Henry Pitcairn, fifteenth laird of the
barony of Forthar and of Pitcairn &c of the barony of
Dounfield, of Freuchy and of Dovan, &c.
Commendator of Dunfermline, succeeded his father, John
Pitcairn in 1593.
On John’s marriage 1586 his father,
John, who was alive at the time, infefted Isabella, as Henry’s
affianced spouse, in the life rent of the lands of Easter Gellet,
in the regality of Dunfermline and shire of Fife.
On the 26th of Dec. there
is a Charter of Sale by Henry Pitcairn of that Ilk, with consent
of Isabella Balfour his spouse, and his brother-german Robert
Pitcairn of Dounfield, of the lands of Easter Gellet in the
regality of Dunfermline. Dated
at Forthar: witnesses, David Pitcairn burgess of Dunfermline;
James Pitcairn, son of the said Henry Pitcairn &c.
Henry probably bought back the lands
of Dounfield from his brother Robert, in exchange for the lands of
Easter Gellet, which he sold to him the year before.
At any rate Henry was possessed now o the lands of
Dounfield, for he willed them later to David, his son, who
succeeded him, and David in turn willed them to William his eldest
Notwithstanding a Royal grant, instead
of his nephew Henry succeeding Robert Pitcairn in the abbacy as
Abbot, Patrick Gray, Master of Gray, who married Robert
Pitcairn’s widow, became Commendator.
In 1609 Feb.23 Henry Pitcairn of tht
Ilk, David and James his lawful sons,, are witnesses to a charter
by John Paterson of Hiltarvet.
And the next year 1610, on December 16th Henry
sells, with the consent of Isabella Balfour his spouse, to his
brother-german Robert Pitcairne of Downfield the lands of Easter
Gellet in the
regality of Dunfermline. Signed
at Forthar, the witnesses being David Pitcairn, burgess of
Dunfermline, James Pitcairn, son of the said Henry Pitcairne.