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Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson


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Career & Family Life
Succeeded his father c. 16181. Subsequently settled in Ireland and built the house of Redhall. He married Isobel, daughter of John Haldane of Gleneagles and had 5 sons and 2 daughters:

  1. Archibald, his heir
  2. James, married his cousin Jean Cunningham
  3. John, married his cousin Elizabeth Edmonstone
  4. Robert, d. unm
  5. Andrew, d. unm
  6. Helen, married John Dolway and secondly Col. James Wallace
  7. Jean, who married Sir Robert Adair of Kinhilt

    [1] Genealogical Account of the Family of Edmonstone, Sir Archibald Edmonstone, 1875, pages 46-47 
Edmonstone, William of Duntreath (I1878)
The Visitation of Warwickshire3 indicates that Mary died in childbirth in December 1617.

[1] Stirnet: 
Gourney, Mary (I1752)

BRUCE, ANDREW ALEXANDER (Apr. 15, 1866-Dec. 6, 1934), professor of law, jurist, author, was born in Nunda Drug, Madras Presidency, India, the son of Edward Bruce and Anne Young (McMaster) Bruce. He is said to have been descended from Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland. According to custom, he was sent home to England for his schooling and attended Holmesdale House, Sussex, 1874-79, and Bath College, Bath, 1879-81. In 1881 his father died, and the boy was to have joined one of his uncles, living abroad ; but by some one's misunderstanding he found himself, deserted and alone, at the age of fifteen, on a steamer bound for the United States. Landed in New York, an orphan and a penniless immigrant, he began a career that was a remarkable example of character conquering circumstance. Seeking fortune in the West, he reached Minnesota, where he worked as a farm hand while attending high school and preparing for college. He was graduated both in arts and in law at the University of Wisconsin (A.B., 1890, LL.B., 1892), with a Phi Beta Kappa and football record. Following his graduation he was successively secretary to the justices of the Wisconsin supreme court (1892-94) ; chief clerk of the law department of the Wisconsin Central Railway Company in Chicago (1892) ; and attorney to the Illinois State Board of Factory In-  
Brice, Andrew Alexander (I1016)
4  Martin, Sara (I1743)
5  Stewart, Matthew (2nd Earl of Lennox) (I1941)
6 "Ancestor of the Earls of Loudon" Campbell, James of Lawers (I1939)
7 "died of a flux, on his arrival at Bengal" Adair, Alexander (I1866)
8 "Married 3 times" per Cambridge alumni profile Bryans, Francis (I0714)
9 "Of Coldoch, Perth" Burn, John (I0817)
10 "of Old Castle" English, Arabella (I1143)
11 "Of Twiggs and Chalmerston, Stirling" Burn, James (I0823)
12 "Of Westerton" Callander, Janet (I0820)
13 "Of Westerton, Stirling and Preston Hall, Midlothian" Burn-Callander, William (I0824)
14 "who was son of John, and grandson of Hugh Twysell" (Transactions) Twysell, John (I2078)
15 1939 Register Bryans, Henry Murdoch (I0173)
16 21 in 1801, per marriage application Sutherland, Jemima Foster (I0371)
17 This tree has her as Susan Shail. This person was the daughter of John Shaile and baptised 21 Apr 1619 in Dymock. That father's name is in contradiction with Burke's (e.g. from 3rd Edition onwards), which has her as the daughter of George Shoyle of Dymock.

The baptismal record for Susan Shaile is:
21 Apr 1619 at Dymock, to John Shaile and Margaret

The surname appears to be cognate with Shalle, Sheyle and Sheile which all record births in Dymock or other Gloucestershire towns in the period 1600-1630. However, of all these, there's only one for a Susan, so this is the one I'm going for. 
Shoyle, Susan (I0866)
18 Career
Not entirely clear if he was a Sheriff of London, or an Alderman, or both. Both Wikipedia1 and TRHG4 list him as a sheriff, in 1590 (and a son, perhaps, as sheriff in 1634). The possible son is also mentioned at British History Online2 as an Alderman of Bishopsgate Ward in August 1634 (as well as a sheriff). The same source3 also lists Richard Gurney (senior) as a Sheriff in 1590.

Richard likely died in March 1597; TRHG4 states that he was buried at St Michael's in Crooked Lane on the 21st of March 1596, but is probably using the Julian calendar (given that his will is dated October 1596). There is a burial record for Richard Gourney on Ancestry that is incorrectly keyed in as 20 May 1596 but is actually 20 March 1596 (Julian, or 20 March 1597 Gregorian)

[4] The Record of the House of Gournay, Part II, page 498, available at Google Books 
Gourney, Richard (I1753)
19 Memorial Transcription from St Augustine's Church Yard

In memory of Thomas son of John Walton Nest who died September 2nd 1803 aged 37 years,
Also Jonathan Walton who died November 17th 1799 aged 11 months.
Likewise Thomas who died December 4th 1803 aged 11 months both sons of the
above Thos Walton, and Elizabeth his daughter who departed this life the --- th day
of March 18---- Aged 6 years.

Source: Dave McAnelly, email, 24th February 2019 
Walton, Thomas (I1164)
20 Origin of Busk surname
The Busk name originated from Anna's great-grandfather, Jacob Hansson Busck, who moved to England from Sweden and dropped the c from his surname at the same time. Jacob was the son of Hans Hannsson Busck of Gothenberg, Sweden. Rumours persist that Hans Hansson was the son of Nicholas de Busc or Bux, a putative French nobleman (the "marquis of Fresney") who served as a diplomat in Sweden. There are several arguments against this (mostly put together by Wilhelm Berg, who wrote the "Genealogical Findings of Gothenburg" in Swedish), namely

  • If Hans Hannsson had been the son of Nicholas, his name would have been Hans Nilsson, not Hans Hannsson
  • Why would a French nobleman have settled in the backwaters of Kungälv?
  • There is no clear evidence that a Nicholas de Busc was indeed an ambassador to Sweden in the relevant time-period (Hans Hannsson was born in the 1650s)

Busk, Anna Jane (I0324)
21 Wadsworth surname
According to Patronymica Brittanica1:
Wadsworth A township in Yorkshire, where the family resided in early times.
Wadsworth is a parish in Calderdale in West Yorkshire, to the east of Bradford and north-east of Halifax.

FMG2 suggests that the Wadsworths were "of the Wadsworths or Wordsworths of Falthwaite, near Stainborough". The Wordsworths of Falthwaite were the progenitors for William Wordsworth, the poet. However I have not found any way to link this Wadsworth line back to the Wordsworths of Falthwaite, beyond this suggestion in FMG.

[1] Patronymica Brittanica, page 368
[2] Familiae Minorum Gentium, volume 1, page 8 
Wadsworth, Rachel (I1258)

This might be his will:
  • Cousin Margaret Brewer
  • Ann, only daughter
  • Johane/Joan, wife
  • Thomas, son

Will dated 5 Dec 1625 and proved 24 November 1626.

Wife Johane matches

His wife Joan may have died 1636:

Bigland's Inscriptions1 notes the following:
Here lieth the Body of
Thomas Cockes, alias Hayward
who died the 15th of May 1620

The death in 1620 is problematic if his will was not written until 1625. William Good posited that the actual memorial date was 1626, but that the final 6 was mis-read as a zero by Bigland (who transcribed the inscription nearly 160 years after they were carved. This seems reasonable to me.

