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^ It is a receaved Maxim amono^ Historians and An- 
( - tiquaries, that, as King Malcome the Third Introduced 
>-f the Fewdal Laws into Scotland, they produced 
t:-^ Territorial Dignities and Sirnamesfoj. 

A learned Antiquary (^^) observes, that the most 

; ancient Sirnames are local, taken from places, as 

^' Dunbar, Douglass, Hume, Crawfurd, Cathcart, 

< Echline, &c.^for its a sufficient proof of ancient descent^ 

ivliere the Inhahitent heath his Strname from the place 

lie Inhahits{c). Infinite numbers of this kind we 

have in Scotland, whose Sirname title and designation 

is the same, in latine Eecords designed Domini 

Ejusdem, and in English, of that Ilk, or of the 


The ancient familie of Echlin being the first pro- 
priators of the Estate of Echlin then in the Consta- 
bulary, now the Sherefdom of Linlithgow, assumed a 
Sirname from their lands ; for this we have a very 

(a) The Regium IMajestatem, the body of our Laws, Saj's, Rex Mal- 
colmus dedit totam terram Scotite Homitiibus suis, that is, that the Soveraign 
gave all the lands of the kingdom to his vassals, to be held by Military or 
Knights' Service. 

(b) The learned Antiquarian, Mr Camden, in his remains Concerning 

(c) Ibidem, and the learned Sir James Dalrymple Collection. 

aiitlientick voucher still extant; a charter, by 
Rogerus de Moubray, the great Baron of Dalmenie, 
Barnbougal, and Innerkeithing Fhilipo Le Brun^ 
de tods et Integris terris de Eclilin^ in Constahulario de 
Linlltligoiv Cum pertinentijs, Cum duas Carrucatas 
terre in Dalmeny^ to be held in fee and heritage of the 
granter. The charter has no date but it must be 
in the beginning, if not sooner, of the reign of our 
victorious deliverer King Eo1)ert the FirstfrtJ, who 
came to the Throne in the year 130G. The Charter 
is among the writting and archives of the ancient 
family of Dundass of Dundass. So much is Certain 
thatthisPA///)j>Xei>ri«?2,who first gotthelands of Echlin 
assumed a Sirname, as the ancient Custom was, from 
his own Estate, and became Echlin of Echlin or 

(a) Having with clue Care examined the writts of the ancient family of the 
Moubrays to fix the date of this charter, it is obvious to any Antiquary that 
there is no Rogerus de Moubray de ])almcny, but this Kogerus who was 
Cotemporary with King Robert the Bruce, for he is among the Proceres and 
Magnates Hegni Seotije, who seatled and wrote that memorable letter to the 
Pope, Pope John the twcntie-second, asserting their ancient establishment as 
a nation, tiieir early Profession of the Cristian faith; their zeall for the Liber- 
tie and Ind^ pendency of their Country ; and the high value and esteem they 
express for their \ictorious deliverer King Robert. This Celebrated pice of 
Antiquity bears date from the Monastry of Arbroth, the 6th of Aprile, 1320. 
The Letter, a double of which they kept in the kingdoin, is still preserved in 
the Archives of Scotland, in the keeping of the Lord Register, to which many 
of the Seall of the Cumites and Harones are still extant. Several of our 
Historians to Illustrate their writings have Insert this noble letter, as Bisop 
Spotswood, in his History of the (. hurch of Scotland ; Sir George Mackenzie, 
liOrd Advocat to King Charles the Second and King James the Seventh, in 
his Elaberate Treatise of Precedency ; Dr. George Mackenzie, in his learned 
works on the Scots writters ; Mr. George Crawfurd, the Author of the 
Lives and characters of the officers of the Crown and State in Scotland, the 
Author of this Memorial ; and the learned and accurate Antiquarian, Mr 
James Anderson has ingraved a Copy of this letter in his Elegant and 
beauti(>rull work the Diphmiata Scotia;. He has it also in his Independency 
of Scotland published in 1705. 

* According to the modern Maps of Scotland there appears to be a place 
still called " Kchline,"al)Out mid-way between Mopetoun House and Dalmeny, 
and a mile to the south-ward of South t^ueen's Ferry, This is doubtless the 
locality releri'eil to above Ed. 

Eclilin of that' Ilk ; and was tlie founder of tlio House 
of Pittadro in tlie County of Fyfe, that continued so 
long a family of lustre and reputation. How they 
obtained the Estate of Pittadro, whether by Conquest 
or by marriage, not having seen the more ancient 
writts of the family, is more then I can say, and I 
do'nt offer a Conjecture ; — after the family of Echliii 
of Echlin had fixed their residence att Pittadro, they 
parted with their ancient Paternall Estate, to the family 
of Dundassin the time of King James the First, and are 
vested in James Dundass, of that Ilk, at his attainder 
on the 9th of February, IMOfa). 

After the Estate of Echlin came to the House of 
Dundass, as heath been said, They were designed 
of Pittadro from the chief messuage of that Barony, 
of which the ruins yet remains. Situate below Ecliin- 
Hillfs/cj, which they gave the name to, w^hicli is 
Situate some miles westward to the Royal Burgh of 
Dunfermling, near to the House of Fordell, the Seat 
of Sir Robert Henderson Baronet, who is now the 
Propriator, I think, of the Estate of Pittadro. 

