NameLady Kilmarnock , F
Birth Dateabt 1404
Birth PlaceKilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death Date9 Jul 1439
Death PlaceCraignaught Hill, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death MemoRevenge killing
Marr Dateabt 1425
Marr PlaceKilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
ChildrenRobert , M (~1426-<1482)
 Marion , F (~1429-<1486)
 Margaret , F (~1432-)
Notes for Thomas (4) (Spouse 1)
He married Joanna Montgomery, said to be daughter of Sir John Montgomery of Ardrossan, by his wife Margaret Maxwell.

Two sons are recorded, viz:

1. Sir Thomas, his successor

2. William, Abbot of Kilwinning. He obtained from King James III a charter confirming the various royal grants to Kilwinning Abbey, and appears as an incorporated member of the newly founded university of Glasgow 1451.

[The couple] were both buried at Kilmarnock. Mr. Timothy Pont, who visited Kilmarnock in 1609, says: ‘In this church Kilmarnock are divers of Lord Boydes progenitors buried, amoungs quhome ther is one tombe or stone bearing this inscription and coate, “Hic Jacet Thomas Boyde, Dominus de Killmarnock, qui obiit septimo die mensis July 1432, et Johanna de Montgomery eius spousa. Orate pro iis,”

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 140-41.

Sir Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock, Knight, eldest son of the above [Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock - died 1432].

One of the first acts of King James I. on his return to Scotland was to order the arrest of Sir Walter Stewart, eldest son of the Regent, Malcolm Fleming of Cumbernauld, and Thomas Boyd, younger of Kilmarnock, 13 May 1425, on the charge of having wasted the Crown rents. Boyd was confined at Dalkeith, and shortly afterwards released on paying certain fines to the royal exchequer. He occurs as Bailie of Duchal 16 July 1437.

Early in 1439, ‘Sir Thomas Boyd slew Sir Allane Stewart of Gartullie, Knycht, at Pawmath Horne (Polmais Thorn) thrie myllis from Falkirk, for old feud that was betwixt thame, the third yeir after the death of King James I. Quhilk death was soone revenged thaireefter; for Alexander Stewart to revenge his brother’s slauchter, manfullie set vpoun Sir Thomas Boyd in plaine batle,’ at Craignaught Hill in Refrewshire ‘quhair the said Sir Thomas was crullie slaine with manie valient men on everie syd,’ 9 July 1439.

The name of his wife is not recorded,

but he had issue;

1. Robert, first Lord Boyd ...
2. Sir Alexander of Drumcol, ‘a mirror of chivalry.’ ...
3. Marion, married before 20 July 1454 to John Maxwell of Calderwood.
4. Margaret, married to Alexander (Montgomerie), first Lord Montgomerie, and had issue. She was still living 16 September 1453.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 141-2.

Thomas, succeeded to the estate and title at the death of his father. He is recorded in history chiefly on account of having slain Sir Alan Steward of Darnly, between Linlithgow and Falkirk, and of having been himself killed through revenge in July 1439, by Alexander, a brother of Alan, at Craignaucht Hill.

Both of these feuds, or contests, are thus related by modern historian, Tytler:

Sir Alan Stewart of Darnly, who had held the high office of Constable of the Scottish army in France was treacherously slain at Polmais Thorn, between Falkirk and Linlithgow, by Sir Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock, for ‘auld feud which was betwixt them;’ in revenge of which, Sir Alexander Stewart collected his vassals, and ‘in plain battle,’ to use the expressive words of an old historian, ‘manfully set upon Sir Thomas Boyd, who was crually slain, and many brave men on both sides.’ The ground where the conflict took place was at Craignaucht Hill, a romantic spot near Neilston in Renfrewshire; and with such determined bravery was it contested, that, it is said, the parties, by mutual consent, retired sundry times to rest and recover breath, after which they recommenced the combat to the sound of the trumpet, till the victory at last declared for the Stewarts.”

This deadly contest, it would appear, had not the effect of calming the deeply-rooted animosity that existed between the two factions, for another of the Stewarts was afterwards slain in revenge by the Boyds, near the town of Dumbarton; but such bloody deeds were not of rare occurence at that time among our Scottish barons.

Sir Thomas Boyd left two sons,

Robert, and


Source: THE HISTORY OF KILMARNOCK, by Archibald M’Kay, Second Edition, Kilmarnock, 1858, p. 23.
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