Descendants of Andrew McBrair - Baillie in Dumfries 1384
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Descendants of Andrew McBrair - Baillie
in Dumfries 1384
1. Andrew McBrair. At this time
not much is known about Andrew McBrair other than he was a Baillie in Dumfries,
in 1384 and is believed to have been the father of Herbert McBriar, of
2. i Herbert.
2. Herbert McBrair d. before 1444.
Burgess of Dumfries. Received a grant of the lands of Almagill in the Parish
of Dalton, 1427. There is a contemporary reference to a Cuthbert McBrair,
Rector of Hutton in 1438. Cuthbert may have been another son of Andrew.
3. i Robert.
4. ii Herbert.
iii John McBrair d. 1504. Schir
John, murdered in Dumfries by Robert Griersoun. Nicholas accused Schir
William Herries in Archbishop of Glasgows Court, 15-Jan-1503. case failed
and Nicholas had "perpetual silence" imposed on him.
3. Robert McBrair m. Marion Rig.
Robert died bef. 1486. In 1444 he receives a grant of a tenementland in
Dumfries. In 1453, now provost of Dumfries, he obtains a feu of the lands
of Netherwood. (The first reference to Netherwood are in a charter, circa
1345, when they are granted by King David II, together with Conheathrig.
to Fergus, son of Mathew, (Robertsons Index, p32)) . On 16th January, 1453,
Provost Robert McBrair resigned into the hands of Baillie Andrew Nicolson
of Dumfries, all right in the acres and crofts belonging to him within
the Burgh, except the Barkerland, for a yearly payment from the town of
5 Scots. The witnesses to the deed are all Dumfries men, including Alexander
Martinson, William Broun, Adam Cordonar, Finlay McIlhaugh, Gilbert Walker,
John Durand, John McBriar, Thomas McGray, Robert Glover, Patrick Corson,
Herbert Newall and Thomas Davison. Appears as Provost 1454, 1469, 1472
and 1476-81 (Dumfries BR)
5. i Nicholas.
ii Robert McBrair. Deacon 1520 -
6. iii Thomas.
iv Herbert McBrair m. Agnes Grierson.
Herbert died bef Apr.1496. Chaplain, Her Lady Service, married Agnes Grierson
. Herbert was a bailie in Dumfries from 1471 to 1475, (EX. R. viii, p102)
and again in 1488 (ibid. x. p65). In 1473 he obtained a remission for all
crimes committed previously, with the exception of treason, murder and
homicide. His position is attested to by the fact that the son of the Lord
Maxwell paid the necessary fines. (L.H.T.A. i, p5). In 1483 he was at law
with the brother of Maxwell of Carnsalloch for the driving away of oxen
from Dursquhen (A.L.A. 133). In 1490 he was a witness (A.D.C. 359), and
in June, 1494 had to pay Edward Maxwell of Tinwald £300(Scots) for
the set of half of the lands of Drumsleit, with the milns of Brigend and
Terraughtie, and half the teind sheaves of Caerlaverock, Kirkbean, Colvend,
Lochrutton and Terregles (A.D.C. 334). In the same month he relieved William
Lennox of Cale of 250 franks, owed by Cale to John, Bishop of the Isles,
(ibid. 343). He was dead by April 1496 when his widow Agnes Grierson, his
brother Nicholas McBrair then Provost of Dumfries, and Robert McBrair,
also his brother, were his executors (Maxwell Inventory, p74).
7. v Katherine.
4. Herbert McBrair m. Agnes Grierson.
Herbert died bef 1496.
8. i Thomas.
5. Nicholas McBrair m. Elizabeth
Carruthers. Nicholas died bef 1515. Provost of Dumfries in 1484 - 15121.
In 1492 Provost Nicholas and other Dumfries Merchants were in Edinburgh
arranging the export of a large deal of wool to Holland (Middleburg Records,
Holland), possibly to be exported from Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth. In
1498 Nicol was tenant of Warrandmill, Lanarkshire2. Was appointed Tutor
Thomas McBrair, son and heir of Herbert, who had died prior to Jan 1498/93.
Nicholas' cousin, Schir John McBrair4 chaplain, was killed in Dumfries
(Stoddart quoting Pitcairn, who gives, from the Justiciary records, the
remission granted to Grierson, (which was later presented to King James
IV, when he held Court at Dumfries Castle on 24th August, 1504, the court
was presided over by Andrew domino Gray, Justiciar), who may have been
instigated by Herries) (Pitcairn vol i, p39). Provost Nicholas, however,
took proceedings in the Court of the Archbishop of Glasgow, against Schir
William Herries, whom he accused of the deed, demanding canonical purgation,
on 15 January, 1503 (Simon ii, 44). But the provost failed to prove the
allegation, nor did hid witness appear, so at the request of Mr James Neilson,
procurator for the accused, "perpetual silence" was imposed on Nicholas,
with sound of bell (ibid. 45).
Nicol was a Lord of the Articles in 1504
(APS), Custumar of Dumfries, 1506-75 and received an annuity from the "fermes"
of Dumfries6 One of the most serious melees in the town during this turbulent
century was that of 31st July, 1508. This arose over the clash between
Lord Crichton of Sanqhuar, Sheriff of Nithsdale, and the town under Provost
Nicholas over the towns right to hold Courts of Blood, that is, to try
assault and battery cases in the Burgh Court. The Sheriff claimed that
he alone had this right, the town cited Minutes dating back to 1453 and
300 years of precedents as its right. On the third day Lord Robert Crichton
rode into town with a strong body of men and had his depute, John Crichton
of Hartwood, go to the Tollbooth and hold a court of "Bloodwits". The Provost
objected, Hartwood denied the Burghs right , the Provost reaffirmed it
and retired. In the street was the Lord Maxwell and a large body of men,
together with many of the lairds of the district. Weapons were drawn and
in a little while a wild melee of struggling men swung to and fro in the
wide street. The Crichtons broke and fled. Three lairds were killed in
the action together with several men on either side, while there were several
seriously injured. Although the evidence indicates that the action started
in the High Street, it became known as the Battle of The Whitesands7.
Tradition asserts that Provost Nicholas
fell at Flodden, he was certainly dead by 4th July 15158 when he was succeeded
by his son Roger.
1 ExR ix 297, xiii 495 2 ADC ii 243 3 ADC
ii 308 4 The title Schir generally refers to a priest who has not had a
full University education . These were not knights in the same way as someone
holding the title Sir although the spelling is at times interchangeable.
Also known as the Popes Knights after the Reformation. 5 ExR xii 468,597
6 ExR xii 468/597 7 McDowall - History of Dumfries 8 ExR (Nicholas may
have married a second time, to Marion Richardson, relict of James Richardson,
burgess of Edinburgh, see A.D.C. xiv., 55)
9. i Roger.
ii Janet McBrair m. John Crosbie.
10. iii William.
6. Thomas McBrair. 1520 - 21, son to
Robert "elder" Possibly the Thomas Makbraire who appears as chaplain in
Dumfries, witnessing a charter touching property in "le Myd-raw, Le New-werk
and Le Perissoun Herbare (The Parsons Herbery or herbergage (R.M.S. 1424-1513,
The Mid Row comprised of a substantial
tenement building between High St and Queensberry St, the Hol i'the Wa'
Tavern is situted there. The New Wark was a tower house near teh site of
the town steeple and the Parsons Herbery was situated opposite, near Long
i James McBrair d. bef 1575.
11. ii Thomas.
7. Katherine McBrair m. William Johnstone.
i Herbert Johnstone. served heir
to Schir Herbert McBrair, 1567 Of the other McBrairs of this generation
who cannot be directly connected to the pedigree, were Alexander McBrair,
1491, who received 6/8 as his costs for appearing as a witness in a lawsuit
(A.D.C. 203). "John dominick McBraare" (1494) whose lands and goods were
distrained for an "unlaw" of £10 (ibid. 363) and the deceased Cuthbert
McBrare, son natural of the late Robert McBrare in Dumfries, whose goods,
owing to his bastardy, were granted to John Goldsmycht, of the Chappell
in 1499 (R.S.S. i, 411). In 1504 a Gilbert McBrair witnessed several ecclesiastical
documents at Glasgow (Simon ii, 76). In 1509 two chaplains named Thomas
and James McBrair witnessed the Gledstanes charter to St. Michaels. In
1510 there is mention of the late Herbert McBrair (R.M.S. 1424-1513, 3513).
