Name: Duncan Grant
Suffix: ygr of Freuchie, of Abernethy
Death: 25 MAR 1582 in Abernethy
Burial: ABT 1581 Duthill, Moray
Change Date: 6 JUN 2008
Had a son Robert (d Jun 1634), who married bef 1620 Catherine Stewart of Kilcoy, and was ancestor of Grants of Lurg.
Duncan, younger of Freuchie, from his love for our parish, and from his residence within its bounds, was commonly called "Duncan of Abernethy" or "Duncan of the Woods." He was a man of much shrewdness and energy, and took an active part in punishing raiders, and in establishing law and order in the country. He also added considerably to the possessions of the family. In 1569 we find him associated with his father in a Commission of Justiciary, by King James VI., for the trial of George M?Yntagart and others, who in the October and February before had raised fire and committed oppressions on the lieges in Rothiemurchus and Glencharnich. To this commission is attached a notarial instrument declaring that "ane rycht honorabill man, Duncan Grant, Sone, and apperand air to ane rycht honorabill man, Jhone Grant of Frewchy," had taken the oath de fideli in the Burgh Court of Elgin on the 2nd September, 1569, "before thir witnes Jhoue Hay in Allanboy, Farchar Robertson in Allachy, Jhone Rutherfuird, William Young, and Thomas Kar, Burgessis." In 1570, Duncan took part along with his father in a contract of marriage between his sister, Barbara, and Colin Mackenzie, the young Chief of Kintail. The year following, another matrimonial contract was entered into for uniting Helen Grant with Donald, the son of Angus M?Alastir of Glengarry. Such alliances were highly politic, as they not only secured the friendship of these chiefs, but also served to protect the Laird of Freuchie?s lands of Urquhart and Glenmoriston. In 1578 Duncan came into possession of the lands of Ardneidlie, Keith, which had belonged to the Earls of Huntly, but had been disponed to the family of Baillie, and sub-feued by them to the Meldrums of Eden. We get a glimpse of the strange doings of those times from the document relating to the disponement of the lands. In it Meldrum says he had been informed "be sinister report and informatioun" that John Grant of Freuchie and Duncan Grant, his son and apparent heir, were "participant of the spoilzies of horse, nolt, and scheip" from the lands of Ardneidlie and others, about midsummer and September respectively in the year 1578. Acting upon this information, Meldrum had raised a summons against the Grants, which had been duly executed, but he now declared that "because it is cleirlie knawin to me sensyne that they ar innocent, and na way was participant of the said spoilzies," he therefore not being willing to "trowbill thame be the law for the sathyn," renounces all action against them in all time coming. Duncan Grant died in 1582, and was buried in the family burying place at Duthil.
Father: John ?The Gentle? Grant b: 1507
Mother: Margaret Stewart
- John Grant b: ABT 1568
- James Grant
- Patrick Og Grant
- Elizabeth Grant
- Type: Book
Periodical: Burke?s LG
Page: Mackintosh entry