Weavers named in 18th and 19th Century Chartularies of King James VI Hospital, Perth

Part One: 1759-1802

The King James VI Hospital was established in 1569, its remit to raise money on behalf of the "poor and indigent members of Jesus Christ" through the adminstration of the former monastic lands of Perth prior to the Reformation some nine years earlier.

 

In 1891, R. Milne transcribed the original rental books of the Hospital, covering the 16th and 17th Centuries. The preface to his book contains a potted history of the hospital until the end of the Eighteenth Century, and as such, whilst studying for my Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies, I decided to take on the next stage for my dissertation. The project analysed the Hospital records for the 19th century, in order to work out the role of the institution as a feudal superior throughout the 1800s. To help on that front, I summarised three full chartularies and three rental books from the mid 18th century to the end of the 19th Century. As on the previous page, I have scoured the chartularies for all mentions of weavers, and the results are listed below.


Summary of a Charter of Confirmation in favour of George Burges (Old High Street)

 

The Poor and Indigent Members of Jesus Christ Residing within the Burgh of Perth, heritable proprietors

 

David Kemp, minister of the Gospel at Gask, Master of the Hospital

Rev. David Black, minister of Perth,

Rev. James Scott, minister of Perth

and the

Elders of the Kirk Session of Perth

 

For the sum of £6 paid by George Burges weaver in Perth we conform the right and Disposition dated 13 JUL 1737 made and granted by William Schioch shoemaker at Powside (?) of Clackmannan where  he sold, alienated and disponed in favour of Alexander McDuff minister in Perth, and his heirs etc, the tenement of land which belonged to and was built by the umquhile James Young sometime Deacon of the Bakers of Perth with the yard and all pertinents lying without the Turnbridge Port of Perth on the south side of the highway leading from the said port towards Tullilumb & within the jurisdiction of the burgh of Perth, bounded with the land sometime of umquhile Robert Cock and now the heirs of James Oliphant on the east, the lands sometime of Alexander Anderson & thereafter John Sibbald & of ___ on the south; the lands sometime of Henry Crie and Patrick Auchinliek & now of the heirs of Robert Miller & Patrick Young on the west; and the said highway leading westward from the said Turret Bridge on the north parts. Together with the Instrument of Sasine in favour of the said Alexander McDuff upon the foresaid Disposition, as written by Walter Miller Notary Public dated 19 & 29 SEP 1747 in the Particular register of sasines for the shire of Perth. Also the Disposition made by Walter McDuff re: the tenement and the east half of the yard as the same was straighted & divided & three march stones placed upon the line of Division or march with the pertinents dated 9 JAN 1764 to and in favour of George Burges, and his heirs etc, along with the Instrument of Sasine, written by William Austin, notatry public, dated 23 and 25 APR last in the Particular Register of Sasines for the shire of Perth.  All of these are now confirmed by the Hospital in Burges’ favour, and to his heirs and assignees etc, to be held in feu farm.

 

Feu duty 10s 6d Scots, payable in two terms at Whitsunday and Martinmas, first payable 1766 for the year preceding.

 

Recorded by William Austin writer in Perth on stamped parchment and subscribed at Perth 2 MAY 1766 before these witnesses:

 

William McDuff, maltman in Perth

William Austin

 

Signed:

David Kemp Hospital Master, James Scott minister, David Black minr, Robert Robertsone elder, Neill Menzies elder, Laurence Proudfoot elder, John Gardiner elder, Thomas Brown elder, William McDuff witness William Austin witness.

 

 

Summary of a Precept of Clare Constat in favour of James Ritchie of a Tenement of Land on eastmost half of a yard without the Turret Bridge Port, as heir to George Burges his uncle  (Old High Street)

 

The Poor and Indigent Members of Jesus Christ Residing within the Burgh of Perth, superiors of the Lands underwritten

 

Robert Ready, Master of the Hospital

Rev. James Leatt, minister of the Gospel in Perth

Rev. James Moody, minister of the Gospel in Perth

and the

Elders of the Kirk Session of Perth

 

It is clear from certain documents etc that the deceased George Burges Weaver in Perth, Brother German to the Deceased Elspith Burges who was wife to Thomas Ritchie Weaver in Dundee and mother of James Ritchie Weaver in Perth bearer hereof, died last vest and seased as of the fee at the Faith and Peace of our sovereign Lord George III, in all and whole the tenement of land which sometime belonged to and was built by the deceased James Young sometime Deacon of the Bakers of Perth with the eastmost yard as the same was straightened and divided and three march stones placed upon the Line of Division or March, with the pertinents thereof, lying without the Turret Bridge Port of Perth on the Southside of the High Roads leading from the said Port towards Tullylumb and within the jurisdiction and territory of the burgh of Perth and bounded with the land and yard sometime of umquhile Robert Cock thereafter of James Olyphant, and now with the tenement of land and yard belonging to Alexander Henderson Weaver and James Imrie shoemaker on the east; the land and yard sometime of Henry Crie and Patrick Auchinleck thereafter of Robert Miller and Patrick Young thereafter of Alexander MacDuff of Bonhard and now of Alexander MacDuff of Bonhard his son on the west; the tenement sometimeof Alexander Anderson, thereafter of John Sibbald and now of the heirs of Patrick Craigie on the south; and the said highway leading west from the said Turret Bridge on the north., which tenement was purchased by George Burges from the deceased Alexander MacDuff of Bonhard. And that James Ritchie is the nearest lawful heir of George Burges his uncle, and of age.

