4 - SELECTED DOCUMENTS CITED IN TEXT
Grant of the Lands of Allardice to Walter the Scot - 1198
Grants to Walter, son of Walter
Scott, Allardyce (Mearns), in feu and heritage, for the service of one archer
-with horse and haubergel and the performance of the common aid due from
thirteen oxgangs of land. Stirling.
( 16 October, 1198)
Dei gratia Rex Scott Episcopis, Abbatibus, Comitibus, Baronibus, Justiciis,
Vicecomitibus, prepositis, ministris etb omnibus probis hominibus
totius terre sue, Clericis et Laicis, Salutem.
Sciant presentes et futuri me dedisse et concessisse et hac carta mea
confirmasse Waltero filio Walteri Scotti Alreches per rectas diuisas suas et cum
omnibus justis pertinentiis suis, tenendum
sibi et heredibus suis de me et lieredibus meis in feudo et hereditate,
in boscho et plano. in pratis et pascuis, in moris et maresiis, in stagnis et
molendinis, et cum omnibus aliis ad predictam terram iuste pertinentibus,
libere et quiete. plenarie et honorifice, per servitium unius Archarii cum equo
et halburgello et faciendo commune auxilium quantum ad tresdecim bon,atas terre
pertinetc, sicut carta patris sui testatur.
Teste Hugone Cancellario meo, H[enrico] abbate de Aberbrothock,
Comite Dunecano justicia, Roberto de Quinci, Roberto
de London, Philippo de Mubray, Willehno de Haia, Johanne de Hastinges, Ricardo
filio Hugonis, Alexandro vicecomite
de Striuelin, Philippo de Lundin, Roberto de Upsetlingtun,
Yuone de Veteri ponte, Waltero Murdac, Rogero de Lakern', Thoma
Striuelin xvi die Octobris.
There is no account of the document itself but there is a note of the
seal as follows: ‘The seall & Counterseall on a tag intire in the effigies
but the words about the seall worne away.’
The source contains two copies, one written out in full, the other
reproducing the punctuation and abbreviations, and even simulating the hand, of
the original. From this it seems
almost certain that the hand was that of Scribe De William del Bois.
SRO, GD 49 I (transumpt by order of the Lords of Council and Session, 16
August, 1703, of original charter produced for George Alderdyce of that ilk:
extracted bv James Dalrymple. Two
HMC 5th Report, Appendix, 629.
a Punctuation editorial.
b Tironian et evidently used throughout in
c Both copies have pertinen.
Presumably granted after the death of Walter Scott the elder (of
Allardyce), who was interviewed on his death-bed in the winter of 1197-8 by
Master Isaac, cleric of Roger bishop-elect of St Andrews, while on his wav north
to invite the bishops of Moray, Ross and Caithness to attend Roger's
consecration, which took place on 15 February, 1198 (Spalding
misc., v, 211).
Source: Regesta Regum Scottorum Volume 1
pp. 389-390 (William I).
oxgang was a medieval Scottish measure of land based on the amount of ground a
man with an oxen could plow. The witnesses include many of the chief nobles and
officials of Scotland, including Hugh the King's Chancellor, Henry Abbot of
Aberbrothock, Count Duncan the King's Justiciar, Robert de Quincy and others.
of Little Barras to Thomas of Allardice - 1370
Thome de Allirdas.]
Dei gracia rex Scottorum omnibus etc. Sciatis
nos dedisse, etc., dilecto et fideli nostro Thome de Allirdas, ihum annuum
redditum viginti solidorum nobis debitum de terra de Lytilbarres cum
pertinenciis. infra vicecomitatum de Kyncardyn Tenendum et habendum dicto Thome
et heredibus suis masculis de corpore suo
legitime procreatis vel procreandis de nobis et heredibus nostris in feodo et
hereditate, libere quiete bene et in pace.
In cujus rei, etc. Testibus,
etc. Apud Edynburghe, sexto die Aprilis anno regni nostri quadragesimo.
"David, by the Grace of God, King of Scotland, etc.
Be it known to all, that our loving and faithful Thomas de Allardyce,
will be granted per year 20 grounds (shillings) known due on the land of Little
Barras, with appurtenances, in the county of Kincardine.
To be held and possessed by Thomas and the legitimate male heirs of his
body, in fee simple, etc. At
Edinburgh, April 6, in the 40th year of our reign."
Source: Registrum Magni Sigilli
(RGS) 40 David I (1370)
"Lyttilbarres" (Little Barras) is a tract of land three miles
north of the future Allardice castle.
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by John of Allardice to John Harwer of Lands in Ardgrane - 1376
Charter by John of Allyrdis of that ilk, confirming to
John called Harwer, for his good services to his father and also to himself, all
his lands of Ardgrane, with their pertinents, in Buchan in the shire of
Aberdeen, which had been previously granted by his father to the said John
Harwer and his heirs, and also to one assignee to whom he might desire to assign
the said land. Reddendo a pair of
gilt spurs in name of blench farm yearly at the feast of Annunciation of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, if asked and performing to our Lord the King, and
to other lords of the fee, the services exigible from such a land.
Sealed with the seal of a noble man, Alexander of
Straton, of that ilk, at Aberdeen, 1 September, 1376.
