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The Frasers of Knock
Ayrshire

Thomas Millikin in Knock


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1628-1674

Documents and Manuscripts


[1] John Fraser of Knock
March 6, 1628: Charter granted by John Fraser of Knock reciting a contract of marriage between himself and James Fraser of Knock, his eldest son and heir apparent, and Mr Andrew Ramsay one the ministers of Edinburgh and Mary Ramsay his daughter, to the said James and Mary of the lands of Knock.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/304]

[2] James Fraser of Knock
1646: In this year, “James Fraser of Knock was summoned before the Presbytery of Irvine for taking ‘a protection’ from Montrose during the sojourn of the royal forces in the west of Scotland. The laird of Knock denied having had any concern in the protection, it having been procured by Alexander Beith in his own name”.
[Paterson, James: History of the County of Ayr, Vol. II, p. 309]

[3] James Fraser of Knock
March 13, 1649: Presbytery of Irvine: it was reported on this day to the Presbytery that “upon the day of tendering the Covenant, the laird of Knock, because it was told him that he wald not admitted to the Covenant, absented himself from the kirk in the afternoon”. For “his scandalouslie absenting himself fra the kirk the day of swearing the covenant”, the Session of Largs were ordered not only to proceed in the process against the laird, but that this latter offence should be taken into the process. Paterson states ‘that in 1650 the process was still continued against him, though meantime he had fled to Ireland to escape the persecution to which he and others were subjected’.
[Paterson, James: History of the County of Ayr, Vol. II, p. 309]

[4] Alexander Fraser of Knock
June 18, 1652: Disposition granted by James Fraser of Knock and Andrew Ramsay, with consent of Mary Ramsay, spouse of the said James Fraser, in favour of Alexander Fraser brother german to the said James Fraser, and Jean Crawford, his spouse, the longest living of the two in conjunct fee, the lands of Knocks, Over and Nether Grassyards, Quarter, Routenburn, Glenhead and Hill, Outerwards and Palmerbog as parts of the £10 land of Knock.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/306]

[5] Alexander of Fraser of Knock
October 11, 1652: Instrument of Sasine in favour of Alexander Fraser, brother-german of James Fraser of Knock, and Jean Crawford his spouse, and the longest liver of them two, in conjoint infeftment in the lands of Knocks, Over and Nether Grassyards, Quarter, Routenburn, Glenhead and Hill, Outerwards and Palmerbog as parts of the £10 land of Knock.
Registered in the General Register of Sasines on December 14, 1652.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/308]

Note: Alexander Fraser of Knock married Jean Crawford daughter of James Crawford of Flatterton and Geeles Shaw of Greenock.

[6] Alexander Fraser of Knock
December 30, 1653: Letters of Horning and Poynding at the instance of Alexander Fraser of Knock against John Fraser in Routenburn, John Sempill in Quarter and Hew Ninian younger, who with John Fraser in Routenburn all owed feu duties for several years to Alexander Fraser.
[Papers of the Montgomerie Family Earls of Eglinton (NAS), GD3/2/44/18]

[7] Alexander Fraser of Knock
October 29, 1656 Instrument of Sasine in the presence of Thomson in Moitt attorney for Hew Crawford of Clobberhill, who with a certain charter of alienation made and granted in favour of the said Hew Crawford his heirs and assignees by Alexander Fraser of Knock with consent of Jean Crawford his spouse of the lands of Outerwards being the 2 merk land of old extent presently possessed by John Finnic and Helen Clerk widow and a merk land of old extent of Palmerboig presently possessed be John Scot ... .lyand in the parish of Largs and bailliery of Cunninghame and sheriffdom of Ayr under reversion mention in the said Charter. The charter and precept of Sasine was made at Clobberhill on July 23, 1656. No witnesses are given. Sasine was given c.2pm with witnesses John Syme in Bar, Hew Moreis in Third part, John Moreis his son, Archibald Scot in Coor (or Toor) and John Scot in Mylnerig.
[Ay Register of Sasine (NAS), October 8, 1656, RS13/3/128]

