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Descendants of Macduff (Wemyss Line)

1 Macduff, maormor of Fife, in the reign of Malcolm Canmore

. 2 Child of MacDuff

.... 3 Duff MacEth? Born: in Scotland

....... 4 Gillemichel MacDuff Born: in Scotland

........... 5 Hugo I MacDuff

.............. 6 Hugo II MacDuff [Hugo, the son of Hugo, the son of Gillimichael, confirmed to the canons of St. Andrews, the church of Marchinch  with a toft and the teinds.]

................. 7 John Wemyss [John, his son, designed in charters John of Methkil, miles, assumed the name of, or was styled, Ian mhor nan Uamh, or great John of the cave, in the reign of Alexander II.]


Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss and Methil; b by 1202; knighted between 1231 and 1240; died c1263. [Burke's Peerage]

.................... 8 Michael Wemyss [NOTES] [His son, Michael de Wemyss, was the father of Sir John de Wemyss, mentioned by Fordun as having had a dream of the victory obtained by the Scots over the Norwegians at Largs in 1263.]

In 1290, Sir Michael de Wemyss, the son of Sir John, with his brother Sir David, according to Wynton and Fordun, were sent with the great Sir Michael Scott of alwearie, to Norway, to bring to Scotland the young Queen Margaret, the grand-daughter of Alexander III. Among other reliques of the olden time [reserved in the castle of Wemyss, the residence of the family, is a silver bowl, said to have been presented to Sir Michael Wemyss by Eric, King of Norway, on this occasion. Sir Michael de Wemyss was present when Baliol did homage to Edward I. in 1292, and in 1296 he swore fealty to Edward I. In 1315 he witnessed the act of settlement of the Scottish crown by Robert the Bruce at Ayr.


Sir Michael Wemyss of Wemyss; b by 1231; supported John Balliol's candidacy fro the crown 1291; did homage to Edward I 1296; allegedly married the heiress of Sir David Lochore of Lochore and died c1320. [Burke's Peerage]

........................ 9 David Wemyss  + Annabel Sinclair

His son, Sir David de Wemyss, was one of the patriotic nobles who subscribed the famous letter to the Pope in 1520, asserting the independence of Scotland; and his son. Sir Michael, confirmed all the grants of his predecessors to the churches of St. Andrews and Soltray. The latter had three sons, Sir David, his heir; Sir John, who obtained from his father the lands of Rires, and part of Lochoreshire, and from Sir Alexander Abernethy a grant of the barony of Kincaldnun ; and Sir Michael. Sir John, the second son, died in 1358, leaving a son, Sir David Wemyss, of Rires and Kincaldrum, who died before 1373.

The son of the latter. Sir John Wemyss of Rires and Kincaldrum, in virtue of a settlement by his uncle, Sir David de Wemyss, sheriff of Fife, succeeded to the family estate in 1375. This Sir David Wemyss, the elder son of Sir Michael, had a son. Sir David Wemyss, who was one of the guarantees for the release of David II., and this baron's son, also named Sir David, was one of the hostages for that monarch's ransom. The latter left a daughter, Margaret, married to Sir Patrick de Inchmartine, and by him had a daughter, Isabel de Inchmartine, heiress of that barony. This lass married Sir Alan Erskine, and had two daughters, his co-heiresses, Margaret, wife of Sir John Glen, and Isabel, married to Sir John Wemyss of Rires and Kincaldrum, the heir male of the family.


Sir David Wemyss of Wemyss; of age by 1290; married 1st Annabella Sinclair, widow of Sir Robert Bisset; married 2nd by 1304 Marjory, daughter of Walter Ramsay, and died by 1332, leaving presumably by her. [Burke's Peerage] Note: Burke's Peerage indicates both sons, Michael and David, may have been born by the second wife, but uses the word "presumably", which leaves doubt. I believe that the marriage date indicated for the 2nd wife would tend to support Michael being born by the 1st wife.

Margaret Wemyss  + John Inchmartin

NOTES on the Wemyss line

NOTE: Some dates are estimates.

NOTE: Some information from another researcher. Not yet verified by me.