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Sik Waltee Scott was ambitious of establishing a family 
which might perpetuate his name, in connection with that 
interesting spot on the banks of the Tweed which he had 
reclaimed and adorned. To be " founder of a distinct branch 
of the House of Scott," was, according to Mr Lockhart, " his 
first and last worldly ambition." " He desired," continues 
his biographer, " to plant a lasting root, and dreamt not of 
present fame, but of long distant generations rejoicing in 
the name of Scott of Abbotsford. By this idea, all his 
reveries, all his aspirations* all his plans and efforts, were 
shadowed and controlled. The great object and end only rose 
into clearer daylight, and swelled into more substantial 
dimensions, as public applause strengthened his confidence in 
his own powers and faculties ; and when he had reached the 
summit of universal and unrivalled honour, he clung to his 
first love with the faith of a Paladin." 

More clearly to appreciate why Sir Walter Scott was so 
powerfully influenced by the desire of founding a family, it 


is necessary to be acquainted with his relations to those 
who preceded him. Seldom has man of letters possessed 
a pedigree so dignified and honourable. On all sides, his 
progenitors were of the better class, and scions of houses 
territorially pre-eminent. Of his immediate ancestors some 
had occupied less conspicuous spheres, but all maintained 
gentle rank. Dwelling on the memory of his sires, and 
conceiving through the medium of a powerful fancy the 
importance of territorial rank, it was not unnatural that he 
should anticipate for his descendants a portion of that baronial 
splendour which, in relation to his predecessors, he had 
depicted so graphically. 

It may not be asserted that in his aspirations the Author 
of "Waverley" has failed. By forming alliances with the 
ancient and honourable families of Lockhart, Hope, and Max- 
well, and other distinguished septs, his descendants have 
increased their hereditary greatness. And amidst several 
changes in the succession the name of Scott of Abbotsford 
has been preserved, as it will doubtless continue to be, so 
long as the works of the founder are read, which will 
probably be as long as the English language is understood. 

Sir "Walter Scott especially rejoiced in being the repre- 
sentative of the House of Haliburton of Newmains. With 
the great sept of Scott he was connected through a younger 
branch; but in right of his mother, he was heir of the 
Haliburtons, and though their lands were sold, their place 
of sepulture in Dryburgh Abbey remained as at least one 
spot which he could claim as an inheritance. To his grand- 


uncle, the last owner of the lands of Newmains and Dryburgh, 
he was served heir by a jury, so that his representation of 
the family might be made legally secure. 

The "Memorials of the Haliburtons," a portion of the 
present volume, appeared under Sir Walter's editorship, in 
1820, from the press of James Ballantyne & Co., in a thin 
quarto of sixty-seven pages. The impression, restricted to 
thirty copies, was intended for private circulation. In 1824, 
when Sir Walter began more systematically to inquire into 
the history of his ancestors, he printed thirty additional copies, 
accompanied by a preliminary notice, dated November of that 
year. Only a single copy of the second impression has been 
found ; it was presented by Sir Walter to Mr David Laing, 
the eminent antiquary, on account of his former copy having 
lacked a title-page. Both impressions of the "Memorials" 
were accompanied by an engraving of the Haliburton aisle at 
Dryburgh, from a sketch by Mr Skene of Bubislaw. That 
engraving has been reproduced as a frontispiece to the 
present volume. It represents the tombstone of John Hali- 
burton, Baron of Mertoun, who died in 1640. The aisle now 
contains the monumental sarcophagus of the greatest of the 
race, not a Haliburton, but a Scott — the immortal Author of 
" Waverley." 

In preparing these genealogical memoirs, I have to express 
my special obligations to Lord Henry Kerr ; to Mrs Maxwell 
Scott of Abbotsford, great-granddaughter of the illustrious 
novelist ; to Miss Anne Butherford Scott, his niece ; and to 
Bobert Scott, Esq. of Eaeburn, his near kinsman. For many 


particulars respecting the novelist's maternal ancestors, I 
have been indebted to Daniel Eutherford Haldane, Esq., M.D., 
Edinburgh ; the Eev. William Keith, vicar of Burham ; the 
Eev. James Eussell, minister of Yarrow ; and to an accom- 
plished gentlewoman, whom I am not privileged to name. 
To William John O'Donnavan, Esq., LL.D., the eminent 
genealogist, I owe many important particulars respecting the 
families of Haliburton and Eutherford. On the whole, I am 
satisfied that the reader has no cause to be disappointed 
respecting either the copiousness or accuracy of my details. 


Grampian Lodge, 

Forest Hill, Surrey, 
February 1877. 



Genealogical Memoirs op the Family of Sie Walter Soott, Bart., xi 

Memorials of the Haliburtons, . . .... 1 

Preliminary Notice 3 

Declaration of the Persons within named, anent Muir- 
houselaw's Death, 7 

The Coat-Armours of all the Families of the Name of 
Halibttrton, 11 

A Short History of the Haliburtons in Driburgh, . 25 

Families of the Name of Haliburton, . . . .63 

Index, .... 71 



In the tenth century a branch of the Scots, a Galwegian 
clan, settled in the county of Peebles. Uchtredus, filius 
Scoti, witnessed an inquisition respecting the possessions 
of the church of Glasgow, in the reign of Alexander I. He 
witnessed, in 1128, the foundation charter by David I. of the 
Abbey of Holyrood, and that of the Abbey of Selkirk in 
1130. But the early pedigree of the House of Scott may be 
stated succinctly in the words of Sir Walter Scott. From a 
genealogical MS. in Sir Walter's handwriting, preserved by 
Lord Polwarth, we quote the following : 

" I. Uchtred Fitz-Scott, or Filius Scott, who flourished at 
the court of King David I., and was witness to two charters 
granted by him to the Abbeys of Holyroodhouse and Sel- 
kirk, dated in the years 1128 and 1130. It is, however, 
believed that from the days of Kenneth III. the barony of 
Scotstoun, in Peeblesshire, had been possessed by the ances- 
tors of this Uchtred, who, being descended from Galwegian 
forefathers, were called Scots, Galloway being inhabited by 
the clan to whom that name properly belonged. 

"II. Eichard Scott, son of Uchtred, witnessed a charter 


granted by the Bishop of St Andrews to the Abbey of Holy- 
roodhouse about the year 1158. 

" III. Eichard Scott, son of Eichard, who married Alicia, 
daughter of Henry de Molla, with whom he received lands in 
Eoxburghshire, in the reign of Alexander the Second. 

" IV. William Scott, son of Eichard, attended the court of 
Alexander the Second, and witnessed several of his charters. 

"V. Sir Eichard Scott, son of William, married the 
daughter and heiress of Murthockstone of that ilk, in the 
county of Lanark, by which marriage he acquired the pro- 
perty of Murthockstone, now called Murdieston. He then 
assumed into his arms ' the bend of Murdiestoun,' and dis- 
posed thereon his own paternal crescents and star.* He 
swore fealty to Edward I. in 1296, and died in 1320. 

"VI. Sir Michael Scott of Murthockstone, son of Sir 
Eichard and the heiress of Murthockstone, was a gallant 
warrior, who distinguished himself at the battle of Halidon 
Hill, 19th July 1333. He was one of the few who escaped 
the carnage of that disastrous day ; but he was slain in the 
unfortunate battle of Durham, thirteen years after." 

According to Sir Walter Scott, Sir Michael Scott of Mur- 
thockstone had two sons, the elder of whom carried on the 
family. John, the younger son, was ancestor of the Scotts of 
Harden. Eobert Scott, elder son of Sir Michael Scott, died 
before the 7th December 1389 ; his grandson, Eobert Scott, 
obtained, in 1420, the half-lands of Branxholm, and died in 
1426. From James II. Sir Walter, the elder son of Eobert 
Scott, received extensive lands in acknowledgment of his 

* "An aged knight to danger steeled, 

With many a moss-trooper, came on ; 
And azure in a golden field, 
The stars and crescent graced Ms shield 
Without the bend of Murdieston. " 

— Lay of tlie Last Minstrel. 


services in suppressing the rebellion of the Douglases in 
1455. His elder son, Sir David Scott of Branxholm, sat in 
the Parliament of 1487, as " dominus de Buccleugh;" he died 
in March 1492. He enlarged and fortified Branxholm Castle, 
which Sir Walter Scott has portrayed so vividly in the " Lay 
of the Last Minstrel." 

In his estates, Sir David Scott of Branxholm was, in 1492, 
succeeded by his grandson, Sir Walter, who was present at 
the battle of Flodden, and died in 1516, leaving two sons, of 
whom Sir Walter, the elder, succeeded to the family estates. 
Sir Walter Scott of Branxholm and Buccleuch was warden of 
the west marches ; he attained celebrity for a daring though 
abortive attempt to rescue James V. from the control of the 
Earl of Angus and the House of Douglas, and which is cele- 
brated in the " Lay of the Last Minstrel." He fought at the 
battle of Pinkie in 1547. In October 1552 he was slain in an 
encounter with Sir Walter Ker of Cessford and his followers, 
in the High Street of Edinburgh. His widow, Janet Bethune, 
daughter of the laird of Creich, a woman of undaunted spirit, 
riding at the head of his clan, sought to avenge his death. 

Sir Walter Scott of Branxholm and Buccleuch was, in 
1553, succeeded by his grandson, who bore the same Christian 
name. In 1567 he joined the association in favour of James 
VI. X but afterwards supported Queen Mary. His castle of 
Branxholm was destroyed by order of Queen Elizabeth, in 
reprisal of depredations which he had committed on the 
English border. He died in April 1574. His son and heir, 
Walter Scott of Branxholm, was in 1590 knighted by James 
VI., and was appointed warden of the west marches. He 
carried on a predatory warfare against the English, and 
obtained renown for the daring exploit of rescuing Kinmont 


Will, one of his dependants, from Carlisle Castle, in April 
1596. The adventure has been celebrated in the ballad of 
"Kinmont Willie," in the "Minstrelsy of the Scottish 
Border." When peace was concluded between the kingdoms, 
Sir Walter Scott of Branxholm became a hostage in England. 
According to a family tradition, he was brought before Queen 
Elizabeth, who at first upbraided him, but afterwards compli- 
mented him on his valour. He afterwards fought bravely 
under Maurice, Prince of Orange, and on account of his 
military services, was, on the 16th March, created Lord Scott 
of Buccleuch. He died in 1611. His only son Walter was, 
on the 16th March 1619, advanced to the earldom of Buc- 
cleuch; he commanded a regiment against the Spaniards 
under the States of Holland, and died in 1633. Francis, his 
only son, second Earl of Buccleuch, obtained the Dalkeith 
estates. A zealous royalist, he was fined by Cromwell 
£15,000 sterling ; he died in 1651, in his twenty-fifth year. 
Of his two daughters, Mary and Anne, the elder married 
Walter Scott, of the House of Harden, who was created 
Earl of Tarras; she died in 1662, without issue. 

Anne, Countess of Buccleuch, second daughter of the 
second earl, was in her twelfth year married, in 1663, to the 
Duke of Monmouth, when they were created Duke and 
Duchess of Buccleuch. The duke's honours were forfeited 
on his execution in July 1673, but those of the Duchess were 
unaffected by the attainder. She married, secondly, Charles, 
Lord Cornwallis. As Monmouth's widow she claimed royal 
rank, and, sitting under a canopy, was served by pages on 
their knees; and while exercising a splendid hospitality, 
insisted that her guests should stand in her presence. She 
died in February 1732. . In her title and estates she was 


succeeded by her grandson, Francis, second Duke of Buc- 
cleuch. When Prince Charles Edward approached Edinburgh 
in 1745, the duke sent his tenantry to aid in defending the 
city. He died in April 1751. 

Henry, third Duke of Buccleuch, born in 1746, succeeded 
his grandfather, the second duke. He devoted himself to 
agricultural concerns, but will be chiefly remembered as a 
patron of Sir Walter Scott. To his influence the poet was 
indebted for the office of Sheriff of Selkirkshire, and his 
principal clerkship in the Court of Session. On the death of 
the Duke of Queensberry without issue, in December 1810, 
he succeeded to that dukedom, and to large estates in Dum- 
friesshire. He died in January 1811. His eldest son, 
Charles William Henry, succeeded as fourth Duke of Buc- 
cleuch. He was an attached friend of Sir Walter Scott, whom 
he helped in his pecuniary difficulties ; he also bestowed on 
the poet James Hogg the farm of Altrive in Yarrow, without 
rent. He died on the 20th April 1819. 

Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, fifth Duke of 
Buccleuch, and seventh Duke of Queensberry, was born on 
the 25th November 1806. He married, 13th August 1829, 
Lady Charlotte Thynne, youngest daughter of the second 
Marquis of Bath, by whom he has four sons and three 
daughters. William Henry Walter, Earl of Dalkeith, the 
eldest son, born 9th September 1831, married, 22d November 
1859, Louisa, third daughter of the Marquis of Abercorn, 
with issue ; he is M.P. for Midlothian. 

John, younger son of Sir Michael Scott of Murthockstone, 
who fell at the battle of Durham on the 16th October 1346, 
was ancestor of the Scotts of Harden. A lineal descendant 
in the fourth generation, was William Scott, who, in 1535, 


obtained the estate of Harden, Koxburghshire, from his 
brother, Walter Scott of Synton, in the same county; he 
died in 1563. The son of this person was Walter Scott, 
celebrated in Border ballad as " Auld Wat of Harden." A 
renowned freebooter, he concealed his spoil in a deep glen, 
on the margin of which stood his castle of Harden. Its 
locality and the prowess of its owner are, by the poet Ley- 
den, in his " Scenes of Infancy," described thus : 

" Where Bortha hoarse, that loads the meads with sand, 
Eolls her red tide to Teviot's western strand, 
Through slaty hills, whose sides are shagged with thorn, 
Where springs, in shattered tufts, the dark-green corn, 
Towers wood-girt Harden, far above the vale, 
And clouds of ravens o'er the turrets sail. 
A hardy race, who never shrunk from war ; 
The Scott, to rival realms a mighty bar, 
Here fixed his mountain home, a wide domain, 
And rich the soil, had purple heath been grain : 
But what the niggard ground of wealth denied, 
From fields more blessed his fearless arm supplied.'' 

When the last bullock was cooked, a clean pair of spurs, 
placed before him in a dish, was a signal to Wat of Harden 
by his wife, that his troopers should proceed on another 
foray to English pastures. 

The first wife of Wat of Harden was Mary Scott, who 
in Border song is celebrated as the "Flower of Yarrow." 
She was daughter of Philip Scott of Dryhope, in Yarrow, 
and the ruins of whose tower may still be seen near the 
lower extremity of St Mary's Lake. In his daughter's 
marriage-contract, he became bound to supply her husband 
in meat, for man and horse, at Dryhope Tower, for a 
year and a day, while five barons pledged their bond that 
at the expiry of that period Harden would remove. To 


his father-in-law, Harden promised the profits of the first 
Michaelmas moon. By the " Flower of Yarrow " he had four 
sons and six daughters ; he married, secondly, a daughter of 
Edgar of Wedderlie, by whom he had two sons and a 
daughter; he died about the year 1629, at an advanced age. 

To the gratitude of an English captive, a beautiful child, 
whom she rescued from her husband's moss-troopers, the 
" Plower of Yarrow " owes her celebrity. Under her protec- 
tion the youth grew up, and he composed, it is believed, the 
best songs of the Border. His skill and worth are celebrated 
by Leyden in these lines : 

" His are the strains whose wandering echoes thrill 
The shepherd lingering on the twilight hill, 
When evening brings the merry folding hours, 
And sun-eyed daisies close their winking flowers. 
He loved o'er Yarrow's Flower to shed the tear, 
To strew the holly leaves o'er Harden's bier ; 
But none was found above the minstrel's tomb, 
Emblems of peace, to bid the daisy bloom ; 
He, nameless as the race from which he sprung, 
Saved other names and left his own unsung." 

Sir William Scott of Harden, eldest son of " Auld Wat of 
Harden," was knighted by James VI. in his father's lifetime ; 
he obtained charters to various lands in the south-eastern coun- 
ties, and in 1647 was appointed Sheriff of Selkirkshire. For 
his attachment to the royal family he was, in 1654, fined by 
Cromwell in the sum of £3000 sterling. He died in 1655 at an 
advanced age. His marriage with Agnes Murray, daughter of 
Sir Gideon Murray of Elibank, treasurer-depute of Scotland, was 
arranged in a singular fashion. In his youth having attempted 
a foray on Sir Gideon's lands of Elibank, he was overpowered 
by that baron's retainers, and carried a prisoner to his castle. 
The story is continued in the words of Sir Walter Scott: 


"The Lady Murray (agreeably to the custom of all ladies 
in ancient tales) was seated on the battlements, and descried 
the return of her husband with his prisoner. She immedi- 
ately inquired what he meant to do with the young knight of 
Harden. 'Hang the robber, assuredly,' was the answer of 
Sir Gideon. 'What!' answered the lady, 'hang the hand- 
some young knight of Harden, when I have three ill-favoured 
daughters unmarried? No, no, Sir Gideon; we'll force him to 
marry our Meg.' Now tradition says that Meg Murray was 
the ugliest woman in the four counties, and that she was 
called, in the homely dialect of the time, ' Meikle-mouthed 
Meg.' Sir Gideon, like a good husband and tender father, 
entered into his wife's sentiments, and proffered to Sir 
William the alternative of becoming his son-in-law, or 
decorating with his carcase the kindly gallows of Elibank. 
The lady was so very ugly, that Sir William, the handsomest 
man of his time, positively refused the honour of her hand. 
Three days were allowed him to make up his mind, and it 
was not until he found an end of the rope made fast to his 
neck, and the other knotted to a sturdy oak bough, that his 
resolution gave way, and he preferred an ugly wife to the 
literal noose. It is said they were afterwards a very happy 
couple." Eeferring to Sir Walter Scott's relation of the story, 
Mr Lockhart remarks that the descendants of Meg of Eli- 
bank " inherited something of her characteristic feature," and 
that " the poet himself was no exception to the rule." 
, By his wife Agnes Murray, Sir William Scott of Harden 
had five sons. William, the eldest son, was knighted by 
Charles II. immediately after the Eestoration. His son, Sir 
William Scott of Harden, was a zealous Presbyterian. Hav- 
ing joined the Earl of Argyle, he was, by order of the Privy 


Council, confined in the prison of Edinburgh ; while on the 
15th November 1683, he was subjected to a penalty of £1500 
sterling, on account of his wife having withdrawn from the 
parish church. The penalty was in reward of service be- 
stowed by Charles II. on Sir George Mackenzie, the cele- 
brated King's Advocate * Sir William Scott died in 1707, 
and was succeeded by his only brother, Eobert Scott of 
Iliston. Eobert Scott died without issue in 1710, when the 
estate devolved on the nearest heir-male, Walter Scott, 
descended from Sir Gideon Scott of Highchester, second 
son of the first Sir William of Harden, and grandson of 
"Auld Wat." Sir Gideon, who was Sheriff of Eoxburghshire, 
married Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Hamilton of 
Preston, by whom he had two sons. Walter, the elder son, 
married, in his fourteenth year, Mary, Countess of Buccleuch, 
a child of eleven years ; he was consequently created Earl 
of Tarras, but for life only. The countess died two years 
after her marriage; the earl succeeded to Harden in 1672, 
and died in 1693. Having joined the Duke of Monmouth, 
he was attainted and condemned for high treason, but his 
life was spared, and his honours and lands were restored 
to him. By his second wife, Helen, daughter of Thomas 
Hepburne of Humbie, he had three sons. His grandson, 
Walter Scott, M.P. for Eoxburghshire from 1747 to 1765, 
married Lady Diana Hume Campbell, daughter of the third 
Earl of Marchmont and Baron Polwarth. The only son 
of this marriage, Hugh Scott of Harden, succeeded, in 1835, 
in establishing his right to the title of Lord Polwarth. His 
elder son, Walter Hugh Scott, succeeded him in 1867 as 

* Crookshank's History of the Church of Scotland, vol. ii., pp. 222, 225, 


fifth Baron Polwarth. His lordship is chief of the clan 

The third son of Sir William Scott of Harden, by his wife, 
Agnes Murray, was Walter Scott of Eaeburn. A Biblical 
student, he read the Old Testament Scriptures in the original 
tongue. He and his wife Isobel, a daughter of William Mak- 
dougal of Makerstoun, embraced the doctrines of the Quakers, 
and were consequently, at the instance of their relatives, sub- 
jected to severe and bitter persecution. A petition was, in 
June 1665, presented to the Privy Council by Sir William 
Scott of Harden, praying that his brother of Baeburn's three 
children might be removed from his keeping, on account of 
his obnoxious opinions. The petition, which was approved 
by the laird of Makerstoun, Baeburn's brother-in-law, was 
entertained by the Lords of the Privy Council, who enjoined 
the removal of the children ; they subsequently incarcerated 
Eaeburn, first in the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, and afterwards in 
the prison of Jedburgh. From Mr Scott of Eaeburn we are 
favoured with the following excerpts from the Privy Council 
minutes, relative to this affair : 

"Apud Edin., vigesinw Junii, 1665. 
"The Lords of His Maj. Privey Council having received 
injounction that Walter Scott of Eaeburn and Isobel Mak- 
dougal, his wife, being infected with the errors of quakerism, 
doe endeavour to breid and traine up William Scott, Walter 
Scott, and Christian Scott, their children, in the same profes- 
sion, do y r for give order and command to Sir W m . Scott 
of Harden, the said Baeburn's brother, to seperate and take 
away the said children from the custody and society of the 
said parents, and to cause educate and bring them up in his 
owne house, or any other convenient place, and ordaine 
letters to be direct at the said Sir William's instance against 


Eaeburn for a maintainance to the said children, and that 
the said Sir William give an account of his diligence with all 

"Edin., 5th July 1666. 
" Anent a petition presented be Sir W m . Scott of Harden 
for himself, and in name and behalf of the three children of 
Walter Scott of Eaeburn, his brother, showing that the Lords 
of Councill, by an act of the 22d day of June 1665, did grant 
power and warrand to the Petitioner to seperate and take 
away Eaeburn's children from his family and education, and 
to breid them in some convenient place where they may be 
free from all infection, in their younger years, from the prin- 
cipills of quakerism; and for the maintainance of the said 
children did ordaine letters to be direct against Eaeburn, and 
seeing the Petitioner in obedience to the said order did take 
away the said children, being two sounes and a daughter, and 
after some paines taken upon them in his own family, he sent 
them to the city of Glasgow to be breid at schools, and there 
to be principled with the knowledge of the true religion ; and 
that it is necessary the Councill determine what shall be the 
maintainance for which Eaeburn's three children may be 
charged; as likewise, that Eaeburn himself, being now a 
prisoner in the Tolbooth of Edin., where he daily converses 
with all the quakers who are prisoners there, and others who 
daily resort to them, whereby he is hardened in his pernitious 
opinions and principills without all hope of recovery, unless 
he be seperate from such pernitious company, humbly, 
therefore, desiring that the Councill might determine upon 
the soume of money to be paid by Eaeburn for the education 
of his children to the Petitioner, who will be countable there- 
fore ; and that in order to his conversion the place of his 
imprisonment may be changed. The Lords of His Maj. 
Privey Councill having at length heard and considered the 
foresaid Petition, do modify the soume of two thousand 
pounds Scots, to be paid yearly at the term of Whytsunday 


be the said "Walter Scott of Eaeburn, furth of his estate, to 
the Petitioner, for the entertainment and education of the 
said children, beginning the first term's payment thereof at 
Whytsunday last for the half-year preceding, and so furth 
yearly at the said term of Whytsunday in time coming, till 
furder order. And ordaine the said Walter Scott of Eae- 
burn to be transported from the Tolbooth of Edin r . to the 
prison of Jedburgh, where his friends and others may have 
occasion to convert him ; and to the effect he may be secured 
from the practice of other quakers, the Lords do hereby dis- 
charge the magistrates of Jedburgh to suffer any persons 
suspect of their principills to have access to him — and in 
case any contraveen, that they secure their persons till they 
be punished y r for ; and ordain letters to be direct hereupon 
in form as effeirs." 

Deprived of her husband's society, Eaeburn's wife, when 
her children were snatched from her, "followed them from the 
house of Lessudden to Makerstoun, where, on being excluded 
from entering, she fell upon her knees and prayed that 
those who thus forcibly separated the child and parent might 
have no heir-male to succeed them, a petition which seems 
to have been granted, as the male line of both uncles became 
extinct." * 

Under the care of the knight of Harden, William and 
Walter Scott, the sons of the laird of Eaeburn, were thoroughly 
educated. William, the elder son, succeeded to Eaeburn ; he 
married Anna, eldest daughter of Sir John Scott, Bart, of 
Ancrum, and died 6th August 1699 ; his widow married 
secondly, in 1702, John Scott of Synton. With a daughter, 
Isabel, married in 1711 to John Eutherford, M.D., he had a 
son, Walter, who succeeded to Eaeburn. 

* MS. in possession of Robert Scott, Esq. of Raeburn. 


Walter Scott of Eaeburn married, 19th November 1703, 
Anne, third daughter of Hugh Scott of Gala, by Isabella, his 
wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Ker of Cavers, and had by her 
one son, William, and two daughters, Isobel and Anne. In 
a field near Selkirk, still known as Baeburn's Meadow, he 
fell mortally wounded, on the 3d October 1707, by the hand 
of one of the Pringles of Crighton, with whom he had engaged 
in mortal combat. His widow married Henry Macdougal of 
Makerstoun, and afterwards Home of Eccles. 

William Scott of Eaeburn, born in 1704, married, in 1743, 
Jean Elliott, by whom he had a daughter, Anne, who married 
Thomas, second son of Eobert Scott at Sandyknowe, and an 
only son, Walter, who succeeded to the family estate. 

Walter Scott of Eaeburn, married, in 1772, Jean, third 
daughter of Eobert Scott at Sandyknowe, by whom he had 
five sons and a daughter, Barbara. Eobert, the second son, 
born 6th November 1774, engaged in merchandise at Prince 
of Wales Island; he died at London, 5th September 1836. 
Hugh, third son, born 22d December 1777, was employed in 
the Marine Service of the East India Company; he latterly 
purchased the estate of Draycott, Derbyshire, where he 
established his residence. He married Sarah, only daughter 
of William Jessop, Esq. of Butterley Hall, Derbyshire ; and 
died without issue, 13th January 1852. 

Walter, the fourth son, died unmarried in 1802. John, the 
fifth son, born 18th March 1781, joined the Indian Army, 
and became major in the 8th regiment of Native Bengal 
Cavalry; he died unmarried on the 28th June 1832. 

William Scott of Eaeburn, eldest son of Walter Scott of 
Eaeburn and his wife, Jean Scott, was born on the 6th July 
1773. He succeeded his father in the lands of Eaeburn, and 


died on the 5th April 1855. He married, on the 25th May 
1806, Susan, eldest daughter of Alexander Horsbrugh of 
Horsbrugh, Peeblesshire, by whom he had four sons and eight 
daughters. The daughters were — Violet, Jean, Susan, Eliza- 
beth Barbara Haliburton, Charlotte, Mary, Sarah, and Anne 
Eutherford. Walter, the eldest son, born 18th September 1811, 
was drowned in H.M.S. "Acorn," in 1828; Alexander, the 
second son, born 19th October 1813, died 24th August 1843. 
William Hugh, fourth son, born 12th July 1822, obtained the 
estate of Draycott, Derbyshire, on the death of his uncle Hugh, 
in 1852. In 1863 he married Sarah, eldest daughter of Alfred 
Fellows, Esq. of Beeston House, Notts, by whom he has two 
sons, Hugh, born 9th June 1865, and Haliburton, born 31st 
May 1870, and two daughters, Susan Lilias and Cicely Violet. 

Bobert Scott, third son of William Scott of Baeburn, born 
5th November 1817, succeeded his father in the estate 
of Baeburn in 1855. He married, 10th September 1861, 
Louisa, eldest daughter of William Campbell of Ederline, 
Argyleshire, by whom he has a son, Walter, born 11th 
September 1866, and four daughters, Matilda Wishart, Susan 
Horsbrugh, Louisa, and Violet G-eorgina Margaret. 

Walter Scott, second son of the Quaker laird of Baeburn, was 
born about the year 1653. At the University of Edinburgh 
he contracted the friendship of the celebrated Dr Archibald 
Pitcairne ; they were together members of a Jacobite club, 
in which the conversations were conducted in Latin. He was 
called " Beardie," from a vow he had made never to shave 
his beard till the exiled House of Stuart should obtain 
restoration. " It would have been well," wrote Sir Walter 
Scott, " that his zeal had stopped there. But he took arms 
and intrigued in their cause, until he lost all he had in the 


world, and, as I have heard, ran a narrow risk of being hanged, 

-had it not been for the interference of Anne, Duchess of 

Buccleuch and Monmouth." He married Jean, daughter of 

Campbell of Silvercraigs, connected with the House of Blyths- 

wood,* with whom he got a small fortune ; he also derived a 

moderate revenue for managing his nephew's estate of Rae- 

burn, and the estate of Makerstoun, belonging to his mother's 

family. "Writing in 1807, while on a visit to Mertoun House, 

the residence of Hugh Scott of Harden, afterwards Lord Pol- 

warth, Sir Walter Scott thus refers to his ancestor " Beardie " 

in the introduction to the sixth canto of " Marmion :" 

" My Christmas still I hold 
"Where my great-grandsire came of old, 
With amber beard, and flaxen hair, 
And reverend apostolic air — 
The feast and holy-tide to share, 
And mix sobriety with wine, 
And honest mirth with thoughts divine : 
Small thought was his, in after-time, 
E'er to be hitched into a rhyme. 
The simple sire could only boast, 
That he was loyal to his cost ; 
The banished race of kings revered, 
And lost his land — but kept his beard. " 

"Beardie" died at Kelso on the 3d November 1729. His 

remains were deposited in the Abbey of Kelso. In his 

religious devotedness he seems to have resembled his father. 

From a poem on his death, supposed to be written by Sir 

William Scott of Thirlestane, Bart., ancestor of Lord Napier, 

Mr Lockhart, in his " Life of Scott," quotes these lines : 

' ' His converse breathed the Christian. On his tongue 
The praises of religion ever hung; 

* To his connection with the Campbells, Mr Lockhart remarks, "Sir 
Walter owed many of these early opportunities for studying the manners of 
the Highlanders, to which the world are indebted for 'Waverley,' 'Rob 
Roy, ' and the ' Lady of the Lake. ' " 


Whence it appeared he did on solid ground 

Commend the pleasures which himself had found. . . 

His venerable mien and goodly air 

Fix on our hearts impressions strong and fair. 

