Pitcairn, seventeenth lord of Pitcairn and Forthar, eldest son of
David Pitcairn of that Ilk, succeeded to the estate of Forthar.
On Jan 2,
1655, he was served heir to his father, David Pitcairn of that
Ilk, in an annual rent of 500 merks forth of the Lands of
Kincappill in the regality of St Andrews, equivalent to the yearly
tax duty of 500 merks for the Teynds of the said lands of
Kincappill, disponed by the said David Pitcairn to Sir John
Spottiswood, sometime of Dairsey, Knight.
Pitcairn, the father of William, died before Nov 29, 1653: his son
was served in a retour of inquest held in the Tollbooth of Cupar
at that date, as nearest and lawful heir-general of his father.
Edinburgh, 11 Nov 1644, The King, with consent &c., had
confirmed the Deed of David Pitcairn of that Ilk by which in
fulfilment of the marriage-contract dated at Gilmrtoun, 15 April
1638, he granted to William Pitcairn, his lawful son, the lands
and barony of Forthare (viz., the lands and dominical lands of
Forthare, with the tower, manor place, the ill-lands of Dounefield,
with the manor place, tenements &c., the mill of
Freuchie-mylne with its lands &C) in the county of Fyfe.
Reserving to the said William and his heirs-male to be born
between him and Anne Creightoun, who is shortly to become his
wife, lawful eldest daughter of Sir David Creichtoun of Lugtoun
militis, whom failing, to the heirs-male to be born of the body of
the said William, whom failing, to the said David Pitcairne and
his heirs male whomsoever, whom all failing, to return to the
Pitcairn’s daughter Marion/Margaret underwent much persecution
In 1677, upon the 7th of August, some ladies find by
the Council. Margaret
Rigg, Lady Pitlochie, Margaret Pitcairn, wife of Alexander
Hamilton, Lady Kinkel, are cited for alleged being at conventicles,
and when not compearing they are held as confessing, and the Lady
Kinkel fined in five thousand merks and the other in a thousand,
and letters are directed against them and their husbands, &c.
1650, William Pitcairn of Forthar sold to his uncle, John Pitcairn
of Unstoun, the old estate of Pitcairn, which had been held by the
Pitcairns of that Ilk for more than four hundred years.