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Boldair, for their participation in that affair.
John Mure d. about 1554, when

Sir John Mire succeeded to Caldwell.
He received the honor of knighthood from
King James V. and marrying Janet Ken-
nedy, of Bargeny, had three sons, Robert,
William, and James. He was slain on the
10th September, 1570, by the Cunning-
hames of Aikett and Raeburne, of that Ilk,
the same who were afterwards principals in

* This eminent and patriotic person, was Scot-
tish secretary to King William III. and chief ad-
viser of that monarch in his settlement of the affairs
of Scotland at the Revolution. After having been
imprisoned during 1684, in Dumbarton and Stir-
ling Castles, and cruelly tortured with thumb-
screws and other barbarous instruments, on a
charge of being concerned in the conspiracv, for
which Russell and Sydney suffered, he was set at
large and allowed to travel abroad in 168.5. A
journal of his tour in the Netherlands, in that and
the following, with other interesting docu-
ments, in bis hand-writing, are now among the fa-
milv papers at Caldwell.



the murder of his cousin, Hugh, earl of
Egleton, in 1585. To Sir John succeeded
his son,

Sir Robert Mure, of Caldwell. This
gentleman was in the confidence of James
VI. by whom he was knighted, and to whom
he was related through the Lennoxes. A
number of original letters addressed to him
by that monarch, are still preserved at
Caldwell, some of them curious, as illus-
trating the manners of the times.* He m.
first, Elizabeth, daughter of Kincaid, of
that Ilk, by whom he had two sons,

John, who m. Helen, daughter of Sir
George Hamilton, of Preston, and
d. s. p.
James, who wedded Margaret, daughter
of Sir William Mure, of Rowallan,
and left at his death, v. p. four sons,
and as many daughters, viz.

1. Robert, successor to his grand-

2. John.

3. James.

4. Hugh.

5. Marion, in. to Edward Hamil-
ton, esq. of Silverton Hill.

6. Isabel, m. to John Lennox, of

7. Elizabeth, m. to Gavin Hamil-
ton, of Raploch.

8. Barbara.

Sir Robert wedded secondly, Barbara,
daughter of Sir George Preston, of Valley-
field, and relict of Robert Lord Sempill,

* The following is one of these interesting

To our richt traist freind the Laird of
Richt traist freind we greit you hartlie well.
Having disponit the esheatie of James and Mr.
\\ illiame Hallis sonis to umquhill Adam Hall of
Fulbar denuncet our Rebellis and fugitives from
our lawis for the lait slauchter of umquhill Johnne
Montgomerie of Scottistunn. In favour of our
servitours Johnne Steuart of Roisland and W il-
liame Steuart vallat of our Chalmer. We under-
stand the principale thing belonging our saids
Rebellis to consist in certane byrun annellis re-
stand awand by our traist cusing the Lord Ross
of Halkett of the sowme of ane thowsand punds.
And knawing that your gude advise and moyane
may work meikle at the handis of our said Cusing
quhom with ye ar sa tender and freindlie. We
have taikin occasionn verray ernistlie and effectu-
ouslie to requeist you that ye will perswad and
move our said cusing sa far as in you lyes to mnk
pament to our saidis servitours of the byrun an-
nellis of the said sowme as ye will do ws verray
thankfull and acceptable pleasour. Sa luiking
that ye will endevore all the gude meanis ye can
in furtherance of our servitours herein for our
cause and resting to your ansour quhat we may
luik for thareanent. We comit you to God from
Falkland the 29th day of Maij 1591.

