This is the known family according to The Scots Peerage, Vol. V
III. ALEXANDER, but for the attainder of 1469 de jure third Lord Boyd, though no evidence
can be produced that he ever bore the title of Lord Boyd or was recognized. He was an
uncle and heir-male of the preceding, being the second son of the first Lord Boyd.
Appointed Chamberlain of Kilmarnock before 2 August 1488, *5 and had a lease of Drumcoll
the same year. *6 He had charters of the lands of Ralstoun and others, in the barony of
Kilmarnock, 30 November 1492. *7 His accounts as Chamberlain end 15 April 1504, when the
Lordship of Kilmarnock was granted to the Queen Margaret (Tudor), the consort of James
IV., to whose sasine 19 April 1504 he was a witness. *8 Crawfurd *9 says that he was
appointed Chamberlain in 1505, and he has been followed by later writers, but if this date
is correct it can only have been a reappointment by the Queen, from whom, on 26 June 1508,
he had a tack of the Lordship of Kilmarnock. *10 The date of his death
1. Boyd Papers, iii. 139, 141, 142. 2. Reg. Mag. Sig., i 330, No. 1573. 3.
M'Kay's Hist. of Kilmarnock, 32. 4. Mss. Advocates' Library. 5. Exch. Rolls,
x. 91 6. Ibid., 637 7. Reg. Mag. Sig. 8. Cal. Doc. Scot., iv. 1737 9. Lives of
Officers of State, 317 10. Boyd Papers, iii. 152.
has not been ascertained. He is stated to have been a great favourite with King James IV.
He married Janet, sister *1 of Sir William and daughter of Sir Robert Colville of
Ochiltree. They were related within the third and third and fourth and fourth degrees of
consanguinity, and had a dispensation for the marriage already contracted between them and
legitimising the children already born, 23 November 1505. *2 They had issue:-
1. ROBERT, his heir, of whom presently.
2. Thomas, ancestor of the Boyds of Pitcon. He had a charter of the lands of Linn, a
property in the parish of Dalry, Ayrshire, wherein he is designed 'brother-german to
Robert Boyd in Kilmarnock, in May 1532.' *3 He died in 1547. By his will, dated 8
November 1547, and confirmed at Glasgow 11 April 1548, he directs his body to be interred
in the family burial ground at Kilmarnock, and appoints John Fernlye (Fairlie) of that
ilk, Thomas Boyd, his son, and Robert Lord Boyd, executors. *4 He married *5 Marion,
daughter of John Fairlie of that ilk, who survived him, and married, as second wife, Sir
James Stewart of Bute, by whom she was ancestress of the Marquesses of Bute. She was
living 11 October 1580. *6 By her Thomas Boyd had two sons, Thomas and Robert, who both
fought for Queen Mary at Langside, for which they obtained remissions 8 September 1571. *7
Thomas the elder was of Pitcon in the valley of Dalry, a property which was held by his
male descendants until 1770, when Robert Boyd, eighth of Pitcon, sold it to George
MacCrae, merchant in Ayr. He had issue, but the male line, so far as is known, is
3. Adam, ancestor of the Boyds of Penkill and Trochrig. He appears as witness with his
father and eldest brother 21 November 1546, *9 and died after 21 November 1577. *10 He
married apparently before December 1531, *11
1. See her letter applying for a dispensation of her marriage; Boyd Papers, 150. 2.
Ibid., 151. 3. Confirmed 11 May, Reg. Mag. Sig. 4. Glas. Com. Rec. 5. Crawfurd's
Peerage, 55, citing a charter by Thomas Boyd of Pitcon. 6. See vol. ii. 292. 7. Reg.
Mag. Sig. 8. Paterson's History of Ayr, 1847, i. 292. 9. P. C. Reg., i. 151. 10.
Robertson's Ayrshire Families, 214. 11. Acta Dom. Conc. et Sess., vi. 79.
Helen, widow (with issue) *1 of Robert Graham of Knockdolian, youngest daughter of John
Kennedy, second Lord Kennedy (who was still living 22 October 1564, and had issue:-
1. Robert, second of Penkill, whose male issue failed in 1750 on the death of Alexander
Boyd, ninth of Penkill. *2
2. Mr. James, of Trochrig, Archbishop of Glasgow, died 21 June 1581. *3 His son Robert,
second of Trochrig, the celebrated divine, was great-great grandfather of Robert (not
John) Boyd of Trochrig, who on the extinction of the Penkill line in 1750, succeeded to
that estate, being served heir-male to his remote cousin Thomas Boyd of Penkill 28
February 1752. *4 He died s.p.m., November 1761, *5 when Trochrig devolved on his
daughters Ann and Grace, the former of whom married William Boyd Robertson, and had an
only child, a daughter, who sold Trochrig, and Penkill passed to his nephew and heir-male
Spencer Boyd, and his descendants were owners in 1847.*6
3._______ a daughter, married to James Chalmers of Sauchrie. *7
4. 5. 6. Three other sons. *8
7. Margaret, *9 wife of George Colquhoun, third of Glens, by whom she had an only daughter
and heiress, Margaret, who married her cousin-german, Robert, fifth Lord Boyd.
8. Euphemia, wife of John Logie of Logiealmond in Perthshire, by whom she had issue, a
daughter and heiress Margaret, who married the Hon. Thomas Hay, and was mother of the
seventh Earl of Erroll. In the birth-brieve under the Great Seal granted to the Lady
Isabel Hay, daughter of the ninth Earl of Erroll, by his wife, Lady Elizabeth Douglas,
daughter of the Earl of Morton, she is called daughter of Robert (sic), Lord Boyd of
Kilmarnock, by his wife, Isabella, daughter of Sir James Colville of Ochiltree. *10
IV. ROBERT, fourth Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock, eldest son and heir of the preceding.
According to Crawfurd *12 he was restored to the title of Lord Boyd 1536, and had a grant
from King James V., whom he faithfully served
1. See vol. ii 460 2. Paterson's Ayr and Wigton, ii 236. 3. Scott's Fasti, ii.
120, 377. 4. Retours. 5. Ibid. 6. Paterson's Hist. of Ayr, i. 394. 7.
Wodrow's MS. Life of Trochrig. 8. Exanimi plane virilis faemina Colvillorum phylarchi
filia sex filios suscepit, viros acerrimos et manus juxta consilioque promptissimos; R.
Boyd MS. in Bibl. Jurid. 9. Fraser's Chief of Colquhoun, ii. 260; Scottish Antiquary,
iv. 78. 10. Reg. Mag. Sig., 30 July 1635. 11. See note 2, p.55. 12. Peerage.
Then in the book Family Annals, J. E. Russell, Volume III, 1997, p 649, it says:-
“With the murder of the Earl of Arran’s only son, it fell to Lord Boyd’s second son
Alexander to carry on the line. He received the Barony of Kilmarnock by a charter of
1492, and as a result of his niece Margaret’s influence with the King, James IV, Alexander
was installed as Bailie and Chamberlain for the Kilmarnock Crown Lands in 1505. He was
back in charge of the Boyd family lands, even if only as agent for the Crown. This was
the beginning of a revival which was to last for over two hundred years. Alexander Boyd
was married to Janet, the daughter of Sir Robert Colville of Ochiltree, by whom he had
twelve children: of these, only three have left their names in history.”
So it would be very good to find the names of these extra three sons or the other unknown
four children according to Mr J. E, Russell.
Historical Committee, HBS