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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David Davidson, 1st of Cantry, b. in 1720/21 and became a successful merchant in London. Settling back in Scotland he purchased the lands of Cantray, near Inverness, from Dallas of Cantray by Disposition dated 2 February 1768. He m. on 9 November 1785, to Mary Cuthbert,[1] (she survived him and d. at Cantray, on 29 September 1804[2]), d. on 22 October 1803, in his 84th year,[3] and was father of,

Sir David Davidson, 2nd of Cantry, b. on 20 July 1788 and succeeded his father, being served heir to him in part of the castle lands of Inverness on 20 March 1804.[4] He m. at Kilravock Castle, on 12 December 1804, to Margaret, daughter of Hugh Rose of Brae,[5] and d. at Cantray on 28 March 1816.[6] He was father of,

  1. David Davidson, 3rd of Cantray, b. on 9 October 1805, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands of Croy and Clava on 28 July 1817.[7] He dsp at Edinburgh on 14 April 1824[8] and was succeeded by his brother, Hugh.
  2. Hugh Davidson, 4th of Cantry, (see below).
  3. Francis Russell Davidson, b. on 24 May 1810 and entered the Bengal Civil Service, becoming Collector and Magistrate of Saharunpore. He d. unmarried, at Landour, on 9 July 1848 from injuries received from falling off a precipice.[9]
  4. Cuthbert Davidson, b. on 24 May 1810 and went out to Calcutta as a military cadet in 1826, serving as Captain, then Colonel in the 4th Nizam’s Cavalry. He d. at Hydrabad, on 2 August 1862 having m. firstly, at Benares, on 8 December 1834, to Anna Maria, daughter of George Mainwaring,[10] Bengal Civil Service, (she d. at Hyderabad, on 8 June 1854[11]), by whom he had issue ; and secondly, at Hyderabad, on 27 October 1857, to Ellen Eliza, daughter of Captain William Hore, Bengal Army,[12] (she survived him and d. at Lewisham, on 24 January 1878[13]), by whom he had further issue. He had issue, (see full version).
  5. Margaret Davidson, b. on 20 March 1808 and m. firstly, on 11 August 1829, to Sir Robert Grant, Governor of Bombay, by whom she had issue ; and secondly, to Joscelyn William Percy.

Hugh Cochrane Davidson, 4th of Cantray, b. on 20 April 1809 and succeeded his brother, David, being served heir to him in the lands of Croy and Clava on 1 April 1824.[19] He m. at Howth Church, on 19 August 1830, to Maria, daughter of Colonel Grogan, Seafield, Co. Dublin,[20] (she survived him and m. secondly, at the Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, on 14 May 1853, to Edward C. Hakewell[21]), and d. on Friday 3 July 1846.[22] He was father of,

  1. Hugh Grogan Davidson, 5th of Cantray, (see below).
  2. Cuthbert John Davidson, b. on 13 August 1839 and was lost on board the Dunbar off Sydney Harbour on the night of 20 August 1857.[23]
  3. Margaret Davidson, b. on 16 January 1832 and m. at St. John’s Chapel, Edinburgh, on 1 June 1849, to Alexander Robertson of Balgownie Lodge.[24]
  4. Catherine Jane Davidson, b. on 15 December 1834 and m. at the Residency, Hydrabad, on 8 December 1852, to Captain Hastings Fraser of Ardochie.[25] She d. at Bank Street, Inverness, on 21 March 1869.[26]
  5. Frances Harriet Davidson, b. on 20 June 1836 and d. at the Residency, Hydrabad, on 20 September 1854.[27]
  6. Maria Anne Elizabeth Davidson, b. on 17 June 1843 and m. Colonel Allan Scott, Royal Artillery. She d. at Rue d’Arlau, Brussels, on 7 January 1880.[28]

Hugh Grogan Davidson, 5th of Cantray, b. at Dublin, on 18 December 1833,[29] succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands of Cantry, Clava and Croy on 24 April 1848.[30] He m. at St. Mary’s Church, Poona, on 18 December 1854, to Caroline Charlotte, daughter of Colonel Stratford Powell, Adjutant-General of the Bombay Army,[31] d. on 13 September 1889[32] and was father of,

  1. Hugh Davidson, 6th of Cantray, (see below).
  2. Clara Davidson,

Hugh Davidson, 6th of Cantray, b. on 14 April 1857 and succeeded his father in 1889. He m. at Inverness Cathedral, on 1 February 1890, to Harriet King, fifth daughter of Roderick Hugonin of Kinmylies,[33] d. at Cantray on 21 April 1910[34] and was father of an only child;

Edith May Davidson of Cantray, b. at Rhysnant Hall, near Oswestry, on 2 June 1892 and succeeded on her father’s death in 1910. She sold her lands of Clava in 1926, followed by those of Cantray which were purchased by Captain Oldfield of Coull in 1931, the old mansion house there having previously been entirely destroyed by fire on Saturday 1 October 1921.[35]




[1] OPR – Inverness.

[2] Scots Magazine, 1st November 1804 edition.

[3] Morning Post, 31st October 1803 edition.

[4] Services of Heirs.

[5] Caledonian Mercury, 20th December 1804 edition.

[6] Caledonian Mercury, 8th April 1816 edition.

[7] Services of Heirs.

[8] Caledonian Mercury, 24th April 1824 edition.

[9] The Atlas, 7th October 1848 edition.

[10] India Office record.

[11] Hertford Mercury, 5th August 1854 edition.

[12] India Office record. See also: Homeward Mail from India, 15th December 1857 edition.

[13] South London Press, 2nd February 1878 edition.

[14] Hereford Journal, 27th May 1846 edition.

[15] Banbury Guardian, 18th November 1852 edition.

[16] Dorset County Chronicle, 4th December 1879 edition.

[17] Morning Post, 19th February 1887 edition.

[18] Banffshire Journal, 5th June 1894 edition.

[19] Services of Heirs.

[20] Inverness Courier, 25th August 1830 edition.

[21] Morning Advertiser, 17th May 1853 edition.

[22] Inverness Courier, 8th July 1846 edition.

[23] Edinburgh Evening Courant, 1st December 1857 edition.

[24] Statutory record. See also: Aberdeen Press & Journal, 6th June 1849 edition.

[25] Aberdeen Press & Journal, 26th January 1853 edition.

[26] Banffshire Journal, 30th March 1869 edition.

[27] Northern Warder, 9th November 1854 edition.

[28] Aberdeen Press & Journal, 24th January 1880 edition.

[29] London Courier, 2nd January 1834 edition.

[30] Services of Heirs.

[31] Inverness Courier, 15th February 1855 edition.

[32] Illustrated London News, 28th September 1889 edition.

[33] Statutory record. See also: Forress, Elgin and Nairn Gazette, 5th February 1890 edition.

[34] Army & Navy Gazette, 7th May 1910 edition.

[35] The Scotsman, 4th October 1921 edition.