[1] Gloucestershire, Bigland's Monumental Inscriptions, page 610

Cox als Hayward, Thomas of Forthampton (I2035)

Some difficulty in establishing exactly who this person is.

  • TRHG1 states that Richard Gourney married Jane Johnson, daughter of Richard Johnson of Hempstead in Essex. This same person is said to have died in 1612 and buried in St Bryde's Church2. No marriage date is given.
  • FAG3 has a burial entry for Jane Gurney in 1812, buried at St Bride Churchyard. But there's no photo or other information to corroborate this.
  • There is a marriage record for Richard Gurney and Agnes Johnson on 30 Jan 1563 at St Lawrence Pountney in London: some people on Ancestry have changed this to Anne Johnson for some reason. I can't find any other marriage records for a Richard Gurney or similar in this time period.

[1] The Record of the House of Gournay, Part II, Page 498, available at Google Books
[2] Possibly St Bride's in Fleet Street, London.
Johnson, Agnes (I1754)

Career & Family Life
Styled "of Fife, Lennox and Menteith" after the death of his brother Robert. From TSP1:

He had a papal dispensation on 26 April 1421 for marriage with Janet, daughter of Sir Robert Erskine, but it is probable it was never celebrated. By a lady of the name of Campbell he had apparently two natural sons, Andrew,
Lord Avondale, and Arthur, and, possibly by Janet Erskine, another son, Walter of Morphie, from whom descend the Earls of Castle Stewart in Ireland. These three sons were legitimated 17 April 1479.

See also the bio for his son Walter for a little more on this legitimation.

Executed at Stirling on the 24 May 1425, along with his father and brother Alexander, for hindering the release of King James I from his imprisonment in England.

[1] The Scots Peerage, Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol. 1, page 150
Stewart, Walter of Lennox (I1805)

Early Life
I have found no parish records for his baptism, which would have been around 17501. There is, however, a baptismal record for Isaac Lowthen, on the 14 Dec 1749, in Hesket, Cumberland. This Isaac was born to Thomas Lowthen [sic] and Jane. This is a dubious connection, as Hesket is quite far south of Carlisle (though the NE parts aren't too far from Newbiggin, see below). However Hesket pops up again in the Bell family (see Isaac Bell, poss. born 1783).

Career & Family Life
Isaac married Mary Bond at St Cuthbert's in Carlisle.

A land tax redemption from 1800 puts Isaac in Brisco, south east of Carlisle. The baptismal record of his daughter Catherine is in Carlisle itself, which is also where Isaac married Mary Bond. So the evidence suggests these Lowthians were based in, or close to, Carlisle itself.

There's also an 1841 census record for Thomas Lowthian, of the right age to be Isaac's eldest son, at Newbiggin in Brisco; he probably inherited the family home and continued to live there. On the same census there's an entry for Mary Lowthian, aged 87, who quite probably is Mary Bond.

There was a house called Newbiggin Hall, in Brisco, just south of Carleton. The current location appears to be this house, when cross-referenced with an old OS map from 1861 (see bottom left corner). On that same old map, near Newbiggin Hall, you can also see Carleton House and Newbiggin Quarry, as well as Quarry Gate. All these locations are also mentioned on the same page of the 1841 census. Note, however, that the Lowthians appeared not to live in Newbiggin Hall itself (which was occupied by the Clarkes, according to the 1841 census, but a nearby location called Newbiggen. This isn't totally obvious on the 1841 census but becomes clearer in the 1851 census (Thomas had died, but Elizabeth remained with her children Maria, Thomas and Isaac).

Most likely is that there was a farm on the Newbiggin Hall estate, which was run by the Lowthians.

Isaac died in March 1800 and was buried on the 17th at St Cuthbert.

Note Bene
There is a different Isaac Lowthian, also from Cumberland (but Renwick, rather than Carlisle) who married a Mary Wells. Many online trees mix up these two people. I've also seen a few write-ups that put the Lowthians in Newbiggin Hall itself, which I think is doubtful given the census data.

[1] His marriage licence (1780) gives his age as 30, meaning he would have been born in 1750.
Lowthian, Isaac (I0370)

Family Life
John married Albinia Frances Hayward on the 23rd of May 1799, at St Swithins in Walcot, Bath. They had eight children, including Anne Harriet who was born in 1804 and who married Harry Nisbet. Upon marriage, John changed his surname to Curtis-Hayward.

Curtis, John Adey (I0847)

Just who was Thomas Hayward?
There is a bit of confusion around Thomas' identity and I wonder whether there were actually two Thomas Haywards of roughly the same age and location.

Parents - son of William of Quedgeley or Thomas of Tewkesbury?
Burke's says William Hayward (of Quedgeley) and Margaret Selwyn; the Quedgeley Church Register says son of William; but Alumni Oxonienses says he was the son of Thomas [Hayward] of Tewkesbury (i.e. not of Quedgeley). Quedgeley and Tewkesbury are sufficiently far apart that it's hard to believe they were referring to the same person/place.

Birth date - 1702 or 1706?
1702: The DNB has him born 1702. Alumni Oxonienses requires him to have been born c. 1702 as he was 17 when he matriculated at Oxford in 1719.
1706: The memorial at Quedgeley church says he was 75 when he died in 1781, meaning he would have been born in 1706.
Gloucestershire N&Q has him baptised 1706, which is also repeated in History of Parliament Online.

The Thomas Hayward born in c. 1702 became an MP and Barrister, according to both Alumni Oxonienses and the DNB.

Referring to the comment from Alumni Oxonienses that Thomas was son of Thomas of Tewkesbury, I cannot find any baptismal records from 1700-1710 of a Thomas Hayward, son of Thomas Hayward of Tewkesbury. There is, however, a Thomas Hayward son of William Hayward of Tewkesbury (and Mary), born 1708.

Career - MP for Ludgershall and Barrister?
I think this is most likely a yes. The HoPO takes about his uncle John Selwyn and cousin George August Selwyn1, which is consistent with his mother being Margaret Selwyn. In his Obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine: "formerly member for the borough of Luggershall in two successive parliaments". The memorial at Quedgeley notes that he served on "the Bench and in the Senate".

14 March 1781: memorial at Quedgeley, DNB
24 March 1781: Alumni Oxonienses [this is probably just a typo]
1782: Burke's LG

The biggest problem lies around a) his age at Oxford in 1719 and b) his age in 1723 when he graduated and his age in 1729 when he was called to the bar. If he was born in 1706, then he would have been 13 on matriculation, 17 on graduation and 23 when called to the Bar, which all seem young. If he was born in 1702, then he would have been 17 on matriculation, 21 on graduation and 27 when called to the Bar, all more believable.

My explanation: Alumni Oxonienses (and subsequently progagated by HoPO and the DNB) has confused a Thomas Hayward, son of Thomas of Tewkesbury, who indeed matriculated in 1719, with "our" Thomas, son of William of Quedgeley, who became MP and Barrister. "Our" Thomas may not have attended Oxford at all, though he was a Barrister and he was an MP later.

