6. Fergus (2) McCubbin

(b) Fergus (2) MCCUBBIN OF KNOCKDOLIAN (A) was born between 1632 and 1636; an estimate of birthdate. He was recorded as ‘second son of Fergus McCubein of Knockdolian’.

Fergus married Kattrein/Catherine MONTGOMERIE (1) on
3 Jul 1662 “at the Dam;”
GD180/203 Register of Court of Deed, Marriage
Fergus McCubein, Second son of Fergus
Contract of Marriage between Fergus McCubein and Katherine Montgomerie
Made at the Dam, 3 July 1662 between Fergus McCubein, second son of Fergus McCubein of Knockdolian and Kattrein Montgomerie, with consent of David Montgomerie of Langshawe, her brother and Jean Forrester, their mother.
Fergus McCubein gave 10,000 merks Scots with his son, 4,000 of it was owed to him by Lord Barganie and 900 by David Kennedy of Knokdawe. The rest would be given in cash. Kattrein was to be secured in an annuity of 400 merks. Jean Forrester agreed to pay 400 merks yearly to Fergus and David Montgomerie agreed to pay 1,000 merks
Witnesses were William Callwall of that Ilk, Mr Anthony Shaw, minister of Colmonell, Robert Chalmers of Sauchrie and Thomas Kennedy of Grange.

The following about the Montgomery family of Katrrein [Catherine] Montgomerie was excerpted from:

A Genealogical Account of the Principal Families of Ayrshire, by George Robertson, published 1825.

“Neil Montgomery, lived about 1650, as he appears on charter of 1654. He married Jean, daughter of Captain Daniel Forrester, of Carden, Son of Sir John Forrester. Lord Fleming had two sons and five daughters, the fourth being Catherine who married McCubbin of Knockdolian”.

Fergus married Elizabeth CHALMERS (2) circa 1684.
The following about the Chalmers family was excerpted from:

A Genealogical Account of the Principal Families of Ayrshire, by George Robertson, pub 1825
Elizabeth was the daughter of James Chalmers and Isobel Blair, of Gadgirth (a former castle of Coylton). The Chalmers had three sons and five daughters. The third daughter, Elizabeth, married M’Cubin of Knockdolian.

Fergus was recorded in the – Papers of Cathcart Family of Genoch and Knockdolian and Minute Book of Sasine.

1702
GD180/62 – Prorogation be Glenour to Knockdolian, Edinburgh, 15 December 1701
This records that Alexander Kennedy of Glenour had sold Glenour Easter and Wester, half the lands of Knockdan and Polcardock and the forty shilling lands of Knockbrak to Fergus McCubine of Knockdolian on the 19th July 1701. This was to be held in Trust by David McCubine younger so that the lands could be taxed at the same rate as those of Knockdolian and that once the taxed ward signature had been obtained by him, the lands were to return to Alexander Kennedy. A note at the bottom records ‘continued till Whit 1703’ and ‘made at Knockdolian 30 May 1702’
(Prorogation – an extension of time)

1703
Minute Book of Ayrshire Sasines 1692-1724
RS66/2
November 1703 – Fergus McCubin of Knockdolian of a yearly annual rent of £168/18/- out of the Mains of Glentige, and lands of Upper and Nether Pennylands, Closh Logane, Batrassie, Duchra, Achintibert, Belliemore and McCumstone in the parish of Colmonell.

1710
GD180/65 – Double Backbond, Fergus McCubbin to John Adam, 1710
William Baird of Sallachan had obtained an Adjudication against John Adam of Glentige on the 13 June 1700, adjudging land and others for payment of an accumulated debt of £2,955/11/- Scots owed to him by John Adam. William Baird had then sold this Adjudication to Fergus McCubbin on the 20 August 1702. On the 27 August, John Adam had executed a Heritable Bond in favour of Sir John Ferguson of Kilkerran, advocate, the sum of 800 merks principal with interest out of his lands of Glentige. Fergus McCubbin had acquired right to this Bond. In addition, Fergus McCubbin had another Bond which had been granted by John Adam for £2,815 plus interest, made at Maybole on the 27 November 1705. John Adam had now granted Fergus McCubbin a Bond of Corroboration of the whole amount (£3,952/16/8d)
Made at Edinburgh, 3 March 1710
(Adjudication – court action in which a creditor could annex property to the value of a debt owed to him)

