22 December 1884. Inventory of the personal estate of the late Revd Alexander Silver. At Stonehaven the twenty second day of December in the  year One thousand eight hundred and eighty four. In presence of John  Guthrie Smith, Esquire, Advocate, Sheriff of Aberdeen, Kincardine and 
Banff. Compeared Arthur Wellesley Kinnear, Solicitor in Stonehaven, as  Procurator, and gave in the inventory of the personal estate of the  deceased Reverend Alexander Silver and oath there-on underwritten  desiring that the same might be inserted and registered in the Sheriff  Court Books of Kincardineshire, in the Sheriffdom of Aberdeen, Kincardine  and Banff, along with an Extract Registered Deed of Settlement and  Codicil executed by the said deceased. Which desire the said Sheriff found 
reasonable and ordained the same to be done accordingly and of which inventory and oath and extract Registered Deed of Settlement and Codicil  the hereon?? follows viz:- Inventory of the Personal Estate wheresoever  situated of the Reverend Alexander Silver Minister of the Parish of  Dunnottar, in the County of Kincardine, who died at the Manse of Donnottar  on the twenty fifth day of August Eighteen hundred and eighty four. Scotland.
1.Cash in the house say                             12/4/3
Note. Used in payment of debts
2. Growing crops and other effects sold by public roup on 9th September  1884 conform to Roup Roll                         38/19/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory                   -/8/10
39/7/10
3 Household furniture and other effects sold on 25th October 1884 conform to Roup Roll
215/0/11
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory             1/7/3
216/8/2
5. Books and silver plate sold on 13th December 1884 conform to Roup Roll
98/2/10
No interest accrued                             98/2/10
5. Gold watch, body clothes and other effects belonging to deceased unsold, per appraisement                                 38/0/0
391/18/10
6. Cash at bankers:-
(1) Balance due to the deceased on are Account Current with the Bank of Scotland, Stonehaven                                 4/6/9
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory                 0/0/9
4/7/6
(2) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 15th May 1883             104/13/8
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         3/19/5
108/13/1
(3) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 6th July 1883             30/15/2
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         1/0/3
31/15/5

(4) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 5th October 1883             50/0/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         1/6/9
51/6/9

(5) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 5th November 1883         40/0/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         1/0/1
41/0/1

(6) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 14th November 1883         18/0/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         0/8/9
18/8/9

(7) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 7th January 1884             20/0/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         0/8/7
20/8/7

(8) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 6th March 1884             26/0/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         0/9/4
26/9/4

(9) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 7th April 1884             50/0/0
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         0/16/2
50/16/2

