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Eassie and Nevay

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"A united parish in the County of Angus, occupying part of the northern declevity of the Sidlaw Hills, and part of the valley of Strathmore; containg about 8 suqare miles, or 5120 square acres, about one half of which is cultivated. It is washed by the river Dean, and by two small rivulets. The soil is various, being a fertile loam and clay in the strath, degenerating in proportion to the elevation; a great part is enclosed and well cultivated .... A small vein of silver ore, too inconsiderable to be wrought, was discovered several years ago in the S E corner of Essie; and there is an excellent freestone quarry at the foot of the Sidlaw, the stone of which is of a light gray colour, and admits of a fine polish."

The Gazetteer of Scotland, W Chalmers, Dundee 1803.



There are two churchyards in the parish of Eassie and Nevay. Monumental Inscriptions of the Parish Churchyard of Nevay have been recorded fully in "Nevay Kirkyard," by Andrew Ramsay Nicoll, 1998, ISBN 1 873032 59 5, available from Tay Valley Family History Society.

Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions have also been recorded and can be found in "Pre-1855 Gravestone Inscriptions in Angus", edited by Alison Mitchell, Scottish Genealogy Society, 1979, ISBN 09010614. (Follow links to online shop, then memorial inscriptions, then Angus.)

The Monumental Inscriptions of the Parish Churchyard of Eassie has also been recorded by Alison Mitchell in "Pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions in Angus, Volume 1 Strathmore." Burial records for both churchyards are held at Angus recreation Services, County Buildings, Forfar.



All census returns for the parish of Eassie and Nevay are held at New Register House, Edinburgh and can be consulted there. The census returns have been microfilmed by the LDS church and the films numbers are:

1841 1042676
1851 1042223
1861 0103790
1871 0103946
1881 0203491
1891 0208718

Church History

Church History is dealt with in the following books:

  • "Strathmore Past & Present"
    by John G McPherson,
    Perth, 1885

  • "Description of the Parishes of Eassie and Nevay, 1728", in
    MacFarlane's Geographical Collections, vol I, pp227-78.


Church Records

Old Parish Records for the parish of Eassie & Nevay (284) are located in New Register House, Edinburgh. These have also been microfilmed by the LDS Church (Film number 0993426). The records contain:

289/1 b 1728-1819, m 1728-1813
289/2 b 1820-1854, m 1837-1854, m 1855-1861, register of neglected entries, 1820-1854

Births and marriages have been indexed.

The Kirk Session Records of Eassie and Nevay are held in the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh. Six volumes are at the SRO:

CH2/495/1 Minutes and Accounts, 1721-1755,
Accounts, 1721-1725
CH2/495/2 Minutes and Accounts, 1755-1759, 1802-1806
CH2/495/3 Minutes and Accounts, 1829-1841
Accounts, 1815-1876
CH2/495/4 Minutes, 1841-1929
CH2/495/5 Communion Roll, 1828-1906
CH2/495/6 Proclamations, 1873-1942

Civil Registration

All records of Civil Registration are held at New Register House, Edinburgh. Microfilm copies of births, deaths and marriages for the years 1855-1875, 1881 and 1891 have been filmed by the LDS church and can be ordered to any family history centre worldwide. Microfilm numbers for Births, Deaths and Marriages in Angus can be found on the Civil Registration page. It is necessary to know the parish number and this can be found on list of Angus parishes. PLEASE CHECK FILM NUMBERS BEFORE ORDERING.


Court Records

Details of Wills and Testaments can be found in Commissary Court Records. Persons from Eassie and Nevay can be registered in the Commissary Courts of St Andrews, Brechin, Dunkeld or Edinburgh. Indexes to these records have been published by the Scottish Record Society until 1800. Eassie and Nevay was in the Sheriffdom of Forfar and details of these records can be found on the Forfar Sheriff Court page. Records of the Commissary Courts and Sheriff Courts are held at the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh.


Description and Travel

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Emigration and Immigration

Population movement can often be very difficult to trace. There are a number of publications which can help trace individuals who may have emigrated from the county of Angus such as "Tay Valley People in North America", and "Tay Valley People in Australia" both published by Tay Valley Family History Society along with "The Scots Overseas: emigrants and adventurers from Angus and Perth" by David Dobson, 1996, St Andrews.



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Tay Valley Family History Society, based in Dundee which promotes genealogy in Angus, Perth, Fife and Kinross has published a number of books about genealogy in Angus, including regular Members Interests of research.



General History is dealt with in the following books:

  • "Strathmore Past & Present"
    by John G McPherson,
    Perth, 1885

  • "Description of the Parishes of Eassie and Nevay, 1728", in
    MacFarlane's Geographical Collections, vol I, pp227-78.

Additional information can also be found in the three Statistical Accounts.


Land and Property

Heritors Records. Papers relating to the ownership of church lands within the parish of Eassie and Nevay. Located at the Scottish Record Office.

Eassie and Nevay

HR 605/1 Minute Book, 1888-1928
HR 605/2 Account Book, 1884-1925
HR 605/3 Transfer of property to General Trustees,
Church of Scotland, 1925-1928
HR 605/4 Letter Book, 1892-1933
HR 605/5 Correspondence, 1892-1933

Forfeited Estates, 1754. Located at the Scottish Record Office, these papers relate to estate matters during the period that the Government administered the estates after the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion

Kinloch and Nevay

E 763/1 Rentals
E 763/2-5 Claims
E 763/6-8 Letters
E 763/9-12 Petitions and Armorials
E 763/13 Teinds
E 763/14-16 Sale of Estate
E 763/17 Miscellaneous
Factors Accounts and Vouchers
E 763/18 Baronies of Kinloch and Nevay
E 763/19 Barony of Kinloch
E 763/20 Barony of Nevay
E 763/21 Papers relating to Accounts


Year Population Year Population
1755 500 1861 748
1801 638 1871 586
1811   1881 561
1821   1891 553
1831   1901 474
1841   1911 486
1851 706