Blairgowrie Memories

May 22

Bond of Manrent

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Bond of Manrent

Bond of Manrent - In 1554 the Lairds of Gormack, Ardblair, Drumlochy, Clayquhat and Knockmahar, with some 80 retainers, waylaid and slew George Drummond of Newton and his son, for which crime Patrick Blair of Ardblair and Robert Smith were beheaded. William Chalmers, Laird of Drumlochye, entered a Bond of Manrent binding himself to serve Lord Drummond (Head of the Drummond family) and to fight on his side in any quarrel. The Bond is said to be one of the last of its kind granted in Scotland. In the tableau depicting the signing of the bond is the judge (Keith S.R. Black, solicitor) on the bench overlooked two be- wigged law clerks (C.D.Farquharson, builder and Tom Edwards, tattie merchant) whilst facing them were the Laird of Drumlochye (A.Brand) signing the bond and two other lairds (James W. McPherson, solicitor and W. Younger) Parts of soldiers were taken by M. Duffy and E. Rattray.