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GRANT, John 2nd of Freuchie 'Am Bard Ruadh'
(About 1466-1528)
OGILVY, Margaret
(About 1466-)
FORBES, John 6th Lord Forbes
(About 1471-1547)
STEWART, Catherine
(About 1477-)
GRANT, James 3rd of Freuchie 'the Bold'
(About 1488-1553)
FORBES, Elizabeth
(About 1492-)
GRANT, John 4th of Freuchie,'the Gentle'
(About 1508-1585)


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2. STEWART, Margaret of Atholl
3. LESLIE, Janet

GRANT, John 4th of Freuchie,'the Gentle' 3 4

  • Born: About 1508
  • Marriage (1): McCONQUHY?,
  • Marriage (2): STEWART, Margaret of Atholl
  • Marriage (3): LESLIE, Janet before 8 March 1557 1 2
  • Died: 3 June 1585

   Another name for John was GRANT, John of Mulben.1

  General Notes:

"JOHN GRANT, 4th of Freuchie, called "the Gentle". During his father's life he was designated "of Mulben".

On 9 July 1552 he received from Queen Mary a remission for joining Matthew, Earl of Lennox, on Glasgow Moor in May 1544. He was retoured heir to his father in the lands of Glencarnie and Ballindalloch at Elgin on 6 October 1553, and in the lands of Freuchie and others. On 30 October 1554 Robert (Reid), Bishop of Orkney, and his nephew Walter Reid, the lately elected Abbot of Kinloss, appointed the Laird of Freuchie as successor to his father in the office of Bailie of the Abbey of Kinloss. On 25 October 1557 he had a charter of the lands of Parkhill, in the county of Fife, on the forfeiture of John Leslie. On 3 December 1562, acting on an order of 4 November 1562, by Queen Mary, he demanded and took the custody of Drummin Castle, the keepers having fled.

This order of the Queen is the first authoritative document in which the Laird of Freuchie is denominated Laird of Grant. He was one of the Queen's party at the Palace of Holyrood on 9 March 1565/6, when David Riccio was murdered in her presence; and he signed the bond of 1568 in support of the Queen. Acting as the Queen's Lieutenant, the Earl of Huntly, on 18 February 1568/9, bestowed upon him the abbacy of Kinloss, escheated because Walter Reid the Abbot had been proclaimed rebel. He was a signatory to the bond of 15 April 1569, drawn up by the Regent's Privy Council, by which the subscribers acknowledged the authority of King James VI, and the Earl of Moray as Regent, and swore to obey them in all points.

By a deed dated at Ballachastel on 30 August 1584 he made over, owing to his increasing ill-health, a great part of his lands and estates to John Grant, his grandson and apparent heir, reserving to himself a liferent and to his wife terce. His last will and testament was made at Ballachastell 24 November 1584. He appointed his body to be 'bureit in the Kirk of Dowthall in Bogbegis Yll.'"

John Grant, 4th of Freuchie, had also a natural son, John.

from Grant of Freuchie and of Grant website

John married McCONQUHY?. (McCONQUHY? was born about 1506.)

John next married Margaret STEWART of Atholl, daughter of John STEWART 3rd Earl of Atholl and Grizel RATTRAY. (Margaret STEWART of Atholl was born about 1525 and died in 1555.)

John next married Janet LESLIE, daughter of George LESLIE 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife and Agnes SOMERVILLE, before 8 March 1557.1 2 (Janet LESLIE was born about 1529 and died on 17 December 1591 1.)


1 e-books, The Rulers of Strathspey: A History of the Lairds of Grant and Earls of Seafield by the Earl of Cassillis (1911).

2 e-books, The Chiefs of Grant by William Fraser (1883).

3 Internet Site,

4 e-books.

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