Ardgrain Texts

Fascinating extracts from charters and texts of an Ardgrain centuries ago 

As a Feudal Barony, events surrounding Ardgrain were often documented in texts, charters and other important documents.

Many of these Ardgrain texts still exist, but remain hidden within dusty volumes or in private collections. Occasionally when researching the history of Ardgrain we come across interesting snippets of text which offer a glimpse into Ardgrains past. A selection of these are included below.

 

Alexander Seaton Ratification (1681)

Ratification in favour of Sir Alexander Seton of Pitmedden

 

Scottish parliment records from 28th July 1681, which feature the Barony of Ardgrain. At the time of King James II, these texts describe a ratification in favour of Sir Alex Seton of Pitmedden.

Our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the three estates of parliament, considering and perpending the constant zeal and loyalty of Sir Alexander Seton of Pitmedden, one of the senators of the college of justice, to his majesty's person, kingly authority and government, even to this day, and that moreover John Seton of Pitmedden, his father, was killed in the service and camp of his majesty's father, of ever blessed memory, in the intestine and unhappy war in this his majesty's ancient kingdom of Scotland, in the year of our lord 1639, and likewise that James Seton of Pitmedden, eldest brother to the said Sir Alexander, entered his majesty's service in the late war by sea with the Dutch in the year 1665, and continued in the said service, even from the beginning to the end, with great courage and magnanimity, and died therein, and his majesty being most willing, for the causes foresaid, and other onerous causes and good considerations moving his highness thereto, to confer a character of his royal bounty and favour upon the said Sir Alexander and his family; therefore, our said sovereign lord, with advice and consent of his said estates of parliament, by this act, ratifies, approves and perpetually confirms a charter, of the date at Whitehall, 1 June 1677, proceeding upon a signature, under his majesty's royal hand, whereby our said sovereign lord, with consent of the lords commissioners of his majesty's treasury and exchequer of the said ancient kingdom, gave, granted and conveyed and, for his majesty and royal successors, perpetually confirmed to the said Sir Alexander Seton, in liferent during all the days of his lifetime, and to William Seton, his eldest lawful son, and male heirs lawfully to be procreated of his body, which failing to the other male heirs lawfully procreated or to be procreated of the said Sir Alexander's body, which failing to the female heirs procreated or to be procreated of his body, which failing to any person or persons whom the said Sir Alexander shall appoint to succeed to him by a nomination under his own hand, even in death, and heirs of their bodies, still with the burden of the provisions to be contained in the said nomination, which also failing and, in case the said Sir Alexander makes no such nomination or being made that the same be revoked by him, then and in that case to the nearest heirs and assignees of the said Sir Alexander whatsoever, the eldest daughter or female heir, without division, still succeeding and marrying a gentleman of the name of Seton, at least who and their heirs shall assume the said surname and bear the arms of the family of Pitmedden, heritably and irredeemably, with the provisions, under the reservations, restrictions and upon the conditions specified in the said charter, as also mentioned in the several letters of procuratory of resignation therein rehearsed and not otherwise, all and whole the four ploughs of the town and lands of Allathan, with the mill thereof, mill-lands, multures, sucken, sequels and knaveships of the same, with the crofts of Cloisterseat and Houfasyd pertaining thereto, with all and sundry houses, biggings, yards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof, together with the teind sheaves and other teinds, great and small, as well parsonage as vicarage of the same, as also the teinds of the lands and mains of Pitmedden, and of the town and lands of Torry and mill-lands thereof, all lying within the barony of Allathan, parish of Udny and sheriffdom of Aberdeen, and all formerly belonging heritably to the said Sir Alexander, and held by him of his majesty; and likewise, all and whole the town and lands of Craig of Allathan, with that croft of land called Crawhill, the towns and lands of over and nether Ardmore, and teinds as well great as small, parsonage as vicarage thereof, and likewise all and whole the south part of the town and lands of Logierieve, with the lands of Millfield of Orchardtown, with these six rigs of the Bearhill of Orchardtown, with the mill of Logierieve, alias Orchardtown, mill-lands, multures, sequels and knaveship thereof, namely, the whole multures of the lands of Logierieve and Orchardtown, and others used and wont, with