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  • ID: I102514
  • _UID: 687D6871672646E4B74A725B41BFD5ADC53F
  • Name: William SEMPILL
  • Suffix: , 2nd Lord Sempill, Sheriff of Renfrew
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1485 in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Death: 3 JUN 1552 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
  • Note:

    !William Semphill, 2nd Lord Sempill, Privy Council 1514; Sheriff of Renfrew, Justiciar of Regality of Paisley; married 1st by 20 July 1517 Margaret, daughter of 1st Earl of Eglinto(u)n; married 2nd by 12 Feb 1522/3 Elizabeth, daughter of John Arnot of Arnot, Fife, but had no issue by her; married 3rd Marion (married 3rd John Campbell of Skipinche/Skipnish), daughter of Hugh Montgomerie of Hazlehead and widow of Thomas Crawford of Auchinames, and died 3 Jun 1552, having by her also had no issue, but leaving by his 1st wife [Robert], with four sons (David, of Craigenfeoch, living 1553, had issue; Ninian, of Clook, Renfrewshire, living 1563, dsp; William, of Thirdpart of Auchinames, dsp 3 Dec 1576; Peter, Constable of Edinburgh Castle 1544) and two daughters (Helen, married 3rd Lord Cathcart; Mary, married Sir John Stirling of Keir). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999, Page: 2579

