The Chittick Family History
as written by Erminda (Chittick) Rentoul
1890 The Lodge, Cliftonville, Belfast. Ireland
Chapter Nine | Colquhoun & Luss Families
The Colquhoun Family
Sir Bernard Burke says- The origin of this family is enveloped
in the obscurity of remote antiquity, and has been variously
traced by uncertain tradition. Some have been disposed to carry
it as far back as the invasion of Scotland by the Romans under
Agricola, when Galgacus (supposed to be the Latin corruption
of Colquhoun), the celebrated general of the Caledonians, gallantly
contended with the Imperial commander in the memorable battle
of the Grarnpians. Other accounts deduce the descent from Conoch,
a King of Ireland; while a third tradition derives the family
from a younger son of the Earls of Lennox. Fraser, in his "Chiefs
of Colquhoun," 1869 gives-
The Luss Family
Maldouen, first of Luss, 1150, 1220
Umfridus de Kilpatrick and de Colquhoun, 1190, 1260
Gilemore, second, 1220, 1250
Sir Robert of Colquhoun, 1260, 1280
Maurice, third, 1250, 1280
Sir Humphre of Colquhoun, 1308, 1330
Sir John, fourth, 1280, 1315
Malcolm, fifth, 1315, 1345.
Godfrey, sixth, 1345, 1385.
Seventh, the Lady of Luss, 1385, 1415.
Sir Robert of Colquhoun and of Luss, fifth Laird of Colquhoun
and seventh of Luss, 1330, 1390.
The Lady of Luss married Sir Humphrey Colquhoun, sixth of Colquhoun
and eighth of Luss, 1390,
Robert Colquhoun, seventh of Colquhoun and ninth of Luss, 1406,
1408. He was succeeded by his younger brother.
Sir John Colquhoun succeeded his brother Robert as eighth of
Colquhoun and tenth of Luss. Married jean Erskine. He bound
himself, between 25th July, 1392 and the 23rd of April, 1411,
by letters patent, sealed with his seal, to Duncan, seventh
Earl of Lennox, that he would marry Margaret, daughter of that
Earl, within the term of two years. Whether Sir John implemented
this engagement does not appear. Sir John Colquhoun had by jean,
daughter of Robert, Lord Erskine, who was a co-heir with Lyle,
of Duchal, of the ancient Earls of Mar, one son and one daughter.
Malcolm pre-deceased his father, leaving by his wife, whose
name has not been ascertained, a son, John, who succeeded his
Sir John, ninth of Colquhoun and eleventh of Luss, 1439, 1478.
Sir John married, first, - Boyd, a lady of the family of Lord
Boyd, by whom he had a son, Humphrey, and a daughter, Margaret.
He married, secondly, Lady Elizabeth Dunbar, second daughter
of James Dunbar, fifth Earl of Murray. He was succeeded by his
Humphrey, tenth of Colquhoun and twelfth of Luss, 1478, 1493
Married Jean Erskine, daughter of Lord Erskine; secondly, Marion
Baillie, Dowager Lady Somerville.
Sir John Colquhoun, eleventh of Colquhoun and thirteenth of
Luss, 1493, 1536. Married Elizabeth Stuart daughter of John,
Lord Darnley, afterwards first Earl of Lennox, by his wife,
Margaret, daughter of Alexander, second Lord Montgomerie; secondly,
Margaret Cunningham, of Craigends.
Humphrey Colquhoun, twelfth of Colquhoun and fourteenth of Luss,
1536, 1537. Married Lady Catherine Graham, daughter of William,
first Earl of Montrose, who fell at the battle of Flodden on
9th September 1513.
Sir John Colquhoun, thirteenth of Colquhoun and fifteenth of
Luss, 1538, 1574. Married, first, Christian Erskine, daughter
of Robert, Lord Erskine (who was killed at Flodden, 1513), by
his wife, Dame Elizabeth Campbell, Lady Erskine. He married,
secondly, Agnes, daughter of Robert, fourth Lord Boyd.
Sir Humphrey Colquhoun, fourteenth of Colquhoun and sixteenth
of Luss, 1574, 1592. Before he had reached his majority he married
Lady Jean Cunningham, daughter of Alexander, Earl of Glenecairne,
and widow, of Archibald, fifth Earl of Argyle. He married, secondly,
Jean Hamilton, daughter of Lord John Hamilton (second son of
the Regent Arran, Duke of Chatelherault, in France, and declared
to be heir to the Scotch Throne, failing Queen Mary). In the
year 1586 Sir Humphrey intended to visit the Continent, and
before his departure he committed his servants, tenants, and
dependents to the protection of his cousin, Ludovic, second
Duke of Lennox. Sir Humphrey was assassinated in the Castle
of Bannachra, July, 1592, when he was about 27 Years of age
(see Scott's " Rob Roy " and " Lady of the Lake
Sir Humphrey was succeeded by his brother, Alexander Colquhoun,
fifteenth of Colquhoun and seventeenth of Luss, 1592, 1617.
He married Helen Buchanan, daughter of Sir George Buchanan of
Sir John Colquhoun, sixteenth of Colquhoun and eighteenth of
Luss, 1627,1647. Married Lady Lillias Graham, eldest daughter
of the fourth Earl of Montrose (and sister of the great Marquis).
He was succeeded by his son, Sir John Colquhoun, seventeenth
of Colquhoun and nineteenth of Luss, 1647, 1676 Married Margaret
Baillie, daughter of Sir Gideon Baillie, of Lochend, by his
wife, Magdalene Cormigie, the second daughter of David, Lord
Cormigie, eldest son of David, first Earl of Southesk.
Sir James Colquhoun, eighteenth of Colquhoun and twentieth of
Luss, 1676,1680. Died unmarried, and was succeeded by his uncle.
Sir James Colquhoun, nineteenth of Colquhoun and twenty-first
of Luss, 1680, 1688. Married Penuel, daughter and co-heiress
of William Cunningham, of Balleighan Ireland, son of Sir James
Cunningham, of Glegarnock, in the County of Ayr, by his wife,
Lady Catherine, daughter of James, seventh Earl of Glencaime.
Rev. George Hill, in his Plantation of Ulster (1877), page 295says:-
Sir James Cunningham's Scotch friends supposed that he had got
12,000 acres in Ireland. The rental of Sir James's Barony of
Glengarnock, several years after its sale by his creditors,
was-Money rent L2,480; 52 bolls of meal, 14 bolls of 24 dozen
and a half of capons, with work sufficient from the tenants
to plough, harrow, weed, shear, draw in and stack 25 acres grains
(See Paterson's “Ayrshire Families,” vol. 2, pp.
Of the marriage of Sir James Colquhoun, the fourth Baronet,
anu his wife, Penuel Cunningham, there were two sons and a daughter-
1. Humphrey, his successor.
James, the second son, signed a renunciation to the estates
in Scotland on the 18th January 1682.
Fraser's Chiefs of Colquhoun, vol. I, page 302:-
“Sir James, by a contract between him and his son Humphrey
in 1686, renounced his life-rent of the reserved lands in
consideration of his getting the debts owing to him in the
kingdom of Ireland, that he might uplift and employ them for
provision of his other children, James and Elizabeth."
James took possession of the lands of Manorcunningham, brought
to his father by Penuel Cunningham, and married Deborah, eldest
daughter of Henry Blennerhassett, of Crevenish Castle, County
Fermanagh. His name appears in King James's bills of attainder
as James Colquehoun, of Crevenish Castle.
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