The Echlins of Pittadro rose to be Considerable 
Barons and one of the chiefs of the^ ancient families 
in the Shire of Fyfe : Their Estate was a five pund 
land of old Extent, holding of the Crown(5j. This 

(a) Parliamentary Attainder in the Publiek Archives of the Kingdom, which 
is taken notice of in Mr. Cravvfurd's Historical! and Criticall remarks on the 
Rugman Roll, Insert in the Second Volume of Mr. Nisbet's Treatise of 
fleraldry. When the Dundasses were restored to the E^tate of Dundass, 
they were also restored to the Estate of Echlin, for from an authentick 
voucher, Archibald Dundass, of that Ilk, is Propriator of the lands of 

(b) Antient valuation of the Shire of Fyfe T have seen, amongst the Col- 
lections on the State and Curiosities of the Shyre of Fyfe. made by one of the 
greatest Antiquarians of his time. Sir James Ealfour, of Kmnaird younger of 
Denmilne, Lord Lyon Kin^^ at Arms in the reign of King Charles the i'irst. 

is vouched from a noble document still extantf(/.j. 
In Curia vice-comitate de Fyfe, Tento in Pretorio 
Burgi de Cupro per nobilem Dominum Patricium 
Dominum Lindsay de Byres et Johannem Lindsay, 
de Pitcruvie Militem Vice-comites de Fyfe(^6^. De 
Mandate Domini nostri Regis, Per litteras suas 
Patentes sub signito vice-comiti et Deputatis suis 
de Fyfe Desuper Directis Penultimo Mensis Aprilis 
Anno Domini Milessimo Quingentessimo Decimo 
Septimo 1517 in the minority of King James the 
fyfth duiring the Regency of the Duke of Albany. 

William Echlin, of Plttado(sic) was 

then the head and representative of the ancient 
familie of Pittadro. lie was a o;reat man with Kins; 
James the fyfth in hunting and such exercises, as 
that Prince was immoderatly Set on. This gentle- 
man's ladie was Cristian, daughter of Sir Alexander 
Tours, of Innerleith(qj, an ancient noble warlike 
family in the Shirefdom of Eclinbrugh, where they 
had long florished in high reputation and honour : 

As he was a very learned Gentleman ; so he was a great preserversf-^lc) of the 
Antiquities of his Country. Some of his many Collections are in the Advocat's 
Liberary at Edinbrugh. 

CaJ In the History of the Shyres of Fyfe and Kinross by the learned and 
Elabrate and Indefatigable Antiquarian, Sir Robert Sibbald. ofKeps, Doctor 
of Medicine, who, as he told me himself, had ?ir James Balfour's Collections 
in his Curious Liberrary, many of which I have had the favour to go there 
and peruse, by the favour of my most worthy frind. He published his 
History of th.> Shires of Fyfe and Kinross in the 1710 in a Thin Folio, which 
is a Cureous performance and worth the perusall of every ingeneous Gentle- 
man : for I can venture to affirm its a Book full of Curious matter, and pretty 
rare for there was not many above a hundred Copies of the Impression, 
which were quickly sold off. 

(b^ Balfour's Collections of the Antiquities of the Shir of Fyfe formerly 
Citted in this memoriall, for we must know that Sir John Lindsay, of 
Pitcruvie, that is joint Shirif of Fyfe, with the Lord Lindsay, was the master 
of Lindsay himself, and his Father the Lord Lindsay's eldest son and appa- 
rent heir, and who was afterwards Lord Lindsay himself as is evident from 
authentick vouchers and documents. 

icj Littera Prosapiie or a Birthbreiff of Captain Henry Echlin. of Pittadro, 
wherein his Probative quarters or Eight branches are very fully and 
authentically Set furth : 1 had it in a Manuscript that belonged to James 

Her mother was a ladie of tlie noble ancient family 
of the HumesfrtJ. By this hidie, the Laird of Pittadro 
had a son, the heir of his familie, Set. 

William Echlin,* of Pittadro, who married Alison, 
daughter of Sir John Melvile, of Raith, Knight, 
Proginetor and Ancestor of the present Earl of 
Melvile and Earl of Leven, by Isobell, his first ladie, 
daughter of Sir David Weems, of that Ilk, Ancestor 
of the present Earl of Weems.fy The lady was 
sister to Robert, the first Lord Melvile, and to the 
Celebrated Statesman and Historian, Sir James 
Melvile, of Hall-hillft^. 

The heir of the marriage was the Loyal and 
Celebrated Andrew Echlin, of Pittadro, who adhered 
to Queen Mary, and to the interest of the Crown, 
and the ancient Constitution, with a loyalty and 
fidelity that was very particular ; for tho' this noble 
gentleman did not approve of all the measures were 
taken in that reign, yet he declared against her (the 
Queen) being forced in terror of her life, to resign her 
Crown, to the Lifant Prince, her son, and the shutting 
up her Majestic in the Tour and fortalice of Loch- 
leven : so that when matters came to extremitie, 
and the war broke out, he sided with the Queen's 

Espline iVIarchmont Herald in wliose time the Birtli-brciff was expedc the 
Lyon office ; and which I had from tiie greatest master in Heraldiy we ever 
had, Mr. Alexander Nisbet, Gentleman, the Author of the Treatise of 
Heraldry, J-peculative and Practical. 

(a) Carta in publicis Archivis in Archivis Regii 

{b) Birthbreiffof Captain Henery Echline, of Pittadro, in Collections of 
James Esplaine Marchmont Herald, MiSS. penes me. 
c) Ibidem. 

In the lithographed copy of the Genealogical Tree, lie i- hi/ mistake (not 
noticed in time for correction') called ''■Andrew " It will alsn lie nhserccii, that 
his wife, here called ''Alison,'' is in the Tree named "Isoljcl": this discrei)a:ici/ 
however occurs in the original documents,- Ed. 

party, and stuck firm to her interest with inviolable 
fidelity : for in the year 1569, when the brave Sir 
William Kirkaldy, of Grange, (Govemour of the 
Castle of Edinbrugh), left the young king's side ; and 
declared for the Exilled Queen ; he pitched on the 
Laird of Pittadro, who was his Cousin-german, as the 
person he reposed the greatest confidence in, to be 
Constable of the Castle and Deputy Goyernouvfa). 
The Eegent, the Earl of IMurray would have given 
the Castilians, so the loyal party in the Castle were 
called, any tearms they would have proposed, to have 
deserted the Queen side. But they would enter into 
no treaty with a Peck of Rehells, as they tearmed them^ 
except they would restore the Queen, to the full and 
free exercise of her Royal Authoritie, from which she 
had been so unjustly deprived. 

