Alexander Dunbar

(before 1545 - 1593)
     Alexander Dunbar was also known as Alexander Dunbar (Senator of the Court of Justice) in records. Alexander Dunbar was also known as Alexander Dunbar (Of Boath) in records. Alexander Dunbar was also known as Alexander Dunbar (of Burgie) in records. Alexander Dunbar was also known as (Dean of Moray) in records. He was born illegitimate before 1545 in Moray. 'Stirnet' gives his father as Alexander, Dean of Moray.. He was the son of David Dunbar. Alexander was parish priest at Rafford, Moray, in 1555. He became Protestant in 1560 retaining the offices of dean and subchanter and also retaining the tiends and benefices of Auldearn, Rafford and Ardclach which were united parishes at that time. He had much land , was Senator at the Court of Session..
     Alexander Dunbar and Patrick Dunbar were made legitimate between 1554-1555 when David Dunbar was named as the father. Et de xls compositionis legitimationis concesse Patricio Dunbar et Alexandro Dunbar filiis Magistri David Dunbar decani Moraviensis.
     Charter by Mr David Dunbar, dean of Moray, with consent of Patrick, bishop of Moray, to Alexander Dunbar of Cragheid and specified heirs, of lands of Boythhill, and others formerly occupied by Thomas Chesolme [Chisholm] in Boyth [Boath], in barony of Penik, regality of Spyne [Spynie], sheriffdom of Nairne [Nairn]. Dated 11 Jan 1555-1556. 3 seals on tags, one slightly damaged. With precept and sasine following..
     Charter by Mr David Dunbar, dean of Moray, to Alexander Dunbar of Cragheid, of lands of Petquhyn in sheriffdom of Narne [Nairn]. Dated 8 Feb 1555-1556. Seal, slightly damaged, on tag. With precept and sasine following, and great seal charter of confirmation, 7 Aug 1556. Alexander was Dean of Moray in occupation from 1 Sep 1557, claimiing fruits as lawfully provided to deanery ... obtained Crown Presentation to Deanery on death of David Dunbar,10 Dec 1565 (RSS vm no.2478) between 1557 and 1590.
     Instrument narrating that Mr David Dunbar, dean of Moray, resigned in favour of Alexander Dunbar, his natural son, various goods in his house of Bothhill, as follows; '(torn)tis of small lenyng twa pairis shetis of rownd lenyng four fedder beddis four (torn) tene coddis, sevin standand beddis of aik, twa stand beddis of fir, twa press ane lang till of fir, thre cussingis thre meitt buyrdis, ane fladeris comptour ane scottis comptour, ane almarie, nyne planckis of fir, twa buyrdis in the chalmeris four litill stulis, twa pares (torn) hingaris curtingis for twa beddis, ane dusane platis and ane dusin trunschiris of tymmer ane (torn) ladill ane speit of irne, twa brasin pottis ane brewing calderon, ane maskfatt, thre pyppis, ane wort tub ane say ane kist of aik, twa kistis of fir, ane flesche fatt ane irne taynch (torn) Lochhill ten oxin with pleuch and pleuch graith, twa young kye, fourscore ten bollis aittis (torn) sex bollis bair, iiii bollis rye and foirscoir bollis quheit'. Dated 1556-1557. Damaged.
     Instrument narrating that John Hay of Lochloy granted to George Dunbar in Both [Boath], bailie to Alexander Dunbar of Cragheid, licence to cast and win fuel, peats and turfs within moss of Lochloy and Inscheoch.
     Alexander Dunbar married Katherine Reid circa 1561. This marriage brought the lands of West Grange to the estate of Burgie. Other sources (to bwe confirmed) state he married Barbara Hay & both are buried at Auldearn.
     His [Mr Alexander Dunbar] son Thomas Dunbar was the father of Robert of Grange by his first marriage, and of Robert of Burgie by his second marriage.
     Mr Alexander Dunbar, Dean of Moray was one of the Lords of Session in 1567. Bishop states that he was probably the son of Dunbar of Mochrum.
     Letters of tolerance by John Haye of Lochloye [Lochloy] and Park, with consent of John Haye [Hay], his son and apparent heir, to Mr Alexander Dunbar, dean of Murray [Moray], and Katherine Reid, his spouse, and tenants and inhabitants of their lands of Litill Penyk, Boychthill and the dean's four acres beside Auldearne [Auldearn], to win lead and cast peats in moss of Lochtloye [Lochloy] and Insocht. Seal, loose, on tag. With a copy.
     16 Nov 1574: Tack for 19 years by Alexander Innes of that ilk to Alexander Hay of Fynestfeild of lands of Fostersait in sheriffdom of Elgin and Forres, for yearly payment of £20 Scots, the said Alexander Hay, for himself and as executor of deceased Elizabeth Hepburn, his spouse, having renounced and discharged for the relief of said Alexander Innes, (1) their action of removing against Mr. Alexander Dunbar, Dean of Murray, from lands of Dunkyntie, (2) their action of removing against said Alexander Innes and his tenants from the third of the Mains of Innes, and (3) their action of ejection of him from lands of Fostersait, the sums of which actions would have exceeded 10,000 merks..
