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Name Clan Sempill
Alt Name Clan Semple
Gender Male

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Derivatives of the Semple Surname

  • As they were phonetically spelled by the presiding recorder within documents and records appear here.
  • The following are acceptable derivatives of this surname:
Sempell, Sempile, Sempill, Simpil, Simple, Sympille, Sympele, Sympill, Symple, Sample, Samples

Semple Coat of Arms and Crest

  • Blazon of Arms:
Argent, a chevron chequy Gules and of the First between three hunting horns Sable, garnished and stringed of the Second.
  • Crest:
A stag's head Argent attired with ten tynes Azure and collared with a prince's crown Or.
  • Motto:
Keep Tryst
  • Supporters:
Two greyhounds Argent, collared Gules.
  • Standard:
The Arms in the hoist and of two tracts Gules and Argent, upon which is depicted three times the Crest, ensigned of a Baron's coronet along with the Motto "Keep tryst" in letters Gules upon two transverse bands Or.

Origin of Semple Name

  • The Montgomery Manuscripts (1603-1706) edited by George Hill. Page 442
02 Mar 1316 - "A Simple Man was made Lord Sempill" - Preformed an Emergency Cesarian on Dame Marjorie Bruce wife of Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland the daughter of Robert the Bruce, "King of Scots". The infant child was Robert II, King of Scotland, "Bleary Eye" Stewart.
"Another occasion and Account is given in y’Scottish History of a contryman who Cutt K. Robert y’third (commonly called y’bleerd Eye) out of his mothers belly: when as (by a fall from her horse) at hunting she dyed in y’field. This King (hunting in those grounds) was informed of y’Story, and sent for y’man, and seeming to be angry for the Scarr on his eyes, (which had gotten him y’nickname aforesaid) questioned him what he Sayd, when he urged and took upon himself to doe y’office of a midwife: The poor man trembleing, Answered, y’he told y’nobility, and confessed he was but a Semple man (as they then called him) but y’God putt it in his mind, y’ he should save a Kings Life, and soe he had y’courage to doe as he did begging his Ma’ Pardon for y’Scarr he had given him unwittingly. King Robert did then impose y’surname of Semple on y’man & his posterity; and gave them y’Lands of Southenan and y’title of LORD SEMPLE, which they enjoy in the West of Scotland to this day."
The story told in the text, and popularly believed in Scotland even to this day, has reference to the birth of Robert de STEWART II., not Robert de STEWART III., as stated above. The death of Marjory Bruce, the king’s mother, popularly known as Queen Blearie, is believed to have been caused by a fall from her horse, whilst hunting, between Paisley and the castle of Renfrew, on Shrove Tuesday, the second of March, 1315-1316; and the popular story further affirms that her child (Robert de STEWART II) was brought into the world by the Cesarean operation, performed on the spot by a simple peasant.’ Crawford in his History of Renfrewshire, p. 41, records this legend as follows: - “At this place, in the lands of Knox, there is a high Cross standing, called Queen Blearie’s Cross; but no inscription is legible. Tradition hath handed down that it was erected on this occasion – Marjory Bruce daughter of renowned Robert de Bruce I., and wife of Walter, great Steward of Scotland, at that time lord of this country, being hunting at this place, was thrown from her horse and by the fall suffering a dislocation of the vertebra of her neck, died on the spot. She being pregnant, fell in labour of King Robert de STEWART II.; the child or fetus was a Cesarean. The operation being by an unskillful hand, his eye being touched by the instrument, could not be cured; from wheich he was called nickname King Blearie. This according to our historians, fell out in the year 1317.
In 1326 - Granted Lands by the High Steward Robert II - King Robert did then impose y’surname of Semple on y’man & his posterity; and gave them y’Lands of Southenan and y’title of LORD SEMPLE, which they enjoy in the West of Scotland to this day.
  • Descriptions of the Sheriffdoms of Lanark and Renfrew" (1831)
Of the traditions associated with that stone, the following early account is by James Montgomerie of Weitlands. The text is as given in the Sibbald manuscripts and reproduced in an appendix to William Hamilton's "Descriptions of the Sheriffdoms of Lanark and Renfrew" (1831). Montgomerie's account is thought to date from before 1653; note that it contains no explicit mention of a fall from a horse, and the "Greiff" mentioned at the start is presumably the (River) Gryff:
"In this shire, at a part called the Knok, on Greiff near Ranfrow, was King Robert, called Blear-eye, cutted out of his mother's womb by Sir John Forrester of Elliestoun (who being hazarded on extremity to use that remedy to preserve the child's life, the Queen having there taken her child ill, being on the fields and dying, the child being quick in her belly) who before that was reputed a simple man – from whence the House of Sempill and Lords thereof have their name, and a part of their estate. In memory whereof, there is yet a stone pillar erected and standing in that place."
NS4865 : The Marjory Bruce Cairn