Witnesses, John Frasser, Philip of Abirbuthnot, William Lassellis, Thomas
of Rate, Alexander Bannerman, Alan Fauconer, burgess of Monross, Thomas Spryng,
burgess of Aberdeen, and many others.
Source: Barclay-Allardice ms., Great Britain
Historical. Manuscripts Commission, volume 5, p. 629.
the Earldom in the Northern portion of Aberdeenshire. Ardgrane is 3 miles North of Ellon, on the Ythan River in
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Confirmation of Allardice - 1426
Apud Edvnburgh, 15 Dec. REX
confirmavit JOHANNI DE ALLYRDAS militi, -terras baronie de Allyrdas, vic-
Kyncardyn; -quas idem Joh. resignavit:
dicto Joh. et Mergrete, sponse ejus, et eorum alteri diutias viventi,
quibus deficientibus Thome de A.,
nepoti dicti Joh. et heredibus ejus masculis de corpore ejus legitime procreatis,
quibus def., Hugoni de A. filio dicti Joh. et hei-edibus ejus, &e. (ut
supra), quibus def., David de A. fratri dict. Hug. et heredibus ejus (ut
supra), quibus def., heredibus inter dictos Joh. et Merg., legit. proc., quibus def., -heredibus
legit quibuscunque dict. Joh., in
74. 20. 21. 46. 47.
Translation: "The King confirms John of Allardice, knight of the barony of
Allardice, county Kincardine (which John resigned) to be held by said John and
Margaret, his spouse, as long as they live, then to Thomas of Allardice,
grandson of John, and the heirs male of his body legitimately born, then to
Hugh, son to said John and his heirs, etc.--then to David brother of Hugh and
his heirs, etc.--then to other heirs of said John and Margaret legitimately
born, then to heirs of John.
Source: RGS, 21 James I (1426).
The names of the testators (witnesses) are in the appendix to the above
volume; only their numbers are given here.
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Instrument dated 20 February, 1458, within the
church of St. Giles, at Edinburgh, on the refusal of the Bishop of Brechin,
Chancellor of Scotland, to allow to be repledged the goods and lands of Thomas
Allirdes, of that ilk, which had been recognosced, according to the request then
made by him to said Bishop, Chancellor aforesaid.
Witnesses, William Murray de le Gask, Sir Robert Crechtoun of Sanchar,
William Murray of Tyermam, and Mr. Alexander of Carsteris, rector of Keth, with
Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 629.
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Notarial instrument dated 12 March, 1458,
setting forth that in presence of the King, James the Second, by the grace of
God, King of Scots, and his Council and the prelates and nobles of the kingdom
in great number in the Town House of the burgh of Perth, appeared Thomas
Allirdes of that ilk, and there desired that his lands of Allirdes, with their
pertinents, in the shire of Kincardyn, his lands of Ochterlese and Polglassv and
Ardgrane, with their pertinents, in the shire of Aberdeen, and his goods, now
for certain causes recognosced in the King's hands, might be given to him to
borch, offering himself ready for his said lands and goods to do whatever bv the
law and custom of the kingdom ought to be done. Upon which the said Sovereign Lord, by delivery of a staff
which he held in his hands, gave the same to him in broch, in presence of Thomas
Bishop of Dunkeld, Ninian Elect confirmed of Whithorn, Malise Earl of Mentethe,
William Earl Marischal, James Lord Levingstoun, Great Chamberlain of Scotland,
Patrick le Grahame, Patrick Lord of Glamys, Robert Levingstoun of Drumry, and
John Ogilby of Luntrethyn, Knights, with many others. The notary is John de Atheray, Treasurer of Dunkeld, Clerk of
the King's Council.
Barclay-Allardice ms., pp. 629-630.
(Auchterless) is a parish in Northwest Aberdeenshire.
“Polglassy” (Balglassy) is in Auchterless.
"borch" (broch) is a pledge, or pawn.
Evidently Thomas of Allardice had pawned his lands to the Crown, and
wanted to redeem those lands.
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Notarial instrument dated 2 May 1459, within the
Court House of the burgh of Aberdene, at a court held by Walter Lyndesay of
Bewfurd, sheriff of the said burgh, setting forth the compearance of Thomas
Allirdes of that ilk, accused of the spoliation of David Dempstar of Achterless
his lands of Balglassy in the barony of Achterles, and the unjust detention of
the rents thereof for the space of twelve years last by-past, for the amount of
which he was found liable in re-payment, in a certain session held in Edinburgh,
as appeared by a clecreet thereof under the testimony of the Great Seal; the
said Thomas alleging that the said spoliation, rents unjustly detained, and the
said decreet itself were false, offering himself ready to prove that at the time
of making of the said decreet there was no session held at Edinburgh or in any
part of Scotland, and alleging also that he is now in the King's ward "ob
quam rem namos et bona sua injuste abstulerant."
He therefore protested solemnly quod quicquid prefatam materiam
concernens quouismodo in dicta curia deliberatum seu indicatum esset in
prejudicium vel detrimentum hereditatis sue minime verteretur."
