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"Old James Gibb" obituary in The Glagow Herald



Wishaw. - Annals of the Parish. - Our obituary notice of the death of old James Gibb, of Cambusnethan, has caused a gentleman in the parish of Carluke, having in his possession a MS, in the handwriting of the Rev. Wm. Scot, to furnish us with the document. A few extracts will prove interesting as throwing light on the labours and remuneration of a dissenting minister 60 of 70 years ago. According to "Brown's Historical Sketches of the Parish of Cambusnethan," Mr William Scot was, in June 1775, ordained minister of the congregation worshipping at the Muirkirk, and continued for 36 years, till, by untoward circumstances  he deemed it expedient to demit his charge in the year 1811. The manuscript referred to has been kept partly as a private diary, partly as a memorandum of personal affairs, and partly as a register of marriages, diets of examinations, with the districts examined, together with the number of persons "examinable." The lsit of examinations commences in 1776, and continued in consecutive years till 1809. The following is an abstract respecting examinations, the names of the aggregate number being given in detail:-" A list of examinable persons in the Associate Congregation of Cambusnethan, Jan. 3, 1780. Mosspat quarter, 54 ; Muirmaillen quater, 75 ; Illshill (Yieldshill) quarter, 40 ; Lanark quarter, 32, Evertown (Overtown) quarter, 62 ; Dunty quarter, 54; Aughter Water quarter, 72 ; Gare quarter, 46 ; Stockwall quarter, 62 ; Calderhead quarter, 42 ; Stane quarter, 63 ; Crindledyke quarter, 40 ; Hyudshaw quarter, 52 ; elders, 13. The number of examinable persons in 1780 is 707." The marriages recorded from 1777 to 1810 number 175, and are arranged alphabetically, and under the letter "G" is the following:-" Jas. Gib & Agnus Marshall married Febr. 11th, 1805." The old minister's wardrobe is very minutely recorded on June 21, 1804. "The number of my linnen shirts - 1 doz. fine wide sleev'd," and the quality, where deposited, with the marks on the shirts, are all elaborately given in stenographic characters. "10 wide sleev'd" are deposited in the "2nd drawer of the desk." The old ones are "in the little drawer beneath the press next to the closest door." The monetary matters have also been regularly attended to. The entry for "stipend(?) in full" continues from 1786 till 1790, and again under date" Muir Kirk, Jany. 2d, 1804," till 21st June, 1811. A half-yearly entry is made as follows :-" Received from John Steel the sum of £25, as the full of my half-yearly stipend.-W. Scot." The whole of the MS from which the above extracts are taken is written in a clear, stiff hand, and on every page are inscribed, and frequently whole pages are filled with, stenographic characters. The remains of old James Gibb, whose death has called forth the above remarks, were interred on Wednesday last. The principal shops in the village were shut. The church bell (an unusual occurrence) was tolled for half an hour, and the coffin bearing the corpse was followed to the grave by upwards of 200 citizens and friends.

PlaceCambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Latitude55.77974099999999
Longitude-3.895238999999947
Linked toJames Gibb

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