Ref NoMS97
TitleSpeid of Forneth
HistoryThe estate of Forneth in Clunie and Caputh parishes, Perthshire was purchased by John Binny, sometime merchant in Madras in 1837. John Binny died unmarried in 1841and the estate was inherited by his brother-in-law, James Speid, writer and ex provost of Brechin and husband of Binny’s sister, Margaret. James Speid died in 1872, aged 92, and the estate was inherited by his daughters, Mary and Helen Speid. Mary died in 1874 leaving Helen as the sole owner of the estate until her death in 1903. As both Helen and Mary Speid died unmarried the estate passed to their nephew, James Speid, who was the son of their brother, William Speid. James took a keen interest in the estate, farming one of the farms himself and keeping a herd of highland cattle. He died in 1936.
DescriptionForneth estate farm scroll book, 1882-1887; Forneth estate farm accounts book, 1884; Forneth estate account book, 1857-1870; Forneth farm tenancy and rental payment book, 1880-1904; Letters, tacks, plans and other papers relating to the administration of Forneth Estate and its tenancies including papers relating to the farms and lands of Loaning, Tullyneddy, Stars, Wester Logie, Drumhead, Easter and Wester Roughstones, Cothill, Seefar, Croft, Quarryhill, Forehill, Milton, Williamsburgh, Drouthy Burn, Laighwood, Wyndend, 1807-1923
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