The Castle all the while it was held out was a safe 
retreat, to all the Loyal party, that did not submit to the 
young King, and the Regency acting in his name, 
and deriving their authority from him. The noble 
Governour and his brave Deputy Pittadro, stood firm 
in their loyalty, from which neather threats, nor the 
greatest promises, could remove them ; so being 
infexible, the Second Regent, the Earl of Lennox, 
the young king's grandfather, passed a Parliamentary 
Attainder against the Governour of the Castle, the 
Constable, and the heads of the Queen's partyf^^. 
The Queen's party under the protection of the Castle 

(fl) All our Histories of that time concur in what Is here asserted, as 
Biso|) Spdtswood, and Mr. Hume in the History of the Douglass's. 

(/<; All our Historians, as Spotswood, Mr Hume, of Uodscroft, Mr. 
Crawfurd, of Drumsoy, all agree iu these EveuLs, &c. 

were not indeed behind with them, for they held a 
Parliament at Edinbrugh in the Queen's name, and 
firfaulted all the leading men of the other partyfaj. 
Things stood in this posture with the loyalists in the 
Castle, till the Earl of Morton came to the Regency, 
that he entred into a pacification with some of the 
Queen's party, out of which all those in the Castle 
were by an express Clause in the Treaty particularly 

The Earl of Morton, who had been long hardened 
in a Course of Prostituting the honour of his Country 
to the Queen of England ; and seeing he could not 
himself master the loyal party in the Castle ; he 
procured from his good frind, Queen Elizabeth, 
troops, canon, and amunition, under the Command 
of Sir William DruYYjfbJ, to assist him to take the 
Castle. Soon after the arrival of the English troops 
the Castle was Invested ; the brave Garrison defended 
themselfs resolutly ; and were reduced to the out- 
most extremity : The treacherous Regent, the Earl 
of Morton found means by his emissaries, to 
debach the Souldiery, so that they reffussed to 
obey the orders, either of the Governour or the De- 
puty Governour, the Constable : when the besidged 
were brought to the last Extremity, an Authour of 
great Credit and antliomtyfc), and who wel kn-(^sic) 
the matter of fact and the Situation of the besiged, 
assures us that the Constable, the Laird of Pittadro, 

(a) In the " Memorial " there is no note to this reference : probably the 
word — " Ibidem" was iniended — Ed. 

(6) Sir James Melvile's Memoirs. The Celebrated Authour was maternal 
uncle to the Laird of Tittadro, the Deputy Governour of the Castle. 

(c) Ibidem. 


to liis Immortal honour, offered with Six of the 
Soulcliers, he himself woukl choose,' to defend the 
Garison against all the Extremity should happen : 
But in this heroick resolution he was overruled : and 
the brave Sir William Kirkaldy, the Governour, 
unhappily Confiding in the Queen of England's 
favour and protection, was at leanth prevailed w^ith 
to Capitulate without any tearms, but at the Regent's 
jnercy (aj. 

But even in this dismal Situation, the Governour 
and Constable Pittadro, had so great a regard to the 
honour of their Country, that they would not deliver 
themselfs to the Regent, but put themselfs into 
the hands of the English General, but not the Castle ; 
when they Capitulate they sent to two of their 
Country men, brave gallant men, at the Seidge in 
the Regent's Service, Captain Thomas Crawfurd, of 
Jordanhill, and Captain David Hume ; and to them 
they delivered the Castle on the Second of May, 

The rest of the persons of cjuality in the Garison 
w^ere all delivered to Sir William Durry(sic)^ till the 
Queen of England pleasure, his Mistress, should be 
known, who ungenerously Caused put them all in the 
Regent's hands : The famous Sir William Maitland, 
Secretary Maitland, he sent prisoner to Leith, 
died of greif : Sir John Maitland, his brother, the 
Commendator of Coldingham, who afterward rose 
to be a great man. Lord Chanccllour and a Peer 

C't) Melvile, TTume, Crawfurd of Drumsoy, &c. 

{!)) Mr. Crawfurd's JMeiuoirs, and other of our Historians. 


Lord Thirlstane, he committed prisoner to the 
Castle of Lethington with Sir Robert Melvile ; the 
Lord Hume, he left prisoner in the Castle of Edin- 
brugh, now in the Regent's own Command ; the 
Loyal Constable Pittadro and the Bishop of Dunkeld, 
he sent to the Castle of BlacknessfaJ. 

The Cre well Regent Morton, that he might satiate his 
revenge on the brave Sir William Kirkaldy, he caused 
execute on a Gibbet in the High-street of Edinbrugh. 
This great man's death and the infamy in the manner 
of it, brought a greater odium and load on him, (the 
Regent), then all the hard things he had done duiring 
his administration. How he came to save Sir John 
Maitland, Sir Robert Melvile, the Laird of Pittadro, 
and other heads of the Queen's party, is what I Cannot 
assign a reason for : But wicked Creulfs/cj men are 
often infatuate in their own Counsells ; for an inge- 
nious Historian, a great favourer of the Regent, the 
Earl of Morton, observes that, though he thought he 
had ruined the Queen's party, yet the heads of the 
faction were not quite broke, so long as Sir John 
J\]aitland and Pittadro icere still left, and active against 
him(h), for after he resigned the Regency, these gentle- 
men, and others, whom he had oppressed duiring his 
greatness, applied themselfs, with all possible vigour 
to get the king's father's death, the Duke of Albany 
fastned on him as a Consenter and Concealer to that 
foul and attrocious murder, of which he was Con- 
victed, and suifered on the first of June, 1581(c). 

(rt) Ibidem and other Memoirs of that time. 
(6) Mr. Hume, of Godseroft, History of the Douglass, 
(c) Life of the Earl of Morton, by Mr. George Crawfurd, in his Lifes, of 
his officers of state, the Authour of this Memorial. 