1710
GD180/66 – Disposition and Tailzie – Fergus McCubbine of Knockdolian to heirs make and tailzie, 1710
Fergus McCubbine was intent that Knockdolian was preserved in its entirety and that ‘it be not distroyed or dilapidated by dispositiones and by and through the contracting and not payement of debts and the great and exorbitant provisiones of ladies and children and other occasiones q[uhi]ch hes been to frequent and fattall to se[ver]all families within this Kingdome soe that my said estate may be keeped and preserved in my surname and therby the memorie of my father and me preserved’

He entailed the lands to himself, whom failing to Fergus Cathcart, second son of Robert Cathcart of Genoch and Margaret McCubbine, his eldest daughter and heirs male of his body, provided he or his heirs male take the surname of McCubbine, whom failing to (blank) Cathcart, his immediate younger brother and his heirs male. (The eldest son of Robert Cathcart was excluded, because he would succeed to Genoch), whom failing to the second son of Sir George Wishart of Cliftonhall and Agnes McCubbine, his second daughter and heirs male, whom failing to the eldest son of Fergus Linn in Littill Larg and Katherine McCubbine, his youngest daughter and heirs male. If there was no heir male, then heirs female could succeed, provided the heir female married a McCubbine or a man and their children taking the surname of McCubbine
(Tailzie – Entail)

1710
GD180/67 – Discharge and Obleigement, Sir George Wisheart to Knockdolian, 14 March 1710
In November 1708, Fergus McCubine disponed the lands of Knockdolian to Sir George Wisheart of Cliftonhall and hereby discharges all right he had to them, witnessed by Mr Archibald Bruce, chaplain at Cliftonhall and Alexander Wilkie, gardener there
(Note: Sir George had obviously lent money to Fergus and Knockdolian had been pledged as security)

After 1713
GD180/69 – Disposition and Assignation by Margaret and Catherine McCubbin to John Cathcart of Genoch
They had been served heir to their deceased brother, David McCubbin younger of Knockdolian. Margaret was Lady Genoch and Catherine, wife of Fergus Lind of Little Large. Reference is made to a Heritable Bond which had been granted by John Adam of Glentige to their brother dated 21 September 1698 in which it was recorded that he had borrowed 1600 merks Scots from David McCubbin and had agreed to infeft him in an annualrent of £64 Scots out of this thirty shilling lands of Bellmore in the parish of Ballantrae. On the 25 April 1699, David McCubbin had sold the Bond on to William Baird in Sallochan in trust in order for William Baird to raise letters of Adjudication against John Adam and the arrangement was that after he had succeeded in this action, the Bond would be returned to David McCubbin.

The sisters were served heir to their brother on the 17 January 1713. Since then, John Cathcart has paid them the equivalent value of the Heritable Bond.
(not dated or signed)

1714
Papers of the Dalrymple Family, Earls of Stair – GD135/955 26 July 1712, 6 April 1714, 10 April 1714
Lands of Little Larg.
Extract disposition by Sir Hugh Dalrymple of Northberwick [North Berwick],
Lord President of the Session, to Fergus McCubbing (McCubbin) of Knockdolean[Knockdolian] (& co. Antrim, Ireland, rel. of Houston) of the 3 merkland of Little Large in parish of Inch; extracts (2) of disposition by said Fergus to Katharine McCubbin, his youngest dau, and Fergus Linn [Lynn] in Little Larg, her husband, of said lands in liferent and to their children in fee, 6 April 1714, one extract giving date of registration at Wigtown as 10 April 1750, the other 10 April 1714, the latter year having the appearance of being altered [but in minute book disp. shown as being reg. in 1714 but not in 1750]; extract general retour of William, Agnes, Cath., Jean, Eliz. and Mary Lin,children of said Katharine and Fergus Linn (Lynn), as heirs of provision of deceased Fergus McCubin their grandfather under above disposition; instrument of sasine in favour of said William, Agnes, Catharine, Jean, Elizabeth and Mary of said lands following on crown charter in favour of dec’d Hugh Dalrymple.
dated 26 July 1712,
dispositions and retour dated 8 Jan 1753
(recorded General Register of Sasines 1 March 1753). 25 Sep 1712

