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Name Variations

Leckie, Lackey, Lackie, Lachey, Lakey, Lakie

Leckie and Clan Gregor

It is interesting to note, before we move to Ireland, that in 1677, John Leckie of Croy-Leckie married Margaret MacGregor, sister of Robert Roy Mac Gregor, of Inversmaid, making the Leckies a sept and under the protection of Clan Gregor.

LECKIE, the surname of an old family in the county of Dumbarton. The head of the family, at the beginning of the 18th century, was John Leckie of Croy-Leckie, in that county. He married a daughter of Macgregor, of Glengyle by his wife, a daughter of the first William Campbell of Glenfalloch, by whom he had several children. He was proprietor of the lands of Croy-Leckie, afterwards the property of Mr. Blackburn, and of the lands of Balvie, which became the property of Mr. Campbell-Douglas. Having joined the cause of the Stuarts with his brother-in-law, Rob Roy, in the rebellion of 1715, his estates were forfeited, and he fled the country with all his family, except the youngest son and a daughter, who remained in Scotland. This son, Thomas Leckie, minister of the parish of Kilmarnock from 1703 to 1723, married Janet, daughter of James Buchanan of Catter, parish of Drymen, now belonging to the duke of Montrose. He had an only son, William, who became proprietor of the estate of Broich, now called Arngomery, Stirlingshire, and was grandfather of William Leckie-Ewing, Esq. of Arngomery, sole male representative of the family. The daughter of John Leckie married James Maxwell of Merksworth, Renfrewshire, from which marriage the Maxwell-Graham family (of which the 13th countess of Buchan is a daughter), is descended, as are also the Blacks, sometime of Clairmont, near Glasgow.


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Ancient History of Lakey

The pioneering sprit of the Scottish Highlander and his contribution to world history has few rivals amongst the founding races of the British Isles.

The Highland surname Lakey has been prominent in adding a weighty influence to an already monumental image. From the sea swept Hebridean Islands and the mountainous western coast of Scotland, this surname has emerged as a notable family whose history is romanticized by the skirl of the bagpipes, the brandished sword, the tartan kilt and the highland games.

Professional analysts, useing some of the oldest manuscripts, includeing Clan Genealogies, the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, the Ragman Rolls, the Inquisitio, the Black Book, Parish cartularies, baptismal records, and tax records and many other documents found the name Lakey in Counties Donegal and Derry in Ireland although they originated in Argyllshire in Scotland.

The name , Lakey, was found to have many variations in spelling. The surname was sometimes spelt Lackey, Lackie, Lachey, Lakey, Lakie, and these changes in spelling occured, even between father and son. It was not uncommon for a clansman in his lifetime to be born with one spelling, marry with another, and yet another to appear on his headstone. Sometimes a different spelling was used to claim a religious or clan affiliation, or even a division of the family.

The Dalriadans are considered one of the founding races of Scotland. This race was descended from the early Irish Kings, specifically King Colla da Crioch, who was banished from Ireland in 327 A.D. along with 350 clan chiefs who settled in the Western Isles. Descended from this monarch, through Fergus Mor MacEarcha, was the great King Somerled, King of Man and the Isles, the Scion of the MacDonalds and many others. Kenneth MacAlpine, first king of Scotland, Alba or Caledonia as it was then known, was half Dalriadan, half Pict.

The name Lakey emerged as a Scottish clan or family in their territory of Counties Donegal and Derry. They settled in those counties about 16720, although they were originally from Argyllshire. These were the remnants of the outlawed MacGregor Clan which had become at odds with the crown of Scotland, claiming that it was their rightful heritage. They were descended from King Alpine, King of Scotland. They settled in Ireland and still were banned from the use of their name MacGregor. Notable amongst the clan from early times was Lackey of County Donegal.

Many heads of families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries. They became known as the “Scotch/Irish” They were granted the lands of the native Catholic Irish, in Donegal and Derry

History of Lakey

History of Lakey
Including one branch of the family in America
by Gilbert Marlow Lakey

In writing this story, there has been much research in Ireland, Scotland and America. There are some who will say I have bats in my Belfry. The information has been taken from authoritive books and records. Several places I have no choice but to guess or imagine the answers and as such they will be noted.

Lakey is one of the families which descends according to tradition from the oldest traceable family in Europe. According to tradition, and for the purpose of this story, the family traces from Eochaid Feidlech in Ireland.

Richard Fiedlech, the Ard-Righ (High King) of Ireland and father of Medb (Mauve) queen of Connought, at the time of Christ. We next find Fiacha, Ard-Righ and father of Tauthal Feachtmar, Ard-Righ (and sixth in descent from Eochaid Feidlech, the father of Meobb) at Tara. Tauthal Feachtmar was succeeded by his son Feidlimid Richtmar, Ard-Righ at Tara. Feidlimid Rechtmar was the father of Conn, known as Conn of the hundred battles, Ard-Righ at Tara. Conn’s reign and life were ended by his assissination at Tara. Conn was succeeded by Conaire II, his son-in-law and father of Carbri Riada (Carbri of the Liffey), who, when there was a famine in the South, led his people to the extreme Northeast of Ireland, and some of them across to the nearest part of Scotland, where they settled, forming the first important colony of Scots (Irish) in the Alba. The Irish territory which Carbri Riada’s people settled, the Northeast of Antrim, and the territory opposite to it in Alba, became known as the two Dal Riada.

Two sons of Carbri Riada were Eochach Dubhlein and Fiacha. Both were ancestors of Lakey, but Fiacha was the more direct ancestor. Fiacha, son of Carbri Riada (Carbri of the Liffey) was reigning High King at Tara in the beginning of the fourth century. His son, Muiredeach Tereach, was King of Connought and later High King at Tara. Fiacha was slain in the battle with his nephews (the three Colla) and Colla, who succeeded him, was overthrown by Muiredeach Tireach in turn. Muiredeach Tereach assumed the throne at Tara and was succeeded by his son Eochaid Muigh-Medon midway of the fourth century. By his wife, Carthann, daughter of a British king, Eochaid Muigh-Medon had the son Niall Noigiallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages),one of Irelands greatest kings. Niall Noigiallach was murdered on the banks of the River Loire, in France in 404 A.D. Niall Noigiallach had the son Conal Gulban who founded the Kingdom of Tir Conal (Donegal).Conal Gulban was converted to Christianity by St. Patrick.

From Conal Gulban to Duncan,Abbot of Dunkeld in Scotland (born 910 AD. and died 965 AD.) we have no record of the family. Most likely the records were destroyed in the Viking raids on the monesteries of Scotland and Ireland. Records in Scotland state the family was in Scotland as early as 650 AD. Other records state the heriditary Abbots of Dunkeld, specifically Duncan, killed in 965 AD. were the senior branch of the kin of St. Columba (521 AD- 597 AD) who was descended from Conal Gulban in the 3rd degree (great grandson) thus establishing the Lakeys are also descended of Conal Gulban. Abbot Duncan was descended from Conal Gulban in the 15th degree.

