Janet's Genealogy

Blair Families

This page contents the following families : Blair, Boyd links, Kennedy, Montgomery and Semple families.

This page will also link to the Scottish Stewart page. For they are link Royal house of Stewart of Scotland. The link is through the marriage of Alexander MONTGOMERIE and Catherine KENNEDY . The Kennedy to the Scottish Stewart family.

Margaret BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1603 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: John CRAWFORD Marriage: 1625 Ayr, Scotland This the Blair lineage lines. With 1165 end with 1600s.

I found some of my information for the LDS records from British/Scottish Church records. I found some facts from Net and books.

Sources abbreviated as follows:

BP Burke's Peerage, 1970. LG Burke's Landed Gentry, 1939. Douglas Baronage of Scotland, Sir Robert Douglas, 1700's. GC II Genealogical Collections Concerning Families in Scotland, Made by Walter Mac Farlane 1750-1751, Vol. II.. SP Scots Peerage, Balfour Paul, nine volumes. Bolton Beginning with Kings--From Royal Stewart to Shaw Stewart, J. S. Bolton, 1989

The following is taken from Douglas pp.194-5, supplemented with notices in other sources. The pedigree of the Blairs commences with

First Gen William DE BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1165 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland. WILLIAM DE BLAIR, lived in the reign of King William the Lyon (1165-1214). William is mentioned in a contract of agreement between Ralph de Eglinton and the town of Irvine, dated 1205. William died in the reign of Alexander II, was succeeded by his son:

2nd Gen

William BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1180 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Mrs. William DE BLAIR Marriage: Abt. 1224 , Ayr, Scotland. WILLIAM BLAIR of that Ilk, who appears in a charter of King Alexander III to the abbey of Dunfermline, dated circa 1260--there he is called "Willielmus de Blair dominus de eodem." William had two sons, Bryce and David

3rd Gen

SIR BRYCE ("Bricius") BLAIR of that Ilk, fought on the side of Sir William Wallace, but was taken prisoner by the English and executed at Ayr in 1296, having had no issue. [ LG p.179 refers to " the ancient and eminent house of BLAIR _of Blair_ which was represented in the War of Independence by Sir Bryce Blair of that Ilk, the patriot who was executed by the English at Ayr in 1296. ] His younger brother David succeeded him

David BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1230 Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Mrs. David DE BLAIR Marriage: Abt. 1264 , Ayr, Scotland Father: William BLAIR. DAVID BLAIR of that Ilk, son of William, rendered his submission to Edward I of England in 1296. In the critical remarks upon Ragman's Roll this David Blair is mentioned as the progenitor of the Blairs of that Ilk. He was succeed by his son:

4th Gen

Roger de BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1265 Blair, Ayr, Scotland Roger died in the reign of David II Bruce, Spouse: Mrs. Roger DE BLAIR Marriage: Abt. 1294 , Ayr, Scotland Father: David BLAIR ROGER DE BLAIR of that Ilk, received a charter under the Great Seal from King Robert the Bruce ("Rogero de Blair dilecto et fideli nostro") of four chalders victual yearly out of the lands of Bourtrees in the barony and shire of Ayr, to him and his heirs forever. Roger died in the reign of David II Bruce, and was succeeded by his son:

5th Gen

James de BLAIR Birth: Abt.1293 Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Marriage: Abt. 1330 , Ayr, Scotland Father: Roger de BLAIR 23 July 1375. JAMES BLAIR of that Ilk, for his good and faithful services to David II he got a grant of several tenements of land about the town of Ayr, which formerly pertained to Adam, surgeon of Ayr, but which had fallen into the king's hands by forfeiture. This grant was confirmed by a charter under the Great Seal, dated at Edinburgh, 3 February 1368 (the 39th. year of David's reign). James had two sons: James, his heir, and John, ancestor of the Blairs of Adamton.