all and sundry manor places, houses, biggings, yards, orchards, tofts, crofts, outsets, insets, mosses, muirs, marshes, annexes, connexes, parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof, with free ish and entry thereto, and all other rights and righteous pertinents and privileges formerly belonging to the same, together with the parsonage teinds and other teinds thereof, as well great as small, parsonage as vicarage of the same lands, and others foresaid, all of old lying within the barony of Allathan, now by annexation within the barony of Ardgrain, parish and sheriffdom foresaid, and which whole lands and others foresaid, pertained heritably of before to the deceased Sir John Forbes of Waterton, held by him immediately of our said sovereign lord. As also, all and whole the town and lands of Logierieve, commonly called North Logierieve, with the manor place, houses, biggings, yards, orchards, tofts, crofts, mosses, muirs, marshes, parts, pendicles and universal privileges and righteous pertinents of the same whatsoever, lying within the parish of Logie-Buchan and sheriffdom foresaid, and which formerly pertained to William Gordon, writer in Edinburgh, Christiane Kemp, widow of the deceased Alexander Robertson, bailie in Aberdeen, Margaret Kemp, widow of the late Mr William Seaton, late minister at the kirk of Logie-Buchan, heir portioners served and retoured to the deceased Mr Thomas and Catherine Kemp, their brother and sister, William Thores of Muiresk, James Innes, writer in Edinburgh, and John Lindsay of Easter Tyrie, or one or others of them heritably, held by them or one or other of them of our said sovereign lord. And likewise, all and whole the lands and barony of Dumbreck, comprehending the mains and manor place of Dumbreck, castle, tower and fortalice thereof, the towns and lands of Newseat, Outseat, Thornefoord, mill of Dumbreck, milltown thereof, mill-lands, multures, sucken, sequels and knaveship of the same, with all and sundry houses, biggings, yards, orchards, mills, woods, fishings, annexes, connexes, outsets, insets, tofts, crofts, tenants, tenantries, services of free tenants, mosses, muirs, meadows, commonty, common pasturage, parts, pendicles and pertinents of the said barony of Dumbreck whatsoever, together with the teind sheaves and other teinds thereof, as well great as small, parsonage as vicarage of the same, all lying formerly within the parish of Allan, and now by annexation within the parish of Udny and sheriffdom of Aberdeen foresaid, and of before pertained heritably to Mr Walter Cochrane of Dumbreck, held by him of our said sovereign lord. And lastly, all and whole the town and lands of Orchardtown, with the manor place thereof, houses, biggings, yards, orchards, dovecots, alehouse, alehousecroft, parks, enclosures, tofts, crofts, outsets, insets, cottages, mosses, muirs, meadows, grazing, commonty, common pasturage, foggage, fuel, fail and divot, annexes, connexes, dependencies and whole parts, pendicles and pertinents of the same, all lying within the parish of Udny, by annexation and sheriffdom foresaid, and that as for the principal, and all and whole the town and lands of Woolaw of Esslemont, with houses, biggings and pertinents thereof, lying within the parish of Ellon and sheriffdom foresaid, and that in real warrandice of the said town and lands of Orchardtown, with the pertinents thereof above-specified, and pertained heritably of before to John Walker of Orchardtown, and which charter proceeds upon the particular resignations of the said Sir Alexander himself, and of the said deceased Sir John Forbes, Christiane and Margaret Kemp, William Gordon, James Innes, William Thores, John Lindsay and John Walker, in manner more fully specified in the said charter; whereby also our said sovereign lord ratified, approved and confirmed to the said Sir Alexander Seton, his said son and their foresaids as coming in vice and place of the said John Walker of Orchardtown, the charter of alienation made by the deceased Patrick Walker, sometime of Orchardtown, to the said John Walker, his eldest lawful son, and his heirs and assignees therein specified, dated 18 April 1639, with the precept of sasine therein contained and sasine following thereon, and other writs, rights and securities whatsoever of and concerning the said lands of Orchardtown and Woolaw of Esslemont, with the whole pertinents thereof above-specified as principal, and in real warrandice respectively, of whatsoever natures, dates, tenors or contents the same is of, in the whole heads, clauses, points, articles, provisions, obligements, circumstances and conditions thereof whatsoever, for the said Sir Alexander, his said son and their foresaids, their further security and more sure and peaceable possession thereof, and ordains the said general confirmation to be as sufficient to them as if granted before seising, and in the lifetime of the said Patrick, and as if the said charter and sasine were particularly engrossed in the said