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the Quarles of Northamptonshire in England, descended of
the ancient family of the Ouarles in Scotland : —

Bears quarterly, first, argent, three falcons vert ; second,
or, a fess dancetty ermine, betwixt three falcons with wings
displayed vert, for the Ouarles in Northamptonshire ; third,
sable, a cross couped and engrailed or, for Ufford ; fourth,
harry of ten pieces argent and gules, three martlets sable
for Chaworth. Crest : — That of the ancient Ouarles of
that ilk in Scotland, viz., a demi-eagle displayed vert,
gorged with a ducal coronet or. Motto: — Aquila non captat
muscas."

BISSET OF QUARRELL.

On 8th May, 1462, we find Andrew Reidheuch of the
Quarrell, signing as a witness.' Soon after this date the
lands must have been acquired by the Bissets, the family
principally identified with the lands of Quarrell in the early
times. The Bissets can be traced in the county of Stirling
back to 1261, when a William and Andrew Bisset appear
as witnesses. Whether they were relations of Robert Bisset,

1 In the Appendix to the Heralds' " Visitation of Northauts," 1.j64-1G18, will be
found a pedigree of this family. "The History of Northamptonshire," in the Victoria
Coimty Histories, has also frequent references to this family.

- Copied from the Lyon Register MSS. There are frequent notices of the family
of Quarles van Dfford in the " Anuuaire de la Noble-sse et des Families Patriciennes de
Pays Bas," and in the "Armorial General,"

' Cart, of Cambuskennetb,



46 Carron Hall.

who is designed the King of Scotland's (Alexander III.)
Knight, I have not been able to ascertain.' In 1359 their
lands were called Erth Bisset. They came into possession
of Quarrell, which belonged to the Abbey of Newbattle,
early in the fifteenth century. Alexander Bisset of Quarrell
was dead before 8th April, 1472," when we find his relict,
Elizabeth Elphinstone, alluded to. In 1477, Thomas Bisset,'
most probably his son, gets sasine of " Levelandis, Torbrekis,
Chermurland, Bissetland, &c." Thomas Bisset is again referred
to in 15 12,* and we find the following contract of marriage,
under date i6th July, 1520: — "It was appoynted and
contractit betuix honorable persones, Thomas Besat of the
Quarell, on the ta parte, and George Crechtoun on the tother
parte . . . that Alexander Besat sal complete mareage
with Jonet Crechtoun, dochter to the said George. . . ." '

On 2nd July, 1550, there is a sasine given by Gavin
Hamilton to Thomas Bisset of Quarrell for Isabella Elphinstone."
This laird, who was a young man, was "slaughtered" in 1554
by Robert Henry, alias " Deill Amang Us." Henry was tried
26th October, 1554, and, to quote the terse words used in
Pitcairn's "Criminal Trials," he was "convicted of art and
part of the cruel slaughter of Thomas Bissite, young laird
of Quarrell — Beheaded."

On 2nd May, 1569, Robert Bisset, senior of Quarrell,
died. His testament, which is recorded in the Edinburgh

1 In " The History of the Frasers," by Sir W. Fraser, there are details of the
Northern Bissets.

- Abstract of Protocol Books of Stirling.

= Exchequer Rolls,

♦ B. M. S.

6 Extracts from Stirling Bnrgh Records (printed).

" Lning Charters,




SUNDIAL AT CARRON HAL



Carron Hall. 47

Commissariot, was given up by his son, Robert Bisset, " now of
Quarrel!." The above Robert Bisset, senior, was most pro-
bably the brother of the previous laird, Thomas Bisset of
Ouarrell.

Robert Bisset, junior, died before 1593, when his son, John
Bisset of Quarrell, his brother Alexander, and the late Robert
Bisset of Quarrell, are referred to.'

In 1598, Katherine Bisset, wife of James Elphinstone of
VVoodside, brother german to Sir George Elphinstone of
Blythswood, is mentioned in the Laing Charters. On 3rd
October, 1604, John Bisset of Ouarrell is retoured heir to his
father, Robert Bisset, in the lands of Chirriemuirlands.- The
next laird, probably the son of John Bisset of Ouarrell, was
Thomas, who died before 1620, when his relict, Margaret
Kinross, is referred to. This Thomas sold the lands of
Quarrell and East Skaithmure to the Elphinstones.

ELPHINSTONE OF QUARRELL."

