GRANT, Archibald of Moneymusk, 2nd Baronet, founder of Archiestown, Sir 3 4 5 6
- Baptised: 25 September 1696, Edinburgh parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland 7
- Marriage (1): HAMILTON, Anne on 17 April 1717 in Edinburgh parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland 1 2 3
- Marriage (2): POTTS, Anne by February 1731 2
- Marriage (3): CLARK, Elizabeth on 18 August 1751 1 2
- Marriage (4): Jane on 24 May 1770 in Saint James, Westminster, London, England 1 4
- Died: 17 September 1778, Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1
Another name for Archibald was GRANT, Archbald.7
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FRANCIS GRANT/JEAN MELDRUM FR3672 (FR3672)
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from Births and Baptisms
Sir, of Monymusk, Bart
Aberdeen Commissary Court
from Wills and Testaments 6 7
Archiestown was founded in 1760 by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk, under the original name of Ballintomb. Sir Archibald Grant was known and respected as an agricultural reformer, who brought the Agricultural revolution to his own estate in Monymusk and with it, immense change. These changes were good for the economy of the area but resulted in the requirement for re-location of redundant farmworkers to new planned villages from where they were encouraged to become involved in agricultural and trade based employment.
Archiestown in common with many other villages in the mid 18th Century was a planned village and was built around a linen factory as well as supporting other trades and agriculture.
In 1783 Archiestown was severely damaged by fire and did not really recover until the early 1800s. This was partly due to the devastation caused by the fire, but also due to the remoteness of the location with the transport links of the time which resulted in a temporary depopulation of the village."
from This is Moray
Archiestown, the only village in the parish of Knockando was founded in 1760 by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk who had inherited his "Highland Estate" on his marriage. Planned villages were mushrooming in the North East of Scotland and Sir Archibald an improver, followed suit establishing it as a community of linen weavers. A fire in 1783 destroyed many of the houses.
Sir Archibald sold part of his estate to a local lad who had made his fortune in Canada and London. Robert Grant became first Laird of Wester Elchies in 1783 and lived at the mansion house. His son Charles inherited the estate and founded Charlestown of Aberlour in 1812. He died unmarried in 1828 and his brother James William became third laird, and though he was an absentee landlord who worked in India until his retirement, he cared deeply for the estate and its people. He was sympathetic towards their financial needs and provided land and materials for churches in Archiestown and Aberlour following the Disruption.
His unmarried son William continued to live at Carron House when he inherited the title as did succeeding lairds. The mansion of Wester Elchies was sold to Gordonstoun's Kurt Hahn for a prep school and was finally demolished in the 1960s. The last laird, Archie, died without heirs in 1951.
The village has always been a vibrant community and until recent years was pretty self-sufficient with school, church, district nurse, policeman shops, blacksmith and undertaker to tend villagers every need.
The village retains much of its original character and is a designated Conservation Village."
from Archiestown Village website 8 9
Archibald married Anne HAMILTON, daughter of James HAMILTON Lord Pencaitland, Semator of the Court of Justice and Catherine DENHOLM, on 17 April 1717 in Edinburgh parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.1 2 3 (Anne HAMILTON was baptised on 16 August 1687 in Edinburgh parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland 7 10.)
ANNE HAMILTON/FR1509 (FR1509)
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from Index of Marriages 3
Archibald next married Anne POTTS, daughter of Charles POTTS of Castleton, Derbyshire and Unknown, by February 1731.2 (Anne POTTS was born about 1705 and died before 1744 2.)
"Sir Archibald Grant, second Baronet of Monymusk. Born on 25th September 1696. He was also educated for the law, and was admitted advocate in 1711. He was soon after this elected Member of Parliament for the county of Aberdeen. He latterly engaged in agricultural pursuits, and besides greatly improving his own estate, encouraged others to do the same. In 1749 he was made Keeper of the Register of Hornings for life. In 1769, with consent of his son and two eldest daughters, his children by his first wife, he made an entail of his estates. He died at Monymusk, 17th September 1778. He married, first, in 1717, Anne, daughter of James Hamilton of Pencaitland: secondly, Anne, daughter of Charles Potts of Castleton, Derbyshire, by whom also he had issue"
from Chiefs of Grant (vol 1) 1
Archibald next married Elizabeth CLARK on 18 August 1751.1 2 (Elizabeth CLARK was born about 1715 and died on 30 April 1759 in Moneymusk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1.)
"Sir Archibald Grant, second Baronet of Monymusk .... married, first, in 1717, Anne, daughter of James Hamilton of Pencaitland: secondly, Anne, daughter of Charles Potts of Castleton, Derbyshire, by whom also he had issue : thirdly, in 1751, Elizabeth Clark, widow of Dr. James Callander of Jamaica ; who died at Monymusk, 30th April 1759"
from Chiefs of Grant (vol 1) 1
Archibald next married Jane on 24 May 1770 in Saint James, Westminster, London, England.1 4 (Jane was born about 1715 and died about 1788 11.)
"Sir Archibald Grant .... married .... fourthly, in 1770, Jane, widow of Andrew Millar, London, having no issue by the last two wives. His fourth wife died at London in 1788. He was succeeded by his eldest son."
from Chiefs of Grant 1