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HAMILTON, Robert Prebendary of Kincardine
(About 1475-)
(About 1510-)


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1. BURNET, Alexander of Canneglerocht, 9th Laird of Leys


  • Born: About 1510
  • Marriage (1): BURNET, Alexander of Canneglerocht, 9th Laird of Leys

  Research Notes:


There seems to be some confusion about which mother each of the children of Alexander the 9th Laird had. It is agreed that janet Hamilton was Alexander's first wife. Yet his sons are attributed by some to be the sons of Marjory Forbes. John, his heir, entered into his inheritance in 1574 on the death of his father.

Yet he and his brothers are not remembered as mere children then. Documents quoted in The Family of Burnett of Leys place the birth of at least five sons by 1543. The Family of Burnett of Leys puts forward a date of 1567 for the marriage of Alexander and Marjory Forbes. There is a document referring to Janet Hamilton indicating she was alive in 1557. It is this position that is followed here, until further evidence is found.

The significance of the Hamilton connection is made clear in a quotation from the same book:
"The armorial carvings outside the castle (Crathes Castle begun in 1553) indicate that of the different ladies of Leys, Janet Hamilton, whether from the material wealth which she brought the family, or from her personal worth, was held in especial honour, but the arms impaled for her with the Burnett coat are always the pure coat of Hamilton. Though the husband of Janet had, as will be seen, a daughter of Lord Forbes for his second wife, no armorial memento of the last-named lady remains. Above the old doorway is a shield impaling Burnett with Hamilton, with the inscription, 'Anno 1553' over it, and, near it, the monogram 'A B K G,' with the date '1596.' (Crathes castle's year of completion)"

Janet married Alexander BURNET of Canneglerocht, 9th Laird of Leys, son of Alexander BURNET of Colonach, 8th Laird of Leys and Agnes LICHTOUN. (Alexander BURNET of Canneglerocht, 9th Laird of Leys was born about 1500 and died about 1574.)


1 LDS, Ancestral File.

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