[1] According to the Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaelogical Society Lieut-Gen William Selwyn married Albinia Bettenson and had John Selwn. This latter married Mary Farington and had George Augustus Selwyn.

Hayward, Thomas of Quedgeley (I0854)

of Tayfield
Born 7th November 1824
Dued at Nice 17th December 1877
Interred here 7th January 1878


His wife
Of Coldoch & Gartincaber
Born 23rd May 1831
Married 15th November 1858
Died at Tayfield 8th August 1915

Berry, John (I1231)

According to Ref 1, Matilda was the
"illegitimate daughter of Lord James Stewart, the sole surviving son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany. This Lord James had 7 sons and a daughter, by a lady of the Macdonald family. Of these, the eldest, created Lord Avondale, Chancellor of Scotland, and two others, were legitimated; but it does not appear that the same grace was obtained for the other sons and for the daughter".

The Scots Peerage2 also states that Matilda was a daughter of James More (aka James Stewart). "who was married to William Edmonston of Duntreath".

However, Burke's Peerage3 describes her as "grand-dau of the last Regent, Duke of Albany, and sister of the celebrated Chancellor, Lord Avondale". The celebrated Chancellor would be Andrew Stewart, son of Walter Stewart of Lennox, the brother of James More. The last Regent, Duke of Albany would be Robert Stewart, father of both James More and Walter Stewart.

Finally, in The Parish of Strathblane3, Matilda is again given as the daughter of Walter Stewart. Later, on page 106 of the same document, the author writes:
"Matilda Stewart, Sir William Edmonstone's spouse, has usually been treated as a daughter of this James Stewart, and Sir Archibald Edmonstone in the Duntreath Book [aka ref 1 below] has adopted this lineage. No doubt, however, he is wrong, the for the lady was a daughter of the second son, Walter - James' elder brother - and sister of Andrew Stewart, afterwards Lord Avondale, and Chancellor of King James III."

In a footnote, the author continues:
"Sir Archibald [author of ref 1 below] was led into the error through following George Crawford, who about the year 1713 drew up an account of the Edmonstone family. Sir Archibald, however, by no means always follows him, for he had grave doubts of Crawford's honesty. In writing about this account of the famioly Sir Archibald says - 'His manuscript is compiled with considerable research, but is defective in some important points, with rather too prominent a disposition to maginfy the race whose history he was employed to trace out;' and again 'Crawford, who, like most of the older genealogists, seemed more desirous of flattering the vanity of his employers than of investigating the truth' - a fault unfortunately not altogether confined to the older genealogists. "

[1] Genealogical Account of the Family of Edmonstone, Archibald Edmonstone, 1875, pages 32 & 33
[2] The Scots Peerage, Volume 1 (1904), page 151
[3] The Parish of Strathblane and its inhabitantsI from Early Times, John Guthrie Smith, 1834, page 73
Stewart, Matilda (I1952)

Almost all the pedigrees that I have found so far assume that this William Gylby is the William Gylby who was Recorder of Lincoln (1669-1744) - let's call him WGRoL - but I don't believe that to be true: WGRoL's will is available through the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (Probate 19 Oct 1744) and in that will he says:
"I give to my cousin [emphasis mine] Col. Lovelace Gylby, son of my late uncle Col. William Gylby [emphasis mine]...". Later on he refers to his cousins, the daughters of that same uncle Col. William Gylby: Elizabeth Fosse, Ruth Welsh and Bridget Fretwell.

Thus it is clear that WGRoL was not the father of Bridget Fretwell, nee Gylby, but rather her cousin. Let us call the other William Gylby, the object of this note, WGFoB (William Gylby, father of Bridget).

So who was the WGFoB? In Everton Holy Trinity church, a blue slab by the altar rail in the choir, in line with the aisle (now covered by flooring) reads:
Colonel William Gylby, Lt. Governor of Hull
Youngest son of Anthony Gylby late of this place died
March 1707 aet 53
Elizabeth Gylby relict of the above William Gylby
Died September 3 1733 Aet 66
Ann their eldest daughter died June 11 1752 Aet 17 [this must be a typo, maybe it's 1702]
Isabella Scott, another daughter, died June 11 1752 Aet 61
John Foss late vicar of this place died Feb 11 1753 Aet 70
Elizabeth Foss relict of the above John Foss and daughter
Of the above William and Elizabeth Gylby died March 9
1761 Aet 74
Christopher Foss son of the above John & Elizabeth Foss
Died December 2 1759 Aet 39
Bridget Fretwell another daughter of the above William &
Elizabeth Gylby died June 4 1779 aged 79 years
Ann Foss daughter of the above John & Elizabeth Foss
Died July 15 1780 aged 56 years
William Foss son of the above John & Elizabeth Foss dies September 12 1791 aged 63 years

There can be little doubt that this is WGFoB.

The next question is, who was the Elizabeth that he married? Most online pedigrees have WGRoL marrying Elizabeth Bluck, and a record for the marriage of a William Gilbey [sic] and Elizabeth Bluck in Holy Trinity, Knighstbridge, exists for 1687. However, WGRoL's will makes no mention of a wife or children, so it seems more likely that online pedigrees have again got confused, assigning Elizabeth Bluck as the wife of the wrong William Gylby. Here, we assume that she instead was the wife of the "right" William Gylby, Lt Governor of hull and father of Bridget, Lovelace et al, aka WGFoB.

The next question: who were WGFoB's parents? Again, many pedigrees make his parents Anthony Gylby and Elizabeth Scroggs, but it seems that these were actually the correct parents for WGRoL (based also on comments in his will and on his memorial at Lincoln). But the memorial from Everton Holy Trinity quoted above says that WGFoB's father was Anthony Gylby - ridiculously confusing! We know of at least one other potential Anthony Gylby who could be right: the Anthony Gylby of Everton who married Ruth Rogers. That Anthony could be the right one, given that he was called "of this place [i.e. Everton]. Familiae Minorum Gentium, which has the incorrect WGRoL as father of Bridget, does also say "I do not feel absolutely satisfied about this part of the pedigree" where he links Anthony Gilby of Everton (who married Elizabeth Scroggs) as the son of Anthony Gilby of Everton who married Ruth Rogers.

In conclusion

  1. William Gylby, Recorder of Lincoln, died 10 may 1744; we have his will and it makes no mention of wife or children, but does speak about his uncle Col. William Gylby and his cousins Lovelace, Isabella, Bridget and Ruth. This William was not the father of Bridget, Isabella, Lovelace etc as mistakenly shown in Familiae Minorum Gentium
  2. The above William Gylby, Recorder of Lincoln, was the son of Anthony Gylby and Elizabeth Scroggs, as shown in a memorial in Lincoln; he died 10th May 1744
  3. Bridget Gylby was baptised daughter of Guglieglmi (William)
  4. Col. William Gylby, Lt Governor of Hull was the father of Bridget (as shown in the memorial at Everton Holy Trinity). This William was the son of Anthony Gylby, of Everton (as shown at Everton Holy Trinity)

Gylby, William (I1686)

Assumed the additional surname of Winstone on inheriting a property from his uncle, who married his aunt Albinia.

