Margaret Scott of Commieston was one of the
large tribe of Scotts who intermarried and consolidated
land holdings all around Montrose. She married
her cousin James Scott of Logie in 1763 and
settled in Newmanswalls House near Montrose.
In the event of his death it was intended to
be her dower house, along with a house in Montrose.
She did not get to enjoy her dower house long
as her husband's heir, Robert Mill ensured that
she was dispossessed. She referred to him in
her letters as 'the Beast'.
She had been the mistress of a fine house as
shown by the inventory of Newmanswalls furnishings.
As the lady of the house she supervised food
preparation but would have rarely cooked in
person. Some of her special recipes have survived,
including orange wine and kitted salmon. The
Scott family were all involved in salmon fishing.
Lady Logie's kitted salmon recipe was as innovation
of the 1770's. Prior to the 1770's salmon was
most commonly salt pickled in 42 gallon barrels.
Latterly it was cured and packed in 40lb wooden
kits or tubs.