You are probably right, John, about my source...I was reading books online
and surfing the web. The joys of ageing braincells!! I believe that it was
Baillie Fulton who owed Archibald I £400. From memory, there is a Fulton in
the family tree....I shall have to check this.
Archibald was actually very generous towards the poor, if his Will is
anything to go by. He left money for a school for children who were too
poor to otherwise receive an education. Oh, and money for a hospital.
Cheers, Lynne. :))
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Humphrey" <humphreyjohn(a)rogers.com>
Cc: "'Mike Boyd'" <mikejboyd(a)bigpond.com>; "'Lynne
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 3:49 AM
Subject: Re: [AYR] Greenhill Farm - Knockentiber, Parish of Kilmaurs.
On 9/22/2012 3:51 AM, Linda Nordby wrote:
> Hello All,
> In addition to the information that Lynne has collected re Greenhill this
> may be of interest.
> James Paterson, the historian, relates that Greenhill Farm was then owned
> Bailie Finnie, an unpopular man, due to his officious handling of the
> radical disturbances of the time.
Don't want to flog this issue to death, but I think the Wikipedia entry
that you quote may be the source of Lynne's idea that Archibald Finnie
once owned Greenhill. Wikipedia actually slightly mangles the facts.
James Paterson 's Autobiographical Reminiscences p 131 says that Greenhill
belonged "to one of the Bailies" and that, during the Meal Riot there,
Bailie Finnie took sole command of the constables, because his "colleague
.. proprietor of Greenhill .. was an interested party ..[and stayed] ..out
of sight". On the next page p132 Paterson makes it clear that this
colleague was "Bailie Fulton of Greenhill", and that it was he (not
Finnie) who "was by no means popular in Kilmarnock, chiefly owing to his
officiousness during the radical disturbances.."
Actually, I've long been interested in this 1826 meal riot, and its
various versions. I have a copy [from NAS] of the long & detailed
transcript of the trial of those apprehended - the precognition in
Kilmarnock, then the Circuit Court session in Ayr. The 5 supposed
ringleaders (James Begbie, James Dunn, George McConnell, James Maitland
and James Humphrey) were sentenced to 9 months jail in Ayr Tollbooth.
James Humphrey, a radical weaver, was my 2xgreatgrandfather's brother.
The story about "Diehard" William Brown is not hinted at in the court
record, and may be a part-fictional piece of embroidery by Paterson.
By the way, many thanks for transcribing and posting the will of Archibald
I - fascinating.