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John Edmund Drummond
Rear Admiral Royal Navy
Served in many seas. Torpedoed, awarded Italian Medal for Valour.
Stephen Belford McLeod
Royal Scots Greys, Gordon Highlanders
France, Wounded Twice at Loos and Neuve Chapelle
Alan David Greenhill Gardyne
Lieutenant Colonel, Gordon Highlanders
Home. France. And with the Army of Occupation on the Rhine.
James Niven
Northumberland Fusiliers
Gallipoli, Died on 19th September 1915 of wounds in action, buried at sea
James Buchanan Hair
Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, Black Watch, Dragoon Guards
Gallipoli. Egypt. France; Wounded in France at Villers Brettoneux
David Crabb Low
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Gordon Highlanders
France and Belgium. Wounded at The Somme
Robert McLaren
Corporal, Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, Black Watch
France and Belgium. Wounded
Charles Leitch Crighton
The Gardens, Finavon
Motor Transport of Army Service Corps
France and Belgium and with The Army of Occupation on the Rhine
James Seaton
Black Watch
France. Killed in action at the Somme. 25th December 1916
Donald John Crighton
The Gardens, Finavon
Sergeant. Medical Corps of American Army
Thomas Seaton
Lance Corporal, Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, Black Watch
France. Killed in action at Meteren, 19th July 1918
William Robertson Crighton
The Gardens, Finavon
Black Watch
France and Belgium. Killed in action at Zonnebeke, 28th September 1917
Edward Lee
Black Watch
Home and in Ireland
John Hay
Scottish Horse, Black Watch
France. Wounded at The Somme
William Masterton
Royal Scots
France and Belgium. Wounded
Alfred Stewart Birse
Hillside of Finavon
Black Watch, Royal Scots
France. Wounded and lost right arm at Arras
William Miller Mackie
Calgary Canadians
France. Killed in action at Ypres 2nd June 1916
Edward G.M.S. Campbell
Woodside of Finavon
Mounted Rangers of Canada
France and Belgium. Wounded and later prisoner of war.
Andrew Coutts Paterson
Easter Oathlaw
Canadian Mounted Rifles
France and Belgium. Killed in action at Ypres, 2nd June 1916
Alexander Batchelor
Formerly of Birkenbush
Lance Corporal Machine Gun Section of Canadian Army. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
France. Killed in action at St. Olle. 29th September 1918
Frank Patterson
Easter Oathlaw
Cameron Highlanders of Canada
France and Belgium. Killed in action near Amiens 8th August 1918
Alexander Batchelor Munro
Motor Transport of Army Service Corps
France & Belgium and with The Army of Occupation on the Rhine
David Booth Patterson
Easter Oathlaw
Canadian Infantry
France. Died on 14th August 1918 of wounds in action near Amiens
John White
Kennel Cottage, Finavon
Gordon Highlanders 15th Battalion Machine Gun Corps
France and Belgium
Charles Hunter Patterson
Easter Oathlaw
Highland Light Infantry of Canada
France. Wounded near Amiens 11th August 1918.
David White
Kennel Cottage, Finavon
Black Watch
France. Killed in action at Arras 1st April 1917
William Wilkie
Scottish Horse, Imperial Camel Corps.
Dardanelles, Palestine. Wounded beyond the Jordan. Mentioned in despatches
James Dryden
Kennel Cottage, Finavon
Cameron Highlanders of Canada
France and Belgium
James Wilkie Milne
Braehead of Finavon
Black Watch
France. Egypt. Palestine. Wounded at the Somme. Killed in action near Jerusalem 6th November 1917
Joseph Greham Leiper
Haughs of Finavon
Black Watch
France. Wounded at Arras
David Robb Milne
Braehead of Finavon
Sergeant, Highland Light Infantry.
France and Belgium
George Young Wilson
Gunner, Siege Battery R.G.A.