Full seventy years had shed their silvery glow 

Around his locks, and made his beard to grow : 

That decent beard, which in becoming grace 

Did spread a reverend honour on his face. " 

Beardie's portrait, painted for Dr Pitcairne, is now at 

" Beardie " had three sons. Walter, the eldest, married and 
had children, who settled in America ; his race in the male 
line is extinct. William, the third son, was father of James 
Scott, well known in India as one of the original settlers in 
Prince of Wales Island. 

Eobert Scott, second son of "Beardie," chose the nautical pro- 
fession, but being wrecked near Dundee in his trial voyage, he 
refused again to venture upon the ocean. By this course he 
offended his father, who refused to help him ; he consequently 
renounced his father's politics and became a Whig. From 
his relative, John Scott of Harden, he obtained the lease of 
Sandyknowe, a pastoral farm in the county of Roxburgh. 
His only capital was a sum of £30, which he borrowed from 
an old shepherd named Hogg, whom he took into his em- 
ployment. " With this sum," writes Sir Walter Scott, " the 
master and servant set off to purchase a stock of sheep at 
Whitsun-Tryste, a fair held on a hill near Wooler, in North- 
umberland. The old shepherd went carefully from drove to 
drove, till he found a hirsel likely to answer their purpose, 
and then returned to tell his master to come up and conclude 
the bargain. But what was his surprise to see him galloping 
a mettled hunter about the race-course, and to find he had 
expended the whole stock in this extraordinary purchase 


. . . The thing, however, was irretrievable, and they 
returned without the sheep. In the course of a few days, 
however, my grandfather, who was one of the best horsemen 
of his time, attended John Scott of Harden's hounds on this 
same horse, and displayed bim to such advantage that he sold 
him for double the original price. The farm was now stocked 
in earnest ; and the rest of my grandfather's career was that 
of successful industry. He was one of the first who were 
active iu the cattle trade, afterwards carried to such extent 
between the Highlands of Scotland and the leading counties 
in England, and by his droving transactions acquired a con- 
siderable sum of money. He was a man of middle stature, 
extremely active, quick, keen, and fiery in his temper, stub- 
bornly honest, and so distinguished for his skill in country 
matters, that he was the general referee in all points of dis- 
pute which occurred in the neighbourhood. His birth being 
admitted as gentle, gave him access to the best society in the 
county, and his dexterity in country sports, particularly 
hunting, made him an acceptable companion in the field as 
well as at the table." 

At Sandyknowe Sir Walter Scott spent a portion of his early 
youth. The farm surrounded Smailholm Tower, a Border 
keep, rising among a cluster of wild rocks, within two miles 
of Dryburgh Abbey. Sir Walter has celebrated the locality 
in his ballad, " The Eve of St John." In the introduction to 
the third canto of " Marmion " he recalls this home of his 
infancy in these lines : 

' ' It was a barren scene, and wild, 
Where naked cliffs were rudely piled ; 
But ever and anon between 
Lay velvet tufts of loveliest green ; 
And well the lonely infant knew 
Recesses where the wall-flower grew, 


And honey-suckle loved to crawl 

Up the low crag and ruined wall. 

I deemed such nooks the sweetest shade 

The sun in all its round surveyed ; 

And still I thought that shattered tower 

The mightiest work of human power; 

And marvelled as the aged hind 

"With some strange tale bewitched my mind, 

Of forayers, who, with headlong force, 

Down from that strength had spurred their horse, 

Their southern rapine to renew, 

Far in the distant Cheviots blue, 

And, home returning, filled the hall 

With revel, wassail-rout, and brawl. 

Methought that still with trump and clang 

The gateway's broken arches rang ; 

Methought grim features, seamed with scars, 

Glared through the windows' rusty bars. 

And ever, by the winter hearth, 

Old tales I heard of woe or mirth, 

Of lovers' slights, of ladies' charms, 

Of witches' spells, of warriors' arms ; 

Of patriot battles, won of old 

By Wallace wight and Bruce the bold." 

The poet thus gratefully commemorates his grandfather, 
the tacksman of Sandyknowe : 

' ' Still, with vain fondness, could I trace, 
Anew, each kind familiar face, 
That brightened at our evening fire ! 
From the thatched mansion's grey-haired sire, 
Wise without learning, plain and good, 
And sprung of Scotland's gentler blood, 
Whose eye, in age, quick, clear, and keen, 
Showed what in youth its glance had been, 
Whose doom discording neighbours sought, 
Content with equity unbought. " 

Rohert Scott of Sandyknowe died in 1775. He married 
Barbara, second daughter of Thomas Haliburton of Newmains, 
who represented a respectable branch of the ancient House of 
Haliburton. According to a writer in the " Memorials of the 


Haliburtons," * the family were first styled Burton, and came 
from England with Edgar Atheling, in the reign of Malcolm 
Canmore. The father of Sir Walter Scott in 1792 wrote 
thus :f "In Berwickshire, and not far from the town of Green- 
law, there are two farms, the one of them called Meikle 
(large) and the other the Little Haliburton. These lands 
seem to haye been the earliest possessions which the Hali- 
burtons had, and whether these lands gave rise to the surname 
of Haliburton, or that the Haliburtons, after acquiring them 
affixed that name, is not a clear point. It is, however, a 
known fact that the Haliburtons long remained the pro- 
prietors of these lands." The name Burton is derived from 
the Norse bur, a storehouse, and dun, pronounced toon, a fort 
or castle. At one of the two Burton farms was erected a 
chapel (a pendicle of the church at Greenlaw), and there- 
after the locality was known as Haly (Holy) Burton. 
Walter, son of David, under the designation of Walterus 
de Halyburton, confirmed a gift made by his father in 
1176, of the church of Halyburton to the Abbey of Kelso. 
About the year 1200, Henry de Halyburton was witness 
to a charter by Adam of Morham, knight, granting to 
Eichard of Bickertoune certain lands at Dunipace.^: Sir 
Henry Halyburton swore allegiance to Edward I. in 1296, 
for his lands in Berwickshire, and on the 23d May 1308, he 
became one of the sureties for the liberation of Bishop Lam- 
berton of St Andrews, then confined in Windsor Castle. His 
son, Sir Adam, had three sons. Sir Walter, the eldest, was 
High Sheriff of Berwickshire; he died about the year 1385. 
Sir John, the second son, a brave soldier, fell at the battle of 

* Memorials of the Haliburtons, p. 10. t Ibid,, p. 68. 

X Chartulary of Cambuskenneth Abbey, p. ] 11. 


Nisbet, in 1355 ; he married the daughter and eo-heiress of 
William de Vallibus, Lord of Dirleton, through whom he ob- 
tained that estate. His son, Sir John Halyburton of Dirleton, 
who died in 1392, married Margaret, daughter of Sir John 
Cameron, with whom he got extensive possessions in the 
counties of Perth and Haddington. Sir Walter, his eldest 
son, was one of the hostages for James I. in 1424 ; he was 
appointed High Treasurer in 1439, and in the following year 
was created a Lord of Parliament. By his wife, a daughter of 
the Eegent Albany, and widow of the Earl of Eoss, he had 
four sons, John, second Lord Halyburton of Dirleton, Walter, 
Eobert, and William. Walter, the second son, married 
Catherine, daughter and co-heiress of Alexander de Chisholm, 
through whom he acquired the barony of Pitcur, Forfarshire, 
to which he had a charter in 1432. To the family of Pitcur 
belonged James Halyburton, Provost of Dundee, a zealous 
promoter of the Eeformation, who died in 1588; also the 
Eev. Thomas Halyburton, Professor of Divinity at St Andrews, 
author of " The Great Concern of Salvation." 

Henry Haliburton, descended from the Lords Halyburton, 
received from Archibald (the Grim), Earl of Douglas, in August 
1407,* the lands of Muirhouselaw, in Berwickshire. His 
son married Isabel de Mertoun, heiress of Mertoun, and their 
son, William Haliburton, succeeded to the maternal estate of 
Mertoun. William was father of four sons, Walter, David, 
George, and William. Walter, his eldest, succeeded him 
in the lands of Mertoun. On the 16th December 1584 
Henry Haliburton obtained service as heir to Mark Hali- 
burton of Mertoun, his father, in the lands of Mertoun. 
He was in these lands succeeded by his son, John Hali- 

* Memorials of the Halitmrtons, p. 43. 


burton, 29th April 1601* John Haliburton of Mertoun 
died in 1640, and is commemorated by a tombstone in the 
Haliburton aisle of Dryburgh Abbey. That tombstone is 
thus inscribed : 

" Sub hoc tumulo hie jacet Johannes Haliborton, Barro de 
Mertoun, vir religione et virtute clarus mortuar 17 Augusti, 
anno Christi 1640, setatis 65. 

" Homo est bulla rebus in humanis ; nil fas dixisse beatum 
fatalem donee verterrit hora rotam." t 

At the centre of the inscription, the tablet displays the 
shield of John Haliburton of Mertoun ; J also the family 
escutcheon of his wife, Jane Sinclair, with her initials, I. S. 
On the 13th August 1652, Helen and Euphame Haliburton 
were served heirs-portioners of Andrew Haliburton of Mer- 
toun, their father. § 

The second or third son of William Haliburton of Mertoun 
was George Haliburton, who received the lands of Muir- 
houselaw. John Haliburton of Muirhouselaw had a daughter, 
Agnes, who married George Haliburton of Dryburgh and 
Newmains : he died in 1606. Andrew Haliburton of Muir- 
houselaw, living in 1573, had a daughter, Jean, married, 20th 
May 1595, Stephen, son of Andrew Douglas of Tympendean. 
Adam Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, living 1613, married 
Beatrice, daughter and co-heiress of John [or James] Boswell, 

* Inquisitiones Speoiales, Berwick, 11, 21. 

+ The inscription may "be translated thus: "Under this tombstone lieB 
John Haliborton, Baron of Mertoun, who was remarkable for his piety and 
goodness. He died on the 17th of August, a.d. 1640, aged 65 years. Human 
life is as a vapour, and a, man may not be pronounced happy, till time has 
turned the fatal wheel." 

X Memorials of the Haliburtons, p. 13. 

§ Inquisitiones Generales, 3669. 


burgess of Kinghom. He had issue— John, " appearand of 
Muirhouselaw," curator (1597) to Thomas, son of James 
Haliburton of Dryburgh, judge and commissioner, 1601-28, 
and heir to his mother, 1640. He married Margaret, 
daughter and heiress of David, son of George Boswell of 
Bowhill, and had issue. John Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, 
born in 1634, was served heir to his grandfather, David 
Boswell, in 1653. He died in 1704, and by his wife Jean, 
daughter of Mark Pringle of Clifton (she died 1703), had 
two sons, John and Patrick. John succeeded to Muirhouse- 
law. He died in 1705, leaving a son, Thomas. 

Thomas Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, born 27th January 
1692, married, 10th December 1708, Elizabeth, second 
daughter of George Eutherford of Fairnington. On the 1 5th 
May 1716, he fell mortally wounded by the hand of his 
brother-in-law, George Eutherford of Fairnington, with whom 
he contended about a matter of boundary.* 

The Eutherfords of Fairnington had rather a fancy for 
killing Haliburtons, for in 15 — Henry Haliburton was 
killed by George Eutherford of Fairnington, who was " obliged 
by the Haliburtons to pay sixty merks for the said blood- 
shed to Thomas, Henry's son."-f- George Eutherford of 
Fairnington was on an inquest at Jedburgh in 1601 ; he was 
living in 1647. In 1674 George Eutherford was served heir 
to his father, George Eutherford of Fairnington. In 1692 he 
was succeeded in the estate by his son George. This George 
Eutherford married, 11th March 1686, J Barbara, daughter of 
John Haliburton of Kewmains. She died in 1750, leaving 
two sons, George, born 5th December 1691, and David; also 

* Memorials of the Haliburtons, pp. 7-10, 57. f Ibid., p. 34 

\ Ibid., p. 48. 


Margaret, who married Eobert Pringle of Clifton, and Eliza- 
beth, who married, first, Thomas Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, 
and, secondly, George Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, Lord 
Provost of Edinburgh.* 

Patrick, second son of John Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, 
engaged in merchandise at Edinburgh, and became Dean of 
Guild of that city. He married a daughter of Erskine of 
Shielfield, by whom he had three sons — John ; a second whose 
Christian name is unknown; and George, born 1685. 

George Haliburton was a merchant in Edinburgh. He 
was appointed Dean of Guild in September 1739, and elected 
Lord Provost in September 1740. He died on the 3d Sep- 
tember 1742, and his remains were deposited in the Grey- 
friars Churchyard. 

George Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, Lord Provost of 
Edinburgh, married Elizabeth Eutherford, widow of his 
cousin, Thomas Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, by whom he 
had three daughters. Helen, the youngest daughter, died 
unmarried. Janet, the eldest daughter, married, 12th Nov- 
ember 1741, the Eev. James Nicolson, minister of Banchory, 
Devenick, by whom she had three sons, Cadogan, George 
Haliburton, and Charles, who ultimately became chaplain to 
the British Embassy at Constantinople.-f" 

Davidona, second daughter of Lord Provost Haliburton, 
married, in 1756, William Dallas, of Edinburgh, representa- 
tive of the family of Dallas of St Martin's, Boss-shire, by 
whom she had five sons and two daughters. Lieutenant- 
General Sir Thomas Dallas, G.C.B., the eldest son, born 1st 
January 1757, was a distinguished officer. He died 12th 

* Memorials of the Halitrartons, pp, 57, 58, 
f Fasti Eccl. Scot., iii. 493. 


August 1839. He is "represented by his grandson, Thomas 
Yorke Dallas Yorke, Esq. of Walmsgate, Lincolnshire. 

By a second marriage, Lord Provost Haliburton had a son, 
who succeeded him in the lands of Muirhouselaw, and who 
had two sons living in 1792, John and David.* In 1824 the 
lands of Muirhouselaw were possessed by David Haliburton, 
on whose death they became the possession of the family 
of Marjoribanks.-f- 

David, second or third son of William Haliburton of 
Mertoun, married Eupham Gledstanes, daughter of the Baron 
of Gledstanes, by whom he had five sons. He rented lands 
from the Abbey of Dryburgh, respecting which he had a dis- 
pute with James Stewart, the abbot, which, in May 1535, 
was submitted to the arbitration of James V., who decided 
against the abbot. In 1536 the differences were finally ad- 
justed, and a contract of marriage concluded between Walter, 
eldest son of David Haliburton, and Elizabeth Stewart, the 
abbot's daughter. J Of this marriage was born a daughter 
Elizabeth, who in 1559 married Alexander Erskine, of the 
family of Balgonie, and who received with her the lands of 
Nether Shielfield, which her father had feued from the abbey. 
On the lands of Shielfield Alexander Erskine erected a man- 
sion, and there established his residence. It was occupied by 
his representatives till the year 1793, when their lands at 
Dryburgh passed to another family. 

Thomas Haliburton, second son of David, and younger 
brother of Walter Haliburton, had a lease of lands from the 
Commendator of Dryburgh. He married Elizabeth Pennie, 
by whom he had six sons. George, the eldest son, had a 

* Memorials of the Haliburtons, p. 64. 

t Ibid., p. 3. + Ibid., pp. 27-31. 


charter of feu-farm of various lands at Dryburgh, on which 
in 1572 he erected a mansion. By his wife Agnes, daughter 
of John Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, he had a son James, 
who espoused Margaret, daughter of Kobert Haig of Bemer- 
side, by whom he had three sons, Thomas, John, and James, 
and a daughter Margaret, who married John Erskine of 

Thomas, eldest son of James Haliburton, received in 1637 
a disposition of the lands of Over and Nether Mains, to which 
in January 1638 he had a charter under the Great Seal; he 
was thereafter styled of Newmains. He died 30th January 
1673. By his wife Mary, daughter of John Haliburton of 
Mertoun (who died 7th June 1667), he had three sons, John, 
David, and William, and three daughters, Janet, Margaret, 
and Elizabeth. 

John Haliburton, eldest son of Thomas Haliburton of New- 
mains, succeeded his father in 1673. He married, 27th De- 
cember 1666, Margaret, second daughter of John Butherford 
of Edgerston, by whom he had six sons and six daughters ; 
he died 3d March 1688. In his lands of Newmains he was 
succeeded by Thomas, his eldest son* 

Thomas Haliburton of Newmains, born 7th June 1670, 
succeeded his father in 1688. He married, 13th January 
1701, Janet, only daughter of Bobert Campbell of North- 
woodside, Dean of Guild, Glasgow, by his second wife, Jean, 
daughter of James Dunlop f of Garnkirk. Practising as an 

* Memorials of the Haliburtons, pp. 33-49. 

t The family of Dunlop of Dunlop have been traced to the thirteenth cen- 
tury. Neill Fitz Robert de Dulop appears in the Ragman Roll. Janet, daughter 
of Constantino Dunlop of Dunlop, who died in 1505, married James Stewart, 
Sheriff of Bute, great-grandson of Robert II. ; while his son John carried on the 
succession. His descendant, James Dunlop of Garnkirk, father of the second 
wife of Mr Robert Campbell, resisted the arbitrary measures of Charles II., and 


advocate in Edinburgh, he acquired substance, and added to 
the family estate. 

In 1587 the abbey lands of Dryburgh were annexed to the 
Crown. By a charter, dated 27th March 1604, James VI. 
erected these lands, and the abbey lands of Cambuskenneth, 
and the lands of the Priory of Inchmachome, into the lordship 
of Cardross, which he conferred on John, Earl of Mar. The 
grant was subsequently confirmed by Act of Parliament, and 
on the 10th June 1610, the Earl of Mar was created Lord 
Cardross. The title descended to David Erskine, his grandson 
by Henry, his second son. Henry, third Lord Cardross, son 
of David, sold in 1682 that part of the lordship of Cardross 
called "the abbacie of Dryburgh," to Sir Patrick Scott, 
younger of Ancrum, by whom that part of the lordship, com- 
prehending the ruins of the abbey, was, in January 1700, sold 
to Thomas Haliburton of Kewmains. This appears from a 
Crown charter, dated 12th February 1733, in favour of the 
said Thomas Haliburton, and John Haliburton, merchant in 
Edinburgh, his eldest son; whom failing, to Eobert Haliburton, 
his second son, " of all and whole that portion of the lordship 
of Cardross, formerly the abbacy of Dryburgh." The charter 
contained those parts of Dryburgh which Thomas Haliburton 
held in feu, and on which his ancestor built a residence.* 

In the " Memorials of the Haliburtons," p. 60, Thomas 
Haliburton names " John Coutts, merchant in Edinburgh," as 
his " wife's brother." This statement of relationship claims 
further attention. 

was in consequence imprisoned in the Castle of Edinburgh from. 1665 to 1677. 
From this family sprung Mrs Dunlop of Dunlop, the early friend and corre- 
spondent of the poet Burns, and John Dunlop, the ingenious author of the 
" History of Fiction." 
* Liber S. Marie de Dryburgh, 1847, preface, xxxii. -xxxiv. 


The family of Coutts belong to the north of Scotland. Mr 
Thomas Cowtis, perpetual vicar of Cargyll, is named as sitting 
in the consistory court held in St Giles' Church, Edinburgh,* 
on the 13th November 1524. f "William Coutts of Auchintoul 
settled in Montrose. At the close of the sixteenth century, 
he became provost of that burgh. His grandson Patrick 
settled in Edinburgh. In 1697, or previously, he married 
Jean Dunlop, widow of Eobert Campbell of ISTorthwoodside, 
Dean of Guild of Glasgow, and mother of Janet Campbell, 
wife of Thomas Haliburton of Newmains. Of this marriage 
were born two sons and a daughter, as shown by the follow- 
ing extracts from the Baptismal Eegister of Edinburgh : 

" 1698. Apr. 5th. — Patrick Coutis, merchant, and Jean 
Dunlop, a daughter named Christian. Witnesses — Dr David 
Dickson, docter of medicine ; Mr James Eobertson, advocate ; 
Thomas Dunlop, chirurgeon apothecary; Thomas Crombie 
and Mr Archibald Dunlop, merchants. Born on Saturday, 
19th of March last, afternoon." 

"1699. Augt. 11th. — Patrick Coutis, merchant, and Jean 
Dunlop, a son named John. Witnesses — Mr James Eobertoun, 
advocatt ; Docter David Dickson, docter of medicine ; Mr 
William Black, advocat ; Thomas Dunlop, chirurgeon apothe- 
cary. He was born on Friday, 28th of July last." 

"1701. Janr. 24ih. — Patrick Coutis, merchant-burges, and 
Jean Dunlope, his spouse, a son named James. Witnesses — 
Mr Thomas Haly burton of New mains, advocate; Thomas 
Dunlop, chirurgeon; and Thomas Crombie, merchant-bur- 

* Papers in possession of Lord Wharncliffe, Fifth Report of Royal Hist. 
Com., part i., app. 622. 

+ A drover, named Couttis or Couttie, belonging to Dundee, aided James V. 
in the Glen of Ogle, in an encounter with a Highland freebooter. He received 
from the king in reward of service a portion of ground at Dundee. The locality 
still hears his nanie. 


Patrick Coutts married, secondly, on the 14th December 
1702, Eachel Balfour, relict of William Forrester, Writer to the 
Signet, by whom he had a daughter, Janet, baptized 1st March 
1704* He died in 1704, survived by three of his four 
children, to whom he bequeathed the sum of £2500. His 
son John (uterine brother of Mrs Thomas Haliburton), born 
28th July 1699, established the mercantile house of John 
Coutts & Co.; and in 1743 held office as Lord Provost of 
Edinburgh. He died at Nola, near Naples, in 1751, at the 
age of fifty-two. He had married, on the 10th April 1730, 
Jean, second daughter of Sir John Stuart of Allanbank, 
Berwickshire (who died in 1736), -f- by whom he had five 
sons and a daughter. Patrick, the eldest son, born 5th 
April 1731, joined his father's firm, which subsequently 
became a banking house, first under the designation of 
Forbes, Hunter, & Co., and in 1831 as the Union Bank of 

James Coutts, third son* of John Coutts, Lord Provost of 
Edinburgh, born 10th March 1733, was partner in a banking- 
house at St Mary Axe, London ; he subsequently joined his 
brother Thomas. 

Thomas Coutts, youngest son of John Coutts, was born at 

Edinburgh on the 7th September 1735. He founded a bank 

in the Strand, of which, on the death of his brother James, 

in 1778, he became sole manager. He died on the 24th 

February 1822, having accumulated an enormous fortune. 

He was twice married. By the will of his widow, the 

Duchess of St Albans, his granddaughter, Angela Burdett, 

* Edinburgh Marriage and Baptismal Registers. 
+ Memorials of the Haliburtons, pp. 60, 61. 

t For the dates of birth of all the children of Lord Proyost Coutts, see 
" Memorials of the Haliburtons," pp. 60, 61. 


now the Baroness Burdett Coutts, became possessed of his 

Thomas Haliburton of Newmains and Dryburgh died on 
the 25th June 1753, in his eighty-fourth year. By his wife, 
Janet Campbell (who died 17th November 1751, aged sixty- 
nine), he had two sons and six daughters. John, the elder 
son, born 22d March 1707, was a merchant in Edinburgh; 
he succeeded to Newmains and Dryburgh in 1753, and died 
unmarried, 26th April 1754. He was succeeded by his 
younger brother, Eobert, born 5th September 1718. This 
person is described by Sir Walter Scott, as " a weak silly 
man, who engaged in trade, for which he had neither stock 
nor talents," and so became necessitated to sell the family 
inheritance. He sold the lands in 1767 to Iieut.- Colonel 
Charles Tod, for the sum of £5500.-}- He died unmarried 
about the year 1788. 

Of the six daughters born to Thomas Haliburton of New- 
mains, Jean, Margaret (first), Margaret (second), Lilias, and 
Janet, died unmarried. J Barbara, the third daughter, born 
4th March 1706, married Eobert Scott, tacksman of Sandy- 
knowe, on the 16th July 1728. In chronicling the event, 
Thomas Halyburton devoutly adds, " May the blessing of the 
Lord rest upon them, and make them comforts to each other 

* In his "Life of Scott,' - Mr Lockhart remarks that the poet had "some 
remote connection with the great banker's family, through, " he supposed, 
"the Stuarts of Allanbank, or the Swintons of Swinton." Had the accom- 
plished biographer consulted the " Memorials of the Haliburtons," he would 
have ascertained that Sir Walter's grandmother, Barbara Haliburton, wife of 
Eobert Scott of Sandyknowe, was the banker's first cousin. 

■\ In his autobiographical fragment, Sir "Walter Scott states that the pur- 
chase-money was £3000 ; he is also in error as to the year of sale, which he 
names as 1766 (Reg. of Deeds, vol. 202, 12th November 1767). 

X Memorials, pp. 49-51. 


and to all their relations." From the "Memorials"* we re- 
produce the following entries of the births and baptisms of 
their children : 

"Their son Walter was born upon the 11 of May, being 
Sabbath, about six in the morning, and was baptized at their 
house in Sandyknow, by Mr William Walker, minister of 
Maker stoun, upon the 17 of the foresaid moneth, both his 
grandfathers being witnesses, with his unckells (father's 
brethren), 1729 years. 

"Their second son, Thomas, was born upon the 7th of 
January, twist three and four in the morning, and was bap- 
tized at their house in Sandyknow by Mr James Innes, 
minister of Mertoun, upon the ninth day of the foresaid 
moneth, being Saturday, his two uncles and I being witnesses, 
in the year 1731. 

" Their eldest daughter, Janet, was born upon Munday the 
14 of May, twixt seven and eight at night, and was baptized 
at their house in Sandyknow, by Mr James Innes, minis ter 
of Mertoun, upon the twenty-second day of the foresaid 
moneth, being Tuesday ; Makairston, Harden, Eaeburn, and 
his brother Walter, and I, being witnesses, in the year i m vii c 
and thirty-three. 

"Their second daughter, Mary, was born upon Thursday 
the thirteen day of March, in the afternoon, and was baptized 
upon Teusday the eighteen, at Sandyknow, by Mr James 
Innes, minister of Mertoun ; Eaeburn, Walter Scot in Bailie- 
know, his brother William, and I, being witnesses, in the 
year i m vii c and thirty-five. 

" Their thrid daughter, Jean, was born upon Saturday the 
eleventh of June, i m vii c and thirty-seven years, and baptized 
upon Teusday the twenty-first, at Sandyknow, by Mr James 
Cuninghame, minister of Smailhome, before these witnesses, 
Eaeburn, his brothers Walter and William Scots, and I, year 
foresaid ; she being born in the morning. 

* Pp. 59, 60. 


"Their thrid son, Eobert, was born upon Sabath, about 
half ane hour after two in the morning, being the 20 of May, 
i m vii° and thirty-nine years, and baptized upon Thursday 
thereafter, being the 24, at Sandyknow, by Mr James Cun- 
inghame, minister of Smailhome, before these witnesses, 
Eaeburn, and Mr Scott, his two brothers Walter and William 
Scots, and I, year foresaid. 

" Their fourth daughter, Barbara, was born upon Munday 
the thrid of May, i m vii c and forty-two years, about six in the 
evening; and was baptized upon Saturday the eight, at 
Sandyknow, by Mr John Thorburn, minister at Kirknewton, 
before these witnesses, Eaeburn, Walter and William Scots 
his two brothers, and I, year foresaid. 

"Their fourth son, John, was born upon Saturday the 
second of September, i m vii° and forty-nine years; and was 
baptized at Sandyknow upon Saturday the ninth day, by Mr 
Duncan, minister at Smailhome." 

Though a portion of Mertoun parish, the farm of Sandy- 
knowe lay near the church of Smailholm, and in the register 
of the latter parish Eobert Scott, as a matter of convenience, 
recorded the baptisms of his children. From the Smailholm 
Eegister we obtain these entries : 

"May 17, 1729.— Mr Eobert Scott and Mrs* Barbara 
Halliburton, his spouse, had a child baptized at their house, 
called Walter." 

"January 14, 1731. — Mr Eobert Scott and Mrs Barbara 
Halliburton, his spouse, had a child baptized at their own 
house, by Mr James Innes, Minister of the Gospel at Mertoun, 
called Thomas." 

"May 15, 1733.— Mr Eobert Scott and Mrs Barbara Halli- 

* The prefixes Mr and Mrs were in the eighteenth century reserved by par- 
ochial registrars to the parish minister and his spouse, and the families of 
the landed gentry. Though a tenant-farmer, Robert Scott appears to hare been 
regarded as of superior rank. 


burton, his spouse, had a daughter baptized at his owe house, 
by Mr James Innes, Minister of the Gospel at Mertoun, 
called Janet." 

"March 19, 1735.— Mr Eobert Scott in Sandyknow, and 
Mrs Barbara Halliburton, his spouse, had a daughter baptized 
in their own house, by Mr James Innes, Minister of the 
Gospel at Mertoun, called Mary." 

"May 24, 1739.— Mr Robert Scott in Sandyknow, and 
Mrs Barbara Halyburton, his spouse, had a son baptized at 
their own house, by Mr James Cunningham, Minister of this 
parish, and baptized Eobert." 

" 1742.— Mr Eobert Scott and Mrs Barbara Halliburton, his 
spouse, had this day, at their own house in Sandyknow, a 
child baptized Barbara." * 

Subsequent to the death of Eobert Scott, the farm of 
Sandyknowe was some years occupied by his widow. Of 
their family of four sons and four daughters, Thomas Scott, 
the second son, first resided at Crailing, near Kelso, as land- 
steward to Mr Scott of Danesfield ; he next occupied a house 
at Elliston, near St Boswells, and afterwards rented the lands 
of Woollee, in the same district. Finally he retired with a 
handsome independence to Monklaw, near Jedburgh. He 
died at Monklaw on the 27th January 1823, at the advanced 
age of ninety-two. To the circumstances of his decease, Sir 
Walter Scott thus refers in a note inscribed on his private 
copy of the "Memorials of the Haliburtons :" 

" He read till nearly the year before his death ; and being 
a great musician on the Scotch pipes, had, when on his death- 

* Some immaterial discrepancies in relation to the days of baptism occur 
between Mr Haliburton's record and that of the Smailholm registrar. By 
the latter, the baptisms of Jean, the third daughter, and John, the youngest 
eon, are unrecorded. 


bed, a favourite tune played over to him by his son James, 
that he might be sure he left him in full possession of it. 
After hearing it, he hummed it over himself, and corrected it 
in several of the notes. The air was that called "Sour Plums 
in Galashiels." When barks and other tonics were given 
him during his last illness, he privately spat them into his 
handkerchief, saying, as he had lived all his life without tak- 
ing doctors' drugs, he wished to die without doing so." 