    !William, second Lord Sempill, as the son and heir-apparent of John, Lord Sempill, was a witness along with his father on 13 March 1501-2.(11-535) After his father's death litigation between him and his step-mother took place regarding their rights in the estate of the first Lord Sempill.(12-535) On 8 September 1525 a summons of treason was served upon the Earl of Cassillis, Lord Sempill and others. On 21 June 1526 Parliament directed summons of treason to be raised against the Earl of Eglintou, Lord Sempill and others.(13-535) He was one of the Privy Council of King James V., and Justiciary and Bailie of the regality of Paisley.(14-535) He purchased the lands of Previk, in Ayrshire, 12 February 1522-23, from John Crawford of Previk,(1-536) whose son raised an action, in 1538-39, for reduction of the sale as having been obtained by force;(2-536) and the lands of Auchinfour and others, in the parish of Inverkip, from Sir James Hamilton of Fynnart on 31 August 1529.(3-536) Lord Sempill was, on 26 February 1533-34, acquitted of being art and part* in the slaughter of William Cunynghame of Craigends and one of his servants who had been killed in a family quarrel.(4-536) On 30 July 1535 John, Lord Lyle, and his servant were denounced for unlawfully putting letters to execution against Lord Sempill, demanding caution for being art and part* in the slaughter of John Crawford of Previk, etc.(5-536) He was one of the jury at the trial of Jonet Douglas, Lady Glamis, accused of conspiring the slaughter of the King, etc., 17 July 1537.(6-536) He, and others, had a remission on 18 March 1540 for all crimes committed prior to this date except treason.(7-536) He had charters of confirmation of the lands of Fernynes, Eliotstoun, Glasford, etc., 17 March 1539-40;(8-536) of Bultrees, which he had purchased in 1541 from John Stewart,(9-536) Dalmuir, etc., 4 October 1545;(10-536) and of Drumry on the 18 of the same month.(11-536) He was one of those who assented to the match betwixt Queen Mary and Prince Edward of England 25 August 1543. He died at Edinburgh on 3 June 1552.(12-536) He married, first, before 20 July 1517, Margaret Montgomery, said to be eldest daughter of Hugh, first Earl of Eglintoun,(13-536) and by her had issue as aftermentioned. He married, secondly, prior to 12 February 1522-23, Elizabeth, daughter of John Arnot of Arnot.(14-536) She was alive 18 March 1538-39.(15-536) He married, thirdly, Marion, daughter of Hugh Montgomery of Hazelhead, widow of Thomas Crawford of Auchinames, who had died in 1541; she survived Lord Sempill, and married, thirdly, between 31 August 1553 and 20 December 1556, John Campbell of Skipnish.(16-536) On 3 April 1554 his widow's escheat was granted to Hugh Cunynghame of Walterston, for the slaughter of Gilbert Rankin,(1-537) and on 8 November 1555 she came into the Queen's will for supporting her servants in this and various other offences.(2-537)
    By his first wife only he had issue:?
    1. Robert, third Lord Sempill.
    2. David. On 17 July 1526 he was included in a respite granted by King James V. for the slaughter of Cornelius de Mathetema, a Dutchman, at the Tolbooth of Edinburgh.(3-537) He was denounced rebel for the murder of William Cunynghame of Craigends and his servant in 1534.(4-537) He had a precept of remission, on 12 March 1553, for traitorously being at Glasgow moor with William, Earl of Glencairn.(5-537) He obtained from his brother Robert, Master of Sempill, the lands of Craiginfeoch in 1546,(6-537) and was possibly father of John and grandfather of William Sempill, fiar of Craigenfeoch in 1589.(7-537)
    3. Ninian, who was also included in the above respite on 17 July 1526, along with his father and brothers, was a party to an agreement with the Cunninghams on 21 August 1533.(8-537) He claimed right to the lands of Clock, in Renfrewshire, in 1548,(9-537) and was a witness on 23 February 1562-63.(10-537) He had two illegitimate sons, both named James, who were legitimated 9 April 1554.(11-537)
    4. William, who, along with his father, was sued for deforcement on 14 March 1525-26,(12-537) and is also mentioned in the said respite, dated 17 July 1526. He was Sheriff-Depute of Renfrewshire in 1540.(13-537) He was one of the sureties for John Hamilton, Archbishop of St. Andrews, when charged with attempting to restore popery in 1563,(14-537) and one of the executors of his father, Lord Sempill.(15-537) He had the lands of Thirdpart of Auchinames, and died in Paisley on 3 December 1576. In his will, dated 31 August 1576, he directed that his body should be buried in the College Kirk of Castle Sempill. Margaret Maxwell, his spouse, and Gabriel Maxwell of Stanelie were his executors.(1-538) He probably died without issue, for, in the marriage-contract of John Sempill and Marie Livingstone, dated 3 March 1564, Robert, Lord Sempill, and his son, the Master of Sempill, undertook to infeft the spouses in the lands of Thirdpart howsoon it shall come into their hands by decease of William Sempill, who held it heritably, to him and his heirs-male gotten of his body, whom failing, to return to the said Lord Sempill and his heirs,(2-538) and these lands were afterwards claimed by the said Marie Livingstone and her son.(3-538)
    5. Mr. Peter, also named in the above respite of 17 July 1526, is mentioned 21 August 1533.(4-538) In May 1544 he was for a time Constable of Edinburgh Castle,(5-538) and he was still alive on 18 October 1558 when he appears as a witness.(6-538)
    6. Helen, the eldest daughter, married to Alan, third Lord Cathcart, who was killed, 10 September 1547, at the battle of Pinkie (see that title, and authorities there cited), and had issue.
    7. Mary, said to have been married to Sir John Stirling of Keir.(7-538)
    (11-535) _Cal. of Scottish Papers_, iv. No. 644.
    (12-535) _Acta Dom. Conc._, xxvii. fol. 225; xxix. fol. 150.
    (13-535) _Acta Parl. Scot._, ii. 305, 307.
    (14-535) _Arch, and Hist. Collections relating to Renfrew_, i. 15.
    (1-536) _Reg. Mag. Sig._, 2 May 1523.
    (2-536) _Acta Dom. Conc._, xi. fol. 148, 227; cf, Pitcairn's _Criminal Trials_, i. *381 note 3.
    (3-536) _Reg. Mag. Sig._, 1 September 1529.
    (4-536) Pitcairn's _Criminal Trials_, i. *165, *166.
    (5-536) _Ibid._, *170.
    (6-536) _Ibid._, *190.
    (7-536) _Reg. Sec. Sig._
    (8-536) _Reg. Mag. Sig._
    (9-536) _Reg. Ho. Cal._, vi. No. 1266.
    (10-536) (_Reg. Mag. Sig._
    (11-536) _Ibid._
    (12-536) _Acts and Decreets_, vii. fol. 30.
    (13-536) _Reg. Sec. Sig., i. Nos. 2923, 3024; _Memorials of the Montgomeries_, i. 34, where the marriage is stated, but the references to her refer to Lord Sempill's third and surviving wife.
    (14-536) _Reg. Mag. Sig._, 2 May 1523.
    (15-536) _Acta Dom. Conc._, xi. fol. 227.
    (16-536) _Reg. of Decreets_, vii. fol. 200, and _Reg. of Deeds_, ii. fol. 77; cf. Paterson's _Ayrshire_, i. 290, and ii. 141.
    (1-537) _Reg. Sec. Sig._, xxvii. fol. 22.
    (2-537) Pitcairn's _Criminal Trials_, i. pt. ii. *381. The footnote at this reference also confuses the first and third wives.
    (3-537) _Arch, and Hist. Collections relating to Renfrew_, i. 124.
    (4-357) Pitcairn's _Criminal Trials_, i. *166.
    (5-357) _Reg. Sec. Sig._, xxvii. f. 28.
    (6-537) Crawfurd's _Renfrew_, 77.
    (7-537) _P. C. Reg._, iv. 438.
    (8-537) _Acta Dom. Conc._, iii. f. 59.
    (9-537) _Ibid._, xxiv. 177.
    (10-537) Glasgow Protocols, iii. No. 724.
    (11-537) _Reg. Sec. Sig._, xxvii. f. 38.
    (12-537) _Acta Dom. Conc._, xxxvi. f. 1.
    (13-357) _Ibid._, xiii. f. 76.
    (14-357) Pitcairn's _Criminal Trials_, i. pt. ii. *429.
    (15-357) _Acta Dom. Conc., xxvii. f. 143.
    (1-538) Edin. Tests., 16 June 1578. He left ten merks to Clariadus Sempill, his 'brother's son,' but of which brother is unknown.
    (2-538) _Reg. of Deeds_, Scott, xix. f. 359.
    (3-538) _Ibid._, xxii. f. 343.
    (4-538) _Acta Dom. Conc._, iii. f. 59.
    (5-538) _Treasurer's Accounts_, viii. 291, 356.
    (6-538) Protocol Book of Gilbert Grote in Gen. Reg. Ho.
    (7-538) There is no evidence of any such marriage in _The Stirlings of Keir_, by Sir William Fraser.
  • Change Date: 27 DEC 2013

    Father: John SEMPILL b: ABT 1465 in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    Mother: Margaret COLVILLE b: ABT 1468 in Hiltoun, Stirlingshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Mariot (Margaret) MONTGOMERIE b: ABT 1479 in Eglington Castle, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
    • Married: BEF 20 JUL 1517
    1. Has Children Robert SEMPILL b: ABT 1505 in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland
    2. Has No Children Helen SEMPILL b: ABT 1507
    3. Has No Children David SEMPILL b: ABT 1509
    4. Has No Children Ninian SEMPILL b: ABT 1511
    5. Has No Children Mary SEMPILL b: ABT 1513
    6. Has No Children William SEMPILL b: ABT 1515

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth ARNOT b: ABT 1495 in Arnot, Fifeshire, Scotland
    • Married: bef 12 Feb 1522/23

    Marriage 3 Marion MONTGOMERIE b: ABT 1490 in Hazelhead, Ayrshire, Scotland
    • Married: ABT 1530
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