Abbreviations:

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

OSWALD

OF DUNNIKIER

 

James Oswald of Dunnikier, served as a Captain in the army and was also heavily involved in mercantile pursuits which allowed him to purchase the lands of Dunnikier in 1703. He m. Isobel, daughter of Matthew Anderson, d. after 1 July 1718 and before 1 March 1719, and was father of,

  1. Matthew Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 20 September 1674 and d. young.
  2. Thomas Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 10 September 1676.
  3. James Oswald of Dunnikier, (see below).
  4. Matthew Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 5 July 1687.
  5. Isobell Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 28 September 1677.
  6. Katherine Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 25 December 1681.

James Oswald of Dunnikier, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 17 August 1685 and succeeded his father, being served heir general to him on 12 September 1723.[1] He m. Ann Durie, d. by January 1737 and was father of,

  1. James Oswald of Dunnikier, (see below).
  2. John Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 2 February 1718.
  3. Matthew Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 27 November 1720.
  4. Thomas Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 29 January 1722 and was serving as a Captain in Drumlanrig’s Regiment in July 1747.
  5. Henry Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 22 April 1723.
  6. William Oswald, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 28 February 1725.

James Oswald of Dunnikier, bap. at Kirkcaldy, on 12 September 1715, succeeded his father and was served heir to him on 26 January 1737.[2] He was also served heir to his paternal grandmother, Isobel Anderson, on 13 November 1751[3] and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. He m. at London, on 19 January 1747, to Elizabeth, sister of Jospeh Townsend, M.P. for Westbury,[4] d. at Hammersmith, London, on 24 March 1769[5] and was father of,

James Townsend Oswald of Dunnikier, b. on 23 February 1748, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands of Dunnikier on 5 October 1769.[6] He was also served heir general to his great-grandfather, Captain James Oswald of Dunnikier and Provost of Kirkcaldy, on 8 December 1772.[7] He m. on 3 October 1769, to Janet, daughter of Alexander Gray of Skibo,[8] (she survived him and d. at Moray Place, Edinburgh, on 15 February 1841, in her 95th year[9]), d. on 3 January 1814[10] and was father of,

  1. James Oswald, bap. at St. James’s, Westminster, on 2 August 1770, was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates on 8 July 1791 and d. unmarried in March 1802, his brother John, being served heir to him in the lands of Easter Smeaton and Over Grange on 19 December 1811.[11]
  2. Sir John Oswald of Dunnikier, (see below).
  3. George Oswald, b. at Edinburgh on 8 May 1779 and entered the H.E.I.C.S. as a writer. He dsp on 3 June 1819, his brother, Sir John Oswald, being served heir of conquest to him in the lands of Smeaton, Craigkellie, Grange, and others, on 25 November 1819.[12]
  4. Alexander Oswald, b. on 4 December 1780 and m. at Berlin, on 20 June 1820, to Ann Scott Greville, daughter of John Pattison, Glasgow.[13] He was father of,

4a} Caroline Anne Oswald, m. on 14 March 1838, to Arthur Saltmarshe, of Corbet Court.[14]

  1. Richard Oswald, b. on 6 April 1782.
  2. Robert Oswald, b. at Edinburgh, on 25 February 1784.
  3. Gray Oswald, b. on 28 June 1785.
  4. Elizabeth Rebecca Oswald, b. on 26 July 1774.
  5. Mary Oswald, b. on 26 October 1777 and m. at Dunnikier House, on 5 April 1810, to Robert Smythe, 5th of Methven,[15] (he survived her and m. secondly, on 6 February 1817, to Susan Renton, daughter of Sir Alexander Muir MacKenzie, 1st Baronet of Delvine,[16] ; and dsp on 5 October 1847[17]). She dsp at Methven Castle, on 15 September 1814.
  6. Elizabeth Oswald, b. on 2 October 1790 and m. on 16 September 1810, to Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin,[18] (he had previously been m. to Mary, only child of William Hamilton Nisbet of Dirleton, until that was dissolved by Act of Parliament in 1808. He had issue by her). She d. at Paris, on Sunday 1 April 1860[19] having had issue.
  7. Frances Oswald, who d. unmarried, at Moray Place, Edinburgh, on 9 June 1846.[20]

