Sinclair records

a list of Sinclair records relating to Auchindrain

Argyll & Bute Council Archives FH13:
Rental of the Lands belonging to Dugald Clerk of Braleckan, 1752

Archibald McIlvory pays one quarter per tack

  • Silver rent £40-0sh-0d Scots
  • One Stone of Butter or £ 4-0-0
  • One two year old wedder £ 2-0-0
  • Six poultry & 6 dozen of eggs or £ 1-13-0
  • One veal or £ 0-18-0


Alexr McPhaidan & his mother pay for one quarter per tack as above £48-11-0

John McKellar pays for half a quarter of Tack

  • Of Silver Rent £20-0-0
  • Half a stone Butter or £ 2-0-0
  • One two year old wedder or £ 2-0-0
  • Three poultry & 3 dozen eggs £ 0-16-6
  • For half a veal £ 0-9-0


Alex McIlvoile pays of tack for an other half quarter thereof £25-5-6

Dugald McPhaidan pays for 1/2 a quarter of tack £25-5-6

John McNokaird pays for 1/2 a quarter of tack £25-5-6

John McPhaidan pays for the Croft of

  • Silver Rent of Tack £10-0-0
  • One two year old wedder £2-0-0
  • Fourt poultry & four dozen eggs or £1-2-0


Deduct the ffeu dutys of Auchindryen £78-10-10
NB Auchindryen tennants pay 480 loads peats valued in their Tacks at 2 pence Ster each load which is not Rent alled.

The following seems to indicate that the above mentioned John McNokaird may have had a son named John Sinclair

7 Feb 1752 -
NAS CH2/663/17 Inveraray Kirk Accounts 1739 - 1800 Pg 18

"It being reported to the session that Christine McCaill late servant to Duncan McIlvory in Braeleckan had sometime ago removed from this parish to the parish of Kilmartine with child and hearing that she had now again returned to the Parish ordered she should be asked to this Dyet who accordingly compeared confesses that she was delivered of a child about the middle of January last which child is since dead and that John Sinclair son to John Sinclair in Achindryen was father thereof. Upon which the session ordered their Officer to call the said John Sinclair (who was at the time in town) before them who likewise compearing acknowledged himself to be the father of the child then brought forth by her. The moderator having dealt with them both at a good length ordered her to enter upon profession of repentance publickly next Lords day."

Sheriff Court of Argyll: Processes of Removing 1702 - 1770 (compiled by Frank Bigwood)

Explanatory note: The legal basis for the process of removing lay in the act of the Scottish Parliament in 1555, which was modified in the 18th century by an act of Sederunt, (of the Court of Session of 1756).
A tenant was entitled to continue possession after expiry of his tack on a yearly basis until removed.
Pre-1756, it required a precept of warning published 40 days before Whitsun, delivered personally to the tenant and published in the parish church. Post-1756, a court action sufficed. It is probable that landlords used these procedures to enforce payment of rent, which may be the reason some tenants appear in court records in many different years.

1765 - 1766
Pg 78. - John Fisher, merchant in Inveraray agt tenants of Auchindrain
Archibald Sinclair … 2 Apr 1765

Pg 84. - James Campbell, agt tenants in Clenary and Auchindryen
Archibald Sinclair, tailor, tenant of the croft of Auchindryen, 21 Mar 1766

Duke of Argyll Census 1779
John Sinclair 36
Christian Sinclair his wife 38
Donald Sinclair their son 6
Archibald Sinclair their son 3
John Sinclair their son 1

** 25 March 1787**

John son lawful to Angus Sinclair and **Kathrine Munroe"" in Achendrean was born 24th and Baptized 25th March 17871