John de Blair b 1294 Father: Roger de BLAIR

6th Gen

James BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1330 Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Mrs James BLAIR Marriage: Abt. 1359 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Father James de Blair. JAMES BLAIR of that Ilk, got a charter under the Great Seal from King Robert II Stewart which confirmed a charter, granted by David II to his father James Blair, of the lands of Corshogyll, etc., in Dumfriesshire, dated 8 May 1375. James also received another charter from Robert II of the lands of Hartwood, etc., etc., dated 23 July 1375. James died in the reign of King James I, and left a son:

7th Gen

David BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1390 Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Mrs. David BLAIR Marriage: Abt. 1439 , Ayr, Scotland Father: James BLAIR Mother: Mrs. James BLAIR DAVID BLAIR of that Ilk, who was succeeded by his son:

9th Gen

John BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1440 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: HELEN MONTGOMERY Marriage: Abt. 1475 , Ayr, Scotland Father: David BLAIR. JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, served heir of his grandfather James, and got a charter under the Great Seal from King James III--"Johanni Blair de eodem, nepoti et haeredi Jacobi, etc., terrarum baronie de Blair, etc."--in Ayrshire, dated 19 Jan. 1477. He had two daughters: Egidia, married James Kennedy of the family of Cassilis; and Elizabeth, married Ninian Stewart of Bute, mother of Ninian's son Robert Stewart. John also had a son and heir, also named John. [ This first John Blair must be the one named in SP III p.438, where he is shown to have married before 15 Nov. 1500 HELEN MONTGOMERIE, daughter of Hugh Montgomerie, 1st. Earl of Eglinton, by his wife Helen Campbell of Argyll. See also BP p.1784 and LG p.505. ]

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of David Blair, son of James Blair, son of James Blair, son of Roger Blair, son of David Blair, son of William Blair, son of William Blair. This first John Blair must be the one named in SP III p.438, where he is shown to have married (before 15 Nov. 1500) HELEN MONTGOMERIE, daughter of Hugh Montgomerie, 1st. Earl of Eglinton, by his wife Helen Campbell of Argyll. John had two daughters, Egidia and Elizabeth, and a son, John, his heir. [ LG p.505 says, "JOHN CRAUFURD, 12th of Craufurdland, m. Margaret, dau. of John Blair of that Ilk, by the Lady Elizabeth Montgomery, dau. of the 1st Earl of Eglintoun, and d. in 1583 . . . ." This should say Helen Montgomery, not Elizabeth. However, BP p.1784 says that a certain John Blair of that Ilk had a daughter named Margaret who married John Maxwell of Pollok, who died 1517. These must be referring to the same John Blair, but whether or not these two daughters named Margaret are in fact the same woman is not quite as certain. ]

HELEN MONTGOMERY Birth: Abt. 1480 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Father: Hugh MONTGOMERY Mother: Helen CAMPBELL Note: Margaret Montgomery md Abt. 1503 Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland William SEMPHILL. Margaret and Elizabeth were sister. For more on the Semphill family HELEN MONTGOMERIE, daughter of Hugh Montgomerie, 1st. Earl of Eglinton, by his wife Helen Campbell of Argyll.

Children

1 John BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1502 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Margaret CUNNINGHAM Marriage: 23 Nov 1546 , Ayr, Scotland Margaret CUNNINGHAM Birth: Abt. 1506 Of Glengarnock, Ayr, Ayr, Scotland Father: William CUNNINGHAM son of John Blair presumably by his wife Helen Ross JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of John Blair presumably by his wife Helen. John got a charter under the Great Seal--"Johanni Blair de eodem"-- of the five merk land of Dalquhone in Ayrshire, dated 12 Aug. 1540. He also got a charter of the nine merk land of Bogtown, Holmhead, and two third parts of the mill of Cathcart in Renfrewshire, dated 12 March 1544. He died in the end of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, and was succeeded by his son John. [ This second John Blair of that Ilk must be the one mentioned in SP VII p.251 as the husband of HELEN ROSS, daughter of John, 2nd. Lord Ross of Halkhead (who fell at Flodden 9 Sept. 1513), by his wife Christian Edmonstone of Duntreath, who was still living May 1551. ]

2 Egidia BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1478 , Ayr, Scotland married James Kennedy of the family of Cassilis

3 Elisabethae BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1480 , Ayr, Scotland married Ninian Stewart of Bute, mother of Ninian's son Robert Stewart

4 Margaret BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1505 , Ayr, Scotland md 1525 John Crawford. (JOHN CRAUFURD, 12th of Craufurdland, m. Margaret, dau. of John Blair of that Ilk, by the Lady Elizabeth (Should say Helen) Montgomery, dau. of the 1st Earl of Eglintoun, and d. in 1583)

11th Gen

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of John Blair presumably by his wife Helen Ross. Married MARGARET CUNNINGHAME. Upon his father's resignation, John got a charter under the Great Seal--"Johanni Blair, apparenti de eodem, et Margaretae Cunningham ejus sponsae, terrarum de Tunybankhead, Blairardoch, etc." in Ayrshire--dated 23 Nov. 1546. John did not long survive his father, dying in the beginning of the reign of James VI, leaving a son and heir, also named John. JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of John Blair (wife Helen Ross), son of John Blair (wife Helen Montgomerie), son of David Blair, son of James Blair, son of James Blair, son of Roger Blair, son of David Blair, son of William Blair, son of William Blair. This third John Blair married MARGARET CUNNINGHAME. John did not long survive his father, dying in the beginning of the reign of James VI, leaving a son and heir, also named John.

