SCOTTISH KIRK SESSION RECORDS
David Mitchell’s journey took him back to his Scottish roots in the Highlands on his paternal side. He travelled to the Isle of Skye to learn more about the life of his 2x great grandfather John Forbes. John was a Gaelic scholar and minister and David discovered more about him through Scottish Kirk records. Kirk Session records are not available online but are held at the National Archives of Scotland. They are minutes of the Session of the Kirk and discussed various matters including family law, education and poor relief. The Session would be held with the minster and elders of the parish. They include Sessions for both the Church of Scotland and dissenting Presbyterian churches and would also discuss the morals of the parishioners. It was through this source that David found not only about John helping the parishioners during a period of economic hardship but also a Minute Session Book also discussed his obsession about sexual sin. These records would detail all matters discussed in the Kirk Session including this topic
discussed by John Forbes.