[8] Jean Crawford of Knock
June 23, 1662: Obligation dated at Rothesay, Island of Bute, by Jean Crawford, relict of the deceased Alexander Fraser of Knock to Hector Bannatyne of Kames for £124 Scots.
Registered at Edinburgh on July 27, 1664.
[Register of Deeds (NAS), RD4/11/268]

[9] James Fraser of Knock
June 6, 1668: Testament dative and inventory of the deceased James Fraser of Knock, parish of Largs, who died January 1667, given up by Grissel Fraser, sister-german to the defunct. No division. Inventory: the defunct being a young man, unmarried and not infeft in his estate had at the time aforesaid no goods or gear except only the abulziements of is own body, worth £10.
Registered in the Commissariot Court of Glasgow on June 6, 1668.
[Commissariot of Glasgow (NAS), CC9/7/36/693]

[10] Jean Crawford of Knock
June 6, 1668: Testament dative and inventory of the deceased Jean Crawford, lady Knock, parish of Largs, who died October 1667, given up Grissell Fraser, lawful daughter to the deceased Alex. Fraser of Knock, and lawful heir to the defunct. No division. Inventory: crops, insight and plenishing of the house, abulziements of the defunct’s body: - £33 Debts owed out: £1, 009, 14s; which a debt owed to Robert Allen, younger, writer in Glasgow £840 Scots, plus penalties.
Registered in the Commissariot Court of Glasgow on June 6, 1668.
[Commissariot of Glasgow (NAS), CC9/7/36/691]

[11] Alexander Fraser of Knock
June 12, 1668: Charter granted at Edinburgh to Alexander Nisbet, minister of Irvine and Agnes Walkingshaw, his wife, and their heirs and assignees whomsoever, subject to the legal revision, - the £10 lands of old extent of Knock, with the manor-place, etc. in the bailliary of Cunningham and sheriffdom of Ayr, comprehending the town and lands of Over and Nether Grasse-yard, Quarter, Routenburn, Glenhead Hill, Outerwards and Palmerboig, as pendices of the said lands of Knock; which lands formerly belonged to James Fraser, now minister of Ellan, and the late Alexander Fraser of Knock, his brother, and with their rights and securities mentioned in the appraising, and especially the right and disposition underwritten by the said James Fraser to his brother, were apprised from the later at the instance of Alexander Nisbet and his wife, at Edinburgh, May 7, 1668, before William Glover, messenger, for payment by the said Archibald and William Fraser to the said Alexander Nisbet, as assignee constituted by his wife in virtue of their matrimonial contract, of a sum of £1000 merks with expenses and past annual rents mentioned in the bond by the said Alexander Fraser and the said James as his surety, granted to the said Agnes, and also of another sum of 1000 merks with expenses and past annual rents mentioned in another bond by the said late Alexander Fraser, granted to the late Hugh Cunningham, provost of Irvine, and which was assigned by him to Joanna Cunningham and by the said Joanna and her tutors transferred to the said Alexander Nisbet, upon which he obtained a decreet against the said Alexander Fraser as charged to enter heir to his father, his tutors and curators, and the said James Fraser, dated January 24, 1668: the said sums extending together with the sheriff’s fee, to the sums specified in the decreet of appraising; and confirming a contract, right or disposition upon the lands above mentioned by the said James Fraser and Sir Andrew Ramsay in favour of the said late Alexander Fraser, with procuratory of resignation, precept of sasine and other infeftments, etc., which by virtue of the said decreet were assigned to the said Alexander Nisbet and his wife.
[Register of the Great Seal of Scotland 1660-68, Vol. XI, p. 600-1]

Note: Sir Andrew Ramsay [of Abbtshall and Lord provost of Edinburgh] was the eldest son of the Rev. Andrew Ramsay minister of the Old Kirk in Edinburgh who died December 30, 1659.

