MacDuff of Fandowie



Christian Johnson, is the first for whom there is evidence. He had a charter for the lands of Wester Fandowie from David II. on 2 July 1359[1] and from him, apparently, descended :

John Duff, who was father of :

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

John, of whom nothing of any substance 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 died by November 1513, in all likelihood at the battle of Flodden the previous September. He was father of :

Finlay Barronson of Fandowie, had Sasine for the lands of Fandowie on 6 November 1513,[4] and was killed at the battle of Pinkie in September 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 was admitted Burgess and Guild of Perth16 July 1577[7] and subscribed a Bond of Caution on 24 December 1586, not to harm John MacDuff, younger, Allister and Thomas MacDuff, his brothers.[8] He died before 16 December 1590 and was father of :

  1. David MacDuff of Fandowie, (see below).
  2. Finlay MacDuff, became a saddler in Perth and was admitted to Burgess 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.[9] He was included with his brother David MacDuff of Fandowie, in a Bond of Caution they subscribed on 8 October 1595, not to harm Thomas MacDuff in Milnton and his brothers and kinsmen.[10]
  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.[11] 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 in which he is styled brother to David MacDuff of Fandowie.[12] 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.[13] He died s.p. 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.[14]
  6. Duncan MacDuff, against whom Mr. William Schaw of Pitmurthlie complained to the Privy Council on 13 July 1602 for having been with a party who spulzied the lands of Pitmurthlie in 1596.[15]

David MacDuff of Fandowie, in favour of whom a precept passed the Privy Seal on 6 August 1573 for a confirmation under the Great Seal for the lands of Fandowie as heir to his father.[16] He was surety to his father in a Bond of Caution dated 24 December 1586 and had succeeded him by 16 December 1590, when he became bound by the General Band to keep the peace on his lands.[17] He served for a number of years as factor to the Earl of Tulliebardine on his lands in around Fortingall, and along with John MacDuff in Ballielone, he gave a Bond of Manrent to Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy on 20 November 1594.[18] Following the murder of his nephew, David Tosheoch of Monzievaird, by Laurence Bruce, younger of Cultmalundy, and his accomplices at Perth on 20 June 1618, he and other near relations became bound to keep the peace on 9 September 1619.[19] He married by August 1573, to Agnes, daughter of Andrew Tosheoch of Monzievaird, and died before June 1636 having had issue;

  1. James MacDuff of Fandowie, is named with his father on 25 May 1609 as being one of several persons who have remained unrelaxed from hornings against them[20] and was fined 500 merks on 15 September 1615 for resetting members of the Clan Gregor.[21] He was cautioner for Sir William Stewart of Grantully in a Bond dated 13 December 1612, to not harm Mr. Robert Nairne, Advocate, or his family[22] and died without issue in January 1636.[23] His nephew, Patrick MacDuff in Gibbenstoun, was served heir to him in the lands of Fandowie and others around Moulin on 4 June following.
  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.[24] He was also served heir to him in those of Head of Moulin and Littleton of Moulin on the same day,[25] 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.[26]




[1] GD38/1/62/9.

[2] Atholl charters.

[3] Ex. Rolls. Vol. 10, p. 768.

[4] Ex. Rolls. Vol. 14, p. 524.

[5] Ex. Rolls. Vol. 18, p. 450.

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

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

[8] RPC First Series, Vol. 4, p. 131.

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

[10] RPC First Series, Vol. 5, p. 665.

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

[12] RPC First Series, Vol. 7, p. 644.

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

[14] C22/9/128.

[15] RPC First Series, Vol. 6, p. 414.

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

[17] RPC First Series, Vol. 4, p. 803.

[18] GD112. Printed in the Black Book of taymouth, p. 251.

[19] RPC First Series, Vol. 11, p. 439.

[20] RPC First Series, Vol. 8, p. 288.

[21] RPC First Series, Vol. 10, p. 150.

[22] RPC First Series, Vol. 12, p. 616.

[23] C22/15/156.

[24] C22/15/156.

[25] C22/15/194.

[26] GD172/2050.