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the end of the 18th. century. The low lying lands of the
contiguous parishes, Glamis, Airlie and Meigle were no doubt in
the same state.
How "Esgann" became Eassie, then Essie and again Eassie
to-day I cannot imagine.
A very early form of the name I took notice of at the time in
an issue of the "Scottish Historical Review", I think somewhere
about 1910. The article dealt with the foundation of St Andrews
University in 1411, and the rector of "Esie" - I am almost certain
that was the spelling - was appointed one of the first regents.
As my set of that excellent magazine was unfortunately
destroyed, perhaps by looking up the index you could find access
to that particular issue in the National Library.
In the parish of Forfar(or it may be the parish of Dunichen
there is a place name "Craigeassie", the name, I think, of
a farm. Would that name not suggest 'crag' or 'rock' of
With regard to the name Nevay, my impression
is that in the "Fasti Ecclesiae Scotticanae", the patron
saint of Nevay parish is given as St. Nevith.
At all events the laird of the lands of Nevay in the
late 17th. century was Sir David Nevay of Nevay (pronounced
Nevy). On his appointment as Lord of Session he first took
the title of "Lord Readie" - Readie being small estate in
the neighbouring parish of Airlie. Later, possibly
when he bought or succeeded to the lands of Nevay
he adopted the title of 'Lord Nevay'
It is interesting to recall that the appointment
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