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Annual Revenues of Hostages given in Security of the Ransom of James I. in 1424, Rymer X 327
For a few decades, I have known that Sir Thomas Boyd, feudal Baron of Kilmarnock, had been a hostage for the ransom of King James I in 1423, but not whom the other Scottish Lords/Nobles were that were with him.
And I have also had a “working” theory, that because these nobles were in captivity together, it was “most likely” that after they returned to Scotland that they married each other’s children, as part of this bond of being in captivity together. (At this time, I do not have enough data to be able to prove or disprove this working theory.)
So, I was quite pleased when I was looking through the book A Genealogical History of the Royal and Illustrious Family of the Stewarts, From the year 1034 to year 1710; … to which are prefixed, first, A General Description of The Shire of Renfrew, …, 1710 and on page 522, when I found this list –
“Annual Revenues of Hostages given in Security of the Ransom of James I. in 1424, Rymer X 327
David, son and heir of the Earl of Athol,
Thomas, Earl of Moray,
Alexander, Earl of Crawford,
Duncan, Lord of Argyle,
William, eldest son and heir to the Lord Dalkeith,
Gilbert, eldest son and heir to William the Constable,
Robert, the Marschal of Scotland,
Robert Lord Erskine,
Walter, Lord Dirleton,
Montgomery of Eglinton,
Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock
Lord Patrick of Dunbar, Lord Camnok,
Alexander Lord Gordon,
Lord William of Abernethy,
James of Dunbar, Lord Frendraft,
Andrew Gray of Foulis,
Lord Robert of Livingston,
Lord Robert of Lille,
James Lord Calder,
James, Lord of Cadyo,
Lord William of Rothvane,
William Olyfaunt, Lord of Abirdalgie,
George, son and heir of Hugh Campbell,
Robert, son and heir to Lord Robert de Mautelent,
David of Ogilby,
Patrick, son and heir to John Lyon,
Note. It is estimated that each Merk was equal in effect to 10-pound Sterling at present .”
You will note that many of these Nobles do not have any surname given to them, which will have to be added into this table. And the spelling will also have to be “corrected” in a number of cases! While, I would also guess, that some of these titles are no longer in use. And it may be necessary to add a fourth column to show from which areas of Scotland these people came from as well, to so the distribution of these people though out Scotland.
It would also appear that there is a mixture of actual nobles or their heirs that were included in this group.
I am not sure if this is a list of the most prominent families in Scotland in 1424 or if it has some other meaning in Scottish history? And it will bring into question those nobles who are not on this list. And the question as to how this list of people were created?
For me being a Boyd, it is interesting that Sir Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock is ranked 12th on this list – for what it is worth.
I assume in time, a “second line” will have to be created in this table for the “modern” spelling of these names, titles and surnames.
If you can add any further information on these families, I would be most grateful.
House of Boyd Society
The Family of Adam Boyd born 1650 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland?
I am currently answering a query on the Boyd family which says it come from –
A) Adam Boyd (1650-Aberdeenshire, Scotland) & Agnes Forsythe;
B) Adam Boyd & Mary Norton (1675-Scotland);
C) Sir John Thomas Boyd (1690-Edinburgh Scotland) & Janet Craig;
(This “Sir John Thomas Boyd”, should be “John Boyd”, the elder brother of Rev Adam Boyd of Upper Octorara, Chester County, PA, who both came to PA in early 1714. Adam Boyd returned to Ireland to study to become a Presbyterian Minister and was ordained in Coleraine in about 1723 before going to Boston, MA and in 1724 following the family of Rev. Craighead to PA. This John Boyd in 1728 went to the Irish Settlement in Bucks County, PA in Eastern PA to join his father-in-law.)
You will notice that there is only a 15-year gap between the second Adam Boyd and his son “John Boyd”. So, this short gap, would question this “date’s data and its source”. And this “draft” tree should be used very carefully in tracing back these two families from early PA.
So, I turned to the International Genealogical Index for the UK to see if there was any data on this Adam Boyd born in 1650 in Aberdeenshire. There was none. However, they had “Adam Boyd’s going back to about 1451 A. D.