(10) Deposit receipt by the Agent Town & Country Bank, Limited, Stonehaven, in favour of deceased dated 5th July 1884             24/9/7
Interest thereon to date of oath to inventory         0/5/4
24/14/11
378/0/7
Stocks and shares of public companies:-
(1)    Two thousand five hundred and fifty pounds Great North of Scotland Railway 4 per cent lieu stock at the price of 106/10/0 per cent at date of oath to
inventory                                  2715/13/0
Half yearly dividend due thereon                     49/18/9
2765/13/9
(2) Seventy two shares of the Capital Stock of the Town and Country Bank, Limited (formerly the Aberdeen Town and Country Bank) of the price of 17/7/6 at date of oath to inventory                                 1251/0/0
Half yearly dividend due thereon                     28/19/7
1279/19/7
(3) Twenty two shares of the Northern Agricultural Company, Aberdeen, at the price of 7/15/0 at date of oath to inventory                     170/10/0
Note. No dividend accrued                             4216/3/14
8. Pension:- (1) Proportion of pension due to deceased by the commissioners of supply for Kincardineshire as Retired Prison Chaplain  from 26th April 1884 to date
of death                                 2/2/8
(2) Proportion of pension due to deceased by the Magistrates of Inverbervie and
arrears                                 0/5/4
(3) Proportion of pension due to deceased by Government for quarter ended
30th June                                 0/18/6
Proportion of pension due to deceased by Government from 30th June to date
of death                                 0/7/7     1/0/1
3/8/1
9. Commission due to deceased as one of the Trustees of the late John Duncan, Feuar?, Stonehaven                                         19/9/3
10. Grain stipend due to the deceased as minister of Parish of Dunnottar for first half of crop and year 1884 he having survived Whitsunday and died before Michaelmas estimated at                                 105/0/0
Money stipend due to the deceased for said period             5/0/0
110/0/0
England
Debts due to the deceased upon the following document:-
(1) Ten debenture bonds per 100/0/0 each by the American Freehold Land Mortgage Company of London Limited in favour of deceased date respectively 14th November 1882 and number from F360 to F369                 1000/0/0
Interest thereon from 1st July 1884 to date of death of oath to
inventory                                 23/16/8
1023/16/8
(2) Debenture bond by the Colorado Mortgage and Investment Company of London, Limited, in favour of deceased number 345 and dated 20th July  1880                                     500/0/0
Interest thereon from the term of Whitsunday 1884 to date of oath to
inventory                                 18/2/9
515/2/9
(3) Debenture of the New South Wales Mortgage Loan and Agency Company, Limited, in favour of deceased numbered 384 and dated
28th July 1880                             500/0/0
Interest thereon from the term of Whitsunday 1884 to date
of death                                 16/13/0
516/13/0
(4) Debenture by the Texas Land and Mortgage Company Limited in favour of deceased numbered 33 and dated 11th July 1883                 500/0/0
Interest thereon from Whitsunday 1884 to date of oath to inventory 18/3/3
518/3/3
2573/15/8
Total amount of personal estate in the United Kingdom             7705/0/0
Signed ArW Kinnear, John G. Thomson, Sheriff Clerk Depute. Schedule of  debts due and owing from the deceased at the time of his death to persons  resident in the United Kingdom and Funeral Expenses.
I Debts
1. James Brown, Fishmonger, Aberdeen                     0/17/5
2. Margaret Walker, half year wages & Board. Wages            10/6/0
3. Euphemia Chalmers do____ do___                    8/6/0
4.  James Gillespie half year wages & Board. Wages            11/0/0
5. N.N. (?) Forbes rent of land for crop 1884                    10/1/0
6. One half of grain stipends for crop 1884 due by deceased to Reverend
Robert Davidson as his assistant and successor in the charge of the
Parish of Dunnottar as per agreement between them say ________        105/0/0
II Funeral Expenses
James Nicols, Undertaker                         8/10/0
Alexander Skerret, Gravedigger for making grave and other work
connected therewith                            1/6/6
Robert Taylor account for work taking down and
resetting tombstone                             0/12/6
James Sinclair for grave cloths and attendance            2/1/6
Dr Leslie for attendance                        4/10/0
James McLachlan, draper, for servants mournings as
authorized, by deed of settlement                    11/4/6
Miss Howarth, dressmaker                        0/6/6
Total amount of debts and funeral expenses                    174/1/11
Abstract
Total amount of personal estate as per foregoing inventory             7705/0/0
Amount of debts and funeral expenses as per schedule            174/1/11
Nett value of personal estate chargeable with duty                7330/18/1
