NameSir Knight James OGILVIE Of Deskford & Findlater , M
Birth Dateabt 1437
Birth PlaceFindlater, Banffshire, Scotland
Death Date13 Feb 1510
Death PlaceDeskford, Banffshire, Scotland
Burial DateFeb 1510
Burial PlaceFordyce, Banffshire, Scotland
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1445
Birth PlaceInnes, Morayshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1480
Death PlaceDeskford, Banffshire, Scotland
Marr Dateabt 1462
ChildrenJames , M (~1462-1506)
 Jonet , F (~1463-)
 Gilbert , M (~1464-)
 Marion , F (~1465-)
 Margaret / Elizabeth , F (~1466-)
 John , M (~1467-)
 Catharine , F (~1469-)
 Walter , M (~1471-)
 Alexander , M (~1473-1513)
 Mary , F (~1475-)
 George , M (~1477-)
Marr Dateabt 1485
Notes for Sir Knight James OGILVIE Of Deskford & Findlater
He [Walter] married, as least as early as 1436, when he is described as Lord of Deskford, Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir John Sinclair of Deskford and Findlater. The marriage may have been in 1435. He had a charter, 11 August 1440, of the lands an baronies of Deskford and Finlater, to himself and his wife, who had resigned them while still in sua virginitate.

The children who have been traced are:

1. James, his successor.

2. Sir Walter of Auchlevin and Boyne.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 16-17
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Sir James Ogilvy. He inherited the estates of Deskford and Findlater, the patrimony of his mother, and made large additions to them during his life.

As Sir James of Deskford, knight, he is a witness to a precept of sasine dated 24 October 1464, by Alexander, Earl of Huntly. By an indenture, dated at Banff 24 March 1471-72, in return for a guarantee of protection, the town council of Banff leased to him and his assignees, who were required to be one of his sons or his brother-german, Walter, three nets upon the King’s water of Dovern for nineteen years from Whitsunday 1472.

- On 22 October 1473 he received a Crown grant of the lands of Blareschannach in Banffshire.
- In the same year he sold his lands of Balfoure, Balconquhaile, Petmedy, and Balyorde in Forfar.
- In 1474 he acquired from David, Earl of Crawford, the lands of Bauchlo, with the fishings in the Dovera, and between this date and his death, he aquired many lands and fishings in the counties of Banff and Aberdeen, including the constabulary of Sullen, with the pertinents, as may be gathered from the Great Seal Record, all afterwards erected into the barony of Ogilvy.

On 22 October 1479 he entered into a bond of manrent with the bailies of Cullen.

Sir James took an active share in public affairs. In 1475 he and his brother Walter were two of the four arbiters named for the settlement of a feud between the thane of Cawdor and the Baron of Kilravok, arising out of a mutual ‘slauchteris and debaittis.’ He was one of the representatives for the barons in the Parliament held at Edinburgh on 6 October 1488. The year 1493 found the Ogilvys and Duffs at feud in regard to the possession of the lands of Fyndachyfilde, which the Duffs claimed under a charter of Robert the Bruce, and Sir James became security for the Boyne branch of the clan that the Duffs should be Skaithless at their hands.

Between 1490 and 1500, in addition to the designation ’of Deskford,’ he is styled ‘Lord of Strathnarn.’

He was Customer of Banff for many years and he accounts duly appear in the Exchequer Rolls, his last account being dated 17 March 1482, although there are references to him in that record down to within a few months of his decease.

Sir James died 13 February 1509-10, and was buried at Fordyce, where his tomb is still to be seen.

(1) He married, first, Margaret, eldest daughter of Sir Robert innes of that Ilk;

By his first wife, Margaret Innes,

he had the following children:


1. James, son and heir-apparent
2. Gilbert
3. John, both called in the nephew Alexander’s entails …
4. Walter of Glassaugh …
5. Alexander, killed at Flodden.
6. George, an ecclesiastic.
7. Jonet, married to Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog.
8. Marion, married to Patrick Gordon of Haddo.
9. Catherine, married to William Crawfurd of Fedderet.
10. Elizabeth, … married (contract dated 15 September 1484) to John Grant of Freuchie.
11. Mary, married to Alexander Urquhart, Sheriff of Cromarty.

(2) [James married] secondly, Margaret Chaumer, who, at Aberdeen on 1 October 1510, as widow of the deceased Sir James Ogilvy of Deskford, knight, had her terce adjudged to her out of the Fishings of Ythane.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 17-19
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Notes for Margaret (Spouse 1)
Sir Robert … married _____ daughter to the Laird of Drumlanrick … by which woman

he had three sons and two daughters, to witt:

James his eldest son who succeeded him
Walter of innermarky, called Wylie Wat, and
Robert of Dreynie.

See also the close of the indentur of Marches … where Walter and Robert are called brothers german to James.

His eldest daughter [Margaret] was married to Sir James Ogilvie, younger of Deskford, and

the other to the Laird of Towy Barclay, …

The fragment tells also of fyve bastard daughters of “ill” Sir Roberts maryed to other fyve Lairds …

Source: ANE ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILIE OF INNES, Compiled by Duncan Forbes, 1698, pub. Aberdeen, 1864. pp. 17-18.
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He [Sir James] married, first, Margaret, eldest daughter of Sir Robert innes of that Ilk;

By his first wife, Margaret Innes,

he had the following children:


1. James, son and heir-apparent
2. Gilbert
3. John, both called in the nephew Alexander’s entails …
4. Walter of Glassaugh …
5. Alexander, killed at Flodden.
6. George, an ecclesiastic.
7. Jonet, married to Alexander Abercromby of Birkenbog.
8. Marion, married to Patrick Gordon of Haddo.
9. Catherine, married to William Crawfurd of Fedderet.
10. Elizabeth, … married (contract dated 15 september 1484) to John Grant of Freuchie.
11. Mary, married to Alexander Urquhart, Sheriff of Cromarty.

[James married] secondly, Margaret Chaumer, who, at Aberdeen on 1 October 1510, as widow of the deceased Sir James Ogilvy of Deskford, knight, had her terce adjudged to her out of the Fishings of Ythane.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 17-19
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