In 1512 a Duncan McBraer witnessed a document in the manse of Kirkbean,
whilst in 1528 Thomas McBrare, burgess, received 250 merks from John Grierson
of Lag, to hold on behalf of James Gordon of Lochinvar (Living. 1026) In
1529 Thomas and Robert McBrair, brothers, witness the Logan charter (R.M.S.
1513-46, 862) In 1534 Master Herbert McBrair, chaplain, witnessed a Maxwell
sasine (Maxwell Inventory, 163), whilst a James McBrair, chaplain, did
the same in 1539 (ibid. 184)1
1 Edgar - Introduction To THe History of
8. Thomas McBrair d. bef 1562. 1532,
d p 1562
i Thomas McBrair. in Larripotts,
31 August, 1562
9. Roger McBrair d. bef 1549.
Provost 1515 - 40
12. i John.
10. William McBrair. in Conheathrigg.
i William McBrair. Made burgess
in March 1534.
11. Thomas McBrair m. Katherine Kirkhaught.
Thomas died bef 1575.
i John McBrair. 1575, served heir
to his uncle James. Possibly Schir John McBrair, the reformation priest?
Another member of the family at this time was Friar John McBrair, who was
confined in Hamilton Castle in 1550, the Laird of Bar being his surety.
(L.H.T. Acc. ix 459). Stoddart says that he was a heretic and had been
canon of Glenluce. At any rate he fled to England on his escape and became
vicar of St. Nicholas, Newcastle, dying there in 1584.
12. John McBrair m. Margaret Maxwell.
John died 0-Feb-1561. On 25th November, 1549, the family obtained a further
accession of lands in the shape of a feu from the Town Council to Provost
John of certain lands which his ancestors had held in tack "beyond the
memory of man". The charter gives the family pedigree for five generations
stating that Herbert, Robert and Nicholas were ancestors of Roger and his
son John, and that all had been provosts of Dumfries. The lands feued are
fully described and consist of The Mains, an oxgang of land adjoining the
vicarage, Over Netherwood , lands in Conheathrig and Spitalfields held
by the late William McBriar, 4 acres called Ryallsfield, 3 burgh acres
within the bounds of Wetslakis, a mill in the burgh. (R.M.S. 1546-80, 556)
On the 4th of April, 1552, John McBrair, Provost of Dumfries, appeared
as Commissioner for the Town at the Convention of Royal Burghs in Edinburgh.
In 1558 the lands of Drumganes and 7 acres of Conheath acquired (McDowall's
Lincluden 128). The family obtained a further footing in the town of Dumfries
on the 5th of January, 1561, when a charter of a portion of the Church
lands in Dumfries was obtained by Provost John who died that Feb. 1561.
Numerous other lands belonging to the Greyfriars were also obtained by
the family at this time (Moir Bryce)
13. i Archibald b. December 1547.
ii Marion McBrair. Burgh Court Booksm
15 Oct 1561
13. Archibald McBrair b. December
1547, m. 0-Dec-1567, Agnes Grierson, (daughter of Roger Griersoune of Lag
and Egidia Kennedy, Lady of Lag). When his father died Archibald was still
a minor and we see other families occupying the provostship till Archibald
came of age. Indeed he did not even wait till then, being elected Provost
in September, 1568, three months before he legally became of age. In 1570
Provost Archibald and Bailie James Rig were Dumfries' representatives at
the Convention of Royal Burghs. Provost Archibald in fact represented teh
burgh on three occaisions between 1570 and 1579(1).
In December, 1573, Provost Archibald was
retoured heir (2) to his great-grandfather William, in the 100/- lands
of Almagill, in Meikle Dalton, and the three husbandlands in the town of
Little Dalton, called Hallidayhill (Inquis Spec.)(3) This appears to be
a mistake as Nicholas was his great-grandfather. Indeed the only William
McBrair was probably Archibalds grand-uncle , having been tenant of Conheathrig,
and dead by 1549(4) (R.M.S. 1546-80, 556). In 1588 Archibald and his wife
Agnes granted a reversion of an annual rent to William, Lord Herries, to
which document Archibalds seal is still attached (Maxwell Inventory, 267).
His second son John obtained a feu of the 5 merkland of Conheathrig, see
Served as Commissioner to Parliament in
1579(5) and 1581 (6).
On the evening of 1st April, 1587, the
evening before the King was due to enter Dumfries, the provost slew Archibald
Newall, a burgess. The murder was regarded as particularly atrocious as
Newall was alone, unarmed and without any kind of armour, the body being
thrown into the River Nith. His widow, Eister (Esther) Hill clamoured for
justice, the moment and place being seen as a deliberate insult to the
Royal person. (R.P.C. IV 172). Provost Archibald fled the burgh but was
arrested and taken to Edinburgh for trial. He was sentenced to be executed
at the Market Cross, by St. Giles, in Edinburgh in January of 1588. As
part of the judgement passed he was forfeit and his lands, goods and chattels
Until recently it was believed that Provost
Archibald had been executed, but recent research into the records of Dumfries
Town Council(8) have revealed that Archibald was held in ward for a number
of years, presumably in Edinburgh, and that he returned to Dumfries. As
he no longer owned any property, nor held any office he effectively disappears
from public record. In his absence Herbert Raining had been appointed as
Provost and it would appear that Archibald and he were at loggerheads over
matters arising from the earlier trial. This effectively ended the families
monopoly of the provostship of Dumfries, however, various descendants of
the McBrairs subsequently held the post.
(1) Convention of Burghs i. 16-80
(2) Retours, Dumfries, 8
(3) "Archibald McBrayre praepositus de
Drumfreis. Haeres - William M'Brayre - Almagill. In 3 terris husbandiis
in villa de Littil Daltoun. Land of Almagill in parish of Daltoun Magna,
extendentibus ad 100 solidatas terratum antiqui extentus, infra senescallatum
(4) Given that any person will have at
least 8 great grandparents, this may not be the only explanation.
(5) Called "Patrick" on the Parlaimentary
Roll of 1579. Young - Parliament.
(6) Young - Parliament of Scotland
(7) Pitcairn - Criminal Trials i. 2 158.
(8) Transcription of the Records of Dumfries Town Council by Mr A Truckell
14. i Robert Archibald.
ii John McBrair. In 1592 obtained
Royal feu of the 5 merkland of Conheathrig, between Kelwode- Gledstaines
on the East, Nethirwode on the s. and W. and the Mains to the N. which
was formerly part of the patrimony of the Archbishop of Glasgow. 1594 heir
to his younger brother Thomas in a rent of £20 from the land of Meikle
Culmen in the half barony of Urr, Thomas having witnessed a declaration
of summons in 1581 and having been implicated in Mortons rebellion in 15851.
1 RMS. v. 2194
iii William McBrair.
iv Thomas McBrair d. bef 1593. Murdered
by a Cunningham. Involved in Mortons rebellion, 1585.
At around this period we find references
to Robert, son of late Thomas, bailie of Dumfries, being placed as an apprentice
with John Scott, chirurgeon, Edinburgh. Unfortunately I have been unable
to positively connect him with the Thomas mentioned above( Edinburgh
Register of Apprentices, 1583-1666. S.R.O.)
v Archibald McBrair.
vi James McBrair.
14. Robert Archibald McBrair m.
Margaret Murray, (daughter of Charles Murray and Margaret Somerville).
Robert died 28-Oct-1639. In 1590, whilst still a minor he started a successful
action to recover the lands, goods and properties forfeit by his father,
on the grounds that he was effectively being punished for his fathers crimes.
(Stoddart) (R.P.C. iv 295). He eventually succeeds his father in 1591(1).
In 1595 he was at variance with Cuthbert Grierson of Hallidayhill, concerning
his tenants at Drumganie, both sides finding sureties (R.P.C. v 253). In
December 1597 he has sasine of the lands of Spittalfields, formerly held
in chief form the Minorite Friars of Kirkcudbright (Ex R. xxiii 472, also
Moir Bryce). Served as Provost 1598-9, in that November electors were instructed
to continue him in that office, which charge they had "contemptandly dissobayit"
(R.P.C. vi. 39). In 1602 he was in trouble with Carruthers of Holmains,
having ejected some of that family who were his tenants at Almagill (R.P.C.
vi 356). This seem s to have been connected with the prolonged legal proceedings
between the two families over those properties. In February 1604 he was
retoured heir to his great-great-grandfather Nicholas, in 14 acres of land
in Little Dalton (Inquis Spec.). He was tacksman of the teinds of Annan
in 1611 (A.P.C. 860), and in 1613 and 1623 was a J.P(2).