John BLAIR and Margaret CUNNINGHAM Children

1 John BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1547 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Grizel SEMPLE Marriage: 8 Feb 1573 , Ayr, Scotland Father: John BLAIR Mother: Margaret CUNNINGHAM Grizel SEMPLE Birth: Abt. 1551 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Father: Robert SEMPLE The Semple family below. JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of John and Margaret. Douglas tells us that John got several charters, the earliest dated 8 February 1573, the latest dated 3/4 February 1580. According to Douglas, he married GRISEL SEMPLE, daughter of Robert, 2nd. Lord Semple, and had one son (his heir), John, and three daughters: -- Jean Blair, who got a charter under the Great Seal-- "Jeannae Blair, filia Johannis Blair de eodem, terrarum de Hutterhill, etc." in Ayrhsire--dated 14 August 1591 [ This Jean Blair must be the one mentioned in SCM as the third wife of John Stewart, Hereditary Sheriff of Bute, who died ante 1612. ] -- Margaret Blair, who married (NN) KER of Kersland, and got a charter under the Great Seal to her and Robert Ker her son, of the lands of Frearn in Ayrshire, dated 2 Jan. 1594. -- Grisel Blair, who married DAVID BLAIR of Adamton, by a charter under the Great Seal, 21 July 1598.

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, got a charter under the Great Seal--"Johanni Blair de eodem, terrarum de Ramshorn, Meadow Flat, etc., etc." in the shires of Edinburgh and Lanark, dated 18 Feb. 1597. Douglas says that this John had three sons, and then died in 1609, being succeeded by his eldest son. Here are his sons, according to Douglas: -- Bryce (Bricius) Blair, his heir. -- James Blair of Malsmure, "fratri germano Bricii Blair de eodem," who got two charters under the Great Seal, dated in June of 1615. Married Annabella Stewart. -- Robert Blair of Bogtoun, who was the father of Sir Adam Blair of Bogtoun (Adam is designed nephew of Bryce Blair of that Ilk.)

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of John Blair (wife Helen Ross), son of John Blair (wife Helen Montgomerie), son of David Blair, son of James Blair, son of James Blair, son of Roger Blair, son of David Blair, son of William Blair, son of William Blair. This third John Blair married MARGARET CUNNINGHAME. John did not long survive his father, dying in the beginning of the reign of James VI, leaving a son and heir, also named John.

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of John and Margaret. Douglas tells us that John got several charters, the earliest dated 8 February 1573, the latest dated 3/4 February 1580. According to Douglas, he married GRISEL SEMPLE, daughter of Robert, 2nd. Lord Semple, and had one son (his heir), John, and three daughters: -- Jean Blair, who got a charter under the Great Seal-- "Jeannae Blair, filia Johannis Blair de eodem, terrarum de Hutterhill, etc." in Ayrhsire--dated 14 August 1591 [ This Jean Blair must be the one mentioned in SCM as the third wife of John Stewart, Hereditary Sheriff of Bute, who died ante 1612. ] -- Margaret Blair, who married (NN) KER of Kersland, and got a charter under the Great Seal to her and Robert Ker her son, of the lands of Frearn in Ayrshire, dated 2 Jan. 1594. -- Grisel Blair, who married DAVID BLAIR of Adamton, by a charter under the Great Seal, 21 July 1598.

John Blair, mistakenly calls of Blair, or John "Alexander," of that Ilk. but this error is (Marriage contract corrected in the to Grissel dated Corrigenda in 11 May 1565.) SP IX Grissel Sempill illeg. dau. of Robert, 3rd. Lord Sempill, by his mistress Elizabeth Carlile, an English- woman.