James R.

by whom he left a daughter, m. to Sir Wil-
liam Hamilton, bait, of Preston. About
1610, the lands of Thornton, near Kilmar-
nock, long in possession of the family, were
alienated to a cadet, founder of the house
of Mure, of Thornton, the male line of
which becoming extinct in 1701, in the
person of Sir Archibald Mure, Lord Pro-
vost, of Edinburgh, the estate passed by his
heir female to John Cunninghame, of Caddel,
and is now held by Colonel Cunninghame, of
Thornton, the superiority being still with
Caldwell. In the year 1611, occurred the trial
of the ferocious Laird of Auchendrain,
chief of an ancient branch of the Mures, in
Carrick, whose crimes have been immorta-
lized by the pen of Sir Walter Scott. He was,
according to the fashion of the time, sup-
ported in his adversity by those of the
name, throughout the west of Scotland ; and
when summoned to Edinburgh by the coun-
cil, was escorted by the Lairds of Rowallan,
Caldwell, Glanderstoun, and other gentle-
men of rank connected with them. They
abandoned him afterwards, however, when
upon a fuller investigation, the infamy of
his character was displayed in its true
colours. The Laird of Caldwell when cited
for having knowingly harboured and con-
cealed an accomplice, or an important wit-
ness for the prosecutor pleaded that he
could not be expected to do otherwise, in
the case of a clansman, and this excuse was
deemed sufficient. Sir Robert was s. at his
decease by his grandson,

Robert Mure, of Caldwell, who was
served heir to his grandfather in 1617. He
m. Jean, daughter of Uchtred Knox, of
Ramphorlie, and had issue,
Robert, -*

James, 'successively "of Caldwell."
William, S

Euphemia, m. to William Mure, of
Glanderstoun, and had a son,

William, of whom presently, as
representative of the family.
Robert Mure, it seems, fell in battle about
1640 : for in August, 1641, the marriage of
the Laird of Caldwell, " whose father died
in his country's service," is ordered by the
parliament to be passed gratis. Hence it
would appear that he was one of the few
Scotchmen who perished in the only military
transaction of that period, the first revolu
tionary campaign against Charles I. which
ended in the rout of the English army at
Newburn. He was s. by his eldest son,

Robert Mure, of Caldwell, who d. in
1644, and was s. by his younger brother,

James Mure, of Caldwell, at whose de-
cease, without issue, in 1654, the estates
devolved upon his brother,

William Mure, of Caldwell, who es-
poused, in 1655, Barbara, daughter of Sir
William Cunninghame, of Cunninghame-


head. This laird, aud a few other west
country gentlemen, favourable to the cause
of civil and religious liberty, met in arms
at Chitterfleet, near Caldwell, on the 28th
November, 1666 ; whence a troop of horse,
consisting chiefly of the tenantry of that
and the neighbouring properties, set out,
under his command, to join the covenanters,
who had recently risen in Dumfriesshire,
and marched upon Edinburgh. But find-
ing themselves intercepted by the king's
troops, and hearing, by the way, of the
defeat of the whig army at Pentland, they
dispersed. Caldwell was attainted, fled to
Holland, and died in exile. His estates,
on forfeiture, were granted to the celebrated
general Dalzell. His lady was imprisoned
with two of her daughters, in Blackness
Castle, and underwent much cruel persecu-
tion, described by Wodrow, the historian of
the period. Of Caldwell's three daughters,
Jane, the eldest, wedded Colonel John Ers-
kine, of Carnock, but left no issue. Anne,
the youngest, died during the prosecution
of the family, while

Barbara Mure, the second daughter,
lived to obtain by special act of parliament,
(on the 19th July, 1690) a full restitution
of her patrimonial estates. She m. John
Fairlie, of that Ilk, but dying without issue,
was s. by her kinsman,

William Mure, fourth laird of Glander-
stoun, (refer to issue of William, second
son of the John Mure, who inherited Cald-
well in 1539.) This gentleman became, by
failure of the elder branch, heir male of line
to Caldwell, and heir direct in right of his
mother, Euphemia, sister of the last unfor-
tunate laird. He m. Margaret, daughter of
Sir George Mowat, bart. of Inglestoun, but
dying without issue, was s. by his nephew,

William Mure, eldest of eighteen chil-
dren of James Mure, esq.* of Rhoddens, in
Ireland. He m. in 1710, Anne, daughter of
James Stewart, bart. of Goodtres and Colt-
ness, Lord Advocate of Scotland, by whom
he had, with three younger daughters,

William, his heir.
James, who d. young.
Agnes, m. to the Hon. Patrick Boyle,
of Shewalton, brother of the Earl of
William Mure, of Caldwell, d. in 1722,
while a candidate for the county of Ren-
frew, and was s. by his elder son,

