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

WISHART

OF PITARROW

 

Sir John Wishart, was witness to a charter by Sir Robert de Montford granting a chalder of wheat to the Abbey of Arbroath some time before 8 March 1364 when it was confirmed under the Great Seal of David II.[1] He appears to have been father or grandfather of,

Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, is the next for whm there is evidence. He was in possession of Pitarrow by 1437 when the lands of Gurdnes were allocated to him.[2] He had a payment from the exchequer in 1444[3] and was d. by 1446.[4] He was father of,

  1. Alexander Wishart of Pitarrow, who succeeded and is named in a writ of 24 July 1447.[5] He d. without apparent issue by July of 1452.
  2. Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, (see below).

Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, was, in all probability, the brother and heir of the last possessor of Pitarrow, Alexander Wishart. He had succeeded to those lands by 4 July 1452 and had m. by then to a woman named Janet with whom he made an endowment on that date to the altar of Saint Thomas the Martyr in the cathedral church of Brechin for the welfare of the souls of his parents and those of his ancestors and descendants.[6] He d. by January 1461 and was father of,

James Wishart of Pitarrow, succeeded and had a charter from Malcolm, Abbot of Arbroath, for the lands of Mill of Conveth on 17 January 1461.[7] He was witness to a charter by Alexander Burnett of Leys granting a pendicle of the lands of Leys to Alexander Gardyne and Janet Gardyne, his wife, on 28 May 1481[8] and d. about a month or so before his son and heir, John’s service as heir to him in the lands of Pitarrow on 29 July 1491. He was father of,

  1. John Wishart of Pitarrow, (see below).
  2. Margaret Wishart, m. Robert Arbuthnott of Arbuthnott and had issue.

John Wishart of Pitarrow, succeeded his father, being served heir to him in the lands of Pitarrow, Carnbeg and Mill of Conveth on 29 July 1491[9] and had Sasine for Pitarrow in 1492.[10] He m. Janet Lindsay with whom he had a conjunct charter for the lands of Woodston, in the sheriffdom of Kincardine, on 13 June 1507,[11] and had a liferent reserved to he and that wife in their son and heir, James’s, charter of 30 April 1512. He was d. by 26 November 1513 and was father of,

  1. Mr James Wishart of Pitarrow, (see below).
  2. Robert Wishart, to whom his father disponed the lands of Greencastle and Portarhaugh in which he was infeft on 16 December 1490.[12]
  3. John Wishart, who, on 19 March 1508, bound himself to renounce his infeftment in the lands of Redhall and Westerton in favour of his brother, Mr. James Wishart.[13]
  4. William Wishart, who, on 28 October 1528, is styled brother to the deceased Mr. James Wishart of Pitarrow in a grant in favour of he and James Strachan of Munbuddo of the ward and relief of the lands of Redhall which had fallen to the Abbot of Arbroath by the said Mr. James’s death.[14]
  5. Marjorie Wishart, m. Gilbert Middleton of that Ilk who had a decree against her father on 15 June 1493, for not having paid the full amount of tocher.[15]

Mr James Wishart of Pitarrow, was appointed personal clerk to the King, then clerk of justiciary and King’s Advocate by 26 November 1513.[16] He m. Elizabeth Learmonth, (who survived him and on 22 November 1524, in recognition of her husband’s “gud and thankfull service done to the kingis hienes and his derrest moder the quenis grace” she had a Gift of the marriage of their son and heir, John, for her benefit of that of “small faderless bairnis” to “put thaim to profit.”[17] She also had her liferent of the lands of Pitarrow reserved to her on 12 April 1525), with whom, on his father’s resignation, he had a conjunct charter for the lands of Carnbeg on 30 April 1512, which were then incorporated into the barony of Pitarrow.[18] He d. after 14 November 1524 when he was present in parliament and by the 22nd following having had issue,

  1. Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, succeeded his father and as heir of whom he had Sasine for the lands and barony of Pitarrow on 12 April 1525,[19] followed by a charter under the Great Seal for those of Easter and Wester Balfour and Inchcarbok on 21 June of that same year.[20] He held a number of Royal appointments included those of Comptroller and Collector of Thirds, and m. Janet, daughter of David Falconer of Halkerton.[21] He dsp before February 1585, and was succeeded by his nephew, and namesake, Sir John, son of his brother, Mr. James.
  2. Mr. James Wishart of Balseyth, who d. before 31 October 1576 having had issue;

4a} Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, (see below).

4a} Elspeth Wishart, m. Peter Clayhills, Burgess of Dundee, (c/m 21 April 1576[22]).

  1. Alexander Wishart of Conseth and Carnbeg, who acquired the half of the lands of Halkerton from Alexander Falconer of Halkerton by charter of 30 August 1557, to himself and Marjorie Falconer, his wife.[23] He is styled brother to Mr. James Wishart of Balseyth in a charter in favour of Alexander Lindsay of Broadland dated 25 October 1562[24] and is designed “of Conseth” in a charter to him and his brothers Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow and George Wishart, for the lands of Carnbeg on 24 May 1566.[25] He was father of,

3a} Robert Wishart of Carnbeg, had succeeded to Carnbeg by 6 Janaury 1619 when he and Robert Strachan of Edmanston entered into a contract relating to the cutting of peats.[26]

3a} Patrick Wishart, is styled son to Alexander Wishart of Carnbeg when witness to a charter by Patrick Barclay of Towie dated 24 April 1588.[27]

3a} Harry Wishart, is styled son to Alexander Wishart of Carnbeg when he raised an action against Robert Falconer of Ballandro on 26 May 1612.[28]