confirmation; anent all which and with all defects, faults and imperfections whatsoever that may be objected against the validity thereof, our said sovereign lord, with consent foresaid, dispensed for ever, reserving to his majesty and royal successors the feu duties, blench duties and other duties and services, if any are due and payable to them furth thereof, and contained in the ancient rights before the said confirmation. Moreover, our said sovereign lord, with consent foresaid of his highness's treasury and exchequer, for the causes above-specified, of new, and of certain knowledge and proper motive, gave, granted and conveyed to the said Sir Alexander Seton, his said son and their foresaids, in liferent and fee respectively, the whole towns, lands, baronies, mills, mill-lands, teinds, parsonage and vicarage and others particularly and generally above-specified with the pertinents, all lying, pertaining and resigned as said is, and that as principal, and in real warrandice respectively, together with all right, claim of right, property and possession, petitor or possessor, which his majesty and his royal progenitors and successors had, have or can claim in any manner of way to the said lands, baronies and others foresaid, or to the mails, duties and casualties thereof of whatsoever years or terms bygone or to come, by reason of ward, non-entry, relief, marriage, escheats, forfeitures, recognitions, reductions, disclamations, purprestures or any other manner of way, as is more fully specified in the said novodamus, all which and all action competent thereon are renounced, transferred and conveyed in their favour forever, with an agreement not to petition, and with supplement of all defects and imperfections whatsoever, as well not named as named, which are therein held as for expressed; and the said lands, baronies and others foresaid are dissolved from all other baronies and erected in a whole and free barony, called the barony of Orchardtown, and the manor place of Orchardtown appointed for ever to be the principal messuage of the said barony, and a sasine to be taken there, or upon the ground of any part of the lands next adjacent, to be sufficient for the whole, notwithstanding of their discontiguity, with the which his majesty, with consent of the said lords of treasury and exchequer, dispensed for ever; to be held the said lands, barony and others foresaid, comprehending as said is, to the said Sir Alexander Seton, his said son and their foresaids, in liferent and fee respectively, and with the conditions, provisions and declarations above-expressed, of our said sovereign lord and his royal successor superiors in fee heritage and free barony, as said is for ever, with the privileges of a barony therein particularly rehearsed, giving for the said four ploughs of Allathan, mill, mill-lands, multures, sucken, sequels and knaveship thereof, and two crofts of Cloisterseat and Houfasyd and pertinents thereof above-specified, instead and in place of the rights and services used and wont, the sum of £50 Scots money yearly for the ward, the like sum for the non-entry as much as for the relief, and £100 money foresaid for the marriage of the heir or heirs of the said Sir Alexander and William Seton, when the same shall happen to fall out and occur, and to which they were formerly taxed by a charter in favour of the said Sir Alexander, dated 24 April 1671; and for the said town and lands of Craig of Allathan, Over and Nether Ardmore, Crawhill, croft, town and lands of South Logierieve, lands of Millfield of Orchardtown, six rigs of Bearhill of Orchardtown, mill of Logierieve, alias Orchardtown, mill-lands, multures, sucken, sequels and knaveships thereof, with all their pertinents, instead and in place of the rights and services formerly used and wont, the sum of £45 money foresaid, as the proportional part of £200 Scots which is the taxed ward duty due and payable to his majesty and his foresaids yearly, during the ward and non-entry of the said barony of Ardgrain, whereof they, by annexation, were a part, with the like sum for the relief and the sum of £90 money foresaid for the marriage of the heir or heirs succeeding thereto, when the same shall fall out, as the proportional part of the sum of £400 money above-written, to which the said marriage is also taxed, conforming to a charter granted by his majesty, under the great seal of his ancient kingdom, in favour of the said deceased Sir John Forbes of Waterton, of the said lands and barony of Ardgrain, dated 4 August 1669; and likewise, for the said town and lands of Orchardtown, with the manor place, houses, yards, dovecots, alehouse, alehousecroft, mosses and other pertinents thereof above-specified, the sum of 2d money foresaid at the feast of Whitsunday [May/June] in name of blench ferm, if it is asked only, and likewise for the said towns and lands of Logierieve, called North Logierieve, with manor place, mosses and other pertinents thereof above-specified, and for the said lands and barony