Duncan,Abbot of Dunkeld (910 AD-965 AD) was killed in battle in 965 AD fighting to over throw King Duff. The name of the son of Abbot Duncan of Dunkeld is unknown, but he was born ca 945 and was Heriditary Abbot of Dunkeld and is referred to as Lord of the Isles and is probably Duncha. He was the father of Crinan the Thane (born 975 AD and died 1045 AD) he was the Heriditary Abbot of Dunkeld and Steward of the Isles. Crinan was a great nobleman as the titles emply. Crinan the Thane died in battle with Macbeth as one of the characters in Shakespears “Macbeth”.

From here we return to Carbri Riada and his other son Eochach Dubhlein who was father of Colla Uais, both Kings at Tara. Colla Uais was involved in the slaying of his Uncle Fiacha, Ard-Righ of Ireland at Tara. Colla Uais died in 337 AD. He was the father of Eochaidh, King at Tara who was father of Criomthan, King of Ireland at Tara, and the father of Erc. King at Tara and father of Fergus Mor Mac Erc, first King of Dalriada in Scotland about the year 500 AD and ancestor of all subsequent Kings of Scotland. Fergus Mor Mac Erc was the father of Domangart (died 511 Ad) King of Dalriada. Domangart was the father of Gabhran (died 560 AD) King of Dalriada and father of Aidam (died 605 AD) King of Dalbriada and father of Domnall Braec (died 642 AD) King of Dalriada and father of Eochaidh III (died 733 AD) King of Dalriada and father of Eacime, King of Dalriada and father of Alpin the Scot who was father of King Kenneth Mac Alpine (died 859 AD) who was King of the Scots and united most of Scotland into one country. King Kenneth Mac Alpine was the father of Constantine (died 877 AD) King of Scots and father of Donald II (died 900 AD) King of Scots and father of Malcolm I (died 954 AD) King of the Scots and father of Kenneth II King of Scots (and also father of King Duff). Kenneth II was father of Malcolm II (died 1034 AD) who was father of Princess Bethoc (or Beatrice) who married Crinan the Thane and were the parents od King Duncan of “Macbeth” fame and Maldred (Lakey ancestor) who died with his father, Crinan, in battle with Macbeth.

Again we turn back, this time to Egbert, Saxon King of England. Reported to be the first king of all England (died 839 AD) who married Redburga, and were parents of Ethelwolf,King of England and married at Osburg, a daughter of the Earl of Oslac.

They were the parents of Alfred the Great,King of England (died 901 AD) and married to Elizabeth, daughter of Earl Elhekan. They were the parents of Edward, King of England who married Eadgiva, daughter of Earl Sigelline. They were the parents of Edmund, King of England (died 946 AD). He married Elgiva and they were the parents of Edgar, King of England (died 975 AD) who married Elfrida, daughter of Orgar, Earl of Dwon. They were the parents of Ethelred II, King of England (died 1010 AD) who married Elgrifa and had the daughter Elgiva, who married Uchtred, Earl of Northumberland and had the daughter Algitha who married Maldred, King of the Cumbrians (including Strathclyde and the Lennox). Maldred (or Malcolm) born about 1010 AD and killed in 1045 AD in battle with MacBeth. Maldred and Algitha had the son Maldred (1040 AD-1100 Ad). He was probably the Senescal of the Lennox, and had the son Ulkil or Arkil, born about 1075 AD and was the snescal of the Lennox. He was the father of Alwyn Mac Muredach Mac Maidouern (born 1100 AD and died 1139 AD). Mormair of the Levenach and 1st Earl of the Lennox. (same Lands). He had the son Alwyn, 2nd Earl of Lennox (born 1130 AD and died 1216 AD) who married Eva, daughter of Gilchrist, Earl of Menteith. They had the son Corc (born 1195 AD and died 1270 AD) who had the son Murdoch (born 1235 AD and died 1310 AD). He had the lands of Croy, afterwards called Croy Leckie. Murdoch had the son Duncan (born 1270 AD and died 1333 AD) created Heriditary Sergeant of Dunbartonshire, by King Robert Bruce, Baron of Rehane ant Altermony in Lennox.Duncan had the son Malcolm de Leky (born 1300 AD and died 1379 AD) Lord of Leky had charter from the King of the Barony of Leky, resigned by the Earl of Lennox and the first person with the Lakey name ca 1350

From records we know that Malcolm de Leky, Lord of the barony of Leky, Rehane and Altermoney, is ancestor of all those who descend from the ancient family of Leky (pronounced Lakey in all versions except Lackey,who are of the same family)

Malcolm de Leky (1300-1379) son of Duncan Mac Murdoch (Mac Muredach), was Lord of Leky, had charter from the King, of Baron of Leky, resigned by the Earl of Lennox. Malcolm de Leky (1300-1379) was father of Murdoch de Leky (ca. 1330 -1405) (and Thomas de Leky & Elizabeth de Leky).Murdoch de Leky (ca 1330-1405) was Heriditary Sergeant of Dunbartonshire, Baron of Leky, Rehane and Altermony. He was the parent of Murdoch de Leky (ca 1365-1445). Third Laird of Leky. Resigned Wester Leky, Rochane and Altermony in 1440 but lost Easter Leky. He married Margaret, probably sister of John Murray, of Kypmad. They were the parents of Sir Walter Lecky (1395-1440) who was an officer in Scottish Life Guards in France. He was father of Malcolm Lecky, Laird (Lord) of Lecky (1423-1485). He married (1st) a sister of Malcolm Flemyng and daughter of Robert,1st Lord of Flemyng and (2nd) a sister of Alexander Cuninghame of Lecky (Easter Lecky). He was father of James Leky of that Ilk (1450-1513) Laird of Leky. His father, Malcolm Lecky,was also titled Malcolm Lecky of that Ilk which refered to his name being the same as the property he owned. Malcolm Leky of that Ilk (1450-1513) was father of Richard Lecky of that Ilk (1475-1542) and Walter Lekky of Croy, and Murdoch Lekky in Blairnill parish of Kilmnaronok. Richard Lekky of that Ilk (1475-1542) was father of John Lekky of that Ilk (1500-1547) Laird of Lekky who married a daughter of Ninian Seton of Tullibody. John Lekky of that Ilk was killed at the battle of Pinkieclengh. He had a brother Alex Lekky of Kepdarroch who marriedd Helen Drummond, and Robert Leckie at the Kirk of Kippen. John Lekky of that Ilk (1500-1547) had the son Walter Leckie of that Ilk (1535-1605) Laird of Leckie who had the feud with the Earl of Menteith, the “Battle of Ballochleam”, in 1577 at which time many of the Leckie family were slaughtered, making it more certain we are descended from the Walter Leckie of that Ilk. Laird of Leckie. After the feud with the Lindsays and Maxwells,in 1601, in which Alexander Leckie, son of Laird Walter Leckie was murdered, a list of the Leckies was published including Robert Leckie, elder, of Kepdarroch, Robert Leckie his son; John and James, also his sons, Murdoch Leckie of Croy, Walter Leckie of Boquhaine, William Leckie, son of umquhile Robert Leckie at the Kirk of Kippen, Alexander Leckie in Drumkippen, Alexander Leckie, son of the murdered Alexander Leckie was too young to fight, so did not make the list. He was under the tutorship of Robert Leckie, Senior, of Kipdarroch, his grand-uncle. I would like to assume this Walter Leckie of Boquhaine is the son of Walter Leckie of that Ilk (1535-1605)

Walter Leckie of that Ilk (1535-1605) married (1st) Agnes, sister to John Cuninghame of Glengarnok, and great grand daughter to Princess Mary, daughter of King Robert III, and (2nd) Margaret Livingstoun, sister to Alexander Levingstoun of Pantosken.

