NameUNNAMED , F
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1345
Birth PlaceByres, East Lothian, Scotland
Death Date1414
MotherHeiress Christian MURE Of Abercorn , F (~1329-1387)
Unmarried
ChildrenAndrew , M
Notes for William (Spouse 1)
[Sir William of the Byries] married Christiana, daughter of Sir William Mure of Abercorn, with whom he obtained that barony,

and had issue:


1. Sir William, his heir.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 391
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Sir William, Lord of the Byres, received, through his wife, Christian, daughter of Sir William Keith, Knight Marischal of Scotland, the barony and castle of Dunnottar,

which lands he afterwards by charter dated 8 March 1392, exchanged with the Keith for the lands of Ochterotherstruther, in Fifeshire, reserving the privilege that the eldest son of the family should be sheltered in the castle during infancy in time of intestine warfare.

On 1 July 1393, he had a charter of said lands from Walter, bishop of St. Andrews, to him and his spouse, upon the resignation of Sir William Keith, and

on 29 June 1393 he had a Crown charter from Robert III of the lands of Pittendreich, in Stirlingshire, upon the resignation of William de Keith and Margaret Mure, his spouse, which lands, on 6 June 1397, he conveyed to William of Elfinstoun.

He granted a charter to the chapel of saint Mary of Drem, for the welfare of the souls of himself and Christian, his spouse, of certain lands and tenements in Drem, circa 1412, and in 1413 founded a chapel to the Holy Trinity in the Cathedral of St. Andrews, to be supported by eight pounds yearly parable from the barony of Aldie, in Strathearn.

He died in 1414.

He married, as before mentioned, Christian Keith,

and had issue:

1. John his heir.
2. William
3. Alexander


Sir William had also a natural son,

Andrew of Garmylton, ancestor of Sir David Lindsay, Lyon King of Arms 1542-55.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 391-2
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Sir William was the father of another Sir William, who obtained by his marriage with Christiana, daughter of Sir William Keith, the hereditary Marischal of Scotland, the barony of Dunotter, with its impregnable castle,
on the dreary coast of Kincardine, which he afterwsards, however, exchanged with his father-in-law for the lordship and castle of Struthers in the more pleasant vales of Fife, which became the chief residence of his posterity, under the service, however, on the part of the Keiths, that in time of war the infant heir of the Lindsays of the Bires should reside with his attendants in Dunotter.

This second Sir William was the father of

Sir John, the first Lord Lindsay of the Byres
; his descendants acted a distinguished part in Scottish history and eventually succeeded, in prejudice of the heirs-male, to the honours of the elder branch, or House of Crawford.

Source: LIVES OF THE LINDSAYS, by Lord Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, Vol. I, London, 1858, pp. 50-53.
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Christian Keith, the youngest [daughter of Sir William Keith and Margaret], married in 1363, Sir John Hay of Tullibody who also possessed the forest of Enzie and Boyne. By this marriage there was a son, Sir John Hay, who married Margaret Stewart, “the King’s Niece,” and had one child, Egidia “Lady of Tullibodie” ...

“Christian Keith married secondly Sir William Lindsay of the Byres, and, on the 5th of August 1378, Sir William Keith conveyed to them the lands of Touch Fraser. This must have been a temporary arrangement as, in 1407, the lands were back in the hands of Margaret Fraser and her husband.”

Source: THE HOUSE OF SETON, A Study of Lost Causes, by Sir Bruce Gordon Seton, Br., C.B., Volume II, Lindsay and Macleod, Edinburgh, 1941, p. 394.
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