Berryhill Farm Rent Payments (1732-1777)

Berryhill Farm (also spelled “Berriehill”) was the Duff Family farm in Auchtergaven Parish, Perthshire, Scotland.  The farm was said by James Ritchie to have been in the Duff family since a least 1688, probably earlier.  My cousin Noeline has sent me some related documents which were sent to her by by Norman Pannell of Christchurch, NZ. in 1988.  One of these xeroxed documents is a listing of rent payments made on “Berriehill” by John Duff (my 7x great-grandfather) and his son Charles (my 6x great-grandfather).   The payments go from 1732 through 1741.  Charles’s son James Duff Sr., my 5x-great-grandfather, was the oldest Duff for whom I had documentation until receiving this document.

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Berryhill Rent Payments 1732-1741

Berryhill Rent Payments 1732-1741

John & Charles Duff’s a Quarter 36:-:- [36 pounds, 0 shillings, 0 pennies]

June 13th 1732
Recved from Charles & John Duff twenty nine pound six sh[illings] 8 penn[ies] with which so merchs to be allowed him at Lambas pays this year’s Crop 29:6:8

Jan 1st 1733
Then received allowance of half a year’s Amt of a Board due to Jo[hn] Duff from his son Charles which Boand is now returned & bill given to Jo. Doddicfer Mat value by Iran Faction against them so I allow him my half year amt 3:6:-8

June 23rd 1733
Then received from Charles Duff, sone of Jo[hn] Duff thirty two pound thirteen shilling & four pennies which with an year amt of the two hundred Merchs not for mony allowed him in my book pasy his rent for 1732 & 1733.  32:13:-4   6:13:-4


Nov 9th 1734
Then receved from Charles Duff in Berriehill this Crop ?? thirty four 36:00:00

Jul 20th 1735
Then recved from Charles Duff by Wil. Stewart who gave recept for it 18:00:00

Jan 16th 1736
Then receved from Charles Duff which with a ?? received from him at Nai?? 22nd of Sep: ?735 compleats his rent for 1738  5:08:06   12:12:00


Aug 14th 1735
Then receved from Charles Duff in Berriehill in part of 1736. 24:0:0

Feb ?? 1736
Then receved an ?? from Ch. Duff in ? pays 1736.  12:0:0

Aug 4th 1837
Then receved from Charles Duff his rent for 1737 36:0:0

Jun 30th 1737
Then receved from Ch Duff which pays last crops for rem due & of this crop.  12:0:0

Aug 6th 1738
Receved from Charles Duff by my wife 12 [pounds].

Mar 30th 1739
Receved from Charles Duff three pound which pays all 28 but nine pound ?? shilling scot

Nov 30th 1739
Then taken up a resept of Wil. Reids for 12 [pounds]: 12 and in cash four pound twelve which pays 1739.

Aug 30th 1740
Then receved from Charles Duff 12 pounds 12 of 1740.

Nov 3rd 1741
Then accounted with Charles Duff who owes of 1741 7 [pounds], 3:4.

This document is a rental document for Berryhill in 1777.  You can see Charles Duff’s son James was the proprietor of the farm at that point.  Also mentioned on the same document is Bellstown farm which would later be run by Robert Duff, and Miln of Tulliebelton, which was the farm where the Nicoll family lived.

Berryhill Farm Rental, 1777

Berryhill Farm Rental, 1777


About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

One response to “Berryhill Farm Rent Payments (1732-1777)

  • Penny Pickett

    Hi – just found your interesting link to Robert Nicoll. His sister Margaret Allen (neeNicoll) emigrated to NZ with Grace Nicoll (mother) widow of Robert and mother of Robert Nicoll the poet. They settled in Te Awamutu and I live 20 miles away in Cambridge and this is the lineage
    Grace Nicoll (my gt gt gt grandmother) died 1879 aged 92
    Margaret Allen (my gt gt grandmother) died 1913
    Mary Hicks (my gt grandmother) died 1938
    Annie Ross (my grandmother) died 1978
    Joan Pickett (my mother) died 2007
    Penny Pickett (me)
    Grace Redgrave (my daughter)
    They emigrated to NZ at the time of the Maori Land Wars and moved to Pirongia (then called Alexandria) which was a redoubt or militia frontier post. They were granted a 50 acre farm and lived there for the rest of their lives, this is near Te Awamutu, a town in the Waipa District. The nearest city is Hamilton.
    Hopes this helps a little in letting you know what happened to that redoubtable woman who nutured her son Robert Nicoll.
    Kindest regards
    Penny Pickett

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