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NISBET of RAECLEUCH


Related Branches Nisbet of that Ilk

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Chief Mark Nesbitt of Nisbet of that Ilk.

PROPERTY and Early People

Superior The superior seems to follow the line of the Lord of Dirleton which was the

  • Haliburtons in 1442-to 1560
  • Ruthvens 1560 until 1584
  • Earls of Huntley (Erskine)
  • Sir Thomas Erskine became Lord Dirleton in 1631

but we also seem to have for Nether Raecleugh

  • Earls of Huntley (Erskine) 1480
  • Earls of Huntley (Erskine) 1510

Nisbets held the heritable lands in fee and heritage forever

  • bought lease from Patrick McDouall in 1442 who of necessity sold his lease .
  • Subject to marriage tax
  • Subject to payment to the superior, annually on the 24 June. forever, one-half of a pair of gloves of the value of two pennies in name of blench farm
(in Fee-an estate in land, inherited or owned by one who has the absolute right to dispose of the land as they desire, including the right to select an inheritor of the land.)


Documents

  • 1442 Charter by Patrick McDouall of Logan In favor of Philip Nisbet son to Adam is mentioned ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
Nisbet of West Nisbet of the lands of Recleugh dated 1st July 1442 To all who shall see or hear this charter, Patrick Macdowale of Logane, greeting in God everlasting :—Know ye me to have granted, sold, and in virtue of sale conveyed, and by this my present charter, confirmed to a prudent man, Philip of Nesbyt, son of Adam of Nesbyt, of West Nesbyt, all my lands of Reycluch, with the pertinents lying in Lammermor, within the county of Berwick, for a certain sum of money thankfully paid to me beforehand by the hands of the foresaid Philip in my great and urgent necessity : To hold and to have the said lands, with their pertinents, by the said Philip, his heirs and assignees, of the Lord of Drylton in fee and heritage forever, by all their ancient and righteous meiths and marches in roads, footpaths, waters, ponds, streams, woods, plains, meadows, grazings, and pastures, with muirs, marshes, mosses, turfs, hawking, hunting and fishing, orchards, dove-cots, workshops, brew-houses, stone and limestone, with courts and their issues, herezelds, bludwitis and marriage tax, with free ish and entry and common pasturage, and also with all and sundry liberties, commodities, and easements, with their proper pertinents whatsoever, as well not named as named, as well under the earth as above the earth, near and far, to the said lands belonging or that may belong in any manner of way in time coming, as freely, quietly, fully, completely, honourably, well, and in peace, as I or my predecessors held or possessed the same most freely, quietly, fully, completely, honour-ably, well, and in peace at any time past : Giving therefor yearly the said Philip, his heirs and assignees, to Walter of Haliburton, Lord of Drilton (Dirleton), and his heirs and successors, one-half of a pair of gloves of the value of two pennies, upon the ground of the said lands, at the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, in name of blench farm, if asked only, for all services, exactions, and demands which might be asked or required out of the said lands, with their pertinents, in any manner of way ; And I, the said Patrick, my heirs and assignees, will warrant, acquit, and perpetually defend in all and by all, as said is, the foresaid lands, with their pertinents, to the foresaid Philip, his heirs and assignees. In witness whereof, my seal is annexed to this my present charter, at Haddington the first day of the month of July in the year of our Lord One thousand four hundred and forty-two, before these witnesses, Robert of Ingaldiston, baillie of the said burgh ; William Harper, cleric ; Richard Lamb, notaries public ; Sir Thomas Davidson, chaplain ; and Alexander, clerk, with many others.' (L. S.) Ref-JOURNAL ARTICLE The Nisbet Family: M'Douall of Logan Marchmont Herald and L. S. The Scottish Antiquary, or, Northern Notes and Queries Vol. 7, No. 28 (1893), pp. 180-182