In 1626 he is mentioned in a report that
to the persons of Dumfries, they are for the most part, burgesses and travellers
and other honest men, except Robert McBrair of Almagill and Mathew Hairstanes
of the Craigs" (R.P.C. i, 2nd series, 675). Was Commissioner to the
Convention of Estates in 1630. In 1628 he reported the submissions of the
tiend buyers of Dumfries(3). In 1630 he is suggested as a judge in a trial
for illegal sheepmarking (R.P.C. iv, series 2, 17), probably in his capacity
as Sheriff Deputy, which position he held as early as 1619, when he was
in open conflict with the then provost and baillies about prison conditions,(R.P.C.
xii 100, 1 RPC, vii 40). He figured again as J.P. in 1634 and 1636 (R.P.C..
v series 2, 381). In December 1635, in conjunction with his 3rd son David,
he received a charter of the lands of Kenmure and others in Dalry (R.M.S.
Robert McBrair of Almagill died on the
28th October, 1639 (4), whilst riding before Dame Elizabeth Beaumont, Countess
of Nithsdale, the mother of Jean Maxwell who married his eldest son, John.
Undernoted are two letters from the Book
of Caerlaverock which refer to the above Robert McBrair, and which give
a feel for the times.
Letter from Sir Thomas Hope, Lord
Advocate, to Robert, 1st Earl of Nithsdale.
Edinburgh, 4 Feb. 1634 PLEASE ZOUR LORDSHIP
- I ressauit your Lordships of penult of January, and hes conferrit with
the Erll of Annandaill thairanent, and findis him very willing to schune
all contestatioun with zour Lordship, providing he resave in possessioun,
he seis not how he can haif richt till that widsett be renunceit, and the
possessioun be delyveret to him, quhilk I wische zour Lourdship sould procuir,
seeing it standis widsett for 7,000 merks; and zour Lordship may giff the
lady, zour Mother, securitie of uther landes and sum off your friendis
to be bund for payment of her dewties. I spake the Erll anent the diamond,
quho sayis to me that he hes it not, but that it was ingadgit at London
be zour Lordships ernest entreaty, to a man in Londoun fur ijc. lb Sterling,
for quilk, and the annuels thairoff his landis in Ingland ar distreinzit,
and quhil he pay the money, he can not haif the diamond. But he will gif
quhat suretie zour Lordship pleases. (sa sone as the security is perfyte
to him) to cause the diamond to be delyuerit to zour Lorship. I delt with
my Lord to know if he be of mind to dispose theis lands quhilk zour Lordship
disponit to him, quho answerit that willinglie, but that he ca haif none
to tak tham off his handis till he gett surety from zour Lordship, and
he is resoluit in selling thairof to lose 3,000 merks of the pryce for
present money. This is all that I can work with him, and I humblie intreit
zour Lordship to remember the auld and trew freindship hes ben betwix zow,
and lett not matteris go to any extremitie for laik of dewtie in zour Lordships
pairt, quhilk wilbe still in pyrel to faill if zour Lordship mak not theis
landis freie of your mothers widsett.
Asto the signatour past in favores of
my Lord Johnstoun, that reservation zour Lordship writtis of wes urgit,
but could not be had unfixit. The signator did aggrie, word be word, to
the infeftments made to the Earl of Mortoun, upon quhais resignation the
servis procydes. Butt zour Lordship is not prejudgit, for if zour Lordship
haif rycht, this infestment past to the Lord Johnstoun does not preiudge
My Lord, I am so assayit to haif zou
haid with the good Erl of Annandail, that I must humblie entret zour Lorship
to haif care that that widsett may be purgitt, and I trust efter that to
keep zour Lordship and him in the mutual respect and deutie quhilk ather
if yow aucht to utheris. And nather of zow hes samony freindis in this
old world that ze haif reasoun to suffer any dissoluotion of that true
freindship quhilk hes bene so long betuix zou. So with my humble service,
I rest zour Lords humble and bund servitor, Thomas Hope
Since the writing heirof, I haif so
ernestlie presset the Erl of Annandail that he hes promisit to send for
Robert McBriar and the Laird of Lag is heir, and if zour Lordship send
zour Lordhsips friendid ones betuix and the 13 of Februar, I sall move
a new meeting. Gif Robert McBrair come not, my Lord sall mak chose of annother
To the Rycht Nobill Erll, My Lord, The
Erll of Nithisdail.
From "The Book of Caerlaverock",
Volume II, 131.
Letter from George, 2nd Marquis of Huntly
to Robert, 1st Earl Nithsdale
Hampton Court, 19th Julye,  My
noble Lord, though the delyverye of these to your Lordships handes must
needs be very uncertain, in regarding of what wee heare anent the beleaguiring
of your house, yet I would not let Mr McBrear goe without this testimonye
of my best wishes in your Lordships behalf, as lykewise to show you that,
for anything I know, the King is noblye constant to right his owne honour,
and not to neglect any man who hath in these late occasiones expressed
a sincere fidelyte to his Majesties service, which is all that can be at
such a tyme sayd unto you, by,
Your Lordships affectioniate and loving
For the Right Honourable, my noble Lord,
the Earl of Nithsdale, these
From "The Book of Caerlaverock"
Of his three recorded sons, John, the
eldest, had been appointed in 1624 to assist the justiciary Courts (R.P.C.
xiii 482). He was a prominent Papist and was excommunicated in 1627(5),
by the Convention of the Estates. The lieges were warned not to reset him,
and again the following year he was prosecuted (R.P.C. ii, series 2, 203).
As late as 1641 he was mentioned as a delinquent (R.P.C. ii, series 2,
510). In August 1643, he was heir to his immediate younger brother Robert
(1) ExR. xxxii. 451 - 2 (2) R.P.C.. xiii 343, x 73, 2 RPC v.
380, vi 300. (3) 2 RPC ii 310 (4) Dumf. Com. 17 June 1642 (5) 2 RPC ii 128
15. i John.
ii Robert McBrair.
16. iii Agness.
17. iv David.
15. John McBrair m. 12-Feb-1634,
Jean Maxwell, (daughter of Robert Maxwell, Earl Nithsdale, and Elizabeth
Beaumont) d. Sep-1649, Dumfries, buried: 28-Sep-1649, Dumfries, St Michaels.
Servitor to William Maxwell of Gribton, May 1610. Involved with him in
the raid on Newbie 1605. John was dead by April 1646, when his brother
David was appointed tutor to his children (Inquis de Tut), he married on
the 12th Feb, 16341, Jean Maxwell, the Lady Middlebie, the younger daughter
of Robert Maxwell, Earl of Nithsdale2 and Dame Elizabeth Beaumont, Countess
Nithsdale. Jean married a second time, to Roger Kirkpatrick. She died September
1649, in Dumfries, and was buried 28-Sep-1649, Dumfries, St Michaels
(Both the Book of Caerlaverock
and Alicia Frasers "Avenue of Ancestors" refer to Jean Maxwell but indicate
that she died without marrying and without issue. However, Edgar's Pedigree
clearly identifies her as the daughter of the Earl Nithsdale. There are
numerous sasine entries and testimonials naming her as Jean Maxwell, daughter
of Robert, Earl of Nithsdale, and she appears in the Kirk Session Records
as the widow of John Maxwell, when her intended marriage to Roger Kirkpatrick
is announced. Shortly, (two weeks) prior to her death she is summoned to
appear in front of the Kirk to explain her constant dishaunting of the
Kirk, under pain of excommunication etc. I feel that the earlier omission
may be due to Mrs Fraser drawing on the pedigree drawn in the Caerlaverock
Book, which is, to say the least, cluttered at this period. Her entry on
the IGI is under Jeane [Maxwell or McBraire]..)
18. i Robert.
ii Agnes McBrair.
iii Elizabeth McBrair.
iv John McBrair.
16. Agness McBrair m. 03-AUG-1621,
in Dumfries, Robert Crichton of Ryehill, (son of William Crichton and Katherine
Carmichael) d. bef 1642. Appointed tutor to his brother Johns children,
see above, in the retour he is described as "of Almagill", however, Almagill
and Netherwood never belonged to him though Newwark did. The designation
"of Almagill" was either a courtesy during the minority of his nephew,
or an assertion of his claim to the estate under a forged disposition made
two hours after the death of his brother John, who had never been invest
in the properties. (Aitken MSS). In any case, as may be seen from the Barjarg
MSS and the Holmains Papers, the family scarcely had a hold on Almagill
at this time. In February David and his wife Sophia Crichton, and their
son Robert, obtained a grant of the barony of Kirkpatrick Irongray and
other lands resigned by Thomas Rome of Cluden, which were incorporated
into the free barony of Newwark (R.M.S. 1634-51, 1915). In the event of
the failure of male heirs the estate was to revert to David's nephew Robert.
