Edmonstone of Newton of Doune




James Edmonstone, 1st of Newton of Doune, was a natural son of Sir William Edmonstone of Duntreath and had Letters of Legitimation under the Great Seal on 4 February 1539-40.[1] He became one of the personal servants to King James V., from whom he had a charters for the lands of Newton of Doune firstly, on 20 January 1538-39,[2] and again on 5 April 1541,[3] and was a substitute heir to James Edmonstone, second son of William Edmonstone of Duntreath, in the lands of Duntreath, on 18 March 1569.[4] He d. in 1577 and was twice married, firstly, by 6 August 1541, to Janet Lawson with whom he had a charter from the King for the lands of Drumcorse, in Linlithgowshire,[5] and secondly, by 16 March 1544/45, to Marion Forrester when they had a charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Wester Row.[6] She survived him and is styled mother to James Edmonstone of Newton on 10 January 1588.[7] He was father of :

  1. James Edmonstone, 2nd of Newton, (see below).
  2. Mungo Edmonstone, became a servant to John Erskine, Earl of Mar, and was infeft by Adam Erskine, Commendator of Cambuskenneth, in an annualrent of £20 Scots from the lands of Huid on 16 March 1583, in which he is styled brother to James Edmonstone.[8] He was murdered by John Chisholm, brother of James Chisholm of Cromlix, who had Letters of Slains from his brother James Edmonstone of Newton on 25 November 1587.[9] He m. Christian Forrester, (she survived him and m. secondly, by 20 June 1589, to Simon Fergusson of Kilkerran[10]), who, as his widow, granted letters of reversion to David Somerville of Plean for an annualrent of £12 from the lands of Plean on 9 December 1588,[11] and was father of,

2a} William Edmonstone. He and his brother James and sister Margaret are styled natural children of the late Mungo Edmonstone in an instrument by John Edmonstone of Newton narrating that on 4 February 1589, Sir James Edmonstone of Duntreath had bound himself to infeft them in annualrents from the lands of Cambuswallace. They all appear to have been dead by 1618.[12]

2a} James Edmonstone,

2a} Margaret Edmonstone,

James Edmonstone, 2nd of Newton, succeeded his father and had Sasine for the lands of Newton of Doune on 30 May 1579, which had lapsed and been in nonentry for two years.[13] He was an adherent of the Earl of Mar and on 24 October 1583 he had a remission for his part in the Raid of Ruthven.[14] He granted a discharge for a portion of money paid to he and his mother, Marion Forrester, by Sir James Edmonstone of Duntreath, on 10 January 1588, as assythment for the murder of his brother Mungo,[15] and had a charter for the lands of Deanis-Lundies from that Sir James on 27 November 1608.

He m. Margaret, daughter and coheiress of Walter Bisset of Kinneff, with whom he gave his consent to the disponing of the lands of Fernieflatt to Andrew Graham, brother of the deceased Robert Graham of Morphie, in 1589.[16] He was alive on 26 January 1615 and had d. before February of that same year, and was father of :

  1. John Edmonstone, 3rd of Newton, succeeded his father and was served heir general to him on 14 March 1616,[17] then as heir to him in the lands of Ardmoir on 23 January 1623.[18] He m. Agnes, daughter of Walter Cowan, Burgess of Stirling, (c/m28 June 1614[19]), and had d. before July of 1639 being father of :

1a} James Edmonstone, 4th of Newton, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands of Newton on 23 July 1639,[20] which he afterwards disponed to his cousin, Mr. James Edmonstone, son of Mr. William Edmonstone, by Disposition dated 7 November 1654.[21]

1a} Archibald Edmonstone, bap. at Kilmadock, on 1 February 1626.

1a} Margaret Edmonstone, bap. at Kilmadock, on 12 June 1627.

  1. Archibald Edmonston. He and his brother Robert had a grant of the lands of Easter Mains, in Stirlingshire, which was confirmed under the Great Seal on 26 January 1615.[22]
  2. Robert Edmonstone,
  3. James Edmonstone, is styled son to the James Edmonstone of Newton when witness to a charter by Sir James Edmonstone of Duntreath in favour of his father for the lands of Denis-Lundie on 27 November 1608.[23]
  4. William Edmonstone, who as “Mr. William Edmonstone, brother to James Edmonstone of Newton,” was witness to the marriage contract of Anna, daughter of Sir James Stirling of Keir, and John Edmonstone of Ednam, on 21 July 1614.[24] He obtained the lands of Cambuswallace, m. Margaret Cousland and was father of :

5a} John Edmonstone of Hermitscroft, (see Edmonstone of Cambuswallace).

5a} James Edmonstone, 5th of Newton, (see below).

5a} Anna Edmonstone, m. John Dow, 1st of Arnhall, (c/m at Arnhall, on 12 August 1637[25]), and had issue.

  1. Beatrix Edmonstone, who is named in an apprising of the lands of Garden by her father on 1 August 1610.[26]
  2. Agnes Edmonstone, m. her brother-in-law Walter Cowan, son of Walter Cowan, Burgess of Stirling, (c/m at Newton of Doune, on 24 May 1615[27]).

James Edmonstone, 5th of Newton, to whom his cousin and namesake, James Edmonstone of Newton, disponed the lands of Newton of Doune and Wester Lundies by alienation dated 7 November 1654, which was confirmed under the Great Seal on 8 July 1661.[28]

He m. Isabel, daughter of Patrick Kinninmont of that Ilk, (c/m 17 December 1662, with a Tocher of 5,500 merks Scots[29]), and d. in January 1684[30] having had issue,

  1. James Edmonstone, 6th of Newton, succeeded his father and was attainted in 1689 for having been in arms in support of the exiled King James VII. On 29 May 1695, he was exiled for seven years for his involvement in the murder of John Rollo, Master of Duncrub, by Patrick Graham of Inchbraikie, during which his sword was used to deal the fatal blow. He dsp before 11 December 1705, when his younger brother, Patrick, was served heir to him.
  2. Patrick Edmonstone, 7th of Newton, (see below).
  3. William Edmonstone, bap. at Kilmadock, on 8 July 1669.
  4. John Edmonstone, bap. at Kilmadock, on 16 May 1675.
  5. Katherine Edmonstone, bap. at Kilmadock, on 3 October 1672.

He was also father of a natural daughter :

  1. Agnes Edmonstone, was a child by Katherine MacKenzie and was bap. at Kilmadock, on 29 October 1643.

Patrick Edmonstone, 7th of Newton, succeeded and was served heir to his brother, James Edmonstone of Newton of Doune, in the lands of Newton of Doune on 11 December 1705, then to his father in those of Deans and Lundie on 30 January 1706.[31] He was pursued for his involvement in the Jacobite uprising of 1708 and is said to have carried the Royal Standard at the battle of Sheriffmuir in November 1715.[32] He was imprisoned in Stirling Castle in July 1746 under suspicion of having aided the Jacobite army during the rising of 1745/46.[33] He m. Helen, daughter and co-heiress of William Crawford of Auchinames, and d. “at his house of Newton,” on 29 July 1760.[34] He was father of,

  1. James Edmonstone, 8th of Newton, (see below).
  2. Thomas Edmonstone, served as a Captain in the army and was ksp at St. Cass, in 1758.
  3. Isabella Edmonstone, m. Francis Kennedy of Dunure, (he d. at Dalquharran, on Wednesday, 13 March 1765[35]), and surviving him, she d. at Dalquharran, on 1 October 1777.[36] They had issue.
  4. Mary Edmonstone, m. on 3 November 1764, John Buchannan of Auchlessie and Arnprior, (he survived her and d. at Cambusmore House, on 5 February 1817[37]), and d. at Cambusmore House on 16 May 1808[38]). They had issue.
  5. Rachel Edmonstone, m. on 22 February 1768, to Alexander Bruce of Powfoulis.[39]

James Edmonstone, 8th of Newton, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands of Newton of Doune on 10 December 1760.[40] He m. at Tullibody, on 22 March, 1766, Mary, daughter of George Abercromby of Tullibody,[41] and d. before December 1796 having had issue,

  1. John James Edmonstone, 9th of Newton, succeeded his father and m. on 19 October 1796, to Barbara, daughter of Sir Henry Seton, Baronet. He dsp at Murrayfield House, on 19 April 1840,[42] and was succeeded in his estate by his sister Grisel, who was served heir general to him on 1 June following.
  2. Grisel Kinninmont Edmonstone, 10th of Newton, succeeded her brother John James and was served heir to him in the lands of Newton of Doune on 1 June 1840,[43] which she disponed to John Buchanan of Powis on 4 July 1852.




[1] RMS 1514-1546. No. 2079.

[2] RMS 1514-1546. No. 1906.

[3] RMS 1514-1546. No. 2324.

[4] RMS 1546-1580. No. 1838.

[5] RMS 1514-1546. No. 2419.

[6] C2/33/185. Printed Vol. 1514-1547. No. 3078.

[7] GD97/2/213.

[8] GD124/1/998.

[9] Reg. Privy Ccouncil – 1587.

[10] GD17/227.

[11] GD17/223.

[12] GD97/1/363.

[13] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XX. P. 542.

[14] RPS Vol. VIII. No. 1538.

[15] GD97/2/213.

[16] RMS 1580-1593. No. 1687.

[17] C22/6/253.

[18] C22/8/188.

[19] RMS 1609-1620. No. 1197.

[20] C22/14/276.

[21] RMS 1660-1668. No. 76.

[22] RMS 1609-1620. No. 1168. See also: RS58/1/21

[23] GD190/3/88 (1).

[24] Laing’s Charters No. 1714.

[25] RMS 1634-1651. No. 2157.

[26] RMS 1609-1620. No. 354.

[27] GD190/3/88 (2).

[28] RMS 1660-1668. No. 76. He is then styled son of the late Mr. William Edmonstone.

[29] Kinninmont Inventory.

[30] Date of death narrated in the service of his son, Patrick, as heir to him in 1706.

[31] Services of Heirs.

[32] A section of the Standard’s Pole is preserved by his descendant and heir at Cambusmore House and upon which a note in 18th century hand states it to have first been used at Killiekrankie in 1689, then at Sheriffmuir in 1715, and was offered by Patrick to Prince Charles Edward Stuart upon his entry to Stirling who thanked him but stated that its work had been done, and that a new standard was now being carried.

[33] GD27/6/31.

[34] Caledonian Mercury, 30th July 1760, edition.

[35] Caledonian Mercury, 20th March 1765 edition.

[36] Glasgow Tests. See also: Scots Magazine, 1st October 1777 edition.

[37] Scots Magazine. 1st March 1817, edition.

[38] Scots Magazine, 1st June 1808 edition.

[39] OPR – Airth.

[40] Services of Heirs.

[41] OPR – Alloa. See also: Caledonian Mercury, 2nd April 1766 edition.

[42] Aberdeen Press & Journal, 6th May 1840, edition.

[43] Services of Heirs.