  • 1442 Charter of Confirmation thereof by Walter Haliburton of that Ilk dated 3d July 1442 ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1464 Transumpt of ane Charter by the said Walter Haliburton of that Ilk dated 1st August 1464 ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1477 Lands split between Adam Neysbit of that ilk on the one part and Thomas Forman of Reiclewch and Marion Lile his spouse on the other part portioners of certain lands of the said town of Reiclewch
  • 1480. Oct. There is a charter by Thomas Forman of Hutone, proprietor of the half of the lands of Raecleuch, to Adam Nisbet of that Ilk of all Forman's lands of Raecleuch, to be held of the earl of Huntly as superior. ref Alexander Nisbet's Heraldic Plates Introduction and Notes Genealogical And Heraldic By Andrew Ross, Marchmont Herald, & Francis J Grant, Carrick Pursuivant Published Edinburgh MDCCCXCIL 1892
  • 1510 Charter by Alexander Earl of Huntly, to Philip Nesbit of that ilk, dated 18 November 1510
  • 1523 Service of Adam Nisbet of that Ilk as heir to his father in the lands of Nisbet Otterburn Over & Nether Recleughs and Mordington dated 14 Nov 1523ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
nr 1 613 Vol. 15. 1523-1529 Regum Scotorum 1523-4 Sasine to Adam Nisbet Wester Nisbet and Otterburn extract translation from Latin Territory of West Nesbit in sheriffdom of Berwick with fortalice tower and mills in the hands of the king for 10 li. The last sasine to be taken was not recovered in the past year, and for the 20 li. of the relief the same, and with the appurtenances, in place of 30s to the existing things in the hands of the king of half of the countries of the Otterburn, for 3 li. relief due to the same sasine to Adam Nesbitt. At Edinburgh 19 January.(The property was leased at a fixed rent in return for which the tenant receives the profits of the estate. Relief was paid by the heir out of his own purse (A payment made by an heir of a deceased vassal to the feudal superior for his recognition as lawful successor to the deceased vassal.)
Latin Berwik. Fol. 185 The Rotuli Scaccarii Regum Scotorum The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland Vol 15 Vicecomes de Berwik respondebit pro x li. de firmis terrarum ville et torritorii de Westnesbitt cum turre, fortalicio, et molendinis earundem jacentium infra balliam suam existentium in minibus regis termini Sancti Martini ultimo preteriti sasina non recuperata, et pro xx li. de relevio earundem, ac pro xxx s de firmis dimedietatis terrarum de Otterburn cum pertinentiis existentium in manibus regis per dictum tempus ratione qua supra, et pro iij li. de relevio ejusdem regi debitis per sasinam datam Ade Nesbitt de eisdem. Apud Edinburgh xxix Januarii anno regni regis undecimo. The Rotuli Scaccarii Regum Scotorum The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland Vil 15 Berwick FoL. 185 ferme – terms of landholding whereby property is leased at a fixed rent in return for which the tenant receives the profits of the estate relief was paid by the heir out of his own purse (A payment made by an heir of a deceased vassal to the feudal superior for his recognition as lawful successor to the deceased vassal.)''
  • 1539 Gift (gift= granting a warrant, etc.: to be approved and authenticated) under the privy seal in favour of Helene, Agnes, Jonet, Margarete, Katherine, Elizabeth, Isobell and Marioun Swyntoun, daughters of John Swyntoun of that ilk conjunctly, of all the moveable goods, debts, tacks, sums of money, and obligations which pertained to the said Johne, their father, and then to the King by reason of escheat through the said Johne being convicted of wilfully serving a brieve of inquest (brieve of inquest =directing the sheriff or in a burgh the baillies to try the validity of the claimant's title ) of the King's Chapel impetrated [1] by the deceased Philp Nesbitt of that ilk as heir to the deceased Adam Nesbitt of that ilk, his father upon the lands of Nether Recleuch and certain others lying within the sheriffdom of Berwick, as a decreet of the lords of council and letters past thereupon bear. NRS GD12/114 Dates-9 Sep 1539
  • 1540. Mar. 7: There is a 'precept of clare constant by Jonet Lady Haliburton, eldest daughter & one of the heirs of the late Patrick Haliburton, Lord Dirleton, with consent of William. lord Ruthven, her husband in favour of Adam Nisbet of that Ilk, for infefting him as heir of his father Philip in the half of the lands of Over Raecleuch'