* Of the remaining children of James Mure,
of Rhoddens, two, Colonel George and Captain
Alexander, were wounded at the battle of Fonte-
noy. A third was Hutchinson Mure, Esq. of
Saxham Hall, near Hurv St. Edmunds, a merchant
in London. The descendants of both George and
Hutchinson are now settled in the countv of

William Mure, of Caldwell, who was
elected member of parliament for Renfrew-
shire, in 1742, and he continued to repre-
sent the county until 1761, when he was
made one of the barons of the Exchequer.
He exercised considerable influence in the
management of public affairs in Scotland at
this period, as appears from a series of
confidential letters, addressed to him by
members of the Bute, and other succeed-
ing administrations, some of which throw
light on the political intrigues of the day. —
These, with other letters, from various
eminent literary characters of his time,
Hume, Robertson, &c. with whom he was
in habits of close intimacy, are still preser-
ved at Caldwell. He m. Katherine, daugh-
ter of James Graham, Lord Easdale, of the
court of session, by whom he left two sons
and four daughters, viz.

William, his successor.
James, of Cecil Lodge, Herts, who m.
Frederica, daughter of Christopher
Metcalfe, esq. of Hasted, in Suffolk,
and has issue, three sons and four
daughters, the eldest of the latter,
Frederica, wedded Colonel George
Horatio Broke, brother of Sir Philip
Broke, G.C.B.
Katherine, m. to J. Rennie, esq. of

Leith, merchant, and had issue.
To Baron Mure succeeded, in 1776, his
eldest son,

Colonel William Mure, of Caldwell,
who served on the staff, under Lord Corn-
wallis, in the American war, where he was
wounded and taken prisoner. He subse-
quently commanded, during the late war,
the West Lowland Fencibles, and Renfrew
Militia, and was, for many years previous
to his death, vice-lieutenant of the county
of Renfrew. He m. Anne, daughter of Sir
James Hunter Blair, bart. of Dunskey, and
had issue,

William, his heir.

James, lieutenant R.N. who d. in Aug.

David, advocate at the Scottish bar.

Jane, m. to the Honorable Lieutenaot-
General Sir Charles Colville, G.C.B.
brother to Lord Colville, and has
two sons and three daughters.

Clementina, deceased.
Anne, deceased.
Sophia, d. young.
Colonel Mure d. 9th Feb. 1831, and was s.
by his eldest son, the present William
Mure, esq. of Caldwell.



Arms — Arg. on a bend, az. three mullets
of the first; within a border, engrailed gu.

Crest — A Saracen's head.

Motto — Duris non frangor.

Estates — The family possessions are now
concentrated round the place of Caldwell,
by the sale of several detached properties,
Glanderstoun,Capelrig, &c. and the purchase
by Baron Mure of other lands contiguous.
They are situated, partly in Ayrshire, partly
in Renfrewshire, and in the parishes of Beith,
Dunlop, and Neilston, and comprise a sur-
face of about 5000 imperial acres, of which
about 500 are covered with wood, chiefly
well-grown timber ; the remainder, with tri-
fling exceptions, arable land of good qua-
lity, well enclosed and cultivated. The
husbandry chiefly confined to dairy produce.
A valuable coal is worked on the banks of

a small lake, called Lochlibo ; and the pro-
perty abounds with good lime and free-
stone. The superiorities of Cowdams,
Thornton, Kittochside, and some other old
possessions, still remain with the family. —
The old castle of Caldwell, situated on a
rocky eminence, in the county of Renfrew,
went to decay on the forfeiture in 1666, and
is described as a ruin by topographers in
1690. Nothing now remains but one square
tower. The present mansion house was
built by Baron Mure, in the middle of last
century, after a plan of the architect, Adam,
and is large and commodious. It is situ-
ated a mile to the west of the old residence,
in the parish of Beith and county of Ayr,
and is distant 14 miles from Glasgow, 9
from Paisley, and 12 from Kilmarnock.
Seat— Caldwell.


