Scottish parochial registers. Memoranda of the state of the parochial registers of Scotland

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Page xv - Treatise on the Evidence of Succession to Real and Personal Property and Peerages," Part III., exhausts the merits of local records.
Page 25 - The parochial registers are the records of the kirk-session, and the register of births and baptisms. The earliest entry in the latter is in 1702. The former does not extend so far back, the earlier volumes having been lost. Both are now kept with considerable regularity.
Page 75 - The existing register of births and baptisms begins with the year 1626, and has been continued to the present time, with the exception of the entries from 1738 to 1742, which have been lost.
Page 22 - ... as the last period of the Episcopacy is usually designated, all the records of which are a few scarce readable entries of baptisms, it has been, with little interruption, well kept to the present day.
Page 22 - The registers of this, as in most other parishes in Scotland, from the accidents of time, but more especially from the slovenly way in which they have been originally kept, are in a very imperfect state. The oldest volume, containing the records of session, and bearing date 1 602, is tolerably entire ; indeed, much more so than any of the succeeding ones.
Page 22 - The next entry after 1G43 is in 1702, the commencement of another volume. And for more than half a century after this date, there are scarcely ten consecutive years of their transactions recorded. The register of baptisms, extending to four volumes, begins in 1673; that of deaths, in one volume, in 1763; and that of marriages, also in one volume, in 1823. The first of these is, in comparison, tolerably correct. But the other two are very incorrect, and hopelessly so, until more stringent measures...
Page 22 - The oldest volume, containing the records of session, and bearing date 1602, is tolerably entire; nay, strange to say, much more so than any of the succeeding ones. It extends over a period of forty years, comprising a silent interval of sixteen years, and contains a great deal of parochial information that is curious and interesting. Among other entries of this kind, are minutes of the trial of Patrick Lowrie, Warlock, and Cathrine M'Teir, demit of witchcraft.
Page 12 - II.— [This county comprises the districts of Argyle, Lome, Cowal, Knapdale and Kintyre, with several of the western islands, of which the chief are Mull, Islay, and Jura. The greatest extent of the mainland, from north to south, is 115 miles, from east to west, 35 miles.] APPIN AND LISMOEE.— Vide Lismore. ARDCHATTAN...
Page 122 - MS. catalogue drawn up in 1691, and never before printed; and in the same volume the Record of the Episcopal Synod of Dunblane, from 1662 to 1688...
Page xiii - ... the present ecclesiastical establishment of the country, and of their great utility and importance, there is, and can be, but one opinion, either in reference to private individuals whose rights and interests are often dependent on the information they afford, or on public grounds, in illustration of the progressive population and political state of the Kingdom. It is, however, I believe, a matter of great and general regret, that the regular formation and safe custody of these small local Records...

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