sixteenth lord of Forthar and Pitcairne, succeeded his father
Henry of tht Ilk. He
seems to have been rather noisy when he was a youth, because the
Principal of New College, St Andrews, in 1587, complains of
several of the young students making a riot, and David
Pitcairn’s name was mentioned as being one of the ringleaders.
He was in the army, for in November of 1621 there is a
letter of Thomas Murray to Carleton, recommending “Lieut. David
Pitcairn, who is a favourite with the Prince (Charles).”
There are charters of 1613 and 1621.
David married on Jan 6 1611 Marion Menteith
of Henry Pitcairn of that Ilk, and David Pitcairn his eldest son,
in terms of marriage-contract between the said David Pitcairn with
his father’s consent on the one part, and Mariota Menteith,
daughter of Sir William Menteith of Kerse, Knight with consent of
the latter on the other part, of date Dec. 11 1610, infefting the
said Mariota as future spouse of David Pitcairn in life rent, in
the mill and mill lands of Freuchy, in the lordship and Stewart of
Fife. Robert Pitcairn
of Dounfield (Henry’s brother ) was a witness.
King’s charter regarding Henry Pitcairn, his son David and his
wife, Mariota Menteith, and their heirs, the Barony of Forthar,
the Barony of Downfield, Freuchy, &c.
wife, Mariota Menteith, was descended from one of the oldest
Scottish families. Her
father, Sir William Menteith, and her mother, Lady Isabella
Hamilton suffered great persecution for the cause of their
religion, and her father was the last of the elder line.