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Transcribing the kirk session records: the parish of Dailly

In this step you will utilise your new skills in order to transcribe an extract from the kirk session records of Dailly.

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The parish

The parish of Dailly is situated in the county of Ayr. From 1929 to 1937 it was known as Dailly St Machar’s, but was united with the former United Free Church of Dailly St. Columba’s in 1937 and known again as Dailly.

The Church of Scotland kirk session sat within the presbytery of Ayr and, until 1929, the synod of Glasgow and Ayr. Thereafter it sat within the synod of Ayr.


The extract dates from 1724 and is an example of the gradual shift in handwriting from the secretary hand to the running hand of the eighteenth century.




(NRS, Parish of Dailly, CH2/392/1/66)

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