Name: Humphrey Galbraith
Residence: Easter Balgair
Change Date: 29 NOV 2012
Andrew Galbraith married Isabell Cunningham, widow of Humphrey Galbraith in Balgair, who had died in 1578 (Testament).
Humphrey Galbraith left a brother, William, in Wester Balgair, but his own two sons, James and John, were minors, and when his widow married Andrew Galbraith in Tomdarroch, the occupancy of Balgair (or Easter Balgair) was given to James Galbraith, who for many years after was known as James Galbraith in Balgair.
All this points to the fact that James and Andrew were brothers. But Andrew was son of Robert Galbraith in Tomdarroch, the brother of Andrew Galbraith, the laird of Culcreuch, and, therefore, James Galbraith in Balgair was also son of Robert Galbraith.
To sum up the evidence, it seems clear that the beneficial occupancy of Balgair, which from before 1534 had been with John Galbraith in Balgair, and thereafter with his son Humphrey Galbraith until 1578, passed after that date to James Galbraith, the brother of Andrew Galbraith in Tomdarroch who married Humphrey's widow, and who was a son of Robert Galbraith, a brother of the laird of Culcreuch.
The will of Humphrey Galbraith in Balgair, who died in 1578, was signed at his house of Easter Balgair before witnesses, William Buchanan in Ballat, William Buchanan in Fynnick (probably uncle and cousin on his mother's side), James Galbraith in Ballocharne and William Galbraith in Wester Balgair, brother of the testator. The executors appointed were Isobell Cunningham, his spouse, James Galbraith, his eldest son, William Galbraith, his brother, and Humphrey Galbraith in Edinbellie, with Walter Buchanan of Drumakill and James Galbraith in Ballocharne as "oversmen and overseers," to see that all things were dealt with justly. This suggests that the executors appointed were the testator's wife, son, brother, and a cousin, Humphrey in Edinbellie, with an uncle, James in Ballocharne, as one of the overseers. Later we find that the eldest son of Humphrey in Edinbellie was James Galbraith in Wester Edinbellie (Acts and Decreets, 1595, vol. 158, folio 318), which is a further pointer that Humphrey in Edinbellie was son of James Galbraith in Ballocharne.
Father: John Galbraith
- James Galbraith b: in Of Balgair, Scotland