[1] Burke's Landed Gentry, 4th Edition (1862), pages 675-676
Hayward, William of Quedgeley (I0848)

From Kelso of Kelsoland:
Solemn League and Covenant. His name is mentioned in the "Rowallane Papers" as being Major in Lord Eglintoun's Regiment of Horse, and was wounded at the battle of Marston Moor, in 1633. His name is attached to the "Minutes of the Large Committee", anent the outrigging to the Duke of Hamilton 1648. In 1652 he was fined four thousand eight hundred pounds, Scots, by General Middleton and was much harassed by the prelatical party and was subjected to divers ruinous fines for harbouring persecuted Covenanters. He married Jean, daughter of John Osburn, Provost of Ayr, and had two sons: John and William.

The following comes from the Montgomery Manuscripts2
Kelsoland was the name of an estate in the parish of Largs, so called from Hugh de Kelso, or Kelcho, who owned it in 1296, and whose descendants held it, without interruption until 1624, when the property passed into the hands of the Shaws of Greenock...Robert Kelso of Halrig, the heir male of the Kelso family, and the thirteenth in descent from Hugh de Kelso the founder, re-purchased Kelsoland from Hugh Shaw, son of Patrick. Robert Kelso's son John, finally alienated the estate in 1671, to James Shaw of Ballygellie, county Antrim, who from the time of his marriage with his cousin, Elizabeth Brisbane, had taken her name. From that time, Kelsoland has formed part of the Brisbane estate in the parish of Largs.

[1] Kelso of Kelsoland, Compiled by Clarence E Kelso and Wilber M Kelso. page 13
[2] Montgomery Manuscripts, Belfast, 1869 ( page 53 ( Note that the Montgomery Manuscripts are often mentioned in connection with the Hamilton Manuscripts, which I reference elsewhere (e.g. Archibald Hamilton) as the Hamiltons and Kelsos intermarried at least once.

Kelso, Robert of Halrig (I0941)

Her memorial at Lincoln Cathedral:
In memory of Elizabeth Hatton, Widow,
One of the daughters of Sir William Scroggs, Knight, sometime Chief Justice of the King's Bench
First married to Anthony Gylby Esq of Everton in the County of Nottingham
And afterwards to the Honourable Sir Charles Hutton, younger son of Christopher Lord Hutton of Kirby in the county of Northampton
Who died 22 May 1724
Her only surviving son William Gylby Esquire, Recorder of this City, erected this Monument, intending it for her and himself.
Here also lyeth the body of the said William Gylby, her son, who died the 10th Day of May 1744, aged 75 years.
Scroggs, Elizabeth (I1688)

Sometimes referrered to as Elspeth. Fasti1 claims she was daughter of Robert of Inshkerie, but Genealogical Notes2 makes her the daughter of David of Glenlora. Perhaps this equivocation matches the names (i.e. Elspeth was the daughter of Robert, Elizabeth the daughter of David - but which one married Patrick?).

[1] Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, Volume 1, pages 409-410 ( Note that a correction to the details in this entry is given in Vol 8, p108.
[2] Genealogical notes regarding the Family of Glen, or Glenn

Glen, Elizabeth (I2124)

There is a Findagrave record for James giving his date of birth as 25th of June 1608, at Keithan in Aberdeenshire. As there is no image it's hard to verify that this is correct.

Styled Lord Doune, served heir to his father 15th November 16381. According to Debrett's2 he succeeded as 3rd Baron St. Colme in 1611. Was made Sheiff-Principal of Inverness 1657.

Was a royalist, but not much involved in the troubles of the time, though he was a colonel of a regiment in Elgin and Nairn in 1643.

Married Margaret Home, the co-heiress of James, Lord Home and had eight children.

[1] The Scots Peerage, Ed. Sir James Balfour Paul, 1909, Volume 6, pages 320-322
[2] Debrett's Illustrated Peerage, 1904, page 603
Stewart, James (4th Earl of Moray) (I1774)

There is plenty of additional pedigree material for the Mowats at this site: Unfortunately it depends on a book which is in copyright and which I don't have.

Mowat, Christian (I2117)

There is precious little evidence of Scrope Joseph's existence, bar a mention in the will of Arabella Edwards (aunt to Scrope's father Gilbert):
All residue to my great nephew Scrope Joseph, son of Gilbert Fleming.

Fleming, Scrope Joseph (I2021)

There is some confusion in the written pedigrees on whether Marylandia was Marylandia Hart-Cotton, the daughter of Thomas Hart and Jane Cotton (e.g. see The National Library of Wales Journal or whether she was Marylandia Hart, the daughter of John Hart, the governor of Maryland.

However, it is clear that the available evidence is in favour of the latter: firstly, she was obviously named directly after the state of Maryland and we have birth and baptismal records from the State of Maryland, in 1716, for a Marylandia Hart, where her parents are given as John and Anne (rather than Thomas and Jane). Now, obviously this is slightly problematic as John's wife should have been called Mary, not Anne. It's possible that the transcriber mixed up the name of the mother with the name of the parish (St Anne's). However, if we look at the will of Henry Hart, the putative father of Mary, we see that he makes no mention of any daughter called Mary, but he does mention a daughter called Anne, so perhaps she was Anne after all.

Also of issue is that there is a Findagrave record saying that a Marylandia Hart, daughter of Governor Hart, was buried in September 1716 in Annapolis. Maybe this is a mis-key and it should be classified as a birth, rather than a burial?

Secondly, John Hart's will explicitly makes bequests to his daughter Marylandia (though he calls her "Marylanda" in that document). So I think it is evident that Marylandia's father was John Hart, but her mother may have been Mary or Anne Hart (or possibly Mary Anne Hart).

Thirdly, Burke's Family Records for the Parry family clearly state that Robert Parry married "Marlyandia, daughter of Thomas Hart, of Warfield, Berks, Governor of Marlyand temp Queen Anne".

Link to Royalty
Prince William's 9th great grandfather is Thomas Vesey (Marylandia's great-grandfather), who is also our 9th great grandfather. Which makes us 10th cousins.
Hart, Marylandia (I1154)

Widow of Capt. Norris RN - could possibly be the Richard Norris mentioned here: but possibly not as it seems this Richard Norris didn't die until at least after 1748, whereas Jane must have re-married, as a widow, no later than 1729.

There are records for a Captain John Norris at TNA.

There's a record ( for a Jane Oakley marrying John Norris in Kingstone, Somerset on the 5 January 1703

Oakley, Jane (I0936)
Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society for 1877-8', Vol 2, states that Frances (not Margaret) Selwyn married Thomas Hayward (not William Hayward).

This confusion between William and Thomas is relevant because the son, Thomas Hayward, is sometimes referred to as son of Thomas, sometimes referred to as son of William. See his entry and notes for more on that problem.

In one respect we know that this source is wrong - it states that Margaret died unmarried but we have the marriage records for Margaret Selwyn and William Hayward, so we are sure that the marriage did in fact occur.

Secondly, I can find no trace of a Frances Selwyn, let alone one who married Thomas Hayward. And I can find no trace of a Thomas Hayward who married a Frances Selwyn. So I think this document is mistaken in terms of this point and can be excluded.

