Buchan Hepburn Families of Smeaton and Haddington

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I'm exploring the ancestors of Anne (Hepburn) Mackall [[Hepburn-1482 | Anne (Hepburn) Mackall]]. Ann was born about 1646 likely in the parish of Haddington, married George Mackall [[Mackall-174 | George Mackall]] about 1659, arrived in the colony of Maryland about 1660-61, and died after 1675 (she is mentioned in George's Last Will dated this year).

Her parents were possibly but as yet undocumented: William Hepburn and Margaret Buchan or Buchanan [[Buchanan-6980 | Margaret (Buchanan) Mackall]]. William was the son of Sir Robert Hepburn (Deputy Sheriff of Barfoot (sp. var.) for Haddington <ref>Scottish History Society, Fifth Series, Volume 14, Miscellany XIII, Witchcraft cases from the register of commissioners of the privy council of Scotland, 1630-1642, ed. Louise A, Youman pp. 223ff. https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn23/1271/7981/127179812.23.pdf</ref>) and Margaret Prestoun [Preston?]. <ref>Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950</ref> Margaret Prestoun was the daughter of unknown parents. Sir Robert and Margaret married 16 April 1611 in South Leith.

Several online family trees have that Margaret wife of Sir Robert was born a Buchanan in Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland, but this seems unreasonable because of the distance between Alloa and South Leith. It seems more likely to me that she was part of the Buchan family of Smeaton.

Some of what I've found so far:
"history of the Hepburn family of Smeaton over a 400 year period from when the land was first gifted to Adam Hepburn, the third son of Sir Patrick Hepburn of Waughton in 1538" <ref>The last Hepburns of Smeaton: The End of an Era. https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/news/article/12826/the_last_hepburns_of_smeaton_the_end_of_an_era</ref>
" In 1538, Patrick Hepburn of Waughton granted the land of Smeaton to Adam Hepburn, his third son. The house contained a letter to Adam from Mary Queen of Scots written from Carlisle on 25th June 1568. Adam had held Dunbar Castle with Hepburn support in her name." <ref>Talking Museum: audio guide scripts, Track 16: Smeaton Family Case https://www.johngraycentre.org/about/museums-service/exhibitions/the-land-the-sea-the-people-exhibition/the-talking-museum/talking-museum-audio-guide-scripts/</ref>

"George Buchan-Hepburn was born in March 1739 (although thepeerage.com suggests 1738), the eldest son of John Buchan of Letham and Elizabeth Hepburn. He was given the name of George Buchan at birth but, in 1764, had his name changed to reflect the hereditary title to the property of the Hepburns (his mother's title) at Smeaton. It became Buchan-Hepburn." [[Hepburn-1 | George Buchan-Hepburn]]

Has anyone researched these families or have some good online sources for me to explore?
Thanks so much!
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Further research has answered my question.

William Hepburn was born to Robert Hepburn and Margaret Preston Hepborn in 1621 Haddington.1 He married Margaret Buchan about 1645 in Edinburgh.2 Robert's parents were Adam Hepburn of Smeaton and Isabella Preston of Craigmillar.

"History of the Hepburn family of Smeaton - over a 400 year period from when the land was first gifted to Adam Hepburn, the third son of Sir Patrick Hepburn of Waughton in 1538."1 The [Smeaton] house contained a letter to Adam from Mary Queen of Scots written from Carlisle on 25th June 1568.

Adam had held Dunbar Castle with Hepburn support in her name."1 "George Buchan-Hepburn was born in March 1739 (although thepeerage.com suggests 1738), the eldest son of John Buchan of Letham and Elizabeth Hepburn. He was given the name of George Buchan at birth but, in 1764, had his name changed to reflect the hereditary title to the property of the Hepburns (his mother's title) at Smeaton. It became Buchan-Hepburn."2

2George Buchan-Hepburn profile Wikitree.com https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Buchan-Hepburn-1

1Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

2Ancestry.com, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Scotland, Extracted Parish Records (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001).

by Beth Golden G2G6 Mach 1 (13.8k points)

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