France & Belgium and with The Army of Occupation on the Rhine. Wounded twice at Somme & Arras
William Wilkie Milne
Braehead of Finavon
Black Watch
France. Wounded
John Young Wilson
Royal Scots
France and Belgium and Egypt
John Wilkie Milne
Braehead of Finavon
Black Watch
Victor Low Gibson
Old toll house, Finavon
Lovat Scouts, Cameron Highlanders
Egypt, Salonika, France. Wounded at Salonika
Lindsay Wilkie Milne
Braehead of Finavon
Labour Corps.
Home and with The Army of Occupation on the Rhine
George McLeish McGregor
Gordon Highlanders. Scottish Rifles
France. Killed in Action at Meteren 14th April 1918
David Kerr
Gunner, Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
France and Belgium
John Carr Robertson B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., D.P.H.
Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps
Malta, Egypt, Palestine
John Duncan Kerr
Stretcher Bearer, Cameron Highlanders of Canada
David Robertson
Royal Scots
France and Belgium, Killed in Action at Croisilles. 22nd March 1918
John Ritchie Thomson
Oathlaw Schoolhouse
City of London Civil Service Rifles and R.A.M.C.
Home and France. Wounded
James Watt
Black Watch, Scottish Horse
France and with Army of Occupation on the Rhine
Alexander Ramsay
Sergeant, Scottish Horse, The King's African Rifles.
Nyasaland. Died on active service at Luambala, Africa 28th March 1918.
Alexander Ferrier
Oathlaw Cottage
Mechanic, 23rd Infantry of American Army
France. Killed in action at The Somme.3rd October 1918. Awarded medal & Star
William Cruickshanks
Black Watch
France. Wounded and lost right arm at The Somme
Eliza Bisset Harrower
The Gardens, Finavon
Scottish Woman's Land Army
Home Service
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When I was talking to someone from the church the other day she was saying how she had been inspired by her enforced ‘lockdown’ to do some painting of the nature around her. I said how nice it would be to be able to see her art work when we are able to meet again.
That made me think of all the other people in church and our community who are in lockdown and may be using their talents to pass the time during this extraordinary situation, to make things, paint, draw, write, take photographs, etc., and I thought it would be wonderful to have an exhibition of all the things we did during this time once the situation is over and we can all gather together, a bit like the essay ‘What I did during the summer holidays’ that the children do when they return to school after the summer holidays!
I challenge you to think about what you could do during this enforced lockdown. If you are gardening, could you do a photo diary of how your garden progresses over the next few months? If you can write poetry or inspiring prayers – could you save them for us to read? Perhaps you paint or draw, or enjoy colouring in these beautiful patterns we have available nowadays. (I have some on pdf - should anyone wish me to forward them to you by post or email please let me know). Maybe you knit, crochet, do patchwork or embroidery? Maybe you make beautiful cards, or items with paper and card or glass?
Obviously at this stage we cannot say when we would have an exhibition in Tannadice church, but this will be arranged and intimated once this coronavirus situation has passed and life gets back to normal – it would give us an opportunity also to catch up with friends and neighbours over a cup of tea/coffee and a cake whilst embracing and admiring the talents of our friends and the community around us.
I hope that we all stay safe and healthy during this time and look forward to seeing everyone again once this crisis has passed. Please remember that you can contact myself, the minister or any of the Elders in the meantime for a chat or if you have any concerns.
God bless and take care.
Elizabeth Bridson
Session Clerk, Oathlaw Tannadice Church.
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Reply - Tannadice
Reply - Oathlaw
1. When was the school established?
1. I have no means of ascertaining.
1. Have no means of ascertaining, but presume that it was established soon after the Reformation and the establishmentof the Presbyterian church.
2. Is there any private endowment?
2. None.
2. None.
3. What has been the average number of scholars - in 1836? in 1837?
3. 1836 : Males, 27 ; females, 14; total, 41.
3. 1836: Males, 52 ; females, 29 ; total, 81.
1837 : Males, 31 ; females, 18; total, 49.
1837: Males, 49 ; females, 33 ; total, 82.
N.B. The average number at one given time in school is 46; the school-room would not contain more.