Altlio' King James alwise favoured, after lie came 
to age, those wlio had been of his mother's party, as 
his surest frinds, and did for them what he could ; 
so among others who had suffered duiring his minority, 
he restored the Loyal Laird of Pitt, to his Estate, and 
rehabilitate him against his firfaulture, yet being 
long out of his fortune, that Involved him in a load 
of debts and burden, that brought his family low, and 
then to utter ruin. So that the fall of the House of 
Pittadro was realy brought on, by this gentleman's 
firm and Inflexible adherence to Queen Mary and 
her interest.' 

But tho', as we have observed, king James did sup- 
port and countenance hismother's frinds, yet his Reve- 
nues before he came to the Crown of England were 
so small and so embarassed, that he was not in a 
Condition to relive the sufl'erers for his mother, as his 
heart led him to, and this loyal gentleman who had 
so much merit, was dead before his majestic came 
to be monarch of all Britan in the 1603. 

This brave loyal gentleman the Laird of Pittadro, 
was married with Grissell Colvile daughter of Eobert 
Colvile of Clish in the County of Kinross, ancestor 
to the Lord Colvile of Ochiltree(a), by Francess his 
wife only daughter of Patrick Colquhoun of Piemont 
off the ancient family of Colquhoun of Luss in the 
County of Dunbarton, by Elizabeth his wife daughter 
and at leanth sole heir of Sir William Colvile Lord 
of Ochiltree one of the greatest Barons by Tenure in 

{0") Vouchers in the Registers in our Publick Roeords, and the Birthbrieff 
of Capt. Ilenr^ Ecliline so often cited, and a copy of it is in my hands. 


tlie kingdom(rt) : By this ladie the Laird of Pittadro 
had three sons, Mr. William Echlin of Pittadro his 
heir. He married Margrat daughter of James Hen- 
derson of Fordell in the County of Fyfe, and had 
by her a son Captain Henry Echline in whom this 
ancient family failed. I think he went into foraign 
service, where he attained to the Degree of a Captain, 
and that there might be no Bar in the way of Pre- 
ferment, that could not be attained but by a gen- 
tleman of blood and birth. He procured a BirthbriefF 
testiefeing, and declaring his descent from eight 
noble ancient families, both on the Paternal and 
maternall line(6). In this gentleman the familie of 
Pittadro failed, and the Estate was transmitted to 
strangers : after they had for se^^eral Centuries con- 
tinued in lustre in Scotland. 

But a younger branch of the family, by the bles- 
sing of Almighty God, who favours the Seed of the 
rightous, who was transplanted to Ireland, where 
they have attained to a far greater fortune and estate, 
then ever the House of Pittadro were possessed of, 
when they were in their greatest splendor. 

The Root and founder of the Irish family of the 
Echlins was Dr. Robert Echline Bisop of Down and 
Conyr, second son of the brave and loyal Andrew 
Echlin of Pittadro, Constable and Deputy Governour 
of Edinbrugh Castle, for the exilled Queen Mary in 
the minority of her son King James the 6th. There 

(a) The same Birthbrieff. 

(i) Littera Prosapia;, or the Birthbrieff of Capt. Henry Echlin, Son to 
William Echlin of Pittadro and Margrat Henderson his ladie, in my hands, 
which belonged to James Esliu a Herald, often mentioned by Mr. JNisbet in 
his Treatise of Heraldry. 


was a third son, Dr. Diivid Ecliliii, who was bred a 
Phisitian, and arrived to such eininency in his jDro- 
fession, that he was chief Phisitian to Queen Anne 
the Roj^all Consort of King James of Great Britan(a). 

Both Dr. Robert Echlin the Bisop of Down and 
Conyr, and Dr. David Echlin, were eminently learned 
men : It is them the learned and ingenious Sir 
Robert Sibbald has in his view in the History of 
Fyfe(&), in a list of the learned men born in that 
Sliyre — he mentions the tivo Echlins brothers. 

Dr. Robert Echlin the Bisop of Down and Conyr, 
being a younger brother, as is observed in the me- 
morial, and the son of a very worthy father, was 
educate in view of serving in the church ; what was 
the first step he made in it is more than I can say. 
He was of the Comunion of the Church of England. 
His Majestic King James the first of England, calling 
to mind the memory and merit of the Laird of 
Pittadro his father, and his long sufferings, was 
graciously pleased to promote Dr. Echlin to the 
Bisoprick of Down and Conyr in Ireland, the see 
beeing void by the death of his countryman Dr. James 
Dundass anno 1613(c), and was soon after setled 
with all the necessary forms of Consecration. He 
sat in the See and discharged the offices of his Epis- 
copal functions for the space of twentie-two years, 
even till his death in the year 1635(r?). 

(a) Memorial of the Echlin family in ray Collection'?. 

\b) Sir Robert Sibbald 's History of the Shyres of ^^-^e and Kinross in the 

(c) Sir James Ware's History of the L'ish vvritters and the Succession of 
the Bisops in the several Sees. 

((/) Memorial of the Echlin family nobly vouched in my hands, MSS., and 
Sir James Ware in his Succession of the Irish Bisups. 