of Dumbreck, mains thereof, manor place, towns and lands of Newseat, Outseat, Thornefield,† mill of Dumbreck, milltown thereof, mill-lands, multures and other pertinents of the same whatsoever above-specified, the rights and services used and wont; providing always, likewise by the said charter it is provided and declared, that how often it shall happen the said lands, barony, mill, milltown and others particularly and generally above-specified to fall in the hands of our said sovereign lord or his royal successors, by reason of ward, that notwithstanding thereof, the said Sir Alexander, his said son and their foresaids shall peaceably possess and enjoy the said lands, barony, mills and others foresaid, and that it shall be lawful to them to intromit with and uplift the mails, profits and duties thereof, and dispose thereupon during the said ward and non-entry or either of them, in all time thereafter, without any objection, obstacle or impediment to be made in the contrary by our said sovereign lord or his treasurer or their donators, paying therefore yearly to his majesty and royal successors, during the said ward or non-entry, 200 merks money foresaid at Whitsunday and Martinmas [11 November] by equal portions, and the like sum for the relief and 400 merks money foresaid for the marriage of the heir or heirs of the said Sir Alexander, and his said son and their assignees succeeding therein, when the same shall happen and not otherwise, and to which respective sums the said lands, barony and others foresaid are taxed by the said charter, and then as if the said casualties were fallen out, the whole benefit thereof conveyed in their own favour for payment of the tax duties above-specified, as they occur as said is, and his majesty's treasurers, advocates and donators prohibited and discharged from all further troubling of them in time coming, except for the tax duties above-specified, and the heirs, assignees and successors of the said Sir Alexander, and his said son, are empowered, by the said charter, to enter themselves heirs in special to their predecessors in the said lands, barony and others above-specified, by brieves furth of the chancellery, and obtain themselves retoured and infeft therein upon precepts furth thereof, without respect to their minority or nature of the holding, and as freely as if they were past their twenty-one years of age, with the which and with the inquest and judge, his majesty, with consent foresaid, by the said charter dispenses; and lastly, for the said teinds of the whole lands, barony and others contained in the said charter, the blench duties therein expressed and paying the ministers therein mentioned the proportional part of the stipend therein rehearsed, together with the precept of sasine contained in the said charter and instrument of sasine following thereupon, in the whole heads, articles, clauses, and conditions thereof. And our said sovereign lord, with consent of his estates of parliament, decrees and ordains the foresaid general confirmation and ratification to be as valid and sufficient and of as great force, strength and effect, to all intents and purposes, as if the said charter and sasine were word for word herein inserted, albeit not so done; with the which his majesty, with advice and consent foresaid of his said estates of parliament, by this act dispenses for ever. And further, our said sovereign lord, with consent of his said estates of parliament, for the causes above-specified, by this act of new gives, grants, conveys and, for his majesty and royal successors, perpetually confirms to the said Sir Alexander Seton, in liferent, and to the said William Seton, his son, and the male heirs lawfully to be procreated of his body, which failing to the other male heirs and heirs of tailzie above-specified, in the order, on the terms and with and under the conditions, provisions, reservations and restrictions above-mentioned, and their assignees, heritably and irredeemably, all and whole the foresaid barony of Orchardtown, lately erected, comprehending the particular towns, lands, barony, mills, mill-lands, mosses, teinds, parsonage and vicarage and others particularly and generally above-written, and appoints the messuage and sasine taken as aforesaid, to be held of our said sovereign lord and his royal successors as superiors in fee and heritage and free barony for ever, with the privilege of barony and others contained in the said charter, for payment yearly to his majesty and royal successors of the tax duties and other duties contained in the said charter above confirmed and ratified, and dispenses with all nullities, faults, imperfections in and other grounds of the law competent against the said Sir Alexander, his said son and their foresaids, for reducing, quarrelling and impugning of their own or authors' and predecessors' rights of the said lands, barony and others foresaid, for whatsoever cause or occasion bygone, and renounces and gives over the same in their own favour forever.