1716
GD180/74/1 – Backbond, Genoch to Knockdolian
This Backbond had been made by John Cathcart of Genoch to Fergus McCubbin, his grandfather who had granted a Disposition to him on the 17 May 1715 of his lands of Knockdolian. John Cathcart had agreed to pay Fergus McCubbin’s debts and also agreed to pay 6,000 merks for the lands of Balhonie and Sallachan (mentioned in the Disposition) after Fergus’s death with a penalty of £1,000. In addition, Fergus McCubbin had assigned to John Cathcart the money owing to him by John Adam of Glentige. This Backbond replaces an earlier one which Fergus had made on the 24 May 1715. He states that if Sir George Wishart of Cliftonhall is not satisfied with this new Backbond, then the former one would prevail and this one was to be destroyed
Made at Knockdolian, 11 December 1716 and witnessed by Mr Thomas Kennedy, minister of Ballantrae and Robert Legat, servitor to John Cathcart

1717
GD180/74/2 – Assignation – Knockdolian to Lady Gainach
The details of the above Backbond are reiterated, but one part was to be altered. His daughter, Margaret McCubbin, Lady Genoch has paid him some money and so he assigns the 6,000 merks Scots paid to him by John Cathcart to her.
Made at Knockdolian, 22 November 1717 and witnessed by David Scott, his gardener and Robert Ker, writer in Stranraer

1717
GD180/74/3 – Discharge – Knockdolian to Genoch
Fergus McCubbin refers to the terms of the above Backbond. He then lists his debts:
10,000 merks to Sir George Wishart of Cliftonhall
6,000 merks to Sir Hew Dalrymple of North Berwick, Lord President of Session
800 merks to Sir John Fergusson, advocate
667 merks to William Logan of that Ilk
200 merks to Alexander Forgie, his tenant
£97 to Lady Dalquhain
John Cathcart had paid all these plus interest, so Fergus discharges that clause in the Backbond
Made at Knockdolian, 25 November 1717 and witnessed by William Houstone, tailor in Ballantrae and David Scott, his gardener.

1721
GD180/78 – Obligation
Fergus McCubbin resigns his liferent of Knockdolian to John Cathcart .    Made at Knockdolian, 8 February 1721, witnessed by Mr Thomas Kennedy, minister of Ballantrae, Mr Robert Ferguson, minister of Colmonell and John Forgie, tenant in Corsilare

1721
GD180/79 – Revocation
Fergus McCubbin revokes his Deeds of Tailzie in favour of Fergus Cathcart, second son of the deceased Robert Cathcart of Gainoch (his grandson) and heirs. He also revokes all other writs that would hinder John Cathcart
Made at Knockdolian, 8 February 1721, witnessed by Mr Thomas Kennedy, minister of Ballantrae, John Forgie in Corsilayes, William McIlwraith in Litletoun and Mr Robert Ferguson, minister of Colmonell in 1721. He died in May 1722; Fergus McCubbin of Knockdollan, parish of Colmonell recorded in Glasgow Commissary Court (CC9/7/51), confirmed 17/1/1723

He died in debt in May 1722. His executor dative qua creditor appointed by the court was John Cathcart of Genoch. Fergus McCubbin had borrowed 1,000 merks Scots from Andrew McReddie in Stranraer on the 2 March 1710 and Andrew McReddie had then assigned the bond to John Cathcart on the 3 August 1721

Inventory
13 silver spoons,2 old candlesticks, 4 old pots and a frying pan, 2 timber stoups (jugs or flagons), 2 old pistols, Knockdollan’s stuff, 28 books in a chest and 3 books lent out, An old barking tub (for tanning leather), 6 old knives and forks, A pint stoup and 3 old chamberpots, His personal effects (clothing etc), 4 cows, 2 calves and 2 stirks, 2 pairs of fine sheets, 2 more pairs of sheet, 7 pairs of other sheets, 4 pairs of old sheets, 4 old tablecloths, 11 pairs of blankets, 7 pairs of blankets, 6 pairs of old blankets, A bed, In the Laigh (lower) room, a feather bed, bolster, 2 pillows, curtains for breast and foot and a pair of sheets for lining, In the Brown Room, a feather bed and bolsters, roof lined with tartan, In the Lyned Room, a feather bed, curtains, bolster, covered with linen, In the Brown Room, a box bed, In the High Room, a bed with curtains, a bed base missing its feather bed, In the next room, 2 bedsteads with old curtains, In the little cellar, 2 old beds and 2 feather beds, 3 old bolsters with an old rug and a chaff bed, 9 leather chairs and 5 other chairs, In the Laigh Room, an old little table and a chest, In the hall, three tables and a retiring chair, An old clock, In the Brown Room, a trunk, In the High Room, 4 chairs and a table, 3 chimneys (grates), 2 old chairs in the little cellar, 2 old chairs in the cellar, A hogshead, a masking fatt, (brewing vessel) and 14 barrels, 2 tubs, a sye (sieve), a small butt and a little churn, A brewing kettle, A spit, 3 pairs of tings, 2 raxes and a cruik (crook) with 4 iron bands (implements for cooking over an open fire), 6 timber dishes, A mortar, mustard pot and ball, 2 old wheels (spinning wheels), an old ambrie (cupboard), 2 chairs and 3 stools, 2 little boyns (basins) and a sowan kitt (dish in which porridge was made)
A hamper and old press, an old chest without a lid, a little barrel in the eardrop, 7 pewter plates, 23 trenchers and an old porringer
Total value – £318/10/-
Debts owed to the deceased:
A total of £359/10/- owed by Fergus Lin in Litlelory who had borrowed money from him at various times.
Cautioner was Alexander Cochran of Craigmure.