4. Are there any boarders and how many?
4. None.
4. None.
5. What number of rooms in the teacher's house?
5. Four, including kitchen.5
5. Four extremely small rooms, including the kitchen; the height of the room is not above six feet.
6. Do children attend the school without reference to the religious persuasion of their parents?
6. Yes.
6. They do.
7. Between what periods of age do children usually attend the school?
7. Between 5 and 14.
7. Between 5 and 14.
8. What is the average period of the continuance of their attendance?
8. About 3 years.
8. Rather less than a quarter in each of the nine years of average attendance.
9. Is a Sunday School or class taught?
9. Yes; by the minister of the parish.
9. The clergyman of the parish and one of the elders keep a Sunday-school during the summer season.
10. Is a playground attached to the school?
10. No.
10. Not since 1835.
11. Is the school periodically inspected and by whom?
11. Yes; by a committee of the Presbytery.
11. By a committee of the Presbytery of Forfar. The school is also at all times open to the inspection of the clergyman of the parish.
12. Are the scholars periodically examined and by whom?
12. Yes; by the teacher in presence of the committee.
12. By the teacher, in presence of a committee of the Presbytery of Forfar.
13. What number of teachers?
13. One.
13. One.
14. What is the quali?cation required by the teacher?
14. That he he qualified to teach English, writing, arithmetic, mathematics, and Latin.
14. That he be qualified to teach in the most approved manner English in all its departments,writing, arithmetic, mathematics, geography,Latin, Greek and French.
15. Where was the present teacher educated?
15. At the parochial school of Kirriemure; afterwards at King's College, Aberdeen, and College of St. Andrew's.
15. At a parochial school in the country; at the public schools in Aberdeen; and lastly, at the Marischal College and University, Aberdeen.
16. When was he appointed?
16. In 1824.
16. 5th June 1833.
17. Has he any other occupation or employment?
17. None.
17. None.
18. What is his salary?
18. 34.4s. 4; d. sterling.
18. 34.34. 4s. 4} d.
19. What are the rates of school fees?
19. 2s. 6d. per quarter for English ; 3s.6d. for writing; 4.s. 6d. for arithmetic; 7 s. 6d. for Latin.
19. 2 s. 6d. per quarter for reading ; 3 s. 6d. for writing ; 4 s. 6 d. for arithmetic ; 7s. for Latin ; 7 s. for French ; 1 0 s. 6d. for book keeping.
For other branches no additional fees are permitted by the heritors to be charged.
20. Is there any annual report on the state of the school made or published?
20. A report is annually drawn up by the committee of Presbytery, who inspect the school, but, so far as I know, is not published.
20. Drawn up by the committee of Presbytery, who inspect the school, but (so far as I know) is never published.
21. What is the general system of instruction pursued?
21. The intellectual system principally.
21. The intellectual system principally, with such parts of other systems as seem to me to be real improvements.
22. What books are used?
22.English.-Lennie's A, B, C, and Ladder; the Irish National School-books; Lennie's Grammar.
22 English.--Campbell's First and Second Instructor, the Irish National School-books,McCulloch's Series of Lessons, Lennie's Grammar.
Latin.-Ruddinan's Rudiments, Grammatical Exercises, Mair's Introduction, Eutropius, Cornelius Nepos, Caesar, Horace, Virgil, Livy, Etc.
Latin. - Ruddiman's Rudiments, Ferguson's Grammatical Exercises, Mair's Introduction, Melvin's Grammar, Ainsworth's Dictionary, Eutropius, Cornelius Nepos, Caesar, Horace, Virgil, Livy, Etc.
Modern Languages.-French only taught; Levizac's Grammar and Dictionary, Surenne's Manual, Buquet's Cours de Litterature, Telemaque, History of Charles XII., Elizabeth.
Arithmetic.-Gray's, Ingram's, Davidson's.
Mathematics. - Ingram's Concise System, Euclid.
Geography.-Murray's Catechism of Geography,Reid's.
Arithmetic.-Straton's Parochial Arithmetic, Davidson's Arithmetician's Guide, Gray's
Religious.-The Bible.