The "Laird of Almagill" is named as Commissioner to Parliament for Dumfries
in 1646-71 and 1648-51. Had a charter of lands erected into the barony
of Newark, 11 Feb 1648 (RMS ix 1915). Was cautioner for James Hairstanes,
1644 and 1645 (APS). Served on the Committee of Warr, 1647 and 1648 (ibid).
On teh Committee of Estates 1648 (ibid). A Commissioner of Supply 1661
(ibid). On the death of his nephew, Robert, David ejected his widow and
son from the estate of Netherwood, was sued in Parlaiment but won his case
subject to aliment of £500 per year (ibid) David McBrair was soon
in difficulties owing to the Civil War and also to his having been cautioner
for the Earl of Annandale and Sir Robert Murray of Cockpool (Stoddart).
In 1653 Newwark and Kirkpatrick Irongray were appraised for 4,000 merks
by Robert Graham, late bailie and Jean Douglas, his wife (R.M.S. 1652-59,
111), whilst the 320 lands of Cluden and Duncow went to John Crichton of
Crawfordton (ibid. 536). David was commissioner for the Estates for the
Stewartry, 1661 and Sheriff Depute of Dumfries, 1663 (3 RPC i 662) Was
granted protection of Parliament in 1663 (APS) . In the Dumfries Testaments
we find a bond between John Walker, of Woodhead i Clouden, for £40
to David McBrair of Newark. Dated 17th June, 1656, the bond is witnessed
by James Crichton, brother to Sir Robert Crichton of Glenmure and Edward
Kirkpatrick in Richane. By 1663 he was in arrears with his payment to the
Exchequer (R.P.C. i, series 3, 328) and in 1665 he had to relinquish his
office, having gone to Ireland (R.P.C. ii, 3rd series, 58). At the British
Museum there is a letter from him to Charles I on his marriage, and a deposition
on billeting in 1663. He came to a tragic end, being mistaken and killed
for a Covenanter in 16672 whilst in hiding from his creditors (D&GNHAS
1911-12). The murderer was at once arrested and hung at Dumfries.
Amongst the Town Charters is the following
"Dumfries, 31 May 1667 - these requyreth
you in his Majesties name to have ane company of foot belonging to your
town, armed the best way they can be boden, to be by 10 of the clok this
date at your counsel stair foot, to receave the person of Jon Gordoun,
now in your gauld, and to guard him from thence, put to a tryall for the
confessed murdering of David Mcbrair, and gif he sal be found guiltie and
adjudged to die, let the said company attend the execution and do such
dewtie as is usual for guarden to do in such caices. This ye sall not faill
to do as ye will be ansuerable."
signed Annandail, Drumlanrig
1 P. Ret. 565 and 569 2 3 RPC ii 406 Had sasine
of land in Ayrshire, 23 Feb 1656 (v9/13,Ayr) May be the Agnes Gordon, Lady
Netherwood recorded in the burial registers of St Michaels Church, Dumfries,
who died/ was buried 30th May, 1699
19. i Robert.
ii James Crichton.
iii John Crichton.
iv Margaret Crichton.
20. v Elizabeth.
vi Catherine Crichton.
vii Isobel Crichton.
17. David McBrair m. 02-OCT-1641, Sophia
Crichton, (daughter of James Crichton). David died 0-___-1667. 6 Oct 1640,
Thomas Thomson in Richorne appeared before the Commitee of Estates and
stated that he was delivering 2 horses of David McBriars (sic) which were
left in his keeping whilst Mcbriar was out of the country. On his return
McBriar would pay Thomsons outlay.
21. i Robert.
ii Margaret McBrair b. 1649.
iii Thomas McBrair b. 1648.
18. Robert McBrair m. Marion Maxwell.
Robert died 0-Sep-1655. A minor when his father died in 1644, Robert himself
died in September 1655 or 1657 (Dumfries Testaments) whilst still a minor.
There is a bond drawn up between him and Thomas Gladstone, writer in Edinburgh,
for £100 Scots, dated 21st June 1656. It was witnessed by Mark Herries,
Roberts servitor and John Maxwell, his brother in law. A further bond,
between him and Thomas Gladstones, W.S. Edin., for £238 Scots, was
drawn up on the 26th October, 1655. As cautioner we find Janet Laurie,
relict of John Irving, late provost and her sons, Francis and Stephen Irving.
The witnesses are Roger Kirkpatrick, baillie, Thomas Crawford, notary John
Grierson, messenger and William Edgar(Possibly the uncle
of Robert Edgar, author of the "Introduction to the History of Dumfries",
who was married to the daughter of Thomas McBrair, late burgess of Dumfries).
. Robert was succeeded by his son, born
post humously and his wife, Marion Maxwell, had to take action against
David of Newark over the forged disposition previously detailed. On 15th
February, 1655 she forced, by decree, David to remove himself from Netherwood,
Rigside, Richerne etc., save so much as would satisfy him with an income
of 600 merks yearly from Almagill and Hallidayhill. The widow and her relatives
forcibly ejected David from Almagill (R.P.C. i, series 3, 239) and broke
open Castledyke where David dwelt, doing considerable damage (ibid 246).
Two years later the pugnacious widow turned her attention to Netherwood,
forcibly ejecting some tenants of Sir Robert Murray of Glenmuir, who claimed
possession by tack from Robert McBrair. The widow then held the house of
Netherwood with armed men, "as it were a garrison" and destroyed what she
could, including 11 hives of bees. (R.P.C. i, series 3, 590).
22. i Robert b. bef 1664.
19. Robert Crichton d. 1700. succeeded
his father, Sir Robert of Ryehill. By deed of Tailze by James, 2nd Earl
of Annandale, he changed his name to Murray. Sir Robert Murray, alias Crichton,
died in 1700, in which year, 15th September, there is a deed in which his
two daughters are named as co-heiresses.
i Jean Murray b. BEF 15-Sep-1700,
m. George Stirling.
ii Anna Murray b. BEF 15-Sep-1700,
m. James Murray.
20. Elizabeth Crichton m. John Irving,
(son of John Irving and Janet Laurie). Provost of Dumfries 1661-5 &
1668-73. Served as Provost of Dumfries, 1661-2-3-4-5 and 1668-9-70-1-2-3
"John of Friars Carse was Provost
and M.P. often. He was first made Provost in 1660, after the Restoration,
as a strong supporter of the King. He was in the first nomination of J.P.'s
in Scotland, as a landed gentleman"
John Beaufin Irving
- Book of The Irvings
i John Irving. Baillie, 1688
23. ii Janet.
24. iii Margaret.
21. Robert McBrair , wife unknown,
although he had children by Elizabeth Mure. of Newwark, was a cautioner
in 1675 (R.P.C. iv series 3, 657) and with his cousin, Robert of Netherwood,
figured in a bond of 1683 (Nithsdale Inventory, 67).
On the 8th of October, 1656, there is a
bond entered between David McBrair, of Newark, and John Murray, merchant
burgess of Dumfries, and Elizabeth Mure, his (John's) spouse, for the sum
of £12 and other sums, taking on him, (David?), the obligation of
Robert McBrair of Almagill, his nephew and Thomas McBrair, his natural
son by Elizabeth Mure, relict of Andrew Lisle, physician. This is witnessed
by James Welsh merchant burgess of Dumfries and Thomas Goldie, writer there.
Children by :
i John McBriar.
ii Susie McBrair.
25. iii David.