Text taken from The Records of the The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

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Assigning the Ardgrain lands to Alexander Irvin (1422)

Ancient texts taken from the Charter Chest at Drum, describing the Ardgrain lands in 1422

Taken from Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff (Vol III) 1857 - Page 31.

Note: The below translation should not be taken as fully correct - the Latin is far from perfect. I would welcome any corrections through our contact page.

Assignatio terrarum de Ardgrane Alexandro de Irwyne de Drum (A.D. 1422).

The assigning of the territories of Ardgrain to Alexander Irvin of Drum (A.D. 1422).

Vniuersis hoc scriptum visuris... Johannes Harrowar vnus heredum quondam Margarete Harrowar domine de Ardgrane salutem... Noueritis me dedisse... et titulo vendicionis tradidisse... nobili domino Alexandro de Irwyne domino de Drvm et heredibus suis et suis assignatis totum jus et clameum juris que habui habeo seu quouismodo habere potero.

Vniuersis writes these texts... John Harrowar formerly benefited from the inheritance from the late / former Margaret Harrowar, lady of Ardgrain... Notifies me to give... and to call vendicionis (?) surrender... Nobleman Alexander Irvin, master of Drum is assigned the inheritance and whole right after private hearing to have and to gain quouismodo (?) now with government/official backing.

In futurum in terris de Ardgrane cum pertinenciis in comitatu Buchanie infra vicecomitatum de Abirdene seu in aliqua parte earundem terrarum... Insuper obigo me firmiter ad laborandum et prosecutiones facere contra recuperatores predictarum terrarum quotiens et quando per dictum Alexandrum et heredes sous vel assignatos fuimus requisiti.

The grounds about and the grounds concerning Ardgrain within the area of Buchan forming lands within the area of Aberdeen... As mentioned above, oblige me enduringly to emphasise and to work zealously against prosecutions and against predicaments / troubles with this land as often as and if the very word of Alexander whose assigned fuimus (?) inheritance has been requested.

John Forbes Ratification (1669)

Ratification in favours of Sir Johne Forbes of Watertoun

Our soverane lord, with advice and consent of his majesties' estates of parliament, hes ratified and approven and, be thir presents, ratifies and approves ane charter and infeftment, granted be his majestie under the great seale, of the date the fourt day of August 1669 yeers, to Sir Johne Forbes of Watertoun, his airs maill and assignays whatsomever, heretablie and irredeimably, off all and haill the lands of Ardgrein and Broomefeild, with multers, sequells, houses, bigings, yeards, tofts, crofts, outsets, tennents, tennendries and service of frie tennents, mosses, mures, marishes, parts, pendicles and haill pertinents of the samen, lying in the parochine of Ellon and shirreffdome of Aberdein; together with the heretable office of constabulary of Aberdein, haill priveledges, liberties, proffeits and commodities belonging to the said office; together also with all and sindrie the teind sheaves of all and sindrie the lands of Carnymux, Borowley, Watishik,† Kirkhill, milnelands thairof, clayhills and fyvielands crofts of Ellon, with parts, pendicles and pertinents thairof, lyand within the parochine of Ellon and shirreffdome of Aberdein forsaid; and of all and haill the lands of Knappernae, with the maynes and maner place thairof, houses, bigings, yeards, orchyeards, tofts, crofts, parts, pendicles and pertinents thairof, milne of Knappernae, milnelands thairof, astricted multers and knaveship of the samen; and of the lands of Corthiemure and siclyk of all and haill the lands of Woodland, the lands of Tullimad, with the sonnie and shadow halff thairof, halff,† bigings, yeards, orchyeards, annexis, connexis, parts, pendicles and pertinents of the samen, all lyand within the said shirreffdome of Aberdein; and likewise of all and haill the lands of Mostoun, with the pertinents of the samen, lyand within the parochine of Logiebuchan and shirreffdome forsaid; and siclyk of all and haill the salmond fishing upon the water of Ithan, alswell in croves as by boats and nets, without diminution or extradonation of the other fishes therof, lyand within the bounds underwritten viz, beginand at Maucherfoord of the said water, and ascending therfra to the seggiefoord of Fyvie, with all and sindrie commodities, priveledges and pertinents thairof, lyand within the barronie of Ogilvie be annexation, and shirreffdome of Aberdein; and lykways of that four rigs of land called the Patons rigs, lyand within the territorrie of Ellon; and of all and sindrie the teinds thairof together with the advocation, donation and right of patronage of the said paroche and paroch kirk of Ellon, personage and viccarage thairof, lyand within the shirreffdome of Aberdein; and siclyk of all and haill the lands of Craig of Allachin, and croft therof called Crawhill; the touns and lands of Over and Nether Ardmores, with all and sindrie houses, bigings and pertinents of the samen, together with the teind sheaves and other teinds, alswell great as small, personage and viccarage, of all and sindrie the saids touns, lands and others abovewritten with the pertinents, lyand of old within the barronie of Allathin, parochine of Ellon and now, be annexation, within the parochine of Wdney and shirreffdome of Aberdein forsaid; and siclyk of all and haill the eister parte of the mains of Pitmedden, of that toun, and lands of Logieruiff, with the lands of milnefeild of Orchyeardtoun, and that sex rigs of beirhill of Orchyeardtoun, with the milne of Logieruiff called the milne of Orchyeardtoun, milnelands, multers, suken, sequells and knaveship thairof viz, the lands,† multers of the saids lands of Logieruiff and Orchyeardtoun and others useit and wont, together with the teinds, alswell personage as viccarage of the saids lands, with all and sindrie maner places, houses, bigings, yeards, tofts, crofts, outsets, mosses, moores, commontie, common pasturage, parts, pendicles and pertinents, tennents, tennendries and service of frie tennents, with frie ingresse and regresse, and haill pertinents belonging thairto conforme to the old rights and infeftments thairof, lyand within the said barronie of Allathin, parochine of Wdney and shirreffdome of Aberdein forsaid, upon the resignation of Johne Kennedies, elder and younger of Carmux, and Johne Moor, therafter of Carmux, Mr William Moir, advocat, and of the said Sir Johne Forbes, himselff; together with the claus of novo damus and claus of new gift and union and erection of the saids lands in ane frie barronie, called the barronie of Ardgrain, for the yeerlie payment of the yeerlie services used and wont, taxed and modified in maner underwritten viz, upon the provision that how oft the saids lands and barronie should fall and become in the hands of his majestie and his successours, be reason of waird, releiff and nonentrie, that nevertheles the said Sir Johne Forbes, his airs maill and assignays, should peaceably brooke and possesse the saids lands and others forsaids for payment to his majestie and his successours of the soume of tuo hundreth punds Scots money yeerlie, dureing the tyme of the said waird, nonentrie and for the releiff, and of the soume of four hundreth punds Scots money for the mariage of the air or airs when the samen should happen, for the payment of the whilk soums the ward, releiff and mariage are disponed to them, in the haill heids, articles, clauses, provisions and conditions of the said charter, with the precept and instrument of sasine following thairupon, and dispositions, contracts and other writts whairupon the samen proceidit, willing and declareing this present ratification to be als valeid and sufficient to the said Sir Johne Forbes and his forsaids as the said charter wer heirin at lenth ingrossed.

