Reverend Mr. William Chirnside, Minister of the Gospel at Luss

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Reverend Mr. William Chirnside, Minister of the Gospel at Luss

Death: before March 01, 1600
Immediate Family:

Husband of Geiles Colquhoun
Father of Robert Chirnside of Over Possil; Archibald Chirnside of Over Possill; David Chirnside, Burgess of Glasgow and Samuel Chirnside

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About Reverend Mr. William Chirnside, Minister of the Gospel at Luss


Provost of the Collegiate Church of Bothwell; Provost of the Priory of Blantyre; Parson of Luss; Commissary of Glasgow. Said to be the first Protestant Minister of Blantyre; sometime Minister of Kilmahew; and thereafter Minister of Luss

Evidence from the Fasti of the Church of Scotland


Blantyre: William Chirnsyde, provost of the colliegiate church of Bothwell; exchanged that office for the Priory of Blantyre 3 September 1552. He conformed and was the first Protestant minister of the parish of Blantyre. Translated to Luss November 1572. Fasti III: 227


Kilmahew: William Chirnsyde, translated from Luss, with Bonhill, also in his charge in 1585; returned to Luss before 1588. Fasti III: 337


Luss: William Chirnsyde, translated from Blantyre, and entered at November 1572: translated to Kilmahew before 1585. Returned from Kilmahew, still minister in 1593; minister in 1594, still minister in 1597. He married, before 1573, Giles, second daughter of Sir John Colquhoun of Luss by his second wife, Margaret Cunningham. Fasti III: 359

Evidence from the Chiefs of Colquhoun and their Country


Colquhoun 1: 98


Colquhoun: I 134


Colquhoun I: 148


1 March 1600: Presentation of the parsonage and vicarage of the parish kirk of Luss by Alexander Colquhoin of Luss, made in favour of Duncan Arrall, minister of Luss, which had become vacant by the decease of Mr. William Chirnside, last parson. Colquhoun I: 180


Colquhoun I: 222


William Chirnside was the first Reformed minister of the parish of Luss. Colquhoun II: 52


27 April 1576: Charter in favour of Robert Colquhoun of Camstradden. Witness by Archibald Chirchside, son of the rector of Luss, and others. Colquhoun II: 192


The Testament Dative and Inventory of the deceased Agnes Boyd, who died on 18 July 1584, the second wife of Sir John Colquhoun of Luss. Confirmed 18 April 1588. . . . . Follows the detis awin be the deid . . . . . Item, thair was awin be the said wmquhile Dame Agnes Boyd, auld Lady Luis, relict of wmquhile Sir Jhone Colquhoun of Luis, knicht, to Maister William Chrnesyd, persone of Luis and Commissar of Glasgw, for the teinds of Mid Ros and Nether Ros of the crop and zeir of God ane thousand fyve hundreth and four scoir thrie zeiris, thrie bollis meill, price of the boll fyftie thrie schillings four pennies, summa fourtie aucht pundis . . . . . Colquhoun: 363

Evidence from the Protocol Books of the Town Clerks of Glasgow

23 February 1587-88: James Stewart, rector of Glenquholme, sold to William Corbit, smith, a nether booth, with gallery going therefrom, part of a great tenement belonging to q. Nicholas Snodgers, ling t.c., on the north side of the Bridgegait, between the nether lands of James Clerk on the north, the lands of James Andirsoun on the east, and the public street leading to the bridge on the south. Sasine given by Robert Stewart, bailie. James Stewart also bound himself to warrant the property to William Corbit and the hands of Robert Snodgers, son and heir of Nicholas. Witnesses: David Chirnsyde, son of Mr. William Chirnsyde, Commissary of Glasgow, James Lokie, servitor to Robert Chirnsyde, Archibald Boyd, servant to the notary, and James Andirsoune, serjeant. Abstracts of Protocols of the Town Clerks of Glasgow. Edited by Robert Renwick, Depute Town Clerk, Vol. X. Archibald Hegate's Protocols, 1587-1600. John Ros's Protocols, 1588-89. George Huchesone's Protocols, 1586-91, protocol number 3096 on pp. 26-7


  1. The Chiefs of Colquhoun and their Country (Edinburgh, 1869), i, 416 pp.
  2. The Chiefs of Colquhoun and their Country (Edinburgh, 1869), ii, 442 pp.
  3. Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae. The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation. By Hew Scott, D.D. New Edition. Volume III. Synod of Glasgow and Ayr (Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1920), 535 pp. including indices