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STARK, Barbara
(About 1582-Before 1673)


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1. GARTSHORE, John of that Ilk

STARK, Barbara 1

  • Born: About 1582
  • Marriage (1): GARTSHORE, John of that Ilk
  • Died: Before 1 September 1673

  General Notes:

161 16 May 1623. Sasine of that part of the 5 pound land of Gartshore called the towns and lands of Easter Gartshore, the lands of Drimgrew and Craufords given by Baillie to Jean Muirhead wife of a venerable man, John Gartshore Of That Ilk. It is signed 16 May 1623. during the life of Barbera Stark mother of John Gartshore. Jean is mentioned as to the Mains of Gartshore. Same witnesses as above. Reg.28th June 1623 Fol.60 Book 1."

from Geocities web archive

"Stark, Barbara, relict of John Gartshore, of that Ilk, par. of Lenzie 01 Sep 1673" 2 3

  Research Notes:


There seems to have been a link between the Muirhead surname and the Stark surname. It may have been of the same type as the alias surnames found historically in different parts of Scotland and elsewhere.

"The following account is by Sir George MacKenzie [1636-1691]; which tells the story of how John Muirhead was given the name John Stark by a grateful King James IV of Scotland:

'Stark Beareth azur, a chevron, argent, between 3 acorns in chief, Or, and bull's head erased of ye 2nd in base. Those of ye name are descended of one John Muirhead, 2nd son of ye Lord of Lachop, who at hunting in ye forest of Cumbernauld, one day seeing King James ye 4th in Hazard of his life by a bull hotly pursued by ye hounds stept in between ye King and ye bull, and gripping ye bull by ye horns and by his great strength almost tore ye head from him, for which he was called Stark and his posteritie after him and bears ye rugged bull's head in their arms. Ye old sword of ye family has on it "Starks, alias Muirhead.' "

from Ancestry Message Board

Barbara married John GARTSHORE of that Ilk, son of Johnne GARTSCHOIR ALIAS GALFURD of Gartschoir and Unknown. (John GARTSHORE of that Ilk was born about 1570 5 and died on 8 December 1618 5.)


1 Internet Site,

2, UK, Extracted Probate Records, 1269-1975.

3 Internet Site,

4 Internet Site, quoted by 'ClovisLaFleur' in

5 Internet Site,

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