Allocation of Seats in the Parish Church , 20th May 1833
Fortunately a copy of the division and allocation of seats in the new parish church by the Sheriff on 20th May 1833 survives, giving a list of the heritors of the parish at that time .
Found and hereby finds that the seats in the area of the church extends from number one to number sixty-eight, and in the gallery number sixty-nine to number one hundred and nine.
Found and hereby finds the heritors entitled to the different parts and portions of said church as after specified of which they have all this day, either by themselves or doers made choice viz:
- The front seat in the gallery number eighty-two and measuring twenty-one feet to the Marquis of Bute as Patron. Also the front seat in the gallery number seventy-eight measuring twelve feet and a half, as a family seat to the Marquis of Bute. As also the following seats numbers eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, forty-five, forty-six, forty-seven, forty-eight, forty-nine, fifty, fifty-one, fifty-two, fifty-three, fifty-four, fifty-five, fifty-six, fifty-seven, fifty-eight, fifty-nine, sixty-six, eighty-three, eighty-four, eighty-five, eighty-six, eighty-seven, eighty-eight, eighty-nine, ninety, ninety-one, ninety-two, ninety-three, ninety-four, ninety-five, and ninety-six, and four feet four inches in number fifteen, and one sitter in number sixty-one, all to the Marquis of Bute.
- To Miss Honeyman the seat number seventy for a family seat, which measures twelve feet. As also the seat numbers sixty-nine, seventy, seventy-one, seventy-two, seventy-four, seventy-five, seventy-nine and eighty and two sitters in number eighty-one which exhausts her evaluation.
- To David Snodgrass Buchannan the front seat in the gallery number one hundred and nine, which measures twelve feet as a family seat, as also the seat numbers thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-four, one hundred and five, one hundred and six, one hundred and seven and one hundred and eight, and one sitter_____ one which exhausts his valuation.
- To Sir James Menteth the seat in the gallery number one hundred and one, as a family seat, which measures twelve feet, and also the seats number sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, ninety-nine, one hundred and three and one hundred and four, and four feet, two inches in number fifteen and one foot eleven inches in number twenty, which exhausts his valuation.
- To Sir John Andrew Cathcart, Baronet the front seat number seventy-seven as a family seat which measures twelve feet and also the seats numbers twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four and ninety eight and six feet seven inches in number twenty fourteen feet eleven inches in number eighty-one and one foot two inches in number forty, which exhausts his valuation.
- To the Misses Stewart the seat number one hundred in the front in the front of the gallery which measures twelve feet six inches as a family seat, and also the seats number thirty-five, thirty-six, thirty-seven and ninety seven , and nine feet seven inches in number thirty-eight, which exhausts their valuation.
- To Colonel McAdam Cathcart the seat number ____ as a family seat which measures _ feet 6 inches and also the seat numbers 41, 42 and 14 feet 2 inches in number 43 which exhausts his valuation.
- To James Cuthbert the seat number sixty-eight as a family seat which measures eleven feet six inches and also the seat number thirty-nine and ten feet eleven inches in number forty and two feet six inches in number thirty eight which exhausts his valuation.
- To George Ranken the seat number sixty-four as a family seat, which measures eleven feet six inches and also the seat number thirty and ten feet nine inches in thirty-one and three feet six inches in number twenty nine which exhausts his valuation.
- To William McTurk the seat number 1, as a family which measures eleven feet 6 inches and number 29 and 8 feet 6 inches in No.2 and a sitter in No. 28, which exhausts his evaluation.
- To William Howatson the seat No. 65, as a family seat which measures 11ft 6in and 10f 9in in No 28 and 7ft 7 inches in No. 27 which exhausts his valuation.
- To John Cathcart the seat No. 6 as a family seat which measures 8ft 6 inches and also the seat No. 26 and 4 ft. 8 inches in No. 27 and 1 sitter in No. 43 which exhausts his valuation.
- To William Hyslop the seat No. 3 as a family seat which measures 11ft 6 inches and also the seat No. 25 and sitter in No. 43 which exhausts his valuation.
- To Alex Farquhar Craufurd the seat No. 67 as a family seat which measures 11 ft 6 inches and 7ft 6 inches in number 44 which exhausts his valuation.
- To Thomas Hunter the seat No. 76 as a family seat which measures 12ft and 3ft 8 inches in seat No. 43 which exhausts his valuation.
- To John Allan the seat No. __ as a family seat which measures _______ and 1ft 2 inches in No__ which exhausts his valuation.
- To John G_____ seat No. 7 as a family seat which measures 8ft 6 inches and 4ft 6 inches in No. 44 which exhausts his valuation.
- To William Farquhar the seat No. 62 in full of his sitting.
- To William Campbell 7ft 3 inches in the seat No. 61 in full of his sitting
- and to John Douglas Boswell 2 sitters in No. 2 in full of his sitting.
The Sheriff Substitute set and hereby sets apart the seat no 4 & 5 to the present Minister of the parish and his successors in place and Office and he also set and hereby sets apart 1 of the Communion Seats to the Schoolmaster of the Parish and another one to the Elders and the rest of the Communion seats be Left and hereby Leaves at the disposal of the Heritors and Declared and hereby Declares the Parish Church of New Cumnock to be legally divided and Decerned and hereby Decerns according as an Interlocquitor duly signed extant in ___ process bears
(Signed) Gilbert McNab
The Heritors of Parish of New Cumnock, 1833.
So wh0 were the heritors at that time and what lands did they own?
Without access to the Valuation Rolls from that year an attempt is made here to build up a picture of the heritors from other sources, including the Land Tax Rolls of 1803 (Scotland’s Places) and Valuation Rolls of 1855 and 1865 (Scotland’s People), the earliest available on-line. In addition the Reverend Matthew Kirkland gives a list of the chief-landowners in the parish in his statistical account of the parish, completed in November 1838.
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New Cumnock Heritors 1833
- 01. John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute
- 02. Mary McQueen Thomson Honyman
- 03. David Snodgrass Buchanan Esq. of Cunninghamhead
- 04. Sir James Stuart-Menteth
- 05. Sir John Andrew Cathcart, 5th Baronet of Carleton
- 06. Miss Ann Gordon-Stewart and Miss Grace Gordon-Stewart
- 07. Colonel the Hon. Frederick McAdam Cathcart of Craigengillan
- 08. James Cuthbert of Dalleagles Esq.
- 09. George Ranken of Whitehill Esq.
- 10.William McTurk of Polquhirter
- 11.William Howatson of Craigdarroch
- 12. John Cathcart of Glenoch Esq.
- 13. William Hylsop of Blackcraig, Esq.
- 14. Alexander Farquhar Crawford of Pencloe Esq., Writer to the Signet
- 15. Thomas Hunter of East Polquhirter
- 16. John Allan of Westland
- 17. John Gemmell of North Boig
- 18. William Farquhar of Riggfoot
- 19. William Campbell of Dalhanna
- 20. John Douglas Boswell of South Boig