I can only assume that some later data has been found on the birth of Adam Boyd in Aberdeenshire in 1650. So, do any Boyd researchers know of this “Adam Boyd, born in 1650 in Aberdeenshire”? And what is the source of that data?
I have Boyd’s living in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1575, but have no idea as what might be their origins or from which Cadet Branch of the Boyd’s this 1575 family might come from. They could be merchants, ministers, sea-captains, (not sure if the University had been established there by 1575), or some other reason for this family being in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.
What the inquirer did not say, but is quite often given, is that Adam Boyd [A] is quite often given as being the son of a “Captain Adam Boyd, said to have been killed in Ireland in 1649.” The date of this death in 1649, is not normally given and it will be interesting to see when in 1650 this Adam Boyd was born in Aberdeenshire and if there is a nine-month gap between the two dates.
Many other researchers go onto to say that this Captain Adam Boyd was born in 1625 and is the son of Bishop Andrew Boyd of Argyll, who is buried at Dunoon, Argyllshire. Unfortunately, Bishop Boyd’s son, Adam Boyd was born in 1599 and by the 1620’s was minister of Eaglesham, Lanarkshire. He did die in 1649 in Glasgow, so some researchers may be confusing his death in 1649 with that of Captain Adam Boyd.
Dianna Wise-Haley said that her tree is on Ancestry as “Kinnear Lynde” and is public. Hopefully, I can get to see it later this week when I go to my local Genealogical Society.
So, if anyone HAS RESEARCHED THIS ADAM BOYD BORN IN ABERDEENSHIRE PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT THE PRIMARY SOURCES SAY ABOUT HIM.
House of Boyd Society
Thomas Boyd of Pitcon, Ayrshire, granted 500 acres in Georgia in 1736.
I went to my local Genealogical Society yesterday to make a list of Clan Histories and other books on Scottish History and the Clans, when I came upon the book, Scottish Emigration to Colonial America 1607 – 1785, by David Dobson, 2004.
Most of the other books I have not looked at the book’s index, but for some reason this one I did. And I was very pleased that I did, as I found several Boyd references.
On page 116, it says “On 1 August 1773 Patrick Houston, merchant in Glasgow, was allocated 500 acres of land in Georgia, subject to certain conditions. He had to undertake to bring with him ten menservants who would for three years; plant two thousand white mulberry trees, ten per acre; and allocated 20 acres to each manservant in due course.”
“Similar grants made over the next few years to other Scottish gentlemen resulted in their settling with their servants and families in Georgia.”
It then goes onto list –
1. John Baillie, merchant of Edinburgh;
2. Andrew Grant, merchant in Edinburgh;
3. James Houston, merchant in Glasgow;
4. Hugh and William Stirling, merchants in Glasgow;
5. Joseph Wardrope, house carpenter in Edinburgh;
6. Patrick Tailfer, physician in Edinburgh;
7. Thomas Baillie, gentleman in Orkney;
8. George Dunbar, gentleman in Inverness-shire;
9. John Cuthbert of Brackies, gentleman in Inverness-shire;
10. Patrick McKay of Cyderhall, gentleman in Sutherland;
11. Patrick Graham, surgeon-apothecary in Crieff;
12. David Blair of Giffordland, gentleman in Ayrshire;
13. Thomas Boyd of Pitcon, gentleman in Ayrshire;
14. George Preston of Valleyfield, Perthshire;
15. Thomas Ormiston, merchant in Edinburgh;
16. Robert Hay, cooper in Edinburgh;
17. Hugh Cochrane, lieutenant colonel of His Majesty’s Foot under
18. Rev. John McLeod, missionary of the Incorporated Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, at New Inverness, Darien.
It would appear that “The passengers, apart from Joseph Wardrope and his servants, settled along the Savannah and Ogeecher rivers.” in Georgia.
The book goes onto to say “The trustees forbade slavery, and the farms were unable to compete with the farmers of nearby South Carolina who relied on slave labor.”
