I have recently been in contact with a relative connected to Robert Prain born 1820 in Inchture, Perthshire. The question was raised as to how this person was related to me. My answer is that I don’t know yet. This did, however, lead me to do some research at the ScotlandsPeople website.
I had three different lines of Prains in my tree, that I hadn’t been able to connect yet. The line going back to William Prain and May Elder, who married in 1748 in Longforgan, the line back to John Prain and Elizabeth McWatty, who were married in 1747 in Inchture, and the line back to Henry Prain and Isobel Cock. No marriage has been found for Henry and Isobel, although their first child was christened in 1737 in Longforgan.
Since I was wanting to try and link the three families, I decided to search the Old Parish Registers from 1720 backwards. In order to be able to sort the entries by date, I transcribed the entries into Microsoft Excel.
After looking through the list, I decided to concentrate on the Prains from Longforgan, Abernyte and Kinnaird, as they appear to be the one family. Although they appears to be one family, I was still unable to trace each line back far enough to find how they were connected.
I have added the information I found to my tree, as well as set up a table listing the entries I found. This can be found here.