The Elphinstones, as early as 1512, had a charter of the
superiority of Quarrell,* but it was not till about 1610 that
they seem to have owned the lands. At that date, Mr. James
Elphinstone, second son of Alexander, fourth Lord Elphin-
stone, by his wife, the Honourable Jean Livingstone, is
designed of Quarrell. He resigned the lands of Quarrell
and East Skaithmure on 27th October, 1619, to his father,
Lord Elphinstone. The lands were then given to Michael
Elphinstone, first of Quarrell.

' P. C. Register, Vol. VI., p. 604.
- Inq. Spec,

' I am specially iadebted to A. W. Gray Buchanan, Esq. of Parkhill, for his notei
on the Elphinstones.
' R, M, S.



48 Carron Hall.

I. — Michael Elphinstone, first of Quarrell, ninth son
of Alexander, fourth Lord Elphinstone, by Jean, daughter of
VViUiam, sixth Lord Livingstone,* was born 23rd December,
1593.- Along with his elder brother, John, he matriculated
at Glasgow College, 6th March, 1609.° He married, isth
February, 1618, Mary Bruce, daughter of Mr. Robert Bruce of
Kinnaird,* by whom he had (i) Robert, of whom afterwards;
(2) Michael, described as second son, 28th June, 1627" ; (3)
John, youngest son, buried at Larbert, 14th September, 1680,
" who gifted to this kirk two Communion cupps "^ with the
inscription, " CALIX USUI PIO IN AEDE SACRA DE LARBAR
INSERVIENS QUEM DONO DEDIT JOANIS ELPHINSTOVN DNI
ROBERTI ELPHINSTOVN DE QVARREL EQVITIS AVRATI FRATER
GERMANVS, 1680.'" ; (4) Lilias, who was married to Sir
John Dalmahoy of that ilk, Bart., and had two sons and
one daughter' ; (5) Helen, described as youngest daughter,
married about 1653 to David Livingstone of Bantaskine." He
had a sasine of the lands of Quarrell and East Skaithmure,
recorded isth November, 1619, proceeding on a charter granted
by his father, Alexander, Lord Elphinstone, with consent of
Alexander Elphinstone of Kildrummie, fiar of Elphinstone."
He also acquired the lands of Mungall, in the parish of
Falkirk." He is mentioned, 19th July, 1637, as tutor to Jeane

1 Wood's "Douglas's Peerage," Vol. I., p. 533.

- Elphinstone Book, Vol. I., p. 166.

= ilun. Univ., Glas., Vol. III., p. 67.

* Elphinstone Book, Vol. I., p. 166.

6 Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. IV., fol. 44.

« Tombstone, Elphinstone Book, Vol. I., p. 16G.

■ Burns's " Old Scottish Communion Plate," p, 2S7.

" Douglas's "Baronage," p. 550.

» Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. IX., fol. 153.

^»Ibii, Vol. I., fol. 332.

"liid, Vol. XIV., fol. 577.



Carron Hall. 49

Elphinstone, daughter of umq" James Elphinstone of Barns,
his brother.' According to the stone in Larbert churchyard,
he died at Durham, and was buried there, ist November,
1640. The Stirling Commissary Records state that he died
in October, 1640, and his testament dative was registered
5th December, 1640, Marie Bruce, his reh'ct, being appointed
executrix dative.

II. — Sir Robert Elphinstone, Knight, second of Quarrell,
had a sasine in his favour, 24th October 1641.'' He was
served heir of Michael Elphinstone of Quarrell, his father,
1st February, 1643.^ He had another sasine in his favour,
2 1st July, 1643.* He was knighted before 1649, when he was
on the Committee of War for Stirling,' was appointed a
Commissioner of Excise in 1661,° a Justice of the Peace in
1663," and a Commissioner of Supply in 1667 and 1678.' He
had sasines in his favour, i8th April, 1654, 20th April,
1659,° and August, 1681.'° He gifted a silver bread plate
to the church of Larbert, engraved, " EX DONO D. ROBERTI
ELPHINSTONE DE QUARREL EQUITIS QUI XIV. CAL. SEXTILIS
ANNO SALUTIS MDCLXXXIU. OEIIT. IN USUM PANIS EUCHAR-
ISTICI ECCLESI/E LERBERIANAE MRO. ARCHIBALDO MUSHITE

CURAM GERENTE."" Sir Robert married, about 1643, Euphame,

> Reg. P.O. of Scotland and MS. Decreets.
« Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. VII., fol. 329.
' Inq. Gen., 2805.

* Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. VIII., fol. 20.
6 Acts Parlt. Scot., Vol. VI., p. 192.

• Ibid, Vol. VII., p. 93.
' Ihid, p. 506.

« Ibid, p. 544, Vol. VIII., p. 226.

' Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. IX., pp. 254-5 ; Vol. XII., p. 138.
> » General Register of Sasines, Vol. XLVI., fol. 46.
1 1 Bums's " Old CommiiDJon Plate," p. 288.

4



so Carron Hall.

eldest daughter of Sir John Carstairs of Kilconquhar by his
first wife, Anna Rae,' daughter and co-heiress of Adam Rae
of Pitsindie, by whom he had issue : — (i) Michael, who
succeeded ; (2) James, a merchant in Grangepans (described as
brother-german to Michael Elphinstone of Quarrell), who had
a sasine registered lOth June, 1686, of an annual rent of 600/.,
" to be uplifted furth of the sd. Michali Elphinstoune his lands
of Quarrel, Skaithmuir, and Mungll,"' married first, about 1686,
Helen Hunter, by whom he had issue ; and secondly,
Euphan Wright, by whom he had Robert and Helen, to whom
he transferred the bond of 2nd June, 1686, over Quarrell, the
children of his first marriage being otherwise provided for,
and died before 1718' ; (3) Anna, married to Sir William
Bruce, Bart., of Stenhouse, with issue, three sons." Sir Robert
Elphinstone died 19th July, 1683.

HI. — Michael Elphinstone, third of Quarrell, was a Com-
missioner of Supply, 1678 and 1685.° He and Robert, his
eldest lawful son, had sasines " of four oxengate of land of
Over Mungall, with the corn milne thereof, kill and milnelands,
with ye pertinents," l6th January, i8th February, and 7th July,
1690.° He married Rachel Bruce, only daughter of Sir William
Bruce of Stenhouse, Bart., by Helen Douglas, his wife,' and had
(i) Robert, who succeeded ; (2) Euphane, eldest daughter,
married 30th June, 1699, to David Ramsay of Lethendy, W.S.,°
who had a sasine of the lands of Over Mungall, milne and

1 General Register Sasines, Vol. LIU, fol. 169,

' Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. VII., fol. 102.

= Ibid, Vol. XIII., fol. 608, 19th February, 1718.

* Douglas's "Baronage," p. 2iO. See under Stenhouse, p. 22.

» Acts Parlt. Scot., Vol. VIII., pp. 226, i66.

« Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. VII., fols. i22, 429, 471.

' Douglas's " Baronage," p. 210. M.C. signed 20th November, 1667.

s Falkirk Marriages; "History of Society of Writers to the Signet," p. 166.



Carron Hall. 51

milnelands in the barony of Kerse, 26th August, 1712' ; (3)
Isobell,' born about 1679, died at Edinburgh unmarried, i8th
July, 1774, aged ninety-five' ; (4) Mary, third daughter' ; (5)
Helen, fourth daughter." Michael Elphinstone of Quarrell died
July, 1695."

IV. — Robert Elphinstone, fourth of Quarrell, is mentioned
in the Stirlingshire Sasines, 30th December, 1698, and ist
October, 1703. He was served heir special to his father, Michael
Elphinstone of Quarrell in Howkerss, Teindyeard, and part
oftheoxgate lands of Bothkennar, 20th June, 171 1.' He seems
to have got into difficulties, and to have been obliged to
sell his lands. Alexander Elphinstone, writer in Edinburgh,
possibly a younger brother or near relation, had sasine of the
lands of Over Mungall, dated 27th December, 17 10, registered
5th, January 1711,* and though Mungall is stated to be in the
possession of Robert Elphinstone in December, 171 1, it was
finally sold to his brother-in-law, David Ramsey of Lethendy,
in 1712. On 9th August, 1725, Mr. John Drummond, brother-
german to James Drummond of Blair Drummond, and Mrs.
Agatha Vanderbent, had sasine of the lands of Quarrell and
Skaithmure, formerly belonging to Robert Elphinstone of
Quarrell." He married (contract dated 24th November, 1687)
Anna Campbell, second daughter of Mr. Adam Campbell of
Gargunnock, who had sasine of the lands of Skaithmure, Over

1 Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. XIII., fol. 30.

