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




Christian Johnson, is the first recorded possessor of the lands of Wester Fandowie for which he had a charter from King David II. on 2 July 1359.[1] From him, apparently, descended :

John Duff, who was father of :

Finlay, son of John Duff of Fandowie, m. Christiana and to whom Gilbert, son of William, resigned his lands of Wester Fandowie which was confirmed by King James I. on 16 November a.r. twenty-six [1431].[2] He was father of :

John, of whom nothing is known other than that he was father of :

Finlay Johnson of Fandowie, had sasine for the lands of Wester Fandowie in 1493[3] and d. by November of 1513, most probably at the battle of Flodden in the September previous. He was father of :

Finlay Barronson of Fandowie, had Sasine for the lands of Fandowie on 6 November 1513,[4] and was k. at the battle of Pinkie in September of 1547. He was father of :

Alexander MacDuff of Fandowie, succeeded to the lands of Fandowie for which he had Sasine on 2 November 1548, by those terms proclaimed by the King for the heirs of those killed at the battle of Pinkie,[5] and was bailie to a sasine in favour of Janet Stewart, Lady Methven, dated 10 March 1557.[6] He d. after 16 July 1577 when he was admitted to Burgess and Guild of Perth,[7] and before 25 October 1592, and was father of :

  1. David MacDuff of Fandowie, (see below).
  2. Finlay MacDuff, became a Saddler in Perth and was admitted to Burges and Guild of that city on 23 September 1577. He was cautioner to his brother, John, on his admittance to Burgess on 9 March 1582.
  3. Alexander MacDuff, became a Bower in Perth and was admitted to Burgess and Guild there on 23 September 1577.[8]
  4. John roy MacDuff, became a Maltman in Perth and was admitted to Burgess and Guild of that city on 9 March 1582, being then styled fourth son of Alexander MacDuff of Fandowie.[9] He was included in a bond of caution subscribed by Robert Farquharson of Dalraddy not to harm George Ramsay of Bamff dated 12 July 1606 and is then styled brother to David MacDuff of Fandowie.[10] He was served heir to his brother, Gilbert, in an annualrent from a tenement in Perth on 30 June 1626.
  5. Gilbert MacDuff, was admitted to Burgess and Guild of Perth on 25 October 1592, being the styled son of the deceased Alexander MacDuff of Fandowy.[11] He dsp by 30 June 1626, when his brother, John, was served heir to him in an annualrent of 50 merks Scots from a tenement in Perth.[12]

David MacDuff of Fandowie, in favour of whom a precept passed the Privy Seal on 6 August 1573 for a charter of confirmation for the lands of Fandowie as heir to his father, Alexander MacDuff of Fandowie, to be held by himself and Agnes Tosheoch, his spouse.[13] He succeeded his father and served as factor to the Earl of Tulliebardine on his lands around Fortingall for a number of years. He and John MacDuff in Ballielone granted a Bond of Manrent to Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy on 20 November 1594. He d. by June of 1636 and had issue :

  1. James MacDuff of Fandowie, succeeded and d. without apparent issue before 4 June 1636, when his nephew, Patrick MacDuff in Gibbenstoun, was served his heir in the lands of Fandowie and others around Moulin.
  2. A son, who was father of :

2a} Patrick MacDuff of Fandowie, succeeded his uncle, James MacDuff of Fandowie, and was served heir to him in the lands of Wester Fandowie on 4 June 1636.[14] He was also served heir to him in those of Head of Moulin and Littleton of Moulin on the same day,[15] and had disponed his lands by 14 September 1640, when he is styled “sometime in Fandowie” in a back-bond by Patrick Ross, Notary in Perth.[16]




[1] GD38/1/62/9.

[2] Atholl charters.

[3] Ex. Rolls. Vol. X. P. 768.

[4] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XIV. P. 524.

[5] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XVIII. P. 450.

[6] RMS 1546-1580. No. 1261.

[7] SRS Perth Guildry Book. No. 581.

[8] SRS Perth Guildry Book. No. 588. Both are styled sons of Alexander MacDuff of Fandowy.

[9] SRS Perth Guildry Book. No. 646.

[10] Reg. Privy Council.

[11] SRS Perth Guildry Book. No. 816.

[12] Retours. Perth. No. 347.

[13] RPS Vol. VI. No. 2055.

[14] C22/15/156.

[15] C22/15/194.

[16] GD172/2050.