Text taken from The Records of the The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

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Judicial Proceedings (1493)

Judicial proceedings: acts of the lords auditors of causes and complaints

22 June 1493

[John Lyon], lord Glamis and [Alexander Inglis], archdeacon of St Andrews should not be put in this act. The lords auditors decree and deliver that William Hay of Ardendracht, Patrick Reid of Colliston and John the Hay of Ardgrain shall restore, content and pay Henry Cheyne of Esslemont and John Cheyne, his son and heir apparent, 272 ewes each priced 3s, 25 oxen and cows each priced on average 20s, 3 horses, one priced 10 merks, the other priced 4 merks and the third priced 20s, and also [they] shall content and pay the said Henry and John for the profits of the said ewes for each ewe yearly for the said three years 16d, and £20 for the damage and injury sustained by them in the destruction of the place of Esslemont, and for the damage and injuries sustained by them through the laying waste of the lands of Esslemont and Carnyhill yearly for three years, 14 chalders of oats each chalder priced 6 merks, 3 chalders of barley and wheat each chalder priced 12 merks.

And [they] also decree and deliver that Gilbert the Hay, the said Patrick Reid and John the Hay shall pay the said Henry and John 16 merks for 2 chalders of oats destroyed and eaten by the said persons as was sufficiently proven before the lords, and [they] ordain that letters be written to distrenzie the said persons of their lands and goods for that, deducting as much of the said goods as has been returned previously. And as for the destruction of the corns of Esslemont, because it is proven they were burnt by servants of the earl of Erroll, the lords refer that part to be decided before the justice. And as for the rest of the points contained in the summons that are not decided by the lords, [they] continue that part until 8 October next, with continuation of days, in the same form and effect as it is now, without prejudice of party, and the parties are summoned by themselves and their procurators according to the act, and ordain that this party have letters to summon their proof on the said day.