' Ibid, Vol. XIII., fols. 27, 28, 29, 117, 118.

» Scots Magazine, Vol. XXXVI., p. 391.

* Stirlingshire Sasines, Vol. XIII., fols. 27, 28, 29, 117, 118.
» Ibid.

• Service of Heirs.
' Ibid.

' Stirlingshire Sasines,

' Ibid, Vol. XIV., Pt. 2, fol. 585,



52 Carron Hall.

Mungall, Mungallmyliie, and others, 27th March, 1688.' They
had at least one son, Michael, and several daughters, the eldest
of whom, Lilias, was married to Captain James Douglas, and
died at Edinburgh, 28th December, 1775.'

V. — Michael Elphinstone, fifth of Quarrell, was served heir
portioner and heir of provision general to his grandfather,
Adam Campbell of Gargunnock, 13th September, 1739.' He
was probably never in possession of Quarrell, as the date,
1755, given in the "New Statistical Account of Scotland" as that
of the sale by the Elphinstones, is evidently a mistake, possibly
for 1725. He had a daughter, Margaret, who died in 1799.*

From the Elphinstones the lands of Quarrell passed to the
family of Drummond of Blair Drummond, as stated above, and on
19th January, 1749, there is a disposition of Quarrell by George
Drummond of Blair Drummond to Thomas Dundas, younger,
of Fingask. These lands marched with the lands of Letham,
which belonged to his father, Thomas Dundas, merchant and
Bailie of Edinburgh.

DUNDAS OF CARRON HALL'
The immediate ancestor of the family of Dundas of Carron
Hall, formerly Quarrell, was Thomas Dundas, merchant and
Bailie of Edinburgh, descended from the ancient family of Dundas
of that ilk, who acquired a considerable estate in the county of
Stirling, and got a charter under the Great Seal, 22nd June, 1732,
erecting his lands into a barony, under the designation of

1 General Register of Sasines, Vol. LVII., fol. 205.

= Scots Magazine, Vol. XXXVII., p. 638.

' Service of Heirs.

* "Edinburgh Com. Rec, 4th April, 1799.

» The following sketch of the Dundas family is principally taken from " Dundas
of Fingask," some memorials of the family, by Mrs. Diindas of Carron Hall.
Edinburgh— Dayid Douglas, 1891.



Carron Hall. S3

"Fingask." Among other lands possessed by Bailie Thomas
Dundas were those of Letham, and the old manor house of
Letham became the country home of his family. He married
Bethia, daughter of John Baillie of Castlecary, and had two
sons: — I, Thomas, his heir; and 2, Lawrence, ancestor of
the present Marquess of Zetland.

Thomas Dundas, the eldest son, succeeded his father in 1762,
and besides taking part in his father's business, also followed the
law. He was at one time Deputy-King-of-Arms. Later on he
became Member of Parliament for Orkney. In 1737 he married
Ann Graham, daughter of James Graham of Airth. She died
after a short married life, and in 1744 Thomas Dundas married
secondly, Lady Janet Maitland, daughter of Charles, sixth Earl
of Lauderdale. In 1749, as above stated, Thomas Dundas,
then designed " younger," purchased the estate of Quarrell, and
subsequently changed the name to Carron Hall.

He had "the right and title to the coal hewers and coal burners,
working and serving in the present going coal, or which belong
to the said coal and may at present be serving in any other coal."

Mrs. Dundas says : — " This claim shows that so late as the
year 1749 the colliers were bought and sold as part of an
estate ; their position, indeed, until the end of the centurj-,
remained that of serfs attached to the soil." Under the article
on Greenfield House" in " The Old Country Houses of the Old
Glasgow Gentry," is the following interesting corroboration
of Mrs. Dundas's statement: —

" In the year 1820, the story goes, Mr. Robert Bold of Alloa was on
a visit to his friend Mr. CoHn Dunlop, then of Clyde. Mr. Dunlop called up
one of the workers, an old man who went by the name of ' Moss Nook,' and
bade him tell the gentleman how he came to Clyde. Moss Nook explained

» This estate now belongs to R. Stanser M'Nair, Esq., Advocate, Edinburgh.