Sir John Oswald of Dunnikier, b. on 24 October 1771, succeeded his father and was served heir general to him on 13 July 1814. He d. on Monday 8 June 1840[21] having m. firstly, at Dunkeld House, on 28 January 1812, to Charlotte, daughter of Rev. Charles Murray-Aynsley, seventh son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl,[22] (she d. at Dunnikier House, on 22 February 1827[23]), by whom he was father of,

  1. James Townsend Oswald of Dunnikier, (see below).
  2. A son, who was b. on 4 January 1824[24] d. in infancy on 3 February following.[25]
  3. Charlotte Alicia Oswald, b. on 28 October 1812 and d. unmarried at Letham, near Perth, on 5 November 1863.[26]
  4. Mary Oswald, b. on 29 August 1815 and m. at Dunnikier House, on 21 September 1836, to Richard Tortter of Hapland and Morton Hall,[27] (he d. at Morton Hall, on 27 December 1874[28]). She d. at Morton Hall, on 13 October 1851[29] having had issue.
  5. Emily Oswald, b. on 3 September 1816 and m. at Mortonhall, on 20 February 1849, to William Smythe, 6th of Methven,[30] (he was widow of Margaret, daughter of James Walker, by whom he had issue). She d. in France, on 14 November 1902[31] having had issue.
  6. Frances Jemima Oswald, b. on 9 February 1818 and m. on 20 November 1835, to John Murray Drummond, 8th of Megginch, (he d. at Megginch, on Wednesday 15 May 1889[32]). She d. at Hallingbury Place, London, on 22 December 1891[33] having had issue.
  7. Georgina Anne Oswald, b. on 10 February 1822 and m. at St. John’s Chapel, Edinburgh, on 28 November 1848, to John Archer Houblon, of Halingbury.[34] She d. at Thremhall Priory, Takeley, on 20 April 1896,[35] having had issue.

He m. secondly, at Edinburgh, on 29 October 1829, to Emily Jane, daughter of Henry Murray, sixth son of John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl,[36] (she survived him and d. at Edinburgh, on 20 April 1896[37]), and by her he had further issue;

  1. Henry Murray Oswald, b. on 3 November 1832 and entered Holy Orders, being appointed Rector of Alnwick and Great Hallingbury. He m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Perth, on 24 June 1869, to Elizabeth Charlotte, second daughter of Sir John Stewart Richardson of Pitfour,[38] (she survived him and d. at Bournemouth, on 13 February 1930[39]), and dsp at Bournemouth, on 18 August 1911.[40]
  2. Elizabeth Jane Oswald, b. on 11 August 1830 and d. unmarried, at Torquay, on 29 January 1905.[41]

James Townsend Oswald of Dunnikier, b. at Dunnikier House, on 18 September 1820 and succeeded his father, being served heir to him in the lands of Dunnikier, Bogies and others, on 12 August 1846. He m. at St. George’s, Hanover Square, London, on 3 May 1848, to Ellin Octavia, daughter of Philip John Miles, of Leigh Court, Somerset,[42] (she survived him and d. at Dunnikier House, on 4 September 1907[43]), d. at Queensgate, London, on 2 June 1893[44] and was father of,

  1. John Oswald of Dunnikier, b. at King’s Weston, Gloucestershire, on 12 June 1856[45] and succeeded his father in 1893. He dsp at London on 1 May 1917[46] and was succeeded by his brother, S.t Clair.
  2. St. Clair Oswald of Dunnikier, b. on 20 November 1858 and served as a Colonel of the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. He m. at All Saint’s Church, St. Ives, on Thursday 18 November 1915, to Winifred Osborne[47] and d. at Dunnikier House, on 14 December 1938.[48] He was father of,

2a} Daphne Charlotte Oswald of Dunnikier, b. at Dunnikier House, on 28 May 1920, succeeded her father in 1938 and sold Dunnikier in 1944. She m. at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth, on 26 December 1946, to Charles Bruton, Wiltshire.[49]