COHAM, THE REV. WILLIAM-BICKFORD, of Coham, in the county of
Devon, m. 17th April, 1827, Augusta-Mary, eldest daughter of Joseph Davie Basset,
esq. of Heanton Court, and of Watermouth, in the same shire, and has issue,





Mr. Coham, who is a magistrate for Devonshire, s. to the estates upon the demise of
his father, in 1825.


ir i? +

The mansion house at Coham having been
destroyed by fire in the reign of Queen Anne,
and the family records lost in the conflagra-
tion, we have now traditional authority alone
lor the early abode of the Cohams on their
patrimonial estate, but that establishes the

fact beyond doubt, and proves their resi-
dence there since the Conquest. In the
registers of the parish which commenced in
1520, we find the name of

Stephen Coham, of Coham, who was s.
by his son,

Stephen Coham, of Coham, father of

Lewis Coham, of Coham, esq. living in
the beginning of the seventeenth century
To this gentleman succeeded his son,

Lewis Coham, esq. of Coham, who wed-
ded, in 1669, Mary, daughter of John Ars-
cott, esq. of Tetcott, near Holsworthy, in
Devon, by Gertrude, his wife, daughter of
Sir Shilston Calmady, and had three sons
and two daughters, viz.

1. Stephen, his heir.

2. John, who settled at Bovacott, in the
parish of Bradford. He m. Marga-
ret, second daughter and co-heiress
of William Holland, esq. of Upcott
Avenel, and had an only son,

Arthur, in holy orders, archdeacon
of Wilts, rector of Pottern, in



that shire, and of Chiswick, Mid-
dlesex, who m. Grace Anne, dau.
of Plnkenett Woodruffe, esq.
of Chiswick, and had two sons,
who hoth died*, p. and two daugh-
ters, Isabella-Anne, m. to Rich-
ard Nowell, esq. and Eliza-Jane,
m. to George Hardisty, esq. of

3. Arthur, who m. a daughter of —
Burdon, esq. of Burdon, and settled
at Holsworthy, Devon, where his de-
scendants continue to reside.

4. Mary, m. to Benoni Bampfylde, esq.
of Poltimore.

5. Gertrude, m. to Clement Gay, esq.
related to Gay the poet.

The eldest son and heir,

Stephen Coham, esq. of Coham, es-
poused, in the btYi of Queen Anne, Mary, dau.
and co-heiress of William Holland,* esq. of

* The family of Holland, one of the most an-
cient and illustrious in England, derived its de-
scent from Robert de Holand, a gallant soldier
in the Scottish wars of Edward I. who obtained
large territorial grants from the crown, and was
summoned to parliament as a Baron, in the 8th
of Edward II. His lordship joining the insur-
rection of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, suffered
decapitation in 1328. He had wedded (as stated
in the text) Maude, one of the daughters and co-
heirs of Alan, Lord Zouch, by whom he had with
three elder sons,

John de Holand, who married Elinor, daugh-
ter and heir of Sir Andrew de Metsted, of Up-
cott Avenel, in the county of Devon, by his wife,
trie heiress of Bathe, of Weare, and thus ac-
quired that estate ; where this branch of the Hol-
land family have ever since resided. This John
de Holland having made an avowry in certain
lands, it was pleaded against him that the lands,
then in question, were seized unto the king's
hands, because that Robert de Holand, father of
the said John, did aid and assist Thomas, Earl of
Lancaster, against King Edward II. (lib. 3rd of
Edward III. folio 10th.) He was s. by his son,

Thomas Holland, of Upcott Avenel, living
temp. Edward III. who espoused Lucy, daughter
and heiress of John de Holsworthy ; and from
this alliance lineally sprang, through a long line
of eminent progenitors,

William Holland, esq. of Upcott Avenel, who
married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Bar-
tholomew Thorne, esq. of Thome, by his wife, a
daughter of Henry Rolle, esq. of Heanton Sack-
ville, and was s. by his son,

William Holland, esq. of Upcott Avenel.
This gentleman m. Mary, daughter of — For-
tescue, esq. of Buckland Filleigh, by whom he
left at his decease, a son and successor,

William Holland, esq. of Upcott Avenel, who
m. in 1682, Joan Stafford, of Stafford, and left at
his decease, two daughters, viz.