Children

1 Jean BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1551 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Alexander CUNNINGHAM Marriage: Abt. 1572 , Ayr, Scotland or Jean Blair must be the one mentioned in SCM as the third wife of John Stewart, Hereditary Sheriff of Bute, who died ante 1612. m. John Stewart Sheriff of Bute. Said by Douglas to be daughter of John and Grissel, got a charter dated 14 Aug. 1591. Said in SCM to have been the 3rd. wife of John Stewart, Hereditary Sheriff of Bute, who died ante 1612

2 Grisel BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1553/Abt. 1584 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland who married DAVID BLAIR of Adamton, by a charter under the Great Seal, 21 July 1598. m.David Blair d. ante 1612 . John Stewart, m.(NN) Ker of m.David Blair | Sheriff of Bute, Kersland. of Adamton. | d. ante 1612 who married DAVID BLAIR of Adamton, by a charter under the Great Seal, 21 July 1598. Said by Douglas and BP to be daughter of John and Grissel. Married (charter dated 21 July 1598) David Blair of Adamton, her distant cousin. BP p.1784 says she married ante 1615 Sir John Maxwell of Pollok, d.1647, the second marriage for both of them--BP also says Grisel was John Blair eldest daughter, seemingly having been named after her mother.

3 *John BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1574 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland d.1609 Spouse: Isobel BOYD Marriage: 1595 , Ayr, Scotland. JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, got a charter under the Great Seal--"Johanni Blair de eodem, terrarum de Ramshorn, Meadow Flat, etc., etc." in the shires of Edinburgh and Lanark, dated 18 Feb. 1597. Douglas says that this John had three sons, and then died in 1609, being succeeded by his eldest son. Here are his sons, according to Douglas: -- Bryce (Bricius) Blair, his heir. -- James Blair of Malsmure, "fratri germano Bricii Blair de eodem," who got two charters under the Great Seal, dated in June of 1615. Married Annabella Stewart. -- Robert Blair of Bogtoun, who was the father of Sir Adam Blair of Bogtoun (Adam is designed nephew of Bryce Blair of that Ilk.)

4 Bryce BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1573 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland ; Bryce Blair of Lochwood Alexander's eldest brother german.") styled "of Lochwood" during his father's life, afterwards "of Blair" or "of that Ilk." Bryce is called "eldest brother german" of Alexander Blair, no. 4 Bryce (Bricius) Blair, his heir.

5 Margaret BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1582 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland who married (NN) KER of Kersland, and got a charter under the Great Seal to her and Robert Ker her son, of the lands of Frearn in Ayrshire, dated 2 Jan. 1594. Said by Douglas to be daughter of John and Grissel. Married (NN) KER of Kersland, and had a son named ROBERT KER. Robert and Margaret got a charter dated 2 Jan. 1594.

6 James BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1576 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland James Blair of Malsmure, "fratri germano Bricii Blair de eodem," who got two charters under the Great Seal, dated in June of 1615. Married Annabella Stewart. --styled "of Malsmure," called Bryce's "brother german" in charters dated June of 1615. James married Annabella Stewart

7 Robert BLAIR of Bogtoun, Birth: Abt. 1578 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Robert Blair of Bogtoun, who was the father of Sir Adam Blair of Bogtoun (Adam is designed nephew of Bryce Blair of that Ilk.) styled "of Auldmure," styled by Douglas "of Bogtoun." Robert's son was SIR ADAM BLAIR of Bogtoun, who is mentioned as "nephew of Sir Bryce Blair of that Ilk."

8 Alexander Blair d.1641 md.(1600) to Elizabeth Cochrane father Sir William Cochrane 1st. Earl of Dundonald d.1685 married in 1600 to Elizabeth Cochrane, heiress of the Cochranes, and died in 1641. Their son SIR WILLIAM COCHRANE became 1st. Earl of Dundonald, and died 1685.

9 Hugh Blair mentioned as a younger brother of Alexander Blair.

10 Gavin Blair mentioned as another younger brother of Alexander.

First, notice that John and Grissel's sons Alexander, Hugh, and Gavin do not appear in Douglas. Furthermore, Douglas' John Blair, eldest son of John and Grisel, is not found here. Instead, we have Bryce Blair of Lochwood as the eldest son, whereas Douglas shows a Bryce as grandson of John and Grisel. Also, the only Robert Blair shown by Douglas for this era is grandson of John and Grisel, whereas SP III p.339 shows a Robert Blair of Auldmure (not Bogtoun) as a son of John and Grissel.

