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GARTSHORE, John of that Ilk
(About 1570-1618)
STARK, Barbara
(About 1582-Before 1673)
MUIRHEAD, James younger, 8th of Lauchope
(About 1565-Before 1649)
HOUSTON, Elizabeth heiress of Craigtoun
(About 1575-)
GARTSHORE, John of that Ilk
(About 1600-)
(About 1610-1673)
GARTSHORE, John of Middle Blairlinn, DNA linked
(About 1642-1714)


Family Links

1. WOOD, Elezebeth (DNA Linked)

GARTSHORE, John of Middle Blairlinn, DNA linked 1 2 3 4

  • Born: About 1642
  • Marriage (1): WOOD, Elezebeth (DNA Linked) on 4 July 1673 in Kirkintilloch parish, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • Died: 1 January 1714, Blairlinn farm, New Monkland parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland 3

  General Notes:

"There is a sasine whereby John Gartshore (Elizabeth Wood) borrowed money from Alexander Gartshore of Gartshore in December 1688, bought Middle Blairlin a week later and had paid back Alexander Gartshore by 1694."

from Jim Main in Rootschat

A "John Gartshore" was listed on page 47 of the records of the parish of "New Munkland" as having paid 6 shillings of Hearth Tax:
"John Gartshore -- 6"
It is likely to have been this John Gartshore.

from Historical Tax Rolls Hearth tax records 1691-1695 (Hearth tax records for Lanarkshire, volume 1 E69/15/1/47) 3 5

  Research Notes:


"Blairlinn farm no longer exists. This farm was actually three farms (East/Mid/West); Mid Blairlinn abutted Clayslap, located between Cumbernauld and Myvot. It was part of the Shaw's holdings, later acquired by Robert Muirhead whose granddaughter's daughter sold it in 1886. All the land in this area was originally part of the lands of Glentore with the superior being Hamilton's (sic) then the Fleming's.(sic)
In the late 17th and early 18th Century, a Sommerville family owned East Blairlinn but the family resided in Glasgow. Perhaps they portioned a parcel to the Cleland family who was farming there. However, by 1785, Easter Blairlinn was occupied by James Shaw; Clelands were at Mid Blairlinn, along with the Wotherspoon, Darnly and Paterson families.
John Gartshore died 1 Jan 1714, Blairlinn farm, New Monkland."

from entry by Jim Main on Roots Chat


"Hearth tax, 1691-1695
In 1690 Parliament granted a tax of 14 shillings on every hearth in the kingdom payable by both landowners and tenants to raise money for the army. Only hospitals and the poor living on charity from the parish were exempt. There were huge difficulties in collecting the tax, particularly in highland or remote areas. Collection dragged on for several years until August 1694 when a proclamation called for all hearth lists to be sent to the treasury before 1 October."

from National Records of Scotland 3 6

John married Elezebeth WOOD (DNA Linked), daughter of Thomas WOOD and Agnes GRAY, on 4 July 1673 in Kirkintilloch parish, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. (Elezebeth WOOD (DNA Linked) was born about 1656.)

  Marriage Notes:

"John Gartshore married Elizabeth Wood 4 July 1673, Kirkintilloch. They moved from Kirkintilloch to New Monkland after the marriage."


1 GRO Scotland, OPR Index of Births and Baptisms.

2 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Cumbernauld parish Dunbartonshire Baptisms 1690.

3 Internet Site, jimmain 14 March 2014.


5 Internet Site,

6 National Records of Scotland,

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