Balgonie feu book, 1813-1823

Scope and Content

A list of the feuars and feu duties paid to the Balgonie estate [Fife], property of [David Leslie-Melville], between the years 1813 and 1823.

Ruled accounts ledger with prefatory index.

Feuars include:

Thomas Arnot heirs; James Anderson; John Anderson; William Anderson; James Alison.

Mrs Brown; James Balfour (feu later John Halley); George Barclay; David Bruce heirs; Alexander Burt; Miss Brodie; Thomas Barclay; James Barclay; Gilbert Bethune; George Beveridge; Thomas Bennet; William Balsillie Snr; William Balsillie Jnr; John Barlass (Barless); James Brown; Andrew Brown; James Brown, labourer; David Brown, Coaltown; Alexander Barns; David Brown, Thornton; Alexander Barclay.

Peter Chalmers; John Chalmers, shoemaker; William Crawford (Craufurd); David Chalmers; Christopher Campbell; Margaret Campbell; John Clelland; Mrs Clunie; John Chalmers, Lord Leven's servant; J Campell, Milton; William Cock; Thomas Colville (Colvile).

John Dick; Andrew Deas; James Dick; David Dryburgh (feu later E Howden); David Dewar (Deuar) heirs; James Dryburgh heirs; Thomas Duncan; John Donaldson (feu later G Miller); Peter Donaldson; George Dale (Dall); Thomas Duff; Robert Duff, Markinch; John Dick (formerly Alexander Lawson feu); James Duff; Robert Duff, Milton; William Drummond; James Dow; James Dalrymple; Thomas Dalrymple; Joseph Dryburgh.

Alexander Elder; James Elder (feu later James Melville).

Alexander Forret; Feuars of Markinch; Elizabeth Fleming; Thomas Forrester.

Mrs Gibb; George Galloway; Alexander Greig heirs; Thomas Gardener (Gardner) heirs; Alexander Gibb; George Gibb; Malcolm Gray (Malcom); George Greig (formerly John Halley feu); George Greig (feu later Andrew Greig); William Gibb; David Gourlay; John Greig; George Gibson; Peter Grieve (Greive); James Grieve (Greive); David Galloway; John Gardener (Gardner).

David Herd (feu later J Porteous); John Halley (formerly J Balfour feu); John Hill heirs; John Halley (feu later George Greig); Robert Houston; R & A Hutchison; John & John Hutchison; John Hutchison; James Hutchison; William Hutchison; Barbara Hutchison; Andrew Henderson; David Henderson; John Hill; Elspeth Howden; David Haggart.

James Ireland; Gavin Inglis; Robert Inglis.

David Johnston.

James Kilgour; John Knox; John Kirk; James Key; Thomas Kiddy; Robert Key; David Keddy.

Thomas Lessells; Thomas Landale heirs; George Lister; George Low; James Lawson; Alexander Lawson; George Latto; John Lamb; Matthew Low.

Markinch Kirk Session; Markinch Minister; Mrs Millar; Andrew Mitchell, coal grieve; Thomas Martin heirs; William Matthew (Mathew); David Mackie; David Muckersie (Muckarsie); Peter McGregor; John McGregor; George Murdoch; Andrew Mitchell; Robert Mitchell; John Marshall; Markinch Feuars; Thomas Myles; William Millar; John Millar; John McDonald; David McCulloch; Alexander Mitchell; Walter Mitchell; Balfour Melville; John Mitchell; Alexander Millar; James Mitchell; William Mitchell; Andrew McIntosh; George Millar (formerly David Herd feu); George Millar (formerly John Donaldson feu); Markinch School; Milton School.

Thomas Nicol; Joseph Norval.

James Oswald.

William Paston; George Pearson; James Pratt; David Philp; John Philp, Milton; John Philp, Coaltown; Thomas Peggie heirs; Robert Pye; John Porteous.

Robert Russell; Mrs Robertson; Thomas Russell; Alexander Ramsay; William Rankeillour (later James Elder); William Ritchie; David Reid; David Rodger; James Robertson.

James Spittal (Spittle); John Spittal (Spittle); George Selcraig; John Saville; James Swan; David Swan heirs; George Scott; David Squire; Andrew Stewart; Alexander Stewart; Robert Smith.

Janet Thomson; Robert Taylor; Jean Turbayne; Peter Thallon; Thomas Thomson; David Thomson; David Tod, Milton; Alexander Thomson; Andrew Tait; George Thomson; James Thomson; David Tod, Thornton; William Thomson.

Mr Wright; Alexander Wyllie; Thomas Williamson; Robert Williamson; Robert Wilson; Agnes Wallace; Andrew Wallace heirs; Henry Wallace heirs; James Williamson; George Watson; George Wilkie.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Leslie-Melville (1785-1860), 8th earl of Leven and 7th earl of Melville, was the owner of the Balgonie estate. Based at Melville House, he was given the honourary title of Lord Balgonie after the death of his grandfather. He joined the Royal Navy around 1800, rising to the rank of post-captain in 1812, and retired in 1814. He succeeded to the earldom on the death of his father Alexander in 1820. In 1831 he was elected as Representative Peer for Scotland, a post he held for 38 years. He was made a rear-admiral (retired) in 1846. He married Elizabeth Anne Campbell in 1824 and they had 2 sons and 4 daughters. His eldest daughter inherited the family estate of Melville on his death, as both sons had pre-deceased him. The titles went to his brother, John Thornton.


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Access Information

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at the Melville House sale, 7 May 1949.


Call number used to be ms890

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: half calf and marbled boards.Paper: 12.5x20cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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