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(About 1455-1508)
FOTHERINGHAM, Margaret of Powrie family
(About 1455-)
CHALMERS, Alexander of Murthill and Cutls, Provost of Aberdeen
(About 1420-1497)
CULLEN, Elizabeth
(About 1440-)
MENZIES, Gilbert of Findon, 'Banison Gib', Provost of Aberdeen
(About 1475-1543)
(About 1478-)
MENZIES, Thomas of Pitfodels, Provost of Aberdeen, Sir
(About 1502-1576)


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1. REID, Marion heiress of Pitfoddels

2. FORBES, Elizabeth of Rires, 'Lady Towie'

MENZIES, Thomas of Pitfodels, Provost of Aberdeen, Sir 1 2

  • Born: About 1502
  • Marriage (1): REID, Marion heiress of Pitfoddels on 12 January 1520 1 2
  • Marriage (2): FORBES, Elizabeth of Rires, 'Lady Towie' 2 3
  • Died: December 1576 2

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  Noted events in his life were:

Provost, 1525, of Aberdeen. 2

Provost, 1533-1534, of Aberdeen. 2

Provost, 1537-1544, of Aberdeen. 2

Provost, 1547-1575, of Aberdeen. 2

Thomas married Marion REID heiress of Pitfoddels, daughter of Alexander REID of Pitfodels. Provost of Aberdeen and Mariote CULLEN, on 12 January 1520.1 2 (Marion REID heiress of Pitfoddels was born about 1499 and died on 20 September 1551 1 2.)

  Marriage Notes:

"It was not until the families became united by marriage that the two portions were joined. This happened on 12th January, 1520-1, when Thomas, the eldest son of Provost Gilbert, married Marion, the only daughter of the deceased Alexander Reid of Eastertown and Westertown. Thus the whole of Pitfodels passed into the Menzies family, and gave them their designation for the next three centuries."

from Banchory-Devenick

"Provost Reid died on the 27th February, 1506-7, and was survived by his widow, Margaret Crawford, and a daughter, Mariote, the only issue of his first marriage, who thus became heiress of Pitfoddels, and, by her marriage with Thomas Menzies, brought the estate into that family."

"By his first wife, Marion Reid, Provost Thomas Menzies appears to have had a large family, of whom the following have been identified:
Gilbert, born 10th June, 1522, and admitted a burgess of Guild, 11th October, 1537; Mr. Thomas, admitted a burgess 26th June, 1548 ; Robert, admitted 19th August, 1552 ; Alexander, witnesses a charter in favour of Alexander Fraser of Philorth, 14th January, 1552-3 ; William, the fifth son, born 7th February, 1532-3; Katherine, married first to Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo, by whom she had issue, and second to Mr. George Johnston, Dean of Guild, by whom she had also issue, understood to have been progenitors of the Johnstons of Middle Disblair, she died in May, 1599 ; Agnes, married to Thomas Nicolson, baillie ; Christian, married, as his second wife to John Leslie, eighth baron of Balquhain ; and Violet, married to Andrew Leslie, first Goodman of Bucharn."

from Aldermen and Provosts 1 4

Thomas next married Elizabeth FORBES of Rires, 'Lady Towie', daughter of Sir George FORBES 3rd of Rires and Margaret LUNDY.2 3 (Elizabeth FORBES of Rires, 'Lady Towie' was born about 1535 and died on 22 January 1584 2.)

  Marriage Notes:

"The Chronicle of Aberdeen, under date 20th September, 1551, records that, after a wedded life of twenty-nine years, 'Marione Reid, spouse to Thomas Menzies, prouest of Aberdeen, departitt' this life. From the same source we learn that Menzies took for his second wife Elizabeth Forbes, by whom he was survived. Provost Menzies died in December, 1576, while the following entry records the death of his second wife - 'Elisabetht Forbes, Lady Towe, and spouse to Thomas Menzies of Pitfoddellis, and prouest of Aberdeen, departtit the xxij. day Januar,1584-[85]yeris.' "

from Aldermen and Provosts

"John (Forbes 2nd of Towie) died before 1582; his widow married, secondly, Thomas Menzies of Pitfoddels."

from Venitap 2 3


1 e-books, History of the Parish of Banchory-Devenick by John A. Henderson (1890).

2 e-books, Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts, Lord Provosts of Aberdeen 1272-1895 by A. M. Munro (1897).

3 Internet Site, citing Source: The House of Forbes, ed. Alistair & HenriettaTayler, Aberdeen, 1937, p. 439.

4 e-books, Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen 1272-1895 by A. M. Munro (1897).

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