The record is also available at

Selwyn, Margaret (I0859)
John was a natural son of Robert II, but not through Elizabeth Mure. Tradition says that John Stewart's mother was Moira Leitch (de Leche), though there's room for confusion from Moira->Mora->Mure. The Scot's Peerage (below) disputes this.

He most likely was adult by 1385 (see below) but certainly by 1398, so cannot have been born after 1380.


From The Scot's Peerage1:
John Stewart, also called 'The Black Stewart', first of the house of Bute, was a natural son of King Robert II.

He received from his royal father and his borthers, King Robert III. and the Regent Albany, a 'fair estate' in the Principality and Stewartry of Scotland. In this way, by the gift of Robert II, he became the hereditary Sheriff of the islands of Bute and Arran, probably on their first eerection into a sheriffdom, in 1385. From Robert III he received on 11 November 1400 a confirmation of the office of Sheriff, and a charter of the lands of Ardmulese and Grenane in Bute, and of Coregelle in Arran, and grants of annual rents of ten pounds a year out of the maills of the King's Bute lands, and of ten merks yearly from his lands in Arran. From the Regent, who liked Robert III styles him his brother, John Stewart and his wife received, in 1418, a charter of the half lands of Fennok in the barony of Renfrew, which he had purchased from Richard de Barde, and in the following year a charter, to himself and his wife, of the lands of Barrone in Bute, on the resignation of 'Agnes, duaghter of Walter.'

Stewart received also from Robert III a charter of an annual rent of twney merks out of the barony of Albernethy, in Perthshire, and in 1398 he paid into the Exchequer the ferms of the lands of Ormysdale. An expenditure of nine chalders of barley, which he had appropriated for the repair of Rothesay Castle, was repudiated by the Exchequer, and continued in the accounts against him, and, after his death, against his son.

He was one of the hostages for James I of Scotland in 1424.

Tradition says that the name of the Sheriff's mother was Leitch. A family of that name held property in the Island of Bute at a very early date, and probably derived its surname from its hereditary profession of medicine. It has also been stated that the mother was the lady named Mora, mentioned in several of Robert's charters, another person, however, from Elizabeth More. John Stewart married Jonet Sympil, named with him in charters of 1419 and 1444, daughter of John Sympil of Eliotstoun, and had issue:-

  1. James
  2. William of Fennok
  3. Robert of Bute
  4. Andrew of Roslane

His son James succeeded between 1445 and 1449, and John was living in 1444 when named in a charter.

[1] The Scots Peerage, Vol. 2 (1905), Pages 285-311 (Stuart, Marquess of Bute)

Stewart, John (Heritable Sheriff of Bute) (I1829)
From History of the County of Ayr1:
John Kelso of Kelsoland succeeded his father. He sold the old family estates, in 1671, to James Brisbane of Bishopton, who altered the name to Brisbane. Mr Kelso, who enjoyed, until his demise, the office of collector and sole surveyor of the Customs of Port-Glasgow, married Mary, daughter of the Rev. Archibald Hamilton, minister of Wigton, brother of James, first Viscount Claneboye, and son of the Rev. Hans Hamilton, vicar of Dunlop [note that Archibald Hamilton was actually nephew of James Viscount Claneboye and grandson of Hans Hamilton], and had:

  1. Robert, who was Captain of an Indiaman in the merchant service. He married Jane Oakley, widow of Captain Norris, RN. and dying in 1752, left a daughter, Mary, and a son, John, of whom hereafter as inneritor of Dankeith
  2. William

The second son, William Kelso, WS [Writer of the Signet] acquired in 1693 the lands of Dankeith

Kelso of Kelsoland2 has the following additional or different information:
John Kelso of Kelsoland succeded his father in the estate, and with the consent of his son John, sold the lands in 1671 to a relative, James Brisbane of Bishopton, who altered the name of the estate to "Brisbane", by which appelation from that time down to the present it is still known....He married Mary Jane, daughter of Rev. Archibald Hamilton, Minister of Wigton, brother of James, Viscount of Clandeboise, and descended of Sir John Hamilton of Cadzow.

Family Life
With Mary Hamilton, John had four children:
  1. Robert, b. 1677 who married Jane Oakley
  2. Elizabeth, b. 1679
  3. John, b. 1681
  4. William

[1] History of the County of Ayr, James Paterson, 1852, page 480
[2] Kelso of Kelsoland, Compiled by Clarence E Kelso & Wilber M Kelso

Kelso, John (I0810)
From the Hamilton Manuscripts, page 111:
The third son, Gawin, after due improvements in humanity at home, is bred a merchant in Glasgow; becomes a great and successful proficient therein; purchases, possesses and manages some lands in Scotland, at the food of the Clide, in ____, and some lands in Ireland, at Hollywood, near Belfast; obtains a lease of the great Bann, near Colrain, and provides himself with three merchant ships, and carries the product of the aforesaid lands and fishings and other commodities of this country abroad, and brings home to Scotland, especially to Glasgow, and ___, viz, the Northern sea-ports and Dublin, wines and other effects from teh places to which he had carried his other effects, and so becomes very wealthy and great in his station and way of living.

From the Hamilton Maunscripts, page 43:
The third brother, Gawin, was bred unto and followed merchandise with great industry and success. He married Helen Dunlop, of a family then and now in good account in the same parish, whereof Hans was ___ and had by her two sons, Archibald, and James, and two daughters, Jane and Helen - of whom afterwards. He died by water near Colrain, using some means in a cog boat for guiding out his three ships over the Bar of Colrain. There were two shipmen with him, whereof one died with him in the overturning of the boat, and the other was saved by swimming. He died under thirty years of age, and was creditably buried in the curch of Colrain, with great lamentation, partly on account of the accident, and partly that he was a very obliging and thriving gentleman, and likely to have been very beneficial to all that place.

Family Life
Married Helen Dunlop

Drowned, aged under 30 (ibid, page 161).

[1] The Hamilton Manuscripts, Sir James Hamilton, Belfast
Hamilton, Gawin of Ballygawly (I2127)
Early Life
"A scion of one of the most respectable families in the West of Scotland" (A True Narrative, p xxx sic), my research seems to indicate that Patrick was the third son of John Adair of Genoch in Galloway (but many others place him as the son of William Adair of Corghie/Ayr - however when I tried to map the various relationships, the connection to John makes more sense for me; it is also in agreement with J Barnett Adair5). Most sources agree that he was born around 1625, presumably in Genoch.

From boyhood he took an interest in ecclesiastical affairs; and, on the 23rd of July 1637 — when the famous Janet Geddes threw the stool at the head of the Dean of Edinburgh as he was proceeding to introduce the Service Book, and when the promoters of the Liturgy were balked by a mob of women — Patrick Adair was in the Scottish metropolis, and a witness of the uproar.