In the pages, I copied, it did not mention whom the “trustees” were and what happened to the lands granted and the various families after this mulberry tree venture failed. Others may know more about this program of 1733 to 1737 and be able to add to this migration and settlements in Georgia.
However, it is the entry “Thomas Boyd of Pitcon, gentleman in Ayrshire, 500 acres on 4 August 1736;” that interest me as to whom he is?
The Boyds of Pitcon, were Lairds of Pitcon. So, why was this Thomas Boyd called an “Gentleman”?
From Boyd history it is known that the last Boyd Laird of Pitcon was –
R1 Thomas Boyd, b / /170x ( ), d / /17xx ( ), living 1770, bu , m / /172x (church, town, county, etc), Jane Cuninghame, eldest dau of John and Margaret (nee Muir) Cunninghame of Caddel, b / /170x ( ), d / /17xx ( ), bu , and had issue:- 
- History of the Counties of Ayr and Wigton, Vol. III - Cunninghame, Part 1, James Paterson, 1866, p 189, says "was retoured heir to his father Robert in that Property. He was appointed Bailie in that part by the Right Hon. Patrick, Viscount of Garnock &., in 1730. In 1734 he had part of Dargarvan from Lord Eglintoun. In 1770, he sold Pitcon to George Macrae, merchant in Ayr, and through different steps of alienation, it became the property of Alexander Alison of Lintseedridge. Thomas, the last of the Boyds of Pitcon, was Comptroller of the Customs in Irvine. He left four daughters, three of whom were married and had issue; also sons, of whom none, so far as known, were ever married. None of the family remain in Ayrshire."
And from The Scots Peerage, Vol 5., 1884, p 151, states Robert Boyd, eighth of Pitcon, sold it to George Macrae, merchant in Ayr in 1770. (This differs to the account given by Paterson, above when he calls him Thomas. Could a son of Thomas, called Robert have sold the property?)
So, this Thomas Boyd of Pitcon, gentleman in Ayrshire, is he the above “father” or one of this Thomas Boyd’s four un-name sons perhaps called “Thomas Boyd”?
MY GUESS, is that it is most likely, it is this Thomas Boyd, Laird of Pitcon’s younger sons called “Thomas Boyd” because of the use of the term “gentleman”. This would mean that the above Laird Thomas Boyd was born earlier, than I have currently estimated, to allow his son to be old enough to take up such a venture in 1736.
In the USA 1790 CENSUS SUBSTITUTE INDEX for Georgia there is only one entry -
“BOYD, David GA Co: Montgomery Twp: Unknown”
So, did this Thomas Boyd of Pitcon of 1736, stay in Georgia? Or did his family die out? Or moved to South Carolina? Or return home to Scotland? I would also assume that there are still further alternatives, as what might have happened to this family?
At this time, this would be the first known Boyd to have settled in the Colony of Georgia.
I would ask those Boyds researching for Boyd families in George and South Carolina in the 1700’s to keep an eye open for any data on this Thomas Boyd of Pitcon.
A Genealogical Account of the Principal Families in Ayrshire, more particularly in Cunninghame, By George Robertson, Vol 1., 1823, 287, says "eldest daughter" but only gives that her father married in 1699 and that her mother was Margaret Muir, eldest daughter of Sir Archibald Muir of Thornton, Lord Provost of Edinburgh ... By this marriage he ultimately acquired that estate, and which has since become the residence of the family."
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1. Nehemiah Wade Boyd (Margaret Simmonds)
Date: Mon, 6 May 2019 22:33:35 +0100
From: Margaret Simmonds <megsimmonds(a)icloud.com>
Subject: [CLANBOYD] Nehemiah Wade Boyd
I have Nehemiah Wade Boyd born in Hamilton County Tennessee 1823 buried in
cCombs Cemetery, Flower Mound, Texas died 1856.
His son my Great Grandfather John Greenleaf Boyd born 7 April 1846
died 17 August 1933 buried Flower Mound Cemetery, Denton County, Texas
His daughter my Grandmother Eva Jane Boyd Grimes known to me as
i=E2=80=99 born December 1892; died 1978 Dallas, Texas buried Restland
ial Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
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