Geography.-Murray's, Stewart's, Ewing's, Ewing's Atlas, Reid's Atlas, Etc.
Catechism. - The Assembly's Shorter Catechism, Willison's Mother's Catechism.
History.-Simpson's Epitomes of the History of Scotland, England, Greece and Rome.
Catechism.-The Shorter Catechism of the Church, with and without Proofs; Willison's
23. Is singing taught?
23. No.
23. Occasionally by another teacher, whose profession is to teach music in different parts of the country.
24. Is drawing taught?
24. No.
24. No.
25. What are the hours of attendance in school?
25. Summer, 9 to 5, with 1 hour's interval;
25. Summer, 9 to half-past 12, half-past 1 to 4;
Winter, half-past 9 to 4, with half an hour's interval.
Winter, half-past 9 to 1, half-past 1 to half-past 3.
26. What are the periods and duration of the vacation?
26. Six weeks in harvest, and 2 or 3 days at Christmas.
26. Six weeks in harvest and 10 days at Christmas.
27. What is the system of instruction pursued? Sessional School, Edinburgh.
27. Wide Answer to Query 21.
27. See No. 21.
28. Are the scholars taught in classes?
28. Yes.
28. Yes.
29. Are they taught separately?
29. Yes.
29. Yes.
30. Are monitors employed?
30. No.
30. No.
31. Is instruction afforded in gardening, agriculture or any mechanical occupation?
31. No.
31. No.
32. What rewards are held out?
32. Commendation and promotion in their respective classes.
32. Commendation and promotion in their classes.
33. What mode of punishment is adopted?
33. The reverse of the above; with corporal punishment in cases of an aggravated nature.
33. The reverse of the above; with corporal punishment on the palm of the hand for gross immoralities, such as cursing, for heinous acts of disobedience and for determined trifling.
William Herald,
W. Simpson,
Reply - Tannadice
Reply - Oathlaw
The Scottish reformer John Knox (ca. 1505-1572) was one of the most celebrated followers of John Calvin and became the chief force in the introduction and establishment of the Presbyterian form of Calvinism in Scotland.
The Scotland of John Knox's time was used to reform movements. Long before Martin Luther's theses of 1517, men were executed for importing the doctrines of John Wyclif and John Hus. During Knox's adolescence he could not but be aware of the agitation for an evangelical Christianity abroad in the land.
The day and even the year of Knox's birth is disputed. The best estimate is probably 1505. His prosperous peasant father, William Knox, sought to prepare him for the priest-hood. His autobiographical writings leave doubt over his early education. It is certain that Knox attended a university, either Glasgow or St. Andrews, but did not earn a degree. After ordination in 1532 he returned to Haddington, the region of his birth.
Conversion to Protestantism
Knox's conversion to Protestantism seemingly occurred between 1543 and 1546. In 1543 he was loyally serving the Catholic Church under the archbishop of St. Andrews. He styled himself "minister of the sacred altar." By 1546 he was vigorously defending the reformer George Wishart, who had introduced Swiss Protestantism into Scotland with his translation of the First Helvetic Confession in 1543 and impressed many before being executed for heresy in 1546.
The following year David Beaton, the cardinal responsible for Wishart's arrest, was murdered. Knox, hearing of the deed, eagerly joined the murderers in the castle of St. Andrews and, after protesting his unworthiness, became their preacher, thereby making his revolt from Rome complete and courting death. Curiously enough, his voluminous writings give no clue as to what transformed him in such a short time from a Catholic priest to a fiery, sword-bearing Protestant. For fiery Knox was, denouncing the Catholic Church as a "synagogue of Satan" and the beast of the Apocalypse. While the castle trembled with spiritual thunder, the French laid siege, eventually capturing the occupants and making them galley slaves.
After 19 months Knox emerged in February 1549, his body intact, his spirit unbroken, and his Protestantism strengthened.