Mary, who wedded (as in the text) Stephen

Coham, esq. of Coham.
Margaret, m. to John Coham, esq.

Upcott Avenel, in Devon (lineally descend-
ed from John, fourth son of Robert, Lord
Holland, by Maude, his wife, one of the
daughters and co-heiresses of Alan le Zouch,
of Ashby), and thus acquired that estate.
About this time, Coham, as before men-
tioned, was destroyed by fire, and the family,
in consequence, removed to their seat ;it
Upcott Avenel. By the heiress of Holland,
Mr. Coham had two sons,
Lewis, his heir.

Holland, in holy orders, rector of
Northlew, in Devon, who in. Chris-
tian, daughter of the Rev. James
Silke, of Bedminster, and had issue,
Stephen, successor to his uncle.
William-Holland, heir to his
The elder son,

Lewis Coham, esq. of Upcott Avenel, re-
built the mansion of Coham. He m. Lu-
cretia, daughter and co-heiress of — Barn-
field, esq. of Mambury and Great Torring-
ton, Devon, but dying without issue in 1778,
the estates devolved upon his nephew,

Stephen Coham, esq. of Coham and Up-
cott Avenel, at whose decease unmarried
in 1786, the representation and possessions
of the family devolved upon his brother

The Rev. William-Holland Coham, of
Coham and Upcott Avenel. This gentle-
man wedded in 1790, Mary, daughter and
eventually sole heiress of George Bickford,
esq. of Duusland and Arscott, both in the
county of Devon (see family of Bickford,
of Dunsland at foot), and had issue,
William-Bickford, his heir.
George-Lewis, of Upcott Avenel, a
magistrate and deputy lieutenant of
the county of Devon.
Holland, a graduate of Trinity College,

Mr. Coham died 15th March, 1825, and was
s. by his eldest son, the present Rev. Wil-
liam-Bickford Coham, of Coham.


Dunsland or Donesland is said in
Doomsday Bookf to be holden by one Ca-

t " Cadio holds of Baldwin, Donesland ; Uluric
held it in the reign of King Edward (the Con-
fessor), and was rated for half a yard of land. The
land which is there consists of four plough lands,
with one servant, and six villeins, and four bor-
derers. There are twenty acres of meadow, and
as many of pasture, and four acres of wood. This
was formerly worth thirty shillings ; at present it
is worth twenty-five shillings." — Translated from
Doomsday Book.



dvho. It continued in that family, which
was sometimes styled de Donesland, until
the reign of Henry IV. when

Thomazin Cadyho, espousing John Da-
bernon, conveyed to him that estate. Their

John Dabernon, left at his decease a
daughter and heiress, Joan, who espousing
John Batten, conveyed to him the estate of
Dunsland, and was mother of Robert Bat-
ten, who wedded Jane, daughter of Wal-
rond, of Bovey, and had a son and heir,

Humphrey Batten, who married Ca-
therine Carminowe, and left at his decease
an only daughter and heiress,

Philippa Batten, who wedded John
Arscott, esq. of Arscott, in the county of
Devon. The great great grandson of this

John Arscott, esq. of Arscott and Duns-
land,espoused Mary, daughter of — Monke,*
esq. of Potheridge, and was *. at his de-
cease, by his son,

Arthur Arscott, esq. of Arscott and
Dunsland, who m. the daughter of — Yeo,
of Petherwin, and died in 1662, leaving an
only daughter and heiress,

Grace Arscott, of Dunsland, who wed-
ded William Bickford, esq. of Bickford
Town, in Devon, and of St. Kevern, in
Cornwall, and left (with a daughter, Eliza-
beth, who m. Henry Rowland, esq.) a son
and heir,

Arscott Bickford, esq. of Dunsland,
who m. first, Mary Parker, of Boringdon ;
and secondly, in 1683, Bridget, sister of the
celebrated Dean Prideaux, and second
daughter of Edmund Prideaux, + esq. of Pri-