From Patronymica Brittanica1:
ADAIR. A branch of the great Anglo-Hibernian family of Fitz-Gerald settled at Adare, a village in co. Limerick, and thus acquired the local surname. In the XV century Robert Fitz-Gerald de Adair, in consequence of family feuds, removed to Galloway, in Scotland, and dropping his patronymical designation, wrote himself "Adair" a name which has since ramified largely on both sides of the Irish Channel. In temp. Chas. I., the senior branch transferred themselves from Galloway to co. Antrim, where they resided for some generations, until on the acquisition of English estates they again settled in Britain. The migrations of the family may thus be stated:

  1. England before the Conquest
  2. Ireland
  3. Scotland
  4. Scotland cum Ireland
  5. Ireland
  6. Ireland cum England
  7. England cum Ireland

From: Patrick Adair of Cairncastle:
The Adairs of the North of Ireland, of whom the eminent Presbyterian minister above named [i.e. Patrick Adair] was one, and whose present head had been ennobled under the title of Lord Waveney, are commonly said to be of Scotch extraction. And they certainly did come from Scotland to Ireland in the seventeenth century. But it is equally certain, although not so well known, that, like most ‘Scots’ (so called), they had previously gone from Ireland to Scotland. Their family name originally was not Adair, but Fitzgerald, and their founder was a young man called Robert Fitzgerald, a son of the Earl of Desmond. This Robert Fitzgerald lived in the latter part of the fourteenth century, and was the owner of the lands of Adare, in the South of Ireland. Having, in a family feud, killed a person of distinction, he was obliged to leave his native country.

He took refuge in Galloway, in Scotland, where he assumed the name of Adare, or Adair, from his forfeited Milesian patrimony, and obtaining for himself, by means which were not uncommon in those days, a Scotch estate in place of the Irish one he had lost, he founded a family, which, for some time, was known as the Adairs of Portree, afterwards of Kinhilt, and, most recently (on their return to Ireland), as the Adairs of Ballymena, in this country, where they have been for many generations respected and beloved.

Patrick entered divinity classes at Glasgow College in 1644 and when licensed, he went to Ireland as a preacher; and on the 7th of May 1646 he was ordained to the pastoral charge of the parish of Cairncastle, near Lame, in the County of Antrim. In 1674 he moved from Cairncastle to Belfast — where he officiated about twenty years.

Wrote A True Narrative of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland3 which was published post mortem. The version I have has an introduction and notes from WD Killen who I think is a Brice cousin and was published in Belfast in 1866. There's a little more info (and a podcast about it) here.

A True Narrative of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland:
The Rev. Dr. James Kirkpatrick, the author of Presbyterian Loyalty, was the son of a Presbyterian minister well acquainted with [Patrick Adair] and [had] himself [moved to the] congregation over which Mr. Adair presided in Belfast about twelve years after [the latter's] decease. He is, therefore, competent to bear testimony to the character of his distinguished predecessor. His attestation is remarkable. " Mr. Adair," says he, " was a man of great natural parts and wisdom, eminent piety and exemplary holiness, great ministerial gravity and authority, endowed with savoury and most edifying gifts for his sacred function, wherein he was laborious, painful, and faithful ; was a constant, curious, and accurate observer of all public occurrences ; and, with all these rare qualities, he had not only the blood and descent, but the spirit and just decorum of a gentleman."

Family Life
Married his first cousin Jean4, the second daughter of Sir Robert Adair of Ballymena (the latter being one of the most influential landed proprietors in the country). Secondly he married Margaret Cunningham. Lastly he married a widow, Elizabeth Anderson (née Martin). From the combined marriages, he had at least five children but it's not known who was the mother of each, except for William who was born to Margaret:

  1. William, also a priest, ordained in Ballyeaston in 1681, who transcribed much of Patrick's "A True Narrative..." and died 1698
  2. Archibald (may have moved to US)
  3. Alexander (may have moved to US)
  4. Patrick Adair jnr of Carrickfergus (1670-1717)
  5. Helen (may also have moved to US)
  6. Possibly, James Adair of Belfast (see here)
    - Who had son Patrick Adair who d. 1764 in Old Jewry, London

There are whole dynasties of Adairs in America, some of whom are genetic cousins of ours - it's possible that many of these are descendends of Archibald, Alexander or Helen.

Patrick died in 1694 and his will was proved in Belfast on the 6th July 1695.

From Patrick Adair of Cairncastle:
His will was dated 26 January 1693, but probate was not taken out until 6 July 1695, more than a year after his death. ‘In his will’ says Classon Porter, ‘Mr Adair mentions a sum of four hundred pounds belonging to him which was in the hands of Lord Donegall, and the interest of which he leaves to his wife as a jointure.’ This was his third wife, Elizabeth Anderson, a widow whom he married while he was minister at Belfast. Her maiden name was Martin. He had four sons: William, Archibald, Alexander and Patrick, and a daughter, Helen. Gordon says that Patrick junior was a minister at Carrickfergus and that he died in June 1717. William, his eldest son by Margaret Cunningham, was an executor of his father’s will, and his third son Alexander, a witness to it.
By which wife Patrick Adair had his second, third and fourth sons, and his only daughter, we do not know. Possibly they were all born at Cairncastle, for Adair was fifty years of age when he relinquished his charge there. He was buried in Belfast in accordance with the terms of his will; but (says Porter) ‘we have not heard of any monument of any kind having been erected to this faithful pastor, this brave sufferer for what he believed to be the truth, this able negotiator, this honest man.’. No likeness of Patrick Adair has survived – if indeed any was ever drawn or painted.

[1] Patronymica Brittanica, A Dictionary of the Family Names of the United Kingdom, Mark Anthony Lower, London 1860
[3] A True Narrative of the Presbyterian Church in the North of Ireland, Patrick Adair, edited by WD Killen, Belfast 1866
[4] There are some disagreements on the order of marriage. The DNB (1921, pages 72-73) has him marrying first Jean, then Elizabeth Anderson, but doesn't mention Margaret Cunningham. Adair History & Genealogy (J Barnett Adair, page 25) only mentions Jean. Antrim History makes Margaret Cunningham his first wife with a marriage in 1650, Jean second and Elizabeth Anderson 3rd. This source is clear that his son William was by Margaret Cunningham, and he was the eldest.
[5] Adair History & Genealogy, J Barnett Adair, Los Angeles, 1924, page 34
Adair, Patrick (I1347)
Early life
Agnes was born on the 19th of October 1866 in West Hampstead to Harry Curtis and Louisa Margaret Kelso (nee Bruce); she was their third child of eight. She was baptised at St Paul's Church1 in Kilburn Square on the 5th of December that same year. Agnes's middle name, Lockhart, may have come from her great-great uncle, James Lockhart, who married Mary Emilia Nisbet.

In the 1871 census, when Agnes was four, she is listed with her parents at 28 Priory Road in St John Hampstead. However, by the 1881 census when she should have been 14, she is not listed with her parents, so may have been at boarding school. In fact, Agnes disappears from both the 1881 and 1891 censuses and only reappears in 1901, after she has been married (and widowed).

Family life
Agnes married at the age of 28, on the 16th of July 1894 in India, to Hugh McPherson Mitchell. It's not clear why they married in India as Agnes' family seems to have been London-based: Agnes' father (Harry) had been born in India but was a solicitor in London and Agnes and all her siblings were born in in the UK.
Agnes and Hugh had three children whilst they were in India:

  1. Fanny Curtis, born in 1895 in India and who married Henry Murdoch Bryans
  2. Hugh Norman Bullen, born 1896 but who died as an infant
  3. Geoffrey Hugh, born 1898 in India and colonel in the Army who married Elizabeth Crawford and later, Nina North and settled in Kenya

Agnes' husband Hugh died of pneumonia on the 18th of March 1901 in Lanouli, Bombay. Agnes very quickly brought her children home and is recorded in her parent's house in Wimbledon in the 1901 census. At some point soon thereafter she moved the family to their own house, 2 Thornton Hill in Wimbledon. In the 1939 register she is recorded staying with her brother Walter Selwyn at Hale Farm House in Ringwood, Hampshire (presumably to get out of London during the bombings). At some point she moved to Crow Cottage in Ringwood, perhaps to be near her brother and sister-in-law and stayed here until she died.