The release of Knox and his comrades may have been engineered by the new Protestant regency in England. In any case Knox took a paid position as preacher there. His popularity grew rapidly. In 1551 he was made chaplain to the king and in 1552 declined a bishopric. He worked to rid the religious services of all vestiges of Catholic ritual and to fix austerity of worship firmly in English Protestant doctrine. This made his life precarious when the fanatically Catholic Mary Tudor acceded to the throne in 1553.
The following year Knox left England, wandered for a time, and unknowingly took the most important step of his career by moving to Geneva.
Calvin's Influence
In the "Bible Commonwealth," Knox came to believe fully in Calvinism, in the right of the true church to impose strict rules of conduct and belief on the individual, and in the right of the people to rebel against a civil authority that attempts to enforce adherence to a false doctrine. He called Calvin's Geneva "the most perfect school of Christ that ever was on earth since the days of the apostles."
On a trip to Scotland in 1555, then under a regency in preparation for the reign of Mary Stuart, Knox organised Protestant congregations and preached quietly. After he left under pressure, in 1556, an ecclesiastical court burned him in effigy. Back in Geneva he worked effectively as pastor of an English congregation.
Calvinism suited his austerity, and Knox preached with certitude that those not of his and Calvin's church were damned for eternity and that no Christian love was due them.
Since they were sons of Satan, one could take joy in hating them, revelling over the prospect of their damnation, and even cheating and deceiving them. Knox saw himself as the prophet of a biblical society in which virtuous priests would guide men, and statesmen would be bound by the precepts of the Bible.
Knox's Writings
While he was at Geneva, Knox's pen was busy. His admonitions and letters to followers in England and Scotland are filled with burning condemnations of the Roman Church, a "harlot … polluted with all kinds of spiritual fornication," and of its priests, who were "pestilent papists" and "bloody wolves." His best-known work, History of the Reformation of Religion within the Realm of Scotland, is more polemic than history.
Preaching in the Reformed manner was forbidden in Scotland in 1559, and on May 2 Knox arrived in Edinburgh. Pursued as a criminal, he managed to remain free and become the architect of a new Scottish church. Under his guidance, Catholicism, the regency, and French influence were repudiated, and in 1560 a democratic form of church structure in which congregations elected their ministers and elders was adopted.
Under these conditions it is not surprising that Mary, Queen of Scots, a Catholic reared in France, found Scotland uncongenial soon after her arrival in 1561. Since Catholic worship was forbidden, Mary's private Masses had to be defended with the sword. In 1568 she was driven from Scotland in the midst of a scandal; Knox was in the forefront of her pursuers.
Death took the reformer on Nov. 24, 1572. Knox was a small man but of immense physical and moral strength. He was not without contradictions in his work and his life. Although an authoritarian, he did more to stimulate the growth of democracy than any man of his age. He left an independent Scotland under a severe but democratically elected church.
Cardinal David Beaton lived from 1494 to 29 May 1546. He was Archbishop of St Andrews and the last Scottish Cardinal before the Scottish Reformation. A hugely powerful man, prominent in the turbulent politics of the day, he made many enemies and was assassinated at St Andrews.

David Beaton was born at Balfour, east of what is now Glenrothes in Fife in 1494. He received his education at the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, and at the age of 16 was sent to Paris to study law. He first became involved in politics at the French court, but returned to Scotland on being given an ecclesiastical appointment by his uncle, James Beaton, the Archbishop of Glasgow.
In 1522 Beaton was appointed Abbot of Arbroath Abbey by his uncle: on the condition that half the very large income this brought with it should continue to go to his uncle. At around the same time, he met Marion Ogilvy, who would become his wife in all but name until his death. With his innate ability and his uncle's influence, Beaton rapidly rose to power. He was sent by James V as Ambassador to France on a number of occasions, and in 1528 he was appointed Keeper of the Privy Seal.
In 1537 Beaton had a key role in arranging the marriage between James V and Madeleine, daughter of King Francois I of France, in Paris. After Madeleine's subsequent death, Beaton helped arrange James V's second marriage, to Marie de Guise, Madeleine's adopted sister. In 1538, on the death of his uncle, Beaton became Archbishop of St Andrews. And on 20 December that year he was made a Cardinal by Pope Paul III.