These things were so done at 11 o'clock before noon: on which day, at two
hours afternoon, within the chamber of Alexander of Douglas, sheriff depute of
Aberdene, the said Thomas earnestly asked of the said Walter, the sheriff, a
copy of a certain letter or precept, written on parchment and sealed with the
King's seal, touching the execution of the foresaid decreet of said session,
which had been presented to the sheriff in court; which sheriff answering him
said that he declined to give a copy of the said precept until the King and his
Council should first be consulted. The
witnesses to the first act were noble and potent men, William Earl of -Erole,
Lord of Hay, William Earl Marischal, Lord of Keith, Alexander et Irwin, Laird of
Drum, William Hay of Ure, David Aberbuthnot of that ilk, and Alexander of
Strathachyn of Dulyewarde. The
witnesses to the second act were David Lyndesay of Forest, Philip Lyndesay,
Robert of Rossy, John of Tulche, David Allirdes, and Alexander Glene, with
Source: Barclay-Allardice ms., p.
document for more on this disupute. The
Dempsters were a landed family who lived near Auchterless.
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Notarial instrument dated 24, January 1470, on
the presentation by Thomas Allardes of that ilk to venerable and noble men,
councillors of the King, of a schedule or paper relating to a sum of money
claimed by John Dempstare as rents of the lands of Polglassy, with the
pertinents recognosced and unjustly given to broch to the said John, the said
Thomas asserting that he was the possessor of the same. Of which schedule the
“Soŭran lord, and nobilis of our soneran lordis
counsale. I, Thomas Allirdes of that ilk, protestis that I enter nocht in pley
here at this tyme anent the summondis made apone me be Jhone Dempstare and till
his instance, for I understand at the mater aucht nocht to resort nor precede
here at present tyme befor your lordschipis, be thir resonis folonand.
In the first the sumoundis war not signet nor selit be the summoundare as
it aucht to be of resoune as wes actit in the last Parliament.
Secondly, this questioune movit apone me be Jhoune Dempstare my perti hes
beynne reconist befor in his faderis tyme and mynne, and lattin to borgh to him
be wrang informatioun and parcialite of the bischop Schoriswode, chancellare for
the tyme, he beand his familiar man, and svne thaireftir it was reformit in a
counsale generale in King James the Secundis tyme, your progenitour, quhame God
assoilze, and lattin me to .borgh, and sa was I restorit to my possessioune
agane and tuk sesinge be Jhone Skrimgeour Masare that levis .vit, throu comand
of the King and, my lordes, I understand that it is agane the comoune law and
consuetud that ony mater or questioune decidit and decretit be a generale
counsale or Parliament, sould resort or remane to be determinit in a laware
court, and this caus neulingis movit upon me throw meyneis be Jhonne Dempstare,
dependis upon my fee and heritage of the samyn landis of Polglassy, quhilkis I
was restorit to as said is be the King as my documentis beris witness; and alsua,
my lordis, thir landis of Polglassy ar to me proppir fee and heritage thir
twenti yeris and ma sen synne and bt-for as my perti beris witnes, and als the
said Jhoune Dempstare clamis thame in fee and heritage til him, and tharefor he
folowis me of twenti yeris malis in his faderis tyme, his brotheris and in his
awine tyme, and thus we clame thame fee and heritage for us baith, and sa
thai ar fee and heritage till [ane] of us apone law but drede; and, my
lordis , sen thai ar fee and heritage,
I beseik your lordshipis at the reverence of al I may be deferrit to my juge
ordinar, and to keip sic law and consuetude to me and my sympilnes as ye do till
utheris our soueran lordis lieges, and gif your lordschippis dois
utherwais herein I protest it turne me to na prejudice and my said fee
After the reading of which schedule to the said lords, the said Thomas of
Allirdes ut supra. These things
were done at Striueline about two o'clock afternoon on the day before specified,
in presence of Reverend Fathers in Christ Andrew
Bishop of Glasgow, William Bishop of Orknay, Andrew
Lord Avandale, Chancellor of Scotland, Colin Earl of Argyle, James Lord Hammiltoune, and Alexander Load Glammys,
with many others.
Source: Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 630.
Note: Thomas of
Allardice states that he is being sued by John Dempster for rents of the lands
of Polglassy. The points in dispute
being settled in Thomas' favor by Act of Parliament in the reign of James II (1437-1460),
he claims that the courts have no right to judge the suit.
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Notarial transumpt dated 28 May 1474, within the
Court House of Aberdeen, before a noble rnan, Walter Lindesay, sheriff depute of
Aberdeen, then sitting in judgment, setting forth that John Allerdes of ilk
compeared and craved that a brieve of our sovereign lord for serving him heir to
his father Thomas in two parts of the lands of Uchtirless, with the pursalbutis
and their pertinents, should be copied and transumed, which desire was
granted and the brieve engrossed, in presence of honorable men, Alexander Forbes
of Petslegow, Knight, Alexander Frazer of Durris, and Duncan Forbes, Esquires,
and many others.
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Charter by Alexander Irvin of Drum to John Allardes of
that ilk, of his lands of Fulzemond, in the barony of Auchinloir, in warrandice
of two parts of the lands of Ardgrane, in the earldom of Buchan, sold by him and
his son by a charter of same date. Dated
at Aberdeen, 24 November 1485. Witnesses, Mr. Adam Gordone, rector of Kinkell and chantor of
Murray, Robert Aberbuthnot of that ilk, Alexander Menzeis, Alexander Burnet of
Leis, Alexander Irvin of Belteis, David Allirdes, Sir John Arveling, and Sir
Robert Leis, chaplains and notaries, with others. '
Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 630.
