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URQUHART, Alexander of Burdsyards
(About 1460-)
URQUHART, William of Burdsyards
(About 1495-Before 1541)
BROWN, Janet of Coulston
(About 1510-)
URQUHART, Alexander of Burdsyards, Provost of Forres
(About 1532-)


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1. CUMMING, Elizabeth of Altyre

URQUHART, Alexander of Burdsyards, Provost of Forres 2

  • Born: About 1532
  • Marriage (1): CUMMING, Elizabeth of Altyre in 1561 1

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  General Notes:

"In 1565, Alexander Urquhart of Burdsyards, and Provost of Forres, was proprietor of the lands of Sheriffmill, near Elgin, probably as a vassal of the Bishop of Moray."

from Annals of Elgin 2

Alexander married Elizabeth CUMMING of Altyre, daughter of Thomas CUMYN Fiar of Altyr and Agnes GRANT, in 1561.1 (Elizabeth CUMMING of Altyre was born about 1535.)

  Marriage Notes:

" 'I, James Cuming of Dolesbrauchtie, fader-brother (that is, uncle by the father's side) of ane honorable man, Thomas Cuming of Alter, grants me to have resavit fra ane honorable man, Lachlan Ros of Kilravock, the sum of 500 merks, usual money of yis realme, promisit be him to me for the dole and tocher, and solemnisation of matrimony with Marion Ros, his dochter, whilk sowm the said Lachlan Ros has laid upon land, and deliverit to Alexander Urquhart of Burdsyards. I, Elezabet Cuming, his spouse, at the command of the said Thomas Cuming of Alter, &c. &c. At Elgin, 18th July 1565.'

The land thus acquired by James Cuming was Dollesbrauchtie, which, in 1561, had
been given off as a wadset from Altyre with Elizabeth Cuming, on her marriage with Archibald Urquhart, and which is now transferred, by command of Thomas Cuming of Altyre, to James Cuming, for Marion Ros's tocher of 500 merks.

It thus distinctly appears that all the Cumyns who held wadsets from Altyre were
younger branches of that house - most of them the descendants of 'James Cumming,' who styles himself fader-brother, that is, uncle to Thomas Cumming, his chief; that he was his father's half-brother, the youngest son of his grandfather by Joneta Brown, relict of William Urquhart of Burdsyards, may have been the reason for this particular designation.

Archibald Urquhart of Burdsyards was probably the son or grandson of Joneta, married to Elizabeth Cuming of Altyre, who resigned Dollesbrauchtie to James." (pages 655 and 656)

from Bruces and Comyns 1


1 e-books, Family Records of the Bruces and the Cumyns by M. E. Cumming Bruce (1870).

2 e-books, Annals of the Parish and Burgh of Elgin by Robert Young (1879).

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