Agnes died on the 13th June 1955 at the Park House Nursing Home in Winchester; she was 88.

Agnes' will was dated the 16th of June 1951 and in it she makes a few bequests:

  • To Nina Mitchell, her daughter-in-law and wife of her son Geoffrey Hugh, a diamond crescent brooch
  • To Fanny Curtis Bryans (nèe Mitchell), her daughter, a number of rings and a portrait of the Empress Eugenie (this may have come through Hugh, her husband, as his parents appeared to have known the Empress - see family archive)
  • To Pamela Anne Murdoch Johnson (nèe Bryans), her grand-daughter, a pearl and diamond ring

Agnes also made monetary bequests to Pamela, her son-in-law Henry Murdoch Bryans and to her grand-sons Hugh William, Anthony and Simon Mitchell (all sons of her son Geoffrey Hugh Mitchell). The witnesses to her will were Helen A Nisbet (probably Helen Agnes Nisbet, née Macfarlane, the wife of her Agnes' brother Francis) and Amy Macfarlane, probably her niece.

[1] This church has since been demolished
Nisbet, Agnes Lockhart (I0212)
Early Life
Alan was born on the 15th of April 1846 at the family home, Potternewton Hall, in Leeds, the third son of Darnton Lupton and his second wife, Anna Jane Busk. [Army education?]

Alan followed his father and grandfather into trade, becoming a Leeds cloth merchant (in the 1881 census he is listed as a "woolen cloth merchant" but by the 1891 census he is "retired Leeds merchant", perhaps as a result of the mysterious railway accident mentioned below).
Mr Lupton...was the third son of the late Darnton Lupton, the head of a highly successful cloth firm in Leeds, which Mr Lupton joined after being educated for the Army. Endowed with great shrewdness and boundless activity, he made a fresh success of the business, from the continuance of which he was ultimately incapacitated by a railway accident. He regained health and strength from outdoor life, to which he was passionately devoted, becoming a fearless rider to hounds, an enthusiastic four-in-hand driver, and a bit of a farmer. To within a few weeks of his death he had thrown extraordinary energy into the development of a large estate in Skye belonging to his son-in-law, Mr William [sic] Johnson, no on active service.

In recent years Mr Lupton had concentrated his business energy on the affairs of this firm (HR Baines and Company), in which he had interited a financial interest, and he joined the Board in 1907, becoming Chairman in 1917. He gave unremitting attention to the business of the firm, and in the midst of it never ceased to show an intensely human interest in everybody connected with the house. He was deeply interested in the War, doing his bit in the way of looking after remounts, which is only son - Mr Alan Cecil Lupton, now in Mesopotamia - and others had been buying in the United States for the Government. Mr Lupton was tall, spare and exceedingly handsome, and displayed all the characteristics of the typical Yorkshireman.

Family Life
Alan married Emma Buckton, daughter of the engineer George Buckton, on the 8th of October 1872 in Leeds. They had three children:

  1. Alan Cecil, born c. 1874, later a major in the army, who married Mary Emma Burrell
  2. Alice Hilda, born 1876 and who married Walter Lyulph Johnson.
  3. William Walter, born in 1880 and who died young

When Alan's daughter Hilda married, Alan gifted the Strathaird Estate in Skye to the couple.

Alan died on the 23rd of February 1918 in Ripon. His obituary in The Bystander2 reads:
In many widely different places the death of Mr Alan Lupton will be felt as a personal loss. On the Bench at Ripon and in the West Riding, in the Coaching Club and the Four-in-Hand Club, and in the hunting field - in all these he will be sorely missed. A man of distinguished charm of manner, urbane, witty, and delightful in his conversation, and kindly in all his thoughts and actions, Mr Lupton was a man who made many friends and never an enemy....Driving his perfectly-matched teams in the Park, or riding hard to hounds in his beloved Yorkshire, Mr Lupton was an English country gentleman of the very best type. And in the country were Peel's "View-Halloa" would awaken the dead he was laid to rest last week in a little village churchyard some miles from Ripon - buried there by his own wish, so that he might "still hear the hounds coming by in the morning."

[1] Obituary in The Graphic, 2nd March 1918, page 260. NB The Graphic was owned by HR Baines, the company that Alan became the Chairman of.
[2] Obituary in The Bystander, 6th March 1918, page 490. Like The Graphic, The Bystander was owned by HR Baines.
Lupton, Alan (I0217)
Early Life
An Ann Paterson, born in 1754 in Aberdeen, is listed with father of Walter Paterson ( However, it's hard to think why someone born so far away would have married Benjamin John Johnson in London.

In the marriage record (St George Hanover Square) both Ann and Benjamin are noted "of this parish" which doesn't necessarily mean a lot, but at least hints that she was London-based.

I've put a broad range her birth but in reality it's unlikely that she was much more than 5 years older than Benjamin, putting her date of birth no earlier than 1741.

I have been unable to find a death record for Ann, the issue being that Ann Johnson is simply too common a name to be able to indentify the right record.
Paterson, Ann (I0359)
Early Life
Anne was born on the 18th of April 1803 to William Murdoch of Gartincaber and his wife Sarah / Sally (née Murdoch also). Anne was their only child and thus became the heiress of the Gartincaber estate (Stirlingshire) on the death of her father in 1805, when she was just two. Anne's baptism was witnessed by Edward Burn of Coldoch, who could perhaps be an uncle of Anne's future husband John Burn. The other witness was James Murdoch, Anne's maternal grandfather.

Family Life
Anne married John Burn on the 18th of March 1820 in Gartincaber. One of the conditions of her inheritance was that whomsoever she married must adopt the Murdoch name: hence John changed his surname to Burn-Murdoch and here started the Burn-Murdoch family that is still extant today.

For details on their children, see the entry for her husband John Burn.

Annie Jessie Burn-Murdoch recalled the following memories of her grandmother Anne Maule Murdoch in a 1914 letter to her cousin Hector Burn-Murdoch:1
I think my earliest recollection of our grandmother is a picture of a tall kind protective figure who came to take me out for a walk on a Sunday morning when my parents & elder brother & sister had gone to church. We were then living in [Number 5] Melville St, Edinburgh - & I remember the happy feeling of escaping from the Nursery where younger brothers & sisters were claiming our stern Nurse’s attention & the importance of being dressed to go for a walk with grandmamma.

When my grandfather died [in 1862], grandmamma continued the good morning sweets & her old maid Betty used to get the tin box out for her to give them to us. I can so well remember, especially at Gartincaber, how we cousins used to loiter about after the good morning sweets making exchanges with each other over the various kinds we liked best. I can see now the mauve heart-shaped ones which were counted worth two red heart ones & these in their turn were counted worth two, if not three, of the “sheepstails”!