54 Carron Hall.

that he had ' belonged ' as a boy to MacNair of Greenfield ; that Greenfield
had taken a fancy to a pony of James Dunlop's (Colin's father), and 'had
niffered him for the beast,' and that he had been sent over to Clyde then and
there, and had been there ever since."

" It is well known that our colliers and salters were in old times slaves,
adscripH gleba. But it is not so well known how late the system lasted. It
was intended to be abolished (three years after the famous Somerset case) by
the Act of 1775, whose preamble bears that 'many colliers and coalbearers
and salters are in a state of slavery or bondage, bound to the collieries
or saltworks, where they work for life, transferable with the collieries and
saltworks.' But the collier-owners managed still to keep some grip of their
men, and the last Briton did not quite cease to be a slave till the Act of 1799
(ten years after the French Revolution), which bears that ' many colliers and
coalbearers still continue in a state of bondage." As late as 1842, before the
Scotch Mming Commission, a collier from Musselburgh, five miles from the
Parliament House, gave evidence that he had wrought for years as a slave,
and that he, his father, and his grandfather had been bom slaves. And
a little later still, some time after 1843, Dr. Norman INIacleod had among his
Dalkeith members a woman who had been bom a slave."

Thomas Dundas went on adding to his possessions in the
county, and about this time (1749) purchased Torwood' from
the heirs of Lord Forrester. By his wife. Lady Janet Maitland,
he had, besides other children, a son, Thomas, born 1750, who
succeeded him, and a daughter, Mary, who was married in 1776
to James Bruce of Kinnaird, the celebrated Abyssinian traveller.'
Thomas Dundas, first of Carron Hall, died i6th April, 1786, and
was succeeded by his elder son, Thomas.

Thomas Dundas, second of Carron Hall, was a distinguished
soldier. After a brilliant career he rose to the rank of major-
general. He fell a victim to fever at Guadaloupe, 3rd June,
1794. In the following year a monument was ordered by the

» Writs of Torwood. See nnder that property.

' " Dundas of Fingask," pp. 58-9. See under Kinnaird.



Carron Hall. 55

House of Commons to be erected to his memory in St. Paul's
Cathedral. It is in the centre of the north transept, and
is by Bacon.' Major-General Thomas Dundas, born 1750,
married 9th May, 1784, Lady Eleanor Elizabeth, daughter of
Alexander, ninth Earl of Home, by his wife, Primrose," second
daughter of Charles, Lord Elphinstone. By her he had, besides
six daughters, one son, Thomas, born 1792, who succeeded him.
Thomas Dundas, third of Carron Hall, was only two years
old at the date of his father's death in 1794. He followed his
father's profession, and entered the 52nd Light Infantry. He
carried the regimental colours at Corunna. When he landed
at Spithead in the beginning of 1809, his mother wrote to a
friend that he was " in health and spirits, without a shirt on
his back, or a penny in his pocket." He served with the
army — his many medals telling of his services to his country
— till 1 816, when he retired with the rank of major on half
pay, being subsequently raised to the rank of lieutenant-
colonel. He then settled at Carron Hall, where the "good
Colonel" was beloved by all who knew him. He was a Liberal in
politics and exerted himself so usefully during the Reform Bill
that a baronetcy was offered to him, which he declined. He was
for many years an elder in Larbert Parish Church, and was
ever ready to give his aid on behalf of all objects for the good
of the neighbourhood he loved so well. Colonel Thomas
Dundas married, 18th February, 18 15, Charlotte Anne, daughter
of Joseph Boultbee of Springfield, Warwickshire. By her
he had fifteen children, but only four grew up: — (i) Thomas,
who died unmarried ; (2) Joseph Dundas, his heir ; and two

' Dictionary of National Biography.

' Primrose Elpliinatone's mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Primrose,
Bart., of Carrington, and grand-daughter of Sir Archibald Primrose, Bart., Lord Clerk
Register.