The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Echlin the Bisop 
of Down and Conyr married a lady of his own 
Country, and of one of the most noble and illustrious 
families in the Kingdom of Scotland, vidt., a daughter 
of George Lord Seaton, — that Lord Seaton who 
adhered to Queen Mary with a fidelity that was very 
particular((2) ; her mother the Lady Seaton, was 
Isobell daughter to Sir William Hamilton of Some : 
She was Sister to Robert the first Earl of the noble 
family of Winton, and to Alexander the first Earl of 
Dunfermling, who was long Lord Chancellour of 
Scotland in the reign of King James the 6th. It 
was a very noble alliance the Bisop made by mar- 
riage, for Mistress Echlin had a Sister, Dame Mar- 
garet Seaton, who was married to Lord Claud 
Hamilton, Son to the Duke of Chatlerault, the Earl 
of Aran who was himself a Peer Lord Paisly(Z>), as 
his Son James Master of Paisly was raised first to 
the Honour of Lord cind then to the Dignitie of Earl 
of Abercorn(c), from whom the Earls of Abercorn 
are to this time all descended : By this noble Lady 
the Bisop of Down had issue a Son John Echlin 
of ... . Esq., who got a Considerable estate 
in the Realm of Ireland. He wore the arms of his 
fiimily, the family of Pittadro, of which he was the 
heir male and Representative, but it seems the Crest 
was lost or mislaid, whereupon he applied to Sir 
James Balfour of Kinnaird, Lyon King at Arms in 

(a) Ibidem the Memorial. 

(6) The Peerage of Scotland by Mr. Crawfurd, the Authour of this Me- 

(c) Ibidem. 


Scotland, a gentleman of Fyfe who weel knew the 
antiquity of the House of Pittadro and the character 
of the family : and therefore gave him a Crest, 
Set. on a wreath argent and Gulls, a Talbot pass. 
and argent, spotted sable, Langued Gulls with the 
moto Non Sine Prosda(a). The warrant is under the 
Seall of the Lyon office in the year 1633*. 

This gentleman married a rich heiress and a lady 
of a noble ancient family, Stafford, of English Extrac- 
tion that were Earls and Dukes of Buckingham(6), and 
of so high antiquity that they came in with the 
Conqueror(c). The lady was daughter to Sir Francis 
Stafford, by whom he had tw^o Sons, Robert Echlin, 
Esq., his father's eldest Son and heir, Francis the 
Second, who changed his name to Stafford, by reason 
he succedded to his mother's estate(c?), and the familie 
still continues in lustre in the County of Antrim in 
the Realm of Ireland((?). 

Robert Echlin, Esq., the heir of the family of 
Pittadro, and by this time possessed of an oppulent 
fair Estate, married a lady of Scots extraction, of one 
of the noblest families in that Kingdom, the Earl of 
Rothess. Her name w^as Mary Lesly daughter of 

Dr. Lesly Bisop of Meath in the Realm of 

Ireland, and was himself a younger Son of the Earl 

(o) Carta penes Carolum Echlin armigcr. 

(b) The great English Antiquary Sir William Dugdale's Baronage of 

(c) Ibidem Tome Second, of whom a full History can be drawn up. 

(d) Memoirs of the family of the Echlins penes me, and vouched by a person 
of great honour and probity that may weel be depended on. 

(e) Ibidem, at Bochans. 

* See the fac simile of the Grant from the Lyon Office at the end of this 
Memoir.— Ei). 


of Rotliess. By this lady Mi\ Ecliline had three 
Sons, John his father's heir, Henry the Second Son 
founded another family of the Echlins whose grand- 
son and heir is the present Sir Eobert Echlin of 
Enss, Baronet, near Dublin, There was a third Son 
Eobert Echlin, Esq,, a Lieut-General and Coll. of a 
Reo-iment of Drasfoons. He died without issue, 

John Echlin, Esq,, the head of the ancient and 
honourable family of the Echlins, married Hester 
daughter of William Godfrey of Colrain, Esq.,(«) a 
gentleman of English extraction, b}^ her he had four 
sons all now on life. Set, 

Charles Echlin, Esq, 

Robert Echlin, Esq, 

Godfrey Echlin, Esq. 

James Echlin, Esq. 

Charles Echlin, Esq,, the heir and 
head of the family, was pleased to employ a gentle- 
man pretty much versant and aquanted in the 
History and Succession of the noble and ancient 
families in the Kingdom of Scotland, to compose 
from all the autlientick vouchers that could be found 
out of the family of Pittadro, the preceding memo- 
rial, and that way, as far as was possible, Revived 
and Recovered the memory and remembrance of the 
family he has the honour to Represent : So that in 
this respect the gentleman ought to be Considered 
in this generous view as the Retriver and Restorer of 
the House of Pittadro, which was quite worn out in 

(o) ATemorial of the family of the Erhlins MSS. penes me. But I have 
not the ladies arms, and so cannot weel distinguioh her family. 



Scotland, wliicli he has raised up again, and may his 
family Contmue long to florish in honour and lustre 
in the Country they are now transplanted to. 

I George Crawfurd, Esq., Antiquary and Histo- 
riographer do attest that this Historicall and Genea- 
logicall Memorial of the ancient family of Pittadro 
in the County of Fyfe in the Kingdom of Scotland, 
was drawn up from authentick vouchers, and Com- 
posed and drawn up by me. In witness whereof 1 
have wi'itten and subscrived this paper Consisting of 
twentie one Pa":es, at Glasgow the Eio-hteen day of 
August the year of our Lord 1747. 


N.B — T/ie spi'llhig, punctKaliiiii, &ii\, of Mr. Crttu'furil'n Memoir have 
been closcli/ aiUicred /o._ Ed. 