[12] Alexander Fraser of Knock
February 17, 1669: Precept directed from Chancery by the King Charles II to his baillie of Ayr, narrating that Master Alexander Gordon sometime minister of the Word of God at the Church of Inverary had shown by his petition to the Lords of Council and Session that the deceased Alexander Fraser of Knock had on November 17, 1656, infeft the deceased Archibald Campbell of Kilmond in an annual rent of 240 merks Scot, which the deceased Archibald Campbell had disponed to the said Alexander Gordon but had died before the said Alexander had obtained sasine and therefore decree had been pronounced against James Campbell brother german to the said deceased Archibald Campbell decerning him to enter heir to his said brother and then to infeft the said Alexander Gordon in the found annual rent, and who had been denounced rebel for not implementing the said decree, therefore the King commands his sheriff to give the said Alexander Gordon sasine of the annual rent.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/309]

[13] Thomas Millikine in Knock
April 16, 1670: Instrument of Sasine taken on the £10 land of Knock of old extent of Knock the toun and land of Overet, Nether Grassyards, Quarter Rothenburn, Glenhead, which is all part of the £10 land of Knock lying in the lordship of Largs and bailliery of Cunningham and sheriffdom of Ayr, formerly belonging hereditarily to Alexander Fraser late of Knock, a discreet man Alexander Gordon recently minister of God at the Church of Inveraray, holding a certain sasine and precept from Chancery in favour of the foresaid Master Alexander Gordon, which was directed to the said James Laird sheriff of Ayr, which he gave to me notary public to read aloud. When the late Alexander Fraser of Knock infeft the late Archibald Campbell of Kilmond in an annual rent of 240 merks Scots on the principal sum of 4000 merks Scots November 17, 1656, and the late Archibald Campbell disponed this to Master Alexander Gordon, there was an argument over this disposition with James Campbell brother german and lawful heir of the said late Archibald. However, Alexander Gordon won and so asked the sheriff to put this into effect, that is to say an annual rent of 240 merks Scots on a principal sum of 4000 merks Scots to be collected at 2 terms of the year Pentecost and St Martins in winter by equal portions from the £10 lands of Knock of old extent. This was dated February 16, 1669. Sasine was given between 1 and 2pm on April 16, 1670 in front of these witnesses Thomas Millikine in Knock, Joanne Reid in Brounstonne, Archibald Hall in Knock, Joanne Cowane there and Joanne Hyndmane in Chapelyeard. Notary Public Patrick Carswell.
[Ayr Register of Sasine (NAS), April 30, 1670, RS3/24/310]

[14] James Fraser, minister of Ellan
November 18, 1673: Precept directed from Chancery by King Charles II to the baillie of Cunningham whereby it narrates that Mr. James Fraser, minister of word of God at the Church of Ellen had presented to the Lords of Council and Session showing that the King’s father by charter dated September 27, 1628, gave to the said James Fraser, then eldest son and heir apparent of the deceased John Fraser of Knock, the lands of Grassyard as part of the lands of Knock and also the land of Knock, and because the said James had omitted to obtain a precept from Chancery infefting him of the said lands during the life of the late King, it was necessary that he yet obtain a precept; his Majesty accordingly ordains him to be granted a sasine under the testimony of the Great Seal of Scotland.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/310]

[15] James Fraser, minister of Ellan
December 1, 1673: Instrument of Sasine in favour of Mr. James Fraser, minister of Ellan, for the £10 old extent of the lands of Knock and registered in the Particular Register of Sasines for Ayr on January 23, 1674.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/311, see also RS14/3/187v-188v]