  1. Clara Oswald, b. on 10 April 1849 and m. at St. Peter’s, Cranley Gardens, London, on 12 May 1881, to Rev. George Henry Egerton, Rector of Myddle and Prebend of Lichfield.[50]
  2. Charlotte Alice Oswald, b. on 11 August 1850 and d. unmarried, at Bennochy House, near Kirkcaldy, on Sunday 3 May 1925.[51]
  3. Mary Oswald, b. on 13 October 1851 and d. unmarried, at Kirkcaldy, on 9 March 1926.[52]
  4. Emily Oswald, b. on 9 October 1854 and d. unmarried, in 1911.
  5. Ellin Alexandria Oswald, b. on 13 March 1863 and m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kirkcaldy, on Wednesday 5 November 1902, to Major Charles Morris, son of Sir John Morris, Killundin.[53]

 

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[1] Services of Heirs.

[2] Services of Heirs.

[3] Services of Heirs.

[4] Scots Magazine, 6th February 1747 edition.

[5] Scots Magazine, 1st March 1769 edition.

[6] Services of Heirs.

[7] Services of Heirs.

[8] OPR – Kirkcaldy.

[9] Fife Herald, 25th February 1841 edition.

[10] St. Andrews Tests.

[11] Services of Heirs.

[12] Services of Heirs.

[13] Aberdeen Press & Journal, 20th December 1820 edition.

[14] Morning Post, 15th March 1838 edition. She is then styled niece to Sir John Oswald of Dunnikier.

[15] OPR – Methven.

[16] OPR – Methven. See also: Scots Magazine, 1st February 1817 edition.

[17] Perthshire Advertiser, 7th October 1847 edition.

[18] OPR – Kirkcaldy.

[19] London Evening Standard, 4th April 1860 edition.

[20] SC70/4/3. See also: Inverness Courier, 24th June 1846 edition.

[21] Morning Post, 13th June 1840 edition.

[22] OPR – Dunkeld. See also: Perthshire Courier, 30 January 1812 edition.

[23] Morning Post, 28th February 1827 edition.

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

[25] Perthshire Courier, 13th February 1824 edition.

[26] Statutory record.

[27] Fife Herald, 29th September 1836 edition.

[28] Berwickshire News, 5th January 1875 edition.

[29] London Evening Standard, 16th Octber 1851 edition.

[30] Greenock Advertiser, 23rd February 1849 edition.

[31] Dundee Courier, 15th November 1902 edition.

[32] Statutory record. See also: Dundee Advertiser, 17th May 1889 edition.

[33] SC49/31/147.

[34] Morning Post, 1st December 1848 edition.

[35] St. Andrews Citizen, 25th April 1896 edition.

[36] OPR – Kirkcaldy. See also: The Scotsman, 4th November 1829 edition.

[37] Statutory record. See also: Morning Post, 23rd April 1896 edition.

[38] Statutory record. See also: The Scotsman, 25th June 1869 edition.

[39] Essex Newsman, 22nd February 1930 edition.

[40] The Scotsman, 20th February 1930 edition.

[41] Dundee Courier, 17th April 1905 edition.

[42] Hereford Journal, 10th May 1848 edition.

[43] Statutory record. See also: Dundee Evening Telegraph, 5th September 1907 edition.

[44] St. Andrews Citizen, 10th June 1893 edition.

[45] Glasgow Herald, 18th June 1856 edition.

[46] SC20/50/100.

[47] Fife Free Press, 20th November 1915 edition.

[48] Statutory record. See also: Dundee Courier, 15th December 1938 edition.

[49] Statutory record. See also: The Scotsman, 28th December 1948 edition.

[50] Fife Free Press, 21st May 1881 edition.

[51] Statutory record. See also: Fife Free Press, 9th May 1925 edition.

[52] Statutory record. See also: Dundee Evening Telegraph, 12th March 1926 edition.

[53] Statutory record. See also: St. Andrews Citizen, 8th November 1902 edition.