b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married

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James Abercromby, was a merchant in Montrose and was father of,

  1. Richard Abercromby of Pilton, (see below).
  2. Euphemia Abercromby, m. by 24 December 1574, to David Balfour of Inchrye and Powis, (he was widow of Katherine Cramby, by whom he had issue ; and d. on 11 July 1580[1]), when she had a lease of that part of Powis called Netherfield,[2] and had issue.
  3. Giles Abercromby, m. Richard Melville of Baldovy, and had issue.

Richard Abercromby of Pilton, was appointed chamberlain of Arbroath and acquired the lands of Pilton by 23 March 1582, when he was a member of the inquest at the retour of Henry Stewart as heir to his nephew, George Stewart of Rosyth.[3] He had a charter for the lands of Brunton of Aberbrothock on 2 July 1599,[4] and resigned his rights to those of Kingsfield in favour of Sir John Drummond of Hawthornden in December of 1604. He m. Agnes Preston with whom he is named in a Contract with John Morrison, Merchant in Edinburgh, dated 8 November 1591,[5] d. by November of 1616, having disponed his lands, and was father of :

  1. Richard Abercromby, the eldest son, was served heir general to his father on 6 November 1616.[6]
  2. Robert Abercromby, was apprenticed to Thomas Winzett, armourer in Edinburgh, on 12 December 1598.[7]
  3. Agnes Abercromby, who was served heir to her father in an annualrent of 800 merks from the barony of Medhope on 12 May 1642.[8]




[1] CC8/8/9/PP. 400-403.

[2] Laing Charters No. 904.

[3] GD11/71.

[4] RMS 1593-1608. No. 929.

[5] RD1/43/327b.

[6] C22/6/145.

[7] SRS Edinburgh Register of Apprentices.

[8] C22/16/301.



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See also: Melville's Diary in which
he mentions his maternal grandfather,
James Abercromby, and his descent
from Abercromby of that Ilk, although
he does not supply precise details for this.