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Somewhere in the latter half of the Fifteenth Century, 
as appears from " Ikirke's Landed Gentry " — (see under 
"Adair of Bellegrove ") : — there was a Sir John Echlin 
whose Daughter and Co-Heiress Arabella married Sir 
Nlnian Adaire, Laird ofKinhilt in Galloway. Li " Play- 
fair's British Family Antiquity, " (Vol. IX., p. 327, Note 
b.) this Sir John Echlin is stated to have been " of 
Piladra " — evidently a misspelling for Pittadro — " in the 
Shire of Fife." He no doubt therefore belonged to the 
same Family with 

I. WILLIAM ECHLINE, Laird of Pittadro in Fife- 
shire, who was head and representative of the Echlin 
Family (vide preceding memoir), in 1517. He married 
Christian, daughter of Sir Alexander Toures, of In- 
nerleith. Their Son 

II. WILLIAM ECHLINE, of Pittadro, married Isobellr^; 
daughter of -Sir John Melvile, of that Ilk, and of Raith, 
Ancestor to the Eaids of Leveu and ^Melvile. Their Son 

III. ANDPtEW ECHLlNEr^J, of Pittadro, the Constable 
of Edinburgh Castle during the Siege of 1572 — (his 
Brother Patrick was also one of the Garrison, according 

(a) Or "Alison." Compare " The Memorial " and "Genealogical Tree." 
(6) In Mr. Grant's " Memorials of the Castle of Edinburgh," p 103, h^ is 
said, (on the Authority of " Scotia Rediviva"), to have been ISephew of Sir 
William Kirkaldy, the Governor : however he was probably, as the foregoing 
Memoir states, only his " Cousin-gorman," their two Fathers having married 
Daughters of Sir John Melvile— William Echline, Sir John's Daughter by 
" hi^ first ladie. the daughter of Sir David Weems ;" (vide Memorial) and 
Sir James Kirkaidy, (Sir William's Father), Janet, Sir John Melvile's 
daughter by Helen Napier, of Merchiston, his second wife — -See Mr. (i rant's 
" Memoirs and Adventures of Sir William Kirkaldy, of Grange, p. 7-3. 

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Somewhere in the latter half of the Fifteenth Century, 
as aj)pears from " Ikirke's Landed Gentry " — (see under 
"Adair of Bellegrove ") : — there was a Sir John Eclilin 
whose Daughter and Co-Heiress Arabella married Sir 
Nlnian Adaire, Laird ofKinhilt in Galloway. In " Play- 
fairs British Family Antiquity, " ("^ol- ^X., p. 327, Note 
b.) this Sir John Echlin is stated to have been " of 
Piladra " — evidently a misspelling for Pittadro — " in the 
Shire of Fife." He no doubt therefore belonged to the 
same Family with 

L WILLIA]\I ECHLTNE, Laird of Pittadro in Fife- 

shire, who was head and representative of the Echlin 
Family (vide preceding memoir), in 1517. He married 
Christian, daughter of Sir Alexander Toures, of In- 
nerleith. Their Son 

n. WILLIAMECHLINE, of Pittadro, married Isobellr«; 

daughter of -Sir John Melvile, of that Ilk, and of Eaith, 
Ancestor to the Earls of Leven and ^lelvile. Their Son 

III. ANDREW ECHLINEr^;, of Pittadro, the Constable 

of Edinburgh Castle during the Siege of 1572 — (his 
Brother Patrick was also one of the Garrison, according 

(a) Or "Alison." Compare " The Memorial " and "Genealogical Tree." 
(6) In Mr. Grant's " Memorials of the Castle of Edinburgh," p 103, hi is 
said, (on the Authority of " Scotia Rediviva "), to have been Nephew of Sir 
William Kirkaldy, the Governor : however he was probably, as the foregoing 
Memoir states, only his " Cousin-germiin," their two Fathers having married 
Daughters of Sir John Melvile — William Echline, Sir John's Daughter by 
" hij first ladie, the daughter of Sir David Weems ;" (vide Memorial) and 
Sir James Kirkaldy, (Sir William's Father), Janet, Sir John IMelvile's 
daughter by Helen Napier, of Merchiston, his second wife — See Mr. (i rant's 
" Memoirs and Adventures of Sir William Kirkaldy, of Grange, p. 75. 


to tlie "Memorials of the Castle," p. 107) — marriecl 
Grisel, daughter of Robert Colvile, of Clish, Ancestor 
to the Lord Colvile, of Ochiltree. — (see Douglass's 
Peerage of Scotland.) They had issue 

1. William Echline, who married Margaret 

daughter of James Henderson, of Fordell 
in the County of Fife, by whom he had 
issue Henry Echline, who entered foreign 
service, and died without issue. 

2. Dr. Robert Echline, of whom presently. 

3. David Echline, who was Physician to 

"Anne, of Denmark;" Consort to James 

the Sixth, of Scotland, audFirst,of England. 

IV. DR. ROBERT ECHLINEfa;, on the death without 

issue of his Nephew, Captain Henry Echline, became 

the head and representative of the family. In the year 

1613 he was appointed by James the First, Bishop of 

Down and Connor in Ireland ; he married , 

daughter of George Lord Season, by whom he had issue 
1. John Echlin, the Bishop's Belrfb). 
1. Jane Echlin, who married Henry Maxwell, 
Esq., of Finncbroguc. — Vide " Playfair's 

(a) There is a series of mistakes in Playfair's " British Family Anti- 
quity" relative to tlie Bishop and his history. In Vol. IX., App. page 
CXCVIII, itis asserted that his Christian name was " Henry "; — that he was 
of J-taffordshire in England ; — that he was murdered ^t Balruddery on his way 
to Dublin, — (of which " Ware " takes no notice, but says, on the contrary, that 

he " died at Ardquin, in the County of Down, on the 17th of July, 1633." 

Vide " Harris's Ware," Vol I., p. 208) ; and that his eldest son's name "was 
Robert (p. CXCIX). 

It is also stated in Playfair that the Bishop " married a lady of the 
Howard family." 

(6) The Bishop, it would seem, had another son, who was born about the 
year 1629, for in the Old Church of Ardkeen, in the County of Down, there 
is a Tomb-stone, under the Reading- Desk, with this Inscription :_" Here lyes 
Intera the bodie of Robert Echline, of Castl Boye, Esq., who died the 25 day 
of April, 1657, in the 29 jear of his age— as also the Bodie of his daughter 
Marie." ° 

It was probably a son of this R. E , of Castleboy (also named Robert, and 
of Ballyculter), who, in the " Montgomery MSS.," p. 260, is mentioned as 
having been present, amongst the " Strangers, legal Ministers," at the funeral 
m 1GG3, of the third Viscount Montgomery, 
Li^ , > p ■ / 


British Family Antiquity," (Vol. IV., 
p. 389, n. a.) 
2. Margaret Echlin, who married Dr. Robert 
Maxwell, Bishop of liilmore, and Ancestor 
to the Earls of Farnham. — Vide " Play- 
fair," Vol IV., p 390. 
On Bishop Echlin's death in 1635, he was suc- 
ceeded by his Son — 
JOHN ECHLIN, ESQ., of Ardquin, County 

Downfqj. He married , Daughter of Sir Francis 

Stafford, of Mount Stafford in the County Antrim ; and 
by her he had issue. 

