NameLady Cadzow , F
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1295
Birth PlaceCadzow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death Datebef 1378
Death PlaceCadzow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
MotherLady Mary GORDON Of Gordon , F (~1280-)
ChildrenDavid , M (~1327-<1392)
 John , M (~1330-~1402)
Notes for David (Spouse 1)
Sir Walter Fitz Gilbert married

(1) first, a lady named Helen, but whose surname is not recorded;

(2) secondly, a Mary Gordon, whose 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 Kinneil in 1323 refers only 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, described also in one writ as ‘John, son of Walter styled of Hamilton,’ …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 340-42.
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David Fits Walter Fitz Gilbert, as he is frequently styled, was apparently the son of Sir Walter by his second wife Mary Gordon, and probably succeeded his father before 1346.
In that year he was present at the battle of Neville’s Cross, where he was made a prisoner, and considered of so much importance that he was placed in the custody of the Archbishop of York, who was enjoined not to deliver him up without a special mandate from King Edward. He is said to have been liberated for a heavy ransom.

He was probably knighted before the battle, as the next reference to him in 1361 is as David Fits Walter, Knight, when he founded a chaplainry in Glasgow Cathedral.

On 27 December 1368 he received a special charter from King David II referring to a grant made by King Robert Bruce to his father, the late Walter Fitz gilbert of the barony of Cadzow for a yearly rent or feu of £80 sterling, with twenty-two chalders of wheat and six chalders of barley. But the King, being advised that the barony had been so diminished and destroyed by war and pestilence that it could not yield so much money and grain yearly, confirmed the barony to Sir David, and added to it the lands or tenandry of Eddlewood, with an annualrent of four merks due therefrom, the grant specifying certain conditions.

He appears as one of the Barons in the Parliaments of Scotland on 27 March 1371 and 4 April 1373, when the succession to the Crown of Scotland was settled on John, Earl of Carrick and his successors. His seal is still attached, bearing a shield charged with three cinqufoils, surrounded by the legend ‘Sigill David Filii Walter.’

The date of his death is not exactly known.

His successor is referred to in 1375 as son and heir of David FitzWalter, and he may then have been alive, but was apparently dead before 1378.

The name of his wife has not be ascertained. He is said to have married a daughter of an Earl of Ross, but there is no corroborative evidence.

He had issue:

1. David, who succeeded.
2. Sir John Hamilton of Fingaltoun, whose place in the pedigree has been erroneously stated. …
3. Two other sons, Walter, said to be ancestor of the Hamiltons of Cambuskeith and Sanquhar in Ayrshire, and
4. Alan, described as of Larbert, are assigned to Sir David, but no direct evidence has been found.

David Fitz Walter appears to have had a daughter married to Simon Roberton of Earnock, as his grandson, Sir John Hamilton of Cadzow, designated John Roberton, son of Simon as his cousin in a charter about 1390, granting him the lands of Earnock.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol IV, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 342-44.
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