“warrandice” is an old Scottish legal term for warrant of good title.
instrument, dated 26 June 1490, setting forth that, in presence of a
notary and witnesses, appeared a prudent woman, Joneta Betsoun, wife of James Allerdes "
et fide media manualiter obligata est honorabili viro Johanni Allardes de
eodem ac domino de Ochterles forma subsequenti, vizl; si contingat prefatum
Jacobum sponsum suum de hac vita antea eam decedere, quod abhinc non duceret
alium virum in sponsum suum, nec, de bonis eo tempore prolibust inter prefatas
Jacobum et Jonetam genitis pertinentibus, ullatenus in fraudem et damnum
earundem disponeret absqae prefati domini de Allirdes consilio et consensu. Et si contrarium fecerit quod absit assedacio terrarum de Cuschne per prefatum dominum dictis
Jacobo et Jonete et eorum diucius viventi facta sine mora expiraret." These
things were done at Cuschne- at eight o'clock in the evening, in presence of
Archibald Rate of Drumtocty, and John Malwyn, parent of Hervistoune.
Notarial instrument, dated 12 June 1493, setting
forth the compearance of honorable men, Sir John Rutherfurde of Terlane, Knight,
and Robert Blinsele, burgess of Aberdeen, who produced the seal of a noble man,
Alexander Irwyn of Drum, and by his authority affixed the same to a contract of
marriage, written on parchment, entered into between the said Alexander Irwyn
and Alexander his son and apparent heir on the one part, and John Allirdes of
that ilk and Janet his daughter and heir-apparent on the other part.
Done within the lodging of the said Robert, in the burgh of Aberdeen, in
the presence of Gilbert Kethr. son of the laird of Inverugy, Mr Alexander
Gordon, vicar of [ ]linge, Thomas Prat, Jphn Kintor, John Gordon, William
Cuminge, and Mr Alexander Massy, notary, with others.
Source: Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 630.
Note: "Cuschne” (Cushnie)
is probably Cushnie in Kincardineshire. There
is another Cushnie in Auchterless Parish.
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instrmnent, dated 5 November 1495,
showing that, in presence of a notary and witnesses “compeared
James Allirdes, et fideliter promisit
ad fac-e---- servicium fidelitatemquo servandam in omnibus et decet
honorabili viro Johanni Allirdes de eodem et domino de Ochtirles
heredibusque tempore vito, cum ad dictum servicium debit premonitus fuerit.
Et si, quod absit dictum con---- Jacobum in contrarium devenire viz., si
notabilum detectum in
servicio suo faceret ipso ad hoc competenter abdoce ut prefertur premonito Tunc
in instante ac sine mora assedacio terrarum de Cuschne die---Jacobo
et uxori auc facta prout in literis ----- -confectus plenius continetur penitus expiraret.”
These things were done in the
Hall of Allirdes at two oclock afternoon, in the presence of discreet men, Sir Andrew
Valentyn and Sir Robert Blacklawis, chaplains.
Barclay-Allardice ms., pp.
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instrument dated 13th November 1500, that in presence of William Bishop
of Brechin, his sitting in judgment, appeared James Richardson, chaplain,
procurator of John Allerdes of that ilk, and produced certain letters of
reversion by Alexander apparent of Drum, and Jonat Allirdes his spouse, of the
two parts of the lands and barony of Ouchterles, sealed with their seals and
dated 13 December 1499, and after presenting and reading thereof, the said
ab honorabili domicella Joneta Allirdess sponsa Alexandri Irwyne, filii et
apparentis heredis honorabili viri Alexandri Irvin de Drum inquisivit si ad
sigillacionem dictarum literarum reversionis libere et voluntarie pro parte sua
consentiebat. Que quidem. Joneta
non vi auit metu ducta [etc.] Sigillum suum proprium in manum tenens intra cujus
circumferentiam tria folia de le holyne cum undis [
] sculpta erat in absencia sponsi antedicti tactis Sacro Sancti dei
Evangeliis in manibus dicti episcopi juramentum prestitit corporale quod ad
dictarum literarum sigillacionem liberrime -incoacta et ex propria voluntate
things were so done in the choir of the parish church of Montrose at eleven
o'clock before noon, in presence of Mr George Meldrum, chantor of Brechin, Sir
David Ochterlowny, vicar of Monheky, Alexander Grahame, William Mureff, John
Grahame, William Allirdes, and Mr. John Nauchty, notary.
instrument, dated 15 June 1512, setting forth that John Allardes of that
ilk, having “compeared plegium sive le borghe in
manu Thome Bissate mari feodatari Regii, vicecomitatus de Aberdene posuit, quo
de jure arrestaret novam culturam formatam in Drowmdewane et blada sive grata in
eadem crescencia non Remouenda so veractum vulgo le fauche infra eandem non
laboranda una cum edificiis constructis in dictis terries - de Dronmedewane
prope Blakfurd non fungend. Pro
injusta occupacione earumdem terrarum donec per leges titulo juris cujus sint
discuciantur. Quia ipsas dictas
Johannis Allerdes sibi allegabat pertinere et partem esse sue partis baronie de
Ouchtirless. Et ut sibi Inwino
Garden Regia auctoritate inhiberet ne ipsas terras occupet usque in prefinitum
tempus legate. Et ut eandem
arrestam sibi intimaret non obstantibus- ipsis arrestamentis iteratis vicibus.