Again we turn back, this time to Charlemagn (742 AD-814 AD). Charles the Great, King of the Franks and Emperor of the West. (Emperor of the Romans). Charlemagne was the son of Pepin the short, and grandson of Charles Martel (688 AD-741 AD) both rulers of the Franks. Charlemagne married Hildegarde of Swabia, and had son Lewis te Debonaire, King of France who married Judith, daughter of Guelph I, and had the son Charles the Bald, King and Emperor of France, who married Herementrude, daughterof Vidon, Earl of Orleans. They had the son Baldwin, 1st Count of Flanders who married Judith, widow of the Saxon King of England, King Ethelwolf. Baldwin and Judith had the son Baldwin “2nd Count of Flanders who died in 918 AD. He had married Alfritha, daughter of the Saxon King of England, Alfred the Great. Baldwin and Alfritha had the son Arnulf, 3rd Count of Flanders, who married Alice, daughter of Herbert II, Count of Vermandois. They had the son Baldwin, 4th Count of Flanders who married Mochila, daughter of Herman Billing, Duke of Saxony. Baldwin and Mochila had the son Arnuff, 5th Count of Flanders who died in 988 AD. He had married Susanna, daughter of Beranger II, King of Italy, Arnulf and Susanna had the son Baldwin, 6th Count of Flanders who married Eleonora, daughter of Richard II, Duke of Normandy, and they had the son Baldwin, 7th Count of Flanders who died in 1067 AD. He had married Adela, daughter of Robert I, King of France. They were the parents of Maude, who married William the Conqueror, King of England who was the son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy. Maude and King William were the parents of Princess Gundred who married William de Warren, Earl of Surry. William de Warren and Princess Gundred had the son William de Warren, Earl of Warren and Surry who died in 1135 AD. He had married Elizabetrh, daughter of Hugh the Great, Earl of Vermandois, and were the parents of Addine who married Henry, Prince of Scotland,son of David I, King of Scotland and Maud,daughter of Waltheoff.

And again we go back to Edmund Ironside,(died 1017 AD) Saxon King of England who had married Algitha. They had the son Prince Edward, who married Agatha, daughter of Emperor Henry. They had the daughter Margaret who married Malcolm III, King of Scotland. Margaret is known as St Margarett. Malcolm III and Margaret were the parents of the afore mentioned David I, King of Scotland.

Prince Henry and Addine were the parents of David,Earl of Huntingdon, who married Maude, daughter of Hugh de Keirlioc, Earl of Chester. They were the parents of Isabel, who married Robert de Brus, Lord of Annandale, and were the parents of Robert Bruce, King of Scotland. He married Isabel daughter of Donald, Earl of Marr. They were the parents of Mary, who married Walter, Lord High Steward of Scotland. They were the parents of Robert II, King of Scotland, crowned at Scone in 1327 AD. Robert II married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Adam Mure, of Rowallan. They were the parents of Robert III, King of Scotland who died in 1406 AD. He married Annabella, daughter of Sir John Drummond, Knight of Stobhall. They were the parents of Princess Mary who married Sir William Edmonstone of Culloden and Duntreath. They were the parents of Elizabeth de Edmonstoun who married Sir Humphrey Cuninghame of Glengarnock (1464-1501). They were the parents of Sir Humphrey Cuninghame of Glengarnock who married Lady Isobel Cunynghame, daughter of the Earl of Glencairn. They were the parents of Sir William Cuninghame of Glengarnock (1531-1547) who married Elizabeth Sinclair, daughter of Lord Sinclair. They were the parents of Agnes Cuninghame who married Walter Leckie ofthat Ilk, Laird of Leckie (1536-1605) and they were the parents of Alexander Leckie of that Ilk (1560-1601) and most likely the parents of Walter Leckie of Boquhaine.

It is interesting to note before we move to Ireland, that in 1677 John Leckie of Croy-Leckie married Margaret MacGregor, sister of Robert Roy Mac Gregor of Inversmaid, making the Leckies a sept and under the protection of Clan Gregor. The Leckies lived in an area where there was much cattle rustling and hearding from the highland to the lowlands.The Mac Gregors were deeply involved and no doubt the Leckies were also. The Leckies appear to have always been religious but in those days cattle rustling was a honorable proffession — if they didn’t get caught. The Leckie lands were just south of the River Forth – seven miles west of Sterling and about fifteen miles east of Loch Lomand and the family was scattered between Leckie and Lach Lomand. The north side of the River Forth, from Sterling to Loch Lomand at that time was one big swamp or bog — except for a small area close to Leckie where they could pass. It was a passage for troops as well — so they must have had to be on guard at all times.

And now we return to Ireland

Again–we must do some guessing, but they are the only records we have found at that time.

Reunciation 1629 – November 1 – by Andrew Lecky in Wester Kept. Son of Walter Lecky Elder of Dasheor and Margaret Lockhart spouse in favour of Adam Cunningham now of Boquhen of a Tact and assignation of the Mill of Boquhen at the middle Desheor 9 October 1629 – Witness – Alexander Lecky of that Ilk, Walter Lecky Elder of Dishcower.

This record is from Ireland so apparently Andrew Lecky is our ancestor who moved to Ireland ca 1630 and to County Donegal — the home of his ancient ancestors.

In 1659 there was a census that listed the landed gentry in Ireland James Lecky and Walter Colhoune Gent Townland of Leck gr
Parish of Leck
Barony of Raphoe
9 Scots & English – 4 Irish County of Donegal

This James Lecky was most likely the son of Andrew Lecky and James Lecky the father of Thomas Lecky who was the father of Alexnder Lecky and very likely Thomas Lecky was the father of John Leakey who went to America and Maryland in 1678.

Alexander Lecky, son of Thomas Lecky, was born in County Donegal, was a Captain in the seige of Derry. He was Mayor of Londonderry and a wealthy land owner and merchant in Londonderry and the counties of Donegal and Londonderry. He died in 1717 AD at Durry. His descendants founded families in counties Londonderry and Antrim and from there scattered all over the world. For many years the Leckie family owned the Giant Causeway and the surounding country side in County Antrim and were a famous and well to do family.