* From the Monkes of Potheridge sprang the
celebrated George Monke, Duke of Albemarle,
of whom there is an original portrait in excellent
preservation among the family pictures at Duns-

t Edmund Prideaux, who was sheriff of Corn-
wall in 1664, left with three sons (see page 204),
three daughters, viz. Anne, m. to Richard Coffin
esq. of Portledge ; Bridget, m. to Arscott Bick-
ford, esq. of Dunsland ; and Honour, who d. at
Dunsland, unmarried.

deaux Place, in Cornwall, by Bridget, his
wife, daughter of John Moyle, esq. of Bake,
in the county of Cornwall. By his second
lady he had a son and heir,

William Bickford, esq. of Dunsland.
This gentleman m. first, Bridget, daughter
of — Tremayne, esq. of Sydenham ; se-
condly, Damaris, daughter and heiress of
Edward Hoblyn, esq. of Nanswhyddon, in
Cornwall ; and thirdly, Elizabeth, daughter
of — Richards, esq. of Okehampton. He
was s. at his decease, by his eldest son,

Arscott Bickford, esq. of Dunsland, at
whose demise unmarried, the estates de-
volved upon his brother,

George Bickford, esq. of Dunsland,
who m. Mary, daughter of — Palfreyman,
esq. of Molland, and had surviving issue,
Arscott, his heir.

Mary, who wedded (as before stated)
the Rev. William-Holland Coham,
of Coham ; and is the present pos-
sessor of Dunsland.
Mr. Bickford was s. at his death, by his

Arscott Bickford,* esq. of Dunsland, a
captain in the 7th Dragoons, who died un-
married, in 1817, and the family estates
devolved upon his only surviving sister, the
present Mrs. Coham, of Dunsland.

Arms — Az. a lion rampant, between three
fleur-de-lys, or.

Crest — A plume of straight ostrich fea-
thers, issuing out of a ducal coronet.

Motto — Fuimus et sub Deo erimus.

Quarterings — Holland, Metsted, Bick-
ford, and Arscott.

Estates — In Devon.

Seats — Coham (anciently spelt Cohame),
in the parish of Black Torrington ; Duns-
land, in the parish of Bradford : which
latter seat devolved upon Mrs. Coham, at
the death of her brother, Arscott Bickford,
esq. and she has since made it her place of

* The Arscotts and Bickfords have been re-
peatedly sheriffs for the county of Devon.



HARRINGTON, BLANDINA, of Worden, in the county of Devon,
rington became sole heiress at the decease of her elder sister.

Miss Har-


Sir John Harrington, of Kelston, in
Somersetshire, godson to Queen Elizabeth,
espoused Mary, daughter of Lady Rogers,
by whom he had several children. His
second son,

George Harrington, esq. was father of

Edward Harrington, esq. who wedded
Anne, daughter of captain Braddon, of the
county of Cornwall, by whom he had a son
and heir,

William Harrington, esq. who m. Jane,
daughter and heiress of Robert Yeo, esq. of
Worden, in Devon, descended from a younger
branch of the House of Yeo, of fleanton
Sackville. The estate of Worden came into

the Yeo family by the marriage of one of
its members with Mary Batten, of Dunsland,
whose marriage portion it was. William
Harrington was s. by his son,

William Harrington, esq. of Worden.
This gentleman espoused Gertrude, daugh-
ter of Clement Gay, esq. (related to John
Gay, the poet), by his wife, the daughter of
Lewis Coham, esq. of Coham, who wedded
in 1669, Mary, daughter of John Arscott,
esq. Mr. Harrington, was s. at his decease
by his son,

Robert Harrington, esq. of Worden,
who wedded Elizabeth, daughter and co-
heiress of Richard Somers, esq. of North
Tawton, by whom he had issue,

William Yeo, who died young.
Maria-Anne, m. to William Kent, esq.

but died without issue.

On the decease of Mr. Harrington, his
estates devolved on his two daughters, and
at the death of the elder, became the un-
divided possession of the younger, the pre-
sent Miss Harrington, of Worden.

Arms — Sa. a fret arg.

Estates — In Devon.

Seat — Worden, near Holsworthy.



BYRNE, CLARINDA-MARY, of Cabinteely, in the county of Dublin.
Byrne inherited the estates at the decease of her sister in 1810.



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