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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)
2  Beresford, Tristram (I1468)
3  Fitzwilliam, Charles of Saundby (I1721)
4  Slack, Thomas (I2274)
5  Sybil, Thomas of Eynsford (I2331)
6  Bury, John of Colliton (I2345)
7 "Ancestor of the Earls of Loudon" Campbell, James of Lawers (I1939)
8 "died of a flux, on his arrival at Bengal" Adair, Alexander (I1866)
9 "Married 3 times" per Cambridge alumni profile Bryans, Francis (I0714)
10 "moor-master under Lord Derwentwater" (Worthies of Cumberland) Lee, William (I2291)
11 "of Old Castle" English, Arabella (I1143)
12 "Of Twiggs and Chalmerston, Stirling" Burn, James (I0823)
13 "Of Westerton" Callander, Janet (I0820)
14 "Of Westerton, Stirling and Preston Hall, Midlothian" Burn-Callander, William of Westerton (I0824)
15 "who was son of John, and grandson of Hugh Twysell" (Transactions) Twysell, John (I2078)
16 1939 Register Bryans, Henry Murdoch (I0173)
17 21 in 1801, per marriage application Sutherland, Jemima Foster (I0371)
18 Apparently adopted the surname Curtis-Hayward some time after the death of her husband. Hayward, Albinia Frances (I0846)

A memorial in St Mary's church (Hawkesbury) reads:
In a Vault
Near this Monument are deposited
the Mortal Remains of
Thomas Curtis Esq
who died at Bath April 4 1784 Aged 45
He was zealous in Christian Faith and Practice
Engaged in no profession
He found employment in doing good
He superintended private and public Charities
And promoted the institution of Societies
For the improvement
of Science, Agriculture and Arts
In private life He was distinguished
By every amiable and domestic Virtue
the Excellence of his Character
Is impressed upon the memory
of his Friends
But this record may kindle emulation
And excite others to Go and do likewise
in the same Vault are deposited
the Mortal Remains of his Widow
Ann Curtis
who died at Bath Jan 5 1798
Aged 60
Innocent in life, Engageing in Manners
Diffident of her abilities
But by her Conduct giving proof
Of Prudence and Sound Judgement
She lived and died affectionately belov'd
By her Family and Friends
And Esteemed by all who knew her.

Curtis, Thomas (I1487)

From Hereford Journal, 7th February 1798, page 3:
"On Monday se'nnight died, suddenly, whilst eating his dinner, Mr Lawrence Stephens of Cotmore, near Kington, in this county. He was a gentleman of so great respectability in his neighbourhood, and of such strict integrity in all his dealings, that his loss will be long deplored by his family and acquaintance. His Estate, called the Heath, in the parish of Lyonshall, it is said, goes to the Rev. Jon Powell, of Cabalva, Radnorshire, by virtue of the will of the late Mrs Elizabeth Dale, formerly of the Heath."

This looks like the location for his farm: Google Maps, showing it o be in Lyonshall.

It would be helpful to establish who Mrs Elizabeth Dale was, along with Rev. John Powell.There is a Cabalva Farm in Herefordshire, about 10 miles SW of Lyonshall.

Stephens, Lawrence (I1641)

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)

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)

"of the Most, in Ightham, Kent"1

[1] The Fortunes of a Family (Bosvile of New Hall, Gunthwaite and Thorpe) Through Nine Centuries, Alice Macdonald, 1861, page 282
Clement, Richard (I2328)

Sheriff of Devon in 1537. Knighted in 1541 by Henry VIII. Son of Sir Lewis Pollard.
History of Parliament Online gives his knighthood on 16 Jan 1542 and notes he had 3 sons, but does not mention any daughters.

Leased the lands of Ford Abbey in 1540.

Pollard, Richard of Ford Abbey (I2330)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

A few online sources pick William as having been born in 1690 in East Meon, son of Peter. I'm not sure on what basis this is made, as, whilst East Meon is still in Hampshire, it's not in Portsmouth where the Stigant family seems to have been based. This date of birth makes William 30 when he marries Sarah Bound. There is a mention of a Bishgop Stigand here.

A different William Stigant was born in 1683 (baptised 18 Dec 1683) in Portsmouth, son of William and Mary. This could be another candidate - making him 37 when he married Sarah Bound. Here the age is slightly less comfortable, but the place of birth more obvious.
Stigant, William (I1524)

A William Woodison married Elisabeth Turner on the 7th Jan 1727 in Alverstoke St Mary, Hampshire. Alverstoke is across Portsmouth harbour from Portsea, where the Stigants were based.

This could potentially be the right person given the date and location. Some Ancestry members have also picked this as the right person.

The Portsea Island Rate Books record a William Woodison as occupier of in Portsea, for 1725. If this was the same person then he must have been born no later than 1707 in order to be paying rates in 1725.

