PARISH OF ABDIE.
THE PARISH OF ABDIE, which contains a suburb of the post-town of Newburgh, (Mount Pleasant) is situated on the north-west corner of the County among the Ochil hills. It is bounded on the west by the parishes of Newburgh and Abernethy, on the north by the Firth of Tay, and on the east and south by the parishes of Flisk, Dunbog, Monimail, Collessie, and Auchtermuchty. Two portions of it are separated form the main body by the intervention of the parishes of Newburgh and Dunbog. The whole, if compact, might form an area of about six miles by four. The surface is a varied succession of hill and dale, containing about 8000 acres, three-fourths of which are under cultivation, and the remainder consists of wood and coarse waste pasture, extensively covered with heath and furze: the best land is rich alluvium along the Tay. The highest ground is Norman's Law, "the hill of the northern man," situated in the eastern isolated portion, rising to the height of 850 feet above the' level of the sea, and commanding a fine view of the vale of Eden, the Firth of Tay, and the Carse of Gowrie. The Loch of Lindores, near the centre of the Parish, is a beautiful sheet of water, nearly a mile in length, covering about seventy acres, and fed by a small stream called Priest's Burn, which never freezes, and never dries up, and discharges its waters by a rivulet of about two miles in length, into the Tay, a short way below Newburgh. The Lake abounds in pike, perch, eels, and aquatic fowls; and the stream which flows from it drives several valuable Mills- saw-mill, bone-mill, and corn mills. The most remarkable mansion is Inchrye House, a Gothic structure, with turrets and battlements, situated a little to the east of the Loch of Lindores, and figuring conspicuously in some of the finest views of the Parish. The house of Lindores is also a picturesque object. The village of Lindores, near the foot of the Loch, is a place of great antiquity, and it contains some vestiges of a castle, which is said to have belonged to McDuff, the first Thane of Fife. Balfour relates that, in the vicinity of this castle, a battle was fought between the Scots under Wallace, and the English, in June, 1300, in which the latter sustained a loss of 3000 killed, and 500 prisoners ; and Blind Harry states that, after the battle, Wallace and his companions retired to the castle. There is also a village called Grange of Lindores. Mount Pleasant, the suburb of Newburgh, has almost been wholly built since 1831; its inhabitants are chiefly weavers, engaged in the linen manufacture. In the rest of the Parish the inhabitants are either employed in agricultural pursuits, or tradesmen who are employed by those engaged in agriculture.
The Parish is traversed for a short way by the Perth fork of the Edinburgh, Perth, and Dundee Railway, and enjoys ready access to communication by that railway, and by the Tay steam boats. There is a station for coal, lime, &c., at Glenburnie, and the railway station for Newburgh is also in the parish.
The Parish Church is a plain building, with a pillared belfry, overlooking the Loch at Lindores; there is also a Free Church for Abdie and Newburgh. In addition to the Parish School, there are Private Schools at Mount Pleasant and Lindores.
POST TOWN, Newburgh, with a Sub-Office at Lindores, Thomas Cairns, Sub-Post Master.- A runner leaves Newburgh about 9 A.M. for Dunbog, and delivers on the way at the villages of Glenburnie, Grange, and Lindores. The runner leaves Dunbog at 1 P.M., and delivers and receives on his way back to Newburgh.
Brown, Thomas, Grange
Clunie, Thomas, do
Edmeston, Robert, Ayton
Edmeston, James, (& Veterinary Surgeon) Lindores
Gibb, John, Burnside
BOOT & SHOEMAKERS.
Gairns, Thomas, Lindores
Moncrieff, George, Glenburnie
Duncan, John, Parish Church, Abdie
Harris, David, of Fearn, Mount Pleasant
Murray, John, Free Church, Lindores
Russell, Archibald, 2d U. P. Church, Newburgh, Mount Pleasant
Young, John, 1st U. P. Church, Newburgh, Mount Pleasant
Anderson, Mrs, Mount Pleasant
Gray, Alice, Grange
Angus, William, North Grange
Buist, George, Ormiston
Buist, James, Braeside
Ballingall, George, Ayton
Beckett, John, Woodhead
Cunningham, George, Carneyhall
Cunningham, George, Woodmill
Christie, William, Mains of Lindores
Cockburn, John, Braeside, Inchrye
Dun, George, Grange
Duncan, John, Denmill
Gardner, James, Lumbenny
Gray, Mrs John, Lindores
Jackson, James, Woodmill
Main, John, Whitefield
Pitcairn, John, Kinnaird
Russell, A. W., Parkhill
Tod, James, Dunmuir & Blinkbonny
GENTRY & PEOPLE OF INDEPENDENT MEANS.
Buist, A. W., Greenbank
Buist, Henry, Berryhill
Edmeston, David, Lindores
Lawson, James, Mount Pleasant
Maitland, Lady, Lindores House
Wilson, Captain James, Inchrye
Those marked thus* are also Spirit Dealers.
Brabner, William, Mount Pleasant
Clunie, Thomas, do
Clunie, Thomas, Grange
Dougal, James, Glenburnie
Forbes, Mrs D., do
* Gardner, Henry, Glenburnie
Lockhart, Robert, Lindores
Sinclair, Margaret, Mount Pleasant
Wylie, Peter, do
JOINERS & WRIGHTS.
Kellock, Alexander, Lindores
Patterson, James, Grange
Pottie, Alex., Brewrie, Mount Pleasant
Wilkie, David, Lindores
Craig, Robert, (Corn) Newmill
Curr, Wm., (Flour & Corn) Craigmill
Duncan, John, (Corn) Denmill
TEACHERS & SCHOOLS.
Black, Mrs, (Music) Mount Pleasant
Cameron, John, Parish School, Grange
Sowes, Catherine, Lindores
Those marked thus* are also Clothiers
*Blyth, David, Lindores
Wood, W. I., do
Birkett, James, Molecatcher, Abdie
Boyd, David, Coal Agent, Glenburnie
Becket, Wm., Land Surveyor, Woodhead
Kellock, Alex., Auctioneer & Appraiser, Lindores
Kirkcaldy, Wm., Wood Merchant & Saw-Miller, Glenburnie
Laing, Henry, Thatcher, Lindores
McQueen, Mrs, Milliner, Mount Pleasant
Pringle, James, Millwright, Glenburnie
Smith, Henry, Mason, Lindores
Carrachan, John, Excise Officer, Mount Pleasant
Storrar, Henry, Farmer, Lumbenny
Gardner, James, Farmer, Lumbenny
For Sowes, Catherine, Teacher, Lindores, read Catherine Soues