[16] James Fraser, minister of Ellan
December 1, 1673: Instrument of Sasine to John Small smith in Dykes and attorney for Master James Fraser minister of the word of God at Ellan [first called James Fraser lawful son and oldest and heir apparent of the late John Fraser of Knock] who came with a charter containing a precept of Sasine from the Chancery directed to Alexander Leitch in Chapelyard baillie in that part in favour of the foresaid Master James Fraser of the £10 land of Knock of old extent in the lordship of Largs, bailliary of Cunningham and sheriffdom of Ayr. The precept of sasine from the Chancery, was one beginning ‘compertum est’ making it evident and clear that the foresaid Master James Fraser was the oldest son of the late John Fraser of Knock and his wife Marie Ramsay. This charter was necessary because although John Fraser of Knock had passed on these lands in his lifetime by a charter under the Great Seal dated September 27, 1628, to James Fraser his oldest son and heir apparent, reserving to John Fraser his liferent, James Fraser had failed to obtain a precept of Sasine, to be infeft properly. So James now had to resign everything back into the hands of the Commissioners of the Treasury for new infeftment under the Great Seal in due and competent form as if from the hands of his dear father. So Chancery asked for new infeftment to be given to Mr James Fraser with this precept of sasine, dated at Edinburgh on November 18, 1673. Sasine was given at c.2pm, on December 1, 1673 before these witnesses Joanne Dowglas in Chapelyard, Hugo Craig in Hayning Alexander Leitch the son of the foresaid Alexander Leitch in Chapelyard and Robert Clerk in the town of Largs. Patrick Carswell was notary public.
[Ayr Register of Sasine (NAS), January 23, 1674, RS14/3/187v-188v]

Note: Ellan is now spelt Ellon and is a parish in Aberdeenshire.

[17] Jean, Grissel, Agnes & Janet Fraser
February 19, 1674: Extract of Retour of Special Service before the Sheriff of Ayr in favour of Jean, Grissel, Agnes and Janet Fraser daughters of the deceased Alexander Fraser of Knock as his heirs portioner of their said father in the lands of Knock, Over and Nether Grassyard, Quarter, Routenburn, Glenhead and Hill all parts of the £10 lands of Knock in the lordship of Largs and bailliary of Cunningham, which had been in the hands of the deceased Jean Crawford life rentrix, and in the hands of the King as Prince and Steward of Scotland, as superior, since the deceased of the said Alexander Fraser in the month of September 1657.
[Service of Heirs (NAS), C22/31/303]

[18] Jean, Grissel, Agnes & Janet Fraser
March 26, 1674: Precept directed from Chancery in favour of Jean, Grissel, Agnes and Janet Fraser as the heirs portioner of their father Alexander Fraser of Knock in the lands of Knock.
[Knock Writs, Eglinton Muniment (NAS), GD3/7/312]

[19] Jean, Grissel, Agnes and Janet Fraser
April 23, 1674: Instrument of Sasine by an honourable man Sir Robert Montgomery of Skelmorlie knight baronet as attorney in name and behalf of Jean, Grissel, Agnes and Jonet Fraser heirs portioner of the late Alexander Fraser of Knock their father, on the grounds of the £10 lands of Knock of old extent with a Sasine and precept of Sasine from the King to the bailie of Cunningham and his deputes, who was George Montgomerie of Nether Broomlands baillie depute of the said bailliery of Cunningham. The Sasine from the king’s Chancery begins, it is known that the late Alexander Fraser of Knock father of Jean, Grissel Agnes and Jonet Fraser, bearers of these presents, died last vest and seised at faith and peace, in all and whole the £10 lands of Knock with the toun and lands of Over and Nether Grassyards, Quarter Routenburn, Glenhead and Hill ... lying in the lordship of Largs and your bailliery and our sheriffdom of Ayr, and that these four are the nearest heirs to their father and are of lawful age, and that the land is held of the King in chief, with £60 to pay. The lands had been in the King’s hands for about a year, without sasine having been taken. This sasine and precept of ‘compertum est’ was written at Edinburgh March 26, 1674. Sasine was given at c.2pm on April 23, 1674, with the following witnesses William Crawfurd and John McKnairdmath servitors to the said Sir Robert Montgomery, George Patoun in Maynes of Knock and Joanne Smith servitor to the said George Montgomerie of Nether Broomlands, notary public George Caiven.
[Ayr Register of Sasine (NAS), April 24, 1674, RS14/3/211v-212v]

In 1675, Sir Robert Montgomery of Skelmorlie purchased the estate of Knock.



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