     15 May 1575: Discharge by Alexander Dunbar of Boith [Boath] to Huchon Ross of Kilrawok [Kilravock] of a charter of confirmation by the queen's grace upon lands of Petquhine, and a legitimation under great seal given to granter and Patrick Dunbar, his brother.
     The Innes-Dubar feud did not prove fatal ; but both families litigated for nearly 23 years, until the 18th Oct, 1577, when the animosity again burst out from seven of the Inneses, Geo. Douglas, Vicar of Aberchirder, and others. These came with arms to the manse of Alexander Dunbar, the Dean in the Canonry of Elgin, and beat and wounded Andrew Smyth, his servant and keeper of his horses, broke up the stable-door, and cut the halters of his horses, intending to steal them. The Dean, roused by the disturbance, came out in his habit, unarmed except with a dirk which he always carried. One of three John Inneses attacked the Dean with his sword, and wounded him severely on the head and both hands, and left him for dead. This John Innes, moreover, mortally stabbed in the breast Elizabeth Dunbar, a girl 13 years old, the Dean's eldest (natural) daughter. Also, in the silence of the night of the 29th May, 1578, the same set ransacked the Dean's house at Carsehillock, and carried away 40 sheep, wethers, ewes, and lambs. For these deeds the Inneses were put to the horn, which proved ineffectual ; but a convention was held at the Cluny Hills, near Forres, on the 7th Nov., 1578, when the hostile parties were reconciled.
     30 Nov 1588: Letter of Reversion by Mr Alexander Dunbar, dean of [Moray], to Robert Innes, Speyis Law [Speyslaw] and Cattis, in the barony of Innes and sheriffdom of Elgin and Forres, on payment of redemption price of 5000 merks.
     Alexander & his wife Katherine Reid disponed the lands of West Grange to their second son Thomas, as the eldest son Alexander was mentally defective.
     Alexander died in 1593 in the Manse at the Chanonry of Elgin, Elgin, Moray.
     Extract contract and indenture between Alexander Dunbar of Boith [Boath], proprietor of lands of Petquhin, and John Hay of Lochloy, proprietor of Lochloy and Mylnehill, anent marches between their lands. The marches between the two lands are given. 'Begynnand at the vest merche stane that devydes the landis of Petquhyn ... fra the ... landis of Mylnehill ... at the north and passand est thairfra as the auld rin of the burne gangis to the waird pertaining to the said Alexander Dunbar of Boyth quhilk waird lyis west and north-west the mylne of Boyth and pasand fra the west end of the said waird cum to the said stane that devydis the saidis landis of Petquhyn ... at the sowth fra the landis of Mylnehill'. Reg. Commissar of Murray's book, 6 Aug 1594.
     8 Dec 1595: Procuratory of resignation by Alexander Dunbar, formerly of Craigheid, now of Both [Boath], to James Elphinstoun [Elphinstone] of Innerdovet to resign in hands of King, 'means magnum novam domum lapideam de Bothhill', in barony of Penyk, regality of Spynie, sheriffdom of Nairne [Nairn], formerly possessed by Dean of Moray, in favour of granter and his heirs male.
     Great seal charter granting to Alexander Dunbar of Boith [Boath], a house on lands of Bothill formerly belonging to dean of Moray. Dated Feb 1595-1596 penult. Fragment of seal on tag. With precept and sasine following. He's testament was registered 5 January 1598/99. Mr Alexander Dunbar, Dean of Moray, sometime senator of the College of Justice, also 6 March 1601.
     Shaw writes: South-east of Inshoch is the house of Penick, the seat of, and built by, Alexander Dunbar, Dean of Moray, or by his son. This was a part of the priory lands of Urquhart, and the residence of the Dunbars of Grange, till about the year 1680, when they sold Penick to the Laird of Brodie, and resided at Burgie.
Close by the church i[of Auldearn] is the Barony of Boath, the property of Alexander Dunbar, the oldest branch of the family of Durris, and possessors of that Barony above 150 years
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     Alexander died circa 1606. He's heir was James Dunbar on 12 November 1606. Instrument of sasine following on precept from chancery 6 (torn) 1606, in favour of James Dunbar as heir of deceased Alexander Dunbar of Boithe [Boath], his father, in lands of Petquhyn in parish of Auldern [Auldearn]. Dated 12 Nov 16(06). Damaged. With a similar sasine in stone house on lands of Boithill, 1607-1608.
     Tack by William Ross of Clava to Beatrix Kinros [Kinross], guidwife of Boith [Boath], and Alexander Dunbar of Boith, her son, of 2 thirds or 2 parts of teindsheaves of lands of Sherefcroftis in parish of Nairn, for all years yet unrun of tack by deceased Mr Alexander Dunbar, dean of Moray, to deceased John Rose of Bellivatt.