Children by Elizabeth Mure:
22. Robert McBrair b. bef 1664,
d. August 1711, buried: 23 Aug 1711, St Michaels, Dumfries. In March, 1664
Robert was served heir to his great grandfather, Robert McBrair, in Netherwood,
Almagill and the Stewartry properties (Inquis Spec), but not, of course
in Newwark. He was delivered to John Maxwell of Barncleuch, the town clerk,
for his education, on which 600 merks yearly was ordered to be spent (R.P.C.
ii, series 3, 569), which payment was reduced to 500 merks on appeal of
his tutor dative, Robert of Newwark (R.P.C. iii, series 3, 66)
The following list of lands belonging to
Robert McBrair on the 10th of January, 1666 gives an indication of the
position of the family in Dumfries society at that time:
"The five pound land of Over and Nether
Almagill, with the two husbandland of Hallidayhill; the one merk land of
Cluserd; the five merk land of Little and Meikle Cloaks; two merks of the
four merk land of Corsenloch (parishes of Urr and Colvend); the five pound
land of Nether Rickhorne; the half merk land of Glenshalloch; the twenty
shilling land of Auchrinnies; the two merk land of Little Rickhorne, the
forty pound land of Over and Netherwood, and Long Holm, held of the Crown;
part of the twenty pound land of Rigside, with the mill and salmon fishing;
the lands of Spitalfields, with the salmon fishing formerly belonging to
the Friars Minor of Dumfries, holding of the Crown; four acres of land
lying between the Doocot of Castledykes, on the south of the burgh of Dumfries
- Sinclairs tenement on the north, King's High Street on the East, and
the River Nith on the West; and two merks of the fifteen merks of the Kirkland
of Dumfries, feu of the King" In the Kirk Session Records for the 28th
November, 1696, there is an entry relating to the forthcoming marriage
of Edward Hetherington and Marion Charters, servants to Robert McBrair
of Netherwood, who married on the 17th December following. By 1707 Robert
was living at Castledykes, between Kingholm and Dumfries proper. Amongst
the Town Charters is a disposition by Robert McBrair of Netherwood to teh
Provost and Town Council of Dumfries, of all and haill those 4 acres of
land, or thereby, with the braes adjacent to, betwixt Sinclairs Vennel
on the North, the brink of the water of Nith on the West, the little yard
lately taken in by the vendor off the south corner of the said 4 acres
to the south, and the Queens High Road on the East, with the teynds etc.
thereof, together with his lands of Castledykes, holden of the Burgh, in
free burgage for service of Burgh due and wont. There is a clause of warrandice.
The witnesses are Robert Boyd, writer, Dumfries and Joseph Corrie, servitor
to John Lanrick, of Terrery. The value of the lands transferred was 11,000
from McDowalls "History
McBrair also held the salmon fishing rights
(by net and coble) on the water of Nith, as previously mentioned, thesewere
subject to an enquiry on Letters of Horning raised by the Town Council
against [John] Maxwell of Barncleuch, who was in possession of the McBrair
lands and fishings in 1709 / 10.
from Edgar’s Introduction
to the History of Dumfries
26. i Alexander.
ii John McBrair.
iii Janet McBrair.
iv Agnes McBrair d. December 1690,
buried: 12 Dec 1690, St Michaels, Dumfries.
v Joan McBrair.
27. vi Robert.
vii Anna McBrair d. October 1690,
buried: 10 Oct 1690, St Michaels, Dumfries.
viii William McBrair d. January
1695, buried: 14 Jan 1695, St Michaels, Dumfries.
ix James McBrair d. June 1690, buried:
4 Jun 1690, St Michaels, Dumfries.
x John McBrair d. April 1690, buried:
12 Apr 1690, St Michaels, Dumfries.
23. Janet Irving m. Alexander Maxwell,
(son of James Maxwell, of Breconside and Margaret Vans) d. 10-Oct-1701.
Issue by her at Alexanders death was "eight small infants" Alexander: of
Park of Dalbeattie and Terraughty
28. i William b. 1689.
29. ii Charles b. 28-Jul-1700.
iii Catherine Maxwell m. Robert
Neilson. Catherine died 1758, Kirkpatrick Durham.
iv Elizabeth Maxwell d. ob inf.
v Lucy Maxwell d. 1764.
vi Margaret Maxwell d. ob inf.
vii Mary Maxwell d. ob inf.
viii Rachel Maxwell.
ix Winifred Maxwell d. 5-Aug-1787,
24. Margaret Irving m. 1665, John Maxwell,
(son of John Maxwell and Agnes Irving). John Maxwell of Barncleuch, her
cousin. John Irving, father of John of Friars Carse, spouse of Elizabeth
Crichton, married Janet Laurie, daughter of Stephen Laurie of Maxwelton
(great-grand father of Annie Laurie of the song). He, John Irving (Senior),
died circa 1650 leaving issue: John, Francis, Stephen and Agnes, who married
secondly Robert Maxwell of Carnsalloch, but first, in 1637, John Maxwell
of Barncleuch, son of Thomas, younger son of John Maxwell of Kirkconnell.
and it was their son, John Maxwell of Barncleuch, who marries Margaret
Irving, in 1665.
"So many families of distinction in
Galloway and Dumfriesshire are connected by blood or marriage with the
Maxwells of Barncleuch, that the following genealogical note may be deemed
interesting. Thomas Maxwell, merchant burgess in Dumfries at the end of
the sixteenth century, was a younger son of Maxwell of Kirkconnell. Thomas
married Agnes Rig, whose father was a notary in Dumfries. John, their son
and heir, married in 1637 Agnes Irving, daughter of John Irving. On the
7th of July, 1638, he obtained from George Rome of Irongray a wadsett right
of the lands of Barncleuch and others. Agnes Irving survived her husband,
and married secondly Robert Maxwell of Carnsalloch ; and it was their son
who became Provost in the curious circumstances described in the text.
Provost Maxwell married Margaret, daughter of John Irving (Provost of Dumfries
in 1661-2-3-4-5 and again in 1668-9-70-1-2-3), by Elizabeth Crichton, his
wife, who was daughter of Sir Robert Crichton of Ryehill, a brother of
the Earl of Dumfries. James Maxwell, eldest son of the Provost, married
Janet Carruthers, a widow, whose first husband was Alexander Johnstone.
He married secondly, Mary, daughter of Dr. James Wellwood, a distinguished
member of the College of Physicians, London, and whose father, of the same
name, was parish minister of Tundergarth. By his second wife, James had
Barbara Maxwell, who married James Johnstone, brother of Thomas Johnstone
of Clauchrie, a cadet branch of the Westerhall family, Annandale. Wellwood
Johnstone, born in 1747, youngest and only surviving son of James Johnstone
and Barbara Wellwood, succeeded in 1776 as Wellwood Maxwell of Barncleuch,
on the death of James Maxwell of Barncleuch, son of Wellwoods grandfather
by the first marriage. Wellwood Maxwell (or Johnstone) married Catherine,
daughter of John Maxwell of Terraughtie. He died in 1833, leaving five
sons, John, Wellwood, Alexander, William and George, and three daughters,
Agnes, Mary, and Catherine. John, the eldest, born in 1784, married in
1815 his cousin, Clementina Herries Maxwell, heiress of Munches, and died
in 1843, leaving a son, Wellwood Herries Maxwell, born in 1817, now of
Munches, and Member of Parliament for the Stewartry and Kirkcudbright1.
He married, in 1844, Jane Home, eldest daughter of Sir William Jardine,
Bart., the eminent naturalist, and chief of the ancient family of Applegarth.
Wellwood, Alexander, and George carried on business together as merchants
in Liverpool. The latter, who was the proprietor of Glenlee, and unsuccessfully
contested the representation of the Stewartry in 1857, died in 1858. The
two other brothers, Wellwood Maxwell of The Grove, and Alexander Maxwell
of Glengaber, after amassing a fortune, spent the autumn of their honourable
and useful lives together at The Grove, and died within a few months of
each other, in 1867. William, a Liverpool merchant, and Catherine, now
Mrs Davis, still survive."
From McDowalls "History
Died 13th August, 1900, aged 82, and
succeeded by his son William Jardine Herries Maxwell, M.P. for Dumfriesshire.
John married his cousin, Margaret Irving, daughter of John Irving of Friars
Carse and Elizabeth Crichton. 8/12/1696, Margaret and John Maxwell have
sasine, in liferent, of Glensalloch and Auchinnies (Auchtines) in the Parish
of Urr. Their son, James, had feu.
30. i James.
31. ii Mary.
25. David McBrair m. 15-APR-1675, in
Dumfries, Jean Douglas, d. July 1711, buried: 6 Jul 1711, St Michaels,
Dumfries. David died bef 1711.
i Jean McBraire b. 1676.
ii Robert McBrair b. 1677.
26. Alexander McBrair m. 25-Nov-1719,
in Bewcastle, Susan Rome, (daughter of Thomas Rome and Margaret Edgar).
