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William Primrose (abt. 1520 - 1592)

William Primrose
Born about in Culross, Fife, Scotlandmap
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Profile last modified | Created 20 Dec 2010
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The earliest mention of any William Primrose in The Great Seal records him as a witness to a charter of the Commendator of Culross Abbey to John Blaw, of the lands of Castlehill, which adjoin lands, including Eschis possessed by Henry Primrose, 20th April 1543.[1] At the time one needed to be aged 14 or more to legally witness anything.

A William Primrose held part of Schanbody Mains in Clackmannanshire on 19th May 1550.[2] This could be either a feu or a tenancy. It is unclear where this property is, but Clackmannan town is only 8 miles from Culross.

In a charter of Alexander Colville, Commendator of Culross Abbey, William Primrose is recorded holding the lands of Nether Gaghie and Eschis (or Cisternis) in the barony of Culross on 4th March 1568.[3] It will be seen from the 1543 charter that Eschis had previously been possessed by his father, Henry.

"William Primrose, Burgess of Dysart, brother-german of Duncan Primrose and uncle of Gilbert Primrose, son and heir-apparent of Duncan Primrose", personally resigned lands in Culross to said Gilbert reserving a life-rent for Duncan, William and Margaret Strang, William's spouse. Feu payments to the monastery at Culross. Both William and Gilbert signed the contract on 15th October 1576.[4]

"William Primrose in Dysart" and James Colville of Culross both appear as witnesses to a Colville charter dated 16th August 1586.[5]

In a charter of superiorities possessed by Robert Bruce of Blairhall, the lands in the Lordship of Culross all appear indicating his acquisition of the superiorities of the Abbey. There is a list of owners (feuars) of some of these lands including Walter Sands, Henry Beveridge, and William Primrose.[6]

The Testament Dative & Inventory of William Primrose, Burgess of Dysart, was proved on 24th March 1593.[7]

William Primrose, doubtless the Burgess, is recorded possessing a tenement of land in the burgh of Dysart in an undated charter confirmed on 21st April 1618, although he was long deceased by then.[8]


  1. The Great Seal of Scotland, no.1106, not confirmed until 8 Dec 1586.
  2. The Great Seal of Scotland no.463, confirmed 19th May 1550.
  3. the Great Seal of Scotland, no.1083, not confirmed till 1 Dec 1586.
  4. The Great Seal of Scotland no.1043, confirmed 1st October 1586.
  5. The Great Seal of Scotland, no.1203, confirmed 12 May 1587.
  6. The Great Seal of Scotland, no.2152, confirmed 9 August 1592.
  7. National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh Commissariot Court, CC8/8/25.
  8. The Great Seal of Scotland, no.1819.

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Hi Elizabeth !

I'm not related (at least not that I know of :P) but because there were so many duplicates imported by gedcoms in the past and because the lineages were quite a mess and mostly unsourced, William started the free space page and asked for some help to try to get them all sorted out sourced and improved and things as accurate as possible. So some of us, including me, volunteered to give it a try a few years ago.

Love the puzzles and to try and find sources for them ..and of course to have just one profile for each person.

Have a wonderful day and hope some will get a bit more sourced and improved during the Source-a-Thon as well!

Bea :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Primrose-322 and Primrose-3 appear to represent the same person because: Hi,

These probably also are the same and can be merged, but first the duplicate fathers will have to be merged..


Bea :)

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

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