This article was kindly sent to me by Judi Graham who is researching a HAINING family from Penpont. It might help explain why people searching for ancestors in this area can't find the records they are seeking.
Note from Judi - I've put words that I was not sure of in square brackets and left a blank for words that I could not decipher. As best as I was able to decipher it, I've also left the spelling as it was in the original.
Penpont, 9 January 1801
It is here to be observed that since the death of the Rev. Mr. William Heyden late Minister of this Parish which happened upon the 21st October 1796 the Practice of Registring the Births and Baptisms of the Children in this parish hath been almost totally neglected. The Parents in [general?] making no application for that purpose and it was altogether impossible for me to find out the date of Births of so many Children baptized by a variety of different Clergymen.
The reason why such
scarcity numbers of
Births etc appear upon the Parish Register during the incumbancy of the
Rev. Wm Heyden may be accounted for that almost one third of
inhabitants were dissenters of various discriptions and seldom any of
made application to have their Childrens names inrolled, [subsiquint?]
to the above mentioned Period (viz Wm Heyden's death). The
Act taking place in August 1797 which was particularly disagreeable to
the inhabitants in this place [has?] almost put an end to further
the Childrens names further _______settlement of the Revd Mr John
as Minister of this Parish in July 1798 The people were mighty
at the Illegality as they supposed of his settlement and few made
to him for church privileges. And since that period but very few have
In consequence of a [Circular?] Letter which I sent [them?] the Parish desiring the Parents to send me Names and date of the birth of their Children which a few have sent me this I proposed to do without any fee for that purpose and have registrated the same faithfully tho' not in that regular [train?] of _____ I would have wished.
William Hewetson [Session Clerk?]
Written sideways on
the page beside
statement in the register it says: