Dear Mike and fellow researchers,
I’ve no particular expertise on this period, but I would have thought if such records of
land ownership and holdings exist for the 1600s, they would be in private hands. I’m not
sure how common written records of tacks, leases, lettings and cottars might be, but these
would record ownership too. Your best bet is to look at the National Register of Archives
compiled from 1946 onwards:
If the property changed hands, it should be in the Register of Sasines:
For those interested in the Pont Maps, have a look at Project Pont:
NLS Pont maps list:
Background information on the main textual materials relating to Timothy Pont by
Best wishes, Kay
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:24:59 +1000
From: Mike Boyd <mikejboyd(a)bigpond.com>
Subject: [AYR] Landowners in the Parish of Largs in about 1640
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Cuninghame, Topgraphized, by Timothy Pont, 1604-1608, With Continuations and Illustrative
Notices, James Dobie of Crummock, 1876, Appendix No. 1., pp 389-398.
The following Valuations of the District of Cunnninghame was, by permission of Sir John
Dunlop of Dunlop, copied from the original in his possession. There is no date attached
to it, but from intrinsic evcidence it appears to have been made about the year 1640.
Valuation of the Parishe of Lairges
Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmurlie of money and others converted
Skelmurlie his Rentallers
The Laird of Bishoptoun for the lands he brought from the Lord Boyd and Montfod and
the Lord Sempill
Andro (Andrew) Boyd
Hew Boyd and Janet Scott
Margaret Boyd and Robert Montgomerie
Sir David Conynghame of Robertland
Robert Montgomerie of Heifslehead
Robert and John Dickie, Wm Boyd and John Thomason in Kilruscan equallie in money
There was no mention of Tourgill or Nodedale. Did this mean they were part of the land
sold by Lord Boyd to the Laird of Bishoptoun?
For the larger landowners how might one go about finding out what Estates or farms are
included in these valuations?
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