1723
GD180/74/4 – Discharge – Lady Gainoch to Gainoch, 1723
Fergus McCubbin is now deceased. His daughter Margaret McCubbin discharges her eldest son, John Cathcart, as he has paid her 6,600 merks.
Made at Gainoch, 3 July 1723, witnessed by John Cathcart, servitor to John Cathcart of Gainoch and Robert Ker, writer in Stranraer.

A modern day view of the existing Knockdolian House. The ruins of the castle are among the trees. Photo by Stephen Buchan. Click to enlarge.

i) Margaret MCCUBBIN was born circa 1663 in Knockdolian, Colmonell, Ayr; Source:AFN TFVK. She married Robert CATHCART on 1 Jul 1690 in Knockdolian, Ayr.

Robert married the heiress of Knockdolian, according to the History of the County of Ayr by James Paterson.
She was the executor of brother David’s will -1707.
Testament
Glasgow Commissary Court (CC9/7/50), confirmed on the 27/10/1707
David McCubbin younger of Knokdollion, parish of Colmonell
He died intestate. Date of death omitted. His Inventory was given by his sister, Margaret McCubbin and her husband, Robert Cathcart of Gormock, her husband, for his interest. She had been appointed as executor dative by the court in a decree dated 23 October 1707

GD180/66
Title
Disposition and deed of tailzie by Fergus McCubbine of Knockdollean to Fergus Cathcart, second son of Robert Cathcart of Genoch and Margaret McCubbine, daughter of the said Fergus McCubbine, whom failing, to the younger brothers of the said Fergus Cathcart, whom failing, to other specified heirs, of the estate of Knockdollean on 8 Mar 1710.

(a) John CATHCART
(b) Fergus CATHCART
(c) Jean CATHCART

ii) David ‘the younger’ MCCUBBIN was born between 1665 and 1675; noted on a testament of his uncle John McCubbin, “If Anna (John’s daughter) died without leaving issue, then Ballehomie was to go to David, second son of Fergus McCubbine.” Noted as David, younger at death in 1707,

1698
Recorded as David younger:
CC9 – Decreet of the Commissary Clerk of Glasgow
David McCubbin younger of Knockdolian was the executor of the deceased Catherine McCubbin, daughter of the deceased John McCubbin in (blank) in Ireland. Her testament was confirmed on the 4 June 1698. Fergus McCubbin is due her £3,660/13/4d contained in a Bond which he had granted to her. A precept was to be directed to him to that effect. Dated at Ayr, 23 June 1698
“David McCubbin younger of Knokdolliane stood as cautioner.” as listed on his uncle John McCubbin’s will.
He died in 1707.

Glasgow Commissary Court Register of Testaments (CC9/7/50), confirmed on the 27/10/1707
David McCubbin younger of Knokdollion, parish of Colmonell. He died intestate. Date of death omitted. His Inventory was given by his sister, Margaret McCubbin and her husband, Robert Cathcart of Gormock, her husband, for his interest. She had been appointed as executor dative by the court in a decreet dated 23 October 1707

Inventory.
This consisted of a subscription of £37/10/- Sterling he had made to the Indian and Africa Company of Scotland*. By this date, it had accumulated interest and so was valued at £53/12/2d Sterling or £643/6/- Scots. It was due to be repaid by the Commissioners appointed for distributing the Equivalent, payable by England to Scotland, as a result of the Union.
Total – £643/6/-
Robert Dalrymple, writer in Edinburgh stood as cautioner

* – the Darien scheme in the Isthmus of Panama

(Folklore has it that Fergus had two stalwart sons, one killed when he fell from a tree in the orchard. The other drowned in Ballantrae Bay, “upon a bright summer’s day” David and his brother John likely were the unfortunate ones.)

iii) John MCCUBBIN was born between 1665 and 1670; noted as John the younger, as a witness to his sister Margaret’s marriage in 1690.

GD180/215 Papers of the Cathcart Family, 1 July 1690. “Witnessed by Hew Kennedy of Bennen, William Baird of Sallachen, John McCubbein younger of Knockdolian and John Hamilton, clerk of Carrick.”

John died after 1690; after this date, there is no mention of John in any of the wills or testaments. It is assumed that John was one of the “stalwart sons” who died, either from a fall from a tree or drowned in Ballantrae Bay.

iv) Katharine MCCUBBIN married Fergus LINN;

Source: for Katherine, her husband Fergus, and children –

Extract disposition to Fergus McCubbin of Knockdolean.

GD 135/955 26 July 1712 -1714.
She was born circa 1667; age an estimate. She was noted as Fergus’ daughter in an extract deposition 1712-1714 (as noted in Fergus’ records and miscellaneous).

(a) William LINN
(b) Agnes LINN
(c) Catherine LINN
(d) Jean LINN
(e) Elizabeth LINN
(f) Mary LINN

v) Agnes Fergusia MCCUBBIN was born circa 1685; birthdate an estimate.

She married George Wiseheart, Bart on 13 Nov 1708 in Kirkliston, West Lothian, SCT; Source: IGI M116672. Lived at Clifton Hall, Ratho Junction, Midlothian, Scotland.

13/11/1708 Kirkliston Marriages (OPR 667)

Agnes Fergusia McCubbine marriage to Sir George Wiseheart
Wishart of Clifton Hall

In 1703 the estate was purchased by George Wishart, son of the Rev. William Wishart, minister at Kinneil. He served with Carmichael’s Regiment of Dragoon Guards, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and in 1706 was created baronet by Queen Anne. Sir George was an elder of the Church of Kirkliston and he gave annually one boll of meal to the poor.

The following is extracted from the records of the Kirk Session: “14th March, 1714. ‘Inter Alia’ ordered Henry Gibb, Elizabeth Clathie and Janet Wilson, poor persons, to each of them a firlot (a quarter) of Sir George Wishart’s boll (140lbs) of meal.”

Fergusia, eldest daughter and heiress of Sir George Wishart married George Lockhart of Carnwath (b 1700) and was mother of James Lockhart-Wishart, one of the Lords of the Bed-Chamber to the King of Hungary. He was a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, a Knight of the Order of the Empress Maria Theresa and a General of the Imperial Forces. On the death in 1761 of his eldest son, George, who was a strenuous supporter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, he sold Clifton Hall to Thomas Gibson of Pentland, one of the clerks to the Privy Council of Scotland.

13/11/1708 667/00 0010 0401 Kirkliston OPR Marriages (OPR 667)

Agnes Fergusia McCubbine

Sir George Wiseheart of Clifton Hall in this parish and Miss or M Agnes McCubbine daughter to the said Laird of Knockdolian in the parish of Commonel in Carrick gave up the names to be proclaimed in order to ? their marriage.

Family Search, IGI, gave Elizabeth Chalmers as Fergus’ wife (no document).

(a) Fergusia Wiseheart was born on 22 Sep 1709 in Kirkliston, West Lothian; Source: IGI C11667-2.

Fergusia, eldest daughter and heiress of Sir George Wishart married George Lockhart of Carnwath (b 1700) and was mother of James Lockhart-Wishart, one of the Lords of the Bed-Chamber to the King of Hungary. He was a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, a Knight of the Order of the Empress Maria Theresa and a General of the Imperial Forces. Source: Bio of father.

(b) George Wiseheart was born between 1710 and 1714; Source: Father’s bio – age estimated. He was “the eldest son.” He died in 1761; Source: Father’s Bio: On the death in 1761 of his eldest son, George, who was a strenuous supporter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, he sold Clifton Hall to Thomas Gibson of Pentland, one of the clerks to the Privy Council of Scotland.

(c) Boredelia Wiseheart was born on 29 Mar 1712 in Kirkliston, West Lothian, SCT; Source: IGI C116672 OPR.

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