Now to America

Again — the only record found in America at the right time concerns John Leakey who was transported to America and Maryland in 1678. His crime was most likely his religion and just as likely he came from County Donegal. From Rent Roll records of Somerset County, Maryland, John Leakey died before 1723, but it could have been many years before. He left unnamed orphans but they appear to be John Lakey and Alexander Leckey. Alexander Lickey died in 1722 in Somerset County, Maryland. John Lakey died in 1728 in Somerset County, Maryland. It appears John Lakey had no children and Alexander Leckey appears to be the parents of Christopher, Alexander, and William Leckey. From here the name is spelled Lakey – Leakey – Lackey and many other spellings. William Leckey moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1756. His wife was Rebeka and his sons Adam and Robert Leckey. Adam Lakey and Robert Lakey moved to Rowan County, North Carolina, after their fathers death. They were in present day Guilford County, North Carolina. Adam Lakey had sons Alexander, Samuel and Adam Lakey. Samuel Lakey died in Guilford County,North Carolina in 1795. His widow was Elizabeth Lakey. Adam Lakey died in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1800. His widow was Martha. Alexander Lakey died sometime before Adam, and had the son Adam Lakey, who moved to South Carolina. No further records of this family.

Christopher Lakey married Mary Huntley 15 September 1724 in Queen Ann Parish, Prince George County, Maryland. Known children were Richard Lakey, William Lakey and John Lakey. The family moved to Bertie County, North Carolina sometime before 1740.

Alexander Lackey married Ann (Huitt) Nutter (widow of Mathew Nutter, died 1720) 24 April 1724 Stephney Parish, Somerset County, Maryland (present day Wicomico County, Maryland). Ann(Huett) Nutter Leckie, daughter of Rev. John Huett (ca 1640- 1698) and Rachel Battian, married after 1686. Rachel (Battian) Huett married (2nd) Col. Nicholas Evans of Somerset County, Maryland. She died ca 1726. Sister of Ann Huett was Susanna Huett who married Joseph Johnson of Charles County, Maryland. Charles County, an original county, formed in 1658. Prince George County was formed in 1695 from Charles and Calvert Counties. Frederick County formed in 1748 from Prince George County. Somerset County, an original county formed in 1606. Wicomico County formed from Somerset County in 1867. Ann Leckie died in 1734 and Alexander Leckie married (2nd) Ann Evans, widow of John Evans. Alexander Leckie died in 1740 in Somerset County, Maryland and Ann Evans Leckie married (3rd) Thomas Gills. Ann Evans Leckie Gills died ca 1753.

Alexander Lickey left a will dated 24 March 1721 in which he left his property to his daughter Barbary Lickey. (Somerset County, Maryland).

John Lakey left a will dated 10 February 1727 in which he left his property to his friend, Dorman Hath. (Somerset County,Maryland).

Anne Leckie left a will dated 25 May 1734 in Somerset County, Maryland. After the decease of her husband Alexander Leckie, leaves her property to her children and grandchildren including land in Wales, Her children were John Huett Nutter, Mathew Nutter and Rachel Piper. No mention of Leckie children but Alexander Leckie signed a statement that he approved the will, sugesting (to me) there were minor Leckie childrten. It was common to omit minor children in wills.

Alexander Leckie left a will dated 13 August 1740 in Somerset County, Maryland in which he left his property to his wife, and John Evans, child of his second wife, and his son-in-law Nicholas Evans.Wife Exetrux. Any children would still be minors.

William Leakey, born 1728 in Maryland. He is first found when he joins the Friends, or Quakers, in the Monoquesy Meeting in Monocacy Hundred in Prince George County, Maryland (present day Frederick County, Maryland) in 1745. Monoquesy Meeting was formed in 1730 and was under the Monocacy Monthly Meeting in Maryland and the Fairfax Monthly Meeting in Virginia. At that time the Monthly Meeting alternated between Monocacy and Fairfax Monthly Meetings. In April 1759 the meeting house at Monocacy was accidently burnt down, and was never replaced. Elizabeth Bray belonged to Monoquesy Meeting also.

William Leakey had a land patent in Prince George County, Maryland (Present Frederick County, Maryland). Warrent issued to him 26 February 1746, but before he sued out the grant in 1747, he turned over his rights, to the eighty acres, to Henry Mayner, and before Henry Maynor paid for the grant,he assigned fifty acres to Francis and Charles Peirpoint. The land was in Monocacy Manor.

In 1749, John Ross assigned 100 acres to William Lakey of Frederick County, Maryland (in the same area as the previous Grant). And in 1751 John Ross took him to court for money and the land, which the court granted — but William Leakey was no where to be found.

On the 18th of February 1750 William Leakey had surveyed for him 600 acres of land in Anson County, North Carolina, on the middle branch of the Rocky River.

On 5 February 1755 William Leakey received a grant of 405 acres of land in the Parish of St. Luke and county of Orange in the Province of North Carolina on the Middle Branch of the Rocky River. Orange County, North Carolina was formed in 1752, Chatham County, North Carolina (where the land was) was formed in 1770 from Orange County. Guilford County, North Carolina was formed in 1770 from Orange and Rowan Counties.

William Leakey, Alexander Leakey and Edward Bray were on the 1755 tax list of Orange County, North Carolina. William Leakey married Elizabeth Bray ca 1750 probably in Frederick County, Maryland.

Elizabeth Bray, or rather her father, Henry Bray first appears in Prince George County, Maryland on the 1733 list of Monacacy taxables. He was very likely the son of Edward Bray who left a will in 1716 in Somerset County, Maryland, leaving his land to his sister Mary Bray who became the wife of Michail Vestry. Edward Bray was most likely the son of Peirce Bray who settled in Somerset County, Maryland in 1696.

Henry Bray had the son Edward Bray, born 1720. A list of his daughters recorded in Lutheran Church records were Sarah Bray born 31 March 1732, Anna Maria Bray born 15 April 1733, Susanna Bray born 10 March 1735, Catarina Bray born 16 April 1737 and Elizabeth Bray born 3 November 1739. From the certainity that Edward Bray was born in 1720 it appears that the daughters were born in the 1720s rather than the 1730s. There was also a son Henry Bray Jr. In 1751 Henry Bray sold his farm animals in Frederick County, Maryland. It appears he owned no land. He moved to Orange County, North Carolina. Henry Maynerr recorded in Orange County, North Carolina in 1751 Quaker records. In 1762 Henry Bray purchased 300 acres on the South Fork of the Rocky River, witness William Leakey and chain carriers were Edward Bray and Henry Bray Jr. Henry Maynor was father in law to Edward Bray.

