GORDON, Alexander of Dunkintie
- Born: About 1620
- Marriage (1): GRIME, Margaret
"Name: Alexander Gordon of Dunkintie
Birth: ABT 1608
Complaint by Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, his Majesty's Advocate, and Margaret Grant, widow of Alexander Gordon of Dunkintie, and Mr. William Falconer of , now her spouse, for his interest, as and follows: -
In violation of the law prohibiting the wearing of hagbuts Falconer, her find pistols, Alexander Gordon, now of Dunkintie, son of ' the said against Margaret, after the deceasse of her husband,' resolved to wreck his mother in her liferent lands, came on May last, accompanied by William Name, his servant, James Gordoun of Letterfoure, Lachlan McQueine, his servant, Robert Gordon of Mayne, his brother, Adam Gordon in Ardquhish, James Ros in Gilmoresyde, John Hepburne, son of Alexander Hepburne, portioner of Innerlochtie, Finlay M'Innariche and others of the lieges, to the number of , armed with swords, bows, darlochs, hagbuts, pistolets and other weapons, to the complainer's liferent lands of Kirktoun, and, entering within the house, locked the same, took the keys with them, and would not permit her to enter nor meddle with her beir and other provision which she had therein for maintaining of herself and her children, and they goe ravagging up and doun the said lands threatning to make bullet bagges of the compleaners skinnes and her tenents if they preast to labour the same.
Further, on the 13th of the said month, when the complainer sent William Leslie, her bailie, and Lawrence Troup, her clerk, to hold a court upon her said lands, the persons foresaid, armed as stated above, threatened the tenants with death if they acknowledged the said court; and they sought for the said bailie and clerk, vowing to take their lives if they held any courts there in the complainer's name.
Again, on the 23rd of the same month, the said Alexander Gordon, Adam Gordon, James Ros, Lachlan McQuein, William Name and Finlay McNaroche, armed as above, came to the complainer's liferent lands of Kirkhill and razed to the ground the houses built thereupon. And that same day the said Alexander brake ane rung upon Annas Gordon his sisters head and shot a pistolet at her and violentlie shot her and her sex brethren and sisters to the doore."
Still further, on the 31st of the said month, the said Alexander and his foresaid accomplices, all armed as above, came to the complainer's liferent lands of Kirktoun and razed to the ground the whole houses, chambers, stables and all other buildings thereupon. And on 1st June instant these persons, armed with guns, pistols and other weapons, came to the complainer's lands of Caldcoits and violently took away the oxen of Robert Bairner, her tenant, when he was yoking them in the plough. They daily wear hagbuts and ride armed therewith in all parts of the country, threatening her tenants therewith so that her lands are cast waste.
Charge having been given to the said Adam Gordon in Ardewhish and Lachlan McQuein, servitor to James Gordon of Letterfourie, and his Majesty's Advocate and Mr. William Falconer compearing, the latter also representing his wife, but the defenders not appearing, the Lords, after hearing the pursuers and their witnesses, find the complaint proven so far as regards the wearing of firearms, razing of the houses and taking away of the goods libelled against Lachlan M°Quein, and the same, with the exception of the razing of the houses, against Adam Gordon, whom therefore they ordain to be charged to enter into ward within the tolbooth of Edinburgh within fifteen days, when, if they disobey, they are to be put to the horn. And the Lords ordain £10 to be paid by Mr. William Falconer to each of the witnesses for their expenses.
The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, by Scotland Privy Council, John Hill Burton, David Masson, Evan Whyte Melville Balfour-Melville, Peter Hume Brown, H. M. General Register House (1904), 2 Ser., v. 5 (1633-35), pp. 330-331 (1634).
1637. Upon the 13th of March, Alexander Gordon of Dunkintie rashly slew by a shot Oliver Spence, without any just cause; he disposed of his estate, and passed out of the kingdom.
The History of the Troubles and Memorable Transactions in Scotland, fro the year 1624 to 1645, John Spalding, Aberdeen: T. Evans (1850), pp. 54-55.
His [Alexnder Gordon of Strahaven] son, Laird of Dunkintie, married the good man of Ballindolloch's daughter'
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Alexander married Margaret GRIME. (Margaret GRIME was born about 1619 in Montrose, Angus, Scotland.)