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(About 1530-)
(About 1572-)


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1. MILLAR, Jonet

GARTSHORE, Duncan 1 2

  • Born: About 1572
  • Marriage (1): MILLAR, Jonet

  General Notes:

In "The Earles of Scotland", under "Dumbretoun", is:
"L. (Laird) of Kilcrewch.
- Gartskeddane.
- Gartschoir."

"Kilcrewch" historically has various forms: Kilcroich, Gilcroiche, and the modern Culcreuch. It is an estate with a mansion in Fintry parish, in the Campsie Fells, near Stirling. Culcreuch Castle, originally a three storey tower house, was built in the late 13th and early 14th centuries by Maurice Galbraith, and was clan seat of Clan Galbraith, "an old Lennox race," from 1320 to 1624. Since then it has changed hands many times. It is now operated as a hotel.

It is not at all clear what the Gartshore connection with Culcreuch actually was.

One anecdote may link the two families. Duncan gartshore was married to a woman named Jonet Millar. In the late 16th century the Galbraiths had a good deal of local trouble and were disciplined. In the 1580s and 1590s some males of the Gabraith family were denounced and put to the horn, and the account of this mentions some males surnamed Millar:

'Thus the following affair took place near Fintry on the 2nd March 1582-83: - Walter Kessen, "as Sheref in that pairt," who had with him Alexander Broun and Thomas Dik as witnesses,
"past to the personal presence of Andro Galbrayth, broder to James Galbrayth of Culcreuch, mynding to have execuit certane letters raisit at the instance of Walter M'Ala of Ardencapill aganis him."
To prevent this writ being served,
"the said Andro Galbrayth, accumpanyit with Andro Galbraith, sone to Robert Galbraith in Turndarroch, . . .James M'Cala at the Burnifit of Gonaquhan, Johnne Millar in Gonaquhan, Johnne Provand, hynd to the said Andro Galbraith, Fergus Myllar in Gonaquhan, and many other accomplices, bodin in feir of weir, came uponne"
the unfortunate officer and his companions, and
"not only cruellie and unmercifully invaidit thame for thair bodelie harmis and slauchteris, hurt and woundit thame in divers pairtis of thair bodeis to the greit effusioun of thair blude, and left thame all thrie hand on the ground for deid, . . . but also reft and spuilyeit frome thame thair saidis letters . . . deforce, and thairby the said Sheref in that pairt in the executioun of his office."
For this offence the Lords of Council ordered them "to be denounced rebels, and put to the horn."'
(from "Strathendrick, and its inhabitants from early times")

It may be that Duncan Gartshore received lairdship of land in Culcreuch if his wife Jonet Millar was related to the Millars so clearly linked to the family troubles of the Galbraiths. 3 4 5 6

Duncan married Jonet MILLAR. (Jonet MILLAR was born about 1572 and died 9 April 1616 or earlier 2.)


1 Internet Site,

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

3 John Monipennie, The Earles of Scotland, Their Svrnames, Titles of Honour, Their Mariages, and Names of Their Chiefe Houses.As they were anno Domini, 1597, THE NAMES OF THE BARONS, Lairds, and chiefe Gentlemen in euery Sherifdome. Dumbretoun.

4 Internet Site, Land Assessment Scotland Denis Rixson's Blog.

5 Internet Site,

6 Internet Site, Strathendrick, and its inhabitants from early times, Galbraiths of Culcreuch, By John Guthrie Smith. Glasgow: J. Maclehose and Sons,1896.

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