Thomas Scott married, first, Anne, daughter of William 
Scott of Eaeburn, and secondly, Miss Eutherford of Know- 
South. He was survived by two sons, James and Charles, 
and two daughters, Mary and Anne. James resided in Edin- 
burgh, and there died unmarried. Charles succeeded to the 
estate of Know-South, which had belonged to his mother. 
Mary died at Edinburgh, unmarried. Anne was married. 

Eobert Scott, third son of Eobert Scott of Sandyknowe, 
was born 20th May 1739. Having chosen a seafaring life, 
he became captain of a merchant vessel. Procuring a com- 
petency, he purchased the small estate of Eosebank, on the 
Tweed, near Kelso, where he established his residence. At 
Eosebank, under his affectionate care, his nephew, the future 
poet, spent a portion of his youth. He much encouraged his 
nephew's literary tastes. He died at Eosebank on the 10th 
June 1804, aged sixty-five. His remains were interred in the 
Abbey of Kelso. Being unmarried, he bequeathed to the poet, 
his favourite nephew, his estate of Eosebank which em- 
braced about thirty acres of excellent land. Sir Walter 
sold the place for £5000, with the view of purchasing a 
mountain farm — an intention which was not realised. 
Captain Eobert Scott was remarkable for his unostentatious 


John, fourth son of Eobert Scott at Sandyknowe, was 
bom 2d September 1749. A mate on board H.M.S. " South- 
ampton/' he was fatally injured by a block falling upon him ; 
he died young, and unmarried. 

Janet Scott, eldest daughter of Eobert Scott at Sandy- 
knowe, was born on the 14th May 1733. She resided at 
Kelso, where, in his youth, she extended kindness to her 
nephew, the future poet, during his frequent visits to her. 
In an essay on " Landscape Gardening," published in 1828, 
Sir Walter describes the residence of his favourite aunt, as " a 
small cottage, . . . situated in a garden of seven or eight 
acres, planted about the beginning of the eighteenth century, 
. . . full of long straight walks, between hedges of yew 
and hornbeam, which rose tall and close on every side. There 
were thickets of flowery shrubs, a bower, and an arbour, to 
which access was obtained through a little maze of contorted 
walks, calling itself a labyrinth. In the centre of the bower 
was a splendid platanus or Oriental plane — a huge hill of 
leaves. ... In different parts of the garden were fine 
ornamental trees, which had attained great size; and the 
orchard was filled with fruit trees of the best description. 
There were seats and hilly walks, and a banqueting-house." 
Miss Janet Scott accompanied young Walter Scott to Bath, 
whither, in his fourth year, he was sent in the hope that his 
lameness might yield to the influence of the mineral waters. 
She died at Kelso, unmarried, on the 23d December 1805, 
aged seventy-two. Her remains were deposited in the Abbey 
of Kelso. 

Mary, the second daughter, born 13th March 1735, died at 
Kelso, unmarried, on the agd- Docemfeer-180^, aged fifty-two. 

Jean, third daughter, born 11th June 1737, married, in 


1772, her relative, Walter Scott of Eaeburn, by whom she 
had five sons and one daughter.* According to Mr Lock- 
hart, she was a beautiful woman, with a soft eye, sweet 
voice, and gentle manners. In one of his prefaces Sir Walter 
Scott refers to her as exhibiting, in her mode of talk, what 
he conceived might be the Scottish tongue spoken when 
Scottish sovereigns held court at Holyrood. She died at 
Lessudden House, Eoxburghshire, on the 20th October 1820, 
aged ninety-one. 

Barbara, fourth daughter of Eobert Scott, was born 14th 
May 1742. She married Mr Curie, farmer, Yetbyre, Eox- 
burghshire, and died without issue on the 4th January 1826, 
aged eighty-four. Eespecting her, Sir Walter Scott wrote to 
his sister-in-law, Mrs Thomas Scott: "Poor Aunt Curie 
died like a Eoman, or rather like one of the Sandyknowe 
bairns, the most stoical race I ever knew. She turned every 
one out of the room, and drew; her last breath alone." Her 
remains were interred in the Abbey of Kelso. 

Walter Scott, eldest son of Eobert Scott and Barbara Hali- 
burton, was born at Sandyknowe on the 11th May 1729. 
Having studied law under Mr George Chalmers, a respectable 
solicitor, he established himself at Edinburgh as a Writer to 
the Signet. Through his family connection he obtained a 
good practice, which, partly owing to his punctilious manner, 
subsequently decreased. Singularly conscientious, he would, 
according to Sir Walter, have sacrificed his own interest to 
that of his client, and though economical to the verge of 
penury, would, in carrying out any duties entrusted to him, 
have been content to suffer loss. By Sir Walter he is imper- 
sonated in the pleasing character of Mr Saunders Fairford in 

* Supra. 


the novel of " Redgauntlet." He died 12th April 1799, and 
his remains were on the 18th day of the same month de- 
posited in the Greyfriars Churchyard.* 

Walter Scott, Writer to the Signet, married, in April 1758, 
Anne Rutherford, daughter of John Rutherford, M.D., Pro- 
fessor of Medicine in the University of Edinburgh. Their 
contract of marriage proceeds thus : 

"At Edinburgh, the 25th of April 1758. — It is contracted, 
agreed, and matrimonially ended betwixt the parties follow- 
ing, viz., Mr Walter Scott, Writer to the Signet, eldest law- 
full son of Mr Robert Scott in Sandieknow, with consent of 
the said Mr Robert Scott, his father, and the said Mr Robert 
Scott for himself, his own right and interest, on the one part; 
and Mrs Anne Rutherfurd, eldest daughter of Doctor John 
Rutherfurd, Professor of Medicine in the Colledge of Edin- 
burgh, procreate betwixt him and the deceast Mrs Jean 
Swinton, his first spouse, daughter of the deceast Sir John 
Swinton of that ilk, with advice and consent of the said 
Doctor John Rutherfurd, her father, and the said Doctor 
John Rutherfurd for himself, his own right and interest, with 
consent of the said Mrs Anne Rutherfurd, his daughter ; and 
they both with one advice, consent, and assent on the other 
part in manner following — that is to say, the said Walter 
Scott and Mrs Anne Rutherfurd have accepted, and by these 
presents accept each of them other for their lawfull spouses. 
. . . To be interponed hereto, and for that effect they 
constitute their procurators. — In witness whereof, these pre- 
sents, consisting of this and the ten preceding pages, all 
wrote upon stampt paper, by Alexander Keith, Writer in 
Edinburgh, are subscribed by both parties, place, day, month, 
and year of God foresaid, before these witnesses — the Reverend 
Mr John Cranstoun, Minister of the Gospel at Ancrum ; Mr 
John Coutts, merchant in Edinburgh ; Mr Thomas Scott, son 

* Burial Register of the Greyfriars Churchyard. 


of the said Mr Eobert Scott ; the said Mr Alexander Keith 
of Eavelston ; the said Mr John Swinton, son of the deceast 
Mr Eobert Swinton, merchant in North Berwick; and the 
said Mr Alexander Keith, writer hereof. 

John Cranstoun, witness. Walter Scott. 

John Coutts, witness. Ann Eutherford. 

Thomas Scott, witness. Eobert Scott. 

Alex 1 . Keith, witness. Jo. Eutherfoord. 
John Swinton, witness. 
Alex r . Keith, witness." 

The family of Eutherford had long been noted on the 
eastern border. It is named in connection with lands in 
Teviotdale so early as the eleventh century. Though other 
derivations have been suggested, the name is obviously de- 
rived from the Saxon Bother-ford, or cattle-ford : a place on 
the Tweed is so designated. Eobertus dominus de Euther- 
ford is witness to a charter by David I. to Jervasius Eidal, in 
1140 ; and Hugo de Eutherford, in 1215, to a grant by Philip 
de Valoniis of lands in Northumberland. Sir Eobert de 
Eutherford is mentioned by Barbour as fighting under King 
Eobert the Bruce for the independence of Scotland. Sir 
Eichard Eutherford was a distinguished favourite of Eobert 
III.; he was, in 1398, appointed one of the ambassadors extra- 
ordinary to the English court. In 1400 he and his sons were 


appointed wardens of the marches. He had, by his wife, Jean 
Douglas, three sons — James, who succeeded him ; John, who, 
in 1428, had a grant of the lands of Chatto and Hunthill, of 
whom were the Lords Eutherford ; and Nichol, ancestor of 
the Eutherfords of Hundalee and Fairnilee. 

In a note to the "Lay of the Last Minstrel," Sir 


Walter Scott describes the Eutherfords of Hunthill* as "an 
ancient race of Border lairds, whose names occur in history, 
sometimes as defending the frontier against the English, 
sometimes as disturbing the peace of their own country." 
" Dickon Draw-the-Sword," he writes, " was son to the 
ancient warrior called in tradition the Cock of Hunthill, 
remarkable for leading into battle nine sons, gallant warriors, 
all sons of the aged champion. Mr Eutherford, late of New 
York, in a letter to the author, quoted, when upwards of 
eighty years old, a ballad apparently the same as the ' Eaid 
of the Eeidsquair,'-f- but which is lost, except the following 
lines : 

' Bauld Rutherfurd, he was fu' stout, 
With all his nine sons him about ; 
He brought the lads of Jedbrught out, 
And bauldly fought that day. ' " 

John Eutherford, tacksman at Grundisnock, in the county 
of Eoxburgh, was grandson of that Eutherford known as the 
" Cock of Hunthill." He married Isabella Ker, descended 
from the Kers of Ferniehirst. 

John Eutherford, son of John Eutherford and Isabella Ker, 
was born in 1641. After being some years schoolmaster at 
Selkirk, he in 1687 passed his trials as a probationer of the 
Church. On the 30th September 1691, he was appointed to 
the pastoral charge of Yarrow, where he ministered till his 
death, which took place on the 8th May 1710.J Within the 

* The estate of Hunthill is situated about a mile to the south-east of the 
town of Jedburgh. 

t The skirmish of the Reidsquare was fought on the 7th of June 1575, 
between Sir John Carmichael, the Scottish Warden, and Sir John Forster of 
the English March (Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, ed. 1869, p. 70). 

t Fasti Eccl. Scot, i. 564. 


church at Yarrow he is commemorated by a mural tablet, 
thus elegantly inscribed : 

" Memoriae E. D. Joannis Butherfoord, Ecclesia? Yaraensis 
Pastoris, integerrimi, vigilantissimi. Et Eoberti filii, quadrien- 
nis, hoc monumentum erigere curavit Christiana Shaw, uxor, 
moerens. Obiit May 8, 1710, ministerii 19. set. 69. Pastor 
eras fidus— pater dilectus — amicus certus — herus lenis — 
blandus gener atque maritus. 

" Integra et purfe defunctus munera vitae 
Cesisti fatis — annis felieiter actis — 
ter felicem — tua fama super juga 
Celsa & virides Yarse ripas — animus super astra. " * 

Sir Walter Scott, in reference to his great-grandfather's 
monument, poetically described the church of Yarrow "as the 
shrine of his ancestors." 

Christian Shaw, wife of the minister of Yarrow, was 
descended from the old family of Shaw or De Schatto. 
William de Shaw swore fealty to Edward I. in 1296. In 
1409 the monks of Melrose received from Malcolm de Gal- 
braith, Lord of Greenock, a grant in exchange for a tenement 
in Kinross, they also paying twenty merks to his kinsman, 
James de le Schaw. In 1415 Thomas de Schatto confirmed to 
the monastery at Melrose a grant of certain lands.-f- John 
de Shaw of Sauchie, was Comptroller to James III. Dur- 

* Rendered into English, the inscription reads thus : " By Christian Shaw, 
his mourning widow, this monument has been erected to the memory of 
the Rev. Mr John Rutherford, the earnest and faithful pastor of Yarrow. 
He died on the 8th May 1710, in the nineteenth year of his ministry, and the 
sixty-ninth of his age ; also in memory of their son Robert, aged four years. — 
Thou wert a faithful pastor, a beloved father, a sure friend, a, gentle master, 
a kind husband and son-in-law. Submissive to the Divine will, thou didst 
lay down a pure and useful life, after many well-spent years. Supremely 
blessed, thy fame lingers among the lofty hills, and by the green banks of 
Yarrow, while thy soul has passed above the stars ! " 

t Liber de Melros, pp. 534-537. 



ing the reign of James V., Alexander Shaw of Sauchie 
gave the lands of Greenock to John, his eldest son, by his 
second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Cunningham of 
Glengarnock ; he is now represented by Sir Michael Eobert 
Shaw Stewart, Bart, of Greenock and Blackhall. 

John Shaw, son of Shaw of Sauchie, had a son Patrick, 
who in 1591 graduated at the University of Edinburgh, and 
in November 1594 was presented to the vicarage of Green- 
ock, which he declined. In 1596 he accepted the parochial 
charge of Selkirk. He subscribed in June 1617, with fifty- 
four others, the protestation for maintaining the liberties of 
the Church. He demitted his charge in 1634, and died some 
time prior to the 25th July 1646,* when his eldest son, 
John, obtained service as his heir. He married Anne, 
daughter of Sir John Murray of Philiphaugh, a representative 
of the outlaw Murray, celebrated in Border ballad,-f- and more 
remotely of Archibald de Moravia, a powerful baron, from 
whom in 1296 Edward I. exacted the oath of allegiance. 

Of the marriage of the Bev. John Shaw and Anne Murray 
were born three sons, John, Adam, and James, and a 
daughter, Marion. Adam, the second son, died unmarried in 
1648, and was succeeded in his property by his eldest 
brother, John. J James, the youngest son, became a mer- 
chant-burgess of Edinburgh. John Shaw, the eldest son, 
graduated at the University of Edinburgh in 1631. In 1634 
he was ordained minister of Selkirk, in succession to his 
father. By the Privy Council he was, in 1663, charged with 
" turbulent and seditious carriage ; " he surrendered his cure 

* Fasti Eccl. Scot., i. 539, 540; Inquisitiones Generates, 3162. 
t Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. 
t Inquisitiones Generales, 3157. 


prior to the 12th November 1664. He married Anna Mur- 
ray, who had along with him sasine of the lands of the East 
Mains of Selkirk, called Heleinshaw, 13th September 1661 
He had four sons, Patrick, Gideon, John, and James, and a 
daughter, Jean* "William Shaw was, on the 12th March 
1692, served heir to his father, Gideon Shaw, bookseller in 
Edinburgh, and to his uncle, Patrick Shaw, doctor of medicine 
at Edinburgh; and on the 19th March 1698, heir to his 
grandfather, the Eev. John Shaw, minister at Selkirk, -f- 
Jean, only daughter of the Eev. John Shaw, minister of 
Selkirk, married, 5th February 1662, the Eev. John Pringle, 
minister of Eogo, in Berwickshire, only surviving son of 
George Pringle of Balmungo. Of this marriage were born 
five sons and two daughters. John, the fourth and eldest 
surviving son, succeeded in 1695 to the estate of Whytbank, 
on the death of his father's cousin. In 1699 he married 
Christian, eldest daughter of Sir Patrick Scott of Ancrum, by 
his wife, Margaret Scott of Harden ; he died in 1703. Alex- 
ander Pringle, Esq., now of Whytbank and Yair, Selkirkshire, 
is his great-great-grandson.! 

Christian Shaw, wife of the Eev. John Eutherford, minister 
of Yarrow, was granddaughter of the Eev. John Shaw, minis- 
ter of Selkirk, by his wife Anna Murray. Of the marriage 
of the Eev. John Eutherford and Christian Shaw were born 
two sons, Eobert and John, and two daughters, Jean and 
another. Jean was baptized at Yarrow, 5th September 1693;§ 
she died unmarried. The other daughter became wife of 
Scott of Whitehaugh, Eoxburghshire. She was reputed 

* Fasti Eocl. Scot, i. 540. 

+ Inquisitiones Generates, 7230, 7231, 7959. 

J Fasti Eccl. Scot., i., p. Hi; Burke's Landed Gentry, ii. 1119. 

§ Baptismal Register of Yarrow. 


for her choice sayings and brilliant humour. Her portrait, 
representing her in a satin sacque, is preserved at Ashestiel. 
She resided with her husband in George Square, Edinburgh* 

Robert, elder son of the Eev. John Eutherford, died young. 
John, the younger son, was born in the Manse of Yarrow 
on the 1st August 1695.f Educated at the grammar 
school of Selkirk, he entered the University of Edinburgh. 
Devoting himself to the study of medicine, he attended 
lectures on anatomy, surgery, and materia medica in London, 
and afterwards at Leyden, under the celebrated Boerhaave. 
In 1719 he obtained the degree of M.D. from the Univer- 
sity of Eheims. After sometime residing at Edinburgh as a 
medical practitioner, he suggested that a school of medicine 
should be opened in connection with the college — and the 
proposal being entertained by the town council, he was, in 
1726, appointed Professor of the Practice of Medicine. As 
a text-book he used the work of his preceptor, Boerhaave." 
In 1748 he began to deliver clinical lectures in the Edin- 
burgh Infirmary. He resigned his professorial chair in 1765, 
and died in 1779, in his eighty-fourth year. 

Professor John Eutherford married, first, 12th April 1731, 
Jean, elder daughter of Sir John Swinton of Swinton by his 
wife Anne Sinclair, younger daughter of Sir Eobert Sinclair, 

* In connection with Mr and Mrs Scott of "Whitehaugh, is related the 
following dog story. Sitting by the fire in their house in George Square, Mrs 
Scott remarked to her husband that the hearthrug was very shabby, and that 
Lion's skin — naming the large dog lying by the fire — would make a handsome 
rug. At this utterance the dog got up and slunk away to the stables, where 
he lay three days, refusing to take food. He would scarcely be reconciled to 
his mistress. 

t The entry in the Baptismal Register is as follows: "John Eutherfoord, 
son to Mr John Rutherfoord, minister at Yarrow, was baptized, August 6 " 


Bart, of Longformacus, by his wife Margaret, younger 
daughter of William, Lord Alexander, eldest son of Sir 
William Alexander of Menstry, Earl of Stirling, celebrated 
as a poet and statesman. 

The family of Swinton is ancient and honourable. Deriv- 
ing their name from the lands which they are said to have 
received in reward of their prowess in destroying herds 
of wild boars which infested a portion of Berwickshire, the 
family existed in that county so early as the Heptarchy. 
The lord of Swinton aided Malcolm Canmore to recover the 
Scottish throne; and Edulf de Swinton received from that 
monarch a charter (one of the first granted in Scotland) 
confirming him in the lands of Swinton. Within the parish 
church of Swinton a monument commemorates Sir Alan de 
Swinton, a baron of the reign of William the Lion. Under 
the figure of a boar and three boars' heads, it is inscribed : 
" Hie . Jacet . Alanvs . Svintonvs . Miles . De . Eodem." Below 
is a full-length figure of the baron, with his arm bent 
upward from the elbows and clasping a book ; he died about 
the year 1200. His name is assumed by Sir Walter Scott 
for the hero of Halidon Hill, though the knight who actually 
fought there was Sir John Swinton. An arched vault in 
front of the monument and under the floor of the church was 
found to contain a coffin and three skulls. Of the largest 
skull, supposed to be that of Sir Alan, who is traditionally 
said to have been of gigantic proportions, a cast was taken, 
and presented to Sir Walter Scott, who placed it in the 
armoury at Abbotsford. Sir John Swinton had a chief com- 
mand at the battle of Otterbum, fought on the 31st July 
1388, and to his prowess the Scots were mainly indebted for 
the victory. He fell at the battle of Homildon Hill in 1402. 


Sir John had as his first wife, Margaret, Countess of Douglas 
and Mar, widow of the first Earl of Douglas ; he was in right 
of his wife styled Lord of Mar. He married, secondly, 
Margaret Stewart, daughter of Eobert II., and by her had a 
son, Sir John Swinton, a renowned warrior, who had as his 
second wife his cousin-german, Marjory. Stewart, daughter 
of the regent, Eobert, Duke of Albany, through whom the 
family line was carried on. 

Joanna, younger surviving daughter of Sir John Swinton 
and Anne Sinclair, married Alexander Keith of Eavelstone, 
in the county of Edinburgh. He purchased the estate of 
Dunnottar, in Kincardineshire, and died in 1792. Of his 
marriage with Joanna Swinton were born four sons, Alex- 
ander, William, George, and Eobert, and two daughters, 
Agnes and Margaret. Both daughters and the younger sons, 
George and Eobert, died without issue. Alexander Keith, 
eldest son of Alexander Keith and Joanna Swinton, became a 
Writer to the Signet ; he succeeded his father in the estates 
of Eavelstone and Dunnottar. In April 1811 he married 
Margaret, fourth daughter of Laurence Oliphant of Gash, and 
sister of the Baroness Nairne, who died 10th September 1847. 
Alexander Keith died without issue in 1819. William, the 
second son, was born in 1748, and died in 1803. By his 
wife, Mary Anne Eae of Coldsheaf, he had four sons — Alex- 
ander, James, William, and John ; and two daughters, Agnes, 
who died unmarried, and Isabella, who married James 
Wilson of Woodville, and died in 1837. William, third son 
of William Keith and Mary Anne Eae, married Isabella 
Houison Craufurd, sister of William Houison Craufurd, Esq. 
of Braehead and Craufurdland, and died in 1851. John, the 
fourth son, died unmarried. 


Alexander, eldest son of William Keith and Mary Anne 
Eae, born in 1780, succeeded to the estates of Eavelstone and 
Dunnottar on the death of his uncle in 1819. In 1822, on 
the state visit of George IV. to Scotland, he received the 
honour of knighthood, with the style and dignity of Knight 
Marischal of Scotland; he died in 1833. By his marriage 
with Georgiana Lamont he was father of a son William, who 
was born in 1815, and died in 1825, and of a daughter, Helen 
Margaret Oliphant, who married, 28th November 1833, Sir 
William Murray, Bart, of Ochtertyre, Perthshire, and died in 
1853. She was mother of ten sons and three daughters. 
Her eldest son, Sir Patrick Keith Murray, Bart., born 27th 
January 1835, succeeded his father in the baronetcy in 1861 ; 
he married, first, in 1870, Frances Amelia Jemima, sixth 
daughter of Anthony Murray of Dollerie, Perthshire, who 
died in 1872 ; he married, secondly, a daughter of the Hon. 
William Penney, Lord Kinloch. 

James Keith, second son of William Keith, and grandson 
of Joanna Swinton, was born in 1783; he practised as a 
physician at Edinburgh, and died in 1863. In 1823 he 
married Christian Graham, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel 
Maitland of Craigieburn, who died in 1870, by whom he had 
three sons, William Alexander, Charles Maitland, who died 
in infancy, and Charles Maitland the second; also two 
daughters, Mary Anne Eae, who died in infancy, and Isabella 
Napier, who married, in 1845, the Eev. Thomas Lewis Trotter, 
rector of Great Stainton, and died in 1857. 

The Eev. William Alexander Keith, elder son of James 
Keith, M.D., born in 1828, is proprietor of Pogbie and vicar 
of Burham, Kent. 

By his first wife, Jean Swinton, Professor John Eutherford 


had a son John, who died young, and a daughter Anne, who 
married Walter Scott, Writer to the Signet, and became 
mother of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. He married, secondly, 
on the 9th August 1743, Anne M'Kay, by whom he had five 
sons and three daughters. Jean, the eldest daughter, born 
1st December 1747, married in 1776 Colonel William Eussell 
of Ashestiel, Selkirkshire, who died in 1804; she died 12th 
June 1791. 

Of the marriage of Colonel William Eussell of Ashestiel 
and Jean Eutherford, were born five sons and four daughters. 
Anne, the eldest daughter, born at Madura, in the East 
Indies, 28th May 1777, died at Cuddalore, 26th September 
1779. Jane Boston, the second daughter, was born at Madura, 
31st October 1778, and died at Edinburgh on the 6th 
February 1849, unmarried. Anne, the third daughter, born 
at Cuddalore on the 1st February 1780, died at Ashestiel 
on the 29th May 1849, unmarried. Elizabeth Jane, the 
fourth daughter, born at Ashestiel, 12th June 1791, was also 
unmarried; she died at Edinburgh in 1819. 

John Eutherford Eussell, second son of Colonel William 
Eussell and Jean Eutherford, was born at sea on the 18th 
June 1783. He became an officer in the Eoyal Navy, and 
died, unmarried, at Kingston, Jamaica, in 1803. 

William, the third son, born at Edinburgh on the 12th June 
1785, died at Ashestiel, unmarried, on the 9th January 1803. 

Daniel, fourth son, was born at Edinburgh on the 20th 
July 1786. An officer in the naval service of the East India 
Company, he died at sea, unmarried, in 1808. 

Alexander Pringle, fifth son, born at Ashestiel on the 28th 
November 1792, became a military officer in the East India 
Company's service; he died at Madras in 1816, unmarried. 


James Eussell, eldest son of Colonel William Eussell 
and Jean Butherford, was born at Madras on the 17th 
August 1781. In the service of the East India Company he 
attained the rank of general, and was K.C.B. General Sir 
James Eussell married, 18th December 1834, Katherine 
Mary, fourth daughter of Sir James Hall, Bart, of Dunglass, 
by his wife, Lady Helen Douglas, daughter of the fourth Earl 
of Selkirk. Sir James died 15th May 1859, leaving two 
daughters, Helen Jane Mountstuart, now of Ashestiel, and 
Katherine Anne, married, 5th January 1860, Laurence W. M. 
Lockhart, second son of the late Eev. Laurence Lockhart, D.D., 
of Milton Lockhart. Mrs Katherine Anne Lockhart died 
11th February 1870, leaving four children — Mary Katherine, 
born 25th November 1860 ; Laurence Archibald, born 24th 
November 1861 ; Louisa, born 26th March 1864 ; and James 
Douglas, born 4th August 1866. 

Janet, second daughter of Professor John Eutherford, by his 
second marriage, was born on the 24th January 1753. By 
her nephew, Sir Walter Scott, she is described as " an amiable 
and accomplished woman." She died subsequent to 1808. 

Christian, third daughter of Professor John Eutherford by his 
second marriage, was born 6th October 1759. Shewas the early 
adviser and deeply attached aunt of the Author of " Waverley." 
She died at Edinburgh on the 17th December 1819. 

Of the five sons of Professor John Eutherford and Anne 
M'Kay, John, the eldest son, born 22d November 1745, died 
young and unmarried. William, the third son, born 11th 
February 1754, died at the age of four months. Eobert, the 
fourth son, born 17th August 1755, and James, the fifth son, 
born 23d October 1756, died young. 

Daniel Eutherford, second son of Professor John Eutherford, 


was bom on the 3d November 1749. Prosecuting medical 
studies at the University of Edinburgh, he early discovered 
the existence of a gaseous fluid, now known as nitrogen gas. 
Having extended his professional knowledge by passing three 
years on the Continent,* he commenced the practice of physic 
in his native city. He was, in 1786, elected Professor of 
Botany in the University of Edinburgh. Afflicted with 
hereditary gout, he expired suddenly on the 15th December 
1819. He married, in December 1786, Harriet, youngest 
daughter of John Mitchelson, Esq. of Middleton, by whom he 
had two sons and three daughters. 

John Eutherford, elder son of Professor Daniel Eutherford, 
was born 10th October 1787. Sailing to India as a cadet in 
the ship "Lady Jane Dundas," on the 1st February 1805, he 
perished on board that vessel, which was wrecked in sight of 
land on the 5th day of the same month. He died unmarried. 

Eobert Eutherford, second son of Professor Daniel Euther- 
ford, was born on the 22d February 1790. He was a Writer 
to the Signet, and Deputy Keeper of the Abbey of Holyrood. 
He died at Edinburgh, unmarried, on the 6th June 1866. 

Anne, second daughter of Professor Daniel Eutherford, 
was born 7th May 1791. She died at Edinburgh, unmarried, 
on the 6th March 1871. Darcy Maxwell, third daughter, 
born 3d December 1802, died at Edinburgh, unmarried, on 
the 2d June 1871. 

Margaret, eldest daughter of Professor Daniel Eutherford, 
was born on the 13th November 1788, and died 9th January 
1867, aged seventy-eight. She married, 23d April 1823, 

* When he was prosecuting his studies at Paris, he was invited to a supper 
party, at which Prince Charles Edward was expected. He declined the invi- 
tation, that he might avoid the spectacle of seeing the prince get drunk. He 
had no Jacobite proclivities, but respected the honour of a fallen house. 


as his second wife, James Alexander Haldane, Esq., younger 
son of Captain James Haldane of Airthrey, by whom she had 
three sons and three daughters. Isabella Mitchelson, the 
eldest daughter, married, in 1848, Eichard Burdon Sanderson 
of West Jesmond, Northumberland. Their two daughters, 
Elizabeth and Margaret Sanderson, were killed on the 21st 
January 1876, at the collision on the Great Northern Eailway 
at Abbots Eipton. Mr Sanderson, who was much injured, 
survived till the 30th of April. 

Adamina Duncan, second daughter of James Alexander 
Haldane and Margaret Eutherford, is unmarried. Helen, the 
third daughter, married Horatio E. B. Peile, Esq., and died 
15th October 1873, leaving a son. 

Of the three sons of James Alexander Haldane and Mar- 
garet Eutherford, Daniel Eutherford Haldane, M.D., eldest 
son, is a physician in Edinburgh ; he married Charlotte Eliza- 
beth Lowthorpe, by whom he has five children. George 
Oswald, second son, died young. James, the third son, is a 
chartered accountant in Edinburgh; he married Emily Sophia 
Grove, and has issue. 

Mrs Anne Scott, eldest daughter of Professor John Euther- 
ford, and wife of Walter Scott, W.S., died on the 24th 
December 1819. Her remains were deposited beside those 
of her kindred, in the dormitory attached to St John's 
Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. She was mother of thirteen 
children.* Of her three daughters, Anne, born 10th March 

* In his fragmentary autobiography, written at Ashestiel, in April 1808, 
Sir Walter Scott remarks that he believed his parents had "no fewer than 
twelve children." In a letter to Mr Morritt, on the 16thMay 1816, he writes: 
' ' My mother, now upwards of eighty, has now only one child left to her, out 
of thirteen whom she has borne." One child had died at or soon after birth, 
as twelve names only appear in the family register. 


1759, and Jean, born 27th March 1765, died in infancy. 
Anne, second of the name, born in 1770, died 19th May 1801 ; 
her remains were deposited in the Greyfriars Churchyard.* 
Of a delicate frame and nervous temperament, she is by her 
illustrious brother thus described : " Her temper was like 
that of her brother's, peculiar. . . . But she was at heart 
an affectionate and kind girl, neither void of talent or feeling, 
though living in an ideal world, which she had framed to her- 
self, by the force of imagination." 

The four elder sons died in infancy. These were Eobert, 
born 22d August 1760 ; John, bom 28th November 1761 ; 
Eobert (the second), born 7th June 1763 ; and Walter (the 
first), born 30th August 1766. Eobert (third of the name), 
was born in 1767. He served first in the Eoyal Navy, 
and subsequently in the Marine Service of the East India 
Company. He was present in most of Eodney's battles; 
he left the Navy on account of having experienced hard usage 
from a superior officer. He indulged a mechanical turn, com- 
posed elegant verses, and excelled in relating tales of adven- 
ture. But his success was marred by a capricious temper. 
He died in India, unmarried. 

John (second of the name), sixth son of Walter Scott and 
Anne Eutherford, was born in 1768. Joining the army, he 
served in the Duke of York's unfortunate campaign of 1797. 
Through the influence of Mr Canning, he was in 1809 
appointed major of the second battalion of the 73d Eegiment. 
Owing to feeble health, he retired from the army, and settled in 
Edinburgh. He died on the 8th May 1816, and on the 13th 
day of the same month his remains were deposited in Grey- 

* Burial Register of Greyfriars Churchyard. 


friars Churchyard* In 1811 he lent his brother Walter 
£2000, being half the purchase-money of the original farm 
of Abbotsford. His substance, which amounted to £6000, 
was at his death divided between "Walter and Thomas, his 
surviving brothers. He is described by Mr Lockhart as " a 
sober, sedate bachelor, of dull mind and frugal tastes." He is 
the prototype of the veteran officer on half -pay in "Paul's 

Thomas, eighth son, was born in 1774. He passed as a 
Writer to the Signet, but became embarrassed by engaging 
in farming, and other speculations. In the spring of 1810, 
Sir Walter secured for him an extractorship in the General 
Eegister House, with a salary of £250. On the duties of 
this office he had scarcely entered when the Commission of 
Judicature resolved to abolish his and many other similar 
posts. The Commission, however, recommended to Parlia- 
ment a scheme of compensation for the discharged function- 
aries. In his " Life of Scott," Mr Lockhart enters into some 
details in reference to certain oppositions to the conferring of 
a pension on Mr Thomas Scott, and 'which culminated in a 
motion by the Earl of Lauderdale, in the House of Lords, 
that the pension should not be granted. Through the active 
friendship of Lord Melville the opposition was partially 
defeated, and Mr Scott was compensated for his abolished 
office by a pension of £100. 

Thomas Scott sometime resided in the Isle of Man, and 
there prepared materials for a history of the island ; he also 
held a commission in the Manx Fencibles. He was after- 
wards appointed paymaster of the 70th Kegiment. He re- 
ceived £3000 on the death of his brother John in 1816, 
* Greyfriars Burial Register. 


and a similiar sum on his mother's death, three years after- 
wards. He died in Canada, on the 14th February 1823. 
Excelling as a conversationist, he was remarkable for his 
vivacity and humour. He possessed a brilliant fancy, and 
his literary powers were of a high order, but he unhappily 
lacked application. By some persons acquainted with his 
versatile abilities, he was credited with the authorship of 

Thomas Scott married, in 1799, Elizabeth, daughter of 
David M'Culloch of Ardwell, the representative of an old 
family in Galloway; she died 14th April 1848. Of this 
marriage were born one son and three daughters. 

Walter Scott, only son of Thomas Scott, was born 23d 
June 1807. A considerable portion of his youth was passed 
under the immediate care of his uncle, Sir Walter, whom he 
much resembled physically, and also in intellectual vigour. 
At the age of seventeen he entered the service of the East 
India Company as a lieutenant of engineers. He attained 
distinction in the Mooltan campaign, and was, in 1861, pro- 
moted as major-general. In 1875 he became general. He 
died in Saxony, on the 19th March 1876. 

Jessie, eldest daughter of Thomas Scott, was born on the 
16th December 1801. She married, in 1819, Colonel Huxley, 
and died 10th February 1870, leaving a son, Thomas Scott 
Huxley, born 21st June 1822, and who is now rector of St 
Andrew with St Mary Bredman, Canterbury. He married, in 
1857, Elizabeth Ferguson, only daughter of John Day, Esq., 
by whom he has a son, George Scott, born 21st June 1859. 

Anne Eutherford, second daughter of Thomas Scott, was 
born on the 3d June 1803 ; she is unmarried. Eliza Char- 
lotte, the youngest daughter, was born 5th September 1811. 


She married, in 1835, Major Alexander Cumine Peat, C.B., 
by whom she has had three sons and two daughters. 
George, the eldest son, was born 15th September 1837; 
Walter Scott, the second son, was born 23d June 1839 ; 
he married, in 1871, Florence, daughter of Colonel Pagan ; 
Godfrey Cumine, the third son, was born 1st March 1844. 
Elizabeth, the elder daughter, born 30th July 1841, married, 
in 1867, Eittmeister von Oppell, member of an ancient and 
noble Saxon family, by whom she has two children, Hans 
Alexander Max, born 28th October 1867, and Mary Monica, 
born 23d April 1869. Margery Alexandrina, younger daughter, 
was born 15th April 1847, and married, in 1873, E. K Slight, 

Daniel, ninth and youngest son of Walter Scott and Anne 
Eutherford, was born about the year 1775. Trained to mer- 
cantile pursuits at Edinburgh, he proceeded to Liverpool and 
thence to Jamaica, where, through the poet's influence, he 
obtained suitable employment. But he did not succeed, 
chiefly owing to his irregular habits. He returned to Edin- 
burgh, where he died on the 20th July 1806. His remains 
were deposited in the Greyfriars Churchyard. 

Sir Walter Scott was the seventh son of his parents. He 
was born at Edinburgh in a house belonging to his father at 
the head of the College Wynd on the 15th August 1771. 
He studied at the High School and University of his native 
city. In 1792 he passed advocate. He first appeared as an 
author in 1796, by publishing his translations of " Lenore' " 
and " The Wild Huntsman " of Burger. He published " The 
Lay of the Last Minstrel" in 1805, "Marmion" in 1808, 
"The Lady of the Lake" in 1810, and "The Lord of the 
Isles" in 1814. Appointed Sheriff of Selkirkshire in 1800, 


he in 1806 obtained a principal clerkship in the Court 
of Session, receiving salaries from these offices equal to 
£1500 per annum. The romance of " Waverley " was issued 
anonymously in 1814; it was rapidly followed by "Guy 
Mannering,' - "The Antiquary," and others. After residing 
some years at Ashestiel, near Selkirk, the beautiful residence 
of his relative, General Sir James Eussell, then in India, he 
purchased in 1811 a portion of land on the Tweed near Mel- 
rose, which he designated Abbotsford, and whither he removed 
to a mansion built from his own design, and which he added 
to at different times. In March 1820 he was created a baronet. 
When George IV. visited Scotland in 1822, he undertook the 
principal arrangements. By the insolvency of his printers and 
publishers, in 1826, he sustained serious reverses, being found 
responsible for the sum of £120,000. Determined to dis- 
charge his obligations, he worked with unabated energy, 
much to the injury of his health. In the autumn of 1831 he 
proceeded to Italy,- in the hope of benefit, but returned to 
Abbotsford the following summer, without profiting by the 
change. He died at Abbotsford on the 21st September 1832. 
His remains were deposited in that aisle of Dryburgh Abbey 
which belonged to his ancestors, the Haliburtons. A massive 
block of granite is placed upon his grave. 

Sir Walter Scott married, 24th December 1797, Margaret 
Charlotte Charpentier. Her mother, Charlotte Volere, be- 
longed to an old French house ; her brother, the Chevalier de 
la Volere, colonel of a Eussian regiment, fell, it is supposed, 
in the campaign of 1813. Jean Charpentier, husband of 
Charlotte Volere, was JEcuyer de Eoi under the old French 
monarchy, an office obtained by purchase ; he also held an 
appointment in the University of Lyons. He died about the 


commencement of the French Revolution ; when his widow, 
under the care of the Earl of Hillsborough, afterwards second 
Marquis of Downshire, settled in London. During a Con- 
tinental tour Lord Hillsborough had become intimately 
acquainted with the family, and spent some time under their 
roof. Hence on the death of the widow of M. Charpentier, 
which happened about the year 1790, he charged himself 
with the upbringing of her two children, a son and daugh- 
ter. Through Lord Hillsborough's recommendation, the son, 
Charles Charpentier (who changed his name to Carpenter), 
received a civil appointment in India; he latterly became 
commercial resident at Salem, in the Madras establishment. 
He died in India in 1818, bequeathing £40,000 to his sister's 
family. Margaret Charlotte Charpentier, who was probably 
named after Lord Hillsborough's mother and her own, was, 
at the instance of Lord Hillsborough, educated under the care 
of Miss Jane Nicolson, daughter of Dr Mcolson, Dean of 
Exeter, and granddaughter of Dr "William Mcolson, Bishop of 
Carlisle, the well-known author of the " Historical Library." 
She met her future husband at Gilsland Spa, Cumberland, 
and was married with the special consent of her guardian, 
then Marquis of Downshire. As a bride she is thus described 
by Mr Lockhart : " Without the features of a regular beauty, 
she was rich in personal attractions; ' a form that was fashioned 
as light as a fay's ; ' a complexion of the clearest and lightest 
olive ; eyes large, deep set, and dazzling, of the finest Italian 
brown ; and a profusion of silken tresses, black as the raven's 
wing ; her address hovering between the reserve of a pretty 
young Englishwoman who has not mingled largely in general 
society, and a certain natural archness and gaiety that suited 
well with the accompaniment of a French accent. A lovelier 


vision, as all who remember her in the bloom of her days 
have assured me, could hardly have been imagined." She 
died at Abbotsford on the 14th May 1826, aged fifty-three. 

Of the marriage of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., and Mar- 
garet Charlotte Charpentier, were born two sons and two 
daughters. Walter, the elder son, was born at Edinburgh on 
the 28th October 1801. In his sixteenth year he joined the 
Selkirkshire Yeomanry Cavalry. In 1819 he became cornet 
in the 18th Eegiment of Hussars ; he subsequently joined the 
15th Dragoons. In 1832 he succeeded his father as second 
baronet of Abbotsford. He proceeded to India in 1839 as 
lieutenant-colonel of the 15th Dragoons; he subsequently 
commanded that regiment. At Bangalore, in August 1846, 
he was smitten with fever, culminating in liver disease. 
Having sailed for England, he died on board the ship •' Welles- 
ley," near the Cape of Good Hope, on the 8th February 1847, 
aged forty-six. His remains were, on the 4th May 1847, 
deposited in the family aisle at Dryburgh. 

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Walter Scott married, on the 7th 
January 1825, Jane Jobson of Lochore, daughter of William 
Jobson, a prosperous merchant. The family of Jobson 
owned and rented lands in Forfarshire ; they subsequently 
traded at Dundee and London. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Walter 
Scott died without issue ; his widow, Lady Scott of Lochore, 
resides in London. 

Charles Scott, younger son of Sir Walter Scott, was born 
at Edinburgh, on the 24th December 1805. Having studied 
at Brazenose College, Oxford, he was appointed to a clerk- 
ship in the Foreign Office, and was subsequently attached to 
the embassy at Naples. Having accompanied Sir John 
Macneill as private secretary, on a mission to the Court of 


Persia, he contracted in his journey through Asia Minor an 
inflammatory disorder, and died at Teheran on the 28th 
October 1841. By Sir John Macneill an appropriate monu- 
ment was placed over his remains. 

Anne, younger daughter of Sir Walter Scott, was born at 
Edinburgh on the 2d February 1803. On the death of her. 
father, she received a pension of £200 on the Civil List. She 
died at London, unmarried, on the 25th June 1833 ; her 
remains were consigned to the Harrow Eoad Cemetery. 

Sophia,* elder daughter of Sir Walter Scott, was born at 
Edinburgh on the 24th October 1799. On the 29th April 1820, 
she married John Gibson Lockhart, whose history is intimately 
blended with that of his illustrious father-in-law. The family 
of Lockhart owned lands in the counties of Ayr and Lanark, in 
the reign of David I. (1124-1153). Sir Simon Lockard of Lee 
accompanied Sir James Douglas on his expedition to the Holy 
Land, bearing in a casket the heart of King Eobert the Bruce. 
In Palestine he obtained the amulet known as the Lee penny, 
on which Sir Walter Scott has founded his romance of " The 
Talisman." From Sir Stephen Lockhart of Cleghorn, armour- 
bearer to James III., and head of the House of Lee, descended 
William Lockhart of Birkhill, whose second son was John 
Lockhart, D.D. This respectable clergyman, born 22d October 
1761, was ordained minister of Cambusnethan in 1786, and 
translated to the College Church, Glasgow, in 1796 ; he died 
6th December 1842, aged eighty-two. He married first, in 
1786, Elizabeth Dinwiddie, by whom he had three sons, of 
whom the eldest, William Lockhart of Milton-Lockhart, was 

* Sophia was named in honour of Miss Sophia Dumerque, sister of M. 
Charles Dumerque, a well-known surgeon-dentist in London, a native of 
France, and who befriended Lady Scott's mother on her first arrival in 
London ; she was baptized Charlotte Sophia. 


M.P. for Lanarkshire from 1841 till his death on the 21st 
November 1857. 

Dr John Lockhart married, secondly, Elizabeth, daughter 
of the Eev. John G-ibson of St Cuthbert's, whose maternal 
grandmother, Mary Erskine, was second daughter of Henry, 
third Lord Cardross, and sister of David, ninth Earl of Buchan. 
By his second marriage, Dr Lockhart was father of John 
Gibson Lockhart, who was born at Cambusnethan, Lanark- 
shire, on the 12th June 1794. 

Having at the University of Glasgow procured a Snell 
exhibition, John Gibson Lockhart proceeded to Balliol College, 
Oxford, where he graduated with distinction. Adopting the 
legal profession, he passed advocate in 1816. His ancestor, 
Sir James Lockhart of Lee, was Lord Justice-Clerk in the 
reign of Charles II., and father of the celebrated Sir George 
Lockhart of Carnwath, Lord President of the Court of Session. 
In 1817 he became one of the founders of Blackwood's Maga- 
zine; he was appointed editor of the Quarterly Review in. 1825, 
and continued to act in this capacity for twenty-eight years. 
Among his works are his " Translations from Spanish Ballads," 
a " Life of Napoleon Buonaparte," and the novels " Valerius," 
" Eeginald Dalton," " Adam Blair," and " Matthew Wald." 
His " Life of Sir Walter Scott " has secured him a first place 
among biographers. Mr Lockhart died at Abbotsford on the 
25th November 1854, at the age of sixty-one. His remains 
were deposited in the family aisle at Dryburgh. Mrs Sophia 
Lockhart died on the 17th May 1837 ; her remains rest in 
Harrow Boad Cemetery, London. 

Of the marriage of John Gibson Lockhart and Sophia 
Scott, were born two sons and one daughter. John Hugh 
Lockhart, the elder son, born in February 1821, was the 


Hugh Littlejohn of Sir Walter Scott's " Tales of a Grand- 
father ;" he died on the 15th December 1831, in his eleventh 
year. Walter Scott Lockhart, the younger son, born 16th 
April 1826, became a lieutenant in the 16th Lancers. 
Succeeding to the estate of Abbotsford on the death of his 
uncle, the second baronet, in 1847, he assumed the name and 
arms of Scott. He died at Versailles on the 10th January 
1853. Charlotte Harriet Jane Lockhart, only daughter of 
John Gibson Lockhart and Sophia Scott, was born on the 1st 
January 1828. She married, 19th August 1847, James 
Robert Hope, Q.C., who, on her succeeding to Abbotsford, in 
1853, assumed the family name of Scott. 

The family of Hope — so called from Hope, a Saxon word 
signifying a sheltered or detached portion of land — is of con- 
siderable antiquity. Adam le Hope and John de Hope, 
Scottish barons, swore fealty to Edward I. in 1296. Edward 
Hope was a leading citizen of Edinburgh in the reign of 
Queen Mary ; his grandson was Sir Thomas Hope of Craig- 
hall, the famous lawyer and King's Advocate. Charles Hope 
of Hopetoun, great-grandson of Sir Thomas Hope, was, on the 
5th April 1703, created Earl of Hopetoun. He married, in 
August 1699, Lady Henrietta Johnstone, only daughter of 
the first Marquis of Annandale. Their eldest son, John, 
second Earl of Hopetoun, was born in 1704, and died in 
1781. He had, as his third wife, Lady Elizabeth Leslie, 
second daughter of Alexander, fifth Earl of Leven and Mel- 
ville, by whom he had two sons. The second son was 
General Sir Alexander Hope, G.C.B., sometime Governor of 
Chelsea Hospital, and Member of Parliament, who was born 
1769, and died 1837. The general's third son was James 
Eobert Hope of Abbotsford. 


To Mr Hope Scott were born, by his wife, Charlotte Harriet 
Jane Lockhart, a son and two daughters. Walter Michael, 
the only son, was born 2d June 1857, and died 11th Decem- 
ber 1858. Margaret Anne, the younger daughter, was born 
17th September 1858, and died 3d December of the same year. 
Mrs Charlotte Hope Scott died at Edinburgh on the 26th 
October 1858, aged thirty. 

Mr Hope Scott married, secondly, 7th January 1861, Lady 
Victoria Alexandrina Howard, eldest daughter of Henry 
Granville, fourteenth Duke of Norfolk, by whom he had two 
sons, Philip, born 1868, who died young, and James, born 
1870 ; also four daughters, Minna Margaret and Catherine, 
twins, Josephine Mary and Theresa Anne, of whom Catherine 
died the day of her birth. Lady Victoria Hope Scott died in 
1870. Mr Hope Scott died on the 29th April 1873. 

Mary Monica, elder daughter of James Eobert Hope Scott 
by his first wife, was born on the 2d October 1852. She 
succeeded to the estate of Abbotsford in 1873, and, on the 
21st July 1874, married the Hon. Joseph Constable Maxwell, 
third son of William, thirteenth Lord Hemes, by Marcia, eldest 
daughter of the Hon. Sir Edward Marmaduke Vavasour, Bart. 
The family of Maxwell has a remote origin. In the posses- 
sion of Sir William Stirling Maxwell, Bart, of Pollok, is a 
charter from King William the Lion to Eobert, son of Maccus, 
of part of Lessudden, in Eoxburghshire, comprised in the 
barony of Maccusville, and which had belonged to Herbert 
Maccusville. In different parts of Scotland descendants 
of the family of Maccusville or Maxwell obtained lands. 
Sir John de Maccuswell, eldest son of Herbert de Mac- 
cusville, was Great Chamberlain of Scotland, and acquired 
the barony of Caerlaverock, in Dumfriesshire. He is repre- 



sented by Marmaduke Constable Maxwell, fourteenth Baron 

The children of the Hon. Joseph Constable Maxwell Scott 
and Mary Monica Hope Scott of Abbotsford, are Walter 
Joseph Maxwell, born 11th April 1875, and Mary Josephine 
Maxwell, born 5th June 1876. 

The arms of Sir Walter Scott, registered on the 12th Jan- 
uary 1822, are as under : 

First and fourth, or, two mullets in chief, and a crescent in 
base, azure, within an orle of the second. Second and third, 

or, on a bend, azure, three mascles of the first, in sinister 
chief point a buckle of the second, for Haliburton of New- 


mains ; in surtout the badge of baronet. Crest : a nymph 
richly attired, holding in her dexter hand the sun, and in her 
sinister the moon, all proper. Mottoes : above the crest, Be- 
parabit cornua Plicebe, ; below the shield, Watch iveel. Sup- 
porters : on the dexter side a mermaid holding in her dexter 
hand a mirror, all proper ; and on the sinister a Moor proper, 
banded and cinctured, argent, holding in his sinister hand a 
flaming torch reversed proper. 




at tfje Sorter Press. 



Thiety copies have been thrown off of these Genealogical 
Memorials, intended only to gratify the wish of some respect- 
able friends of the present possessor of the manuscript, whose 
families are mentioned. It regards a name now totally ex- 
tinguished, as connected with property, or existing only 
through female representation, with the single exception of 
David Haliburton, Esquire, of Muirhouselaw, a person well 
fitted, from character and circumstances, to uphold the 
memory of an ancient race. 

The original manuscript is a family register, kept by the 
Lairds of Newmains, representatives of the Haliburtons, 
Barons of Mertoun, beginning about the middle of the seven- 
teenth century, and continuing down to the period when 
their possession of the small estate terminated, by Eobert 
Haliburton, the last possessor of the name, and the last male 

of the family, selling the property, in 1766, to Todd, 

Esq., from whose representatives it was purchased by the 
present Earl of Buchan, and forms the estate now termed 


Dryburgh Abbey. The only possession which remains to the 
descendants of the Haliburtons, so long settled in this place, 
is the Domus Ultima, their burial aisle in the chancel of the 
Abbey Church, of which there is prefixed a sketch from the 
pencil of James Skene of Eubislaw. 

The Barons of Mertoun were considerable proprietors, and 
made some figure in Border history. Their cadets of New- 
mains seem to have been chiefly distinguished by their manly 
defence of their rights against the encroachments of their 
spiritual superior ; and latterly, by their unblemished and 
unpretending worth and honesty. Their various connections, 
however, with families which, more fortunate than theirs, 
still exist and flourish in high respectability, show that they 
held a fair station in the world, and the tradition of the 
country still remembers them as the " Good Lairds of New- 

Eobert Haliburton, last male heir of the family, and who 
sold the estate as already mentioned, died at Edinburgh 
about 1788. The representation of the family then devolved 
upon the late Mr Walter Scott, Writer to the Signet, eldest 
son of Barbara, sister of the said Eobert, and the only child 
of his father, Thomas Haliburton, who had issue. Her 
marriage with Eobert Scott, in Sandyknow, son to Walter 
Scott, who was himself second son to the first Laird of 
Eaeburn, is noticed on p. 59, with an affectionate prayer for 
the blessing of their offspring, and notice of the birth of the 
said Walter Scott. The representation of the extinguished 


families of Haliburtons of Mertoun and Newmains has now 
descended to Sir "Walter Scott of Abbotsford, the eldest 
surviving son of Walter, Writer to the Signet, by his wife, 
Anne Rutherford, eldest daughter of Dr John Eutherford, 
Professor of Medicine in the University of Edinburgh, and 
one of the founders of the great medical school in that city, 
and of his first wife, Anne Swinton, daughter of Sir John 
Swinton of that ilk. Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford was 
served heir to his grand-uncle, Eobert Haliburton of ISTew- 
mains, by a respectable jury at Selkirk, the 14th day of 
February 1820. 

May God grant that the prayers of the excellent persons 
who have passed away, may avail for the benefit of those who 
succeed them ! 

Abbotsford, November 1824. 






[On the 57th page of the following Memorials, mention is made of the death 
of Thomas Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, in a rencontre, or souffle, with his 
hrother-in-law, George Rutherfurd of Fairnington. The particulars of this 
unhappy affray, one of many about the same period, when deep drinking, and 
the constant carrying swords, made men apt and ready for mischief, occur in 
the following examinations, of which the originals are in the Sheriff Court 
record of Roxburghshire. Thomas Haliburton of Newmains, present on this 
melancholy occasion, was nearly connected with both parties, being uncle to 
Fairnington, and a near kinsman to the slaughtered Muirhouselaw. There 
is a constant tradition, that the matter was huddled up in a way more favour- 
able to Fairnington than could have been the case had the matter been brought 
to public trial. ] 

The said day and place, upon application made to John 
Simpson of Sharplaw, Sheriff-Depute of Koxburgh, Thomas 
Eutherford of that Ilk, Thomas Haliburton of ISTewmains, 
and Mr Mark Dunkison of Greatlaws, three of the friends 
and kinsmen to the now deceast Thos. Haliburton of Mure- 
houslaw, for taking all the information and precognition 
anent the way and manner of the said Thos. Haliburton's 
death, and the circumstances relating thereto. In the first 


place, the said John Simpson, Sheriff-Depute forsaid, caused 
conveen before him the persons under written, viz. — George 
Eutherford of Farnington, Alexr. Hog, servitor to the defunct, 
and John Douglas, servitor to Farnington, who compearing 
personally, and being examined upon the said matter of fact, 
they and ilk an of them made the seal declarations in manner 
under wrine as follows, viz. — George Eutherford of Farning- 
ton declares, that yesternight, about twelve of the clock, or 
thereby, the defunct and declarant coming from Jedburgh, in 
company together with their own servants homeward, in the 
common rode betwixt Bonjeddart and the Water of Teviot, 
the said George declares he saw the defunct dismont from 
his horse and run doun a furr of land for a little piece, but 
the night being dark, could not see him, but heard him say 
that he had given himself the wound ; and further declares, 
that no warm words or rude expressions past betwixt the 
defunct and declarant in the way home, to the best of my 
knowledge. In testimony whereof I have signed this declara- 
tion, day and place forsaid. Sic suitur. G. Butherfokd, John 

Alexr. Hog, servitor to the defunct, being examined, 
declares, That Farnington and the defunct Murehouslaw 
came from Jedburgh together, in company with their two 
servants, in a peaceable manner, without giving provocation 
to on another untill they cam to the said common rode which 
leads from Bonjeddart to Teviot Water, att which place some 
words past betwixt the defunct and Farnington about a well.* 
Whereupon Farnington desired Murhouslaw to light if he 
was a man; and immediately Murhouslaw dismonted from 
his horse, and drew his sword, as likeways did Farnington 

* The fatal cause of quarrel was a disputed boundary. 


dismont and draw his sword at the same time ; and declares 
that Famington neuer push'd at Murehouslaw, but that 
Murehouselaw offered to strike at Famington, but the declar- 
ant stop him from striking Famington ; and furder declares, 
that he took the swords from them both, and kept them in 
his hands for som time ; but that Murhouslaw came to the 
declarant, and took the sword out of his hand; thereafter 
rane doun the furr of land a little peace, with the drawn 
sword in his hand, att which time the defunct cried out to 
the declarant, — Sandie, I have stogd myself in the leg ; bring 
me my horse, for I am gone. — And declares that Farningtoun 
deliuered the declarant his sword peaceably, and did not call 
for it again till Murehouselaw was near dead. Causa Scientice. 
He declares that he was waiting on his master the defunct, 
and that he came from Jedburgh yesternight in their com- 
pany, about twelue att night. And I have signed this 
declaration, day and place forsaid. Sic subtur. (Signed) 
Alexr. Hog, Jo. Simpson. 

The said John Douglass declares he saw Farningtoun light 
off his horse, and that the horse rane away, and the declarant 
pursued after the horse, but knows nothing else of the matter. 
Declares he cannot write. Sic subtur. (Signed) John Simp- 

We, the physician and surgeons under subscriving, being 
called att the desire of the relations of the deceast Thomas 
Haliburtoun of Murhouslaw, for to discover and cognose his 
wounds, and take inspection of his body, having made very 
narrow search, can find nothing either of fracture in his skull, 
nor other thing preturnaturall about his head, and having 
also viewd the trunk of his body, or whole thorax and abdo- 
men, can perceive nothing either of wound or hurt ther. But 


upon enquirie, we discovered a wound in his left leg, about 
four inches beneath the joynt of his knee, on the outside the 
orifice thereof lies about an inch from the forepart of the 
tibia, which wound seems to have been given by a hollow- 
bladed sword, and upon search thereof by a prob, do find it 
to tend about three inches and a half downwards, directly 
poynting a little betwixt the tibia and fibbula. Upon the 
whole, we are joyntlie of opinion that the wound of itselfe, 
had ordinary and timeous diligence been don towards it, 
might easily have been recovered, and the hemorhagy, which 
appears to have been the cause of his death, might very easily 
been stopt, and testimony that the above declaration is our 
real opinion, this is signed by us att Hairstanes, the 16th 
day of May 1716. Sic subtur. (Signed) Jo. Haliburtoun, 
M.D. ; Eobert Eliot, Chyr. ; Thomas Dauson, Chyr. ; John 
Simpson, S.Dt. 




I. Loed Haliburton, or Dielton. 

Quarterlie, 1. 0. on a bend az. 3 mascles of the first. 

2. Baiy of six 0. and G. 

3. Arg. on a bend G. and 4th as the first. 
For his crest a Moor's head banded and tortile arg. Motto — 
Watch Wed. Supporters, 2 naked Moors banded about the 
head and middle tortile arg. — The 1st and 4th is his paternal! 
coat. Second is thought to be the Cameron's arms. Third 
is that of Vaus Lord Dirlton. 

That the Lord Haliburton bore mascles, appears by the 
blazons of an old illuminate book belonging to Henry Fraser 
Eoss, herauld painter, which formerly belonged to Joseph 
Hume, An. 1654, and to James Workman, An. 1623, and has 
been an authentick record in the reigns of Queen Mary and 
King James VI. 


As also by Pont's Book, who was provincial! of Louthian. 

As also from two MSS. in the Lyon's Eegister; the one 
very old ; the other, done by way of history of the names of 
Scotland, later. 

There is to be seen in the hands of Mr Nisbet an old 
blazoning book, belonging to the Marquis of Louthian, where 
the Lord Haliburton's arms are done as in Fraser's book. 

Lord Haliburton is now represented by Pitcurr ; the first 
of which family was "Walter Haliburton, a brother of the 
family of Dirlton ; as appears by his original charter under 
the great Seall, be James, King of Scotland, of the lands of 
Gask, Kinrossy, two parts of Pitcurr, and Ballingaffe, in 
favours of Walter de Haliburton, son to "Walter de Haliburton 
de Dirlton, and his heirs, upon the resignation of Katherin 
Chisholme, daughter to Alex 1 de Chisholme, whom he had 
married. This charter is dated Febr. 16, 27th year of that 

What year this was, and in whose reign, I cannot tell, 
whether in King James First's, Third, or Fifth. I apprehend 
it to have been granted in the reign of King James the First ; 
because we have at that time Walter Haliburton of Dirlton 
mentioned in our histories ; so the 27th year of his reign, 
reckoning from King Robert's death, is the year 1433. 

There is an indenture amongst Pitcur's papers, betwixt the 
Lord Fenton on the one part, and Margaret Aird Lady Egglis 
and her son and appearand heir, Thomas Chisholme, on the 
other part, concerning the division of the lands of Gulas and 
Berlue, dated at Kinrossy in the year 1403 ; but from this 
no argument can be drawen. 

II. Haliburton of Pitcur bears 0. on a bend az. betwixt 


3 boars' heads erased sab. As many lozenges of the first. 
An helmett befitting his degree. For his crest a negroe's 
head couped be the shoulders. Supporters, two wild cats. 
Motto, . 

Nott. Mr Fraser's blazoning book gives Pitcur mascles, not 

The boars' heads are the Chisholme's arms. 

III. George Haliburton of Egliscaim, descended of the 
Lord Haliburton. 0. on a bend waved az. 3 lozenges of the 
first. For his crest, a boar's head erected proper. Motto — 
Majores sequar. 

William Haliburton, his second brother, gives the same, 
with this distinction : Bend waved on the upper, and in- 
grailed on the nether side. 

IV. John Haliburton of ISTewmains, representer of the 
family of Myretoun. Or on a bend az. 3 mascles of the first 
in the sinister canton; a buckle as the second. For his 
crest, a stag gazing proper. Motto — Watch Weell. 

That Haliburton of Mertoun bore mascles appears by the 
gravestone of John Haliburton, Baron of Mertoun, lying now 
at Driburgh. 

That ISTewmainse's predecessors in Driburgh, as well as 
the Haliburtons of Murehouselaw, bore them also, appears 
by the lintell of the west window of Newmainse's house at 
Driburgh, built An. 1572. 

From this it appears, that the Laird of Mertoun, now New- 


mainse, bears truly Dirlton's arms, which no other family of 
that name does. 

William Haliburton, first Laird of Mertoun, took the buckle 
as a mark of cadencie, because he was scutifer, i.e., armour- 
bearer or carrier of the buckler to the Earle of Douglass, 
who, for his good services, gifted him the lands of Mertoun. 

Haliburton of Murehouslaw, Cadet of Mertoun, now New- 
mainse, has not as yet matriculate his arms, but uses a seall 
with Newmains's arms without distinction. 

[A blank of a page and a half occurs at this place in the 
MS., the next paragraph beginning at the top of a page.] 


Sir Andrew Haliburton is slain at the battle of Poictiers, Balfour, 
in France, where King John of France was taken. Leslie Drafie. 
relates, that severall of our Scotch " non ultimse nobilitatis 
viri in Franciam transfretarunt, qui Franco sub Gulielmo 
Douglassio militantes, prselio ad Pictavium cum Anglis con- 
ferto occubuerunt." — Pag. 243. This battle was fought be- 
tween the 1342 and 1363. 

In the battle of Nisbetmoore, there was none of note killed Balfour, 
but Sir John Haliburton. — An. 1355. 

" Duglassius, divisis in mediocres manus regionatim copiis : Buchan. 
suos singulis duces, qui, per vices, vel hostium incursiones 
prohiberent, vel ipse eos infestarent, dedit. Prima sors 
Thomas Haliburtoni Dirltonii fuit : qui satis uberem ex hoste 
prsedam, ex agris Bamburgo proximis, retulit." — An. 1400. 

Boethius calls this man Thomas Haliburton a Dirlton ; 
called in Hume's of Godscroft History, Lord Dirlton. 

In the battle of Nisbetmore (the Scotch army commanded Balfour, 
by Sir Patrick Heyburn of Hailes), Sir John, and his brother 
Sir Thomas Haliburtons, were killed. — An. 1402. 

Boethius calls these two brothers John and Thomas only, 
not knights. 

Eobert, the Governour, restored to his dignities and lands 
George, the traiterous Earle of March ; but before Archibald, 
Earle of Douglass, would consent thereto, and quyte the 
lordship and castle of Dunbar, he took for himselfe and heirs, 
for ever, seasine of the castle of Lochmabin and lordship of 
Annandale; and because Walter Halyburton, Lord Dirlton, 
son-in-law to the Governour (having married his daughter 
Isabell, Countess of Boss), did mediat the reconciliation 
betwixt the Governour and the Earle, for his he had 


40 ub land of Brigeam ere the Earle could gett his 'pardon 
past.— An. 1409. 

Joeth. William Haliburton surprised the castle of Warck, and 

\n. 1417. put all the garrison to the sword; but, not long after, some 
of the English entered the castle by the conduit that lies 
betwixt that castle and Tweed, and opened the gates, where- 
upon more entered, and in reprisall putt all to the sword. 

)rafie. Sir John Haliburton went to France with John Stewart, 

Earle of Buchan, and Archibald Douglass, Earl of Wintoun. 

)rafie. An. 1422. Sir John Haliburton killed at the battle of 

Cravant, in Burgundy. 

5alfour. An. 1424. King James I., in his first Parliament, arrested 

Murdoch, Duke of Albany, his cousin, with 27 others, one 
whereof is Walter Haliburton of Dirlton. — Hume of Gods- 

ialfour. An. 1525. King James V. made choice of the Lord Haly- 

burton for one of his counsellours. 

3alfour. An. 1437. King James II. made choice for one of his 

counsellours of Walter Haliburton, treasurer. 

Buchan. " Prorex Scotorum veritus, ne, si ipse tanto circumstrepente 

undique tumultu nichil moliretur, animos suorum labefactatos 
penitus dejiceret, Brochteam arcem obsedit, ac post tertium 
fere mensem nulla memorabili re gesta suos abduxit, relicto 
cum centum equitibus Jacobo Haliburtono juvene impigro, 
qui vicina loca infesta redderet, et commeatus terrestres in 
Brochteam : et praesidium, quod in colle vicino Angli com- 
rnunierant, inferre prohiberet." — An. 1548. 
Leslie relates the same. 

Balfour. James Haliburton, provest of Dundee, recovered Broughty 

Castle from the English. — An. 1550. 

Balfour. An. 1563. When Queen Mary past the act of indemnity, 


amongst those that were named to judge who were to have 
the benefite thereof was Mr James Halliburton, tutor of 
Pitcur, and provest of Dundee. 

An. 1558. "Kegina, Jaoobum Haliburtonum, Taoduni Buchan. 

V 533 

Preefectum, jussit Pauluni Meffanium comprehensum ad se 
mittere : verurn is, ab eodem prsefecto admonitus, ut tempori 
paulum cederet, oppido excessit." 

This James Haliburton subscrives the first book of Dis- 
cipline. — An. 1560. 

" Prorea;e Mattheo Stewarto Leviniae Comite. — Igitur Pa- Buohan. 
. . p. 671. 

tricio Lendesio, et Gulielmo Euveno supremi Ordinis, et 

Jacobo Hahburtono, Prsefecto Taoduni, prsemissis, ut, quanta 

possent celeritate, assumpta juventute Taoduni et Perthi, 

rumores praevenirent.'' 

"Vespere, cum Eegii, victoria lseti, se reciperent, Jacobus Buehan. 

p. 694. 

Haliburtonus, vir bonus, ac rei militaris peritus, qui omnibus 
peditum copiis praeerat, cum ab agmine suorum, quod cogebat, 
longiuscule abesset, a turma equitum, cum dubia luce, cujus 
partis essit, dignosci non possit, in compito quodam exceptus, 
in urbem ductus est." 

An. 1560. "In hac trepidatione, certa clades omnibus Buehan. 
imminebat, nisi duces, eequato cum ceteris periculo, ex equis 
descendissent. Cum illis, pud or multos retinuit : in his, fuit 
Alex r Haliburtonus, Centurio, juvenis strenuus, et in causa 
Beligionis instaurandse acer. Is cum, gravi vulnere accepto, 
in manus hostium venisset, multis ab eis plagis lethaliter 
sauciatus, brevi post moritur." 



A little before the battle of Duplin, "William Eamsie of 
Dalhousie, made an inroad into England, and in bis return 
was attacked, and John Haliburton, one of bis company, 

In all our bistories we never find any family of tbe name 
of Haliburton, but that of Diiiton. What these Sir Thomas, 
Sir John, Walter, and John Haliburtons, knights, were, — 
whether the predecessors of Thomas Haliburton, designed of 
Dirlton, or of some other family in Eife, or elsewhere, I 
cannot determine. 

When the Family of Dirlton were made Lords. 

In order to discuss this question, it is necessary to premise 
something concerning the originall of that title in Scotland. 

Craig, in bis book De Feudis, p. 79. — " In the beginning 
they were only Barons, but tbe name of Lord came from 
hence : all Barons were obliged to give their presence in 
Parliament, but when they were all there, it being impossible 
to collect their suffrages because of their multitude, one or 
two were chosen from every province to treat with the king 
about the affairs of the kingdom. At first those of the 
greatest dignity and experience in affairs were delegated and 
called by the name of Lords ; but after ages growing more 
degenerate, and parliaments becoming more frequent, because 
most controversies were decided in them, the lesser Barons 


were not able to bear the charge of attending ; and hence it 
came to pass, that those who had most riches were delegated 
instead of those who had most experience; and so those 
richer Barons retained that dignity during life. And as 
mankind is always prone to flattery, they retained the name 
when the parliament was up ; and their heirs, being possessed 
of the same estates, were unwilling to part with the name.'' 

Hence it is y* we find the Haliburtons called by some 
Lord, by others Laird, of Dirlton or Haliburton. 

The first in our historie designed Dirlton is Thomas 
Haliburton; called by Buchanan, Thomas Haliburton Dirl- 
tonius ; by Hector Boethius, Thomas Haliburton a Dirlton ; 
and Hume of- Godscroft, who has it from the Book of Paslie, 
calls him Lord Dirlton. — An. 1401. 

Next is Walter Haliburton, called by Balfour, Lord Dirlton, 
1409 ; afterwards in An. 1424, called Walter Haliburton 
only ; by Hume of Godscroft, Lord Dirlton. 

And, lastly, we have Lord Halyburton, by Balfour, one of 
King James the Fifth's counsellours. — An. 1525. 

This Lord Haliburton, or his son, having had no sons, his 
three daughters were heirs portioners ; eldest ajof was mar- 
ried to John, Earl of Gowrie ; one to George Ker of Faldoun- 
side ; and one also to the Earl of Hume : so here is an end 
of that family. 

Earl of Gowrie, as having married the eldest daughter, 
bore the Haliburtons' arms quarterly. 

Halyburton, or Haliburton : — The original! of this name 
is uncertain; probably at first they've been only Burtons, 
and come from England with Malcolme Kenmore, or with 
Edgar Atheling, about the year of our Lord 1160; but since 


there can be nothing determined as to its etymology, but 
what is conjectural!, I shall pass it. 

I find none of y l name in any MS. untill the year 1250. 

[Cartulary of]* Kelso. 

In the Cartulary of Kelso, a MS. to be seen in the Advo- 
cats' Library at Edin r , I find severals of y* name, either 
donators, confirmers of, or witnesses to donations. 

Fol. 52 1. Confirmation be Philippus de Haliburton, son of Wil- 

Cartulary. lelmus de Haliburton, miles, of the lands of Melorstane, 
granted be David Graham, and umq" Ada de Fauns, his 
mother's brother, to the Abbacy of Kelso; as also a grant 
be the s d Philippus of the old bridge on the rivulet of 

Fol. 58. 2. Carta super pastura foed. de Molle, by Eichard de 

Lincolne, dated An. 1250, Dominus Henricus de Halyburton, 
miles, testis. 

Super 4 acras terrae in tenemento de Molle. Ada de 
Eoule et Johanna "Wyschard sponsa sua filia et hseres quon- 
dam Henrici de Halyburton militis -f- 

Carta super quasdam possessiones in territorio de Molle 
per Wilhelmum de Vesa. Henricus de Haliburton testis. 

Fol. 71. 3. Carta super terras et libertates in tenemento de Molle 

per Henricum Dominum de Haliburton, confirming the grant 

* The words in brackets are not in the MS. 
+ The sense is here imperfect in the MS. 


of Cecilia, daughter of Eschrew Domini de Molle, and Gilbert 
AvenelL miles, her heir, to the s d abbacy, An. 1270. 

4. Carta Eustachi de Vesa de xx solidis in molendinum de 
Sproustoun, fol. 85. Waltero de Halyburton teste. 

5. Carta confirmationis super ecclesiam de Haliburton per Fol. 107. 
Davidem filium Domini de Truce,* et altera super Capellam 

de Halyburton per eundem, fol. 107. 

Confirmatio super Capellam de Halyburton per Philippum 
de Halyburton, teste Henrico de Halyburton, milite. 

6. Eesignatio super jus et clameum in Capellam de Haly- Fol. 108. 
burton per Philippum de Halyburton, An. 1261. 

Eesignatio super terram q m Adam Long tenuit in territorio 
de Home ; Domino Henrico de Halyburton teste. 

Cartulary of Driburgh. 

Wilhelmus de Vallibus grants the patronage of the Kirke No. 22. 
of Golyne to the Abbacy of Driburgh. 

Joannes de Vallibus his son, confirms the fores d gift, in 
King Alexander's reign. 

Wilhelmus de Vallibus, for the liberty to build a chappell ^°- 29. 
at Dirlton, gives the nomination of the chaplane to the Viccar 
of Golyne. And this chaplane was suspended or deposed by 
the viccar; and gave yearly as an acknowledgment to the 
s a viccar, 1 lib. of frankincense. 

Confirmatio de Snalldoun cum pertinentiis, per Joannem 
Maitland Dominum de Thirlstane, filium Eoberti Maitland 

* This name, De Truce, is written very indistinctly in the MS. 


quondam Doroinum ejusdem, ecclesise St Marise de Driburgh. 
Henrico de Haliburton, milite, teste. 

Confirmation be Patrick, Earle of March, of all the dona- 
tions made be his predecessors to the Abbacy of Driburgh ; 
Henrico de Haliburton, milite, teste, An. 1318. 

Carta Wilhelmi de Felton super uno burgagio in villa de 
Eoxburgh et 10 solidis ibidem annuatim levand. Biehardo 
de Eutherford Domino ejusdem teste. 

Wilhelmus Felton super preedictis burgagio et decern solidis 
annuatim ; testibus Domino Ade de Halyburton, Eichardo de 
Eutherford Domino ejusdem, Joanne Barnard Domino de 

From all which it appears, 1 st . That Philippus de Hali- 
burton, son of Wilhelmus de Halyburton, acquyred the lands 
of Melorstane from David Graham, and Ada de Faunes, his 
mother's brother, and that probably before the 1250. 

2°. That Philippus de Halyburton, An. 1261, bought, or 
otherwayes had right to, the lands of Haliburton, since he 
confirms the donations made formerly of the church and 
chappell of Halyburton, be Patriot, Earle of Dunbar, and one 
De Truce,* to the Abbacy of Kelso. 

3 i0 . Henricus (probably Philip's son) Dominus de Haly- 
burton, possessed the lands of MoUe, since we have him con- 
firming the grant of Cecilia, daughter of Eschrew Domini de 
MoUe, and Gilbert Avenell, miles, her heir, An. 1270. 

The other Halyburtons, witnesses, viz. Henricus de Haly- 
burton, miles, Walterus de Haliburton, Dominus Henricus de 
Halyburton, Dominus Ade de Halyburton, have been of 

* See preceding page. 


Philippus de Halyburton, that first acquyred the lands of 
Haly burton, his family. 

In order to let it be understood how and when they 
acquired right to the lands of Dirlton, it is fit to give some 
account of Vaus, Lord Dirlton. 

Vaus is an English name. William the Conqueror ban- Leslie. 

ished all the friends of Edgar Atheling from England, An. Malcolme 

III 's 
1066 ; amongst others Vaus was one. How he came to the re ig n . 

lands of Dirlton, whether be grant or gift from Bang Malcolm, 

— for severals of these exiles had gift of lands from y 4 king, 

as Leslie relates,— or otherways, is not certain. 

It appears by the Cartulary of Driburgh, that Wilhelmus 
de Vallibus granted the patronage of Golyne to y* Abbacy, 
which his son, Joannes de Vallibus, confirmed in King Alex- 
ander's reign. 

Wilhelmus de Wallibus built the chappell of Dirlton. 

Alexander de Wallibus Dominus de Dirlton, granted the 
l 8 . land of Elbottle and Stadfield to the s d abbacy, and con- 
firmed all former donations. 

Pope Gregory confirmed all the donations made be the 
s a Vaus to the fores 4 Abbacie. This must have been betwixt 
the 1214 and 1249 ; for we have Gregory IX. contemporary 
with King Alexander II., and Gregory X. with Alexander 
the Third. 

One of the successors of Philippus de Halyburton, and his 
son Henricus Dominus de Halyburton, married the heiress of 
Lord Dirlton. This is clear, because Halyburton, afterwards 
Lord Dirlton or Halyburton, quartered the Vaus's arms, which 
were Arg. a Bend G. 

At what time this marriage was, is very uncertain. That 



it was betwixt the year 1270 and 1400, is undoubted ; for in 
the 1400, we have Sir Thomas of Dirlton mentioned in our 


It seems probable that this marriage was betwixt the year 
1270 and 1332, because then we have Sir Thomas Halybur- 
ton killed in the battle betwixt Mar, y e prorex for King 
David Bruce, and Edward Baliol, near Perth, An. 1332. 
This Sir Thomas has been one of Sir Thomas of Dirlton's 

A Relation of Severall of the Name of Haliburton mentioned 
in our Scotch Histories. 






Sir Thomas Halyburton, killed in the battle betwixt Mar 
the prorex, in the reign of David Bruce, and Edward Baliol, 
near Perth, 1332. 

Sir John Haliburton, following the Earle of Murray, Gover- 
nour, adhered to King David's interest, An. 1336. 

Sir John Haliburton revolted from the King of England, 
and submitted to David, An. 1338. 

Sir John Haliburton slain at the battle of Durham, where 
King David Bruce was taken prisoner. Buchanan makes this 
battle to have been fought, An. 1342 ; Leslie, 1348 ; Drafie, 

Sir Walter Haliburton was killed at Durham, in England, 
where King David was made prisoner, 1346. 



The old papers, those especially concerning the law-suit 
betwixt Abbot James Stewart and David Haliburton in Dri- 
buxgh, have afforded the matter of this History ; which must 
needs be lame and incornpleat, since our predecessours have 
neglected to transmit any account of themselves to their 
posterity ; and contracts of marriages, testaments, and bonds 
of provision, whereby not only the elder, but also all the 
younger children might have been particularly known, were 
not usuall at those times amongst persons of small estates. 

William Haliburton, descended, as is supposed, of the Lord 
Haliburton or Dirlton, by gift from the Earle of Douglass 
(in which gift the said William is designed Scutifer suus), 
for his good service to the said Earle in England, was infeft 
in the lands of Myreton. At what time this William came 
of Lord Haliburton, or his predecessours, is altogether un- 
known. 'Tis thought, however, the two brothers, John and 
Hew Haliburtons, who had a quarrell against one Eutherford, 
protected by the Lord Colving, and who slew the s d Lord and 


Butherford together, were some of his predecessours ; since 

two brothers so named are not to be found amongst his suc- 


Hector William Haliburton, who by surprise possessed himselfe of 

An. 1417'. the Castle of Warcke, has been probably one of "William of 

Mertoun's predecessours; but could not well be himself, 

since he lived in the year 1502, as appears by an instrument, 

where Bo* Langlands dispones a tenement in Lawder to 

Oliver Edgar, reserving an annuity of five shillings Scots to 

William Haliburton of Mertoun. 

Vid. Pro- William Haliburton, of Mertoun, had four sons; Walter, 


and an in- who succeeded him, Laird of Mertoun, David, George, and 
of Re- B William Haliburtons. 

of Lands' -^ cann 't he determined by any of the writs of this process, 
toimfrae nor ^ an y °ther I eveT yet saw, whether David Haliburton 
the Laird i n Driburgh, or George in Murehouslaw, was eldest brother. 

of Coldmg- 

knows, te In letters of Lawborrows against Abbot and Convent, being 

Walter to ' & 

Halibur- marked No. 6 th in the Inventary, George Haliburton is named 
of Mer- before David. But in the Submission, mark'd No. 10, in the 
Inventary, David is preferred to John, George's son ; as also 
in the Procuratory, David and his five sons are named before 
John, George's son, and his brother's bairns ; so that we have 
here the Haliburtons in Driburgh twice preferred for those in 
Murehouslaw's once. The deference naturally due to uncles, 
who are in place of parents, might have been the ground of 
the Halliburtons in Driburgh's preference to those of Mure- 
houslaw, as well as their being principally concerned in the 
plea ; so that no conclusive argument can be drawn there- 

I. David Haliburton, in Driburgh, married Euphane 



Gledstanes, daughter to the Baron of Gledstanes, his too near 
kinswoman ; and finding that his marriage, by reason of their 
propinquity, without the Pope's dispensation, could not be 
valid, he petitioned the holy See for to obtain the same, and 
procured letters from Cardinall Ludovic, dated at Eome 4 
Ides of July, first year, Pope Julius the Second, that is, of 
our Lord 1503, directed to the Archbishop of St Andrews ; 
where, after having narrated that David Haliburton and the 
said Euphane were but four degrees remote, and for all that 
had been married, he ordered the said Archbishop to dissolve 
the foresaid marriage, give 'em dispensation to marry anew, 
and declare their bairns to be procreat of the said marriage 
legitime. But in regard by mistake the Cardinall's letter 
made 'em four degrees remote, whereas the one was only 
three, the other four, from tbe common stock, he obtained 
other letters from the Cardinall, dated 6 Ides July, second 
year of Pope Julius the Second, confirming his former to the 
said Archbishop, notwithstanding the mistake; in compliance 
wherewith, the Archbishop granted his dispensation, dated at 
Edinburgh, Nov. 23, 1504. 

David had five sons, Walter, Thomas, James, Archbald, 
and Henry Haliburtons ; as appears by the procuratory. He 
got assignation from his father to all the tacks he had of the 
Abbacie of Dryburgh. He possessed also, by vertue of a 
tack from the Earle of Home, the teynd sheaves of Mertoun, 
paying yearly therefore six chalder of victuall. — Vid. Tack, 
dated 1527. 

'Tis proper in this place to give a short account of that 
plea, betwixt Abbot James Stewart and the Haliburtons; 


since thereby we may not only learn what lands the Hali- 
burtons at that time possessed in Driburgh, but may also 
observe with what force and vigour, by their unanimitie and 
concord, they withstood and opposed the powerfull insulting 
Abbot and his Convent. 

No. I. in James, Abbot of Driburgh, charges David Haliburton, there, 

the Pro- 
cess, to compear before the Councell at Edinburgh, 21st March, 

1532, to answer for his wrongous intromission with, — ■ 

1. The corn-mill of Driburgh and her duties, with the 
mill -croft, extending to 100 merks yearlie, which they might 
have gott. 

2. New orchard near the brew-house of the said Abbay ; 
and a land and tenement within a orchard and yard, lying 
within the foresaid toun ; and of three fore-houses and tallies 
contiguous ; duties thereof extending to 40 lib. yearlie, and 
9 kain fowlls at 9 pennies per piece. 

3. Five merk lands in Mertoun ; maills thereof extending 
to 5 merks money, 3 doz. fowlls; and ilk 5 years 5 lib. 
grassum, that is 20 sh. yearlie. 

4. Common stable, corn-house, and closs of Driburgh; 
maills thereof 5 bib. yearlie. 

5. Cutting, away-taking the wood and broom; defferring 
to pay the Abbot therefore; amounting yearlie to 10 lib. 

6. Withholding to pay 12 bolls meall, yearlie, for the teinds 
of Mertoun. 

And all that for the space of 8 years, extending yearlie to 
105 merks, 56 lib., 12 bolls meall, 3 doz. and 9 kain fowlls. 
II. For preventing, I warrant, the trouble, as well as charges 
of a law-suit, the Abbot, by his hand-writing, and David Hali- 
burton, by his commission to his two sons, Walter and 


Thomas, who compeared personally, submitted the whole 
matter to the King's Majestie; who, at Striveline, the 8th 
day of May, 1535, gave his decreet ; mentioning, That whereas 
we have been advised, and knowing the saids gentlemen, the 
Haliburtons, to be leil and true honest men, long servants 
unto the said Abbay, and good Borderers against England ; do 
therefore decree and ordain, that they shall be repossessed, 
and brouk and Joyce the tacks and steedings they had of the 

said Abbay, payand the use and wont; and that 

they shall be good servants to the said Venerable Father, 
likeas they and their predecessours were to the said Vener- 
able Father and his predecessours; and he a good master 
to 'em. 

Upon which decreet, letters were raised to inputt the Hali- III. 
burtons in their steadings, May 12th, same year. 

In putting which letters in execution, they met with some IV. 
opposition from the Abbot. For second letters of summonds 
are raised be the Abbot against the Haliburtons, for their 
wrongous, violent, and masterfull ejection, and outputting, 
be themselves, their servants, and accomplices, of the said 
Abbot, — 

1. From the mill; for taking away the mill graith, to 10 
lib. value ; for lying still the said mill, to 40 lib. damage. 

2. For skaith done to their tennents in Mertoun, extending 
to 40 lib. 

3. For sowing the new orchard with bear after it had been 
tilled, harrowed, and sowen with bear be them ; loss 20 lib. 

4. For stramping, eating wheat, hemp, leeks, onions, mus- 
tard, fruit-trees, within the yards and place of Driburgh, 
occupyed be Patrick Purves, Chamberlane ; damage 20 lib. 

Loss, in all, 80 lib. Scots. 


All this was done on the 12th of May, in putting the 
King's letters in execution. 
V. On the 22d of June, the Halihurtons procured letters from 

the King to the Councell, declaring how it had been sub- 
mitted to him, and discharging 'em to meddle therein. 
VI. 14th July, the Haliburtons, dreading bodily harm of the 

said Abbot and his Convent, obtained letters of Lawborrows 
against them. 

vii. 12th of August, they presented the King's letter to the 

Councell, whereupon they referred the whole matter to his 
Majestie, and meddled no more therein. 

rill. 22d August, there were second letters raised on the King's 

decreet to inputt the Haliburtons in their possessions, and to 
make good any loss they had sustained, and, upon refusall, 
to denounce the said Abbot to the horn ; and, upon disobed- 
ience, on the 2d of September, they were accordingly de- 

IX. July 14, 1536. There was a submission subscrived by 

the Abbot and the Haliburtons of all compts and reckonings, 

unto four Lords of Session, and the King as oversman, at 

X. Melross ; and on the 18th of July thereafter, a procuratory 

signed be all the Haliburtons, to Walter and 

Thomas, David's sons, to appear in name of the rest, and 

decreet given. 

This submission reconciled all differences ; and, to make it 
more sure, there was a marriage concluded betwixt Walter, 
David's eldest son, and Elizabeth Stewart, the Abbot's 
daughter, which was shortly thereafter solemnized. 

Here is the end of this plea, carried on by both parties 
with all the art and heat imaginable, and decided at last in 


favours of the Haliburtons, in spiglit of tile Abbot, and all 
the interest and friends clergymen usually have. 

"We have no more account of David, wherefore we come to 
his sons. 

Walter Haliburton was married to Elizabeth Stewart, An. 1537 
and had by her one daughter, named Elizabeth. 

Thomas, finding that his brother Walter had no more 
children, and that his brother's inheritance would thereby 
fall into strangers, if not timely prevented, took opportunity 
to represent this to his brother; upon which there was a 
meeting of friends, where it was resolved that Walter's 
daughter should be married by their advice; that Thomas 
should pay her tocher-good, which at that time no doubt was 
condescended on; and that Thomas should succeed him in 
his lands and estate ; whereupon Thomas took instruments, 
and required his brother's performance, Aprile 4th, An. 1559, 
at Driburgh. 

After this, Elizabeth Haliburton was taken away by the 
Abbot, and married at Stirling to Alexander Erskeen, a 
brother, as it's said, of Balgony, at that time a servant to the 
said Abbot ; which was taken in so bad part by the Hali- 
burtons, that the Abbot and they could not live, in peace 
together, till at length it was concludit by friends, that the 
Abbot should few to George Haliburton, Thomas's son, [and] 
the heirs-maill, these lands which appertained to his grand- 
father ; and so George was the first fewar in Driburgh. 

Alexander Erskeen gott by his marriage with Elizabeth, 
daughter to Walter Haliburton of Sheilfeild, all and haill the 


lands of Nether Sheilfeild; as appears from a precept be 
David, Commendator of Driburgh, for infefting tbe foresaid 
Alexander in tbe saids lands, proceeding upon a charter ot 
resignation be the said Walter, to whom these lands did 
appertain, dated 27th September, 1559. He had also by her 
four acres of land, ■with the pertinents ; tbe New Orchard ; 
one acre of Officer-lands, lying betwixt the Locbftat and 
Bemarsyde ; a house and onsted, with a acre of land called 
Walker's Croft ; a croft called Lye-Hill ; a yard called Wal- 
wort's Yard; a yard called James Wallis; with two corn 
yards ; as they are particularly designed in an instrument of 
seasine be David, Commendator, to Alexander Erskeene and 
Elizabeth Haliburton, relative to a precept of the same date, 
be the said David, bearing to be contained in the end of a 
charter be him to the said Alexander. But beside all this, 
it is evident be David Commendator's charter, dated 1581, to 
Ralph. the foresaid Alexander Erskeen* that he had by her two yards 
in the Byregreen ; a piece of waste land lying on the west 
side of the Mantlewall ; also four acres farm land lying run- 
rig in the toun of Driburgh ; with an acre called the Cross- 
acre, and Hagg's lands ; as also all and haill the eleven merk 
land in Mertoun. All which lands were disponed to the 
heirs of the said Alexander, failzeing heirs to be procreat of 
the said marriage. 

This Alexander was the first of the Erskeens of Sheilfeild, 
who, as it appears by what has been just now said, had all 
his lands by his marriage with Elizabeth Haliburton. It 
argues, then, more of ingratitude than reason in the succes- 

tke Jorf^r W ° rd >r Un l de, :- soored ' a * d ° n «w margin of the manuscript 
the word Ralph ls written, which seems to infer a doubt whether Alexander 
or Ralph be the Christian name of the Erskeen mentioned I the text 


sours of this Alexander to dispute the precedency with New- 
mainse; especiallie if it be considered, that George Hali- 
burton, one of Newmainse's predecessours, had his charter of 
feu-farm from the Abbot, An. 1562 ; whereas Alexander 
Erskeen obtained not his till the year 1581. And Thomas, 
one of George's successours, had his charter under the broad 
seall after the generall surrender, An. 1634, whereas Sheilfield 
had not his till 1649. 

II. Thomas Haliburton, Walter's brother, and David's 
second son, was made principal! forester of the wood of Dri- 
burgh by Abbot James Stewart, for his bypast faithfull and 
gratuitous service ; for which he had paid him, yearlie, eight 
bolls bear, and the bark of all the trees cutt in the said wood. 
This is plain from an instrument, No. 3. in old papers. 

Mr David Brodie, regular chanon and viccar of Gulane, 
dispones a house and yard in Driburgh, and gives 120 lambs, 
payable in three years, that is 40 lambs yearlie, with 40 lib. 
money, and cloths to the value of 20 lib. to Thomas Hali- 
burton, in name of tocher with Elizabeth Pennie, aunt to the 
said Mr David, and spouse to the said Thomas. — An. 1539. 

John, Commendator of Driburgh, grants to Thomas Hali- 
burton, and Elizabeth, his spouse, a liferent tack of four 
onsteds and acres of land, payand for two of the saids acres 
merk's a piece, and for the other two, 20 sh. Scots each. — 
An. 1555. 

"Who this Elizabeth Pennie was whom Thomas married is 
not certain, but we find severalls of that name, particularly 
two, one Hew, the other James, Pennies, portioners in Dri- 
burgh; and also one Isabell Pennie, married to Andrew 
Piddle in St Boswells ; as appears by a charter be the Com- 









mendator of Driburgh to her in liferent, and her son Andrew 
Eiddle in fee, of the mill and mill-lands in St Boswells, 
dated at Driburgh, May 10, 1579, whereto- George Hali- 
burton is witness. This Isabell has perhaps been a sister of 
our Elizabeth's. 

By Dean William Watson Chamberlan's discharge, it ap- 
pears that Thomas had in tack the following lands : — 

Teynd Acres in Driburgh, paying therefore of bear, 
Ferm Land, ... 

James Pennie, Barber's Land, 

In all, . .204 

And besides, the Whitsunday maill of Driburgh mill, ten 
nierks ; and for onsteds occupied be him, he paid 34 lib. 4d. 

Thomas had six sons, George, Walter, Andrew or David, 
called Viccar of Gulane (he was grandfather to Alexander 
Haliburton that bought Innerleith), William, James, and 
Eobert Haliburtons. 

Henry Haliburton, David's fifth son, possessed the wester 
halfe of Fairningtoun, be vertue of the Young's tack. He 
was killed by George Butherford of Fairningtoun, who was 
obliged by the Haliburtons to pay 60 merks for the said 
bloodshed, to Thomas, Henrie's son. But I shall give a more 
full account of this family elsewhere. 

III. George Haliburton, son to Thomas, was married 
to Agnes Haliburton, daughter to John Haliburton of Mure- 

David, Conimendator of Driburgh, granted a charter of 
feu-farm to Elizabeth Pennie, Thomas's relict, in liferent, and 
to George Haliburton, her son, in fee, of the mill, mill lands, 


and multures of the lands and teynds in the paroch of 
Mertoun, and parsonage teynds in Lessudden, belonging to 
the said monastery, as also of the Forester's acre and lie 
Malthouse-wallis, without any claim of right or intromission 
with the wood of Driburgh ; — all and haill the Farm-lands in 
Driburgh; five-merk lands in Mertoun; with four acres of 
land in Driburgh, with houses and pertinents.; and all to be 
holden of the said Commendator and his successors, abbots of 
the said monastery, for the yearly payment of 61 merks 
money, three dozen and a half poultry, and 21 threavs straw. 
Tis to be observed, that this charter is granted with the 
following provision, That the said Elizabeth Pennie, her son 
George, and their heirs, shall behave themselves so towards 
us, our factors and servants, especiallie Alexander Erskeen 
and Mr William Wilson, as not to molest or injure them, 
under the pain of loseing this present infeftment. This 
clause seems to have proceeded from the Haliburtons' re- 
sentment of the injury done them by the Abbot, in Elizabeth 
Haliburton's marriage with Alexander Erskeen. 

George, after this, in the year 1572, built a house for 
himselfe near the mill at Driburgh ; and caused cutt the 
Laird of Mertoun's arms for himselfe and his wife Agnes 
upon the lintell of the west window of the said house. 

In the year 1581, he obtained a charter from David, 
Commendator of the Milne-haugh and Chingill contiguous 
the New Orchard and Walker's Croft, as also of the parson- 
age teinds of the said Mill-haugh, and of five acres of land 
in Driburgh belonging to the said George, to be holden of the 
said Abbot for yearly payment of five merks. 

King James the Sixth, An. 1585, confirmed both these 
charters in favours of George Haliburton. 


G-eorge possessed, be virtue of a nineteen years' tack from 
Alexander Lord Hume, the teynd sheaves of the lands of 
Whitalls, Lady-Part, and Burngrange, with Nether Sheilfeild 
(whilk lands, as it is expressed in the tack, the said George 
and his predecessours had possessed thir many years bygone), 
for which he paid yearlie ten pound Scots. This tack com- 
menced, An. 1587. 

'Tis doubted whether Andrew Haliburton, named witness 
in a precept of Clare Constat be Sir John Turnbull to Walter 
Ker of Hirsell, dated at Driburgh, An. 1573, was a brother 
of George's or not. 

George had two sons, James and John Haliburtons, but no 
daughters that we read of. 

George lived till the 1606 year of our Lord. 

IV. James Haliburton, George's eldest son, was married 
to Margaret Haig, daughter to Eobert Haig of Beemerside, as 
appears by their contract, signed at Beemerside and Driburgh 
20th January, 1591, whereby Bobert Haig binds himself e to 
pay to the said James 700 merks money, and thirles the 
corns growing on the Mains and Lands of Beemerside to 
Driburgh Mill. 

James had, by his wife Margaret, a daughter, named 
Margaret, in the year 1593, and a son, Thomas, in the year 
1597, and two other sons, John and James. 

George Haliburton entered into a contract with Bo' Haig 
of Beemerside ; be vertue whereof, George was to be infefted 
in the Mainse of Beemerside, and to possess the samen, ay 
and whill the lawf all redemption thereof be the payment of 
1800 merks money. This was done in the year 1600. 

It appears, by the bounds of the lands specified in the said 


contract, that it was Nether Mainse, the same almost as 
presently possest by Newmainse, wherein George was infeft. 

James Haig of Beemerside, in the year 1606, binds him- 
selfe to observe and keep the foresaid contract in its haill 
heads and clauses, and finds Ealph Erskeen cantioner ; and, 
in the year also 1609, he renews both the said contracts, and 
obliges himselfe to reiterate and confirm them, as also to 
infeft John Haliburton, George's second son, as assigney 
lawfullie constitute thereto, in the lands of Nether Mainse. 
For the performance whereof Thomas M'Dougall of Stodrig 
and David Pringle of Hownam are cautioners. 

And now James Haig having abstracted his multures of 
the crop 1609, James Haliburton caused inhibite him the 
year thereafter. Whereupon matters were accommodate. 

James died in the year 1613, as appears by a grave-stone 
lying in Newmains's buriall-place at Dryburgh. 

John Haliburton, James's brother, was, An. 1610, as as- 
signey to his father George, infeft in the lands of the Nether 
Mainse of Beemerside ; which he possessed till the year 1622, 
when he disponed them to William Gledstanes; and the 
foresaid William made them over to Thomas Haliburton, 
portioner of Driburgh, in the year 1625. 

He was married to Barbara Bruce, daughter to Ninian 
Bruce, brother to Archibald Bruce of Pousouls, and chamber- 
lain in Dryburgh, by whom he had his son George. John, 
by this marriage, gott i part of his father-in-law Ninian 
Bruce's lands, which he sold to Ealph Erskeen ; and the said 
Ealph sold them, An. 1625, to Thomas Haliburton in Dri- 

What became of John, his son George, and their posterity 
after this, I know not. 


* This John died before the year 1625 ; for George, his 
son, portioner in D., grants a bond to Eobert Milne, coble- 
man, for 20 lib. Scots, with consent of his curators, Thomas 
Halyburton, and John, his brother-german, and Andrew 
Home, portioner in Eidpath, dated 21st January, 1625. 

V. Thomas Halibukton, son and heir to James, born An. 
1597, and but sixteen years old at his father's death, being, 
by reason of Ms minority and non-age, incapable to manage 
his affairs, he choosed for his curators William Ker appearand 
of Zair, Mr William Haig of Beeinerside, John Haliburton 
appearand of Murehouslaw, and John Haliburton in Dri- 

Margaret Haliburton, Thomas's sister, born An. 1593, was, 
on March 28, 1617, married to John Erskeen of Sheilfeild; 
and the said John, by the contract of the same date, for the 
payment of 2700 merks of tocher, is bound to infeft the said 
Margaret in all his lands in Driburgh and Sheilfeild, with 
their pertinents, for her lyfe-rent, reserving only the principal 
house, yards, dove-coat, and office-houses, in Driburgh, to his 

King James VI. having, An. 1587, annexed the haill 
temporality of the Kirke to the crown, he thereafter, An. 
1605, granted and disponed by charter, under his great seal, 
to John, Earle of Mar, all the lands and baronies that per- 
tained of old to the Priory of Inchmachom, and Abbacies of 
Driburgh and Cambuskenneth, which he united into one 
baronie, to be called the Lordship and Barony of Cardrose ; 
which grant the Parliament holden at Perth, An. 1606, rati- 

* This paragraph, which is written in the same hand on the margin of the 

MS., appears to have been inserted at a subsequent period. 


fied and confirmed ; so that by this erection of the Monastery 
of Driburgh into a temporall lordship, the Earles of Marr 
came to be superiours, in place of the Abbots ; and be vertue 
hereof, John, Earle of Marr, granted a precept of Clare Con- 
stat, for infefting Thomas Haliburton, oye and heir to George 
Haliburton, in the lands and mill contained in the first 
charter, as also another precept for infefting him in the 
Mill-haugh; both dated 24th December, 1621. 

Thomas was married to Marie Haliburton, eldest lawfull 
daughter to John Haliburton of Mertoun, as appears by their 
marriage contract, of the date 16th March, 1625 ; by which 
contract, Thomas is obliged, for the payment of 3000 merks 
money, in name of tocher-good, to infeft and sease the said 
Marie in the just halfe of the mill and all his lands, for her 
life-rent. 'Tis to be observed, that the Laird of Mertoun 
signs in this contract Mairton; as also in a charter be 
Thomas Haliburton to Marie Haliburton of certain lands, in 
1635, he signs Mairton, witnes. 

Mnian Bruce, chamberlane to the Commendator of Dri- 
burgh, possessed 38 acres of land in the town of Driburgh, 
as also 21 acres more in the said town, in all 59 acres, with 
the pertinents, together also with the passage-boat, and fish- 
ing upon the water of Tweed ; who having had no sons, infeft 
his six daughters heirs-portioners in his lands. 

John Haliburton, having right by his marriage with Bar- 
bara Bruce, Ninian's daughter, to £ P art ; s °ld ^ to Ralph 
Erskeen, who, An. 1625, resold it to Thomas Haliburton. 

Jean and Mary Braces, daughters to the said Ninian, 
dispone, with consent of Alexander Kirktoun, spouse to the 
said Jean, and Thomas Alison, spouse to the said Mary, their 
f parts in favours of Thomas Haliburton in Driburgh and 


John Erskeen of Sheilfeild, to be equally divided betwixt 
them, An. 1630. So by this means, Thomas has right to 
two-sixth parts of the said Ninian's lands. 

Thomas procured a charter of resignation in his favours 
under the great seal, relative to the generall act of surrender, 
of all and haill his mill and lands, which the said charter, 
bearing date 12th July, 1634, at more length specifies. 

An. 1637, David Haig, of Beemerside, dispones the lands 
of Over and Neither-Mainses, with Moroden, to Thomas 
Haliburton, whereof he obtained a charter under the great 
seal, dated 16th January, 1638. And at this time he took 
first the title of ISTewmainse. 

Anno 1661, Thomas raised a process before the regalitie of 
Melross against the fewars of Lessuden for their thirle 
multures, amounting to six chalder victual! yearly ; whereof, 
in regard they were distinct from the rentall boll payable to 
the tituler, and had been in use to be paid to the Abbot's 
mill, and whereto he had by his charter good right, he craved 
not only the payment in time coming, but all bygones 
resting unpaid. The year following, the fewars fearing lest a 
decreet be decerned against 'em, advocat ; whereon there was 
nothing materiall done afterwards. 

A more particular information of this business may be 
had from severall papers under Thomas's own hand. 

Thomas had, by his wife Mary Haliburton, three sons, 
John, David, and William Haliburtons, and three daughters, 
Janet, Margaret, and Elizabeth. 

Thomas Haliburton, of Newmains, died upon Thursday, 
30th of January, 1673 years. 

Mary Haliburton, his spouse, died upon the 7th day of 
June, 1667. 


Margaret, his sister (vid. p. 38), had, with John Erskeen 
of Sheilfield, two sons, James and William Erskeens, and 
daughters. She died, Saturday 12th of De- 
cember, 1668, and her husband, John Erskeen, died on 
Monday 16th December, 1672. 

James Haliburton, brother to the said Thomas, born An. 
, was cruelly murdered in Beemerside wood, after the 
following manner : — A partie of soldiers, consisting of 16 or 
17, came from their quarters at Lawder, on the 15th of 
March, 1651, to Driburgh; where, after having committed 
many insolences, and particularly by wounding John Erskeen, 
and one of his sons, .... of the said partie, on their return, 
having been informed that Thomas Haliburton in Beemerside 
was in the wood, came to the top of the brae above the said 
wood ; and, dismounting, two of them came down to the brae 
foot, where finding James Haliburton, brother to the said 
Thomas, and John, Thomas's son, notwithstanding their de- 
manding quarter, attacked 'em, and at a second thrust killed 
James ; whereupon John fled to his father Thomas, who was 
walking alone at a little distance in the said wood : the 
soldiers attacked 'em also, and thrust Thomas throw the 
cloak ; whereupon the said Thomas gott in on him, and after 
much struggling, as well in as out of the water, had quarter 
granted him. But the soldiers, after they had carried him 
and his son to the top of the brae, in violation of their pro- 
mises, by the assistance of their other two comrades they left 
there standing, after some blowes given, stript them, and let 
them go. 

On the 17th of March, Thomas Haliburton went to 

* Blank in MS. 


Lawder, and complained to their officers ; and, upon produc- 
tion of the whole regiment, pitched on the man that com- 
mitted the murder, who thereupon was hanged. 

John Haliburton, Thomas's third brother, born * ; 

married ; had one daughter named 

; that died unmarried. 

He was curator to his cousin, George Haliburton. He 
subscribes witness in severall of Souden rights. I find 
nothing materiall concerning him. 

VI. John Haliburton, son and heir to Thomas Haliburton 
of Newmainse, born An. , was, in An. 1666, married to 

Margaret Eutherford, second daughter to John Eutherford of 

Janet Haliburton, Thomas's eldest daughter, was married 
to Walter M'Dougall, third brother to Henry M'Dougall, of 
M'Karstoun. By their contract, dated 19th day of October, 
1661, he binds him self e to be worth and have in readiness 
5000 merks, and, upon the payment of 3500 merks by 
Thomas Haliburton of Newmainse, in the name of tocher, 
with his said daughter, he provides her yearlie, in life-rent, 
to the sum of 360 merks. In An. 1665, January 2, Walter 
M'Dougall died, leaving one son, Thomas, and a daughter, 
Margaret M'Dougall. After having disponed his moveables 
to his children, he named Henry M'Dougall of M'Karstoun, 
and Thomas Halyburton of Newmains, their tutors. 

In the end of January, 1666, Thomas, Walter's son and 
appearand heir, died; as did also his daughter in February 

* These spaces all blank in the MS. 


After Walter's decease, Janet lived at Driburgh and 
Beemerside till the 16th of March 1669 years, when she 
died also, and was enterred at M'Karston beside her husband. 

Margaret Haliburton, Thomas's second daughter, was mar- 
ried to Mr John Greive, portioner in Lessudden, who by his 
contract, dated at Driburgh, 11th January, 1661, bound 
himself to be worth 9000 merks money ; and for the payment 
of 2500 merks, provided her to the annual-rent of 1000 
merks during the minority of his children, and after their 
compleat age, to the annual-rent of the halfe thereof. 

This Mr John Grieve afterwards bought the Pinnacle from 
Gideon Wauchop ; but, by the money he expended in carry- 
ing on law pleas, and mismanagement together, he was 
obliged to sell it to George Douglass of Eriershaw. 

Mr John had by his wife Margaret one son, James, and 
two daughters, Elizabeth and Jean. His son married against 
his friends' will, meanly, one Scot, at Edinburgh. His 
daughter Elizabeth was married to John Ker, of the house 
of Lochtour, an ill manager. 

Notand. p. 25.* — The original charter is granted be Archi- 
bald E. of Douglas, Lord Galloway, to Henry Haliburton of 
the 10 merk land in the toun of Mertoun, to be holden of 
the said E. blench, dated August, 1407 years. 

There is a retour, whereby William Haliburton is served 
heir to Isabel Haliburton, his mother, of a 10 lb. land in 
Mertoun, dated October 22, 1471 years. 

This appears from Harden's old wrytes ; and William is ' 
not the first, but Henry. 

* Page 2 in the MS. 


[The MS. is now carried on in the hand-writing of John 
Haliburton, mentioned at page 42.] 

The Lord removed my mother upon y e eleventh day of 
June, i m vi c threescor seven yeirs. 

It pleased God to call my Ante, Johne Erskine of Sheil- 
feild's wife, upon Saturday y e 12 of December, 1668. 

The Lord removed my sister Janet, relique of urnq 11 Walter 
Mackdowgall, upon y e sixteenth day of March, i m vi° threscore 
nyne years. 

My brother-in-law, young Edzerstone, was removed upon 
Tuesday 27 August, 1672. 

The Lord removed my father, Thomas Haliburton of New- 
mayns, upon Thursday 30 January, 1673 years, about two 
a-cloake in the afternoone. 

Johne Erskine of Sheillfeild was removed upon Monday 
morning very early, the 16 of December, 1672 years. 

The Lord removed my brother William upon Tuesday 4 
February, 1673, about thre a-cloake in y e morning. 

My third daughter was removed before she was baptised, 
upon Fryday ninth of August, 1678, towards sixe a-cloake in 
the morning. 

Johne Eutherfoord, Laird of Edzerstone, my father-in-law, 
was removed by death, Fryday y e twenty-fyft of November, 
i m vi c eighty-one years; c^ day Mr Jo n Scott, minister of 
Oxname, was buried, who was a very honest man and kinde 
freind, and was removed y e Tuesday befor, being y e fytenth 
day. The s d Laird of Edzerstone's death was very sade to 
his friends (one of q m they could not have a greater losse), 
and to y° place of y e country where he lived, as none but such 
as are his enemies could denye. 


[The three following entries are in the hand of Thomas 
Haliburton, son and heir of John, the preceding writer, and 
appear to have been inserted afterwards, in addition to his 
father's memoranda.] 

John Haliburton of Morehouselaw, was buryed one the 26 
of Aprile, i m vii c and four years, in the 74 th year of his age. 

Jean Pringle, Lady Morehouslaw, was buried on the 4 th 
day of March, i m vii c and five years. 

John Haliburton of Morehouselaw dyed suddenly at Edin- 
burgh upon the tenth day of Nov br , i m vii c and five years, and 
was buried there. 

[The MS. is again continued in the hand of John Halibur- 
ton, the son of Thomas.] 

I was married upon Thursday y e 27 of December, being 
y e day commonly called St John's day, in y e year of our 
Lord i m vi c threscore sixe. 

My daughter Barbara was borne upon Fryday y e eighteene 
of December, betwixt ten and eleventh a-cloake at night; 
and was baptised upon Sunday y° twenty day, at Merton 
church, in y e yeir i m vi c threscore eight. 

My sone Thomas was borne upon Tuesday y e seventeenth 
of May, about five a-cloake in the afternoon, and was bap- 
tised upon Tuesday the seventh of June, in y" yeir of our 
Lord i m vi° threscore tene. 

My sone Johne was borne upon Sonday third of Marche, 
betwixt thre and four in y e afternoone, i m vi c threscore twelve 
years. He was baptised upon Fryday the fyftenth day of 
y° same monthe. 


My third sone, Andro, was borne upon Sonday nynth of 
Marche, i m vi c seventy-thre, about thre or four a-cloake in 
y e afternoone: he was baptised upon the seventh day of 
Aprille, the same year, at y e Aby in Dryburghe. 

My fourth sone, William, was borne upon Fryday y e 
twenty-two day of May, i m vi° seventy-four years; he was 
cristened at Maxtone churche upon Tuesday y e 14 of Jully, 
year fors a . T e reason why it was so longe betwixt his birthe 
and baptisme was, because y e kirke of Merton was y n in a 
maner vacante. It was, to our conjecture, betwixt thre and 
four in y afternoone q 11 he was borne. 

My second dawghter Margrat, was borne Thursday eight 
day of June, i m vi c seventy-sixe, as we conceav'd about eight 
a-cloake in y e morning ; and was baptised at my owne house 
in Dryburghe, Monday y e twelvt day of y e s d monthe. 

It pleased y" Lord to remove this childe Margrat upon 
Monday the twenty-four of December, 1677, betwixt nyne 
and ten a-cloake in y e forenoone; she was hurried upon 
"Wednesday, y" 26 day of y e monthe foresaid, in the after- 

My third dawghter was borne Sonday fourth August, 1678, 
about two a-cloake in y e morning; and was removed by 
deathe befor she was baptised, upon Fryday nynth of y e 
fors a monthe, towards six a-cloake in y e morning. 

My fyft sone, David, was borne Tuesday twelvt day, be- 
twixt sixe and seven a-cloake in y e afternoone, in y e yeare 

My forsaid fyft sone, David, was removed by death upon 
Saturday eightenth of December, towards eight a-cloake at 
night ; and was buried upon Tuesday y e twenty-first day of 
y e monthe forsaid. 


My second sone, Johne, was removed by deathe, Monday 
16 of May, towards two a-cloake in y e afternoone ; and was 
buried upon Wednesday afternoone, y e 18 th of y e monthe 
forsaid, in y° year of our Lord i m vi c eighty-one. 

My sixt sone, also named Johne, was borne Fryday y e tenth 
of November, i m vi c eighty-one; and was baptised Tuesday 
twenty-two of y b s a monthe, by Mr Andro Meldrume, at my 
owne house : y e s d Mr Andro was minister at Merton. 

My fourth dawghter, Elizabeth, was borne Saturday thirty 
day of December, betwixt sixe and seven a-cloake at night, 
i m vi° eighty-two years ; and was baptised upon Fryday fift of 
January, 1683 years. This was my tenth childe; six sones 
and four dawghters. 

My fyft dawghter, Mary, was borne Monday twenty 
October, i m vi c eighty-foure years; and was baptised in y e 
Abby at Dryburghe the eleventh day of November thereafter. 
This was my eleventh childe. 

My sixt dawghter, Violet, was borne Monday twenty day 
June, towards seven a-cloake at night; and was baptised 
Thursday twenty-third day of y e month fors d ; who was my 
twelvt childe. 

* The said Violet deceased of y e small-pox and a fever, at 
the Park, Saturday y e 28 of June, 1690, about 8 o'clock at 
night ; and was buryed at Dryburgh the last of y e s a month, 
being Monday, at night. On y e day of her buriall, Cliftoun's 
youngest daughter, called Margar', deceased of y° same sick- 
nes about 10 o'clock forenoon, and was buryed in Morbattle 
1 st July. 

* This is in the hand of Thomas Haliburton, the son. 


* My eldest dawhter, Barbara, was maryed to George 
Butherfoorde, younger of Famingtone, Thursday eleventh of 
Marche, i m vi c eighty-sixe years. 

[The MS. is now carried on in the hand of Thomas Hali- 

My father, John Halyburton of Newmainse, deceased upon 
the thrid of March, being Munday, att night ; and was in- 
terred y e Friday thereafter, i m vi° and eighty-eight years, att 

Mr David Halyburton, my uncle, writter to his Majesty's 
Signet, who never was maryed, and to whose protection his 
brother's children, being all minors, was left, and discharged 
that office most dutifully, he was removed upon Thursday 
the 29 day of Aprile, betwixt six and seven of the morning; 
and was interred att Dryburgh upon Tuesday the fourth of 
May, i m vi c and ninty-seven years, being 58 years old. 

Margrett Haliburton, Lady Pinnicle, dyed on the 8th of 
February, i m vii c and one years. 

My father, John Haliburton, of Newmainse, heir male 
and representer of the family of Mertoun, who was maried to 
Margret Eutherfourd, second daughter to John Eutherfourd 
of Edgerstoun (his eldest being maryed the same day to 
Andrew Ker of Liteldean), was removed upon the thrid 
day of March, i m vi c and eighty-eight years, and interred in 
his burial place at Dryburgh, being 58 years of age ; leaving 
all his children in minority, educat by our uncle and 
mother, who never maried again for the respect she had to 
her family and children. 

* This in the hand of John, the father. 


My mother, Margret Kutherfurd, second daughter to John 
Eutherfurd of Edgerstone, dyed upon the 24 day of Sept r 
1747, in the 97 year of her age; being married in her 16 
year, and with her husband 22 years ; and in widowhood 59 
years; and had 12 children; and decently interred in our 
burial-place in Dryburgh, upon the 28 of Sep tr , year foresaid ; 
ane virtuous woman, and kind to her children, and a widow 
in the 38 year of her age ; not marying for the good of her 

I was marryed upon Munday, January y e 13, i m vii c and 
one years, to Jannet Campbell, only daughter to Eobert 
Campbell of ISTorthwoodside, Dean of Gild of Glascow, of his 
second mariage, with Jean Dunlop, eldest daughter to James 
Dunlop of Garnkirk. 

My second brother, Andrew Haliburton, writter to his 
Majestie's Signet, was marryed to Marrion Eliott, second 
daughter to Robert Elliot of Midlemiln, upon y e eighteen day 
of Aprile i m vii c years. 

My daughter Jean was born upon Wednesday the eight of 
July i m vii° and two years, betwixt seven and eight of the 
cloak in the morning ; and was baptized the ninth day of the 
said moneth, att my house of Dryburgh, by Mr Eobert Liver, 
minister of Mertoun. 

My second daughter, Margrett, was born upon Teusday the 
thritten day of June, i m vii c and four years, betuixt nine and 
ten of the cloak in the morning ; and was baptized the fifteen 
day of the said moneth, att my house of Dryburgh, by Mr 
Eobert Edgar, minister of Maxtoun. 

My thrid daughter, Barbara, was born upon Munday the 


fourth day of March, i m vii° and six years, betwixt two and 
three in the afternoon ; and was baptized the seventh day of 
the same monneth, att my house of Dryburghe, by Mr George 
Byers, minister of St Bosswalls. 

My son John was born upon Saturday the twentieth-second 
day of March, twixt eight and nine in the morning ; and was 
baptized the last day of the said moneth, at my house of 
Dryburgh, by Mr George Byers, minister of St Bossells, in 
the year of our Lord i m vii c and seven years. 

My fourth daughter, Lilias, was born upon Saturday the 
eight of October, i m vii° and nine years, about eleven of the 
cloack at night; and was baptized upon the ninth of the 
said moneth, at my house of Dryburgh, by Mr Bobert Liver, 
minister at Mertoun. 

It pleased God to remove my eldest daughter, Jean, upon 
Sabbath the twenty-thrid of December, i m vii c and forty-four 
years, twixt seven and eight at night, to the great grief of 
her parents, brothers, and sisters, and to all that knew her ; 
enjoyed a fine character, and affectionat to her parents, and 
brothers, and sisters, sympathizing much when any of them 
was in trouble ; having dyed at her brother John his house, 
at Edinburgh, was interred by him and her friends there in 
a decent and gentile manner, upon Wednesday the 26 of 
December, at three of the clock afternoon, in Grayfriers, 
beside her grandmother, for whom she was named. 

It pleased God to remove my second daughter, Margret, 
upon Wednesday the thrid day of May, i m vii c and ten years, 
about ten of the cloake at night. She was buried in my 
buriall-place of Dryburgh, upon the fifth of the foresaid 
moneth, twixt five and six in the afternoon. 

My fifth daughter, Margaret, was born upon Tuesday the 


twenty-seventh of November, i m vii c and eleven years, twixt 
eight and nine of cloak at night ; and was baptized the fifteen 
day of December, at my house in Dryburgh, by Mr Eobert 
Liver, minister at Mertoun. 

It pleased God to remove my fifth daughter, Margret, 
upon the 2d of Aprile, 1750 ; who was buryed in my buriall- 
place of Dryburgh, upon the sixth of the foresaid moneth, at 
three afternoon. 

It pleased God to remove my fourth daughter, Lilias, upon 
Wednesday the fifteenth day of November, i m vii° and fifteen 
years, about four in the morning. She was buried in my 
buriall-place of Dryburgh, upon the sevententh of the foresaid 
monneth, about three in the afternoon. 

My sixth daughter, Janet, was born upon Thursday the 
twelth of September, about two in the morning, i m vii° and 
seventeen years ; and was baptized upon the sixteen instant, 
at my house in Dryburgh, by Mr George Byers, minister of 
St Bosswalls. 

[The following entry is in a different hand, and seems to 
have been interlined afterwards.] 

Janet Haliburton, daughter of the deceased Thomas Hali- 
burton, dyed at Edinburgh, on the 28th of April, 1763. 

[Continued in Thomas Haliburton's hand.] 

My second son, Eobert, was born upon Friday the fifth of 
September, i m vii° and eighteen years, about seven in the 
morning ; and was baptized upon the tenth of the said mon- 
neth, by Mr George Byers, minister at St Bosswalls. 


My dear wife, and nurse to me in my old age, Janet 
Campble, it pleased God to remove her upon Sabath, between 
four and five in the afternoon, being the 17 day of November, 
i m vii c and fifty-one years ; and interred upon Thursday the 
twenty-one day thereafter, in my buriall-place of Dryburgh ; 
whose death was much regretted, by the loss of so good and 
virtuous a wife to me, and her family, and by all her friends 
and acquaintance that knew her; and may the Almighty 
God, who can only supply our loss, send us such a blessing 
as she was for the support of this family. Her last time in 
church was in attending the sacrament and communicating 
2 weeks before. Praying God I -may be prepared, and soon 
follow, and no more parting, hoping she is happy ; being now 
in the 82 year of my age, and she about 69. 

[The two following paragraphs are in a more modern hand, 
the same as on page 51. J 

Thomas Haliburton of Newmains dyed the 25th June, 
1753, in the 84 year of his age, and was interred on Friday 
the 29th current, at his burying-place in Dryburgh. He was 
one of great honour and honesty, who made a good husband, 
a good father, and loved his friends so much, that he even 
did not regard his own interest when it was in his power to 
serve them. He had a very circumspect walk, charitable, 
just, benevolent, grateful, and sincere; he was greatly 
lamented by all his friends, and all that had the happiness 
of his acquaintance. 

John Haliburton of Newmains dyed the 26th April, 1754, 
and was interred here on Tuesday the 30th current, in the 
47th year of his age, unmarried ; he was a merchant in Edin- 


burgh to his business ; his character was fair in that way, 
and honest towards all men. 

[The MS. continued in the hand of Thomas Hcdiburton.] 

My brother Andrew his eldest son was born upon Teusday 
the twenty-sixth of November, i m vii° years, being y e seventh 
monneth, and the child dyed unbaptized. 

His eldest daughter, Elizabeth, was bom upon Wedensday 
the eighteen day of February, i m vii c and two years, betwixt 
one and two of the cloak in the morning. 