Apparently, Douglas has split Grissel Sempill's husband John Blair into TWO men, making them father and son. The information quoted in SP III p.339 seems to require that we identify Douglas' John Blair who died in 1609 as the John Blair who married Grissel Sempill

Next, notice that Grizel or Grisel is shown in BP as the wife of Sir John Maxwell rather than of David Blair of Adamton. In fact she married both men, David first, and Sir John second (John seems to have survived her). This is mentioned in BP p.1784, "Sir John Maxwell, Bt., of Pollok, . . . m. 2ndly, ante 1615, Grizel, widow of David Blair, 7th of Adamton, and eldest dau. and co-heir of John Blair, yr., of that Ilk."

If we put Douglas together with SP and BP, the list of John Blair's descendants should be something like this:

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, also called John Blair of Blair, received charters dated from 8 Feb. 1573 to 3/4 Feb. 1575. Married (contract dated 11 May 1565) GRISSEL SEMPILL, illegitimate daughter of Robert, 3rd. Lord Sempill (**Note that Douglas mistakenly calls him 2nd. Lord Semple.**). This John must be the one who is said by Douglas to have died in 1609, father of Bryce Blair who succeeded 1610. John's known children (certainly not all by Grissel) are as follows (*not* in order of birth):

Next Gen

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, also called John Blair of Blair, received charters dated from 8 Feb. 1573 to 3/4 Feb. 1575. Married (contract dated 11 May 1565) GRISSEL SEMPILL, illegitimate daughter of Robert, 3rd. Lord Sempill

John BLAIR and wife Isobel BOYD children

Children

1 Margaret BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1603 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Marriage: Abt. 1625 , Ayr, Scotland Spouse: John CRAWFORD

2 Anna BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1601 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland

3 Brice BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1600 Ayr, Scotland

4 Grizel BLAIR Birth: Abt. 1597 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland

Bryce Blair of Lochwood as "ELDER" brother german of Robert Blair of Auldmure and Alexander Blair--**NOT "ELDEST"** as I erroneously stated in my earlier post. Therefore it is possible that Bryce was NOT the eldest son of John and Grisel as I had assumed. Bryce Blair of Lochwood could well be a younger brother of the John Blair who died in 1609, making Douglas' reconstruction correct after all.

If this is the case, then the birth order of the sons of John and Grisel would be: John Blair of that Ilk (d.1609), Bryce Blair of Lochwood, Robert Blair of Auldmure, Alexander Blair (d.1641), Hugh Blair, and Gavin Blair. The daughters of John and Grisel would be: Grisel Blair (eldest dau.), Jean Blair, and Margaret Blair. And John Blair (d.1609) would be the father of Bryce Blair of that Ilk, James Blair of Malsmure, and Robert Blair of Bogtoun--Douglas' "Robert Blair of Bogtoun" would NOT be identical to Robert Blair of Auldmure.

If this reconstruction is correct (and I now have no reason to doubt Douglas' statement that John and Grisel were the parents of John who died 1609), then that would mean that the John who died in 1609 would be your John Blair, husband of Isobel Boyd. And your Brice Blair, husband of Esther Peden, would be the Bryce Blair of that Ilk who died 4 Feb. 1639, and who was father of Sir Bryce Blair of that Ilk, of John Blair (eventually of that Ilk), and at least one Margaret Blair (perhaps two Margarets). But Douglas says nothing of any "Nancy Blair"--not that that invalidates your information. )

BRYCE BLAIR OF THAT ILK, son of John Blair (wife Grissel Sempill), son of John Blair (wife Margaret Cunninghame), son of John Blair (wife Helen Ross), son of John Blair (wife Helen Montgomerie), son of David Blair, son of James Blair, son of James Blair, son of Roger Blair, son of David Blair, son of William Blair, son of William Blair. **Note that this pedigree deletes the "John Blair" whom Douglas shows as the father of Bryce, instead identifying Bryce's father John who died 1609 with the John Blair who married Grissel Sempill, whom Douglas mistakenly said were Bryce's grandparents instead of parents.** Bryce was served and retoured heir to his father John in the whole lands and barony of Blair 10 April 1610. Douglas did not know the name of Bryce's wife, but said that he had two sons, Sir Bryce and John, and a daughter named MARGARET who married SIR DUNCAN CAMPBELL of Auchinbreck, Baronet. [ BP p.463 says that Sir Duncan Campbell, 2nd. Bt. of Auchinbreck, married in 1620 to MARGARET BLAIR, daughter of BRYCE BLAIR OF BLAIR. BP goes on to say that Margaret died sine prole circa 1627. **But see below**] Bryce died 4 Feb. 1639 and was succeeded by his eldest son:

This Bryce Blair must be the same as the "Bryce Blair of Lochwood" mentioned in SP III p.339. He must also be the "Bryce Blair of that Ilk" mentioned in BP p.2530, where he is said to have had a daughter named MARGARET BLAIR, first wife of SIR ARCHIBALD STEWART of Blackhall, Ardgowan, etc. Of this marriage, Bolton p.21 says the following:

Sir Archibald married firstly, c.1613, Margaret Blair, daughter of Bryce Blair, a descendant of the Semples. From the Semples, Bryce Blair had gained part of the lands of Langside, including the Arbory Fort and the ancient Fort of Camphill. The lands were sold c.1615. "By this marriage there were four sons and two daughters . . . ." Bolton's comment describing Bryce as "a descendant of the Semples" is noteworthy. Since Bryce's mother was a Semple/Sempill, it seems odd to describe Bryce as "descended" from the Semples (though I've seen a translation of Tacitus in which someone was described as a person's descendant, and the relationship was only that of grandson and grandfather). Bolton's remark is probably based on Douglas' version, where Bryce is the *grandson* of Grissel Semple--whereas SP III p.339 would make Bryce Grissel's son.

BP p.2530 says that Bryce's daughter Margaret Blair died December 1621. (BP p.2530 and Bolton p.21 go on to say that Sir Archibald married secondly Lady Margaret Home, daughter of Sir George Home of Wedderburne and Lady Jean Haldane of Gleneagles, having from this marriage one son. Sir Archibald died 1665.) ***But compare Sir Archibald Stewart's wife Margaret, daughter of Bryce Blair of that Ilk, to Sir Duncan Campbell's wife Margaret, daughter of Bryce Blair of Blair.*** According to BP, Archibald's wife died 1621, while Duncan's wife died circa 1627. These two Margaret Blairs, daughters of Bryce, cannot be identical. Did Bryce have TWO daughters named Margaret? Or was Duncan's wife a daughter of Bryce's son Sir Bryce (that is, was Duncan's wife a niece of Archibald's wife)?

SIR BRYCE BLAIR of that Ilk, son of Bryce Blair, knighted in his youth by King Charles I. Sir Bryce was served and retoured heir to his father Bryce in the whole lands and barony of Blair 25 April 1639. Douglas did not know the name of his wife, but says he had only one child, a son named John. Sir Bryce did not long survive his father, dying in July 1639, and being succeeded by his son:

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of Sir Bryce, was served and retoured heir to his grandfather Bryce, and his father Sir Bryce, in the whole lands and barony of Blair 1 May 1645, but died soon after that without issue. He was succeeded by his uncle John, younger brother of Sir Bryce

JOHN BLAIR of that Ilk, son of Sir Bryce, was served and retoured heir to his grandfather Bryce, and his father Sir Bryce, in the whole lands and barony of Blair 1 May 1645, but died soon after that without issue. He was succeeded by his uncle John, younger brother of Sir Bryce

SEMPLE Family

1st Gen

William SEMPHILL Birth: Abt. 1511 Elliotstown, Renfrew, Scotland Father: William SEMPHILL Mother: Margaret MONTGOMERY Margaret MONTGOMERY Spouse: William SEMPLE Marriage: Abt. 1503 Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland William SEMPILL, L Sempill. Died 3 Jun 1552. He married Margaret MONTGOMERY, Before 20 Jul 1517. Isabel Semphill was his sister. She was contracted to be married to Robert Crawford, son an heir of Malcolm Crawford of Greenock, prior to 11 Mar 1502/03. A dispensation for her marriage to George Chalmers was procured before 20 Jul 1518.

2nd Gen

Robert SEMPLE 3rd. Lord Birth: Abt. 1519 Eliotstoun, Renfrew, Scotland d. c. 1574 Spouse: Elizabeth CARLYLE Marriage: Abt. 1550 Renfrew, Scotland Father: William SEMPILL Mother: Margaret

3rd Gen

1 Grizel SEMPLE Birth: Abt. 1551 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland illegitimate daughter of Robert, 3rd. Lord Sempill Father: Robert SEMPLE Marriage contract dated 11 May 1565] d.1609 John Blair of that Ilk or John Blair of Blair

2 Blair Blair m 2.Sir John (Alexander's md.(1600) to Maxwell of "eldest brother Elizabeth Cochrane Pollok, german.") | d.1647 Sir William Cochrane 1st. Earl of Dundonald d.1685

Many Semple family are buried in Lochwinnoch.

