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My ancestors of old Cumnock & Borland - Montgomeries and Hamiltons


My ancestors are James Howatson and Sarah Montgomerie and from the history of Ayr I found this about my ancestors, if anyone can let me know anymore or know any living relatives please let me know?

I understand Borland is just a pile of rocks now?

George Hamilton of Boreland, second son of Sir David
Hamilton of Cadyow, and Dame Janet, daughter of Keith of Galston ; but he does not quote his authority.* If the statement is correct, he must have acquired Boreland about the end of the fourteenth or beginning of the fifteenth century.

John Hamilton, "callit of Cuinnock," slain by George
Tumbull of Kelsis, in 1577,* was probably connected with the Hamiltons of Boreland. The next met with is
Patrick Hamilton of Boreland ; whose son,

William Hamilton of Boreland, was retoured heir to his father in 1611 "in 10 mercatis terrarum de Borland et Towlach, 2 mercatis terrarum de Garlefhn, dimidia mercata terrarum de Sandokhill antiqui extentus, in baronia de Cumnok."

Hem Hamilton of Boreland appears in the testament of
Janet Wilson in Bent, lG16.John Hamilton of Boreland is mentioned in the Ayr Presbytery Records in 1650.

Hugh Hamilton Laird of Boreland, on 29th June 1669, executed procuratory of resignation of his estate in favour of his granddaughter, Margaret Hamilton, only child of the deceased John Hamilton, only son of the said Hugh Hamilton.

In 1670 Margaret Hamilton married Hugh Montgomerie of Prestwickshaws, descended of the 15glinton family; and in 1673 they got a charter of the estate from the said Hugh Hamilton, her grandfather, in favour of them and their heirs. Margaret Hamilton, spouse
to Hugh Montgomerie of Boreland, had sasine of the lands of Boreland, Sannochhill, Smidieland, Rhyderstoun, Nethertoun, Midtoun, Watston, Stay, Boreland Head, Roddinghead, Boreland Muir, and Callochhill, 18th May, 1695. He sold Prestwickshaws to Robert Wallace. He had issue —

William, who succeeded, and seven other children.

William Montgomerie of Boreland married, August 1708,
Anne, eldest daughter of John Hamilton of Letham, Bailie of the Abbey of Holyrood House, and Katherine Arbuckle,who subsequently married Hugh Montgomerie of Coilsfield, and was by him grandmother of Hugh, late Earl of Eglinton.


The witnesses to the contract of marriage are Francis Montgomerie of Giffen, Hugh Montgomerie of Coilsfield, James' Hamilton of Oiwestot, advocate, Robert Wallace of Holmstone, David Stewart of Physgill, Captain David Ogilvie of the Foot Guards, Alexander Montgomerie, son of Hugh Montgomerie of Boreland, and John Hamilton, brother to the said Anne Hamilton. William Montgomerie of Boreland was one of the Commissioners of Supply for Ayrshire in 1711.
He had issue —

1. John, of whom after.

2. William, major in the army, died unmarried in 1818.

3. Katherine, married to Mr. Stewart, and had issue —

1. Adam, merchant, Liverpool, married Grissel, daughter of James M'Adam of Waterhead, and had issue, William JtPAdam Steuart, late of Glenormiston, in Peeblesshire.

2. Susan, married to Dr. Ourrie of Liverpool.

3. Katherine, married to Robert Gladstone.

4. Sarah Montgomerie, married to James Howatson, from Lanarkshire, and had issue.

5. Margaret, married to Mr. Anderson, and had issue.

6. A daughter, married to Mr. Alexander. Had no issue.

In 1751, Mr. Montgomerie, with consent of his son John, disponed the estate of Boreland to Mr. Montgomerie of Coilsfield and Mr. M'Adam of Waterhead, as trustees for their creditors, by whom it was sold to various parties.

John Montgomerie, eldest surviving son, was collector of taxes for the county of Ayr. He was four times married : first, to Mrs. Colonel Maxwell, by whom he had no issue ;
secondly, to Miss Crosbie, from Dumfries, and had issue —

Four sons, who all died young.

5. Katherine, who died in Edinburgh, unmarried, 1881.

6. Jessie, who married James Kelton of Annan, and left issue.

Mr. Montgomerie married, thirdly, Jacobina, daughter of John Smith of Greenock, by Margaret, third daughter of James Dalrymple, Sheriff-Clerk of Ayrshire, and had issue —

1. Hamilton Anne, of whom after.

2. Margaret, married to Thomas Gairdner, W.S., second son of Captain Robert Gairdner of Mountoharles.

Where are you from ? England

Re: My ancestors of old Cumnock & Borland - Montgomeries and Hamiltons

Thanks for sharing Vince. Where in Lanarkshire was the Howatson line from, this name also appears in the parish of New Cumnock. all the best. bobby

Re: My ancestors of old Cumnock & Borland - Montgomeries and Hamiltons


We are not sure whose James howatson's parents are that is a big mystery as there are quite a few Howatson families from that area, but we can't match him to any of them.

All i know is that James and Sarah's children were born in Leadhills and Crawford, their son Thomas went out to India, we don't know what happened to the others.

There was a Gardener Alexander Howatson who worked for Napoleon Bonaparte at his house in France called Malmaison who was born in leadhills and Crawford so we suspect he maybe related somehow?