Two William Woodisons have birth records for Alverstoke at roughly the right time:
These could possibly be this William, plus his father.

There are also a couple of William Woodasons born in Alverstoke, but their DOBs are later, in 1709 and 1710, which is probably a little too late assuming a marriage in 1727.
Woodison, William (I1527)

According to Burke1, Capt. John Strachan "held a troop in Gen. Dalzell2's regiment called in the life of Peden 'Strachan's Dragoons', who, along with Airlie's troop, destroyed Richard Cameron3 and his unfortunate followers in 1680".

Wikipedia, in its entry on the Royal Scots Greys says the following: "On 21 May 1678, two troops were raised by Captains John Strachan and John Inglis with a third under Captain Viscount Kingstoun added on 23 September. These were the first mounted units raised for the Crown in Scotland and were used by John Graham, Viscount Dundee to suppress prohibited Presbyterian assemblies or Conventicles in South-West Scotland. Some of the more extreme Presbyterians took up arms in June 1679, and the dragoons were present at Bothwell Bridge."

The History of the Second Dragoons has some more details, including details of the warrant from Charles II to Capt. Strachan:
Charles the Second by ye grace of God king of Scotland, england, france and Ireland Defender of ye faith &c. to our trusty and welbeloved John Strachan greeting: Wee reposing speciall trust and confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct, doe by these presents constitute and appoint you to be Captaine of one of ye two Companies of Dragoones appointed by us to be forthwith leavied for our service in our ancient Kingdome of Scotland, which Company is to consist of one hundred men besides officers. You are therefore carefully to discharge the Duty of a Captaine by exercising ye said Company in Armes, both Officers and soldiers, and keeping them in good order and Discipline. And wee doe hereby command them to obey you as their Captaine, and you likewise exactly to observe and follow all such Orders and Directions as you shall from time to time receive from Us, our Privy Councell, the Commander in chiefe of our fforces in that our Kingdome now or for the time being, or any other your superiour officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of Warre, in pursuance of ye trust which wee doe hereby repose in you.

"Given at our Court at Whitehall the 21th day of May 1678—and of our Reigne the 30th year."

In The Scots Army, 1661-1688 (p24), it is suggested that Capt. Strachan was "possibly son of Sir John Strachan named on p.68 as having mustered Lord Annandale's Troop. John Strachan [the subject of this note, not his putative father] was appointed Lieut. in Sir George Monro's Regt. of Foot in 1674. Said Regt. was disbanded in the autumn of 1675. On 21 May, 1678, John Strachan was appoitned Capt. of a "Company" of Dragoons in Scotland; and on 25 Nov. 1681 received a Commission as Capt. in the Regt. of Scots Dragoons. This officer, as a cavalry soldier, left his mark in the Western shires and on the Borders. He accompanied his Regt. to England in Oct. 1688 and is believed to have left the Army soon after the accession of William III. On 31 July 1706 a Royal Warrant was signed in Windsor granting "a yearly pension of £50 per ann. to Captain John Strachan sometime Captain of a Troop of Dragoons in Scotland."

[1] 1st Edition Reprint, 1849, Vol III Supplement, Burn-Murdoch of Gartincaber
[2] Probably Thomas Dalziel, 1599-1685
[3] Richard Cameron was a leader of the militant Presbyterians, known as Covenanters, who resisted attempts by the Stuart monarchs to control the affairs of the Church of Scotland.

Strachan, John (I1595)

Burke's Peerage (101st Edition, page 20) calls her Jane rather than Jean.

There's a little detail on the Edmonstones at

A genealogical review is provided in "Genealogical Account of the Family to Edmonstone of Duntreath", available at Mention of Jean is made on page 47.
Edmonstone, Jean (I1877)

Cuthbert's will refers to his wife as Anne. There is a marriage record for Cuttberd [sic] Martin and Anne Port at St Olave's in London, which is a church associated with the Blucks. In the marriage licence they are both described as widower/widow, so this adds evidence that Cuthbert's first wife Margaret died in 1603

Cuthbert's will mentions St Andrews Undershaft as his local parish church, and this is where his children were baptised, as well as where Cuthbert himself ws buried in 1615.

Boyd's record gives him as citizen and skinner, Alderman 1612, Marten 1612
Martin, Cuthbert (I1740)

Eldest son of Sir James Stewart (Lord Doune, created 1581). Known in posterity as the "bonnie Earl", perhaps because he was both tall and handsome. He assumed the Earldom of Moray on marriage to Elizabeth Stewart (2nd Countess of Moray), having "obtained a gift from King James VI of the ward and marriage of the two daughters of the Regent Moray"1, 2nd source.