Found in "Renfrewshire Monumental Inscriptions pre-1855 Vol.2" edited by JF & S Mitchell for the Scottish Genealogy Society 1992.

Lochwinnoch

The name of the parish has been spelt in many various ways, often Lochinnioch. It extends from the bleak uplands to the fertile valley of the upper Black Cart and three lochs. the main villages are Lochwinnoch and Howwood. There has been a chapel at Lochwinnoch since the 12 century at latest which became the parish church in the 16th century. The first cotton mill was built at Lochwinnoch in 1788 and the mills gave much employment until the American Civil War when the two major mills were burnt and the village was almoste deserted. At Howwood (or Hollow Wood) a mission chapel was built in 1838, called Elliotstoun, but a quoad sacra church was not built until 1858 and the parish of Howwood was not disjoined from Lochwinnoch & Kilbarchan until 1904. The Auld Kirk on John's Hill is a ruin, still with its bell-cote and clock in the burial ground which is generally locked. The west doorway is dated 1729. The present parish church was built in 1806 at the other end of the main street.

29 FS (marginal) Heir lyis Nathan.Ro.Pa. & Ia. HAMILTONs sones to MPH. minister (central MPH. horn. GS. (M)T. MA 1608. (Ed: see Fasti Eccles.111 236,152 - Patk HAMILTON was min Lochwinnoch 1596-1607, Abbey (Paisley) 1607-10, Cambuslan 1628-46, died 5. 1658, 1st wife Grizel SEMPLE, chn Nathan, Robt & Patk, married 8. 1604. 2nd wife Maisie TOWRIS,s Jas, married 1629; 3rd wife Katherine HAMILTON (fa a minister) who survived him with chn & in 1663 was 72 y old and "in great distress"; see Porter, "Cambuslan & it's Ministers" pp 21-4).

31. -------------------------------------------------(c)astle Sempil 21.1.1834 42yrs.

149. arms of SEMPILL. R.S. I H. (For the great Lord SEMPILL d 1572 & w Isabel (fa Sir Wm HAMILTON of Sanquhar); see "The Scottish Nation", DNB; this stone is probably within the ruined church).

CASTLE SEMPLE

St. Mary's Collegiate Church ws built in 1504 near the north end of the loch by John lord SEMPILL and it was used until 1612. Only the chancel, nave and west tower remain, in the care of the government. It is kept locked.

152 Heir lyis Gabriel SEMPEL, bro to CA Robt SEMPEL of Craigbait, quha deceisit ys 4 of Mai 1587. Sempill arms - chevron checky between 3 hundting horns (Ed: they were sons of John 1st Lord SEMPILL)

153 Sempill armorial shield. RLS (ed: for Robert 4th Lord SEMPILL d 1611) Montgomery armorial shield. AMS (ed: for his 1st wife Anne MONTGOMERY)

154 John 1st Lord SEMPILL killed at Flodden 1513 & wife dame Margt COLVILL da of Sir Robt COLVILL of Ochiltres.

There are also about 6 modern stones of which a grey coped stone was said to be for the HARVEY's who occupied Castle Semple before it was burnt down.

MONTGOMERIE/Montgomery family

1st Gen

Alexander MONTGOMERIE Birth: Abt. 1424 Braidstone, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Katherine KENNEDY Marriage: 1458 Cassillis, Ayr, Scotland Father: Alexander MONTGOMERIE Mother: Elizabeth HEPBURN

Children

Hugh MONTGOMERIE 1st. Earl of Eglinton Birth: 1460 Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland d.1545 Spouse: Helen CAMPBELL of Argyll : Birth: Abt. 1460 Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland Marriage: 21 Apr 1478 Church Of Dollar, Ayr, Ayr, Scotland Her Father: Colin CAMPBELL Birth: Abt. 1434 Of, Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland/ (Earl) Colin CAMPBELL 1st. Earl of Argyll Marriage: Abt. 1459 , Ayr, Scotland Her Mother: Isabell STEWART Abt. 1438 Of, Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland His Father: Alexander MONTGOMERIE, Baron Montgomery, his Mother: Catherine KENNEDY

Children.

HELEN MONTGOMERY Birth: Abt. 1480 Of Blair, Ayr, Scotland Mother: Helen CAMPBELL m. (ante 15 Nov. 1500) to John Blair of that Ilk.

