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Notes on John Johnston

Source: Johnston, Alexander, Jr., Genealogical account of the family of Johnston of that ilk, formerly of Caskieben, in the Shire of Aberdeen, and of its principal branches. Edinburgh, 1832.

This baron [John Johnston] was, on the 19th day of February 1593, served heir to his father George, in the lands of Porterstoun, on the west side of the water of Ury, with the mill thereof, in the regality of the Garioch; in the lands of Kinbroun in the barony of Rothienormond; in the half of the town and lands of Muirtown; in the shady half thereof; in the town and lands of Monkeggy; and Wester Boyndis, in the barony of Fintray, regality of Lindores, and the shire of Aberdeen. He was also on the same day served heir to his father in an annual rent of L40, payable from the town and lands of Sandlaw, in the parish of Syrathavauch, and sheriffdom of Baniff; and in an annual rent of 4 merks, from the town and lands of Hilton of Lon gair, in the barrony of Dunottar, and the county of Kincardine. John had, during the lifetime of his father, a charter of confirmation under the Great Seal "Johanni Johnstoun apparenti de eodem terrarum de Johnstoun in comitatu de Marr et Garrioch, et vicecomitatu de Aberdeene" dated 23rd August 1587. The name of Johnston of Caskieben is in the roll of Spiritual and Great Temporal Barons and Freeholders, obliged to give suit and presence, at the three Head Courts held yearly by the sheriff of Aberdeen, who appeared on 3rd October 1598. He married first Janet, daughter of Turing of Foveran, an ancient and respectable family in the shire of Aberdeen, by whom he had 2 sons and 2 daughters: George, John, Elizabeth married Bannerman of Elsick, Jean married William Forbes. He married secondly, Katherine, daughter of William Lundie of that Ilk, in the shire of Fife; and it is by this alliance that all of the existing branches of the family Johnston of that Ilk trace their descent from the ancient kings of Scotland. John had by his second wife 2 sons and 2 daughters: Thomas of Craig, of whom are descended the Johnstons now of that Ilk and of Hilton, the Johnston in Boginjoss, Gilbert, Margaret married Parson Cheyne, Christian married John Forbes. Dying about the year 1614, he was succeeded by his eldest son by his first wife, Janet Turing.