His second son, John, was born upon the twenty-thrid day 
of September, i m vii c and three years, betwixt seven and eight 
in the morning, being Thursday. 

His thrid son, Eobert, was born upon Munday the fourth 
of September, i m vii° and four years, betwixt six and seven of 
the cloak att night. 

His fourth son, Gilbert, was born upon Thursday the 
twenty-ninth of November, i m vii° and five years, betwixt six 
and seven of the cloak in the morning. And all the four 
foresaid children were baptized by Mr William Abercrumbie, 
minister of the Tolbooth in Edinburgh. 

His fifth son, Thomas, was born upon Eriday the thritieth 
day of May, i m vii° and seven years, twixt two and three in 
the morning ; and this child likewise baptized by the foresaid 
Mr William Abercrumbie. 

It pleased God to remove the child Thomas upon the 
twenty-second day of November, i m vii c and eight years, about 
eight of the cloak at night; and was interred upon the 
twenty-thrid at Bouden church, in Midlmiln his buriall-place, 
having dyed there. 


His sixth son, Andrew, was born upon Wedensday the 
twenty-eight of June, i m vii c and ten years, twixt eleven and 
twelve in the forenoon ; and baptized by Mr William Mitchell, 
minister of the Old Church at Edinburgh. 

His second daughter, Margret, was born upon Saturday the 
sevententh of ISTovember, i m vii c and eleven years, 'twixt twelve 
and one in the morning; and baptized by the foresaid Mr 
William Mitchell. She dyed the twenty-sixth of November 
y e said year, and was interred that night. 

His seventh son, George, was born upon y B fourth day of 
July, i m vii° and thirteen, at five of the cloack in y e morning ; 
and was baptized by Mr William Mitchell aforesaid. He 
died upon the twenty-ninth of March, i m vii c and fourteen 
years, and buried in the G-reyfriers churchyard at Edinburgh. 

His eight son, Gawin, was born upon the fifteen day of 
October, i m vii° and fourteen, twixt the hours of six and seven 
in y e morning ; baptized by Mr Mssbett, minister of the Old 
Church at Edinburgh. 

His ninth son, William, was born upon the twenty-fifth 
day of June, i m vii° and sixteen years, and was baptized by 
the foresaid Mr William Mitchell, being born twixt nine and 
ten at night. 

[The two following entries are in a different hand, which 
appears from other papers to be that of John Haliburton, 
clerk to Andrew Haliburton, W.S.] 

His third daughter, Marion, was borne the fifteenth of 
October, i m vii c and seventeen, betwixt three and four in the 
afternoon, and baptized by said Mr William Mitchell. 

His fourth daughter, Jean, was borne the twenty-seventh 


of February, 1719, and baptized by said Mr William 

[Continued in the hand of Thomas ffaliburton.] 

My brother John Haliburton, Doctor of Medicine at Jed- 
burgh, was married to Christian Elliot, daughter of Simeon 
Elliot of Swinsyde, upon the twenty-ninth of Aprile, i m vii° 
and fourteen years, by Mr William Mitchell, minister of the 
Old Kirk at Edinburgh. 

My brother John his eldest son was born upon Munday 
the sixteen of May, i m vii c and fifteen years, twixt six and 
seven at night; and was baptized by Mr M°Kay, minister of 

His second child, Jean, was born upon Saturday the 
twenty-seventh of October, i m vii c and sixteen years ; and was 
baptized by the foresaid Mr M c Kay, minister of Jedburgh ; 
and dyed the 23d of October y e year following. 

His second daughter, Jean, was born upon the twenty- 
sixth day of August, i m vii c and eighteen ; and was baptized 
by the said Mr M°Kay. 

His second son, Simeon, was born upon the fifth day of 
May, i m vii c and twenty; and baptized by the foresaid Mr 

His thrid daughter, Margret, was born upon the twenty- 
eight of February, i m vii c and twenty-two years ; and baptized 
by the foresaid Mr M c Kay. 

His fourth daughter, Christian, was born upon the tenth 
day of February, i m vii c and twenty-four years ; and baptized 
by the foresaid Mr M c Kay. 


My brother John Haliburton, Doctor of Medicine at Jed- 
burgh, and present Provest in the town, skilfull in his employ, 
of ane fine naturall temper, much master of all passions, oblidg- 
ing to all ranks, circumspect and devout in his life and con- 
versation, dyed at Edinburgh upon the 20 day of Aprile, 
1736, and was decently buried there upon the 22 of said 
moneth ; regretted by all that knew him, and particularly by 
all his friends, and the town of Jedburgh, wherein he dis- 
charged that office most faithfully to the contentment of 
all persons, having had a good judgment, and exact in all 

His eldest son, John Haliburton, merchant in Edinburgh, 
a promising young man, dyed at Edinburgh upon the 3d of 
August, 1747, much regretted by his friends and all that 
knew him ; and succeeded by his brother, Simeon, who, with 
his other friends, buryed him upon the 5th of August in the 
Greyfriers church-yard beside his father. 

My second brother, Andrew Haliburton, Writer to the 
Signet, dyed upon Munday at four in the afternoon, being 
the twenty day of February, 1738, at his house in Edinburgh, 
and was interred there upon the 22 of the said moneth ; and 
as his character was unhlameable, he was much regretted by 
all his acquaintance as weell as friends in the place. 

My thrid brother, William Haliburton, dyed upon Friday 
the sixth of February, i m vii° and forty-seven years, and was 
interred upon the eight day, at Edinburgh, in the G-rayfriers ; 
was married to ane widow in his old days, and had no chil- 
dren; long troubled with ane palsie; was bred ane mer- 


My sister Mary was married to Gideon Elliott, third son 
to Simeon Eliott of Swinside, who gave him the lands of 
Hardwood and Sclatehills, upon the twenty-ninth day of 
Aprile, i m vii° and fifteen, by Mr Eobert Liver, minister at 

It pleased God to remove my sister Mary upon Sabath 
morning the 19 of January, i m vii c and thirty-five years, at 
Haddon; and her corps carried to Hawik, and interred in 
the church there, with her six children ; and left two tender 
girls behind her ; much regretted by her friends and neigh- 
bours, and enjoyed a fair character. 

It pleased God to remove my sister, Barbara Haliburton, 
upon the twenty-thrid day of August, in the morning, and 
was interred at Fairnington upon the 26, in the 82 year of 
her age ; a virtuous woman, and did much for that family, 
none excelling her in good management, both within and 
without doors ; and weell attended upon by her son David, 
who came home from Jamaica during her trouble, whom God 
will reward. 

George Eutherfurd, younger of Fairnington, my nephew, 
was born upon the fifth of December, i m vi° and ninety-one 
years, and was baptized by Mr John Dalglish, minister of 
Eoxburgh, at Fairnington ; who proved a plague to his own 
family, by quarelling his brother-in-law Muirhouslaw, whose 
blood was spilt at last, and next upon his father and my 
family for not countenancing his conduct. 

Thomas Haliburton of Morehouselaw was born upon the 
twenty- seventh of January, i m vi° and ninety-two years ; and 


was baptized by Mr Eobert "Wilsoun, minister of Melros, at 
Melros, upon the twelth of February the said year ; and was 
married to Elizabeth Eutherfurd, second daughter to Fairn- 
ington, upon the tenth of December, i m vii c and eight years. 
And after the said Thomas his death, she married Baillie 
George Haliburton, third son to Patrick Haliburton, Dean of 
Gild at Edinburgh, who was brother to John Haliburton of 
Murehouslaw ; wishing she may prove kind to the family. 

Eobert Pringle of Clifton, our cousin, being some years a 
widow, having had severall children by his lady, sons and 
daughters abundantly promissing, having got that estate by 
their mother Janet Pringle, heiress of the same, — when up- 
wards of fifty, married Margret Kutherfurd, my niece, eldest 
daughter to Fairnington, which was not agreeable to his 
children and his other near relations, nor to me or any of my 
family, who had no hand in it, they being married clandes- 
tinely to the surprise of his children. 

Elizabeth Haliburton, eldest daughter to my brother 
Andrew Haliburton, was married to John Eobertson, mer- 
chant in Edinburgh, son to William Eobertson, merchant 
there, last day of December, i m vii c and twenty-two years, by 
Mr William Mitchel, minister of the New Church at Edin- 

Her eldest son, William, was born upon Munday the 23d 
clay of September, 1723 years. 

Her daughter Marion was born upon the 29 of September, 
1724 years. 

Her daughter Agnes was born September 16, 1725 years. 

Her son Andrew was born the 13 day of June, 1727 years. 


My second daughter, Barbara, was maried to Eobert Scot, 
second son to Walter Scot, uncle to Eaeburn, upon the six- 
teen day of July, 1728 years, at my house in Dryburgh, by 
Mr James Innes, minister at Mertoun, their mothers being 
coussings ; may the blessing of the Lord rest upon them, and 
make them comforts to each other, and to all their relations. 

Their son Walter was born upon the 11 of May, being 
Sabbath, about six in the morning, and was baptized at their 
house in Sandyknow, by Mr William Walker, minister of 
Makerstoun, upon the 17 of the foresaid moneth, both his 
grandfathers being witnesses, with his unckells (father's 
brethren), 1729 years. 

Their second son, Thomas, was born upon the 7th of 
January, twixt three and four in the morning, and was bap- 
tized at their house in Sandyknow, by Mr James Innes, 
minister of Mertoun, upon the ninth day of the foresaid 
moneth, being Saturday, his two uncles and I being witnesses, 
in the year 1731. 

Their eldest daughter, Janet, was born upon Munday the 
14 of May, twixt seven and eight at night, and was bap- 
tized at their house in Sandyknow, by Mr James Innes, 
minister of Mertoun, upon the twenty-second day of the 
foresaid moneth, being Tuesday; Makairston, Harden, Eae- 
burn, and his brother Walter, and I, being witnesses, in the 
year i m vii° and thirty-three. 

Their second daughter, Mary, was born upon Thursday the 
thirteen day of March, in the afternoon, and was baptized 
upon Teusday the eighteen, at Sandyknow, by Mr James 
Innes, minister of Mertoun ; Eaeburn, Walter Scot in Bailie- 
know, his brother William, and I, being witnesses, in the 
year i m vii c and thirty-five. 


Their thrid daughter, Jean, was born upon Saturday the 
eleventh of June, r^vii and thirty-seven years, and baptized 
upon Teusday the twenty-first, at Sandyknow, by Mr James 
Cuninghame, minister of Smaillhome, before these witnesses, 
Eaeburn, his brothers Walter and William Scots, and I, year 
foresaid ; she being born in the morning. 

Their thrid son, Eobert, was born upon Sabath, about 
half ane hour after two in the morning, being the 20 of May, 
i m vii c and thirty-nine years, and baptized upon Thursday 
thereafter, being the 24, at Sandyknow, by Mr James Cun- 
inghame, minister of Smailhome, before these witnesses, 
Eaeburn, and Mr Scott, his two brothers Walter and William 
Scots, and I, year foresaid. 

Their fourth daughter, Barbara, was born upon Munday 
the thrid of May, i m vii c and forty-two years, about six in the 
evening; and was baptized upon Saturday the eight, at 
Sandyknow, by Mr John Thorburn, minister at Kirknewton, 
before these witnesses, Eaeburn, Walter and William Scots 
his two brothers, and I, year foresaid. 

Their fourth son, John, was born upon Saturday the second 
of September, i m vii c and forty-nine years ; and was baptized 
at Sandyknow upon Saturday the ninth day, by Mr Duncan, 
minister at Smailhome. 

My wife's brother, John Coutts, merchant in Edinburgh, 
was maryed to Mrs Jean Stewart, second daughter to Sir 
John Stewart of Allanbank, upon the tenth day of Aprile, 
i m vii c and thirty years. 

His eldest son, Patrick Coutts, was born upon the fifth day of 
Aprile, i m vii c and thirty-one years ; and was baptized the next 
day by Mr John Goudie, one of the ministers of Edinburgh. 


His second son, John Coutts, was born the twenty-fourth 
day of February, i m vii° and thirty-two years ; and was bap- 
tized the same day by Mr John Goudie, one of the ministers 
of Edinburgh. 

His thrid son, James Coutts, was born upon Saturday the 
tenth day of March, i m vii c and thirty-three years ; and was 
baptized by the foresaid Mr Goudie the same day. 

His eldest daughter, Margret, and fourth child, was born 
upon Saturday the twenty-first of September, i m vii° and 
thirty-four years ; and was baptized by Mr Smith, Principall 
of the Colledge of Edinburgh. 

His fourth son, and fifth child, was born early upon Sab- 
bath morning, being the 7th of September, i m vii c and thirty- 
five years, named Thomas ; and was baptized by Mr Smith, 
Principall of the Colledge of Edinburgh. 

His fifth son was born upon the eighteen day of November, 
i m vii c and thirty-six years; whereof his mother dyed in a 
short time after, much regretted by friends and of all that 
knew her. The child lived, and was baptized after his 
mother's deathe by Mr Gullon, ane countrey minister, and 
called Stewart Coutts, who dyed in a short time after his 

Simeon Haliburton of Howclough, my nephew, was 
maryed to Elizabeth Elliot, second daughter to Eobert Elliot 
of Midlmiln, upon the nineteenth day of May, i m vii c and 
forty-nine years. He was ordained minister at Casselltoun 
in Lidissdale, upon the twenty-thrid day of January, i m vii c 
and fifty-one years. 

Mr Simon his spouse was safely delivered of ane daughter 
at Castleton, upon the 14 day of November, 1752, about two 


of the clock in the morning, and baptized Kathrine, there- 

[The three following entries in a different hand.] 

His eldest son, John, was born on the 17th day of Sep- 
tember, 1754, about 8 in the morning, and baptized by Mr 
Petrie at Canobie. 

His second son was born on the 8th of February, 1757, 
and was baptized Eobert. 

His third son was born on the 22d November, 1759, and 
called Thomas; who dyed on the 27th July, 1765,' and in- 
terred at Ashkirk. 


[These genealogical notices concerning the families of the name of Hali- 
burton, are published from a manuscript of the late Mr Walter Scott, "Writer 
to the Signet, representative of the family of JSTewmains and Mertoun, in 
right of his mother, Barbara Haliburton. It appears to have been drawn up 
in answer to the inquiries of Mr "William Haliburton of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
who claimed a descent from the Haliburtons of Hadden. The manuscript is 
the scroll of a letter addressed to Mr Brown of Melrose, and is dated 8th May 
1792. It mentions all the gentlemen of the name who were alive at that 
period, so far as was known to the writer, and is therefore interesting to 
those connected with this ancient surname. Some minute details are omitted. ] 

1. Alexander Lord Halibukton— Dieleton — Pitcurb. 

Pitcurr, who died about 1742 or 3^ left one son and three 

1. Coll. James Haliburton. 

One daughter, Lady Morton. 

One ditto, [married] Dr Douglass. 

One ditto, [married] Mr Wedderburn, Gosford. 

The two last [had] no children. 

Lady Morton left issue two sons and one daughter, Lady 
Aboyne, whose son now inherits the estate of Pitcurr. 


Thomas Halibukton of Newmains. Had three brothers. 

1. John, a physician in Jedburgh, who had several chil- 
dren, all now dead, except Mr Simon, minister at Askirk, 
and a sister, Margaret. Mr Simon has a son in the service 
of the East India Company.* 

2. Mr Andrew left one daughter and several sons, all now 
dead. Gavin Haliburton, in Jamaica, was the last of his 
sons ; left no issue. 

3. William, Andrew's brother, was married, but left no 

Mary, his [Thomas of Newmains's] eldest sister, married to 
Gideon Elliot of Harwood; she died in 1735; left issue two 
daughters, Christian and Elizabeth. The last still alive, 
married to Dr Isaac Davidson, minister at Sorbie, has issue 
one son, a clergyman, Elliot Davidson. 

Elizabeth, married to Mr Andrew Oliver; she and her 
husband, about 1735, went to Boston, in New England; both 
died many years ago without issue. 

Inchdarney, in East Lothian. A female succeeded; 
married to Peter Lindsay ; issue three daughters. The eldest 
married Alexander Lord Blantyre. Of this family, James 
Haliburton, Writer to the Signet, was descended ; he is now 
dead; has left one son, Andrew, who follows his father's 
profession, and one daughter. Andrew never married. 

Halibueton of Muirhouselaw. Two sons living, John 
and David.-f- 

* This gentleman died without issue. 

t David Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, the representative of that ancient 
family, survives— Unmarried. 


Thomas Haliburton, son to Provost Haliburton in S' 
Eustacia, has two sisters alive. 

Halibueton in Hadden. 

James taught a school in Maxwellheugh, near Kelso, about 
1740, had a sister Janet married to Andrew Davidson, 
brother to John Davidson of Kirkraw. Andrew farmed the 
lands of Spylaw, near Kelso ; had a son by the said Janet, 

Thomas Davidson, surgeon in Kelso, who married 

Scott, daughter to John Scott of Belfbrd. Thomas Davidson 
succeeded to the estate of Kirkraw, which he sold to the 
Duke of Roxburgh ; died in the year 17 — , leaving issue a 
daughter, Mrs Brown, relict of Coll. Brown of Blackburn. 

Mr Haliburton, a clergyman at Dundee, eminent for his 
learning and piety ; left issue several daughters. 

Mr Wishart, Principall of the University of Edinburgh, 
married to one of these ; the rest died unmarried. 

John Haliburton, Provost of Dundee. 

Mark Haliburton, farmer at Woolmill, a large family. 

Bobert Gillespie, Clearburn.* 

Eobert Haliburton, Prestonpans. 

Issue living one son, Campbell Haliburton, late in Canada.f 

Patrick Haliburton, a farmer in East Lothian, near to 
Haddington, a respectable family, and has several sons doing 

We Elliot, Laceman, proprietor of Hadden, his daughter 
married the late Sir Gilbert Elliot of Stobs, father to Lord 

* Died unmarried. + Died without issue. 


Heathfield ; the lands of Hadden acquired from the Murrays 
of Newton. 

The Eev. Mr Simon Haliburton was the second son of Dr 
John Haliburton, physician in Kelso, was bred a clergyman ; 
his elder brother, John, was a merchant in Edinburgh; he 
died in the leaving his affairs in disorder. Simon 

succeeded to his brother, died upon the ; he married 

Elizabeth Elliot, second daughter of Elliot of Medium 

Mill, of which marriage there was issue two sons, and died 
young. John, the eldest, is alive, and a captain in the 
service of the East India Company.* The said Mr Simon, 
as has been said, was bred a clergyman, and soon after his 
marriage he was ordained minister of Castletoun, in the 
presbytery of Langholm, upon the . This proved 

but an uncomfortable settlement ; the people were unreason- 
able, and did everything in their power to render Mr Simon's 
life uneasy. Mr Haliburton was relieved from that charge, 
being translated upon the day of to Askirk, 

in the presbytery of Selkirk, and he died at Askirk Manse 
upon Thursday, 28th April 1797. 

I might here add some account of the different families of 
the name of Haliburton, who at an early period existed in 
this countiy, and at that time seem to have been both 
numerous and opulent. Berwickshire seems to be the first 
place where we find any of them, which probably mio-ht be 

* This gentleman died in India without issue, as formerly mention d d 
was the last existing male of the family of Newmains and Mertoun ' 


owing to their attachment to the powerful family of the 
Douglasses. They extended themselves from thence to East 
Lothian, Eoxburghshire, and the county of Angus, or the 
Mearns, and seem to have teen both powerful and wealthy. 
But what would it avail your correspondent to get a cata- 
logue of names, or of the honours they possessed, the offices 
of trust they held, with the gallant actions they performed ! 
These men, however considerable, and however much re- 
spected while living, are now dead and gone, and their 
families extinct. The very name of Haliburton is now a 
rarity here, and except John Haliburton of Muirhouselaw, 
there is not one of that name in Scotland, who is proprietor 
of a single acre of land. Pitcurr, the chief of the family, is 
no longer Haliburton, as, through a female succession, that 
estate has now descended to the second son of Lord Aboyne, 
who, to his own name Gordon, has added Haliburton ; and 
the estate of Eaglescarnie, in East Lothian, is in the same 
state, being now in the possession of Mr Lindsay. There 
were several families in the shire of Angus, in the neighbour- 
hood of Dundee, of the name of Haliburton, but these are all 
gone, and their properties sold and in the hands of others, 
and John Haliburton, late Provost of Dundee, is the only 
one of these who remains. The same is the case with the 
families of Newmains, in Berwickshire, in the south. Of 
that family, Mr Simon Haliburton, a clergyman, who has one 
son, a captain in the East India Company's service, [saving 
whom] not one of the male line exists. To enter minutely 
into the histories of these families, would be a great waste 
of time, and could draw to no beneficial conclusion. 

But as Mr Haliburton seems to have been at considerable 
pains in his inquiries, and may wish to know something in 


general respecting that tribe to which he belongs, I take the 
liberty to subjoin the following remarks. 

In Berwickshire, and not far from the town of Greenlaw, 
there are two farms, the one of them called the Meikle (large), 
and the other the Little Haliburton. These lands seem to 
have been the earliest possessions which the Haliburtons had, 
and whether these lands gave rise to the surname of Hali- 
burton, or that the Haliburtons, after acquiring them, affixed 
that name, is not a clear point. It is, however, a known fact, 
that the Haliburtons long remained the proprietors of these 
lands, which now are the property of the Earl of Marchmont; 
and it is a very probable conjecture, that your correspondent 
may be descended from some of these people, who, upon the 
loss of their possessions, might advance nearer to the borders 
of the kingdom, a situation which, in former times, had its 
peculiar advantages, and thus it may have happened that Mr 
Haliburton's grandfather, or rather some of his predecessors, 
may have resorted to Hadden. 

I may also remark, that the hostile spirit which prevailed 
amongst the Borderers upon the opposite sides, was the source 
of constant feuds, and cause of frequent inroads and depreda- 
tions upon each other; while, at the same time, the laws 
which then subsisted with respect to commerce carried on 
betwixt the two countries, afforded good opportunities to the 
Scotch, and which they did not fail to improve, of carrying 
on a very beneficial, though a contraband, trade with their 

To all this the Union put an entire stop, and the natives of 
both kingdoms being thereby incorporated and subjected to 
the same laws, with respect to government and police, the 
unlawful advantages which they formerly reaped from their 


particular situation, all vanished at once. They felt the 
change of situation, and regretted it. They were strangers to 
arts, and but little acquainted with agriculture; of course, 
many of the people not being able to find subsistence, left 
the country : And being, I may almost say, the only district 
of country which felt any inconvenience from the Union, so 
they were the last to forget their prejudice against it* The 
country they possessed upon the east was well adapted for 
cultivation ; yet, till about 1745, little or nothing was done 
in that way. Since that period, indeed, there has been a 
wonderful change; that country is greatly improved, and 
well it has returned for the expense bestowed ; for I myself 
know lands, not far distant from Hadden, which, in my 
remembrance, rose from £200 per annum, to a well paid rent 
of £1100 from a thriving tenantry. 

From these circumstances Mr Haliburton may see how a 
predecessor of his, about 100 years ago, might lose his life, 
and how another might be stript of his possessions, and 
reduced to want ; the situation of the Borders was such, that 
men's lives and properties were in danger, and law, as then 
administered, was but a feeble protector, especially where 
there was a powerful persecutor ; for all that period a set of 
officers, called Wardens of the Marches, had the oversight of 
the marches, and were the judges in all controversies. The 
office was of a mixed nature, partly civil and partly military, 
and those who held it were not the most chaste judges, and 
therefore it might very probably happen that Mr Haliburton's 

* The writer of this letter used often to mention, that, in his youth, 
there was a popular preacher on the Border, who used to confess that he 
never could conclude a sermon without introducing what he termed a "hlad 
at the Union." 


predecessor who was in Haclden, might be forced from thence, 
and stript of his all by some very unjustifiable measure. 

[The remainder of the letter regards matter of a merely 
private nature.] 


Abbotsfoed, lands of, bti, lxiv, lxix, lxx. 
Abercorn, Marquis of, xv. 
Abercrombie, Rev. William, of Tolbooth, 

Aboyne, Gordon Haliburton, Lord, 67. 
Aboyne, Lady, 63. 
Aird, Margaret, Lady Egglis, 12. 
Albany, Murdoch, Duke of, 16. 
Albany, Robert, Duke of, Regent, xxx, 

liv, 16. 
Alexander I., xi. 
Alexander II., xii. 
Alexander, Lord William, liii. 
Alexander, Margaret, liii. 
Alexander, Sir William, of Menstry, 

Earl of Stirling, liii. 
Angus, Earl of, xiii. 
Annandale, Marquis of, lxix. 
Arms, the, of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., 

Ixxi, lxxii. 
Ashkirk, 62, 66. 
Atheling, Edgar, xxix, 19. 
Avenell, Cecilia, 21, 22. 
Avenell, Sir Gilbert de, 21, 22. 

Balfour, Rachel, xxxviii. 

Balgony, Erskine of, 31. 

Baliol, Edward, 24. 

BaUingaffe, 12. 

Barnard, John, of Farningdon, 22. 

Bath, Marquis of, xv. 

Bemersyde, lands of, 32. 

Berlue, 12. 

Bethune, Janet, of Criech, xiii. 

Bickertoune, Richard de, xxix. 

Black, William, xxxvii. 

Blantyre, Alexander, Lord, 54. 

Bonjeddart, 8. 

Boswell, Beatrice, xxxii. 

Boswell, David, xxxii. 

Boswell, George, of Bowhill, xxxii. 

Boswell, John, xxxii. 

Boswell, Margaret, xxxii. 

Brigearn, lands of, 16. 

Brodie, David, Vicar of Gullane, 33. 

Brown, Colonel, of Blackburn, 65. 

Bruce, Archibald, of Pousouls, 37. 

Bruce, Barbara, 37, 39. 

Bruce, David, 24. 

Bruce, Jean, 39. 

Bruce, King Robert the, xlvii. 

Bruce, Mary, 39. 

Bruce, Ninian, 37, 39. 

Buchan, John Stewart, Earl of, 16. 

Burdett, Angela, Baroness Burdett- 

Coutts, xxxviii, xxxix. 
Burngray, lands of, 16. 
Burton, family of, xxix. 
Burtons, the, from England, 19. 
Byers, Rev. George, of StBoswells, 50, 51. 

Cambuskenneth, 38. 

Cambuskenneth, lands of, xxxvi. 

Cameron, Margaret, xxx. 

Cameron, Sir John, xxx. 

Campbell, Janet, xxxv, xxxvii, xxxix, 

49, 52. 
Campbell, Jean, xxv. 
Campbell, Lady Diana, xix. 
Campbell, Louisa, xxiv. 
Campbell, Robert, of Northwoodside, 

xxxv, xxxvii, 49, 52. 
Campbell, William, of Ederline, xxiv. 
Cardross, Barony of, xxxvi, 38, 39. 
Carmichael, Sir John, xlviii. 
Castletown, 61. 
Chalmers, Mr George, xlv. 
Charles II., xix. 
Charpentier, Charles, Ixv. 
Charpentier, Charlotte, Lady Scott, lxiv- 

Charpentier, Jean, lxiv, Ixv. 
Charters quoted, of Abbot James Stewart, 

Archibald, Earl Douglas, 43. 

David, Commendator of Dryburgh, 
34, 35. 

David de Truce, 21. 

James I., 12. 

James VI., 35, 38. 

Patrick, Earl of March, 22. 

William de Felton, 22. 



Chisholm, Alexander de, xxx, 12. 

Chisholm, Catherine, xxx, 12. 

Chisholme, Thomas, 12. 

Clare Constat, precept of, 36, 39. 

Colvin, Lord, 25. 

Cornwallis, Charles, Lord, xiv. 

Coutts, Christian, xxxvii. 

Coutts, James, xxxvii, xxxviii, 61. 

Coutts, Janet, xxxviii. 

Coutts, John, xxxvi, xxxvii, xlvi, xlvii, 

60, 61. 
Coutts, Margaret, 61. 
Coutts, Patrick, xxxvii, xxxviii, 60. 
Coutts, Rev. Thomas, of Cargyll, xxxvii. 
Coutts, Stewart, 61. 
Coutts, Thomas, xxxviii, 61. 
Coutts, William, of Auchintoul, xxxvii. 
Cranston, Rev. John, of Ancrum, xlvi, 

Craufurd, Isabella, liv. 
Craufurd, "William Houison, of Crau- 

furdland, liv. 
Cravant, battle of, 16. 
Crombie, Thomas, xxxvii. 
Cromwell, Oliver, xiv. 
Cuningham, Rev. James, of Smailholm, 

xl, xli, 60. 
Cunningham, Elizabeth, 1. 
Cunningham, William, of Glengarnock, 1. 
Curie, Mr, of Yetbyre, xiv. 

Dalgleish, Rev. John, of Roxburgh, 57. 
Dalkeith, Louisa, Countess of, xv. 
Dallas, Lieut. -General, G.C.B., xxxiii. 
Dallas, Thomas Yorke, of Walmsgate, 

Dallas, William, of St Martins, xxxiii. 
David I., xi, lxvii. 
Davidson, Andrew, of Spylaw, 65. 
Davidson, Dr Isaac, 64. 
Davidson, Elliot, 64. 
Davidson, John, of Kirkraw, 65. 
Davidson, Thomas, 64, 65. 
Day, Elizabeth, lxii. 
Day, John, lxii. 
Dickson, Dr David, xxxvii. 
Dinwiddie, Elizabeth, lxvii. 
Douglas, Andrew, of Tympendean, xxxi. 
Douglas, Archibald, Earl of, xxx, 15. 
Douglas, Earl of, liv. 
Douglas, George, of Friarshaw, 43. 
Douglas, Jean, xlvii. 
Douglas, John, 8, 9. 
Douglas, Lady Helen, Ivii. 
Douglas, Sir James, lxvii. 
Douglas, Stephen, xxxi. 
Downshire, Marquis of, lxv. 
Dry burgh Abbey, 21, 22, 27, 28, 38. 
Dryburgh, David, Commendator of, 32, 

34, 35. 
Dryburgh, Haliburtons in, 25-62. 
Dryburgh, James Stewait, Abbot of, 

Dryburgh, John, Commendator of, 33. 

Dunbar, Patrick, Earl of, 22. 

Duncan, Rev. Mr, of Smailhome, xli, 60. 

Dunkinson, Mark, of Greatlaws, 7. 

Dunlop, Archibald, xxxvii. 

Dunlop, Constantine, of that ilk, xxxv. 