I remember my grandmother telling us of her early housekeeping at Gartincaber. Soon after she was married there came to visit her there on one October the Macnab of Borain – the Chief of the Clan MacNab - & his wife2 who was grandmamma’s first cousin. The lady Macnab was carried in a palanquin which involved a good many ghillies who were accommodated in G’ber stables. The Macnabs were on their way back from Stirling & were to visit my grandparents for a few days but unfortunately an early snow storm came on which made the pass of Larnkiely (now called Glen Ogle) impassable so that instead of staying for a short time they stayed for several weeks & more & more sheep had to be killed to feed them all. You will find amongst the G’ber letters an amusing one from this Lady Macnab to John Burn-Murdoch asking him to buy a wig for her in Edinburgh. I have a copy of it here.

On another occasion in Edinburgh when my grandparents were living in Royal Crescent & entertaining there, they had a French manservant who tried in vain to catch the Macnab name so the McNab handed him his calling card, where on the triumphant servant opened the drawing room door wide & announced “Monsieur Nab”. My grandmother said she had to make profuse apologies to sooth his wounded pride. This said Macnab’s[3] portrait by Raeburn has been lately sold to Mr Dewar for £70,000. I have been asked to come to see it after the war is over. At present it is safely in a cellar to avoid risks of air raids.

Anne died on the 21st of December 1871, aged 68, nine years after her husband John.

Murdoch Surname
The Burn-Murdoch arms include a Murdoch quartering
"parted per pale argent and sable, two ravens pendent on an arrow fessways pointing to the sinister all counterchanged"

This matches the arms of the Murdoch family arising in Cumloden in Galloway. See here for an origins story of the arms; also repeated in L_Unknown_Kerby (Family Archive). There is also some evidence in the family archive for and against this connection:

  1. D_Murdoch (Burn-Murdoch Scrapbook) describes Archibald Murdoch (Anne Maule's grandfather) as "a cadet Murdoch of Cumloden".
  2. L_Unknown_Burn-Murdoch_Cumlodden, written by Hector Burn-Murdoch, opens with a denial of any link to the Cumloden Murdoch's but then presents other family stories which also seek to clarify the link to the Bridge of Teith Murdochs.

Annie Jessie Burn-Murdoch certainly spent a lot of time investigating the Cumloden link, though (based on the extant letters) without any particular success.

- A bible, gifted by Anne to her maternal grandfather James Murdoch, is in our family archive. It has a short dedication from Anne to James, and the names and dates of birth and baptism of all her children.
[1] L_1918_03_Bryans_Burn-Murdoch_1
[2] This is probably Anne Murdoch, who married Macnab of Borain. Their son Archibald succeeded his uncle as Laird of Macnab (the 17th chief); Archibald would have been Anne Maule Murdoch’s first cousin; he started a branch of the family in Canada
[3] Here she’s talking about Francis Macnab, the 16th Chief and Archibald Macnab’s uncle
Murdoch, Anne Maule (I0517)
Early Life
Archibald was born around 1747.

Archibald died on the 25th of September 1774, aged 27. From The Scots Magazine, Volume 36 (1774) page 503:

Archibald Murdoch, Esq; younger of Gartincaber, Mr Maclean of Coll, Mr Fither from England and Mr Malcolm Macdonald [dr?]over in Mull, with five attendants, unfortunately drowned in crossing a ferry in the Isle of Mull. Mr Murdoch had gone to Mull on a visit to Mr Maclean of Lochbuy; and having dined in a friend's house, the melancholy accident happened in their return. The barge overset within a gunshot of the lands of Ulva and Mull. Mr Maclean of Lochbuy, and three young men in the barge, having got hold of the mast, continued dashing in the waves for three quarters of an hour, and were saved by the ferry-boat of Ulva, which reached them just as they were ready to sink.

According to O_BurnMurdochScrapbook_02 (probably written by Annie Jessie Burn-Murdoch):

[There is a] mourning ring at Gartincaber: sea weed on green stone and edged round with small garnets. Inscription inside: "Arch. Murdoch obit Sept. 1774 aged 27"

He died unmarried.
Murdoch, Archibald (I0836)
Early Life
Archibald was born in 1619, the son of Patrick Hamilton and Elizabeth Glen (note, not the son of Hans Hamilton as described in the History of the County of Ayr, nor can he have been the brother of Viscount Claneboye as mentioned in Burke's 11th, as the latter was born in 1560). This site claims him to be the 1st cousin, 11x removed, of Lady Diana Spencer.

From Fasti3:
Admitted to Sorbie before 10th May 1643, transferred and admitted in 1654; deprived by Act of Parliament 11th June, and Decreet of privy Council 1st October 1662. He was accused before the Privy Council 24th Feb 1663 "of labouring to keep the hearts of the people from the present government in Church and State" and was ordered to compear on the 23rd July, but nothing further is said of the matter. He went to Ireland, was settled at Bangor, and returned here in 1689.

From The Hamilton Manuscripts4, page 83
The third brother, Archibald, being bred at schools and colleges, and in very good account for parts and piety, was settled in the ministry, first at ___, in Galloway, in Scotland, thereafter tranported to a more eminent place, to wit, Wiggtown. Afterwards (through the calamity of the times) came to Bangor Parish, in the County of Down. He married Jane Hamilton, daughter to Mr James Hamilton, second son of Gawn Hamilton above-mentioned, by whom he had many children; those that came to maturity were John, Archibald, Henry and Mary.

From The Hamilton Manuscripts. page 39:
Archibald Hamilton succeeded Mr Ramsay at Bangor, in the year 1670. On 14th March 1689 he was one of the nine Presbyterian ministers who waited on the General Council at Hillsborough, for the purpose of offering certain suggestions in relation to the defence of the country. In 1689, Mr Hamilton removed to Wigton on account of the troubles, but his connexion with Bangor did not wholly cease upon his removal; for, in 1691, he is described as minister of the Irish congregation in Bangor, and also of the Scottish Parish of Wigton. He died at Wigton, 29th June 1695, aged 75 years.

From Fasti, again:
Minister of a Presbyterian congregation at Bangor; at the request of the General Meeting of Presbyterian mins, 2nd Oct 1688, he returned in 1689, and was elected first Moderator of the Synod of Glasgow and Ayr, 14th May 1689. He was a member of the first General Assembly after the Revolution, and died 29th June 1695. He marrried 7th Dec 1643 Jean, daughter of James Hamilton, minister of the Old Kirk Parish, Edinburgh, and had issue: John, minister of Old Greyfriars, Edinburgh; Archibald, minister of Costorphine; Henry, minister of Currie; Mary (marr. John Kelso of Kelsoland, Collector of Customs, Port-Glasgow).

Family Life
Archibald married his cousin, Jane Hamilton and had four surviving children:
  1. John
  2. Archibald
  3. Henry
  4. Mary who married John Kelso

Archibald died at Wigtown on the 29th of June 1695.

[1] Some details here:
[2] Pedigree here too:
[3] Fasti Ecclesia Scoticanae, Vol. 2, page 383
[4] The Hamilton Manuscripts, Sir James Hamilton, publ. Belfast, 1867

Hamilton, Archibald (I2114)

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