of Lochwinnoch Non Conformists, 1688.
1688 the Glorious Revolution was under way, and James VII/II was
soon to be replaced by William and Mary. In this very disturbed
period the non conformist Presbyterians or Covenanters stepped
into the vacuum and exerted their claimed rights to worship
according to their conscience. This included removing from
office, sometimes by not too gentle persuasion or rabbling, the
detested curates and the conforming ministers who had accepted
the Indulgences ( ie rule of the Kirk by the King and bishops).
was clearly a hotbed of nonconformity where it seems a large
number of tenants and heritors declined to attend the
approved Kirk and did not use the services of the conforming
Indulged minister, a William Cunningham. He had as his precentor
a John Davidson who sought to recover fees due to him for
baptisms and marriages. However, in his case he claimed
amounts from local families where they had neither requested nor
received the services of the local Kirk, and had probably
enjoyed those of an outed minister at an illegal conventicle.
was a curious thing to do given the circumstances of the time
and appears to be a copy cat action of another precentor , Elias
Paul in Mearns Parish who had similarly pursued residents for
fees. It may have been simply a mad scramble to get whatever
they could before they were thrown out of office. In the event
neither precentor seems to have stayed around long enough to
have his case heard or judgment given. The libel (or statement
of case) does, however, provide a useful list of some forty six
tenants in Lochwinnoch in 1688.
libel is a direct quote from Selections of the Judicial
Records of Renfrewshire by William Hector, Sheriff Clerk.
Paisley, J&J Cook, 1876.
Your Lop:Humbly Means and shews, I, Mr. John Davidson, presenter
at the Kirk of Lockwinnock, That yr I, as presenter forsd, have
good and undoubted right to the dewes ffor babtismes and
marriages conform to anc Act of Sessione dated ye … day of
May, 1686 Years, Lykas by his Majesties Act of Counsell dated
the first day of December, 1687 Years, making Mentione that
forasmuch as the Kings Most excellent Majestie has signified
that it is his Royall pleasure that ye Clarkes of Kirk Sessions
and oyr such Officers, such as readers, secondaries, and oyrs
who serve ye regular Church, should not be prejudged of their
rights and accustomed fees and casualities arising to ym ffor
marriadges and babtismes, bot that the samen since ye date of
His Majesties late glorious indulgence and in time coming should
he payd to ym. Declaring that they will maintain ye regular
Clergie, and such as serve him: And that it is His Royall
pleasure that ye samen dewes be payd since ye date of ye sd Act
and in tyme coming as
formerly by the persons concerned as the sd Act in itself more
fully bears. And Albeit it be trow and of verity that the
persons after named conform to the sd Act of Counsell be lyable
to me have deserted to mary and babtise with ye Incumbent
Minister at Lockwinnock, Mr. William Cunynhame, who now serves
the Cure at ye sd Kirk ever since the date of the forsd Act of
Indulgence, and neither have married or babtised with ye
indulged minister, and swa have transgressed His Majesties Act
of Counsell, and are lyable to sue for six shillings Scots as my
ordinar dewes for ilk babtisme, and sixteen shillings eight
pennies for ilk marriadge.”
Miller in Moorhouse, sixteen shillings & eight pence for ane
Fulton in Auchenbothie, sixteen sh : 8d for the babtisme.
Pollok in Overtoun, 16 sh: 8d
dew by him for the reason above.
Orr in Hill, 16 sh: 8d for the reasons above.
Glen in Gillsyeard, sixteen shillings dew by him for marriadge,
as said is.
James Barklay in ,
16 sh: 8d Sd dew by him for reasons aforesaid.
Montgomenie, Lochwinnoch, 16 sh: 8d for marriadge.
Bbryden in Hill, ye lyk
somme for ye samin reason.
Cumyng in 16sh: 8d dew by him for the
Tarbert yr, ye same soume for same.
Paterson, sixteen shillings 8d money for ye lyk cause.
Marshall, sixteen shillings for ye lyke cause.
Sirret in , sixteen shillings & 8d dew be him for ye cause
Ritchie in , six shillings for Babtisme.
Barhour in six shillings for the same
Orr in Gilsyeard, six shillings for ye lyk cause.
Orr in Linthills, six shillings for ane Babtisme, also dewe by
him to ye Parsr for ye same cause.
Neill in Bridgend, six shillings dewe by him for the lyk
Orr in Burufoot, six shillings dew by him to ye Pursr for ane
Orr in Cloak, six shillings money dew for ane babtisme.
Six shillings money dew for ane Babtisme.
Cochrane in Kaims, six shillinqs money for ane Babtisme.
Taylor in Long Croft, six shillings money for ye lyk cause.
Gavin in Kayme, six shillings for ye lyk cause.
Jamieson in Monabrock, six shillings for ye lyk cause.
Wylie in Barneth, six shillings for the cause forsd.
Thomson in Barneth, six shillings Scots dew by him for Babtisme.
Blackburne in Sandystone, six shillings money dew by him for ye
Craig in Gatesyde, six shillings money for ye lyk cause.
Wilson in Risk, six shillings money dew by him of babtisnie
Fulton in Sproulstonc, six shillings dew by hint for the raison
John Robeson in
six shillings money for ye lyk raison.
Campbell in Rivoch, six shillings for ye cause forsd.
Orr in Langstilly, six shillings dew by him for ane Babtisme in
Orr in Hills, six sliillings for ye cause foresd.
Cochran in Old Yeards, six shillings for ye lyk cause.
Kirkwood in Lochwinnoch, six shillings for ane Babtisme in
Tarbert in Mitchelton, six shillings money for ye sd cause.
Cochrane in Town of Auchenbothie, six shillings for ane Babtism.
Orr in Moniebrock, six shillings for ye lyk cause.
Cumming in Mitchestone, six shillings for ane other babtisme.
Ewing in Hill, six shillings for ane other babtisme.
Biggart in Walls, six shillings for babtism.
albeit it be of verity that I have oft and divers times desayred
and required the haill fore-named persons to make payment of
yr several sums as above, yet they wrongously refuse,
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