Blair of Denhead and Cronan – Origins

I have received several enquiries from persons requesting further clarification on the evidence proving the descent of the Blairs of Wester Denhead and Cronan from Blair of Balgillo.

The evidence proving the precise relationship is contained within several as yet uncatalogued documents amongst the Blair of Cronan papers which are deposited in the Perth and Kinross Archives, in Perth. From notes I made when looking through these papers, the items of most importance are;

MS167/Box 1/19
Charter by Alexander Montgomery, portioner of Little Perth, to William Blair, fiar of Balgillo, and Jean Blair, his wife, in liferent, and their son Alexander, in fee, of the east parts of Balbrogie. Dated 1595.

MS167/Box 1/misc.
Charter by Alexander Montgomery, son and heir of the deceased Robert Montgomery of Nether Pert, to Sir William Blair of Balgillo, Jean Blair, his wife, and Alexander Blair, their third son, and Grissell Hutton, wife to the said Alexander, for a portion of the lands of Balbrogie. Dated 15 May 1607.

Alexander Blair of Wester Denhead died before 10 February 1627 when his eldest son, Patrick, was served heir general to him, [NRS C22/9/159]. Patrick Blair, being then a minor, had Sir John Blair of Balgillo, Peter Blair, his uncle, and Patrick Blair of Ardblair appointed curators to him and had issue, a son, Henry Blair of Wester Denhead, who was served heir to his grandfather, Alexander Blair of Wester Denhead, in the lands and town of Wester Denhead on 4 November 1687 [NRS C22/40/67]. That Henry's parentage is proved when he is styled son of Patrick Blair in his marriage contract with his first wife, Agnes, daughter of Alexander Campbell of Balgirsho, which is dated 3 November 1663 [MS167/Box 2/2/misc].

The acquisition of Cronan was made by David Blair, Henry Blair's son and heir, from Patrick Crichton, Apothecary in Dundee, by Disposition dated 1 September 1732. Reference to this is made in the Inventory of the Cronan Writs which is also contained within MS167.

Gordon MacGregor

May 2018

 

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