Text taken from The Records of the The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707

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Letter by John Allerdes on the lands of Ardgrane (1485)

Ancient texts describing the lands of Ardgrain in 1495

Taken from Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff (Vol III) 1857 - Page 32.

Note: The below translation should not be taken as fully correct - the Scots translation may not be perfect. I would welcome any corrections through our contact page.

Letter by John Allerdes of that Ilk on the lands of Ardgrane (1485)

Be it Kend tile al men... me Jhone of Allerdes of that ilk... trewly byndis and obleisis me myne airis and myne assignaiis tile ane nobile man Alexander Irvin of Drum and til his airis and assignaiis as forsamekle that the said Alexander Irvin of Drum has gifen...

Let it be known to all men... I John of the Allerdes family... truly joins and obliges me and my heirs and my beneficiaries until(?) one Nobleman Alexander Irvin of Drum and his heirs and beneficiaries of the same, that Alexander Irvin of Drum has given...

and in few ferme has lattin to me myne airis and assignaiis heretabilly al and sindry the landis of Fulzemond witht thair pertinens lyand in the barony of Auchindour within the shirefdome of Abirdene in warandeis and sickirness of the landis of the twa part of Ardgrane witht thair pertinens lyand in the earldome of Buchane within the shirefdome of Abirdine under this condition and cass gife it sall happin me myne airis or assignaiis to be...

and in a few farms has let to me, my heirs and hereditary beneficiaries, all and sundry the lands of Fuzemond with their pertinent lands, and the Barony of Auchindour within the Shire of Aberdeen (in warrant and sickness?) of the lands of the two parts of Ardgrain with their pertinent lands and the Earldom of Buchan within the Shire of Aberdeen under this condition and this case given shall happen to me, my heirs, or beneficiaries to be...

 

The will of Robert Innes (1534)

Ancient texts taken from the Charter Chest at Ellon describing the Ardgrain lands in 1534

Taken from Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff (Vol III) 1857 - Page 33.

The will of Robert Innes (1534)

On the twenty sixth day of November 1534, Robert Innes of Innermarky grants to Alexander Innes his second son, and the heirs male to be procreated of his body, whom failing, to himself (Robert Innes) and his heirs whomsoever, his lands and barony of Ardgraine, Cauldiswillis, and Pettauchie. The witnesses are Duncan Chalmers, chancellor of Ross, William Hay of Mane, Patrick Ogilvy of Kessock, James Dunbar of Castletown, Mr. John Bissat, vicar of Kilmyr and William Jamieson etc. This grant was confirmed by charter under the great seal, dated 19th January 1535.

Service on Ardgrain (1677)

Text abridged from Libri Actorum Curiae Vicecomitatus de Aberdeen MS.

Taken from Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff (Vol III) 1857 - Page 37.

Service on Ardgrein. February 21 1677.

Special service of Thomas Forbes as nearest heir to his father Mr. John Forbes of Watertown in... the lands of Ardgrein and Broomfield with the multures sequells... and pertinents thereof lying in the parish of Ellon and sheriffdom of Aberdeen with the hereditary constable of Aberdeen and all the privileges liberties and profits and commodities belonging to that office with... the tithes of the lands of Carmucks Borrowley Watishill Kirkhill mill lands of the same Clayhills Fyvie lands and crofts of Ellon with the... pertinents lying in the parish of Ellon and sheriffdom of Aberdeen and also in... the lands of Knappernay with the dominical lands of the mains the manor place... and pertinents with the mill of Knappernay mill lands astricted multures and knaveships of the same and the lands of Tillienaid as well the sunny and the shady half with the... pertinents of the same lying in the parish of Logiebuchan and sheriffdom of Aberdeen and also in... the salmon fishing on the water of Ythan as well in the fishings of the cruives as by boat and net... within the bounds following vis. beginning at Machterfoord on the said water and ascending thereon to Seggiefoord of Fyvie with all... the privileges... of said fishings with free entry and exit lying of old within the barony of Ogilvie by annexation and sheriffdom of Aberdeen and also these four rigs lof land called Pattons ying within the territory of Ellon with... ... incorporated into one free and whole barony called the barony of Ardgrein in all time coming according to royal charter the said Mr. John Forbes of Watertown of the date 4 August 1669.