Clan Crichton

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Crichton Castle

Origins of the clan:

One of the earliest baronies around Edinburgh was formed from the lands of Kreitton and is mentioned in charters of the early 12th century. In 1128 Thurstan de Crechtune witnessed the foundation of Holyrood Abbey by David I of Scotland. Thurstan's son, Thomas de Crichton is listed on the Ragman Rolls of 1296, swearing fealty to Edward I of England. Thomas's three sons each extended the family's holdings. The second son, William, married Isobel de Ross who was the heiress to the barony of Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire.

In 1464 Sir Robert Crichton of Sanquhar was sheriff of the county of Dumfries. From 1468 to 1469 he was also Coroner of Nithsdale. In 1487 his eldest son, Robert Crichton, was created a peer with the title Lord Crichton of Sanquhar by James III of Scotland.

Another descendant of Thomas de Crichton was Sir William Crichton who in 1439 was appointed to the office of Chancellor of Scotland, during the minority of James II of Scotland. Crichton organised the infamous black dinner at Edinburgh Castle of which he was constable.] The Earl of Douglas and his brother were invited as guests of honour to a royal banquet at the castle, where King James was in residence. After the dinner the two Douglases were dragged from the boy king's presence and executed on Castle Hill. The Clan Douglas were never slow to take revenge and laid siege to the castle. However Crichton surrendered the castle to the king and a truce was declared. However the Douglases would go on to make an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Crichton. Crichton was later given the title Lord Crichton.

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Crest: A dragon spouting out fire, proper
Motto: God send grace
Region: Lowlands
District: Lands of Kreitton around Edinburgh
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Lords Crichton of Sanquhar (1488)

  • Robert Crichton, 1st Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1494)
  • Robert Crichton, 2nd Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1513)
  • Robert Crichton, 3rd Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (?)
  • Robert Crichton, 4th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1536)
  • William Crichton, 5th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1550)
  • Robert Crichton, 6th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1561)
  • Edward Crichton, 7th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1569)
  • Robert Crichton, 8th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (d. 1612)
  • William Crichton, 9th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (1578–1643) (became Viscount of Ayr and Lord Sanquhar in 1622 and Earl of Dumfries and Lord Critchton of Cumnock in 1633)

Earls of Dumfries (1633)

  • William Crichton, 1st Earl of Dumfries (1578–1643)
  • William Crichton, 2nd Earl of Dumfries (1598–1691)
  • William Crichton, 3rd Earl of Dumfries (d. 1694)
  • Penelope Crichton, 4th Countess of Dumfries (d. 1742)
  • William Dalrymple-Crichton, 5th Earl of Dumfries, 4th Earl of Stair (1699–1769)
  • Patrick McDouall, 6th Earl of Dumfries (1726–1803)[2]
  • John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute (1793–1848)
  • John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute (1847–1900)
  • John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute (1881–1947)
  • John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute (1907–1956)
  • John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute (1933–1993)
  • John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute (b. 1958)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries (b. 1989).[3]


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Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle

16th century castle in hilly pasture, with Collegiate church to the East romantically positioned on a knoll in north-facing valley Regarding Crichton Castle in Scotland:

"A large and interesting building, Crichton Castle consists of ruinous ranges of buildings from the 14th to 16th centuries, enclosing a small courtyard. The castle was a property of the Crichtons, and the present ruins were probably first built about 1370. Sir William Crichton (Willian de Kreitton), Chancellor of Scotland, entertained the young Earl of Douglas and his brother before having them murdered in 1440 at the 'Black Dinner' in Edinburgh Castle. John Forrester slighted the castle in retaliation. The Crichtons were forfeited for treason in 1488, and the property later passed to Patrick Hepburn, Lord Hailes, who was made Earl of Bothwell. Crichton passed through the hands of many families, was abandoned, and became a romantic ruin. It was put into the care of the State in 1926. "

Crichton Castle Pathhead, Midlothian 2.5m south-west of Pathhead off the A68

Sanquhar Castle

Sanquhar Castle

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I’m wondering if anyone can help me make connections with my Crichton family from Kinnoull. I have a wikitree page under Kate McCormack. William Hill Crichton, Born 1820 in kinoull, Perthshire, Scotland. His dad was: John Crichton born in 1790 in Auchtergaven, Perthshire, Scotland. His mum was: Catherine Hill, Born 1787, Perthshire.


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