William Leakey and Elizabeth Bray had children William Leakey who married Elizabeth, Jeremiah Leakey who married Annie Chamness, John Leakey who married Rachel, Joshua Leakey, Eli and Levi Leakey, twins, Levi Leakey married Susannah Routh, Elizabeth Leakey, Sarah Leakey and Charity Leakey. Ann Leckey married William Henderson in 1767 and moved to South Carolina. There are no records of the other girls. It is unknown just which daughter was Ann.

Elizabeth Leakey, wife of William Leakey,Sr. transferred her membership in the Quaker Meeting to Guilford County, North Carolina in 1779, so most likely her husband had died before that time. William Leakey and John Leakey are found in Guilford County in 1781 where they were expelled from the Quaker Church for fighting in the Revolution and marrying out of the church. John Leakey stayed in Guilford County, William Leakey moved to Tennessee. There are records of Jeremiah Leakey’s family in Kentucky, Warren County, Tennessee and Missouri. So it is easy to assume that Jeremiah and his brother Joshua moved to Kentucky, possibly with Daniel Boone, and was killed by the Indians. Eli and Levi Leakey moved to Tennessee.

Alexander Lakey, on the 1755 tax list of Orange County, North Carolina, and almost certainly brother of William Leakey, left a will in 1772 at Orange County, North Carolina. He left a widow, Mary Lecky, and children Mary (Lecky) Moore, wife of Mordicai Moore, Margaret Lecky, Sarah Lecky, Thomas Lecky, William Lecky and Elizabeth Boring.

William Lakey and wife Elizabeth were in Surry County, North Carolina in 1771 or before. Their children were Mayner, Francis, James and Susanna Lakey. Francis Lakey had a large family and James and Mayner also had children. It is a question, but Susanna is also listed with children in the census reports.

Thomas Lakey and wife Ann (Hadley) Lakey also moved to Surry County, North Carolina. Their children were Simon Lakey, Joel Lakey and Lydia Lakey, who married Thomas Kell and eventually moved to Warren County, Tennessee, with her mother. Joel Lakey eventually moved to Texas, via Illinois. Simon Lakey moved to Illinois where he was murdered. But there are those who question that.

Christopher Lakey and wife Mary (Huntley) Lakey of Bertie County, North Carolina had known children; Richard Lakey, William Lakey and John Lakey. Richard Lakey and wife Mary (Ryan) Lakey moved to Edgecomb County, North Carolina. They had the son Christopher Lakey. John Lakey also moved to Edgecomb County, North Carolina. He had the son Joseph Lakey who had a son John A. Lakey.

William Lakey of Bertie County, North Carolina left a will in 1767. His wife was Mary Lakey and children were Richard Lakey, Thomas Lakey, Jacob Lakey, John Lakey, Elizabeth Lakey, James Lakey and a unborn child.

Thomas Lakey stayed in Bertie County. The only record of Richard Lakey and Jacob Lakey is the Orange County, North Carolina tax list of 1790 which lists Richard Lake and Jacob Lake. John Lakey moved to Surry County, North Carolina and then to Buncomb County, North Carolina. James Lakey moved to Blount County, Tennessee.

How I fit into things:

.               Eochaid Feidlech (at time of Chrisat)
               Tauthal Feachtmar
               Feidlimed Rachtmar
               Carbri Riada
     :                           :
Eochach Dubhlein            Fiacha
Colla Uais      d.337        Muiredach Tereach
Eochaidh                         Eochaid Muigh
Criomthan                       Niall Noigiallach  d.404
Erc             d.507           Canal Gulban
Fergus Mor Mac Erc              :
Domangart       d.511           :
Gabhran         d.560           :
Aedan           d.605           :
Eochaidh Buidh  d.621           :
Domnall Braec   d.642           :
Eochaidh III    d.723                 Dunchad ?       d.717
Aed Find        d.772           :
Fergus II                       :
Eacime                          :
Alpin                           :             Egbert     d.839
Kenneth Mac Alpin d.859         :             Ethelwolf  d.858
Constantine       d.877         :             Alfred     d.901
Donald II         d.900         :             Edward     d.924
Malcolm I         d.954         :             Edmund     d.946
Kenneth II        d.995                Duncan  910-965   Edgar      d.975
Malcolm II        d.1034             Duncha ? b.945    Ethelred   d.1016
Bethoc    ______ m.______      Crinan  975-1045  Elgiva m. Uchtred
                            Maldred 1010-1045 -- m.-- Elgitha
                            Maldred 1040-1100
                            Ukil    b.1075
                       Alwyn Mac Murdach Mac Maidouern 1100-1193
                       Alwyn        1130-1216
                       Corc         1195-1270
                       Murdach      1235-1310
                       Duncan       1270-1333
                       Malcolm de Leky  1300-1379
                       Murdoch de Leky  1330-1405
                       Murdoch de Leky  1365-1445

     Crinan the Thane and Bethoc, daughter of Malcolm II
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Duncan I                       Maldred
Malcolm III                   Maldred
David I                         Ulkil
Earl Henry of Northumbria     Alwyn (Earl of Lennox)
William "the Lion"                   Alwyn (Earl of Lennox)
Earl David of Huntingdon        Corc
Isabella m.Robert Bruce          Murdoch
Robert Bruce of Annandale     Duncan
Robert Bruce,Earl of Carrick  Malcolm de Leky
Robert I "the Bruce"                Murdoch de Leky
Margaret m.Walter Stewart     Murdoch de Leky
Robert II                                Sir Walter Lecky
Robert III                               Malcolm Lecky of that Ilk
James I                                  James Leky of that Ilk
James II                                 Richard Lekky of that Ilk
James III                                John Lekky of that Ilk
James IV                               Walter Leckie of that Ilk
James V                                 Alexander Leckie of that Ilk
Mary "Queen of Scots"                 Walter Lecky
James VI and I                             Andrew Leckie
Elizabeth m. Frederick V elector   James Lecky
Sophia m. Ernest of Hanover        Thomas Lecky
George I                                       John Leakey
George II                                     Alexander Leckie
Frederick,Prince of Wales            Alexander Leckie
George III                                    William Leakey
George IV                                    William Leakey
Victoria,Queen of Great Britain     John Leakey
Edward VII                                  John Lakey
George V                                     McCager Lakey
George VI                                    Edgar Lakey
Elizabeth II                                   Gilbert M. Lakey


In the month of September 1601, Alexander, son and heir of old Laird Walter, was foully murdered by or at the instance of Sir James Maxwell of Calderwood and Alexander Lindsay of Dunrod, who were related to him by marriage. It is not till 1622, when victim’s son had attained his majority and brought his father’s murders to justice, that we get an account of what happened. It is set forth as followes in a paper submitted to the Privy Council by Alexander Leckie:

There falling out a controversie betwix the Lairdis of Calderwood and Newwark anent the lands of Hagtounhill, the Lairdis of Minto, Ferme, and sindrie utheirs preassing to tak up the same dureing the tyme of the conference, the Laird of Dunrod and cerrtane of his complices crap up covertlie under and dyksyd neir the place of conference, and befoir the upgiffing thairof schott the defunct deid behind his bak, being then altogidder unfurnished of wapoun or any airmour ather offensive or defensive.(P.C. Register,xiii.,767)

It would seem that somewhere about the time Walter Leckie of that Ilk married his second wife, he resigned the possession of his estates to his eldest son, Alexander, for Alexander is subsequently referred to as “Alexander Leckie of that Ilk,” even though he pre-deceased his father. It was during the very end of the old laird’s life that the greatest feud in the history of the family commenced, viz.: between the Leckies, Maxwells of Newark and Cunninghams, on the one side, and the Maxwells of Calderwoode and the Lindsays of Dunrod on,the other. The beginning was probably between the houses of Newark and Calderwoode, but as Alexander Leckie, eldest son and heir of Walter Leckie of that Ilk, had married a daughter of the laird of Newark, the Leckies were brought into the quarrel and soon took the lead in this small war.

The beginning of the feud, as stated by Alexander Leckie of that Ilk, grandson of Walter, was “a controversy between the Lairds of Calderwood and Neward about lands of Hagtounhill, the Lairds of Minto, Ferme and others pressing to take up the same.” (Register of Privy Council. vol. xiii, p. 767.) That Walter Lekky of that Ilk was concerned in the feud is shown by an Order of the Council, which, dated in 1602, after the death of his son, Alexander, reads as follows:- “In respect to the deadly feud between Sir James Maxwell of Calderwoode and his men, on the one part, and Walter Lecky of that Ilk, James Cunninghame of Glengarnok, and Patrik Maxwell of Newark, and their men, on the other part, both parties are to be charged to subscribe within twenty-four hours after the charge, under the pain of rebellion, assurances to one another, to endure till 1st March, 1603. (Register of Privy council, vol vi, p. 363.)

Alexander Leckie was killed b Alexander Lindsay the Laird of Dunrod. one of the parties to the Leckie-Maxwell feud. The fatal shot was fired out of the window of a farm-house of his own, at Hagton Hill, near Glasgow. The perpetrator of this crime remained undiscovered for twenty years after the death of Lekkie. (Memoirs of the Maxwells of PoIlok, by Sir William Fraser, vol. i.p. 472.)

Alexander Leckie, son of this unfortunate laird, describes the deed as follows: “The Laird of Dunrod and certane his complices crap up covertlie under ane dyksyd neir the place of conference, and befoir the upgiffing thairof schott the defunct deid behind his bak, being then altogidder unfurnished of wapoun for (or) ony airmour ather offensive or defensive. (Register of Privy Council, vol. xiii, p. 767-8) He also speaks of his father being “harmles and unprovydit for ony hostill act. (Register of Privy council, vol. xiii, p. 767-8)

An order by the Privy Council, although dated 5th November, 1601, after the death of this laird, probably refers to his father:- “Notwithstanding the divers Acts made against the ‘unlauchfull convocationis and the grit and monstrous bakis and companyis quhilkis hes bene sa frequent and comoun at dayis of law’-especially the Act of Estates ordaining that neither party to a lawsuit shall come to court accompanied by more than 24 persons, and that each party shall keep their lodging till the hour of cause, when first the one and then the other shall be brought out by the toun in armes and attended from their lodging to the bar—yet Sir James Maxwell of Calderwoode, on the one part, and——– Lekky of that Ilk, on the other part, have given warning to all their friends to accompany them to their day of law upon 25th inst. There is an order, therefore, to charge them to cease from such convocation of the leiges on the said day, under the pains contained in the said Acts, and also to command, by open proclaimation, all the leiges to refrain from accompanying the said parties, under the pains against unlawful convocation. ( Register of Privy Council, vol. vi. p. 205.)

Alexander Leckie married Euphemia Maxwell, daughter of George Maxwell, Laird of Newark, whose wife was Marion, daughter of William Cuninghame of Craigends (l”Cartulary of Pollok-Maxwell,” by -Sir William Fraser. p. 363.) a grandson of the first Earl of Glencairn. She married secondly Adam Cunynghame, son of Adam Cunynghame of Auchinhervie. (Registrum Magni Sigilli Scot. for year 1606, No. 1794.)

That the feud with the Laird of Calderwood was being maintained is shown by the following entry in the register of the Ptivy Council:

4 March 1606,- Robert Leckie, elder of Kepdarroch, Robert L, his son: John and James, also his sons, Murdoch L. of Croy, Walter L. of Boquhaino, William L., son to umquhilo Robert L. atthe Kirk of Kippen, Alexander L. in Drumkippen, Adam Cuningham, son to Laird of Auchenhervie,&c., with Patrick Maxwell of Newark and Cuningham of Glengarnock, in charge for assurance between the Lairds of Calderwood and Newark. (Vol.vii,187) This charge was renewed on 25th June in the following year

Ten years after this the young Laird had reached a marriageable age, and chosenn as his wife Grizzel Murray, a daughter of Sir John Murray of Touchadam and Poimaise who will be sought in vain in any of the printed pedigrees of that family. They had the pleasure of seeing the two Leckies – Easter and Wester – reunited after a long separation in the hands of the old family. A royal charter, dated 14 March 1617, grants to Alexander Leckey now of that Ilk, and Grizzel Murray his future spouse, the half of the lands and Barony of Leckye called Wester L. adjoining the lands of Barony of Boquahan, and also the third part of the lands of Kepdarroch, which lands came to the King by recognitiuon, and were disponed to Patrick Maxwell of Newark, and wereby him, with consent of George M., fear of Newark, resigned: also the lands of Easter Leckye and the Offerance of L. called Schirgartane, which Adam Cunyngham of Chapeltoun, now Markinch, resigned, and which the King incorporated in a free Barony of Leckye. Reddendo for Wester L. and Kepdarroch, service of ward, &c.; for Easter L. and Achirgartane, a silver penny. (Reg.Mag.Sig) Adam Cunynham’s brother, Alexander, having married Anna Murray, sister of Alexander Leckie’s wife, it is evident that this transaction represents an effort of the young Laird’s friends to give him a good start in life.