56 Carron Hall.

daughters Charlotte Anna, who was married to Colonel Armine
S. H. Mountain, C.B., and Clementina, married to Vincencio
Bartolucci. Colonel Thomas Dundas died at Clarges Street,
London, on 25th May, i860, in his sixty-ninth year, and is
buried in the family burying ground in Larbert churchyard.
He was succeeded by his second son —

Joseph Dundas, fourth of Carron Hall, who was born 28th
November, 1822. He was a major in the Stirlingshire Militia,
and lieutenant-colonel in the Volunteers.' He died in Switzer-
land, 7th July, 1872, and was buried at Monnetier, near Geneva.
He married, 28th November, 1850, Margaret Isabella, second
daughter of George Charles Moir, of Denmore, Aberdeen-
shire, and grand-daughter of Sir William Bruce, seventh
baronet of Stenhouse, Stirlingshire, and by her had six sons
and four daughters. Mrs. Dundas was the authoress of the book
so frequently referred to — "Dundas of Fingask." Joseph
Dundas was succeeded by his eldest son —

Thomas George Dundas, fifth of Carron Hall, the present
laird, born in 1853. He married, 3rd December, 1879, Mary
Davidson, daughter of Duncan Davidson of Tulloch, Ross-shire,
and has issue : — Archibald, born 22nd September, 1880 ; and
Ronald, born 13th June, 1886. A son and daughter died in
infancy.

SKAITHMURE.

The lands of Skaithmure, from the reign of David H. till
about the middle of the sixteenth century, belonged to the
family of More, or Mure, of Skaithmure.' The old castle,
of which it is supposed a square tower' about five hundred yards

1 Appointed lieutenant-colonel 1st Administrative Battalion, May, 1861. See
further reference to Colonel Joseph Dundas under Torwood.
' Anderson's " Scottish Nation."
» Mr. Fleming's "Ancient Castles and Mansions of Stirling Nobility,"



Carron Hall. S7

west of Carron Hall mansion is all that now rennains, was said to
have been built by Sir Reginald More, Lord Great Chamberlain
under David II. On the tower are two sundials, and on
the lintel of a window is the date 1637 and the initials of
Alexander, fourth Lord Elphinstone, and Dame Jean Living-
stone, his wife,' whose son Michael was the founder of the
Quarrell branch of the Elphinstones, as already stated. Mr.
Fleming has given interesting sketches of the tower and sundials
in his book, "Ancient Castles and Mansions of Stirling Nobility."
About 148S, Alexander Mure of Skaithmure was tenant, with
his son, James, of Westerton of Bothkenner.' A charter, granted
by Robert Bisset of Quarrell, is dated at Skaithmure, 21st May,
1543, stc (probably 1534), and William Mure of "Skamur" is
a witness. The confirmation of this charter is dated 9th
September, 1542.= Probably about this date the Bissets came
into possession of the lands. On 31st October, 1582, Alexander
Mure was retoured heir of Alexander Mure of Skaithmure,
his father, in the lands of Skaithmure,' and as late as 1617,
Alexander Mure, eldest son of the late Alexander Mure
of Skaithmure, was alive.' From this time Skaithmure ceased
to be used as a territorial title.

1 Mr. Fleming's "Ancient Castles and Mansions of Stirling Nobility.''

!> Exchequer Rolls.

a B. M. S.

* Inq. Spec.

' Edinburgh General Register of Sasines.



GLENBERVIE.

(Parish of Larbert.)



THE estate of Glenbervie, formerly called VVoodside, which
includes the lands of Lethbertschiells and Stanrigmill,
is one of the most picturesque in the parish of Larbert.
The lands have most pleasing undulations, are well wooded, '
and abound with streams. The old mansion house of Wood-
side," the ruins of which are still to be seen, was probably built
by one of the later of the Bruce owners about 1590. It is noted
in Font's map of Stirlingshire, drawn about 1610.

In the reign of David II.° there is a charter by Adam Salter
to Marjory, his spouse, of the lands of Lethbertschiells, and in the
same reign they were held by William Lundie, who, we find,
was forfeited, and his lands given to Adam de Argent. About
the year 1370, there is a confirmation of donations which Adam
de Argent made to Marjory, his spouse, of the lands — 30th April,
in the fortieth year of the reign of David II., viz. 1369. The
family of the Argents figures prominently about the Court in the
thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. There is a charter* by
Robert II. to Robert, Earl of Fife and Menteith, in the year
1377, when the lands are resigned by Adam de Argent. This

* Formerly WOODSIDE.

1 See Appendix A for some uotes on trees, &c,, on the estate.

" The illustration given is not of tliis house. See Rollo of Woodside,

» Robertson's Index of Charters, 58, 6, and 67, 7.

« IMd, 118, 16.



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owner was, of course, the younger son of King Robert II.,
afterwards Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, whose craft,


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