  • The Scots Peerage by Paul, James
Page 526, 527, 528 - Footnote 1 – The traditional version of the name Semple or Sempill, mentioned by Crawfurd in his History of Renfrewshire, 41, and elsewhere, as having been given to the performer of the Caesarean operation on Princess Marjory, wife of Walter, Great Steward of Scotland, in 1317, has been remorselessly demolished by Lord Hailes in his Annals of Scotland, ii. 339-344; see also Archaeologia Scotica, 456-461. As will be observed, the name existed before the date of the operation which was said to be the occasion of it. Crawfurd’s Renfrew, 75. Reg. Mag. Sig., folio vol. 13, 69. Riddell says (Drumpellier Stirlings, 257) that Douglas multiplies ‘one Robert Sempill figuring early in the fourteenth century into no less than three Robert Sempills, taking each in succession seriatim after the other. The first of these ideals is made co-existent with the year 1246 and even earlier…
Besides those of the name of Sempill mentioned above, there were others in Scotland, for on the last day of 1354 an assise found that Robert Symple, who was of lawful age, was the son of Alexander Symple, who had purchased a certain land or holding in the town of Esperstoun soon after the suppression of the
William & Christiana had three sons:
1. Richard 'Coque, or Cook' Symple
2. William Symple ‘Christianason’
3. Brounin Symple
William Symple husband of Christiana conveyed the land of his wife to the Templar’s' for his lifetime and moved away from Christiana to live in the house of the Temple in Temple, Midlothian. Christiana and the children were left to dwell in a certain residence that he, husband William, had just left. Christiana and the children struggled, barely having sufficient support for herself, or her boys. Upon her husband William's death before 1292, the Master of the English Knights Templar Brian de Jay came with his followers from Esperston to egress her and the children from the land. Brian de Jay claimed Christiana's husband William Symple sold him the land. A quarrel ensued. Christiana claimed the land did not belong to her husband and it wasn't his to sell. The land had always been her property through heritage. A physical altercation ensued. Brian de Jay and his followers attempted to physically drag her from the home. Christiana held tight to the front door and would not let go. One of the Templar’s drew his knife and cut one of Christiana's fingers. Now, maimed and in pain, the family was forcibly and wrongfully expelled. Christiana pled her case before one of these rulers at that time, either Alexander III of Scotland or, John Balliol who succeeded him after Alexander III of Scotland's daughter Margaret died, still uncrowned. Christiana's property was returned and she remained in peaceable possession for a time.
During the war between the Kingdoms, Master Brian de Jay again forcibly removed Christiana from the property (c. 1296) and it remained in his possession up until 1298. Just prior to the Battle of Falkirk, Richard 'Coque, or Cook'' the son of Christiana, appealed to Master Brian de Jay for the return of his mother’s property. Master Brian de Jay promised Richard justice in this matter in the morning, if he Richard Cook' would guide the Welshman in the command of Jay to Listoun. The next day, Richard 'Cook' Symple came to guide the said Welshmen from 'Balintrodokis' to Listoun they murdered the said Richard in the Wood of Clerkington which is now Rosebery and left his body there after they had rifled it. Christiana's land remained with Master Brian de Jay until 22 July 1298. Master Brian de Jay died at the Battle of Falkirk and legend says he had been killed by William Wallace himself. The Knights Templar hold had been quelled in this region since the death of Master Brian de Jay. The Knights Hospitaller was the main ruling Order at this time.
In 1354 we see a Charter by Knights Hospitaller Brother Thomas De Lindesay Master of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem To Robert, Son of Alexander Symple of Haukerstoun, stating that William son of the aforsaid Christiana afterwards in the greatest and most urgent necessity, gave, granted, and heritably in all time coming disposed his said land or holding with all its pertinents to his dear kinsman (nee cousin) Alexander Symple before-named and his heirs for a certain sum of money which the said Alexander gave and fully paid. Therefore, We having God before our eyes and wishing to do justice to everyone do grant to the said Robert as son and heir of the aforsaid Alexander Symple the full investment lawfully due to him in the said land or tenement with all and singular the pertinents thereof in God's name, and do deliver to him heritable seizing with our own hands by common consent of our Brethren at Haukyrstoun, upon Monday on the Feast of St. Dunstan Archbishop, 19th May 1354.
The Scots Peerage, Vol. 7, Page 527
Thomas, son of Robert, Lord of Sympyll, granted a precept for infefting Sir Henry Douglas in Halkerton and Esperton, 20 December 1388.
Note - Esperton, Temple, Midlothian
Note - (Scots law) the official or symbolic bestowal of heritable land on a person, the process of infefting
Note - Halkerton or Haulkerton, an estate in Laurencekirk parish, Kincardineshire, 1 mile N by W of the village.