Alexander died Jan 1738, buried: 5 Jan 1738, St Michaels, Dumfries. Wadset,
21/9/1730, Alexander had sasine of the 6 merk lands of Glenshalloch, alias
Waterside, and Auchinnies etc, in the Parish of Urr. On 18/2/1734 these
passed to the Copeland family. Succeeded his father in Little and Meikle
Cloak, Par. Colvend. 21 Sep 1730 Susan: Served, 11-Jun-1757 as" Heir of
line & Provision General" Widow of Alexander McBrair of Netherwood,
heir to her brother Thomas Rome of Clouden.
i Robert McBrair d. 1740, buried:
10 Sep 1740, St Michaels, Dumfries. The Directory of Land Ownership in
Scotland c1770 values Orchardknowes at £42.10.00 and has it in the
possession of a Robert McBrair
ii Thomas McBrair d. bef 1786.
iii Wilhelmina McBrair d. 23-Oct-1796.
iv James McBrair d. BEF 1786.
32. v Agnes.
33. vi William b. 1735.
vii Susan (Sophia) McBrair d. 1738,
buried: 15 Mar 1738, St Michaels, Dumfries.
viii Janet McBrair d. 1729, buried:
1 May 1729, St Michaels, Dumfries.
27. Robert McBrair m. 25 Nov 1715,
in Glasgow, Margaret Pettigrew, (daughter of John Pettigrew, MA. and Marion
Dunlop). Robert is described as laird of Netherwood in 1727.
Robert M'Brayer - Merchant, Burgess
and Guild Brother, as married to Margaret, lawful daughter of the deceased
Mr John Pettigrew, Minister of Govan, Burgess and Guild Brother, gratis,
conform to adt of council dated 2 Oct and 5 Oct, 1738"
From "The Burgesses
and Guild Brethren of Glasgow 1573 - 1750" SRO, 1925
MacBraires of Tweedhill and Broadmeadows,
Berwickshire, "the immediate descendants of Robert, son of Thomas MacBrair
of Newark, a younger brother of the laird of Netherwood in the early 16th
century ... Robert MacBraire settled in Edinburgh as a merchant around
1560 and he and his successors for 4 generations continued to reside there.
Robert, great great grandson of the
above Robert, and eldest son of John, merchant and burgess in Edinburgh,
settled in Glasgow and married on the 25th November, 1715, Margaret, eldest
daughter of Rev. John Pettogrew, a well known personage, an author and
wit of his day.
Burkes Dictionary of
the Landed Gentry, 1847
i Janet McBrair.
ii James McBrair b. aft 1715.
iii Robert McBrair b. aft 1715.
iv Thomas McBrair b. aft 1715.
34. v John b. aft 1715.
vi Charles McBrair b. aft 1715.
vii Robina McBrair b. aft 1715.
viii Marion McBrair b. aft 1715.
ix Grizell McBrair b. aft 1715.
28. William Maxwell b. 1689, m. (1)
Barbara Maxwell, (daughter of George Maxwell of Munches and Agnes Maxwell)
m. (2) Agnes Maxwell, d. 1771. William died 16-May-1772. Was with Prince
Charles Edward Stuart at Culloden, 1745, afterwards a prisoner in Carlisle
Castle, from where he escaped.
Children by Barbara Maxwell:
i Anna Maxwell d. 1820.
Children by Agnes Maxwell:
35. ii George b. 1738.
iii Marion Maxwell. Received a Bond
of Provision from her brother on 16th September 1777, and her half sister,
Ann, made awill in her favour in 1800.
iv Agnes Maxwell. Received a Bond
of Provision from her brother on 16th September 1777
29. Charles Maxwell b. 28-Jul-1700,
Terraughty, m. Miss McBrair. Charles died London.
i William Maxwell. Went to New
York, married and had family
36. ii Robert.
iii Margaret Maxwell d. 1758, London.
37. iv Charles.
30. James Maxwell m. (1) Janet Carruthers,
m. (2) Mary Wellwood. Had feu of the lands of Glensalloch, etc. Mary: daughter
of Dr James Wellwood, member of the College of Physicians in London, whose
father, also James, was the minister at Tundergarth.
Children by Mary Wellwood:
38. i Barbara.
31. Mary Maxwell m. Thomas Irving,
(son of Thomas Irving and Elizabeth Craik).
39. i William.
32. Agnes McBrair m. 1753, Benjamin
Dodd, (son of James Dods). Agnes died 23-Oct-1796. Agnes died 23-Oct-1796.
2-May-1787. In Edinburgh. Served as Heir general to her mother, Susan Rome
Entry 558 Process of Divorce. Benjamin
Dodd of Auchengibbert. late an officer in HM Army, presently residing at
Ash, Cumberland, against Agnes McBrair, his spouse, daughter of the deceased
Alexander McBrair of Netherwood, married 1753 and issue of 3 children.
Processes & Decreets, Commissariat of Edinburgh"
i James Dodd. James Dodd of Chappell.Served
as HEIR SPECIAL to his mother. Subscribed to raising of 2 troops of fencible
cavalry, 1794 (Dumfries Weekly News, 24-Jun-1794. 23-Jan-1797 Brigade Major
Dodd of Chappel, Parish of Tongland, has sasine of the lands of Largs etc.
as heir to his mother Agnes, on precept from the Chancery. The property
then passed to Captain Michael Falcon in 1799. Largs in parish of Twynholm.
(1770, Dir. of Land Ownership, values Chapel & Quarter at $127:00:00).
ii Benjamin Dodd.
iii Susanna Dodd.
33. William McBrair b. 1735, m. (1)
0-Jun-1770, in Troqueer, Isobel Hume, (daughter of Alexander Hume and Mary
Wright) m. (2) 03-OCT-1781, in Rerrick, Margaret Thomson, b. 1757, d. 29-Jun-1844,
Orchardknowes, buried: Colvend. William died 21-Jun-1821, Orchardknowes,
buried: Colvend. died 29-Jun-1841. William died 21-Jun-1821. Captain McBrair,
served as heir to his mother Susanna Rome 1786, his elder brothers having
died previously without heirs.
Children by Margaret Thomson:
i Agnes McBrair b. 00-___-1783,
Rerrick, d. 8-Feb-1810.
ii William McBrair b. 0-___-1786,
d. 19-Oct-1818, Spring Estate, Trelawney, Jamaica, buried: Colvend. (In
the 1830 Jamaica Almanac, Spring Estate, Trelawney is described as belonging
to the descendants of William Mitchell, with 148 'apprentices'). (per email
from Helen Wentworth, 27 Jun, 1998).
iii Robert McBrair b. 0-___-1788,
d. 30-Nov-1806. 1799 VR has Robert as owner of Orchardknowes
40. iv Jane b. 1791.
41. v John b. 0-___-1794.
34. John McBrair b. aft 1715, d. 27
May 1798, Enniscorthy, Ireland.
42. i James.
ii Robert McBrair.
iii Frederick McBrair.
iv Arthur McBrair.
v a daughter.
vi a daughter.
35. George Maxwell b. 1738, m. 9-Apr-1771,
Henrietta Carruthers, d. Aft 1822. George died 20-Nov-1822. On the death
of Alexander Herries Maxwell of Terraughty on 28 June 1815 he became heir
male to the Maxwell family and would have been Earl Nithsdale etc. had
it not been for the attainder of the 5th Earl.
i William Maxwell b. 16-Feb-1773,
d. 1800. Paymaster of the 8th Dragoons.
ii James Maxwell b. 16-Jun-1775,
d. 1800, Jamaica.
43. iii (Lt. Col.) George b. 1777.
36. Robert Maxwell m. unknown.
i a daughter d. in Dumfries.
ii Homer Maxwell.
37. Charles Maxwell m. (1) Detraid,
m. (2) Miss Douglas, of the Kelhead family
Children by Detraid:
i Mrs Turnbull. In America.
ii Mrs Williams. In England
Children by Miss Douglas:
iii Charles Maxwell.
iv William Maxwell. Died ‘in the
38. Barbara Maxwell m. James Johnstone,
the brother of Thomas Johnstone of Clauchrie, cadet branch of the Westerhall
44. i Wellwood Maxwell b. 1747.
39. William Irving m. Katherine Menzies,
(daughter of James Menzies).
William Irving "of Gribton was a strong
Jacobite. Of the nineteen rebels reported in Dumfries and Galloway for
aiding the Prince in 1745, four were Irvings - viz., this William of Gribton
and his eldest son, James, and the Irvings of Wysebie and Whitehill. From
this time Gribton lost ground. William married Katherine Menzies, daughter
of James Menzies of Enoch, and left issue".
from John Beaufin Irving
- Book of The Irvings
45. i James.
ii Charles Irving d. 1794, Jamaica.
46. iii Thomas.