  • 1549 Marriage Contract Margaret French, who married first George Nesbit of Raclewcht (near Thornydykes). A.D.W. French, The Surname of French
The auchtene day of May, in the yeir of God Jm Vc fourty and nyne yeris, it is appoyntit aggreit contrakkit and finalie endit betuix thir honourable men and parteis, that ar to say Alexander Franche, Johnne Franche, brethir to vmquhile Robert Franche, lard of Thorniedikis, Robert Rankyn, Johnne Pacok, Johne Boyd, Archibald Burnle, Johnne Bell, and Margreit Franche on that ane part, and George Nesbit in the Raclewcht on that vther part, that the said George Nesbit godwilland sall compleit and fulfill the haly band of matrimony with the said Margreit Franche, in maner effect and forme as efter followis
  • 1564 George Nesbit of (Nether) Racleuch, died before Dec. 1, 1564, at which date Margaret French, his wife, is mentioned, as well as their sons John and George Nesbit. .A.D.W. French, The Surname of French
  • 1566 The second husband of Margaret French was another George Nesbit, as appears by a record as early as the 22d of March, 1566-67 .A.D.W. French, The Surname of French
  • 1567 John Nesbit, the son of Margaret, is mentioned the 26th of November, 1567..A.D.W. French, The Surname of French
  • 1576 Under date of the 21st of June, 1576, may be found the name of John Nesbit, Margaret French, his mother, and George Nesbit, spouse to the said Margaret. .A.D.W. French, The Surname of French
  • 1577 non entry by the King to George Nisbitt of the same. George who must have been a minor when his father died
  • 1583 Margaret French is again recorded on the 27th of May, 1583, as well as her son, Robert Nesbit. A.D.W. French, The Surname of French
  • 1590 George Nisbet heir of his father Phillip Nisbet The Retours of Services of Heirs B 288 #494 in Latin
23 Feb 1590 George Nisbet of the same (of/from Nisbet) heir of his father Phillip Nisbet of the same – in half part of land of Over Recleuche in Lammermuir (Old value 2 merks New value 40 shilling) The Retours of Services of Heirs B 288 #494
  • 1597 Charter by John Sleigh in favour of Laird of Nisbet of the Half of the lands of over Recleugh dated 13 May 1597ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1597 Disposition by John Sleigh and his spouse to Philip Nisbet of the same date 13 May 1597ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1599 Registration of Patrick Sleighs Renounciation of the lands of over Recleugh dated 5th June 1599ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1601 Charter of Confirmation by Thos Erskine of Gogar in favour of Philip Nisbet of that Ilk dated 1st June 1601 ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1601 The Retours of Services of Heirs ii 108 #25 (note -not lands of Over Recleuch)
9 Jul 1601 Phillip Nesbit heir of father George Nisbet of the same –in the lands town and territory of West Nisbet (Old value 20 merks New value 40 libra) –half the lands of Ottirburne (Old value 40 shilling New value 3 libra)—lands of Nether Recleuch (Old value 5 merks New value 5 libra)—lands of demesne of Mordington (Old value 2 merks New value 40 shilling)
  • 1652 Contract of Wadset (mortgage) betwixt Wm Bell and John Dunse John Wilkenson Andrew Waddell and Martin Borthwich of the lands of Over & Nether Recleughs dated the 15 & 22d days of Dec 1652ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1653 Instrument of Sasine thereon dated 8 Janry 1653ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1653 Two contracts relative thereto date 5 August 1653ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1638 Contract betwixt the Laird of West Nisbet and Robert Pringle of Stitchell dated 21st Nov 1638ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1653 Disposition of the lands of Recleugh by Wm Bell to Wm Beveridge for security of certain sums therein ---? Dated 24th Novr 1653ref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS
  • 1656 Extract of the fords Disposition Regrat in sd books of Council and Session 7th May 1656 Assignation by Wm Beveridge to Andrew Rutherfurd dated 27th Ffeby 1656 Translation by the sd Andrew Rutherfurd toref-Inventar of the writs of Recleugh NLS

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  1. (impetrated =gained or contrived by fraud or other dubious means )




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