Hereditary Lords of Eliotstoun

William Semple, 1st Lord Sempill 'of Eliotstoun' 'Steward of Renfrew'
Thomas Semple, 2nd Lord Sempill 'of Eliotstoun'
Sir John Semple, 3rd Lord Sempill 'of Eliotstoun'
John Semple, 4th Lord Sempill 'of Eliotstoun'
Sir Robert Semple, 5th Lord Sempill 'of Eliotstoun' 1st 'of Southannan'
Sir William Semple, 6th Lord Sempill 'of Eliotstoun'
Sir Thomas Semple, 7th Lord Sempill 'of Elliotstoun' 'Sheriff of Renfrew' Died at the Battle of Sauchieburn

Hereditary Lords of Lochwinnoch

Sir John Semple, 1st Lord Sempill
William Semple, 2nd Lord Sempill
Robert Semple, 3rd Lord Sempill
Robert Semple, 4th Lord Sempill
Hugh Semple, 5th Lord Sempill
Francis Semple, 6th Lord Sempill
Robert Semple, 7th Lord Sempill
Francis Semple, 8th Lord Sempill
Francis Semple, 9th Lord Sempill 'Captain'
John Semple, 10th Lord Sempill 'died unmarried at age 17'
Hugh Semple, 11th Lord Sempill 'Brigadier General'
Disambiguation, 11th, or 12th Lord
Evidence for Hugh Semple, 11th Lord Sempill. The Scots Peerage by Paul, James has this Hugh as Hew, eleventh Lord Sempill. The Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Vol. 51, by Thomas Finlayson Henderson, also has him as Sempill, Hew (eleventh Lord) . See Sempill, Hew (DNB00) Wikisource
Evidence for Hugh Semple, 12th Lord Sempill. The Peerage, by Lundy, Darryl. See Hugh Sempill, 12th Lord Sempill. And, Wikipedia. See Hugh Sempill, 12th Lord Sempill
Both are the same Lord
John Semple, 12th Lord Sempill
Hugh Semple, 13th Lord Sempill 'Lieutenant'
Selkirk Semple, 14th Lord Sempill
William FORBES SEMPLE, 8th Baronet of Craigievar, 15th Lord Sempill

Hereditary Lords of Fulwood, and Noblestoun

  • Hereditary Lords of Fulwood - Noblestoun
Sir John Semple, 1st Lord Sempill 'of Fulwood'
William Semple, 2nd Lord Sempill 'of Fulwood'
John Semple, 3rd Lord Sempill 'of Fulwood' 1st 'of Kirkmichael in Dumbartonshire'. He gave the Lands of Fulwood to his brother Robert.
Sir Robert Semple, 1st Lord Sempill 'of Noblestoun' 4th 'of Fulwood'
John Semple, 5th Lord Sempill 'of Fulwood'. He alienated the lands of Fulwood to John Porterfield.
John Semple, 6th Lord Sempill 'Failed at Fulwood'
  • Hereditary Lords of Blackburn
  • Crawfurd, George. A Genealogical history of the royal and illustrious family of the Stewarts, from the year 1034 to the year 1710: (Edinburgh: James Watson, 1710).