47. iv Joseph.
v Alexander Irving.
vi Mary Irving m. James Thomson.
vii Margaret Irving m. (1) Joseph
Welsh, m. (2) Thomas Corbet.
viii Betty Irving m. Alexander Ferguson.
ix Winifred Irving m. (1) Archibald
Baird, m. (2) John Wilson, m. (3) Mr Sweetman. Archibald: of Georgetown,
x Katherine Irvine.
40. Jane McBrair b. 1791, m. 28-JUN-1818,
in Dumfries, William Lammie, d. BEF 03-NOV-1829. Jane died 7-May-1853,
Palnackie, buried: Colvend. served heir to her brother John, son of William
Advertisement / notice, intimating
sale of brewery and public house of William Hume to Mr William Lammie.
From "The Dumfries Weekly Journal",
28 Oct 1817
"To be sold: Property on Nith side of
English Street possessed by Mr Lammie, brewer, and others, 2 storey slated
house, 2 shops, back shops cellars and the brewery, and other appropriate
houses belonging thereto, an excellent Pump Well and Dunghillstead, To
be sold separately or together. To be sold: 2 Storey slate house on the
Whitesands possessed by Francis Scott and others, a well frequented inn.
Further particulars: James Kennedy,
gardener or Robert Scott, cooper, who are in possession of the title deeds".
In the "The Dumfries Weekly Journal", 14 Mar
1826 there is a 2 column list of subscribers to the support of the poor
holding badges from the Kirk Session. William Lammie agrees to pay £3
From "The Dumfries Weekly Journal",
28 Oct 1817
"To the creditors of Wm. Lammie, brewer
in Dumfries, deceased. The Accounts of the intromission of Mrs Lammie,
the executrix, have been examined and docquetted by the Committee of Creditors
appointed for that purpose, a scheme of division has been prepared and
the accounts and scheme will lie in the hands of Mr James Swan, draper
in Dumfries till the 19th November, 1829 when, if no objections be lodged,
a final dividend will be paid to those who have ranked, and those who fail
to rank after this public notice will be excluded from any share of the
funds. Dumfries, 3d Nov 1829"
48. i Margaret b. 1820.
49. ii Jane b. 1824.
41. John McBrair b. 1794, d. 10-Dec-1822,
ii William McBrair b. bef 1823.
42. James McBrair m. 10 May 1793, Elizabeth
Bower, (daughter of Joseph Bower).
James settled on the island of Newfoundland.
In 1794-5, at the outbreak of teh French Revolution, he gave up his business
and raised more than 100 men, at his own expense, to form a fencible regiment
for the defence of the North American Colonies. He joined his regiment
as a Captain and served with them for several years.
After the peace of Amiens and the cessation
of hostilities his regiment was disbanded and he returned to Newfoundland.
He filled several important public offices in his adopted hometown of St
In 1817 he retired from business and
returned to Scotland where he purchased the Berwickshire estates of Tweedhill
He adopted a coat of arms consisting
of a silver shield with three stars at the top, a horizontal band across
the middle and a lion rampant at the base, all in red.
50. i John Joseph b. 3 Jun 1801.
43. (Lt. Col.) George Maxwell b. 1777,
m. 4-Jun-1804, Jane Clark, b. 1784, d. 17 Jan 1837, buried: Troqueer Parish
Church. (Lt. Col. Maxwell died 2 Oct 1821, France, buried: Troqueer Parish
Church. Younger of Carruchan. Lieutenant Colonel of the Galloway Militia.
Jane: Daughter of John Clark of Drummore, of Nunland
i George Walter Maxwell b. 17-Mar-1805,
d. 4-Aug-1827, the River Nith. On death of his grandfather succeded as
heir male to the Maxwell family and would have been Earl Nithsdale etc,
but for the 5th Earls attainder. (DGFHS MI Trans gives time of death as
September) ii John Maxwell b. 10-May-1806, d. 24-Jun-1824. Died
at sea on way to India in East India Co's service.
iii William Maxwell of Carruchen
b. 1797, m. (1) Janet Maxwell, b. 1814, (daughter of John Herries Maxwell
of Munches and Clementina Herries Maxwell) d. 9-Jan-1842, Carronhill, Dumfries,
m. (2) Mary Clark. William died 21-May-1863, buried: Troqueer Parish Church.
Claimed the titles of Earl Nithsdale, Lords Maxwell, Herries etc. on death
of his elder brother. Died without issue. Mary: only daughter of John Clark
iv Alexander Maxwell b. 19-May-1808,
d. 20 Jul 1834, Galt, Upper Canada.
v Jane Christiana Maxwell d. 1861.
vi Christiana Maxwell d. 1861.
44. Wellwood Maxwell Johnston b. 1747,
m. Catherine Maxwell, (daughter of John Maxwell and Agnes Hannay). Wellwood
died 1833. born 1747, youngest and only surviving son of Barbara Maxwell
and James Johnstone, succeeded as heir to his grandfather James Maxwell
of Barncleuch, 1776, after which he was known as Wellwood Maxwell. Married
Catherine Maxwell, daughter of John Maxwell of Terraughtie. Served as Provost
of Dumfries 1781-2. Wellwood died 1833.
51. i John b. 03-JAN-1783/4.
ii Wellwood Maxwell d. 1867. Subscribed
to raising 2 troops of fencible cavalry, 1794
iii Alexander Maxwell d. 1867.
iv William Maxwell.
v George Maxwell d. 1858.
vi Agnes Maxwell.
vii Mary Maxwell.
viii Catherine Maxwell m. Unknown
45. James Irving m. Elizabeth Walsh,
(daughter of Joseph Welsh).
52. i William.
ii Joseph Irving.
iii Catherine Irving m. Archibald
iv Nancy Irving.
46. Thomas Irving m. Marion Corbet,
(daughter of James Corbet). Marion Corbet, daughter of James Corbet, Provost
of Dumfries. Thomas was Inspector General of Ports, Massachusets till 1772,
Kings Agent in Florida, Inspector General for Imports & Exports for
i William Irving.
ii Marion Irving.
47. Joseph Irving m. Margaret Milligan.
i Peter Irving.
ii James Irving.
48. Margaret Lammie b. 1820, m.
16-May-1841, Samuel Wilson, b. 0-Mar-1807, Carsethorn, (son of William
Wilson and Mary McKnight) d. 0-Dec-1904, Orchardton Mains, buried: 0-Dec-1904,
Buittle. Margaret died 7-Jul-1892, Orchardton Mains.
i William Wilson b. 28-Oct-1842,
Orchardknowes, d. 1906. Lost aboard the "Mary"
ii George Wilson b. 22-Jul-1844,
Orchardknowes, m. Jane Kincaid. George died 1931. Captain of the "Elbe"
53. iii Jane McBriar b. 18-Jul-1846.
54. iv Samuel b. 14-Jun-1848.
v John Wilson b. 14-Jul-1850, Palnackie.
55. vi Margaret Lammie b. 8-Jan-1853.
56. vii James b. 28-Mar-1855.
57. viii Mary b. 14-May-1857.
ix Caroline Wilson b. 25-May-1860,
Buittle, d. Abt 1953.
x Charles Wilson b. 25-May-1860,
Buittle, d. 1861.
49. Jane Lammie b. 1824, m. John Macartney,
b. 1806, (son of Alexander Macartney and Margaret Thomson) d. 10-Oct-1885,
Dansville, Castle Douglas. Jane died 16-Feb-1862, Dansville, Castle Douglas.
1841 Census shows age as 15 (15 to 20) WFP 1843 shows Jane Lamnie (sic)
marrying John McCartney John: younger of Barlocco
i Jane McBrair Macartney b. 1844,
d. 24-Aug-1862, Madeira.
50. John Joseph McBrair b. 3 Jun 1801,
m. 1831, Caroline Abigail Gott, (daughter of Benjamin Gott, Esq.). John
died 1849. Magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant of Berwickshire
i James McBrair b. 12 May 1832.
51. John Herries Maxwell of Munches
b. 03 Jan,1783/4, m. 1815, Clementina Herries Maxwell, b. 1782, (daughter
of William Maxwell and Janet Syme) d. 1858, buried Buittle. John died 01
Mar 1843, buried Buittle. County Convener 1833 - 1843, MP for Stewartry
1868 - 1874:
58. i Wellwood Herries b. 15-Oct-1817.
ii John Maxwell b. 12-May-1814.
iii Janet Maxwell b. 1814, m. William
Maxwell of Carruchen, b. 1797, (son of (Lt. Col.) George Maxwell and Jane
Clark) d. 21-May-1863, buried: Troqueer Parish Church. Janet died 9-Jan-1842,
Carronhill, Dumfries. William: Claimed the titles of Earl Nithsdale, Lords
Maxwell, Herries etc. on death of his elder brother. Died without issue.