Signed Ar. W. Kinnear, John C Thomson, Sheriff Clerk Depute. At Stone have the second day of December, one thousand and eight hundred and eighty four years. In presence of John Craig Thomas, Sheriff Clerk Depute of Kincardineshire. Appeared Arthur Wellesley Kinnear, Solicitor and Bank Agent Stonehaven executor of the deceased Reverend Alexander Silver Minister of the Parish of Dunnottar in the county of Kincardine who being solemnly sworn and examined depones, that the said Alexander Silver died at Dunnottar Manse in the county of Kincardine aforesaid, domiciled in Scotland, upon the twenty fifth day of August eighteen hundred and eighty four without ever having been married. That the deponent has entered upon the possession and management of the deceased’s estate as executor, nominated by him, along with the Reverend William Mearns, Doctor of Divinity, Minister of the Parish of Kinneff and Robert Tindal, Sheriff Clerk of Kincardineshire in a General Deed of Settlement executed by him upon the twenty eighth day of December eighteen hundred and eighty four, and along with a relative codicil thereto dated the eighth day of October eighteen hundred and eighty three registered in the Sheriff Court Books of the County of Kincardine the second day of September eighteen hundred and eighty four and extract of which Deed of Settlement and codicil is now established and signed by the deponent and the said Sheriff Clerk Depute of this date as relative hereto: That the deponent does not know of any testamentary settlement or writing relative to the dispersal of the deceased’s personal estate or effects or any part thereof other than the said general deed of settlement and relative codicil. That the foregoing inventory signed by the deponent and the said Sheriff Clerk Depute as relative hereto is a full and complete inventory of the personal estate and effects of the said deceased Alexander Silver wheresoever situated and belonging or due to him beneficially at the time of the his death in as far as the same has come to the deponent’s knowledge; that the deponent does not know of any money or property belonging to the deceased secured by Scottish Bonds or other instruments excluding executor; that the said deceased had no heritable estate in this country in as far as known to the deponent; that the said deceased Alexander Silver was due and owing at the time of his death to persons resident in the United Kingdom the debts enumerated in the foregoing schedule. That these debts are payable by law out of the estate and effect comprised in the foregoing inventory are not any of these voluntary debts made payable under some instrument delivered to the do?? Thereof within three months before the death of the deceased or debts in respect whereof a reimbursement is capable of being reclaimed from any real estate of the deceased or from any other estate or person whatever. That these debts with the funeral expenses or the said deceased as also shown in the said schedule amount to one hundred and seventy four pounds 1/11. That the nett valued of this date of the said personal estate and effects situated in the United Kingdom including the proceeds accrued thereon down to his death and after deducting the amount of the said debts and  funeral expenses is seven thousand five hundred pounds sterling and does not exceed seven thousand six hundred pounds sterling; That confirmation of the said personal estate is required in favour of the deponed and the said William Mearns and Robert Tindal. All which is truth as the deponent shall answer to God. (Signed) Ar W Kinnear, John C Thomson, Sheriff Clerk Depute, Written by John McDonald. Collated by Robt Tindal.
Follows extract registered deed of settle and codicil before referred to:- At Stonehaven the second day of September one thousand eight hundred and eighty four the deed herinafter engrossed? was presented for registration in the Sheriff Court Books of the County of Kincardine for preservation and is registered in the said Books as follows:-
I, the Reverend Alexander Silver, Minister of the Parish of Dunnottar, in order to settle the success to my estate real and personal after my  decease and for other good causes and consideration, do hereby give, grant, assign, convey and dispone? to and in favour of the Reverend William Means, Doctor of Divinity, Minister of the Parish of Kinneff, Robert Tindal, Sheriff Clerk of Kincardineshire and Arthur Wellesley Kinnear, Solicitor and Bank Agent, Stonehaven, as trustees for the purposes after mentioned, and to such other persons as may hereafter be nominated by myself or be lawfully assured by my trustees and to such of my said trustees as shall accept, and to the survivors or survivor of those accepting, and to the heir of the last surviving trustee, a majority of my accepting and surviving trustees resident in Great Britain for the time being always a quorum, and to the assigned of my said trustees or their foresaids, my whole estate both heritable and moveable, real and personal, of whatever description, presently belong to me or which shall belong to me at the time of my decease; with full power to my said trustees and their foresaids, so far as not otherwise directed by me, to sell my trust estate by public auction or private bargain, to grant conveyances thereof, and to received the prices thereof, hereby discharging purchasers from all responsibility as to the application of which the debtors shall not be answerable; as also to pursuit and defend, or to compound, transact or refer or settle by the advise of counsel all question affecting any trust estate; as also to name factors and agents either from their own number or otherwise, and to pay such factors or agents a suitable remuneration for their trouble, but for whom they shall not be answerable further than that they were habit responsible at the time of their appointment; and in general with the fullest powers to manage my who trust affairs as freely as I might have done myself and against all mortals, and I herby bind and oblige me and my foresaids to make this conveyance effectual where required by completing tittles in our own persons and granting special conveyances in implement thereof to my said trustees and their foresaid; and further I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said trustees and their foresaids to be my sole executors and universal intromitters with my  moveable means and estate, with all the powers competent to executors; but these presents are granted in trust for the ends, uses and purpose following, videliset?; in the firstplace, for payment of my just and lawful debts