In order to prevent conflicts between the partisans of the Leckies on the one hand, and those of James Calderwood on the other, during the minority of the Laird of Leckie, the Privy Council demanded a renewal of the assurances every year, at least up till 1610. In 1620, owing no doubt to pressure on the part of Laird Alexander and his friends, criminal proceedings were taken against the accused persons. On 15th December (the record bears) Sir James Maxwell of Calderwood, knight Alexander Lyndsay of Dumrod, John Lyndsay, his brother natural, and James Maxwell, son of William Maxwell of Newlands, were “delaitit” of art and part in slaughter of unquhile Alexander Leckie of that Ilk, commited in September 1601. (Pitcairn’s Criminal Trials, iii,439) Sir James Maxwell died before the case was brought to trial, and the diet was cont9inued to 16th January 1622, and afterwards to 17th June and 5th October in the same year. At the last mentioned date it was stated that the Lord Justice Clerk had received a letter from the King in the following terms: “We have been pleased to write to the Council willing them to employ their best means for reconciliation of Sir James Maxwell of Calderwood and Alexander Leckie of that Ilk, and require them not to proceed in the criminal action till ye shall understand by our said Council that they have given up all further dealing in the matter. ” The Privy Council lost no time in undertaking the task set them by the King, as we find from the following minute in their register:- 9th October 1622.- Missives to be direct to the Laird of Leckie on the one part and persons chargit for the slaughter of his father on the other pairt, to compeir befoire the Counsell the last Counsell day of November for reconsiling of the feade standing betwixt thame,-to William Calderwood, Dunrod, William Maxwell of Newlandis and his sones, and Dunrod to bring his bass [illegitimate] brother with him. (P.C. Reg.xiii.,69)

The course taken by the negotiations thus initiated is carefully minuted in the official record. 28 Noivember 1622.- The quhilk day compeirit the Lairdis of Calderwoode and Dunrod and James Maxwell, sone to unquhile William Maxwell of Newlandis, and [John] Lindsay, base brother to the Laird of Dunrod, on the one pairt, and Laird ofLeckie on the other pairt, and they being direckit to nominat friends for satling of the feade betwixt thame upoun occasioun of the slauchter of umquibile the Laird of Leckie, and who might mak offeris and resaue and heir the same, it was answerit be Lekkie that thair wes no necessitie on his pairt to nominat friendis for that errand, becaus yf ony offeris werr to be maid he wald thame him selff. Quhair upon Calderwood nominat Sir Johnne Hamiltoun and the Laird of Conhaithe, and Dunrod nominat the Lairdes of Balcairis and Lag to mak thair offeris; Quho ar ordaint to gif in thair offeris to the pairty the morne, and to reporte upoun Twisday, whereunto bothe pairtyis, being present, ar warnit apud acta. (Ibid 106-114)

On the 3rd December the parties made a formal submission to the Council, leaving it to them to decide what “assythment and satisfaction” should be made to the Laird of Leckie, the Laird of Calderwood declaring “That he enterit not in this submissioun as a quiltie persoun, or as ane who by law can be challenquit for the said slaughter, seeing he was ane infant when the same slaughter unhappilie fell out, but onlie for eshewing and removing of all eleist, grudge, and miscontentment that may be conceaved against him for his said umquhile father’s intresse therein. (Ibid, 529,et seq)

The Lords accepted this declaration and appointed Lord Erskine,Sir George Erskin of Innerteil, Sir Andrew Hamilton of Redhouse, Sir John Hamilton, Clerk ofRegister, and Sir John Scot of Scotstarvit to confer and deal with the parties “the morne in the Chekkerhouse” for purpose of drawing them so far as possible to some reasonable terms of conformity and agreement, and report on Thursday next, 5th inst.,the partied binding themselves to accept the decision of the Privy Council on the said report. The final sentence and decreet of the Council, dated 5th December, may be given in full:-

In the first, forasmuche as it is cleirlie knowne to the saidis Lordis that the said Alexander Lindsay of Dunrod was upoun the grounds the tyme of the committing of the slaughter of the said Laird of Leckie and was fugitive fra the lawis for the same, and sua must be repute haldin and estomit to be airt and pairt and quiltie of the said slaughter, theirfore, the sadis lordis decernis and ordanis the said Alexander Lindsay of Dunrod to mak, seale, subscryve, and delyver to the said Laird of Lekkie anesufficient letter of procuratorie for resigneing in the handis of the excellent Prince Charles, Prince of Scotland and Wailles, &c.,superioris of the landis underwritten, the two merk land of Easter Rogertoun, the same merk land of Wester Rogertoun, and the half merk land of Gairnemuire, to the effect the said Laird of Leckkie may procure from his Hienis are new infeftment of the sadis landis, to be haldin of his Hienis be the said Laird of Lekkie in the same forme and maner as the said Laird of Dunrod presentlie holds the same; and, the said infeftment being past and exped in favouris of the said Laird Lekkie, decernis and ordanis him to mak, seale, subscrive, and delyver to the said Alexander Lindsay of Dunrod and his aires ane sufficient chairtour in dew and competent forme of all and haill the saidis landisof Easter and Wester Rogertoun and Gairnemuire to be haldin be the said Laird of Dunrod of the said Laird of Lekkie, in few and heritage for yeirlie payment of the saxt retoured maill, of few maill allanerlio, with warrandice from the said [Alexander] Lekkio his awne deid, except the waird thairof when the same sall vaik in the superiour his handis, quhilk waird sall nowayes be comprehendit undor the said warrandico, bot salbe specialle exceptit thairfra, and that the said letter of procuratorie contene likeways one sufficient warrand for resigining in the handis of the said excellent Prince the superiorito of the fyve merk land Warnokis Thornetoun to the effect the same superioritio may be disponit be his Hienes to the said Laird of Lekkie, and that he may becume superiour thairof to the Laird of Cathkine, who now holdis the same in few of the said Laird of Dunrod for yeirlie payment of the sowme of foure pundis of few maill. And, whereas it is understand to the said Lordis that the said {William} Maxwell of Calderwoode is altogither innocent of the said slaughter, in so far as he was but ane young bairne when the slaughter unhappilie fell out, nivertheles for removing of all oilist, grudge, and miscontentment betwix the hous of Calderwood and Lekkie, and for establisheing of ane constant, solide, perfyte, and settled friendship betwix thame hierafter, the saids Lordis decernis and ordanes that, whenever it sall please God to blisse the said Laird Calderwood with ane laughfull sone, and said Laird of Lekkie with ane laughfull doghter, of convenient and competent yeirs for marriage, that than, the said Laird of Calderwood’s sone, being the heir of his house, sall marye the said Laird of Lekkie his doghter; and faillyeing of succession betwix the saidis Lairds of Calderwood and Leckie, sua that this mariage cannot be accomplished betwix thair childreene, that than the first aire maill of the house of Calderwood, being of convenient mariageble yeiris for the tyme, sall tak to wyffe a laughfull doghter of the said Laird of Lekkie, being of convenient mariageble yeiris for the tyme; and the conditionis of the said mariage to be sett downe by Johnne, Earl of Mar, and failyeing of him be deceas, be Johnne, Lord Erskine, or the tutor of the house of Mar for the tyme, for the pairt of the said Laird of Lekkie, and be Robert, Earl of Nithisdaill, and faillieing of him be decease, be the tutor of his house, for the pairt of the said Laird of Calderwoode, and in caise of variance betwix thaim be the Lordis of his Majesties Privy Councill. And the sadis Lordis decernis and ordanis bothe the sadis pairtyes for thame selffis and takand the burdene on thame for their friendis, assistaris, and partakeris to observe and keepe this reconsiliatioun and aggriement unviolat in any poynt, and to remitt, renunce, and discharge all rancur, hatreit, and malice, grieff, displeasure, and unkyndnos, whilk they or any of thame has consaved and borne agains otheris upiun occasioun of the said slaughter or whatsomevir deade, cause, or occasioun bigane preceiding the date hierof, and live togither in all tyme comeing in peace, love, and friendship as becometh duetifull subjectis, peacable nighboursis and good Christianis under the obedience of thair soverane Lord and King. Like as, the saidis pairtyis being callit upoun befoir the sadis Lordis and thes decreitt and sentance intimat to thame.They bothe acquiescit thairunto and embracit the same and promeist to observe the same unviolable in all tyme coming; and in tokin of their true and unfenyed reconsilatioun and aggreement thay, with Patrik Maxwell of Newark,James Maxwell of Newlandis, and Johnne Lindsay, brother of the said Alexander Lindsay of Dunrod, hairtlie embraceit ane another and clappit handis togither in presence of the saidis Lordis. And the sadis Lordis ordainis this thair decreitt sentance to be insert and refistratt in the books of Secreitt Counsell, that executioun may pas thairupoun in forme as effeiris.