1. Robert Echlin, his Heir. 

2. Francis EchHn, (afterwards of Clonowen^ 

County Antrim), who inherited the Estate 
of his Uncle, Sir Edmond Stafford, of 
Mount Stafford, (of "the far descended 
Staffords, Barons of Stafford from the Con- 
quest, and latterly, Dukes of Buckingham ") 
whose name he assumed. Francis Echlin 
Stafford married Sarah, daughter of Randal, 
Earl of Antrim. — (see Lodge's Peerage of 
Ireland, continued by Archdale — Family 
of Earls of Antrim). The present Re- 
presentative of this branch of the Echlin 
Family is Arthur Willoughby Stafford, 

(a) In the " Montgomery MSS.," p. Ill, he is mentioned as having been 
present " amongst the Gentlemen and Esquires who were mourners " at the 
Funeral of the first Viscount ilontgomery in September, ' 636 ; also a " Hugh 
Echlin," probably a younger son of the Bishop. From " Sir John Temple's 
History of the Irish Rebellion" of 1641, it would seem that this Hugh 
Echlin, with all his " faithful Irish Servants " was murdered at Armagh by 
the Hebels. Mention is also made of " Robert Echlin, a child of 11 or 
12 years of age," to whom a "proffer of life for going to Mass" was made, 
which however he " refused, saying, he saw nothing in their Kcligion for 
which he would change his own. "—see the Examination of Robert Maxwell, 
Clk., Archdeacon of Down— p. 112 of 6th Ed. 


1. JaneEcliIin, who married (aLout the year 
1650; James LesHe.— (See "Burkes Land- 
ed Gentry "—Leslie of Leslie-House). Her 
Great-Grand-daiighter (Anne Stafibrdf/>J ) 

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marrying Arthur Trevor, 1st \ Isconnt 
Dungannon, became the Graiidmother of 
the 1st Duke of Wellington. 

2. Eehlin, who married Eobert Ward b- 

in IGIO, the second son of Nicholas Ward, 

(Ancestor of the Viscounts Bangor), and 

liis wife Marj, wdio was daughter of 

Ralph Leycester, of Toft in Cheshire. 

Tliis Eobert Ward was created, a Baronet 

by Charles the Second ; and survived his 

only son, Charles, who (in 1681) married 

Catharine, daughter of Sir John Temple, 

but left no issue. 

On the death of John Echlin, of Ardquin, he 

was succeeded by his elder Son — 

VI. ROBERT ECHLIN, ESQ., also of Ardquin, who 

(about the year 1655) married Mary, daughter of 

Dr. Henry Leslie, Bishop of Meath (formerly of Down 

and Connorfrtj ), and younger son of the Earl of Rothes. 

By her he had issue 4 OCi ^OQ^J 

1. John Echlin, his heir. ^ 

2. Sir Henry Echlin, (created a Baronet in 

1721) — a Baron of the Covirt of Exche- 
quer in Ireland, and Founder of the 
Clonard and Rush branch of the Echlia 
family (6). 

(a) In a lease of the lands of Ardquin from Dr. Alexander. Bishop of 
Down and Connor, to Charles Echlin, (as administrator to his Father, John 
Echlin, late of Thomastown) dated 1808, it is stated that the Demise was 
made " also in consideration of the great services done by Robert and Henry," 
{Echlin and Leslie) " formerly Bishops of the Sees — the one the Great-Great- 
Great Grandfather, and the other the Great-Great Grandfather of the said 
John Echlin." This lease I have. — J. R Echlin. 

( b) See the " Montgomery MSS.," pp. 303, 4 ; where it is stated that "John 
Echlin, the Bishop's Great Grandson" had a " younger brother one ot the 
Barrens of ye Exchequer ;" whereas inTlayfair's British Family Antiquity," 
(Vol. IX. App. p XLIII.) it is most erroneously affirmed that this very 
"Barron of ye Exchequer," Sir Henry Echlin, wa.s "Son of one Henry 
Echlin, of Pettalin, in Scotland." 

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3. Robert Eclilin, a Lieut -General in the Army, 
and Colonel of the Inniskilling Dragoons, 
who died without issue. 
Robert Echlin of Ardquin was suc- 
ceeded by his eldest son 
VII. JOHN ECHLIN, also of Ardquin, who, in the year 

1678, married Hester, only daughter and heiress of 
William Godfrey, of Coleraine, Esq. They had 20 
sons and daughters, amongst whom were the following: 
L Charles Echlin, who married (in 1709) 
Anne, daughter of Thos. Knox, of Dun- 
gannon, Esq., and Mary his wife, daughter 
of Robert Bruce of Kilroot, in the Co. of 
Antrim, Esq. He left no issue. 

2. Rev. Robert Echlin, of whom presently. 

3. Godfrey Echlin of Marlfield, who married 
Anne, daughter of John Savage, of Bally- 
varley, Esq., Grandson of Rowland Savage, 
Lord of the Little Ards. They had issue 
1. Godfrey Echlin, also of Marlfield, who, 

in the year 1756, married Letitia, 
(eldest daughter of George IMacartney, 
of the Co. Antrim, Esq., and sister of 
the late Earl IMacartney, Ambassador 
Extraordinary to China,) but left no 
1. Anne Echlin, who, it is believed, died 

4. James Echlin of Echllnville, who, in 1738, 
married Mary Anne Sampson of Dublin. 
He died in 1755(a) leaving no issue. 