In pretaxatis alias affixis minime valentibus."
things were done on the lands of Drowmdewane at twelve o'clock noon, in presence
of George.Meldroum of Five, Sir Gilbert Hay of Ardendracht, Knight, Walter
Barclay of Tolly, George Abercromby of Petmethane, Robert Gordon of Bealle,
Patrick Stewart of Latheris, Robert Allerdess, Mr. Alexander Ogilvy in
Glashalche Magnus de Monte alto, son and apparent heir of John Mowat of Loscragy,
Andrew Crage of Cragisfyntray, Thomas Meldrum of that ilk, James Crafurd of
Fetheray, James Bissate, and Mr. Andrew Patrickson, notary, with many others.
Source: Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 631.
(Blackford) is a hill in Auchterless parish.
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Apud Aberdene, 3 Oct.
confirmavit cartam Joh. Allerdes de eodem, - [qua concessit ALEXANDRO IRWIN
filio et heredi apparenti Alex. Irwin de Drum, et JONETE ALLERDES ejus sponse, filie dicti
Joh.,- duas partes terrarum baronie de Uchterles, vic. Aberdene - pro matrimonio inter eos solempnizato: - TENEND.
cum tenentibus, &c., dictis Alex. et Jonete, eorumque alteri diutius viventi,
in conjuncta infeodatione, ac heredibus inter ipsos legitime procreatis, quibus
deficientibus, heredibus propinquioribus legitimus ipsius Alex. et assignatus
quibuscunque, de rege in feodo: - RESERVATIS
libero tenemento ipsi Joh., -ac rationabili, tertia Elizabethe Gordoun
sponse sue cum contigerit: - TEST. M. Adam Gordoun precentore Moraviensi, Joh.
Rutherfurde milite ac preposito de Aberdene, Alex. Menzeis, Rob. Blinsele, Alex.
Rede, M. Joh. Gordoun vicario de Striveling, Alex. Aberdoure, et D. Joh.
Striveling, notario publico : - Apud Aberdene, 10 Sept 1499]
:-TEST. ut in carta 2490.
Source: RGS 12 James IV (1499-1500).
Notes: The Elizabeth Gordon
mentioned was wife to John Allardice of Allardice.
medieval Scottish, to "confirm" was to ratify the right of a person to
take and administer property of a deceased person as executor or administrator.
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3647.Apud Edinburgh, 8
confirmavit JOHANNI ALLIRDES de eodem. et JONETE LUNDY ejus sponse, - terras de
Leyis, ac orientalem dimedietatem de Litill Barres. in baronia de Allirdes, vic.
Kincardin: - quas idem Joh. resignavit:-TENEND. dictis Joh. et Jon. et
ipsorum alteri diutius viventi in conjuncta infeodatione, et heredibus masc.
inter ipsos legit. procreatis, quibus deficientibus, legit. et propinquioribus
heredibus masc. dicti Joh. quibuscunque secundum tenorem carte tallie desuper
confecte TEST. “ut in aliis cartis precedentibus."
under the Privy Seal of James V., dated Edinburgh. 22 March 1516,
permitting John Allardes of that ilk to sell annalie or wedsett his landis and
barony of Allirdes, in the Sheriffdom of Kincardine.
instrument, dated 5 September 1522, setting forth that on that day John
Allirdes of that ilk, and John his lawful son and heir, compeared at the Market
Cross of Aberdeen, and there by proclamation thrice repeated by the mouth of
David Herine, one of the officers of the said burgh, at the command of the said
John, the father and sin warned a noble man, Alexander Irwein, of Forglind, son
and heir of Sir Alexander Irwein of Drum, and Janet Allirdes, his wife, spouse
of the said Alexander Irwein, of Forglin,. to appear in the church of St.
Nicholas of Aberdeen, on Monday the 3rd of November next, to receive the sum of
1,200 merks, due for the -redemption of two parts of the barony of Ochterles, in
terms of letters of reversion.
by John Abbot of Lundores, and Convent of the same, to Gilbert Keith of Troup
and Isobel Forbes his spouse, and to William Keith their son, for 19 years, of
the lands called Soottistoune, together with Marcorye and the officiar land of
the same within the barony of Witstonis and sheriffdom of Kincardine.
Dated at Lundores, 24 July 1532.
Signed by the abbot, subprior, and 23 monks.
Sources: RGS 24 James IV (1511-12).
Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 631.
"Leyis" stands for the Leys of Barras, 3 miles North of
Allardice. A "wadset" is
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2148.Apud S. Andream, 28
confimavit JOHANNII ALLIRDES de eodem, heredibus ejus et assignatia, - terras de
Allirdes cum principali mesuagio, terris dominicalibus et molendino earundem,
terms de Litle Bams et Lays, cum nemoribus et piscariis salmonum et aliorum
piscium, vic. Kincadin; binam
partem terrarum et baronie de Ochterles, continen. binam partem de Haltoun de
O., duas lie Parsantis, binam partem de Ordley, Thomastoun, Smailburne, Quyaneis
Knokleith et molendinum earundem, binam partem de Brakillis, Bakyhill,
Langschawbra, Logyaltoun, Fyschearfurd, Reidhill et Hassilwellis cum manerio
earundem, integras terras de Blakfurd, Baddinskeith et Invertherny, cum silvis
molendinis pscariis, tenentibus &c., vic.
