Younger Children and Widow
Baron of Inchbrakie
first Laird of Inchbrakie left four children, two sons and two daughters, the sketch of the eldest son and head of the family,
George, will be found under his place as Second Laird; and his younger brother, Robert’s career is noticed also under
a separate heading, as Archdeacon of Ross, founder of the family of Graemes of Drynie in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, where
he had settled when he went north and where his children remained.
two daughters both married. Nicola the eldest, had at her birth been given the name of her aunt the Lady Nichola Grame, who
married John Moray of Abercairny; and both aunt and niece were to bear the same surname through their wedded lives, though
differently spelt, for Inchbrakie’s daughter became the wife of Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre.
The family of
Ochtertyre sprang from Sir David Murray of Tullibardine, he had no less than seventeen sons, and it was the youngest of these
(Patrick) who founded the Murrays of Ochtertyre. In about 1430 he became possessed of the land of Dullarie and shortly afterwards
of Inchbrakie married Sir David’s descendant Patrick Murray the fifth of Ochtertyre, which estate lay about five miles
from her home at Inchbrakie; there was even a more convenient meeting-place for the young lovers, a boon in those days of
difficult locomotion when the women of the family rarely stirred from the protecting walls of their own homes, for by this
time was not Patrick’s Uncle Antonio settled at Dollerie of which he had been granted a long lease, and his young nephew
might often come riding over to see his uncle and cousins and possibly metal more attractive than them all! And we know that
the estate of Dollerie marches with Inchbrakie on the east, and the bonny woodland walk that lies between, where the friendship
between the young couple
could be cemented into love; that friendship which had probably commenced when young Patrick Murray lost his father at Pinkie
in 1547, and when he would specially be seeking counsel and advice from his uncle for the management of the paternal estates
which then fell to him.
died April 1560, having left her only son William to succeed to the estate and carry on the line. This boy must have been
reared and cared for by his grandmother, "Lady Ochtertyre" Agnes Hay of Megginch, a widow from 1547 until 1603 when she had
attained the great age of 101 years, having seen her widowed son Patrick die in 1589, and four great grandsons born to her,
the children of Nichola Graeme’s William, and of Bethia Murray of Letterbannochie, his wife. The genealogy briefly records
a fact which shows us that William and Bethia close their lives in the same year 1647, within a very short space of each other,
having attained their eighty-ninth and eighty first years respectively. From Nichola Graeme and Patrick Murray the line of
Ochtertyre continues to this day, a baronetcy having been bestowed on their grandson William who was the eighth in line.
Jonet, the younger
daughter of Inchbrakie’s first laird, married twice. We know less of her, and her connections by marriage, for the new
ties made by Inchbrakie’s widow appear to have closed round the second daughter.
had chosen for her second lord, Campbell of Glenurchy (ancestor of the noble House of Breadalbane), and when she followed
him to his wild western home in Argyleshire, Jonet went with her mother, and the years of her girlhood and early womanhood
would be passed near Ballock at her stepfather’s home in Glenurchy, where she first saw her future husband, Campbell
years earlier, in the first part of the fifteenth century, the sister of Queen Annabel (daughter to Sir John Drummond of Stobhall)
had married Sir Colin Campbell, and their second son founded the family of Ardkinglass who were thus kinsmen to Glenurchy.
show that with the blood, they inherited the wild and turbulent spirit of the western highlands, for in the accounts leading
us down to the middle of the seventeenth century (especially in those generations which succeed the date of Jonet and her
husband) they appear in opposition to their king.
was Controller of Scotland during the minority of King James IV, and his brother Alexander (Provost of St Giles in Edinburgh,
1554) becoming a Protestant at the Reformation in 1572, was made Bishop of Brechin.
to the surmise that James, Controller of Scotland was the husband of Jonet; though at present I have not proved it by the
conclusive documentary evidence which confirms the other marriages of the family.
name appears as acting surety on June 24, 1577, and March 29th 1578, and we can realize the crushing sorrow that
fell on Jonet and her husband the statesman, when the accusation was brought against their son, young Ardkinglass, in 1591,
of the assassination of Sir James Campbell of Cawdor, husband of Mary Keith, daughter of the Earl Marischal. The turbulent
spirit to which allusion has been made, ran very high in their children and succeeding generations; for their great grandson
on 17th January 1661 was put to the horn and denounced a rebel, warned to appear before Parliament and disobeyed,
and was therefore on 3rd September 1662 forfeited of his estates in consequence of "Murthour, birning, and killing
of sundry persones of the name and surname of Lamond".
The Lyon King
at Arms and his heralds took part in this ceremony which was of an elaborate description, thus testifying to the distinction
of the forfeited man, these persons were all clad in their "Coates of Airmes" and at the principal gate of the Parliament
House made their declaration and "raive their airmes", they then proceeded to the "Mercat Croce" of Edinburgh, and after three
fanfares on their trumpets made the same declaration of forfalture and "also did ryve their airmes, and did affix thame backward
on the said Mercat Croce". Various mentions continue to be made concerning Ardkinglass proving him as staunch an adherer to,
and follower of his Chief Argyle, as his kinsmen the Graemes wee of their Chief Montrose.
husband, James Campbell of Ardkinglass, predeceased her, and she married for the second time Robert Buchanan of Leny, an ancient
Stirlingshire family, but whose names do not show the somewhat unenviable notoriety of public mention. On one occasion in
1687 we meet with young John Buchanan, Jonet’s grandson; he and his kinsman, Robert of Arnpryer, are disputing concerning
the exhibition of writs in John’s possession. The judges shrift to these disputants is of a singularly short and sensible
nature, for when the case was laid before them "the Lords bade them agree".
The last record
of Jonet Graeme is the testament made by her at Leny on the 16th May 1574. She styles herself as Jonet Graeme,
spouse to Robert Buchanan of Leny. This is given up in August 1575 by her eldest son, Campbell of Ardkinglass – no other
relative is mentioned except her husband; and as debts due to him are mentioned, it is certain he survives her.
bore her second husband, Campbell of Glenurchy, two daughters and then died. The elder, Beatrix, interests us most strongly
of the two, for she renews her childhood’s acquaintance with Inchbrakie, by settling permanently in Strathearn as the
wife of Campbell of Lawers, where she may cross our path in the sketch of her half brother the second laird.