  1. George Wishart, who is styled brother to Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow in a precept for charter in their favour for the lands of Carnbeg, dated 24 May 1566.[29]

Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, in favour of whom his uncle and namesake, Sir John Wishart, resigned the fee of his lands of Pitarrow and for confirmation of which a precept passed the Privy Seal on 31 October 1576, in which he is styled son to the deceased Mr. James Wishart of Balseyth.[30] He was served heir male to that uncle in the lands of Easter and Wester Balfour, and others, on 16 February 1585,[31] and resigned his lands and barony of Pitarrow into the King’s hands following which he had a novodamus in favour of himself and his wife, Jean Douglas, and with remainder to the heirs male of his own body, which failing, to his heirs male and assignees whatsoever bearing the surname of Wishart on 7 April 1603[32]. He m. to the said Jean Douglas, daughter of William, 9th Earl of Angus, (c/m 31 May 1576[33]), d. by 30 April 1607 and was father of,

  1. Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow, succeeded his father and was served heir to him in the lands and barony of Pitarrow, and others, on 30 April 1607.[34] He m. by 6 July 1611, to Jean Forrester when, with her and his mother, Jean Douglas’s consent, they disponed the lands of Easter and Wester Balfour to Alexander Wishart,[35] and was served heir to his father in the lands of Mill of Conveth on 29 January 1633.[36] He d. after then and by 1648.
  2. Mr. James Wishart of Glenfarquhar and Pitarrow, is styled filio legitime domini de Pittaro when witness to a charter by Mr. John Douglas of Petdrechie granting an annualrent from his lands of Barris and Brigford to his brother, Mr. Gavin Douglas, on 8 May 1604.[37] He had acquired the lands of Glenfarquhar by 7 January 1613 when, under that designation, he and his brother, George, are styled brothers’ german to Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow in a charter by Sir Robert Arbuthnott of that Ilk granting the lands of Cowlye to his wife, Marie Keith.[38] He had a charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Meikle Carnbeg and the Mill of Conveth on 19 March 1632, on his brother, Sir John Wishart of Pitarrow’s resignation[39] and also acquired the lands of barony of Pitarrow which he and Jean Bickerton, his wife, disponed to David, Lord Carnegie, and John Carnegie, his third son, by instruments dated 5 August 1630.[40]
  3. George Wishart, is named with his brother Sir John Wishart and Mr. James Wishart of Glenfarquhar in 1613.
  4. William Wishart, graduated Master of Arts from King’s College, Aberdeen, in 1606 and was admitted Minister of Fettercairn in 1611, then transferred to Minto in 1613, but readmitted to Fettercairn in 1618. He had been appointed rector of Restalrig by 15 May 1654, when his wife, Elizabeth Keith, had a precept for infeftment in the fourth part of the barony of Benholm as an heir to her father.[41] He m. Elizabeth, daughter and one of the four coheirs of Alexander Keith of Phesdo, and had d. by 14 January 1659, when his wife is styled his relict.[42] He was father of,

4a} John Wishart, was included with his father in a protection from creditors under the Great Seal on 5 May 1638[43] and is styled the only son (filii unigeniti) when he consented to his mother’s disponing of her lands of Nether Mains of Benholm to Mr. Alexander Wood, portioner of Benholm, on 28 April 1638.[44] He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir George Home of Manderston, (c/m 14 August 1635), and was k. at the battle of Edgehill, on 23 October 1642.

4a} Jean Wishart, m. Alexander Wood of Benholm and had issue.[45]

  1. Margaret Wishart, m. David Lindsay, eldest son and heir of Sir David Lindsay of Edzel, (c/m at Pitarrow, on 27 October 1595[46]).
  2. Elizabeth Wishart, m. William Forbes, son of William Forbes of Monymusk, (c/m at Pitarrow, on 20 July 1606[47]).

 

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[1] RMS vi, no. 314.

[2] Ex. Rolls. Vol. V. P. 9.

[3] Ex. Rolls. Vol. V. P. 152.

[4] Ex. Rolls. Vol. V. P. 228.

[5] Reg. Arbroath.

[6] Reg. Arbroath. No. 85.

[7] Reg. Arbroath. No. 138.

[8] C2/9/69.

[9] Reg. Arbroath. No. 332.

[10] Ex. Rolls. Vol. X. P. 766.

[11] C2/14/379.

[12] NRAS792/4/1.

[13] Reg. Arbroath. No. 477.

[14] Reg. Arbroath. No. 609.

[15] PA2/5/f. 174r.

[16] APS ii, pp. 281-2.

[17] PS7/101.

[18] C2/18/44.

[19] Ex. Rolls. Vol. XV. P. 628.

[20] C2/20/160.

[21] Not “Andrew Wishart of Carnebeg” as recorded in Vol. 5 of the Peerage.

[22] RD1/32/209.

[23] C2/32/253.

[24] C2/32/389.

[25] PS35/35.

[26] GD214/361.

[27] C2/37/18.

[28] RH15/37/51.

[29] He is generally mistaken for the martyr of that same name who was executed in 1547.

[30] PS44/71.

[31] C22/1/67.

[32] C2/43/345.

[33] NRAS859/56/4.

[34] C22/4/61.

[35] C2/46/353.

[36] C22/13/185.

[37] C2/44/267.

[38] C2/47/193.

[39] C2/53/212.

[40] C2/33/32.

[41] GD4/166.

[42] GD70/109.

[43] RMS 1634-1651. No. 813.

[44] C2/56/47.

[45] See Red Book of Scotland, Wood of Tipperty & Benholm.

[46] C2/45/130.

[47] C2/45/204.

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Arms of Wishart of Pittarow as
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