Child of Alexander Dunbar

Children of Alexander Dunbar and Katherine Reid

James Dunbar

(before 1590 - )
     James Dunbar was born before 1590. He was the son of Alexander Dunbar and Katherine Reid.

Katherine Reid

(say 1545 - 1610)
     Katherine Reid was born say 1545 in Moray. She was the daughter of the Abbot of Kinloss and sister of Walter Reid, the last RC Abbot of Kinloss; niece of Robert Reid, the Abbot of Kinloss!
Annals of Forres p. 581 calls her sister of Robert Reid, the famous Abbot of the Reformation.
     Katherine Reid married Alexander Dunbar, son of David Dunbar, circa 1561. This marriage brought the lands of West Grange to the estate of Burgie. Other sources (to bwe confirmed) state he married Barbara Hay & both are buried at Auldearn.
     Letters of tolerance by John Haye of Lochloye [Lochloy] and Park, with consent of John Haye [Hay], his son and apparent heir, to Mr Alexander Dunbar, dean of Murray [Moray], and Katherine Reid, his spouse, and tenants and inhabitants of their lands of Litill Penyk, Boychthill and the dean's four acres beside Auldearne [Auldearn], to win lead and cast peats in moss of Lochtloye [Lochloy] and Insocht. Seal, loose, on tag. With a copy.
     Alexander & his wife Katherine Reid disponed the lands of West Grange to their second son Thomas, as the eldest son Alexander was mentally defective.
     Katherine died in 1610. She's heir was Alexander Dunbar on 20 December 1631. Alexander Dunbar de West Grange, heir of Katherine Reid spouse of Alexander Dunber de Burgie, his grandmother - lands of West Grange with mill in the barony of Kinloss.

Children of Katherine Reid and Alexander Dunbar