NameSir Michael WEMYSS Of Wemyss , M
Birth Dateabt 1294
Birth PlaceWemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
Death Dateabt 1342
Death PlaceWemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
FatherSir David WEMYSS Of Wemyss , M (~1270-~1331)
MotherLady Annabell SINCLAIR Of Orkney , F (~1273-<1304)
Marr Dateabt 1314
Marr PlaceWemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland
ChildrenMargaret , F (~1316-)
 UNNAMED , F (~1318-)
 UNNAMED , F (~1320-)
Notes for Sir Michael WEMYSS Of Wemyss
Sir David Wemyss of Wemyss, who succeeded, first appears on record between 1290 and 1296, when he granted to Annabella Sinclair, widow of Sir Robert Bisset, certain lands in the barony of Lochore, including rights over Balbedie, Capikiray, Strathruddie, co. Fife; Ardargie, in Perthshire, Wester Dron; and the half of ‘Eglisdikin,’ in the earldom of Menteith.

Some time before 1304 he married Marjory Ramsay, daughter of Walter Ramsay.

He had issue:—

1. Sir Michael, who succeeded.

2. John, who has been stated to be the son of the Sir Michael who succeeded in 1332, but Crawfurd makes him the brother of that Sir Michael and son of the last Sir David, which is more in harmony with facts.(6-479) He received from King Robert a charter of one-third of the barony of Leuchars, and from Sir Alexander Abernethy the lands of Kincaidrum in Forfarshire. He appears to have received the rank of knighthood, but the family writs are so few at that date that little is known of him, and there is no evidence as to his death or children, though it is certain that be was succeeded in his lands of Leuchars and Kincaidrum by his grandson John,(7-479) afterwards Sir John Wemyss of Leuchars, Kincaldrum, and Reres, who carried on the line of the family.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 479-80

Sir Michael Wemyss of Wemyss, who succeeded, was already a knight in or about 1316, when he was a witness along with his father and grandfather to a charter of Chritian Hay in favour of John, son of Ness Ramsay of the lands of Forthar, co. Fife.

Between 1328 and 1332 he had a grant of the lands of Wester Dron and others from Duncan, Earl of Fife. He also granted the lands of Nether Cameron to his kinsman, Sir David, and confirmed the charter granted by his father to the hospital of Soutra. To this confirmation, Sir Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray, was a witness, with other magnates, which recalls the fact that it was at Wemyss that the Regent was seized with the fatal illness which caused his death some time after.

If Sir Michael was present at the battle of Dupplin, he escaped the carnage, and was at the coronation of Edward Baliol at Scone in September 1332. He was taken prisoner at Halidon on 19 July 1333, but was liberated on swearing fealty to King Edward III, to whose party he adhered until, at least, the year 1336.

He has not been discovered on record after 1342, and he probably died about that year.

His wife is not known, and though he is said to have left three sons, this is erroneous, and he is with good reason believed to have had three daughters:

1. Margaret, married to Sir John Inchmartin of that Ilk. She had a daughter, Isabel, married to Sir Alan Erskine, who had two daughters, first, Margaret, married to Sir John Glen, and second Isabel, married about 1386, to Sir John Wemyss of Kincaldrum and Reres, by whom she became the ancestress of the present families of Wemyss.

2. _____, married to [John] Livingstone of Drumry and East Wemyss. (See title Teviot.)
3. _____, married to _____ Boswell of Balmuto.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VIII, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 480.
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