Dunlop, James, of Garnkirk, xxxv, 

xxxvi, 49. 
Dunlop, Janet, xxxv. 
Dunlop, Jean, xxxv, xxxvii, 49. 
Dunlop, John, of that ilk, xxxv, xxxvi. 
Dunlop, Mrs, of that ilk, xxxvi. 
Dunlop, Neill Fitz-Robert de, xxxv. 
Dunlop, Thomas, xxxvii. 
Dupplin, battle of, 18. 
Durham, battle of, xii, xv, 24. 

Eecles, Home of, xxiii. 

Edgar, Oliver, 26. 

Edgar, Rev. Robert, of Maxton, 49. 

Edward I., xxix, xlix, 1, lxix. 

Elbottle, lands of, 23. 

Elliot, Christian, 55, 64. 

Elliot, Elizabeth, 61, 64. 

Elliot, Gideon, of Harwood, 57, 64. 

Elliot, Jean, xxiii. 

Elliot, Marion, 49. 

Elliot, Robert, of Middlemiln, 49, 61. 

Elliot, Simeon, of Swynside, 55, 57. 

Elliot, Sir Gilbert, of Stobs, 65. 

Elliot, William, 65. 

Epitaph of John Haliburton, Baron 

Merton, xxxi. 
Erskine, Alexander, of Balgonie, xxxiv. 
Erskine, Alexander, of Sheilfield, 31, 32. 
Erskine, David, xxxvi. 
Erskine, David, Earl of Buchan, lxviii. 
Erskine, Henry, Lord Cardross, xxxvi, 

Erskine, James, 41. 
Erskine, John, 40, 41, 44. 
Erskine, John, Earl of Mar, 38, 39. 
Erskine, Mary, lxviii. 
Erskine, Ralph, 37, 39. 
Erskine, William, 41. 

Fagan, Colonel, Ixiii. 

Fagan, Florence, lxiii. 

Faunes, Ada de, 20, 22. 

Fellows, Alfred, of Beeston House, xxiv. 

Fellows, Sarah, xxiv. 

Felton, William de, 22. 

Fenton, Lord, 12. 

Fitz-Scott, Uchtred, xi. 

Forster, Sir John, xlviii. 

Forrester, William, W.S., xxxviii. 

Galbraith, Malcolm de, xlix. 
Gask, lands of, 12. 
Gibson, Elizabeth, lxviii. 
Gibson, Rev. John, lxviii. 
Gillespie, Robert, of Clearburn, 65. 
Gledstanes, Baron, xxxiv. 


Gledstanes, Euphame, xxxiv, 27. 

Gledstanes, William, 37. 

Goleyne (Gullane), grant of, 21, 23. 

Goudie, Rev. William, 61. 

Greenlaw, 68. 

Gregory IX., Pope, 23. 

Gregory X., Pope, 23. 

Grieve, Elizabeth, 43. 

Grieve, James, 43. 

Grieve, Jean, 43. 

Grieve, John, 43. 

Grove, Emily S., lix. 

Gulas, lands of, 12. 

Gullon, Rev. William, 61. 

Haddon, 57, 66, 68. 

Haig, David, of Bemerside, 40. 

Haig, James, 37. 

Haig, Margaret, of Bemerside, xxxv, 36. 

Haig, Robert, of Bemerside, xxxv, 36, 37. 

Haig, William, 38. 

Haldane, Adamina, lix. 

Haldane, Captain James, of Airthrey, 

Haldane, Daniel Rutherford, M.D., lix. 
Haldane, George, lix. 
Haldane, Helen, lix. 
Haldane, Isabella, lix. 
Haldane, James, lix. 
Haliburton, Alexander, 17. 
Haliburton, Campbell, of Canada, 65. 
Haliburton, David, xxix. 
Haliburton, Henry, xxix, xxxii. 
Haliburton, Hew, 25. 
Haliburton, James, of Pitcur, xxx. 
Haliburton, John, 18, 25, 65, 67. 
Haliburton, John, M.D., 10. 
Haliburton, Little, 68. 
Haliburton, Lord, 11, 12, 19. 
Haliburton, Mark, 64. 
Haliburton, Mickle, 68. 
Haliburton, Patrick, 65. 
Haliburton, Philip, 20, 21. 
Haliburton, Rev. Mr, of Dundee, 65. 
Haliburton, Rev. Thomas, xxx. 
Haliburton, Robert, xxx, 65. 
Haliburton, Sir Ada de, 22. 
Haliburton, Sir Adam, xxix. 
Haliburton, Sir Andrew, 15. 
Haliburton, Sir Henry, 20-22. 
Haliburton, Sir John, xxix, xxx, 15, 16, 

18, 24. 
Haliburton, Sir John, of Dirleton, xxx. 
Haliburton, Sir Thomas, 15, 24. 
Haliburton, Sir Walter, 24. 
Haliburton, Sir William, xxix, xxx, 20. 
Haliburton, Thomas, xxxii. 
Haliburton, Walter, xxix. 
Haliburton, William, xxx. 
Haliburton, William, of Nova Scotia, 63. 
Haliburtons, the, in Hadden— 
James, 65. 
Janet, 65. 

Haliburtons, the, of Dirlton — 

Henry, 43. 

Thomas, 19. 

Walter, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21. 

William, 43. 
Haliburtons, the, of Dryburgh — 

Andrew, 34, 36. 

Archibald, 27. 

David, 25-28, 31. 

Elizabeth, 31, 32. 

George, xxxiv, xxxv, 31, 33-38, 42. 

Henry, 27, 34. 

James, xxxii, xxxv, 27, 34, 36, 41. 

John, 36-38, 40, 41. 

Margaret, xxxv, 36, 38. 

Robert, 34. 

Thomas, xxxii, xxxiv, xxxv, 27, 29, 
30, 33, 34, 36-38, 40. 

Walter, xxxiv, 27, 28, 30, 31, 34. 

William, 34. 
Haliburtons, the, of Egliscairn— 

George, 13. 

William, 13. 
Haliburtons, the, of Inchdarney — 

Andrew, W.S., 64. 

James, W.S., 64. 
Haliburtons, the, of Merton — 

Andrew, xxxi. 

David, xxxi, xxxiv. 

Euphane, xxxi. 

George, xxxi. 

Helen, xxxi. 

John, xxxi, xxxv, 13, 39. 

Marie, 39, 40, 44. 

Mark, xxxi. 

Mary, xxxv. 

Walter, xxxi, 26. 

William, xxxi, 14, 16, 25, 26. 
Haliburtons, the, of Muirhouslaw — 

Adam, xxxi. 

Agnes, xxxi, xxxv, 34, 35. 

Andrew, xxxi. 

David, xxxiv, 64. 

Davidona, xxxiii. 

Elizabeth, xxxiv. 

George, xxxiii, xxxiv, 26, 58. 

Helen, xxxiii. 

Henry, xxx. 

Janet, xxxiii. 

Jean, xxxi, 45. 

John, xxxi, xxxv, 26, 38, 45, 64. 

Patrick, xxxii, xxxiii, 58. 

Thomas, xxxii, xxxiii, 7-10, 57, 65. 
Haliburtons, the, of Newmains — 

Andrew, 46, 49, 53, 56, 64. 

Barbara, xxviii, xxxii, xxxix, xli, 
xlii, 45, 48, 49, 57, 59. 

Christian, 55. 

David, xxxii, xxxv, 40, 46, 48, 57. 

Elizabeth, xxxii, xxxv, 40, 47, 53, 

Gawin, 54, 64. 

George, xxxi, xxxii, 53. 



Haliburtons of Newmains, continued — 
Gilbert, 53. 
Janet, xxxv, xxxix, xl, 40, 42-44, 

Jean, xxxix, 49, 50, 54, 55. 
John, xxxii, xxxv, xxxvi, xxxix, 

13, 41-45, 47, 48, 50, 52, 53, 55, 

56, 62, 64, 66. 
Katherine, 62. 
Lilias, xxxix, 50, 51. 
Margaret, xxxii, xxxv, xxxix, 40, 

41, 43, 44, 46, 48-50, 54, 55, 64. 
Marion, 54. 

Mary, xl, xliii, 47, 57, 59, 64. 
Robert, xxxvi, xxxix, xii, 51, 53, 

Simon, 55, 56, 61, 64, 66, 67. 
Thomas, xxviii, xxxv-xl, 7, 40, 42, 

44, 45, 48, 52, 53, 62, 64. 
Violet, 47. 

William, xxxv, 40, 44, 46, 53, 56, 
Haliburtons, the, of Pitcur — 

Alexander, Lord Haliburton, 63. 

James, Colonel, 63. 

James, Provost of Dundee, 16, 17. 

Walter, 12, 13. 
Halidon Hill, battle of, xii, liii. 
Hall, Katherine, lvii. 
Hall, Sir James, of Douglas, Bart., lvii. 
Hamilton, Margaret, xix. 
Hamilton, Sir Thomas, of Preston, xix. 
Heathfield, Lord, 66. 
Heleinshaw, lands of, li. 
Hepburne, Helen, xix. 
Hepburne, Thomas, of Humbie, xix. 
Heyburn (Hepburne), Sir Patrick, 15. 
Hillsborough, Earl of, lxv. 
Hog, Alexander, 8, 9. 
Hogg, James, xv. 
Holyrood Abbey, xi, xii. 
Home, Andrew, in Redpath, 38. 
Home, Earl of, 27. 
Homildon Hill, battle of, liii. 
Hope, Adam le, lxix. 
Hope, Charles, Earl of Hopetoun, lxix. 
Hope, Edward, lxix. 
Hope, General Sir Alexander, G.C.B., 

Hope, James, Q. C. , of Abbotsford, lxix, 

Hope, John de, lxix. 
Hope, John, Earl of Hopetoun, lxix. 
Hope, Sir Thomas, of Craighall, lxix. 
Horsbrugh, Alexander, of that ilk, xxiv. 
Horsbrugh, Susan, xxiv. 
Howard, Henry Granville, Duke of Nor- 
folk, lxx. 
Howard, Lady Victoria, lxx. 
Hume, Alexander, Earl of, 19, 36. 
Hume, Joseph, 11. 
Huxley, Lieut. -Colonel, lxii. 

Inchmachome, Priory of, xxxvi, 38. 
Innerleith, lands of, 34. . . 

Innes, Rev. James, of Mertoun, xl, xlu, 

James I. , xxx. 

James II., xii. 

James V., xiii, xxxvii, 1. 

James VI., xiii, xvii, xxxvi, xlix. 

Jessop, Sarah, xxiii. 

Jessop, William, of Butterly Hall, xxiii. 

Jobson, Jane, Lady Scott, lxvi. 

Jobson, William, of Lochore, lxvi. 

Johnstone, Lady Henrietta, lxix. 

Julius II., Pope, 27. 

Keith, Agnes, liv. 

Keith, Alexander, of Ravelstone, xlvii, 

liv, lv. 
Keith, Charles, lv. 
Keith, George, liv. 
Keith, Helen, lv. 
Keith, Isabella, liv, lv. 
Keith, James, liv, lv. 
Keith, John, liv, 
Keith, Margaret, liv. 
Keith, Mary Anne, lv. 
Keith, Sir Alexander, of Ravelstone, lv. 
Keith, Rev. William, of Pogbie, lv. 
Keith, Robert, liv. 
Keith, William, liv, lv. 
Kelso Abbey, xxix, 20. 
Ker, Andrew, of Littledean, 48. 
Ker, George, of Faldonside, 19. 
Ker, Isabella, xxiii, xlviii. 
Ker, John, 43. 

Ker, Sir Thomas, of Cavers, xxiii. 
Ker, Sir Walter, of Cessford, xiii. 
Ker, Walter, of Hersell, 36. 
Ker, William, of Lair, 38. 
"Kinmont Willie," xiv. 
Kinrossy, lands of, 12. 
Kirkton, Alexander, 39. 

Ladypart, lands of, 36. 

Lamberton, Bishop, xxix. 

Lamont, Georgiana, lv. 

Langlands, Robert, 26. 

Lauderdale, Earl of, lxv. 

Leslie, Alexander, Earl of Leven, lxix. 

Leslie, Lady Elizabeth, lxix. 

Lessudden, teinds in, 35, 40. 

Lincoln, Richard de, 20. 

Lindesay, Patrick, 17. 

Lindsay, Mr, of Eaglescairnie, 67. 

Lindsay, Peter, of Inchdarney, 64. 

Liver, Rev. Robert, of Merton, 49-51. 

Lockhart, Charlotte, lxx. 

Lockhart, Dr John, of Birkhill, lxvii, 

Lockhart, James, lvii. 
Lockhart, John Gibson, Ixi, lxv, lxvii, 




Loekhart, John Hugh, Ixviii, lxix. 

Lockhart, Laurence, lvii. 

Loekhart, Louisa, lvii. 

Lockhart, Mary, lvii. 

Loekhart, Rev. Dr Laurence, of Milton- 

Lockhart, Mi. 
Lockhart, Sir George, of Carnwath, 

Lockhart, Sir James, of the Lee, Ixviii. 
Lockhart, Sir Simon, of the Lee, lxvii. 
Lockhart, Sir Stephen, of Cleghorn, lxvii. 
Lockhart, William, of Birkhill, lxvii. 
Lockhart, William, of Milton-Lockhart, 

Long, Adam, of Home, 21. 
Lothian, Marquis of, 12. 
Lowthrope, Charlotte E., lix. 
Ludovic, Cardinal, 27. 

Maccusville, Barony of, Ixx. 
Maccusville, Herbert de, lxx. 
Maccus, Robert, son of, lxx. 
Macdougal, Isobel, xx. 
Macdougall, Henry, of Makarston, xxiii, 

Macdougall, Margaret, 42. 
Macdougall, Thomas, of Stodrig, 37, 42. 
Macdougall, Walter, 42, 44. 
Mackenzie, Sir George, xix. 
Macneill, Sir John, lxvi. 
M'Culloch, David, of Ardwell, lxii. 
M'Culloch, Elizabeth, lxii. 
M'Kay, Anna, lv. 
M'Kay, Rev. Mr, of Jedburgh, 55. 
Macuswell, Sir John de, of Caerlaverock, 

Maitland, Christian, lv. 
Maitland, John, of Thirlestane, 21. 
Maitland, Lieut. -Colonel, of Craigieburn, 

Maitland, Robert, of Thirlestane, 22. 
Malcolm Canmore, liii, 19, 23. 
March, George, Earl of, 15. 
March, Patrick, Earl of, 22. 
Marchmont, Earl of, xix, 68. 
Mar, Earl of, 24. 
Mar, John, Earl of, xxxvi. 
Mar, Margaret, Countess of, liii. 
Marjoribanks, the, of Murehouselaw, 

Mary, Queen of Scots, lxix. 
Maurice, Prince of Orange, xiv. 
Maxwell, Hon. Joseph C. lxx. 
Maxwell, Marmaduke, Lord Hemes, lxx. 
Maxwell, Sir William Stirling, of Pol- 

lok, lxx. 
Maxwell, William, Lord Herries, lxx. 
Maxwellhaugh, 65. 

Meldrum, Rev. Andrew, of Merton, 47. 
Melville, Lord, lxi. 
Melorstane, charter of lands, 20, 22. 
Merton, lands of, 14, 25, 28, 29, 35. 
Mertoun, Isobel, of that ilk, xxx. 

Millhaugh, lands of, 35. 

Milne, Robert, 38. 

Mitchell, Rev. William, 54, 55, 58. 

Mitchelson, Harriet, Iviii. 

Mitchelson, John, of Middleton, Iviii. 

Moll, Alicia de, xii. 

Molla, Henry de, xii. 

Molle, charter of lauds, 20-22. 

Monmouth, Duke of, xiv, xix. 

Moravia, Andrew de, lv. 

Morham, Sir Adam de, xxix. 

Moroden, lands of, 40. 

Morton, Lady, 63. 

Morritt, Mr, lix. 

Murray, Agnes, xvii, xviii, xx. 

Murray, Anne, 1, li. 

Murray, Antony, of Dollerie, lv. 

Murray, Earl of, 24. 

Murray, Frances, lv. 

Murray, Sir Gideon, of Elibank, xvii, 

Murray, Sir J ohn, of Philiphaugh, 1. 
Murray, Sir Patrick K., of Ochtertyre, 

lv. " 
Murray, Sir William, of Ochtertyre, lv. 
Murray, the Outlaw, 1. 
Murthockstone, lands of, xii. 

Napier, Lord, xxv. 

Nethermains, 37. 

Nether Shielfield, lands of, xxxiv. 

Newmains, 40. 

Nicholson, Cadogan, xxxiii, 

Nicholson, Charles, xxxiii. 

Nicholson, Dr, Dean of Exeter, lxix. 

Nicholson, Dr William, Bishop of Car- 
lisle, lxix. 

Nicholson, George, xxxiii. 

Nicholson, Jane, lxix. 

Nicholson, Rev. James, of Banchory, 

Nisbetmoore, battle of, xxx, 15. 

Nisbett, Rev. William, 54. 

Oliphant, Laurence, of Gask, liv. 
Oliphant, Margaret, liv. 
Oliver, Andrew, 64. 
Oppell, Hans Max Von, lxiii. 
Oppell, Mary Monica Von, lxiii. 
Oppell, Rittmeister Von, lxiii. 
Otterburn, battle of, liii. 

Peat, Elizabeth, lxiii. 

Peat, George, lxiii. 

Peat, Godfrey, lxiii. 

Peat, Major Alexander Cumine, C.B., 

Peat, Margery, lxiii. 
Peat, Walter, lxiii. 
Peile, Horatio, lix. 
Pennie, Elizabeth, xxxiv, 33-35. 
Pennie, family of, in Dry burgh, 33, 34. 
Pennie, Hew, 33. 



Pennie, Isabel, 33. 

Pennie, James, 33. 

Penny, Hon. "William, Lord Kinloch, lv. 

" Penny, the Lee," lxvii. 

Petrie, Rev. William, of Canobie, 62. 

Pinkie, battle of, xiii. 

Pitcaimie, Dr Archibald, xxiv. 

Pitcnr, lands of, 12. 

Poictiers, battle of, 15. 

Polwarth, Hugh Scott, Lord, xi, xix, 

Pringle, Alexander, of Yair, li. 

Pringle, David, of Hownam, 37. 

Pringle, George, of Balmungo, li. 

Pringle, Janet, 58. 

Pringle, Jean, of Clifton, xxxii. 

Pringle, John, of Whytbank, li. 

Pringle, Margaret, 57. 

Pringle, Mark, of Clifton, xxxii. 

Pringle, Rev. John, of Fogo, li. 

Pringle, Robert, of Clifton, xxxiii, 58. 

Pringles, the, of Crighton, xxiii. 

Purves, Patrick, Chamberlain of Dry- 
burgh, 29. 

Queensberry, Duke of, xv. 

Rae, Mary Anne, of Coldsheaf, liv, lv. 

Ramsay, William, of Dalhousie, 18. 

Records, Scottish Privy Council, xx-xxii. 

Register, Lyon's, 12. 

Reidsquair, Raid of, xlviii. 

Ridal, Jervasius, xlvii. 

Riddle, Andrew, in St Boswells, 33, 34. 

Robert II. , xxxv, liv. 

Robertson, Agnes, 58. 

Robertson, Andrew, 58. 

Robertson, John, 58. 

Robertson, Marion, 58. 

Robertson, William, 58. 

Rosebank, lands of, xliii. 

Ross, Henry Fraser, heraldic painter, 11. 

Ross, Isabel, Countess of, 15, 43. 

Roule, Ada de, 30. 

Russell, Alexander, lvi. 

Russell, Anne, lvi. 

Russell, Colonel William, of Ashestiel, 

Russell, Daniel, lvi. 
Russell, Elizabeth, lvi. 
Russell, General Sir James, lvii, lxiv. 
Russell, Helen, lvii. 
Russell, Jane, lvi. 
Russell, John, lvi. 
Russell, Katherine, lvii. 
Russell, William, lvi. 
Rutherford, Anne, xlv, lvi, lviii-lx. 
Rutherford, Christian, lvii. 
Rutherford, Darcy, lviii. 
Rutherford, Elizabeth, xxxii, xxxiii, 58. 
Rutherford, George, of Fairnington, 

xxxii, 8, 9, 34, 48, 57. 
Rutherford, Hugo de, xlvii. 

Rutherford, James, xlvii, lvii. 
Rutherford, Janet, lvii. 
Rutherford, Jean, li, lvi. 
Rutherford, John, lvi-lviii. 
Rutherford, John, of Edzerstoun, xxxv, 

42, 44. 
Rutherford, John, of Grundisnock, xlvm. 
Rutherford, John, of Hunthill, xlvii. 
Rutherford, Margaret, xxxv, lviii, 42, 

48, 49, 58. 
Rutherford, Miss, of Know South, xliii. 
Rutherford, Mr, of New York, xlviii. 
Rutherford, Nichol, of Fairnilee, xlvii. 
Rutherford, Professor Daniel, lvii, lviii. 
Rutherford, Professor John, M.D., xxii, 

xlv-xlvii, li, lii, lv. 
Rutherford, Rev. John, of Yarrow, xlviii, 

xlix, li. 
Rutherford, Richard, of Hunthill, xlviii. 
Rutherford, Richard, of that ilk, 22. 
Rutherford, Robert, li, lii, lvii, lviii. 
Rutherford, Robertus de, xlvii. 
Rutherford, Sir Richard, xlvii. 
Rutherford, Sir Robert de, xlvii. 
Rutherford, Thomas, of that ilk, 7. 
Rutherford, William, lvii. 
Ruthven, John, Earl of Gowrie, 19. 
Ruthven, William, 17. 

St Alban's, Duchess of, xxxviii. 
Saint Eustacia, Haliburtons in, 65. 
Sanderson, Elizabeth, lix. 
Sanderson, Margaret, lix. 
Sanderson, Richard Burdon, lix. 
Schatto, Thomas de, xlix. 
Schaw, Christiana, xlix. 
Schaw, James de le, xlix, 
Scot, Barbara, 60. 
Scot, Janet, 59. 
Scot, John, 60. 

Scot, , Laird of Harden, 59. 

Scot, Thomas, 59. 

Scot, Walter, of Baileyknow, 59, 60. 

Scot, Walter, of Raeburn, 59, 60. 

Scot, William, 59, 60. 

Scott, Walter, W.S., xxiii, xlv-xlvii, lvi, 

lix, 63. 
Scott, Anna, of Ancrum, xxii. 
Scott, Anne, lix, lx, lxii, lxvii. 
Scott, Anne, Duchess of Monmouth, xiv, 

Scott, Anne, of Gala, xxiii. 
Scott, Catherine Hope, Ixx. 
Scott, Charles, Duke of Buccleuch, xv. 
Scott, Christian, li. 
Scott, Daniel, lxiii. 
Scott, David, of Buccleuch, xiii. 
Scott, Eliza, lxii, lxiii. 
Scott, Francis, Duke of Buccleuch, xv. 
Scott, Francis, Earl of Buccleuch, xiv, 

Scott, General Walter, lxii. 
Scott, George, lxii. 



Scott, Henry, Duke of Buccleuch, xv. 

Scott, Hugh, of Draycott, xxiii. 

Scott, Hugh, of Gala, xxiii. 

Scott, Hugh, of Harden, xix. 

Scott, James Hope, lxx. 

Scott, Jean, lx, 60. 

Scott, Jessie, lxii. 

Scott, John, of Belford, 65. 

Scott, John, of Harden, xii, xxvi, xxvii. 

Scott, John, of Murdieston, xvi. 

Scott, John, of Synton, xxii. 

Scott, Josephine Hope, lxx. 

Scott, Lieut. -Colonel Walter, Bart. , lxvi. 

Scott, Lieutenant Walter S. Lockhart, 

Scott, Major John, lx, lxi. 
Scott, Margaret, li. 
Scott, Margaret Hope, lxx. 
Scott, Mary, Countess of Tarras, xiv. 
Scott, Mary, "Flower of Yarrow," xvi, 

Scott, Mary I. Maxwell, lxxi. 
Scott, Mary Monica Hope, lxx, lxxi. 
Scott, Minna Hope, lxx. 
Scott, Mr, of Danesfield, xlii. 
Scott, Mr, of Whitehaugh, li. 
Scott, Philip Hope, lxx. 
Scott, Philip, of Dryhope, xvi. 
Scott, Rev. John, of Oxnam, 44. 
Scott, Rev. Thomas, lxii. 
Scott, Richard, xi, xii. 
Scott, Robert, lx. 
Scott, Robert of Branxholm, xii. 
Scott, Robert, of Iliston, xix. 
Scott, Sir Gideon, of Highchester, xix. 
Scott, Sir John, Bart, of Ancrum, xxii. 
Scott, Sir Michael, of Murdieston, xii, 

Scott, Sir Patrick, Bart, of Ancrum, 

xxxvi, li. 
Scott, Sir Richard, xii. 
Scott, Sir Walter, of Abbotsford, Bart., 

xi, xv, xxv, xxvii, xxviii, Ivi, lxi, lxiii, 

Scott, Sir Walter, of Branxholm, xii-xiv. 
Scott, Sir William, of Harden, xvii-xxi. 
Scott, Sir William, of Thirlestane, xxv. 
Scott, Sophia; lxvii, Ixviii. 
Scott, Theresa Hope, lxx. 
Scott, Thomas, W.S., lxi, lxii. 
Scott, Walter, lx, 59. 
Scott, Walter, Duke of Buccleuch, xv. 
Scott, Walter, Earl of Buccleuch, xiv. 
Scott, Walter Hope, lxx. 
Scott, Walter Hugh, Lord Polwarth, 

xix, xx. 
Scott, Walter J. Maxwell, lxxi. 
Scott, Walter of Harden, Earl of Tarras, 

xvi, xix. 
Scott, Walter, of Highchester, xix. 
Scott, Walter, of Synton, xvi. 
Scott, William, xii. 
Scott, William, Earl of Dalkeith, xv. 

Scott, William Hugh, of Draycott, xxiv. 
Scott, William, of Harden, xv, xvi. 
Scotts, the, of Abbotsford, xi, xv, xxiii, 
xxv, xxvii, xxviii, xlv, xlvii, lvi, lix- 
Scotts, the, of Harden, xii, xv-xxi, xxvi, 

xxvii, li. 
Scotts, the, of Raeburn — 

Alexander, xxiv. 

Anne, xxiii, xxiv, xliii. 

Barbara, xxiii, xlii. 

Charles, xliii. 

Charlotte, xxiv. 

Christian, xx. 

Cicely, xxiv. 

Elizabeth, xxiv. 

Isabel, xxii. 

James, xxvi, xliii. 

Janet, xlii. 

Jean, xxix. 

Haliburton, xxiv. 

Hugh, xxiv. 

Louisa, xxiv. 

Major John, xxiii. 

Mary, xxiv, xlii. 

Matilda, xxiv. 

Robert, xx, xxii-xxiv, xlii. 

Sarah, xxiv. 

Susan, xxiv. 

Thomas, xli-xliii. 

Violet, xxiv. 

Walter, xx-xxvi, xl, xii, xlv. 

William, xx, xxii-xxiv, xxvi, xl, 
xii, xliii. 
Scotts, the, of Sandyknowe — 

Barbara, xlv. 

Janet, xliv. 

Jean, xxiii, xliv, xlv. 

John, xliv. 

Mary, xliv. 

Robert, xxiii, xxvi-xxviii, xxxix, 
xli-xliii, xlvi, xlvii, 59, 60. 

Thomas, xxiii, xlvi, xlvii. 
Selkirk, abbey of, xi. 
Selkirk, Earl of, lvii. 
Shaw, Adam, 1. 

Shaw, Alexander, of Sauchie, 1. 
Shaw, Gideon, li. 
Shaw, James, 1, li. 
Shaw, Jean, li. 
Shaw, John, li. 

Shaw, John de, of Sauchie, xlix, 1. 
Shaw, Marion, 1. 
Shaw, Patrick, M.D., li. 
Shaw, Rev. John, of Sauchie, 1, li. 
Shaw, Rev. Patrick, 1. 
Shaw, 'William, li. 
Shaw, William de, xlix. 
Sheilfleld, Erskines of, xxxiii. 
Sheilfield, Nether, 32, 36. 
Silvereraigs, Campbell of, xxv. 
Simpson, John, of Sharplaw, 7. 
Sinclair, Anne, lii, liv. 



Sinclair, Jane, xxxi. 

Sinclair, Sir Robert, of Longformacus, 

Slatehills, lands of, 57. 

Slight, E. N., lxiii. 

Smith, Eev. Principal, 61. 

Snaldon, lands of, 21. 

Sprouston, lands of, 21. 

Stadfield, lands of, 23. 

Stewart, Abbot James, of Dryburgh, 
xxxiv, 25, 27-31, 33. 

Stewart, Elizabeth, xxxiv, 31. 

Stewart, James, Sheriff of Bute. 

Stewart, Margaret, liv. 

Stewart, Marjory, liv. 

Stewart, Sir John, of Allanbank, xxxviii, 

Stewart, Sir Michael R. Shaw, of Black- 
hall, 1. 

Stuart, Jean, xxxviii. 

Stuart, Prince Charles Edward, xv, Iviii. 

Swinton, Edulf de, liii. 

Swinton, Jean, lii, lv. 

Swinton, Joanna, liii. 

Swinton, John, xlvii. 

Swinton, Robert, xlvii. 

Swinton, Sir Alan de, liii. 

Swinton, Sir John, of that ilk, lii-liv. 

Thorbum, Rev. John, of Kirknewton, xli. 

Thynne, Lady Charlotte, xv. 
Tod, Lieut. -Colonel Charles, xxxix. 

Trotter, Rev. Thomas, lv. 
Truce, David de, 21, 22. 
Turnbull, Sir John, 36. 

Vallibus or Vaus, Alexander de, of Dirl- 

ton, 23. 
Vallibus or Vaus, John de, 21. 
Vallibus (Vaux), William de, xxx, 21. 
Valloniis, Philip de, xlvii. 
Vaus, family of, Dirlton, 23. 
Vavasour, Marcia, lxx. 
Vavasour, Sir Edward, lxx. 
Vesey or Vesci, Eustace de, 21. 
Vesey or Vesci, William de, 20. 
Volere, Charlotte, lxiv. 
Volere, Chevalier de la, lxiv. 

Walker, Rev. William, of Makerston, 

xxxix, 59. 
Walker's Croft, 32. 
Wark Castle, 16, 26. 
Watson, William, Chamberlain, 34. 
Wauchop, Gideon, 43. 
Wedderlie, Edgars of, xvii. 
Whitalls, lands of, 36. 
Whyschard, Johanna de, 30. 
William the Lion, liii, lxx. 
Wilson, James, of Woodville, liv. 
Wilson, Rev. Robert, of Melrose, 58. 
Wilson, William, 35. 
Wintoun, Archibald Douglas, Earl of, 16. 
Wishart, Rev. Principal, 65. 
Workman, James, 11. 


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