By 1540, Cardinal Beaton was one of James V's most trusted advisers, and it was largely down to his influence that Scotland became more closely aligned with France and more distant from Henry VIII and England. James V died on 14 December 1542, leaving as his heir the six day old Mary Queen of Scots. Beaton immediately produced a document dated on the day of the King's death and supposedly signed by him, which appointed Beaton and others as Regents for the young Queen. On 10 January 1543 Beaton appointed himself Chancellor of Scotland.
By now Scotland was deeply torn between those, led by Cardinal Beaton and Marie de Guise, who wanted a closer alliance with France and the maintenance of the Catholic faith: and those who felt the young Queen offered an opportunity through marriage to forge a closer alliance with Henry VIII's Protestant England. Chief among the latter was the Earl of Angus, James V's hated stepfather and second husband of Margaret Tudor, who on his return to Scotland from England after James' death had Beaton arrested for the alleged forging of the King's will. The Scottish Parliament appointed Beaton's long term enemy, the Earl of Arran, to be Governor of the Kingdom and Regent for Mary Queen of Scots.
Negotiations started with Henry VIII about marriage between Mary and his young son, Prince Edward. But Henry VIII overplayed his hand, demanding far too many concessions from Scotland in return, and reminding too many Scots of the behaviour of Edward I, 250 years earlier. Although formal treaties were signed at Greenwich in July 1543, the result was an upsurge in the popularity of the French faction and the release of Beaton from prison. At the same time Mary's French mother, Marie de Guise, took possession of the infant and had her crowned Queen.
In December 1543 the Scottish Parliament took advantage of the failure of the English Parliament to ratify the Greenwich Treaties, and repudiated them. At the same time it reasserted the alliance with France and re-appointed Beaton as Chancellor of Scotland: and at his insistence renewed harsh penalties for heresy. Henry VIII's response came in May 1544, an invasion since known as the rough wooing. Although Henry's invasion increased public support for the French faction in Scotland, especially for Marie de Guise, Beaton himself came to be widely blamed for provoking it.
Cardinal Beaton was not a widely admired man anyway. He had achieved much of his power by the patronage of his uncle, and had no qualms about using the great wealth of the church as if it were his own. His private life was not what one might expect of a Cardinal either. By a steady stream of mistresses he had fathered some 20 illegitimate children, many of whom he had later appointed to well paid positions in the Church. For many, including the likes of John Knox, Beaton came to personify everything that was corrupt and in need of change in the Church.
Beaton's downfall was in pursuing protestant "heretics" just a little too hard, at a time when his popularity rating was already falling fast. First he arrested a Friar called John Rogers who had been preaching "heretical" doctrine in Angus. He was imprisoned in the infamous bottle dungeon at Beaton's seat of power, St Andrews Castle. Here Rogers sadly "died while trying to escape": possibly the first time that euphemism had ever been used. In December 1545, Beaton arrested George Wishart, a Protestant preacher and mentor of John Knox, who Beaton also believed to be an English spy. After a show trial prosecuted by Scotland's Public Accuser of Heretics (and Beaton's secretary) John Lauder, Beaton had Wishart burned at the stake in front of St Andrews Castle on 1 March 1546.
The Protestant response was equally savage. At dawn on 29 May 1546 a group of Protestant lairds from Fife entered St Andrews Castle pretending to be stonemasons. As they entered, they passed Marion Ogilvy, leaving the castle. The Cardinal was dragged out of his bedchamber, stabbed to death, mutilated, then hung from a castle window, in full view of the town of St Andrews. St Andrews Castle then became a gathering place for Protestants from all over the country, including John Knox, who held it in defiance of Marie de Guise's troops. They had hoped for support from Henry VIII, but none came. Instead French naval vessels arrived to bombard the castle, which surrendered on 31 July 1547. Meantime the remains of Cardinal Beaton, pickled in a barrel of brine, had resided in the dungeon into which he had thrown John Rogers.
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