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Families covered: Galbraith of Culcreuch, Galbraith of Gartconnell
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First displayed: 12.07.04Last updated: 12.07.04
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(1) Much of the genealogy of this family is obscure, not helped by the fact that the main line of the family was lost sight of in the 17th century with no 'major' family taking the lead thereafter. According to www.clangalbraith.org, the family's name comes from Mac a'Bhreatnnaich (son of the Briton) which indicates that its progenitor came into Central Scotland from Strathclyde (which could be said of much of the population of Central Scotland). The family's fortunes appear to have risen following a marriage with a daughter of an early Earl of Lennox, as shown below. The Clan web site indicates that the first main line of the family died out in the 14th Century.
(2) Some of the information on the early generations was found on a web site (identified below) but the prime source for this information is not known and so it should be treated with caution. The chapter on the family in John Guthrie Smith's book on Strathendrick mentions that Madlovan, 3rd Earl of Lennox (who lived in the middle of the 13th century), granted the 3 sons of Gilmychel, "who was probably a Galbraith" - Gillemichael, Gillemartyne and Gillecondad - the lands of Bannarad (Bannachra) which probably formed the basis of the family's holdings.
?? Galbrad, '1st Chief of Galbraith'
m. ?? of Lennox (dau of Alwyn, 1st Earl of Lennox)
1. Rodarc (a 1199)
2. Gillescop Galbrad, 2nd Chief (d after 1214)
  A. ??, 3rd Chief (possibly this is where Gilmychel, mentioned above, fits in ??)
  i. Sir William Galbrathe, 4th Chief
  m. ?? Comyn (sister of Sir John 'the Black' Comyn)
  a. Sir Arthur Galbraith, 5th Chief
  m. ?? Douglas (probably sister of Sir James 'the Good' Douglas)
  The Clan web site mentioned above indicates that the main line of this family ended around here. It is understood that the Galbraiths of Culcreuch became the senior line of the family.
  b. Johanna Galbrathe (d 1301) --
  m. ?? (Robert?) de Keith --
The Ainslie web site identified below suggests the following connection to the Galbraiths of Culcreuch.
  B. Maurice Galbraith of Gartconnell
  m. Catherine MacBride (dau of Gillepatrick MacBride)
  i. Sir Arthur Galbraith of Gartconnell
  The web site moves from Sir Arthur to Maurice of Culcreuch. Presumed elder son of Sir Arthur was ...
  a. William Galbraith of Gartconnell
  (1) Janet Galbraith
  m. (mcrt 09.1373) Nicholas Douglas, 1st of Dounteray, Wakefield and Mains (d by 05.1406)
b. Maurice Galbraith of Culcreuch Castle
  (1) Arthur Galbraith of Culcreuch
  Not mentioned by the web site but mentioned in BLG1952 (Campbell-Colquhoun of Killermont) was the following Alexander who is presumed to fit here and to have been succeeded by his brother:
  (A) Alexander Galbraith of Culcreuch
  (i) Mary Galbraith
  m. John Colquhoun, 2nd of Camstradden (d before 1443)
  (B) James Galbraith of Culcreuch
  (i) James Galbraith of Culcreuch (d before 27.07.1455)
  (a) Andrew Galbraith of Culcreuch - continued below
  The Ainslie web site reports a (younger) son of this Andrew as ...
  ((2)) Hugh Galbraith
  ((A)) John Galbraith of Balgair (d 1566) had issue

 

 

John Guthrie Smith's book on Strathendrick starts with ...
Andrew Galbraith of Culcreuch (a 12.1472) - continued above succeeded by ...
1. Thomas Galbraith of Culcreuch (a 10.1489)
  m. Agnes Cunningham (a 1493)
  A. James Galbraith of Culcreuch probably father of ...
  i. Andrew Galbraith of Culcreuch (d before 02.1534)
  a. James Galbraith of Culcreuch (d before 04.1593)
  m1. (before 20.02.1547-8) Katherine Barclay
  m2. Margaret Crawford
  (1) Robert Galbraith of Culcreuch (d before 05.02.1642)
  Robert, like his father, appears to have been something of a troublemaker. Financial difficulties led to his having to sell Culcreuch. He fled to Ireland.
  m. Margaret Seton
  (A)+ issue - James, Henry (or Harie)
  partner unknown
  (C) Walter Galbraith
Unsure by which wife were ...
  (2) Margaret or Marion Galbraith
  m. Adam Boyd of Nethermains
  (3) daughter
  m. Adam Montgomery of Macbeth Hill, Stewarton
  (4) Christian Galbraith probably of this generation
  m. Edward Buchanan, 2nd of Spittal
  b.+ other issue - John, Andrew
  partner unknown
  d. Walter Galbraith of Tomdarroch
  ii. Janet Galbraith
  m. (c1525) Walter Macfarlane of Ardleish, 1st of Gartartan or Gartvertane (d Pinkie 10.09.1547)
  iii.+ other issue - Robert (?), Humphry (a 1534)
2. daughter possibly of this generation
  m. John de Strivelyn, 2nd of Craigbernard (d c26.07.1497)

Main source(s): 'Strathendrick and its Inhabitants from Early Times' by John Guthrie Smith (published in Glasgow in 1896) plus input on the early generations from a web site (www.ainslie.org.uk/genealogy/ainslie/dat.23.htm)
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