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

SCOTT

OF BENHOLM & HEDDERWICK

 

Robert Scott, 1st of Benholm, acquired the lands of Benholm from Lilias Seaton, wife of Sir James Ramsay of Benholm, by contract of 28 March 1670[1] and in which he is styled lawful son to James Scott of Logie. He also acquired those of Temple lands of Benhom from Charles, Earl of Haddington, by charter of 4 February 1673 and had a confirmation for them under the Great Seal on 5 September following.[2] He m. Katherine, daughter of Patrick Eillis of Southside, (c/m at Montrose and Edinburgh, on 6 and 16 July 1658[3]), to whom he disponed his insight plenishings and money on 22 January 1690,[4] and d. the following day[5] in his 64th year.[6] He was father of,

  1. James Scott, 2nd of Benholm, (see below).
  2. Hercules Scott, is styled brother to James Scott of Benholm when he witnessed a Disposition by that brother entailing his lands of Benholm on his five sons, on 11 October 1704.[7] He was apprenticed to John Scott, Merchant in Edinburgh, on 1 March 1693[8] and was admitted to Burgess of that city in right of his Master on 31 October 1705.[9]
  3. Patrick Scott, who was admitted to the Society of Writers to the Signet on 5 December 1699 and witnessed a Disposition by his brother, James Scott of Benholm, entailing his lands of Benholm on his five sons, on 11 October 1704.[10] He m. Elizabeth Cunningham, d. in August 1711[11] and was father of,

3a} Robert Scott, bap. at Edinburgh, on 20 February 1707.

3a} James Scott, bap. at Edinburgh, on 22 March 1710.

3a} Janet Scott, b. on 17 October 1708.

  1. David Scott, was apprenticed to John Scott, Merchant in Edinburgh, on 8 January 1690.[12]
  2. Janet Scott, to whom David Lindsay of Edzell granted a Bond on 29 June 1691[13] which she assigned to her brother, Hercules, on 11 November 1702.[14]
  3. Agnes Scott, m. Mr Robert Reid of Balnakettle, (c/m 29 November 1682[15]).
  4. Jean Scott, m. Francis Ogilvy, younger of Newgrange, and had issue.

James Scott, 2nd of Benholm, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands of Benholm on 16 September 1697. He m. Susanna Eillis, who is mentioned in a Disposition by him of his lands of Benholm to his eldest son, Robert, with remainder to his four younger sons successively on 11 October 1704, and d. by July 1715. He was father of,

  1. Robert Scott, 3rd of Benholm, in favour of whom his father conveyed the lands of Benholm on 11 October 1704[16] and in which he was infeft on 26 July 1715 following his father’s death.[17] He dsp on 27 February 1742[18] and was succeeded by his brother, John.
  2. John Scott of Hedderwick and 4th of Benholm, succeeded his brother, Robert, and was served heir to him in the lands of Benholm on 1 May 1742.[19] Following his succession terms of inheritance compelled him to dispone his lands of Hedderwick to his brother, David, but instead, he opted to denude himself of those of Benholm on account of his expense and effort to improve Hedderwick. Accordingly, they entered into a contract for this on 16 and 21 June 1742[20] and he granted Disposition to that brother on 1 July 1742. He dsp on 10 April 1753, his brother, David, being served heir to him in Hedderwick on 27 August following.[21]
  3. Patrick Scott, who dsp before June 1742.
  4. David Scott, 5th of Benholm, (see below).
  5. Hercules Scott,
  6. James Scott,
  7. Janet Scott,
  8. Katherine Scott, all of which younger children had a Disposition from their father on 11 October 1708.[22]

David Scott, 5th of Benholm and Hedderwick, was admitted to Burgess of Montrose on 1 July 1721[23] and became a merchant there, then Treasurer of the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. He acquired the lands of Benholm from his brother, John, by Disposition of 1 July 1742[24] which he entailed upon his eldest son, James Scott, and the heirs male of his body, which failing, to his second son, Robert Scott, on 29 November following.[25] He eventually succeeded to Hedderwick on the death without issue of that same brother and to whom he was served heir on 27 August 1753.[26] He m. Mary, daughter of John Brown, Merchant Burgess of Montrose,[27] (she survived him and d. at Muirtown, on 26 June 1786[28]), d. at Benholm, on 31 October 1768[29] and was father of,

  1. James Scott, who is named as the eldest son in his father entail of the lands of Beholm on 1 July 1742 and had dsp by 11 November 1757 when his brother, Robert, is styled the only son and apparent heir to their father.
  2. Robert Scott, 6th of Benholm and Hedderwick, (see below).
  3. Susan Scott, m. on Friday 17 March 1769, to George Carnegie, sixth son of Sir John Carnegie, 2nd Baronet of Pittarow,[30] and d. on 14 April 1821, leaving issue.

Robert Scott, 6th of Benholm and Hedderwick, to whom his father conveyed the lands of Hedderwick on 11 November 1757[31] and whom he succeeded in 1768. He m. at Rossie, on 20 September 1768, to Wallace, second daughter of Archibald Scott of Rossie,[32] and d. at Benholm, on Thursday 30 October 1771.[33] He was father of,

  1. David Scott, bap. at Benholm, on 8 September 1769 and d. in infancy.
  2. Isabella Scott, 7th of Benholm, bap. at Benholm, on 11 December 1770 and succeeded her father in the lands of Benholm, being served heir to him on 18 November 1772.[34] She m. at Edinburgh, on 18 April 1788, to George Robertson, Advocate,[35] (he d. at Edinburgh, on 30 October 1835[36]), who assumed the additional surname of Scott, and d. at Edinburgh, on 2 April 1843.[37] They had issue.
  3. Roberta Scott of Hedderwick, b. at Rossie, on 10 April 1772, succeeded to the lands of Hedderwick and was served coheir to her father on 23 April 1773.[38] She dsp at Hedderwick, on Thursday 18 March 1773,[39] her sister, Isabella, being served heir to her on 23 April 1773.[40]

 

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[1] GD4/192.

[2] GD4/194.

[3] GD4/308.

[4] GD4/202.

[5] GD4/203.

[6] Kirkton of Benholm inscriptions.

[7] GD4/208.

[8] SRS Register of Edinburgh Apprentices.

[9] SRS Edinburgh Burgess Roll.

[10] GD4/208.

[11] CC8/8/85.

[12] SRS Register of Edinburgh Apprentices.

[13] GD45/16/1764.

[14] GD45/16/1793.

[15] GD4/199.

[16] GD4/208.

[17] GD4/212.

[18] Date of death narrated in the service of his brother, John, to him in 1742.

[19] Services of Heirs.

[20] GD4/219,

[21] Services of Heirs.

[22] GD45/16/1850.

[23] GD4/215.

[24] GD4/221.

[25] GD4/223.

[26] Services of Heirs.

[27] GD4/216.

[28] Scots Magazine, 1st July 1786 edition.

[29] Scots Magazine, 3rd October 1768 edition.

[30] Caledonian Mercury, 20th March 1769 edition.

[31] GD4/371.

[32] OPR – Benholm. See also: Caledonian Mercury, 24th September 1768.

[33] Caledonian Mercury, 6th November 1771 edition.

[34] Services of Heirs.

[35] Caledonian Mercury, 19th April 1788 edition.

[36] Morning Post, 9th November 1835 edition.

[37] Morning Post, 11th April 1843 edition.

[38] Services of Heirs.

[39] Caledonian Mercury, 22nd March 1773 edition.

[40] Services of Heirs.