Abirdene; - quas idem Joh. personaliter resignavit; et quas rex, pro bono
servatio, incorporavit in liberam baroniam de Allerdes :- REDDEND. annuatim unam
sectam ad placitum capitale vic. de Kincardin, Post festum S. Michaelis, cum
servitio warde &c- :-TEST. ut in aliis cartis &e. xxvl 413.
by James V. to John Allirdes of that ilk of the lands of Allirdes, with the
principal messuage, and mains lands of Little Barress and Leys, lying in the
shire of Kincardine, and also the two parts of the lands and barony of Ochterles,
containing two parts of the lands and barony of Ochterles, two lie parsantis,
one part of the lands of Ordley, Thomastoune, Smailburne, Quysneis, Knokleith
and mill thereof, two parts of the lands of Donkillis.
Bakyhill Langschaubrae, Logyaltoun, Fischerford, Reidhill, and
Hassiewellis, with the manor thereof ; also all the lands of Blakfurd,
Baddinskeith, and Innercherny, in the shire of Aberdeen; resigned by the said
Joh., and now united into one whole and free barony, to be called the barony of
Allirdes, ordaining the manor-house of Allirdes built and building, to be the
principal messuage of the said et barony.
Dated at St. Andrews, 28 May 1540.
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on the resignation into the King's hands by John Allardes of his lands of
Allirdes, dated 28 May 1540, on which the above charter proceeds –
erant infra Monasterium Sancti Andree in Palacio Serenissimi Principis nostri
Jacobi Quinti Scotorum regis hora quarta pomeridiana, Presentibus ibidem
Reverendissimo in Christo Patre et domino David miseracione divina titulo Sancti
Stephani in Celio Monte Cardinali presbytero, Sancti andree Archiepiscopo Tocius
Scocie primate legato nato Ecelesie Cathedralis Mirapiciensis in Gallia
administratore generali, Monasterii. de Aberbrothok Commendatario perpetuo,
nobilibus et potentibus dominis Johanne domino de Innermeith,-Thoma Erskin de
Breichen milite et S. D. N. Regis Secretario, et Henrico Kempt de Thomastoun
Sources: RGS 27 James V (1540). Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 631.
The places mentioned in the original document and the translation can be
identified as places in the Parish of Auchterless.
They include Cushnie ("Quysneis"), Badenscot ("Badinskeith"),
Redhill ("Reidhill"), Blackford ("Blakfurd"), Hassiewells
("Hassiewellis"), Baikiehill ("Bakyhill"), and Bruckhills
"Haltoun" mentioned may have been lands inherited through John's
mother, Janet Lundy. A Royal
Charter of 22 May 1540 (only 6 days prior to the above charter) to Walter Lundy
speaks of his lands in "Haltoun”.
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respondebit pro £40 de flrmis totius
et integra baronie de Kincardin, Allirdes, eum manerie ejusdem, molendino,
multuris, Myltoun, villis de Litill Barres et Leyis, jacentis infra halliam suam,
existentis in minibus regino termini Sancti Martini ultimo preteriti sasine non recuperata, et
pro £80 de relevio earundem [lege ejusdem], regino debitis per sasinam datam
Johanni Allirdes, cujus pater, quondam Johannes Allirdes de eodem, ebiit in
bello contra Anglos decimo Septembris ultimo elapsi.
held at Aberdeen, 9th January 1553, serving John Allardes as heir of
James Allardes, his uncle, who fell under the royal banner at Pinkie, in the
lands of Balgowny in the barony of Frendraught and shire of Aberdeen, held
blench of William Crichton of Frendraught, and that in virtue of a General Act
in favour of the heirs of those falling in said battle.
Sources: Exch. (1548) p. 431.
Barclay-Allardice ms., p. 631.
"Myltoun" probably refers to Mitton in Barres.
"Balgowny" is an estate in Forgue Parish, 11 miles East
Northeast of Huntly.
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1337.Apud Edinburgh, 4
ET REGINA confirmaverunt cartam Johannis Allerdes de eodem, -[qua, cum consensu
Johannis Wischart de Pittarro et Monani Hog in Blairdryne, curatorum suorum,
-pro perimpletione contractus initi inter Beatricem Keith. cum consensu Willelmi
com. Mariscalli dom. Keith &c.,
ejus patris et legit. administratoris et tutoris pro ejus interesse, ex una et
dictum JOH. A. cum consensu curatorum ex altera partibus, - concessit dicte
BEATRICI KEITH, in ejus pura virginitate, - terras dominicales de Allerdes cum
molendino, vic. Kincardin; - et, in
speciale warrantum earundem, binam partem terrarum de Powburne, Scottistoun,
Calsayend, Clachak, tres quarterias de Auchindrachy vic. Kincardin: - TENEND.
dicte Beatrici; in vitali redditu, et heredibus inter dictos Beat. et Joh. A.
legit. procreandis, quibus deficientibus, legit. et propinquioribus
heredibus dicti Joh. A. quibuscunque; viz.
