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Transcribing the kirk session records: the parish of Cramond

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

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The parish

The parish of Cramond is situated in the county of Midlothian. The parish originally incorporated Granton, Blackhall and Clermiston.

In 1801 parts of the parish were removed to form the parish in Dalmeny. In 1877 a church was erected at Granton and was granted quoad sacra status in 1889. In 1843 the minister and parts of the congregation joined the Free Church and formed Cramond Free Church (later Davidson’s Mains).

In 1900 a chapel of ease was built at Blackhall. It was erected as parish quoad sacra in 1922.

The Church of Scotland kirk session for Edinburgh Cramond sat within the Presbytery of Edinburgh and the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale.


The extract dates from 1689 and is a later example of the secretary hand.

While kirk session records are most often concerned with local affairs, this extract reflects on events at a national level.



(NRS, Parish of Cramond, CH2/426/3/1)

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