and funeral expenses, including such sums as my trustees shall think proper for the mournings to my servants and for the creation of a suitable enclosure and tombstone at my burial place, and of the expenses of this trust, and for fulfillment of all obligations incumbent on me; Secondly, for the payment of such legacies as I may bequeath by any writing under my hand however informed the same may be and though found in my repositories or in the custody of any third party undelivered at this time of my death. Thirdly, I divest my said trustees at the first term if Whitsunday or Martimmas after my death to make payment to my housekeeper Margaret Walker as a reward for her long and faithful services to me of the sum of one hundred pounds sterling free of legacy duty and also to purchase for her from such insurance company as they may select a free year annuity of fifteen pounds sterling, which annuity shall commence to run as from the date of my death, and shall be paid as an alimentary provision to the said Margaret Walker free of secession or legacy duty at two terms in the year, Whitsunday and Martimmas, during all the days of her life; Fourthly, for payment to my late servant Margaret Glennie, now Margaret Mason, at the first term of Whitsunday or Martimmas after my death of a legacy of one hundred pounds sterling as an acknowledgement of her long and faithful services to me and of her attention to me since she left my employment, which legacy shall be paid to her free of legacy duty on her own receipt and exclusive of her husband just martiti; Fifthly, for payment at the first term of Whitsunday or Martimmas after my death or as soon thereafter as convenient of the following legacies to the persons afternamed videlicet; To each of my said trustees who shall accept office as a trustee and act as such the sum of fifty pounds sterling; to Eliza Donaldson, wife of John Walker, Spurryhillock, Fetteresso, the sum of ten pounds sterling; to Ann Mowat, formerly in my service and now in the service of Mr and Mrs Fowler, London, the sum of ten pounds sterling; to Elizabeth Paterson, formerly in my service, now wife of Joseph Walker, Mason, Aberdeen, the sum of ten pounds sterling; and lastly, with regard to the residue and remainder of my said means and estate heritable and moveable remaining after fulfillment of the foregoing purposes of this trust, I direct my said trustees to convert the same into cash, and at the firs term of Whitsunday or Martimmas after my death or as soon thereafter as practicable, to divide the proceeds among my nephews and nieces the lawful children of my deceased brother James  and of my deceased sister Elizabeth equally share and share alike; declaring that the lawful children of any of my nephews and nieces who may be already dead or who may predecease me shall be entitled equally among them to the share or shares of the said residue which their deceased parent or parents would have been entitled to had he, she, or they survived me; and declaring further that any sums deposited by me and found standing in the names of any of my said nephews and nieces in the Books of the National Security Savings Bank, Stonehaven, conform to deposit slips in my possession shall be taken into account in estimating the residue of my said means and estate and shall be counted as part of my shares of the said residue to my nephews and nieces in whose names the said sums may be standing; and I reserve my own ?? of the premises and full power to alter and revoke these present in whole or in part; and I dispense with the delivery hereof and of all writing made in relation hereto and declare that the same shall be effectual although found in my repositories or in the custody of any other person to whom I may have entrusted the same at the time of my death; and I consent to registration for preservation on witness whereof I have subscribed these presents, written on this and the two preceding pages by George Weir, Apprentice to the said Arthur Wellesley Kinnear, at Manse of Dunnottar, the twenty eighty day of December, eighteen hundred and eighty, before these witnesses, James Gillespie, residing at Kirktown of Fetteresso and Euphemia Chalmers, residing at Manse of Dunnottar, both my servants (Signed). Alex Silver, James Gillespie witness, Euphemia Chalmers, witness. I the Revered Alexander Silver, named in the foregoing deed of settlement, do hereby bequeath to Euphemia Chalmers, my servant, provided she is in my service at the time of my death, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling free of legacy duty as a reward for her attention to me payable at the first term of Whitsunday or Martimmas after my death or as soon as thereafter as convenient; and I consent to registration hereof for preservation. In witness thereof I have subscribed this codicil  written by Arthur Wellesley Kinnear, Solicitor, Stonehaven, at Stonehaven, the eight day of October eighteen hundred and eighty three years before these witnesses James Milne and James Brown Junior both clerks to the said Arthur Wellesley Kinnear. (Signed) Alex. Silver, James Milne witness, John Brown Jr witness. Extracted upon this and the eleven preceding pages by me Sheriff Clerk Depute of Kincardineshire in the Sheriffdom of Aberdeen, Kincardine and Banff. (Signed). John C Thomson.  Written by James Burness Cunningham, collated by John Craig Thomson, signed 12th September 1884. Stonehaven 22nd December 1884. This is the extract of the deed of settlement and codicil referred to in the oath emitted by me of this date to the verity of the inventory of the personal estate of the late Reverend Alexander Silver Minister of the Parish of Dunnottar in the County of Kincardine. (Signed). Ar W. Kinnear, John C Thomson, Sheriff Clerk Depute. Written by John McDonald. Collated by Robt Tindal.