Friday, 25 March 2016

A Look At Ochtertyre Its Tenants And Holdings In 1865.





I have in my collection , the original Rental Book for Ochtertyre Estate near Crieff  covering the years 1865/ 1866 . That was some 150 years ago , and , as  you would expect , things  have, since then , changed more than a little ! In those far off days , the Laird  was Sir Patrick Keith Murray ( born 27 January 1835 ) and his  residence was Ochtertyre House built in 1785/1789 to the design of architect ,James McLeran . The Estate was a thriving source of income to the Murray family .  The Rental Book shows the holdings of the Estate  split into the three distinct areas all owned  by the  Murray family . These  were Ochtertyre itself ( to the  west of Crieff ) , Fowlis Wester (east of Gilmerton ) and Fowlis Easter  immediately  west of Dundee . The  Roll lists building leases , farms , holdings of labourers and cottars , grass parks and dwellings .


Rental Book for Ochtertyre Estate 1865/1866

Ochtertyre

A.  Building Leases

1.Hosh Farm , Mill and Distillery : John Wright’s Heirs

2.Burn House : Agnes MacGregor

3.Turretbank Sawmill : George Morgan

4.Hosh Excisemen’s Houses : John McCallum



B.  Labourers and Cottars



1.   Land at Quoig : Duncan Dewar

2.   Land ast Quoig :Peter Murray

3.   Land at Quoig : William Brown

4.   Land at Quoig : Benjamin Taylor

5.   Part of Monzievaird School Gardens : Monzievaird Heritors

6.   Granite Lodge Crieff :John McIntyre

7.   West Quoig Pendicle ( North ) : Peter McCallum

8.   West Quoig Pendicle ( South ) :Mrs Duncan McGregor

9.   Ground at House of Burn : Mrs Duncan McGregor

10.               Upper Quoig Pendicle : Daniel McIldowie

11.               Turret Enclosure : Georg Morgan

12.               Grass in wood at Turret ( for cutting ) : George Morgan

13.               Bleach field Island: George Morgan

14.               Oakbank : Duncan Alexr. Campbell

15.               Old Bridge of Turret House & Garden : Ann Halley

16.               Old Bridge of turret House & Garden : William McRorie

17.               Cauldhame : Robert Wilson

18.               Laggan Quarry : Alex. McNeill & Wm Baynet& Son

19.               Locjhend House :James Duff

20.               Badoochalloch: Misses Keay



C.  Farms

1.   Carroglen : George McFarlane and his heirs

2.   Currochs Smithy : Andrew McGregor

3.   Old Glebe : Andrew McGregor

4.   Laggan :Lauchlaan McPherson

5.   Glenturret Farm : Peter McCallum

6.   Monzievaird Brae :Archd. & Donald Campbell

7.   Locherlour : James & Alex Kemp

8.   Locherlour :Donald Campbell

9.   Hill& Mains of Callander :McCulloch & McAra

10.       Mains of Callander : McCulloch & McAra

11.       Hosh Land & Mills : George Morgan

12.       Culcrieff : James Rait

13.       Culcrieff Upper |Wood & Grazing : James Rait

14.       Culcrieff Lower Wood & Grazing : James Rait

15.       Galvelbeg Field : John Herron

16.       Grass Parks : Sundries ** ( see below )

17.       Glenturret Lodge & Shooting : Robert W Draper Esq.

18.       Carroglen Shooting : Colonel Reeves

Grass Parks ( 16 above ) : Season 1865

1.   East Ledbowie : William Cousin , Dunblane

2.   Mid Ledbowie : Thomas Thomson , Muckhart

3.   West Ledbowie : Peter McCallum ,Glenturret

4.   South Ballintra : John McCulloch , Stonefield

5.   East Ballintra:Thomas Thomson

6.   West Ballintra :Donald Lamont , Carsehead

7.   Churchfield South:John Killen , Tirchardie

8.   Churchfield North :Andrew Rodgie , Gilmerton

9.   East Tomintoshach: I & I McIsaac, Monzie

10.               West Tomintosach : I & I McIsaac , Monzie

11.               Lurigan : Peter Donaldson ,Crieff

12.               Clush : John Philips,Dalchonzie

13.               Garden Park : Peter McAinsh , Woodburn

14.               Lochside : Thomas Thomson

15.               Greenend : Donald Campbell, Monzievaird

16.               Turret Haughs : Donald Campbell, Monzievaird

17.               West Park : John McIvor , Muckhart

18.               Lower Kinlochan : Duncan McInnes , Cowden

19.               Upper kinlochan : Andrew McGregor , Currochs

20.               Middlethird : John McCallum , Findoch.

Fowlis Wester

1.   Blairmore : James Buchan