(a) By his last will (dated 18th May, 1754) James Echlin left all his landed 
property, inclusive of Echlin Ville, to his nephews, John Echlin (eldest son 
of his brother, theKev. Robert Echlin,) and Godfrey Echlin (son of his brother 
Godfrey), and upon the death, without issue, of the said Godfrey, the entire 
property centered in John Echlin of Thoinastown and his heirs. James Echlin 

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1. Mary Echlin, died (it is supposed) un- 


2. Jane Echlin, Do. do. 

3. flester Echlin, who, on the 29th June, 1722, 

married Thomas Knox, of Bally cruly in 
the Co. Down, Esq. Their second Son 
Thomas became the first Viscount North, 

4. Elizabeth Echlin, who married George Hamil- 

ton, of Tyrella in the Co. Down, Esq. 

5. Rose Echlin, who married in 1728, Major 

North Ludlow Bernard of the Co. Cork, 
third son of Judge Bernard. Their grand- 
son Francis Bernard became (in 1 800) the 
first Earl of Bandon. 
John Echlin, of Ardquin, (whose last will bears 
date May, 1707,) died about the year 1710, and 
was succeeded by his second Son 
VIII. THE EEV. ROBEET ECHLIN, Incumbent of New- 

townards, Co. Down. He married, in the year 1722, 
Jane, daughter of Captain James Manson of Tynan, Co. 
Armagh, and Elizabeth his wife, daughter of Hugh 
Echlin, of Tynan, Esq. — (This must have been the 
Hugh Echlin already noticed (see note(a) to p. 23) as 
having been murdered by the Rebels in 1641.) Mrs. 
Echlin, with her Sisters (of whom the eldest, Ellinor, 
married the Rev. John Stronge of Fairview, Co. Armagh ; 
Mary, the second, married the Rev. Mr. Obins of Porta- 
down; and Sarah, the youngest, married Dr. Irwin, a 
Physician) was her Father's Co-Heiress. The Rev. R. 
Echlin, and Jane his wife, had issue 

left a legacy of £100 to his sister Elizabeth, wife of George Hamilton, Esq., 
of Tyrella, and in a Codicil, dated 7th June, 17^5, he left a further legacy of 
the same amount to his " nephew, Georg? Hamilton, Jan., of Tyrella" whose 
present Representative is George Alexander Hamilton, Esq., Member of 
Parliament for the University of Dublin. 


1. John Eciilin of Thoma^town, Ids Ilcir, of 

whom presently. 

2. Charles Echlin, who died unmarried. 

1. Hester Echlin, who married James Donaldson 
of Castledillon, in the Co. Armagh, Esq. 
They had issue a son, James, who died 
unmarried in 1825, and a daughter, Anne, 
who married the Rev. ]\Ir. Clewlow, hut 
left no issue. 
On the death of the Rev. Robert Echlin, he was suc- 
ceeded by his eldest son 
IX. JOHN ECHLIN, of Thomastown, who was born in 

the year 1723. He married Hester, 
by whom he had issue 

1. Charles Eciilin, born in 1746. Re married 

Jirst, (in 1780,) Miss Newburgh, of Bally- 
haise House, Co. Cavan, by whom he had 
issue a son, who died in infancy, and a 
daughter, Letitia, who died young and 
unmarried on the 25th March, 1790. He 
married, secondly, Anne Graham, by whom 
he had issue 3 daughters — Charlotte, who 
died unmarried; Hester Letitia, who died 
unmarried on the 12th March, 1817, aged 
18, and Anne Jane, who died (also un- 
married) on the 3rd September, 1820, 
aged 20. 

2. Robert Echlin, who died unmarried. 

3. Godfrey Echlin, who also died unmarried. 

4. John Echlin, of whom presently. He was 

baptized in St. Mary's Church, Dublin, on 
the 23rd March, 1757. 

5. James Echlin, who died unmarried. 

1. Jane Echlin, who married George ]\Iatthews, 
of Spring Yale in the Co. Down, Esq., and 


died (leaving issue) on the lltli January, 

1803. The present Representative of this 

family is Edward Ruthven INIatthews, of 

Derryvunlam, in the Co. of Galway, Esq. 

(_^n the death of John Echlin of ThomastOAvn, on the 

4th March, 1789, he was succeeded by his eldest Son, 

Charles Echlin, who, along with his Father's own 

Property, inherited the Estates of his Granduncle, James 

Echlin of Echlin Villc, who, as before-mentioned, died 

without issue in 1755 ; and upon Charles Echlin's death 

(without leaving male issue) on the 22d February, 

1817, he was succeeded by his only surviving Brother, 

X. JOHN ECHLIN, of Thomastown and Portaferry. 
He married, on the 8th November, 1786, Thomasine 
Hannah, daughter of George Fleming, of Dublin, Esq., 
(of the Slane Family), by whom he had issue 

1. John Echlin, his Heir. 

1. Thomasine, who married Thomas R. i\Ioore, 
of the Co. Cavan. 
John Echlin, of Thomastown and Portaferry, died on 
the 25th January, 1825, and was succeeded by his 
only son 

XI. JOHN ECHLIN, of Echlin A^ille, (born on the 4th 
October, 1787,) who married on the 3rd Feb., 1809, 
Thomasine Margaret, daughter of John Armstrong, of 
Dublin, Esq. He died on the 14th April, 1842, leaving, 
(besides a son, John, born 28th January, 1810, who 
died an infant on the 4th ofMarch of the same year, 
and six daughters) three surviving sons — viz., 


15th July, 1811 — the present Represen- 
tative of the Echlin Family. 
George Fleming Echlin, born 27th June, 1812 — and 
Charles Echlin, born on the 11th May, 1820— all of 
whom are married and have issue. 

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