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FLEMING, Patrick of Biggar, Sir
(About 1280-)
FRASER, Joan co-heiress of Oliver Castle
(About 1285-)
(About 1310-)
(About 1316-)
FLEMING, Malcolm of Biggar, Sir
(About 1320-After 1382)
STRACHAN, Christian
(About 1333-)
FLEMING, David of Biggar and Cumbernauld, Sir
(About 1348-)


Family Links

1. BARCLAY, Jean

2. Isabella

FLEMING, David of Biggar and Cumbernauld, Sir 1 2

  • Born: About 1348
  • Marriage (1): BARCLAY, Jean
  • Marriage (2): Isabella 1

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David married Jean BARCLAY, daughter of Sir David DE BARCLAY of Brechin and Margaret DE BRECHIN heiress of Brechin. (Jean BARCLAY was born about 1349.)

  Marriage Notes:

"Sir Thomas Maule established his right as heir of line to the lordship of Brechin, through his grandmother, Marion Fleming, whose mother, Jean Barclay, was daughter of that Sir David de Barclay who married Margaret, daughter of David de Brechin."

from Scots Peerage (vol 7) 3

David next married Isabella.1 (Isabella was born about 1360.)

  Marriage Notes:

"Sir David Fleming married, secondly, Isabel, heiress of Monycabock(see Note 1 below). She may have been the daughter of that Donald Strathechin and Annabel, his wife (see Note 2 below), who had a charter from King David II. of the barony of Monycabock and others, in Aberdeenshire, on 16 April 1343. He had issue"

from Scots Peerage (vol 8)



It seems that in 1343 Donald Strathiechin and Annabell, his wife, received from King David II of Scots a charter of the barony of Monycabbock, Tullimaddin, and Craig in Aberdeenshire, and they were said (according to Playfair's
Baronetage) to have had an only daughter who married Sir Malcolm Fleming of Biggar.

In the reign of King Robert III of Scots (1390-1406), a charter was granted to David Fleming "of the lands of Wodland and Meiklegall in the barony of Monycabow."

Biggar and the House of Fleming, the author says:

"Sir David Fleming, or, as the monks of Holyrood used to call him, 'Davie Fleming of Biggar,' came out of the encounter at Otterburn with no small reputation for bravery and martial prowess. It was most likely as a reward for his gallant services that he obtained from Robert II.(error Robert III) grants of various lands and sums of money. On the 14th March 1399, he received from that monarch a charter of annual rents of the value of L.50 sterling, due to the Crown by the abbot and monks of Holyrood from the lands of Cars in Stirlingshire; and charters of the lands of Auchlan, in the barony of Kinnedward, - of Barhethe, Caslis, Golnethe, and Glentall, in the parish of Straiton in Ayrshire, - of Cambusbarron and Blaregis in Stirlingshire, - of the chapels of Kirkintilloch, the lands of Drumtablay, in Dumbartonshire, - the lands of Wodland and Meiklgall, in the barony of Monycabow, and the lands of Cavers and the Sheriffship of Roxburgh." (pages 479 and 480)


Notice that the charter does not grant the barony of Monycabok to David, but only specific lands there, as well as other lands, nor does it mention a marriage or wife in that connection.

Scots Peerage
, volume eight, refers only to
Robertson's Index, as a source for this information about David Fleming's second wife, the same source given by Memorials of the Scottish Families of Strachan and Wise for the 1343 charter to Donald Strachan and his wife. However, that charter has already been associated with the wife of Malcolm Fleming, David's father, whose wife, David's mother, was named Christian.

Sufficient, sound information is not yet forthcoming regarding the details of the two marriages of the father and son Fleming for the confusion about their wives and their dowries to be clarified satisfactorily.
1 4 5 6


1 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 8 (1911).

2 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 4 (1907).

3 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 7 (1910).

4 e-books, Memorials of the Scottish Families of Strachan and Wise by Charles Rogers (1877).

5 e-books, Collections for a History of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff (The Spalding Club 1843).

6 e-books, Biggar and the House of Fleming by William Paterson (1867).

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