'Ralston1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Ralston of Auchantorlie, Ralston of Ralston, Ralston of Tower Hill, Ralston of Warwickhill

According to Crawfurd's Renfrewshire (p57), this family is derived from Ralph, a younger son of one of the Earls of Fife, whose lands in Renfrewshire were called Ralphstoun, hence Ralston, from at least the late 13th century.
?? de Ralstoune
1. John de Ralstoune, Bishop of Dunkeld, Lord High Treasurer of Scotland (d 1452)
2. ?? de Ralstoune
  A. William de Ralstoune of that ilk
  m. Elizabeth Mure (dau of Sir John Mure of Caldwell)
i. Thomas de Ralstoune of that ilk (a 1505)
  a. Thomas de Ralstoune of that ilk (a 1527, dsp)
  b. Hugh de Ralstoune of that ilk (d Pinkie 10.09.1547)
  m. Janet Whiteford (dau of Adam Whiteford of that ilk, cousin)
  (1) Hugh de Ralstoune of that ilk (a 1609)
  m. Janet Hamilton (dau of ?? Hamilton of Torrance)
(A) Gavin Ralston (dvp)
  m. (1575) Jean Ker (dau of Robert Ker of Kersland)
  (i) William Ralston of Ralston (d 07.1623)
  m. Barbara Hamilton (d 10.1623, dau of John Hamilton of Udston (not Redston))
  (a) William Ralston of Ralston (b 1610, d 1691)
  m1. Ursula Mure (dau of William Mure of Glanderston) not mentioned by BLG1847
((1)) Gavin Ralston of that ilk (dvp c1672?, probably not 1692)
  m. (mcrt 25.02.1671) Jean Mure (sister of Sir William Mure of Rowallan (and Sir Patrick (not William), Bart), m2. John Boyle of Kelburn)
  ((A)) Gavin Ralston of that ilk, last of Ralston (b c1671, a 1705)
m. (1697) Anna Porterfield (dau of William Porterfield of that ilk by Annabella Stewart)
  ((i)) William Ralston of that ilk (d 1744)
  m. (23.09.1726) Marion Ewing (dau of Rev. David Ewing of Calder, m2. Robert Brodie of Hessilheid then Calderhauch)
  ((a)) Gavin Ralston of that ilk (b 1735, d 06.1819)
  m. (1758) Annabella Pollock (b 1736, d 31.08.1826, dau of James Pollock of Arthurlie)
  (((1))) Annabella Ralston (b 1766, d 04.11.1842)
  m. Hugh Crawfurd of Kilblain & Greenock
  (((2))) Jane (Jean) Ralston (b c1770)
  m. Maurice Studdert or Stoddart (Colonel)
  (((3)))+ other issue (d young) - Gavin (b 1762), James (b 1763), David (d unm 01.02.1784), Jean (b 1759)
  ((b)) Margaret Ralston (b 1733)
m. John Fleming (minister of Kilmacolm)
  ((c)) Anne Ralston (b 1741)
  m. (04.11.1760) William Caldwell of Yardfoot
  ((d))+ 5 others (d unm)
  ((ii)) Ursula Ralston
  m. (1722) Robert Barr (or Buntine) of Treearn or Treehorn
  ((iii)) Annabella Ralston
  m. (1727) James Maxwell of Williamwood
  ((iv)) Jean Ralston
m. (1727 (not 1732)) John Sheddan of Roughwood (Shedden of Ruchwood)
  ((v)) Catherine Ralston
  m. (1733) John Fullarton of Dalry (minister)
  ((2)) Ursula Ralston
  m. (1663/8) John Hamilton (son/heir of James of Halcraig)
  ((2)) Catherine Ralston
  m. (1669) Robert Pollok of Mearns
  ((3)) Jean Ralston
  m. (1677) Claud Alexander of Newton (b 1645, d 1703)
  ((2)) Janet Ralston
  m. (1677) William Hamilton of Straven
  m2. (11.1674, sp) Jean Dunlop (dau of James Dunlop of that ilk)
  (b) Katherine Ralston
  m. (1643) Hugh Hammill of Ruchwood
  (c)+ other issue - Jonet, Barbara, Isobel, Jeane, Margaret
  (B) William Ralston
  (i) John Ralston of Honeybog
  m. Eliza Graeme
BLG1847 reports that John & Eliza's eldest son was William who m. Jane Ralston. 'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 1, 1847, p453), which supports the following, starts with the following Gavin, father of that William (and others), identified as great-grandson of Hugh Ralston of that Ilk (a 1551). It appears that BLG1847 missed out a generation.
  (a) Gavin Ralston of Auchantorlie
  ((1)) William Ralston of Auchantorlie
  m. Jane Ralston (dau of Robert Ralston of Auchengrammont)
  ((A)) Robert Ralston of Auchantorlie
  m. Susannah Simpson (dau of William Simpson (Depute Keeper of the Palace of Holyrood House)
  ((i)) William Henry Ralston of Warwickhill (dsp 12.07.1833, Captain)
  m. Agnes Ralston (dau of Gavin Ralston of Auchengrammont, cousin)
  ((ii)) Margaret Ralston
  m. Duncan Macdougall of Glasgow
  ((a)) Alexander Macdougall, later Macdougall Ralston of Warwickhill had issue
  m. (1837) Margaret Fullarton (dau of Colonel Stewart Murdoch Fullarton of Fullarton)
  ((iii))+ other issue - James, George, Anne
  ((B)) Gavin Ralston of Auchengrammont
  ((C)) William Ralston of Tower Hill (Major)
  ((i)) John Ralston of Tower Hill
  ((2))+ other issue - Gavin, John, James, 4 daughters
  (C)+ other issue - Hew, John

Main source(s): 'Description of Ayrshire, more particularly of Cunninghame' (George Robertson, 1820, p277+), BLG1847 ('Ralston of Ralston'), Crawfurd's Renfrewshire (Robertson, p330+)
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