52. William Irving m. Jane Corrie.
i William Joseph Irving d. ‘young’,
ii James Irving b. 1808, m. Margaret
McMillan. James died 1873. Major James Irving
iii Mary Irving.
53. Jane McBriar Wilson b. 18-Jul-1846,
Palnackie, m. 13-Apr-1870, in Orchardton Mains, John McLellan, b. 1843,
Barnbarroch, (son of William McLellan and Mary Walker). Lived at 5 Barlochan
Road (Castle Douglas) after marriage. John: On schooner "Rover" under Capt.
Thos. Candlish, sailing out of Liverpool. sailed wind-jammers of Messrs
Nicholson & McGill. Qualified for Masters Certificate 1866, age 23.
Got command of"Vanguard". 1866 joined Liverpool Salvage Association. 1900
voted an Associate of the Institute of Naval Arch- itects. 1911 injured
during salvage of "Delmira". Invalided home 9/1914
i William McLellan b. 1874. CBE
MIEE. Engineer for Galloway Hydro Scheme.
59. ii John b. abt 1876.
iii Samuel Wilson McLellan b. Abt
1881, m. Abt 1919, Nora Cullen. MC MD FRCS FRCP(Edin).
60. iv James b. Abt 1883.
54. Samuel Wilson b. 14-Jun-1848, Palnackie,
d. (Orchardton Mains).
i Sam Wilson.
ii Jane Wilson m. Mr Maxwell.
iii (Jean) Wilson.
55. Margaret Lammie Wilson b. 8-Jan-1853,
Palnackie, m. William Gordon, b. 1845, England, (son of Thomas Gordon and
Mary Johnstone) d. 31-Mar-1917, Palnackie. Margaret died 5-May-1924.
i Thomas Gordon b. 5-Sep-1873,
Borgue, d. 8-Dec-1960, Canada.
ii Samuel Wilson Gordon b. 13-Mar-1875,
iii William Gordon b. 1877, Borgue.
iv John Gordon b. 1879, d. 4-Apr-1938,
v Samuel Gordon b. 1881, Borgue.
vi George Wilson Gordon b. 1883,
d. 5-Dec-1918, Alexandria.
vii Margaret Lammie Gordon b. 1889,
d. 2-Apr-1959, Dunfermline.
56. James Wilson b. 28-Mar-1855, Buittle,
i Jane Wilson.
61. ii a son.
57. Mary Wilson b. 14-May-1857, Buittle,
m. John Clark. Valuation Roll, 1911, House in Palnackie, Spinster.
i Margaret Lammie Clark b. 10-Aug-1843,
ii Agness Clark b. 3-Sep-1846, Barnbarroch.
iii Mary McKnight Lowden Wilson Clark
b. 28-May-1851, Ae Lodge (?).
58. Wellwood Herries Maxwell b. 15-Oct-1817,
m. 31-Mar-1844, Jane Home Jardine, b. 31-OCT-1821, (daughter of William
Jardine and Jane Hume Lizars) d. 06-FEB-1894, buried: Buittle. Wellwood
died 13-AUG-1900, buried: 1900, Buittle.
i Catherine Helen Herries Maxwell
b. 20-MAY-1846, d. 13-DEC-1856, buried: 1856, Buittle. (Caerlaverock Book
pedigree has date of birth as 17/10/1864?).
ii John Herries Maxwell b. 03-OCT-1846,
d. 05-DEC-1856, buried: Buittle.
iii Clementina Maxwell b. 6-Jun-1850,
62. iv William Jardine Herries b.
v Agnes Maxwell b. 1-Apr-1854, m.
29-Aug-1878, Lionel Fitzgerald Maitland-Kirwan, (son of (Capt.) Charles
L Maitland-Kirwan). Lionel:
From "The Stewartry Roll of Honour"
Captain Lionel Fitzgerald Maitland-Kirwan,
Collin House, Castle Douglas. Educated in HMS Britania Jan 1893-95; Midshipman,
1896-99; Sub Lieut. 1899-1901; Lieut. 1901; Commander 1913; Captain, 1918,
Royal Navy. Served on North Sea, November 1914, March 1915 in HMS Drake,
flagship of Rear Admiral W Grant. CB, 7th Cruiser Squadron, then from March
1915 - Jan 1918 on North Sea in HMS Lion, flagship of Vice Admiral Sir
David Beatty, KCB, Battle Cruiser Fleet, then from June 1918 till May 1919,
Cape and East Africa, commanded HMS Talbot. Awarded 1915-16 Star. Pre War
Service record - 1st Lieut. Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, under Rear
Admiral Craddock, CB, MVO, HMS Hercules, Vice Admiral Sir George Callaghan
and HMS King George, E, with Admirals Sir John Jellicoe and Sir George
vi Margaret Maxwell b. 6-Feb-1856,
vii Jessie Jane Maxwell m. George
Hood Kinnear, Esq.. George and Jessie had a family but I have no details
63. viii Wellwood Maxwell, of Kirkennan,
ix Alexander Maxwell b. 26-Jun-1860.
x Hugh Maxwell b. 12-May-1862.
59. John McLellan b. abt 1876,
m. Lesley Barraclough, d. 22-Feb-1987. John died 10-Feb-1954, Orchardknowes.
64. i John b. abt 1921.
60. James McLellan b. Abt 1883, m.
1927, Mary Elizabeth McQueen. James died 1968, Glenluffin.
65. i James b. 1929.
66. ii Peter Wilson b. abt 1931.
61. a son.
i a son.
62. William Jardine Herries Maxwell
b. 04-MAR-1852, Buittle, m. (1) 1877, Dora Kirwan, b. 1851, Kelton, (daughter
of (Capt.) Charles L Maitland-Kirwan) d. 1922, m. (2) aft 1922, Constance.
William died 13-JUL-1935, buried: Buittle. Succeeded to Barncleuch &
Munches, 1900 OBE DL JP Constance: Widow of W D Robinson Douglas of Orchardton
Children by Dora Kirwan:
i Matilda Herries Maxwell b. 01-APR-1878,
St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, d. 18-JUL-1960, buried: 1891, Terraughtie House,
Castle Douglas Road.
ii Dorothea Jardine Herries Maxwell
b. 18-OCT-1879, d. 30-JUN-1883, buried: Buittle.
iii Wellwood Herries Maxwell b.
14-OCT-1880, d. 26-JUN-1883.
iv William Jardine Maxwell, Capt.
b. 1883, Troqueer, d. 26-Aug-1916, Abiad, Darfur,Egypt. In1891 was living
at Terraughtie House, Castle Douglas Road.
v Charles Maxwell b. 1884, Troqueer.
vi Jean Herries Maxwell b. 1885,
d. 27 Aug 1972, buried: Buittle.
67. vii Desmond Herries b. 16-OCT-1886.
viii John Maxwell, 2nd. Lt. b. 1890,
Troqueer, d. 12-Jul-1915, Gallipoli, Dardanelles.
63. Wellwood Maxwell, of Kirkennan, JP
b. 28-Dec-1857, m. 3-Oct-1889, Anna Louisa Walker, (daughter of George
Gustavus Walker, KCB.) d. 1932. Wellwood died 6 Jan 1933. Anna: Daughter
of Sir George Gustavus Walker, KCB
i Wellwood Walker Maxwell b. 1890.
ii a son b. 13-May-1905.
iii a daughter b. 20-Aug-1898.
iv Maj. Gen. Sir Aymer Maxwell,CBE MC
JP b. 27 Dec 1891, m. 1915, Isobel Frances Hawthorn. Major Maxwell
died 16 Oct 1971.
64. John McLellan
i Leslie McLellan.
ii Fiona McLellan.
iii Jean McLellan.
65. James McLellan
i Alistair James Wilson McLellan
ii Thomas William Selmar McLellan
66. Peter Wilson McLellan
i Hamish McLellan
ii Lucian Aghassi Mclellan
iii Anna Madeliene McLellan
67. Desmond Herries Maxwell, RN. b.
16-OCT-1886, m. (1) Edith Chetwood, b. 31-OCT-1886, d. 25-NOV-1957, buried:
Buittle, m. (2) 1958, Sheila Maxwell. Desmond died 28-APR-1977, buried:
Buittle. Sheila: Daughter of the late alderman W B Stoddart of Liverpool