Started a family feud with the 6th Earl (later 1st Marquess) of Huntly, George Gordon, around the end of 1590, by whom he was murdered on the 7th of February 1591/2, when he was alone in the house bar a few servants and Dnbar, Sheriff of Moray. Per [1]:
The house was set on fire, and Dunbar in rushing out was instantly killed. Moray himself succeeded in reaching the seashore, and might have escaped had not a silken tassel on his cap caught fire and betrayed him to the enemy. He was slaughtered under circumstances of extreme barbarity, and the news which reached Edinburgh next day excited the utmost popular indignation. The tale of the murder has often been told, and its memory is enshrined in a ballad which is still one of the best known of its class. He was under twenty-five years of age at the time of his death.

The ballad is "The Bonnie Earl of Moray".

If he was indeed under 25, then his year of birth must have been 1567.

[1] The Scots Peerage, Ed. Sir James Balfour Paul, 1909, Volume 6, pages 316-318; see also Volume 3, pages 189-190
[2] Debrett's Peerage, 1904, page 604
Stewart, James (2nd Lord Doune) (I1790)

First king of the House of Stewart.

Stewart, Robert (King Robert II of Scotland) (I1815)

From Europeans in East Africa:
930s Makuyu - Next down the road was Cornforth, for long a bachelor. His friend, Hugh Mitchell did marry a lovely girl called Ibby, but she died tragically, very young. Hugh then married again, Nina. He was an old Marlburian and we were often mistaken for each other, though he was at least ten years older. Nina was a great character and organiser. She was buxom and never carried a handbag, everything was kept in her bra!

Retired to Malindi in Kenya.
Mitchell, Geoffrey Hugh (I0213)

From Vistor UK:

Col Anthony Gylby was the first lessee [of Sunk Island] from 1668, he was Lieutenant of Hull Fort and an ardent Cavalier who died under something of a cloud accused of misappropriation of the fort's materials for use on his solitary island mansion.

From History of Parliament Online:

Gilby, descended from a minor Lincolnshire gentry family, acquired a modest leasehold estate in Nottinghamshire by marrying an heiress. An active Royalist, he served under Lord Belasyse in the Newark garrison and signed the articles of surrender in 1646. In the second Civil War he was again in arms in the garrison of Pontefract, compounding on a nominal fine of £25 in 1650. Described by the local major-general as ‘a dangerous enemy’, he was imprisoned for complicity in the projected rising of 1655. By January 1660 he was in London, attempting to enlist Presbyterian support for the Restoration.

Gilby was returned in 1661 for Hull, where he was deputy to Belasyse, the governor. Although inactive in debate, and only once a teller, he was appointed to 170 committees, and, with his colleague Andrew Marvell, kept his constituents regularly informed of developments in the House. He served on the committee of 26 Nov. 1661 on the bill for the execution of those under attainder. In 1663 he helped to consider a petition from the loyal and indigent officers, and a bill to hinder the growth of Popery. He was listed as a court dependant in 1664. During the second Dutch war he took effective measures against conventicles in Hull by placing spies in every street, and suggested to Joseph Williamson that his presence was more important in the garrison ‘whilst the enemy is upon the coast’ than at Westminster. Sir Thomas Osborne listed him as a court dependant in 1669, when he was appointed to the committee to continue the earlier act against conventicles. He was one of the Members in debt to the crown in 1670, though only as surety for William Broxholme. He had no qualms about the harsh measures taken against Roman Catholics, telling his constituents that ‘they may thank themselves for it’, and evidently supported the bill to exclude them from Parliament ‘that now our laws will be made by those of our own religion’. He received the government whip in 1675, and was listed as an official. He served on the committees for the recall of British officers from the French service (10 Nov. 1675) and the Protestant education of the royal children (27 Mar. 1677). He was marked ‘thrice vile’ by Shaftesbury, and his name appeared on both lists of the court party in 1678, though in one of them it has been read as ‘Gibbs’. His name was mentioned by the informer Bedloe, once Belasyse’s servant, in his evidence to the House on the Popish Plot, and in his only recorded speech (assigned by Anchitell Grey to ‘Col. Rigby’) he demanded ‘a particular examination, that honest men may be vindicated, and others punished’.6

After the dissolution Gilby applied by letter to the corporation of Hull offering his services in the coming Parliament, but was turned down. The ordnance commissioners discovered that he had embezzled £650 Worth of lead and 12,000 bricks belonging to the Hull garrison. He was dismissed from his posts, but not otherwise proceeded against, ‘in consideration of his loyal and eminent services’. He was buried at Everton on 27 Apr. 1682, the only Member of his family to sit in Parliament.

