert le Falconer of
Haulkerton—The Falconers in favour at Court—Successive

CHAPTER VIII.—BARONY OF SCOTSTON, ALIAS

POWBURN.

Scots and Picts—Early history of Scotston—Of Powburn—
United and form a barony—Meldrums—Allardice of that
Ilk—Marquis of Hamilton—Robert Keith—Provost of
Montrose—Alarm in Montrose—The last Scottish Parlia-
ment held in the ancient form—Sir James Keith of Pow-
burn—Lands disponed to Falconer of Balmalcellie—By
him to Glenfarquhar—Haddo—Early possession—Parlia-
ment of 1560—Wapinschaws—Keith of Craig and Drum-
tochty—Successive Keiths — Resignation in favour of
young Glenfarquhar—Incorporated with Haulkerton—
Glenfarquhar bursaries, ..... 68

CHAPTER IX.—BURNTON.

Derivation of name—Early possession — Earls Marischal —

Patrick Falconer—William Keith—Kirklands of Aberluth-

nott—Lands acquired by Barclay of Johnston—Disponed

to David Falconer—Lord Newton—Barony of Newton—

Conjoined with Haulkerton—Early history of Newton—

Denlethen, ...... 66

CHAPTER X.—WESTERTON OF CONVETH.

Blackiemuir and Kirkburn—Chronological order of lands of

Haulkerton—Burgh of Haulkerton—Original Laurence-

muir — Luthermuir — Dira Croft — Explanation of the

name—Situation — Charters—The ancient burgh—Two

burghs of barony—Comparison between them—Town-

house of Laurencekirk, ..... 70

CHAPTER XI.-CONVETH MILL AND LANDS.

Family of Wishart—Origin of name—Early history—" Johan-
nes Wischard " the first of the family—Sir John the first
associated with Conveth—In future charters the name
Conveth restricted to mill and lands—Successive Wish-
arts— " Schir David Wyschart," chaplain—Temporary
forfeiture of lands—Justice-Clerk and King's Advocate—

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