Name: Robert Galbraith
Suffix: of Culcreuch, 17th Chief 1
Birth: in of Culcreuch, Stirling, Scotland
Death: BEF 5 FEB 1642 in Ireland
Change Date: 9 JAN 2009
The 17th Chief of the Galbraiths, Robert, was particularly lawless and imprudent. He lost Culcreuch Castle and other clan holdings due to debt and is believed to have left for Ireland before 1631 and to have died there prior to 1642. He and his wife, Margaret Seton, had a large family. His oldest son, James, apparently inherited the Chiefship but was the first landless chief, since his Millig estate (present-day Helensburg) was also lost due to Robert?s debts. This James had a son James who is listed as the 19th and last known Chief. Nothing further has been found about either 18th or 19th Chief, although the common assumption seems to be that both remained in Scotland.
The 17th Chief had several other children. However, because of lack of knowledge about their descendants and descendants of the 18th and 19th Chiefs, the consensus of Galbraiths of recent times has been that the Chiefship of the Galbraiths should logically have passed to the Galbraiths of Balgair.
Robert was accused of "hamesucken" (attacking a man on his home territory), was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle, and was frequently "put to the horn". He got into debt and "wadset to", and finally gave his estate to his brother-in-law, Seton of Gargunnock in 1624.
In 1622, Robert Galbraith of Culcreuch, 17th Chief, in debt to his brother-in-law (whom he waylaid and fired upon, but in vain), was denounced as a rebel and forced to give up Culcreuch castle to him. The Chief then emigrated to Ireland.
James and Robert [who I show as son and father, but are said to have been brothers] were said to be sons of a Robert G, Lord of Session - the 17th Chief doesn?t sound as thought he would have been made a Lord of Session! However Robert?s brother in law Alexander Seton of Gargunnock, who bought Culcruech, was a Lord of Session as Lord Kilcreuch.
James Galbraith died about 1590 and left a successor, Robert Galbraith, whose rather turbulent life is described in "Strathendrick." He was always in financial difficulties, and, finally, in 1630, had to part with his paternal estates and sold Culcreuch to Alexander Seton of Gargunnock. He is said to have gone to Ireland, where he died. He left a very large family, but it is not known who is the senior representative of this old race.
Father: James Galbraith
Mother: Margaret Crawford
in Stirling, Scotland 3
- Robert Galbraith b: 1590 in Stirling, Scotland
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