Gylby, Anthony of Everton (I1687)

From FMG, vol 2, page 817:
Cutler, for 5 years by indenture enrolled 1668; d. August 26, bur. on 15th [sic] in the Chapel of Attercliffe. Will 27 Aug 1725

What this means is he died in August 1726 and was buried on the 15th of August 1726
Steer, William of Darnal (I1589)

From Hart of Donegal, page 74, based on a note from General Vaughan Hart:
Kilderry, July 1, 1865
Tristram Beresford, third son of Michael of Squirres, Kent, born before 1575, and came to the Plantation of Ulster at the time the co. Derry was planted (James I), and settled at Coleraine. He married as Miss [Susannah] Brooke of London. Had two sons, Sir T[ristram] and M. of Dungarvan, and three daughters. Jane, the third, married to George Carey of Redcastle, of the family of Colevelly, co. Devon, whose son Francis married Avice, sister of Captain Henry Vaughan; both buried at R.C. Sir T. of Coleraine, Knt, married first Anne Rowley of Castle Roe, co. Derry, by whom descended Earlsgift. His second wife was Sarah Sackville. One of their daughters, Anne, married Henry Hart of Muff. He died January 15th, 1673, having been created Baronet of Charles II.
Beresford, Tristram (I1474)


He was offered a peerage at the accession of King George I but declined. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Dungannon, County Tyrone. He was appointed Privy Counsellor (P.C.). He purchased land in Dungannon, County Tyrone in 1692. He was recognised by Lord Lyon King of Arms as as male representative of the Knoxes of Ranfurley, and matriculated his arms at the Lyons Court as male representative of the Knoxes of Ranfurley on 15 July 1693.
Knox, Thomas of Dungannon (I0970)

Granted Garlies by Alexander III in return for defeating the Vikings at Largs in 1263.
Stewart, Alexander (4th High Steward of Scotlandof Dundonald) (I1981)

Had 3 illegitimate children:

  1. James Chisholm of Glassengall
  2. ?
  3. Jean, who married Sir James Stirling of Keir
Chisholm, William (I1935)

It is presumbably in honour or memory of James Lockhart (or possibly his descendents) that the name "Lockhart" was given to Agnes Lockhart Nisbet.

The memoirs of Harry Nisbet1 recount some interactions with the Lockharts:
I was born in the West Indies, November 11th 1794.
Came to England with my mother and her other children after my father’s death in 1799. Went to Scotland in the fall of that year to reside in Clydesdale, Lanarkshire, with my aunt [Mary Emelia Nisbet] , my father’s sister, the wife of James Lockhart Esq, who had a good estate & residence, called Cambusnethan. Lived with my mother at Dalserf House2, in that neighbourhood, until the summer of 1803, removing then to Edinburgh where we remained until August 1805, when we went to England, I being then 12 years old.

He later recalls a visit to his cousin Robert Lockhart (son of James) in 1826.

[1] Family Archive, Harry Nisbet Memoirs.docx
Lockhart, James of Cambusnethan (I1767)

Kelso of Kelsoland calls her the great grand-daughter of Robert III, but she must have been several more generations removed than this. The pedigree is given as:
Margaret->James Stewart of Ardgowan and Blackhall->skips generations->Robert III

Stirnet has the following pedigree:
Margaret->James Stewart of Auchingoun, Blackhall & Ardowan + Janet Maxwell->James Stewart + Janet Kennedy->John Stewart+Marion/Janet Mure->John Stewart+Elizabeth Lyle->James Stewart->John Stewart->John Stewart

Robert III died in 1390 and Archibald, Margaret's husband, died in 1601/2, so clearly there are many generations of separation.
Stewart, Margaret (I2135)

Married Benjamin Kennet Dawson (see Family Archive / F_Unknown_SophiaLonsdale_Reminiscences) and Familiae Minorum Gentium Vol.3 p521
Steer, Catherine (I1583)

Migrated to Chester County, Pennsylvania, from co. Antrim.

[1] Adair History & Genealogy, J Barnett Adair, 1924, pages 44-45

Adair, Thomas Benjamin (I1890)

Most likely born c. 1710, given she married in 1734. Annoyingly, whilst many of her siblings have baptismal records on FamilySearch, Margaret herself doesn't.
Ramsay, Margaret (I1071)

Neither Matthew nor Elizabeth were of lawful age when they married1

[1] The Scots Peerage, Vol. 5 (1905), page 349
Stewart, John (Earl of Lennox) (I1943)

Note that Burke's Peerage has William marrying Elizabeth Gordon, when that was in fact his mother.

Inherited the Kinhilt estate and the castles of St John and Dunskey from his father in 1608, but got heavily in debt and exchanged part of the property, including Dunskey, with Hugh, 1st Viscount Montgomery, one of the leaders of the Plantation of Ulster, for lands at Ballymena in 16201.

[1] Adair of Ballymena Castle & Flixton Hall
Adair, William of Kinhilt (I1882)

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