Margaret MONTGOMERY Birth: Abt. 1479 Eglinton, Ayr, Scotland d. ante 12 Feb. 1522/3 Father: Hugh MONTGOMERIE Spouse William SEMPHILL 2nd. Lord Sempill, died 3 June 1552

KENNEDY Family

Catherine KENNEDY/Katherine(Catherine)KENNEDY

1st Gen Gilbert de Carrick

2nd Gen

John Kennedy born: abt 1310 in Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland

1 Gilbert KENNEDY Birth: Abt. 1344 Dunure, Ayr, Scotland Father: John KENNEDY Mother: Mary

2 George Kennedy born: abt 1348 in Dunure Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland

Sir Gilbert KENNEDY Birth: Abt. 1370 Dunure, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Agnes MAXWELL Marriage: abt 1383 Dunure, Ayr, Scotland

Sir Gilbert Kennedy and wife Agnes Maxwell children;

1 James KENNEDY Birth: 1384 Dunure, Ayr, Scotland was the 2nd husband to Lady Mary Stewart.

Lady Mary Stewart married (1) contracted 24 May 1397 George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus, son of William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, and Margaret Stewart, Coutess of Angus born before 1378, died in 1402 married (2) in 1405 James Kennedy, younger, of Dunure, son of Sir Gilbert Kennedy and Agnes Maxwell killed before 8 November 1408 married (3) 13 November 1413 Sir William Graham, of Kincardine, son of Sir Patrick Graham, of Kincardine, Lord of Dundaff, and Matilda (NN) died 1424 married (4) 1425 Sir William Edmonstone, of Duntreath died 1462

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2 Alexander KENNEDY Birth: Abt. 1385 Dunure, Ayr, Scotland Father: Gilbert KENNEDY Mother: Agnes MAXWELL

James KENNEDY and wife Lady Mary Stewart children

1 Gilbert Kennedy, of Dunure, 1st Baron Kennedy b. ABT 1406 died after 6 March 1479married (1) Catherine Maxwell, daughter of Herbert Maxwell, 1st Baron Maxwell, and Catherine Seton married (2) Isabel Ogilvy, daughter of Sir Walter Ogilvy, of Linstrathen, High Treasurer of Scotland, and Isabel Glen died 1484

2: James Kennedy Chancellor of Scotland, Bishop of Dunkeld b. 1405 died July 1465

3: Sir John Kennedy mentioned in 1434

Gilbert KENNEDY 1st Lord Kennedy Mother: Katherine MAXWELL

Children

1 Katherine (Catherine) KENNEDY Birth: Abt. 1440 Cassillis, Ayr, Scotland Spouse: Alexander MONTGOMERIE Marriage: Abt. 1459 Cassillis, Ayr, Scotland Catherine Kennedy married before 1459 Alexander Montgomerie, Master of Montgomerie, son of Alexander Montgomerie, Master of Montgomerie and Elizabeth Hepburn died 1468.

2.John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy born before 12 October 1454 died before 23 May 1509 married (1) before 1459 Elizabeth Montgomerie, daughter of Alexander Montgomerie, 1st Baron Montgomerie and Margaret Boyd, of Kilmarnock married (2) before 1471 Lady Elizabeth Seton-Gordon, daughter of Alexander (Seton)Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly and Elizabeth Crichton

John's 1st marriage

1.David Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassilis, 3rd Lord Kennedy killed in battle, 9 September 1513 Flodden married (1) Agnes Borthwick, daughter of William Borthwick,3rd Lord Borthwick and NN Their son :Gilbert Kennedy, 2nd Earl of Cassilis slain August 1527 married Lady Isabel Campbell, daughter of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll and Elizabeth Stewart descendants

(2nd marriage)

2.Elizabeth Kennedy married Sir William Colville

3.Margaret Kennedy died before 28 May 1542 married before 4 February 1499 Andrew Stewart, 2nd Lord Avondale, son of Alexander Stewart, of Avandale and NN killed in battle, 9 September 1513 Flodden

4.Janet Kennedy died before 1 June 1500 married circa 1498 Archibald Douglas, "Bell-the-Cat", 5th Earl of Angus, son of George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus and Isobel Sibbald born circa 1449 died after 29 November 1513 Priory of Whithornshe also had a child by James IV, King of Scots

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Some of the Sources : A Genealogical History of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited and extinct peerages of the British Empire,London, 1866, by Sir Bernard Burke Burke's Guide to the Royal Family London, 1973; Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage,Baronetage and Knightage,London, 1938 Burke's Landed Gentry,1937 The Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Edinburgh, 1977, by Gerald Paget. The Complete Peerage, 1936 by H.A.Doubleday & Lord Howard de Walden

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