Here is some information on Rev. William Macbean. William was the son of Aeneas Macbean, farmer Cantray, and Isabella Tulloch. William Macbean was born in 1758 at Croy & Dalcross parish,Inverness, Scotland.He married Eliza Duff on Aug 19th, 1788. She was the daughter of Patrick Duff, writer Elgin. [note: writer Elgin, might mean Writer of the Signet, which means a clerk who prepared writs for the royal signet] Eliza Duff Macbean died on Oct 1, 1807.
William and Eliza Duff Macbean had three children:
Alexander Macbean; born July 17, 1789,Moy & Dalarossie parish, died April 5, 1857, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Isabella; born July 22, 1792, Moy & Dalarossie Parish, died Dec 1, 1795.
Aeneas Macbean; born Oct 26, 1790,Moy & Dalarossie Parish, died June 30, 1794, Moy & Dalarossie parish, age 2 years, 8 months per Monumental Inscriptions Croy Dalcross Parish and Moy & Dalarossie christening records batch C111052.
On Nov. 10, 1810 William Macbean, married Janet Leslie, daughter of Alexander Leslie, merchant, Aberdeen.
William Macbean attended King's College in Aberdeen. He was licensed of the Presb of Inverness on April 1, 1783. William Macbean served as minister Alvies parish, Moray, Scotland until his transfer to Moy & Dalarossie parish.
page 376 ALVES [Presb. of Elgin]
WILLIAM MACBEAN, born Inverness-shire 1758; educated at King's College, Aberdeen; M.A. (31st March 1778); licen. by Presb. of Inverness 1st April 1783; ord. by Presb. of Elgin min. of the Little Kirk at Elgin 3rd April 1787; trans. to Moy and Dalarossie 5th Aug. 1788; pres. by Francis, Earl of Moray, before 7th Aug., trans. and adm. 11th Oct. 1792; died 5th April 1818.He marr. (1) 19th Aug. 1788, Elizabeth (died 1st Oct. 1807), daugh. of Patrick Duff, writer, Elgin, and had issue - Alexander, born 17th July 1789, died at Aberdeen 5th April 1857; Isabella, born 22nd July 1792, died 1st Dec. 1795; (2) 12th Nov. 1810, Janet (died s.p. 18th Oct. 1858), youngest daugh. of Alexander Leslie, merchant, Aberdeen.Publications - Accounts of Moy and Dalarossie, and of Alves (Sinclair's Stat. Acc., viii, xi) - [Moray Tests.]
From book, "Inverness District East Monumental Inscriptions pre 1855, by Alastair G. Beattie and Margaret H. Beattie"
Table stone at Croy & Dalcross Parish
By Mr. William McBean, Minister Alves; father Eneas McBain, farmer Cantray, died June 27, 1783 age 6? years (born bet. 1714-1723); mother Isobella Tulloch, died Nov. 7, 1786, age 62 years, (born abt. 1724;) son Aeneas McBean, died Moy, June 30, 1794 age 2 years, 8 months.
[note: Rev William Macbean and Eliza Duff Macbean's son Aeneas Macbean]
Scottish Documents website:
Will of Rev. William Macbean, Minister of Alvie, died April 5, 1818, died Alvies, Moray, Scotland
Executors are:Willaim Pauldie Esq. merchant, Elgin
Patrick Duff, Esq, townclerk there
Aeneas Macbean, Esq, W.S. Edinburgh
Rev. Hugh Macbean, Minister Ardclach
In the household inventory they list "Alexander's room" and "Mrs. Macbean's room".
The will mentions a marriage contract with Jannet Leslie of Aberdeen