 

Feu duty 10s 6d Scots annually for the land to be paid by James Ricthie and the proprietors of the westmost half of the said yard retained by the deceased Alexander MacDuff, and 6d augmentation of the said feu duty, all payable in two equal payments annually at Whitsunday and Martinmas, doubling upon entry for one year of all subsequent heirs. Confirmation is granted in favour of James Ritchie and he is infeft.

 

Recorded by Richard Black, writer in Perth, on stamped vellum and subscribed at Perth 12 JU 1787 before these witnesses:

 

William Henderson, late Deacon of the Weaver Incorporation of Perth

Peter Morrison, weaver there

Walter Miller, writer there

and by Robert Ready Hospital Master at Perth 14 JUL 1787, before witnesses

 

Thomas Just, baker in Perth

Walter Miller, writer there

 

Subscribed by:

Robert Ready Hospital Master, James Scott minister, James Moody minister, Alexander Tod elder, Laurence Wright elder, James Ogilvy elder, William Henderson witness, Peter Morrison witness, Walter Miller witness, Thomas Just witness Walter Miller witness.

 

 

 

 

Charter of Resignation and Novodamus in favour of the Right Honourable the Earl of Kinnoull, St. Michael’s Croft in the parish and sheriffdom of Perth

 

Recorded at Perth 11 AUG 1789, witnessed by John Duncan, weaver and manufacturer in Perth

 

 

Charter of Confirmation and Precept of Clara Constat to Robert Imrie as heir to Robert Imrie his father of the North half of the tenement and yard aftermentioned (lying west of wynd leading to the common milns of Perth, and within the territory, Royalty and Jurisdiction of the burgh).

 

Recorded at Perth 8 FEB 1791, witnessed by John Barnet, weaver in Perth

 

 

 

Charter of Feu to the Community of the Burgh of Perth

(Salt Vennel off South Street, feued to the town 1791)

 

Recorded at Perth 12 MAY 1791, witnessed by John Barnet, weaver in Perth

 

 

 

 

Charter of Resignation to Sir Thomas Moncrieffe of the Lands of Saint Magdalene

 

Recorded at Perth 1 OCT 1791, witnessed by Robert Fisher and James Graham, both weavers in Perth

 

 

 

Precept of Clare Constat in favour of Sir Thomas Moncrieff baronet of the LANDS of Friartown &c  Dated 21 NOV 1793

 

Recorded at Perth 21 NOV 1793, witnessed by John Barnet, weaver in Perth

 

 

Charter of Resignation in favour of John Imbrie of the South half of the Tenement and yard within mentioned as Heir to John Imbrie his father

Dated 12 DEC 1793   (Mill Wynd)

 

Recorded at Perth 12 DEC 1793, witnessed by Robert Fisher and James Graham, both weavers in Perth

 

 

Charter of Confirmation in favour of Andrew Robertson, Patrick Grant, Thomas Blair and John Johnston

(Tanyard now J. Pullar and Son)

 

Recorded at Perth 18 FEB 1794, witnessed by Robert Fisher, weaver in Perth

 

 

Charter of Confirmation and Precept of Clare Constat in favour of Betty or Elizabeth Anderson and Christian Chughton as heirs portioners to Charles Anderson

24 JAN 1796

 

Recorded at Perth 24 JAN 1796, witnessed by Robert Ferrier and James Graham, both weavers in Perth

 

 

Charter of Confirmation in favour of John McEwen

(Old High Street)

 

Recorded at Perth 23 AUG 1798, witnessed by Robert Fisher, weaver in Perth

 

 

Contract of Feu in favour of William Wright, George Miller and Alexander Ritchie & Company   (Brewery)  Dated 1 MAY 1800

 

Recorded at Perth 1 MAY 1800, witnessed by Robert Fisher, weaver in Perth

 

 

Charter of Resignation of a lot in Blackfriars, in favour of Charles Laing

 

Recorded at Perth 26 MAY 1800, witnessed by Robert Fisher, weaver in Perth

 

 

Charter of Resignation of a lot in Blackfriars, in favour of James Caw Manufacturer in Perth Dated 26 MAY 1800

 

Recorded at Perth 26 MAY 1800, witnessed by Robert Fisher, weaver in Perth