Although escaping lightly from the punishment of his crime, Lindsay of Dunrod was in no hurry to fulfil his part of the agreement, for nearly two years afterwards we find him summoned to appear before the Council and ordained to satisfy the decree arbitral printed above, a warrant being issued for his arrest in the event of disobedience. He was allowed an extension of protection to give him time to perform what he had bound himself to do, but three months later matters were no further forward and having received a gentle reminder from the Laird of Leckie and his friends that their patience was becoming exhausted, he was obliged to petition the Council against them for systematic molestation. The parties petitioned against were Alexander Leckie of that ilk, Leckie, his brother natural,Robert leckie of Kipdarroch, and his son: Walter Leckie, elder and younger of Polder,The Leckies of Croy, Schirgarten, and Moy (or Mye) Leckie at the Kirk of Kippen, John murray,elder of Polmaise, William Murray, younger of Polmaise, and his brother,Patrick Maxwell of Newark, his son, grandsons, brothers, and son natural, Adam Cunningham of Auchenbowie and his sons, James Schaw of Greenock, and Cunningham of Glengarnock and his sons – a powereful combination who were alleged to have conceived a hatred against the Lindsays and continually threatened them and lay in wait in hidden places to do them bodily harm and take away their lives. All the Leckie faction were accordingly bound over to keep the peace under various penalties, ranging from L5000 Scots to 2000 merks, according to rank and condition. Lindsay, however,while evidently reluctant to become a vassal of the Laird of Leckie, as the arbiters had deceided, deemed it prudent to make some kind of offer to placate his enemy, and this is contained in the following document, which is entirely holograph of the signatory:-

Offeris maid by me, Alexander Lyndsay of dunrod, to the right honorabill Alexander Leckie off that Ilk, for the unhappie slauchter off umquhill Alexander Leckie off that Ilk, his father, (1) In the first, for my purgatioun off the unhappie accident, I protest befoir God that I was noch upon the foirknowledge counsell nor dewys thairof, bot wad heve bein sorie from my hart that any such misfoirtoun suild hewe befallin him, nocht only in respek off the streat bandis ofbluid standing betwix us and brotherly lowe intertinyit betwix us also unto the untymous tym of his deceis did so far ty me in all respectis, ye, in allrespective dewtijs of intear and unfeinzet lowe with my kyndness to him, that in his just and lawfull quarrel i wald so far go in with him as my alleagance to his Majestie my soveran wald hewe alluit. (2) And nochtwithstanding of the premissis, I am content for the sayd Alexander his satisfactoun to mak him such assayethement in homadge to his honour in quhat place the sayd Alexander sall appoynt me. (3) And quhairns now I am lefy to myself in these particular seeing it has pleased God to call the principal party from this moirtell lyff and the nixt intrant pleades innocencey and will stand to his tryall, I humblie beseik the Leard of Leckie for Godis caus to consider the premissis, willing to honour him with all respeckis od dewtie during the cuirse of my naturall lyff, begging also thes offeris to be acceppet off him and hes honourabill friendis for Chryst his seak as from ane penitent hart. (4) And, gif thes my submissioun and humble (offer can wirk no pitie nor commeseratioun, I am content to submit my self to the Lordis of his Majisty’s honourabil Privie Counsell, and sall underly qubat farther thay will decern in the premissis according to my possibilitie. – In witness quhairof thes presentis as writtin and subscryvet with my awen hand, at Edinburgh, the last of November jm vjc and twenty-twa yeris.

A.Lyndesay of Dunrod

This transparently hypocritical production roused the indignation of the Laird of Leckie, who in his answers (Undated), which are too long to Quote, reminds the Council of the foul nature of the crime, and as for the homage offeredby its perpetrator, he points out that it is not commensurate with the slaughter of a Baron in such a manner as to involve the ward of his lands, the dues of marriage of the heir, the non-provision for the rest of the bairns, and almost the utter ruin of his house and memory. He asks the Council to consider how scornfully he has been used both by the Laird of Calderwood and Lindsay, whose offers he characterises as illusory,and calls for the redress allowed by law.

The matter seems to have been left in this unsatisfactory way, the Privy Council taking no further action to insist on obedience to their own decree, and there is no further record of the feud with the Lindsays. The Laird of Leckie had now enough to do in looking after his estate, already burdened with debt.

A Charter of the Barony of Leckie, dated 9th July 1632, granted by the Laird to John Cowane, Dean of Guild, Stirling, is suggestive when it is remembered that Cowane did a large mony-lending business, and in fact, at the period there were few estates in the neighborhood on which this wealthy merchant had not a mortgage. (Stirling Protocols) In the following year a wadset on the three-merk land of Kepdarroch was granted by Alexander Leckie of that Ilk in favour of Robert Muschet of Calzechat in liferent, and his son, David Muschet, in fee. Of the two-merk land of Kepdarroch, which had been in the hands of another branch of the family, the Laird of Leckie regained possession, as is evidenced by a charter dated 5th March 1642.(Reg.Mag.Sig.) The same charter also contains a grant of the lands of Easter and Wester Rogertoun and Gairnmuir in Lanarkshire, on the resignation of Alexander Lyndesay of Dunrod, so that it may be inferred that at least part of the “Assythement and satisfaction” which the Lords of the Privy Council ordered to be paid to the Laird of Leckie in 1622, on account of the slaughter of his father, had been received from the Laird of Dunrod, probably as a result of a compromise between the parties.

Information: The Lairds of Leckie by W.B. Cook

Sites that provided this data:
http://members.cox.net/benchrest/Genealogy.html (site appears to be gone now)

Other sites you should check out:
Clan Gregor’s site

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