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This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Monzievaird & Strowan. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.

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History

MONIVAIRD and STROWAN, a parish, in the county of Perth, 3 miles (N. W.) from Crieff. The word Monivaird is a corruption of the Gaelic term Moivard, or Monvard, signifying "the hill of the bards." Strowan is corrupted from Rowen, Rowan, or Ronan, a saint who flourished about the middle of the 7th century, who was eminent for learning, and was in possession of the estate now called Strowan. The church was built in 1804, and contains 600 sittings. The members of the Free Church are exceedingly few.[1]

The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for your parish of interest. Also available at the Family History Library.

Census Records

A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about census records.

Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of Monzievaird & Strowan, as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:

Year
FHL Film Number
Surname Indexes
1841
1042696
none
1851
1042247
none
1861
0103894
none
1871
0104077
none
1881
0203509
6086646 (6 fiche)
1891
0208739
none

The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access the separate indexes through the library.

Church Records

The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about church records.
Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.


Established Church—Old Parochial Registers

Record Type Years Covered FHL Film Number
Births: 1729-1819 1040335 item 5-6

1820-1854 1040131 item 1
Marriages: 1697-1703 1040335 item 5-6

1713-1811 1040335 item 5-6

1851-1853 1040131 item 1
Deaths: 1786-1811 - mortcloth dues 1040335 item 5-6

1835-1852 1040131 item 1

 
Condition of Original Registers—

Indexed: For an index to these records, see the Scottish Church Records Index available on computers at the Family History Library and family history centers.  The records may be indexed in the International Genealogical Index.
Births: Births intermixed with marriages from 1729–1805.
Marriages: Vol. 2 contains a record of proclamation fees with occasional entries of marriages 1697–1811, but it is blank 1749–November 1786.
Deaths: Mortcloth Dues mixed with proclamations until 1811. No entries 1811–1836.
Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records

The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

Minutes 1829–1964
Disbursements 1818–1835
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/757.

Nonconformist Church Records

A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union Lists.

Lawers Free Church

History—
The minister and practically the whole congregation "came out" in 1843. The congregation retained the church, which had been built about 1833–1834. The membership declined through a reduction of the population.
Membership: 1848, 80; 1900, 36.
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols, pub. 1914. Film #918572. More details are given in the source.

Records—
The extent of pre-1855 records is unknown. No records deposited at the National Archives of Scotland.

Civil Registration Records

Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.
See the article on Scotland Civil Registration for more information and to access the records.

Probate Records

Monzievaird & Strowan was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of Dunblane until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Dunblane. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place-names' of Perthshire and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Dunblane.

The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Perthshire. Look in the library catalog
 for the 'Place-names' of Perthshire and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.'

Read more about Scotland Probate Records.

References

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846), pp. 255-272. Adapted. Date accessed: 16 May 2014.


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