Powburne, Scottistoun et Calsayend de monasterio de Abirbrothok in
feodifirma, ceteras de regna:-TEST. Rob.
commendatario de Deir, M. Joh. Elder vicario de Carnebe, M Wil. Chalmer rectore
de Newdosk, Wil. Hog: - Apud Edinburgum, 20 Nov. 1558:
-TEST. ut in aliis cartis
Source: RGS 16-17 Mary I (1558-59)
"Auchindrachy” (Auchindreich) is l½ miles north of Allardice
castle. Powburne, Scottistown and
Calsayend are in Conveth Parish, near Lawrencekirk.
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dative and inventar of the goods of Robert Allardes, apparent of that ilk, at
the time of his death in Edinburgh, 26 December 1587, given up by Captain
Andrew Stewart, as tutor dative to Elizabeth Allardes, only lawful daughter of
contract dated 22 July, 1592, between John Allardes of that ilk
and his tenants, Thomas Strathauchin in Leyis and Robert Falconer in Classindrum,
on the one part, and Barbara Forbes, Lady Petcarrie on the other.
The said lady is God-willing to come and meitt at ane speciall weik- day
at the kirk of Arbuthnot, betwixt nine and twelf horis afoir none, betwixt the
date of thir presentis and the twantie fvrst dav of August nixtocum, and thair
sall acknawledge and confess the wrange done unto the laird of Allardes in this
last fact committit at the Moss of Monymont, and sall promas in all tymes
cuminge interteinament of guid freyndschip and concord without braik of hir
pert, craving the lyik concord and freyndschip to be extendit to hir on his part
in all tymes cumminge, with promeis also that scho sall caus her twa brethir
Robert Forbes, prior of Monymusk, and Abraham Forbes in Blaktoun, accumpanie hir
to the said kirk and acknawledge
the sameyn giff scho mav obteine thame thairto, quhais compeirance to the said
kirk salbe signefeit be the said Barbara to the said John Allardes sex dayes off
befoir the said day."
raised against John Allardes and his tenants by Margaret Erskine, Lady Petcarie
and Banffe, under certain obligations in a contract between her and John
Allardes of that ilk, dated 31 December 1587, and a copy thereof, which is
entitled, " Copie for John Allardes apperand of that ilk as executor and
universall intrometter to the maist veuemous pestiferous serpent, Margartt
Erskyne, Lady Makterey, 4 of August 1597."
ms., p. 631.
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1921.Apud Edinburgh, 10
- cum consensu &c. (130. 135. 126.), - confirmavit cartam Joannis Allerdes
de eodem, - [qua, - pro perimpletione contractus matrimonialis de data apud
templum de Abirluthnott et Vayne, 14 et Maii 1593, concessit JOANNI
ALLERDES, filio suo natu maximo tunc superstiti, - terras et baroniam de
Allardes, cum manerie loco, fortalicio molendino terries molendinariis &e. (comprehenden.
etiam terras de Littil Barras et Leyis), cum tenentibus &c., terras et
baroniam de Pitcarrie, cum terris dominicalibus, maneria loco, molendino, terris
molendinariis &c., terras de Clohoge et Clessindrum, Auchindreych, cum aliis
pendiculis dicte baronie de P., vic. Kyncardin:
terras de baroniam Ovir Scottistoun, Calsayend et Powburne, in parochia
de Conveth - RESERVANDO dicto Jo. seniori liberum tenementum omnium, exceptis
Clohoge, Clessindrum, umbrali dimedietate de Uver Scottistoun, et annuo redditu
5 celdrarum victualium (½ ordei et ½ farine avenatice) de terris de Powbume,
dicto Jo. juniori et Alisone Lyndsay ejus conjugi filie legitime Davidis L. de
Vayne, in conjuncta infeodatione concessis; necnon Barbare Forbes relicte
Roberti Allerdes apparentis de eodem, et post ejus decessum dicto Jo. seniori
vitalem redditum terrarum dominicalium (et molendini) de Pitcarrie cum
molindinariis terrarum de Auchindreych, Leyis et tertie partis de Littill
Barras: - PROVISO quod, si dictus Jo. senior uxorem posthac duceret, liceret eam
infeodare in quacunque parte dict. terrarum valente annuatim 2 celdras ordei et
2 celd. farine avenatice (exceptis terris dicte Alis. concessis): - RESERVATIS
infeofamentis de Powburne et Over Scottistoun filiis dicti Jo. senioris
concessis, redimend. secundum tenorem dicti contractus: - TENEND. dicto Jo.
juniori et heredibus masc. Inter sum et dictam Alis. procreatis, quibas
deficientibus, heredibus masc. dicti Jo. junioris quibuscunque cognomen et arma
de Allerdes gerentibus, de rege: - REDDEND.
pro Over Scottistoun et seqq.8 merc. feudifirme, et homagium et servitium veluti
Geo. Meldrum et ejus predecessores fecerunt, pro ceteris jura et servitia
debita et consueta: - cum precepto sasine directo Jo. Young, Jo. Strathacane in
Leyis, Luce Symsoun in Clessindmm: -
TEST. Davide Arbuthnott de Findowrie, Willelmo Raitt de Halgreine,
Jac. et Tho. Allerdes filiis dicti Jo. senioris, Georgio Sinclair servo
dicti Jo. senioris, Jac. Symsoun notario publico: - carta scripta per
Alex. Symsoun: - Apud Allardes, 23 Sept 1600]: - PRETEREA, pro bono
servitio dicti Jo. junioris et ejus predecessortim, ac
pro compositione persoluta, suprascripta dicto Jo. juniori de novo dedit, et in
liberam baroniam de Allerdes incorporavit: -
REDDEND. ut supra : - TEST. ut in aliis cartis &c.
