10 September 2005
THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMES ARBUTHNOT Senior and ISOBEL née SCOTT.
|JAMES ARBUTHNOT, Senior. A wright. Married ISOBEL SCOTT.|
ROBERT ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 17 July 1681. Witnesses: ROBERT RENNALD, provost; ROBERT OCHTERLONIE, merchant and ROBERT ARBUTHNOTT, baillie (Table 13).
ELIZABETH ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 22 April 1683. Witnesses: DAVID CARNEGIE, ROBERT ARBUTHNOT, JAMES ARBUTHNOT and ROBERT OCHTERLONIE, merchant.
JAMES ARBUTHNOT, Junior. Baptized Montrose 13 January 1685. Witnesses: JAMES ARBUTHNOTT, merchant, JAMES TAYLIOUR, merchant and JAMES CLOUDSLAY.
ANDREW ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 28 December 1686, a twin. Witnesses: ANDREW LAMB, doctor of phisick, ANDREW LOW, ANDREW ARBUTHNOT, ALEXANDER ARBUTHNOT Senior 4th of Findowrie (Table B), ALEXANDER PYPER and ALEXANDER HACKETT.
ALEXANDER ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 28 December 1686, a twin. Witnesses as for his twin brother.
CATHARINE ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 27 September 1688, presented by JOHN ARBUTHNOT, Senior, carpenter (Table 30).
JOHN ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 17 May 1692. Witnesses: JOHN RENNALD, baillie and JOHN ARBUTHNOT, Senior, carpenter (Table 30).
MARJORIE ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 17 May 1692, a twin. Witnesses: ROBERT ARBUTHNOTT, late Provost (Table 13) and JAMES ARBUTHNOTT, merchant.
WILLIAM ARBUTHNOT. Baptized Montrose 10 June 1694. Witnesses: WILLIAM COUTTS, late baillie and WILLIAM DURIE, merchant.
Old parochial register entries of births, marriages and deaths really give insufficient information to initiate research: they give no clue as to age, place of birth or parentage and thus it is difficult to prove the relevance of any baptismal entries found. On the whole, the further back we go, the fewer details about individuals survive and the more frustrating research becomes. The lack of entries for Montrose 1615-73 suggests that either this generation of Arbuthnots came from outwith Montrose or that it was not yet common practice in Montrose to register the baptisms of one's children in the Old parochial registers.
It would be nice to think that John (Table 30), James (Table 67) and Alexander (Table 74) were brothers, but it would probably never be possible to prove this from old parochial registers.
Last brought up to date 12:36 10 September 2005