'Neilson1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Neilson of Barncalzie, Neilson of Craigcaffie
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We have seen it suggested that this family descended from John, son of Neil, Earl of Carrick, who was granted Craigcaffie by King Robert the Bruce. However, Neil, Earl of Carrick, had no legitimate sons. [His daughter was mother of King Robert the Bruce.] It is, of course, possible that the 1st Neilson of Craigcaffie was son of an illegitimate son of Earl Neil. Douglas, who does not mention that theory but does note that the name of Neilson "is of great antiquity in the south of Scotland", starts with ...
Neil of Craigcaffie, Galloway (a 1474)
1. John Neilson of Craigcaffie
  A. ?? Neilson
  i. ?? Neilson
  a. ?? Neilson
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
(1) ?? Neilson
  (A) ?? Neilson
  (i) ?? Neilson
  (a) ?? Neilson
  ((1)) Gilbert Neilson of Craigcaffie
  m. Catherine Hay (dau of Thomas Hay of Park) wife of Gilbert, possibly mother of ...
  ((A)) John Neilson possibly of this generation
  m. (01.11.1670) Marie Bruce (dau of William Bruce)
  ((2)) Margaret Neilson possibly of this generation
  m. (mcrt 20.02.1656) Sir Thomas Kennedy (d 1679, Colonel)
2. Gilbert Neilson of Barncalzie, Dumfriesshire (a 1540)
  A. William Neilson of Barncalzie (a 1547)
  i. John Neilson (dvp)
  m. _ Macknaight of Kilquhannadie
  a. John Neilson of Barncalzie (a 1579, dsp by 1588)
  b. William Neilson of Marquhorns
(1) Gilbert Neilson of Barncalzie (a 1588)
  m. Grizel Grierson of Copenoch
  (A) David Neilson of Barncalzie
  m. Isabel Maclellan (dau of John Maclellan of Bar)
  (i) John Neilson of Barncalzie (a 1637)
  (a) Robert Neilson of Barncalzie (a 1683)
  m. Elizabeth Stewart (dau of John Stewart of Shambelly)
  ((1)) Robert Neilson of Barncalzie (a 1732)
  m. Catharine Maxwell (dau of Alexander Maxwell of Terraughty)
  ((A)) Mary Neilson, heires of Barncalzie
  m. Robert Glendonwyn of that ilk

Main source(s): Douglas's 'Baronage of Scotland' (1798, 'Neilson of Barncalzie')
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