'Sharpe01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Sharp of Scotscraig, Sharp of Stoniehill, Sharp of Strathtyrum

                               
BEB1841 ('Sharp of Scotscraig', in Scottish section) reports a remark by Sir George Mackenzie, a heraldrist, that "one of the attendants who came from France with King David was called Monsieur de Esharp, and, in process of time, the name became corrupted into Sharp, of which several respectable families have flourished in North Britain." BEB1841 also implies that "Esharp" was initially a nickname for someone who wore a warrior's scarf.
David Sharp in Aberdeen
1. William Sharp (sheriff clerk of Banffshire)
  m. Isobel Leslie (dau of John Leslie of Kinnivie)
A. James Sharp of Scotscraig, Archbishop of St. Andrews, Primate of Scotland (b 04.05.1613, d 03.05.1679)
  m. (06.04.1652/3) Helen Moncreiff (dau of William Moncreiff of Randerston)
  i. Sir William Sharp of Scotscraig & Stoniehill (Fife), 1st Bart (b c1655, bur 27.01.1711/2)
  m. Margaret Erskine (d 03.1726, dau of Sir Charles Erskine, 1st Bart of Cambo, by Penelope Barclay)
  a. Sir James Sharp of Scotscraig, Stoniehill & Strathtyrum, 2nd Bart (d 25.04.1738)
  m. (before 11.11.1718) Mary Drummond (d 04.10.1754, dau of John Drummond, 1st Earl of Melfort (by Sophia Maitland), widow of Gideon Scott of Highchester)
(1) Sir James Sharp of Strathtyrum, 3rd Bart (dsp (unm?) c1745?)
  (2) Mary Lilian Sharp
  m. (12.1739) James Lumsdaine of Rennyhill
  b. Sir William Sharp of St. Andrews, 4th Bart (dspms c1754?)
  m1. (by 1723) Ann More (a 01.1731-2)
  (1)+ 8 children (all d young?)
m2. (1734) Sophia Erskine (bur 06.06.1735, dau of Sir Alexander Erskine, 2nd Bart of Cambo, by Anne Erskine)
  c. Sir Alexander Sharp, 5th Bart (d before 1771)
  m. (by 1728) Margaret Hamilton (d 11.12.1783, dau of Philip Hamilton of Kilbrachmont)
  (1) Sir William Sharp, 6th Bart (b 28.01.1729, d 13.02.1780)
p/m. Margaret Bethune (d 1791, dau of John Bethune of Blebo, sister/heir of Henry of Blebo, m2. William Chalmers in Edinburgh (later Bethune of Blebo))
  (A) Alexander Sharp, later Bethune of Blebo (bpt 20.08.1771, d 1847, Lt. General) had issue
  It appears that Alexander never assumed the baronetcy, possibly because he was thought to be illegitimate, being born before his parents married. However, his grandson's claim for the barontcy succeeded in 1916.
  m. (1820) Maria Low (dau of Robert Low of Clatto)
  (2)+ other issue - Philip (b 19.06.1730), James (b 05.07.1734), Robert (b 11.04.1736), David (b 26.09.1739), Helen (b 18.09.1732)
  d. Jane Sharp probably of this generation
  m. Sir Matthew Deane, 3rd Bart of Dromore (d 11.03.1746-7)
  ii. Isobel Sharp
  m. John Cunningham of Barns
  iii. Margaret Sharp (d 1724/1734)
  m. (11.10.1683) William Fraser, Lord Saltoun (b 21.11.1654, d 18.03.1715)
  B.+ other issue - Sir William of Stoniehill in co. Edinburgh (Deputy Keeper of the Signet), Robert of Castlehill

Main source(s):BP1934 ('Sharp Bethune'), TCB (vol 4, 'Sharp of Scotscraig', p321+)
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