Name: Richard Lovell
Suffix: of Balumbie
Change Date: 4 SEP 2008
Ballumbie was the seat of the family of Anglo-Norman extraction of the name of Lovel, who acquired Fernie Castle at some stage through marriage with the Fernie heiress, and then passed it on to a cadet family of Arnot of that Ilk in 1580.
The ancient family of Lovell of Ballumbie appear to have possessed some lands in West Ferry and salmon fishing. The family declined in the latter half of the sixteenth century. The lands subsequently passed through various hands, among whom were the Maules of Panmure.
Ballumbie Castle was once the property of the Lovell family, including the infamous Henry of that ilk, who terrorised his neighbours in the 1560s.
The Lovells are also found in Scotland, and had crossed the Border at an early date, for in 1183 Henry Lovell granted some of his land at Hawick to the prior and canons of St. Andrew's. Hawick in Roxburghshire was their ancient residence; thence they removed to Ballumbie, in Angus, which they held till about the middle of the sixteenth century.
Thomas Lovel witnesses the foundation charter of the Maison Dieu at Brechin in 1267.
"Eva, quae fuit uxor Roberti Lovel" did homage for lands in the counties of Aberdeen, Forfar, and Roxburgh in 1296: and, much about the same time, "Agneys, qu fu la femme Henry Lovel," performed the same service for lands in Roxburghshire.
James Lovel is recorded as one of the Angus barons who fell at Harlaw in 1411.
Alexander, the son of Richard Lovel of Ballumbie, is said to have married Catherine Douglas, who was in the Convent of the Black Friars at Perth, when King James I. and "Walter Straton, the kyng's chalmer chyld," were murdered by the Earl of Athole and his associates. This lady was maid of honour to Queen Joanna, and it is said by an old writer that, on hearing the approach of the regicides, and with a view of allowing the king time to escape, she "put hir arme in the hole where the bolt suld have bene for baste, bot the upstriking of it brak hir arme."(Memorials of Angus and the Mearns.)
Andrew Lovell, in 1572, "was denunceit rebell and thairfor put in ward." After this, but few traces remain of the family. Ballumbie had passed into the possession of Sir Thomas Lyon of Aldbar. "Some of the family became burgesses in the neighbouring town of Dundee: and the last notice of them, as landed proprietors, occurs in 1607, when Sibylla and Mariota were served heiresses-portioners of their father, James Lovell, in the lands and fishings of Westferry and 'the Vastcruik, alias Kilcraig,' on the north of the Tay, which probably goes to show that the family failed in co-heiresses."
- Janet Lovell
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Roll of Battle Abbey with some account of Norman Lineages
Publication: John Murray, London
URL: Medieval Mosaic http://www.1066.co.nz/library/battle_abbey_roll1/toc.html