Notes on the parish of Cranston, 1920.

Scope and Content

Notes, in an unknown hand, on the parish of Cranston, Midlothian.

  • ff.1-29, 92 Transcripts of monumental inscriptions in the old churchyard of Cranston together with an extract on the same subject from the Cranston Parish Magazine, May 1910.
  • ff.30-43 Notes on the history of Cranston Church from published sources.
  • ff.46-50 Extracts from the Kirk Sessions records of Cranston (September 1783-February 1830).
  • ff.52-59, 65-67, 70-71 Extracts from the Heritors Minute Book of Cranston (June 1799-January 1861).
  • ff.60-63 Description of the, now lost, monuments to James Viscount Stair and Sir James Dalrymple of Cousland Bt.
  • f.64 Transcript from 'The Kirk of Cranstoun' in Reports on the State of Certain Parishes in Scotland, Maitland Club XXXIV 1835.
  • f.76 Cranstoun armorial bookplate.
  • f.81 Cutting from Notes and Queries, 19 November 1938.
  • f.89v Newspaper cutting dated 1943 on Samuel Brown of Pathhead Ford, aged 102.
  • f.91 Autograph letter, signed, George S Smith to Captain Dalrymple informing him of the succession of ministers at Cranston in the 19th century.Cranston Manse, 4 May 1891.
  • f.93 Autograph letter, signed, D Stephen Walker to Mr Stair concerning the dedication ceremony for Cranston War Memorial. Order of service and photograph of memorial appended.Cranston Manse, 25 October 1920.
  • f.94 Printed Order of Service for the dedication of Cranston village war memorial.
  • ff.95-96 Newspaper cutting of the dedication of the new organ at Cranston church by Dr Marshall Lang.
  • ff.102-103 Notes on the family of Henry Brown Callander of Westerton [Stirlingshire].
  • ff.105, 116 Newspaper cutting illustration test boring at Cousland.
  • f.108 Transcript of a letter from A F Scott to Hon Hew Dalrymple concerning the lands of Muttonhole.Edinburgh, 18 March 1903.
  • f.112 Cutting from Cranston Parish Church Magazine, February 1915.
  • f.120 Printed Pamphlet: The Church of Scotland Defended, by Rev G S Smith, minister of Cranston (Edinburgh, nd).
  • Illustrations: Kakemuir Castle, home of Col Balfour Paul, [f.i verso, f.69]; Oxonfoord Castle [ff.44, 70, 74, 89, 99, 100, 105, 110, 113, 116, 119]; Fordel House, Midlothian now demolished [f.45]; Preston Hall [f.68, 101, 110-111, 117, 123]; sketch of the galleries of Cranston Kirk 1799-1823 [f.72]; Cranston House [f.73]; Ford Village [ff.76, 114]; pewter communion flagons of Cranston, 1751 [f.77]; Robert MacGill, 2nd Viscount Oxenfurd [f.80]; 'King James's Glass' [f.82]; Sir James Dalrymple Bt of Borthwick [f.85]; Lady Dalrymple Hamilton MacGill [f.88]; Cranston Church [ff.90, 107, 118, 121]; Cranston War Memorial [f.92]; Sir John Dalrymple 4th Bt [f.104]; Sir John Fletcher of Cranston [f.115]; Bridge designed by Thomas Telford over the Tyne near Pathead, with a portrait of Telford [ff.122-123].

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Purchased for 15s from Dowells sale of 27 November 1945.


Call number used to be ms703

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Binding: half black morocco. Marbled endpapers. Spine stamped 'Notes on the Parish of Cranston: Manuscript'. Paper: 18x22.5cm

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Custodial History

Bookplate of Hon Hew Dalrymple.