Johnson / Bryans Families

Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Thomas Kelso, of Kelsoland

Male 1518 - 1573  (~ 83 years)

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  • Name Thomas Kelso 
    Born Between 1490 and 1518 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1573  [1
    Person ID I2139  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2020 

    Father Thomas Kelso, of Kelsoland
              b. Between 1469 and 1500
              d. Between 1522 and 1610  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    1. Thomas Kelso, of Kelsoland
              b. Between 1490 and 1518
              d. 1573
    Family ID F0804  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Archibald Kelso, of Kelsoland
              b. Between 1520 and 1550
              d. [J] 1602  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F0803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
  • Early Life
    Was served heir to his brother Robert in 1536, so must have been born before 1518. By extrapolation from descendants, some time between 1508 and 1518 seems most likely.

    His parentage is unclear: Kelso of Kelsoland gives his parents as Henry Kelso and Marion Mure. Both History of Ayr and Burke's gives his father as Thomas. All sources agree that his grandfather was John, 10th Lord of Kelsoland (d. 1513) who married a daughter of William Stewart of Fynock. I will follow the latter two sources.

    From Kelso of Kelsoland:
    Thomas, Lord Kelso, who served heir to his brother Robert in the Lordship and Barony of Kelsoland in 1536, had charters from James V, to Largs, Gogoside, Hoddesdale and Blackmosse. He married his cousin Isabel, daughter of Lord Livingston, and "was a man of most energetic character and a zealous adherrent to the cause of the Reformed Church". His name repeatedly occurs in the history of those times, with that of the Earl of Glencairn, Lord Boyd and Lord Ochiltree, who were active supporters of the Reformed Church. He is reffered to in the "Rowallane Memorandum"1 as the Ayrshire Baron, who after the Regent, Mary of Guise had said "Promises ought not to be urged upon princes unless they can conveniently fill them", boldly2 addressed her as follows: "We know, madam, that this is the device of the Bishops who now stand beside you; we avow to God we shall make a day of it. They oppress us and our poor tenants to feed themselves, they trouble our ministers and seek to undo them and us and we will not suffer it longer". At the conclusion of this audacious speech, the historian tells us "The Barons, who had hitherto stood uncovered, put on their helmets with a general air of defiance".

    Lord Kelso died in 1573. He had two daughters: 1) Giles, who married Hugh Crawfurd of Cloverhill, and 2) Mary, who was Maid of Honor to Queen Mary and afterwards became the second wife of Lord John Flemyng; and two sons 3) Archibald who succeeded him and 4) Thomas, killed in the strees of Irvine in the feud between the Eglintoun and Boyd families.

    In the History of Ayr3 Thomas is said to have married a daughter of Frazer of Knock. Is this the same person as Isabel, daughter of Lord Livingstone?

    [1] I am not entirely certain what this document is; it might be The Historie and Descent of the House of Rowallane but I can't find the words quoted above
    [2] There may be some fancification here: a quick search suggests that it may not have been a Kelso that said this. For instance, this source attributes it to Chalmers of Catgirth.

  • Sources 
    1. [S0424] Kelso of Kelsoland, Clarence E Kelso & Wilber M Kelso, (Private document, 1935;, Page 11, 1935.