2.   Burnsde Pendicle : Duncan Drummond

3.   Carsehead :Donald Lamont

4.   Drumphin: Robert Carmichael

5.   Forenaught: William Allan

6.   Newbigging : William Allan

7.   Westden : Heirs of Robert Buchan

8.   Castleton : Mr James Barclay

9.   Castleton : James Buchan Jun.

10.               Castleton : John McAra

11.               Castleton : John McKerchar

12.               Castleton: Mrs McKeich

13.               Wood Grazing : John McCallum

14.               Old Toll House of Gorthy : James Buchan Sen.



Fowlis Easter

Note ( March 2016): Fowlis Easter Castle

Despite the substantial rebuilding the Gray's sold the site in 1667 to Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre who occupied it until the eighteenth century. But around 1780 they shifted their main residence to Ochtertyre House leaving the castle abandoned until Sir Patrick Keith Murray extensively renovated and updated it in the mid-nineteenth century (another carved stone gives the date as 1862) to support farm workers on the adjacent estates. Later a modern extension was added to the north side of the Tower House whilst the cone shaped roof is also modern and unlikely to have represented the original design. Today the castle is a private residence with no public access.




1.   Mill and mill Lands : Henry Jack


2.   Berryhill : Mr John MCNaughton


3.   Northleys and Piperdam :Mr John McNaughton


4.   Binns: William Watson


5.   Binns : Benjamin Irving


6.   Crausley : Peter Bell


7.   Millhall :William Lawson


8.   Waulkmill : Andrew Yule


9.   Keithhall : Alexr William Miller


10.               Mains : Thomas Smith


11.               Muirloch :William Bell

12.               Thrawpart : Wm. & D Thomson

13.               Millhall Quarry : Smith & Ferguson

14.               Fowlis Shhoting & Keeper’s House :McKenzie Murray

15.               Fowlis Shooting & Keeper’s House : Wm Brand
16.               Fowlis Village : David Steel
17.               Fowlis Village : Thomas Moon

18.               Fowlis Village – Land : Thomas Moon

19.               Fowlis Village :A & H Matthew

20.               Ground Floor of Castle ( 3 rooms & 2 closets ) Mrs Turnbull

21.               1st Floor of Castle West ( Room & closet ) : R Moon

22.               1st Floor of Castle East End ( 2 Rooms & closet ) Peter Davidson

23.               2nd Floor of Castle West End ( 1 Room & closet ) : John Duncan
24.               2nd floor of Castle East End ( 2 Rooms & closet ) : John Duncan

25.               Ground Floor of North Wing of Castle ( Room & closet ) : Edward Inches

26.               1st Floor of North Wing of Castle ( 4 Rooms & closet ) : David Gibson

27.               2nd Floor of North Wing of Castle ( 1 Room & 4 closets ) : James Edward

28.               Ground Floor East of Castle ( Room & closet ( : Inspector of Poor

29.               Dovecot Cottage  : William Batchelor


 Rental Values /Income in 1865


1.   Ochtertyre : £ 4, 334: 18: 9

2.   Fowlis Wester :  £ 1, 778: 18:4

3.   Fowlis Easter : £ £ 4,210 :14 : 5

4.   Total Gross Income for the 3 parts of the Estate was
£ 10, 324 :11:6



Note : A simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say that the relative  value of this amount of  £ 10,324  in 2014 would be £881, 600 .





















1 comment:

  1. I came across this blog whilst researching my family tree and found it very interesting. My grandfather, uncle and cousin have Robertson as their middle name because my great grandmother was a Robertson. Her grandfather was a George Robertson who worked for the Murrays of Ochtertyre from 1805 to 1857. He lived in Fowlis Wester and had 6 children christened there (except for the first at Monzievaird in 1808). After his wife died in 1822 he soon married a recent widow Margaret Murray(nee). The 1841 and 1851 censuses have them residing at Easter Fowlis where he was Land Steward - they both died there in the 1850s according to a memorial in the churchyard. One of his sons Peter then became Land Steward at Fowlis Easter until his death.

    I would be interested to know whether you have come across this family in your research

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