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Sir Gilchrist Mure, 23 Great-grandfather

August 3, 2014 5 Comments

My 23rd great-grandfather was a knight in Scotland who inherited power and a castle by marrying his wife Isabell.  The family did well.

Sir Gilchrist Mure
Born: Cir 1200
Marriage: Isabel Cumming
Died: 1280 aged 80
General Notes:
Rowallan had been in possession of the Mures previous to the reign of Alexander III., from which they were dispossessed by the powerful house of Cuming, and the owner, Sir Gichrist More, was ” redacted for his safty to keep close in his castle of Pokellie.” After the battle of Largs, however, upon which occasion Sir Gilchrist received the honour of Knighthood in reward of his bravery, he “was reponed to his whole inheritance.” ” Sir Gilchrist,” continues the author, ” for preventing of more creation of trouble, and for settling of his owne securitie and firmer peace made allyance with this partie of power, and married Isabell, his only daughter and heire, by accession of whose inheritance, to witt of the lands of Cuminside, Draden, and Harwoods, his estate being enlarged.” The editor, however, remarks, that it is ” fully as probable, even from his own showing, that Polkelly was the more ancient inheritance of his family, and that Rowallan was acquired solely by the marriage of the heiress, Isabell, as is generally held.” But to follow our author – ” After the death of Sir Walter Cumine, Sir Gilchrist now secured not onlie in the title and full possession of his old inheritance, but also in his border lands wherein he succeeded to Sir Walter forsaid within the Sheriffdom of Roxburgh, being sensible and mindfull of the deserving of his freinds and followers in time of his troubles, deals with all of them as became a man of honour, bestowing upon each some parcell of land according to his respect, interest or (happly) promise to the person. He disponed to his kinsman Ranald More, who had come purposlie from Ireland for his assistance in time of his troubles, and tooke share with him of the hazard of the battell, the lands of Pokellie,” &c. Now there is evidently a complete jumbling of times and circumstances here. In the reign of David II Maurice Mur- ray had a charter “of the waird of Walter Cuming of Rowallan, in vic. de Roxburgh, with the lands thereof.” It is thus apparent that the Rowallan lands in Roxburghshire were not in possession of Sir Gilchrist at this period and it is next to impossible that the same Sir Gilchrist Mure, who fought at the battle of Largs, could have been alive in the reign of David II. Indeed he is stated by the author to have died in 1280. No reliance, therefore, is to be placed on the “Historie” by Sir William farther back than can be corroborated by concurrent testimony.
He is said, as already mentioned, to have disponed the lands of Polkelly to his kinsman, Ranald More, but of this there is no evidence. The author of the “Historie” refers to a charter ” extant, granted by him to his daughter Anicia, of the lauds of Cuthsach, Gulmeth, Blaracharsan, with the woods thairof purchast from Molid, together with Garnegep and Calder, rowmes now not knowne by these names. The pasturage thairin specifyed being bounded upon the north side from Drwmbwy dicth by Swinstie burne, rnaks evident that the lands of Pokellie have been at that time in the hands of the disponer, and a proper part of the mure of Rowallane,” &e. With his daughter Anicia, married to Richard Boyle of Kelbume, he is said to have given the lands of Polruskane, ” for payment of ane pound of Comine seed in name of blensch ferme yearlie from these times, till by God’s good providence they are now brought in againe, to the house by lawfull purchase. He gifted likewise the lands of Ardoeh (now Crawfurdland,) to Johne Crawfurd and aires, for service of waird and reliefe, and to Edward Arnot the two finnicks for yearlie payment of ane pair of gloves at St Lawrence Chapelland of ane pair of spurs at St Michaell’s Chapell, embleames of reddie service. Last it is recorded that he builded the Mures Ile at Kilmarnock, and decored the same with funerall monuments, and mortified for maintainance of the Priest who did officiat at the altar thairin, to the Abacie of Killwining, the lands of Skirnalland, for which reasone the nomination of the priest forsaid (a custome which constantlie continued till the restoring of religion) was proper to him and his successors.” Sir Gilchrist, who had evidently been the means of vastly increasing the family estates, although there is no evidence of his being in the possession of Rowallan, is said to have died “about the year 1280, neer the 80 year of his age.” He was buried, says the historian, “with his forfathers in his owne buriell place in the Mures Isle at Kilmarnock,” a statement certainly involving an anachronism. If he was the builder of the Isle, he could not well have been buried with his forefathers, unless they had been disinhumed for the purpose. He had, by his lady, Isabcll Cumine:-

  1. Archibald, his heir.
  2. Elizabeth, married to Sir Godfrey Ross.
  3. Anicia, married to Richard Boyle of Kelbume. 59
Rowallan castle

Rowallan Castle

Gilchrist Mure (1200 – 1280)
is my 23rd great grandfather
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