NameSir Walter FITZ GILBERT Of Hamilton , M
Death Datebef 1346
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1300
Birth PlaceStrathbogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
FatherSir Adam GORDON 1st Of Strathbogie , M (~1260-1328)
MotherAnnabella / Amabilla , F (~1276-)
Marr Dateabt 1315
Notes for Sir Walter FITZ GILBERT Of Hamilton
Walter Fitz Gilbert, or Walter, son of Gilbert, who appears under that designation so early as 10 January 1294-95, as one of the witnesses to a charter by James, the High Steward of Scotland, to the monks of Paisley, granted at his manor of Blackhall in Renfrewshire. The other witnesses are persons holding land in that locality. He appears also with various local land owners, in a charter probably a little later, though the year is not certain, granted by Sir Herbert maxwell to the same monks.

His name occurs in the Homage Roll of 28 August 1496, among the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire lairds who swore fealty at Berwick, and he is styled ‘Wauter fiz gilbert de Hameldone.’ He kept his oath and attached himself to the english party, for a time at least, the lands of ‘ughtrotherestrother’ in Fife, by a grant from King Edward I.

He remained an English partisan until the battle Bannockburn, when he was captain of the garrison of Bothwell castle. After the battle, the Earl of Hertford and other Englishmen sought shelter in Bothwell, but the Castellan was soon after compelled by a detachment of the Scottish army under Edward Bruce to render himself and the castle and all within it. He then joined the party of Bruce, who, on 3 March following, 1314-15, granted to him the lands or holding of Machan (Dalserf) which had formerly belonged to John Comyn. At a later but uncertain date, he received the barony of Cadzow from King Robert, a fact noted in a charter to his son by King David II.

He was Justiciary of Lanark in 1321, and two years later, on 28 July 1323, he having attained the rank of knighthood in the interval, the King further granted to him the lands of Kinnell, Lambert, and Auldcathy in the county of Linlithgow. ... Sir Walter, however, had a law plea (date uncertain) with Oliver Carpenter, who received Eddlewood from King Robert Bruce.

Sir Walter is said to have been present at the battle of Halidon Hill, fighting in the High Steward’s division, and to have escaped from that conflict, so disastrous to the Scots, but as to this last there is no evidence.

He appears, however, to have died before 1346.

Sir Walter Fitz Gilbert married, first a lady named Helen, but whose surname is not recorded;

secondly, a Mary Gordon, who family is not stated, but who is assumed to be a daughter of Sir Adam Gordon of Gordon.
The grant of Machan in 1315 was to Walter Fitz Gilbert and Mary Gordon, and his heirs by her, whom failing, to his heirs by his previous wife, while the grant of Kinniel in 1323 refers onto to his heirs by Mary Gordon.

Sir Walter had issue, so far as on record:

1. David Fitz Walter, who succeeded him and carried on the main line of Hamilton.
2. John Fitz Walter, describes also in one writ as ‘John son of Walter, styled of Hamilton,’ married Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of Sir Alan Stewart of Dreghorn. He appears as ‘John, son of Walter, lord of the Rosse’ in a charter by Adam More of Rowallan, dated at Maldislie 17 February 1383-84, and was still alive in 1394. From him descended the Hamiltons of Innerwick and the Earls of Haddington.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 340-2.
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Notes for Mary (Spouse 1)
His [Adam 1st of Strathbogie’s] wife, whose family is unknown, was named Amabilla.

He had issue:

1. Sir Adam, who succeeded.
2. William, who is first mentioned in January 1309-10 ... The charter of Stitchel, on 28 June 1615, was granted to him ...
3. John, referred to in a charter by his father ... On 1 April 1313 King Edward II wrote to Pope Clement V recommending John ...
4. Mr. Thomas, named along with his brother John in King Edward’s letter to the Pope. ...

5. Mary, who married Sir Walter FitzGilbert, ancestor of the ducal house of Hamilton, was probably the daughter of this Sir Adam.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 513
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Sir Walter Fitz Gilbert married, first a lady named Helen, but whose surname is not recorded;

secondly, a Mary Gordon, who family is not stated, but who is assumed to be a daughter of Sir Adam Gordon of Gordon.
The grant of Machan in 1315 was to Walter Fitz Gilbert and Mary Gordon, and his heirs by her, whom failing, to his heirs by his previous wife, while the grant of Kinniel in 1323 refers onto to his heirs by Mary Gordon.

Sir Walter had issue, so far as on record:

1. David Fitz Walter, who succeeded him and carried on the main line of Hamilton.
2. John Fitz Walter, describes also in one writ as ‘John son of Walter, styled of Hamilton,’ married Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of Sir Alan Stewart of Dreghorn. He appears as ‘John, son of Walter, lord of the Rosse’ in a charter by Adam More of Rowallan, dated at Maldislie 17 February 1383-84, and was still alive in 1394. From him descended the Hamiltons of Innerwick and the Earls of Haddington.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 340-2.
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