Source: RGS 40 James VI (1607).
is l½ miles Northeast of Allardice-
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Edinburgum, 30 Jul.
- cum consensu. &c. (1. 2.),-confirmavit cartam -Joannis Stratoun feodatarii
de eodem, - [qua. - cum consensu Euphamie Ogilvie sponse sue. et D. Allexandri
Strattoun de eodem militis, - pro perimpletione contractus de data apud Montrois
et . . , 3 Maii et . . 1623, - ad feudifirmam dimisit JACOBO ALLERDES in
Falsyid, fratri germano Joannis A. de eodem. heredibus ejus masc. et assignatis
quibuscunque. absque reversione, - terras et baroniam de Wester Kynneff cum
turre et manerie loco comprehenden.- terras dominicales lie Grainge de Kynneff,
terras lie Waird et Wairdlandis ejusdem, terras dle Densvde et croftas ejusdem.
Terras de Craigdavie, Herberscheillis
et Dubtoun, cum communia in S. Johnes-hill. et advocatione capellanie S. Joannis
in Kynneff. in parochia de Kynneff. vic. Kincardin : - necnon, in speciale
warrantum earundem (et terrarum de Chappell vocat. Sainct-Johnes-chappell et
Chappel-croftis, virtute dicti contractus dicto Jac. dispositarum per dictum Jo.
et M. Rob. Stratoun in
Deanstraith), terras de Dilledies et Steiistraithe, molendinum granorum de
Dilledies cum ejus terris &c., terras de Capo et Cheppeltoun prope Arnhall,
in parochiis de Fettercairne et Straithcathrow, vic.
Kincardin et Forfar :- REDDEND. dicto Jo. pro dicta baronia 10 merc., pro
terris warranti 10 merc. :-cum precepto sasine: - TEST.
Jo. Ogilvie de
Inverquharitie, M. Joanne
Levingstoun, Carolo Fullertoun de Syde, Rob. Allexander servitore dicti Jo. O.,
Tho. Allardes in Classindrum (scriptore carte), -M. Rob. Stratoun
in Deanstraithe -Apud Balfour, 16 Aug. 1623: - TEST. ut in aliis, cartis &c.
Source: RGS 1 Charles I (1625).
(Fawside) is in Kinneff Parish. "Waird”
is probably Wardhead, West of Kinneff. "Densyde”
is probably Damside, South of Fawside. "Sanct-Johnes-hill"
(St. John's Hill) is North of
Fawside. Fettercairne is 5 miles
West of Lawrenckirk, and Arnhall is 5 miles Southwest of Fettercairn.
"Straithcathrow" (Strathcarro) is 5 miles South of Arnhall.
of Lady Mary Graham's contract of marriage with Sir John Allardes of that ilk.
26 September 1662.
and queries for the Laird of Allardyce, 1694 : - "The Laird of
Allardyce being the eldest sister son to the deceast Earl of Monteith, and
Graham of Gartmore the youngest sister's son, and so they both the nearest of
kin to the Earl in blood, and who can succeed to him, and the late Marquess of
Montross having, as is informed, impetrate a disposition from the Earl of his
whole estate, and which disposition was got by threatening even to the hazard of
the Earles life, which can be proven, and the Lady Marquess, mother to this
Marquiss, who is under tutorie with several others without warrand by
exhibitione, has with some of the friends gone to the house of one Brown, where
the Earles charter chest was lyeing, and carrying the papers away under silence
of night without inventareing or sealling up the samen by warrand of Councill,
Session, or other magistrate, to the prejudice of the nearest of kin who have
interest as appearand heirs, and had lykeways particular dispositiones from the
Earle in his ain time to severall interests which were in the charter chest
among the other papers which they medled with: Queritur, If this will not
be a ryott, and if a bill may not be drawn to the Councill at the appearand
heirs instance for sequestrating and inventarying the saids writes and taking
the oathes of the Lady Marques [
] the tutor and others present, and to find and declare it to be a ryott."
follow questions on the 'subject of teinds, and on a point arising out of the
marriage of Anna, sister to the Laird of Allardes, to the Laird of Bracklev.
for the Earl of Menteith, 1696.
for the Marquis of Montrose to the claim given in by the Laird of Allardes, 8
Inventorie of the Evidents of Kinpont.
extract of the Airth patent, 1790.
following papers are from that part of the collection which relates to the
Barclays of Ury:-
dated 17 April 1626, of contract dated 12 April 1624 , and registered in
the Sheriff Court books of- Kincardine between William Earl Marischal and
certain inhabitants of the town of Stonehaven, containing obligation by him to
grant to them feus of their tenements; and with provisions for maintenance of
bridges and causeways, the election of magistrates, &c.
Contract of marriage between the Laird of' Allardes and
Elizabeth Barclay, 1690.
ms., p. 632.