|Anne Brown's 1st Compearance
Dalserf Kirk 10th December 1854
Post Preces Sederunt. The Reverend Mr. Rorison Moderator and Messers G. Martin and J. Gibson Elders. Compeared Anne Brown craving to be taken in discipline - she having brought forth a child in uncleaness nearly two years ago of which she declared William Cate, Mason then employed at Mauldside Castle to be the father and she having produced a written acknowledgment of
paternity of said child from the said William Cate the Session agreed to comply with her request. And she was accordingly admonished for the first time, and after being summoned Apud Acta, to attend a meeting of Session on the 1st Sabbath of next month was dismissed. Concluded with prayer. William Rorison Moderator.
|Receipt and Distribution of Mr. Stuart's Legacy
Dalserf Kirk 4th January 1835
Post Preces Sederunt, Minister and Elders present Mr. T. Anderson, Mr. J. Cooper, Mr. G. Martin and J. Gibson Elders - The treasurer (J. Gibson) reported that he received in full of last year's interest of three hundred pounds of Mr. Stuart's Legacy the sum of twelve pounds from Mr. Lahore(?) of Birkenshaire, and of interest for the same period of one hundred and fifty pounds of ditto Legacy from Mr. Burr(?) of Braehead the sum of six pounds eight shillings amounting in all to 18 pounds - 8 which was divided forthwith among the said Elders according to their respective lists, presented and adhered(?) of by the Session - Concluded with prayer - John Russell Moderator - John Gibson Session Clerk.
|William Leighbody, Agnes Witherspoone & James Prentice absolved Dalserf Kirk 7th December 1834 - Post Preces Sederunt Minister & Elders Compeared William Leighbody and Agnes Witherspoone guilty of Antinuptual fornication also James Prentice whose wife was not present, guilty of the same offense - which three persons after being seriously admonished were all
absolved and dismissed. Also Giles Rinto - Compeared also Giles Rinto (see preceding minute) who after being seriously admonished was likewise absolved and dismissed.
|...Farmer Howlet Hole was the father of said child Archd Rimpleton being compeared and the woman having repeated the above Declaration in his presence he acknowledged himself guilty of carnal connection with the said Jean Forrest. The parties were accordingly admonished for the first time and the Moderator having stated that Daniel Forrest Farmer Auldton Father of the said Jean Forrest now to all appearance fast approaching the gates of death had expressed a very anxious wish to him to have his said grandchild baptized as soon as possible that he might have the satisfaction if possible before his going the way of all the earth of seeing the said child baptized. The Session agreed to accede to his wishes and summoned both parties to attend a Sederunt next Lord's Day.|
J. Brown charges James Struthers of being the father of her child Compeared also Jean Brown Daughter of John Brown Weaver Auldton Declaring that she had ?oldy brought forth a child in uncleaness and that James Struthers Weaver Dalserf was the father of it. James Struthers on being
called compeared - the woman having repeated her Declaration before him he the said James Struthers denied ever having had carnal knowledge of the said Jean Brown - The said J. Brown having been asked if she could bring any proofs of the said James Struthers ever having kept private company with her said she could not. That J. Struthers had dragged her one evening off the road into the entrance of a park where the child was begotten. J. Struthers denied ever having been in private company with her in his life. J. Brown having been asked if she could adduce proof of any kind said that he (J. Struthers) had a conversation with Maxwell Brown weaver Dalserf which as she supposed would lead to substantiate his guilt and that the said M. Brown was now in attendance - The said M. Brown being called compeared Being solemnly sworn juryed of malice and partial council Depones(?).
That J. Struthers came to his house on a Sabbath morning immediately after having been charged by J. Brown mother as being the father of the said J. Brown's child and told him what had occurred - to which Dep(?) replied that he (defendant) must just marry her to which J. Struthers replied if she had
The case of J. Brown & James Struthers resumed D. Brown's Deposition Janet Brown & J. Struthers being called both compeared the woman still adhered to her former Declaration and the man to his denial - Witnesses (see last minute) were then called - David Brown, Sawyer Howlet Hole, being
James Muir Deposition
Interim Decision of the Session
J. Struthers craves procedure
J. Struthers & J. Brown's case decided
Dalserf Kirk 7th December 1834