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Laurence Lynn (abt. 1520 - abt. 1589)

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Laurence Lynn
Born about in Lynn, Ayrshire, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Bourteehill, Ayrshire, Scotlandmap
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This family of Lynns owned four properties in Ayrshire, Scotland : the minor barony of Lynn, Baidland, Highlees (near Dundonald Castle), and the estate of Bourtreehill (now encompassed within the town of Irvine). The barony was theirs for about three hundred years beginning in the 13th century but was conveyed to one Thomas Boyd in 1532,[1] excepting the manor place, described as "the house called Burnesyd with the garden thereof and Lyne Knoll lying in the town and territory of Lyne bailliary of Cunningham and sheriffdom of Ayr".[2] The manor place remained with the family for another 120 years. Baidland belonged to the Lynns in the late 14th century but is not found connected to the Lynns after 1385, when they rented it to the Cunninghams.[3] Highlees was acquired in the mid-15th century and held by the Lynns as overlords until at least 1659.[4][5] In 1506, the medieval estate of Bourtreehill was granted by charter from Robert Frances, Lord of Stane, to Andrew Lynn,[6] great-grandfather of Laurence Lynn, the subject of this profile, and passed eventually to Laurence.

On 5 March 1556, "John Lyn of that ilk and Lord of Bourtreehill" gave sasine "in favour of Laurence Lyn his brother german and Bessie Wallace, his spouse and the longest liver of them two in liferent and the heirs lawfully to be procreated between them in fee whom failing to return to the heirs whatsoever of Laurence Lyn".[7]

On 8 February 1568/9, "Laurence Lin of Bourtrehill" witnessed a document by which John Lynn of that Ilk gave Robert Hunter of Hunterston "ward, relief and nonentries" of Heleis. Highlees was the Ayrshire property held by the Lynns of that Ilk as overlords but granted to the Hunters over a number of generations spanning two centuries.[8]

Just one year later, on 7 March 1569/70, sasine for Boutreehill was given by Hugh Montgomerie, Earl of Eglinton to "Laurence Lyn of Bourtrehill and his heirs of the said lands according to the tenor of a charter made thereupon".[9] The fact that sasine was given by the Earl, who was overlord, and not by Laurence's brother John Lynn indicates that John was now deceased.

In fact, a later transaction for the Lynn family's manor place shows that John had died and had died without heir. On 20 November 1583, Laurence Lyn gave sasine for "lands of Lyne Called Burnesyd, Garden and Lyne Knoll, lying in the town and territory of Lyne, bailliary of Cunningham and sheriffdom of Ayr" to his son William "in implement of [an] earlier charter by Lawrence Lyn to William Lyn his son and heir apparent and Margaret Kyle spouse”.[10] The charter presumably was a marriage contract for Laurence's son while the sasine officially transferred the manor place once the marriage occurred. More to the point, it indicates that Laurence, and not a son of his brother John - the deceased chief of the family, was now in possession of the family's manor place.

The next record of this Laurence Lynn is dated 1594, when "William Lin, son of deceased Laurence Lyn of Bourtreehill" was vested "in the foresaid lands as heir of his father" by precept of Hugh, Earl of Eglinton.[11] The year 1589, representing a point roughly midway between the 1583 sasine and the 1594 precept, is suggested here as the date Laurence Lynn passed away.


  1. Paul, James Balfour F.S.A. Scot., and Thomson, John Maitland, M.A., Advocates, Edit. : “The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland A.D. 1513-1546”, Edinburgh (1883), p. 254
  2. : Ref. Nos. GD3/1/8/11/1 & GD3/1/8/11
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour, Lord Lyon King of Arms, Edit. : "Scots Peerage Founded on Wood’s Edition of Sir Robert Douglas’s Peerage of Scotland", Vol. IV, Edinburgh (1907), pp. 227-8
  4. : Shaw, M. S., W. S., Edit. : "Some Family Papers of the Hunters of Hunterston", Edinburgh (1925), pp. 3-4
  5. Scotland Record Office : "Index to Secretary’s Register of Sasines for the Sheriffdom of Ayr and Bailliaries of Kyle, Carrick, and Cunningham", Vol. 2: 1635-1660, Edinburgh (1935), p. 269
  6. : Ref. No. GD3/1/8/1/2
  7. : Ref. No. GD3/1/8/1/5
  8. : Shaw, M. S., W. S., Edit. : “Some Family Papers of the Hunters of Hunterston”, Edinburgh (1925), pp. 3-4,7-10,28,29,51,52,61,64
  9. : Ref. No. GD3/1/1/64/20
  10. : Ref. No. GD3/1/8/11/3
  11. : Ref No. GD3/1/8/1/8

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