A History of the Shire of Renfrew. - Page 74 – Lower, upon the Bank of Greif, stands the House and Lands of Fulwood, the Seat of, and whence, an Ancient Family of the Semples took Designation, from the time of King Robert II of Scotland. That their Ancestor, a younger Brother of the Family of Eliestoun, became possessed of these Lands, which before that pertained to the Flemings, Earls of Wigtoun; for I have seen Thomas Fleming designed Dominus de Fulwood, dadum Comes de Wigtoun, in a Charter which he gave Willielmo Boyd, filio Thoma Boyd de Kilmarnock, Militis, de omnibus terries ejusdem Thoma in Baronia de Lainzie, which is confirmed by King Robert II of Scotland in 1374. But the First of the Semples of Fulwood I have found mentioned is John Semple of Fulwood, who is a Witness to the Resignation of the Lands of Fultoun to the Monks of Pasly, an. 1409 (p). Likeas William Semple of Fulwood is Witness to the Donation of Crokat-Shot, by Robert Lord Lyle, to the Abbot and Convent of Paisley, an. 1452. Moreover I have seen a Charter of the Barony of Kirkmichael in Dunbartoun-Shire, in Favours of John Semple, Son and Heir of William Semple of Fulwood, an. 1476 (q). And, in 1515. John Semple of Fulwood gave to Robert Semple his Brother, and Margaret Crawfurd his Wife, a Daughter of the House of Auchinames, and Lands of Noblestoun; (whose Lineal Heir is Robert Grahame of Gartmore) Robert Semple of Fulwood, Sucessor to the former John, obtained a Charter of his Lands of Fulwood, in 1502. This Ancient Family failed in the Person of John Semple of Fulwood, who about the Year 1679 alienated the Lands of Fulwood to John Porterfield of That Ilk. His son is Robert Semple, late Sheriff-depute of Renfrew. The Laird of Porterfield in an. 1680 gave the Lands of Fulwood in Patrimony to Alexander Porterfield his 2nd Son, who is now of Fulwood, and married Marion Daughter of Alexander Cuninghame of Craigends, by whom he has John his Son and apparent Heir. Near Fulwood lie the Lands of Blackburn; an Ancient Family of the Semples. A Branch of those of Fulwood, did for some time possess these Lands, and failed in the Person of Robert Semple of Blackburn, who died without Male Sussession; so that John Semple, of Closs, his Brother-german, became his Heir: Which John I have see designed, Lawful Son to John Semple of Blackburn, an. 1583 (s); whose Grandchild John Semple, of Balgoun dying without Male Issue, his Estate went with Marion, his Daughter and sole Heir, to Sir George Suty, now of Balgoun. So the Lineal Heir Male of that Family is William Semple, Writer in Edinburgh.

  • 24 Nov 1640 - Contract of Marriage between George Sempill [Semple], burgess in Dunbartane [Dumbarton], brother of Robert Sempill of Nobilstoun [Nobleston] and William Sempill [Semple], burgess of Dumbarton, on the one part and Margaret Grahame [Graham], daughter of John Grahame of Callingad [Gallangad], on the other part; the said Robert and William binding themselves to pay to the said George the sum of 300 merks Scots, Margaret's tocher being 500 merks Scots.
National Archives of Scotland - Record GD22/2/86
  • 26 Feb 1664 - General discharge by George Sempill [Semple] in Gartmure [Gartmore], brother of deceased Robert Sempill of Nobilstowne [Nobleston], to Helen Andirsone [Anderson], relict of said Robert, for all sums of money contained in marriage contract between said George and deceased Margaret Graham, his spouse, and for other sums.
National Archives of Scotland - Record GD22/3/34
http://195.153.34.9/onlinecatalogue/browseTreeview.aspx?reference=GD22/3/34&
  • Lieutenant-Colonel John Lind commanded the 20th Regiment of Foot from 1776-1782 (see Lancashire Fusiliers). Later became Major-General. His military promotion's timeline is as follows: Lieutenant-Colonel in 20th Regiment of Foot (see Lancashire Fusiliers) on the 6th January 1776; brevet Colonel 20 November 1782; retired March 1794. He was the son of Colonel John Lind (the son of George Lind and Joan Montgomery) and Anne Sempill the daughter of John Sempill of Fulwood.
Participated with the British Army with the 1st Brigade commanded by Brigadier James Inglis Hamilton's 'Right Wing' on 19th Sept 1777 and participated at the Battle of Freeman's Farm and the Battle of Bemis Heights during the Battles of Saratoga. 20th Regiment of Foot (see Lancashire Fusiliers) – Lt Col John Lind’s Regiment consisting of – eight centre companies [23 officers and 360 men] and two flank companies [approximately 6 officers and 100 men]. Colonel John Lind was wounded in two different actions.
John Lind Appears in the Freemason's Magazine, Or General and Complete Library, Volume 4.

Hereditary Lords of Blackburn, Kirkhouse, and Long Dreghorn

  • Hereditary Lords of Blackburn - Kirkhouse - Long Dreghorn
John Semple, 1st Lord Sempill 'of Blackburn'
William Semple, 2nd Lord Sempill 'of Blackburn'
Robert Semple, 3rd Lord 'of Blackburn' 1st Lord Sempill 'of Kirkhouse'
Robert Semple, 2nd Lord Sempill 'of Kirkhouse'
James Semple, 3rd Lord Sempill 'of Kirkhouse' 'Pastor of Long Dreghorn, Ayrshire'
  • Anderson, William Kyle, Donald Robertson and his wife Rachel Rogers of King and Queen County, Virginia their ancestry and posterity: also a brief account of the ancestry of Commodore Richard Taylor of Orange County, Virginia, and his naval history during the War of the American Revolution. Detroit, Michigan, 1900.
Page 36, 37 – NOTE. – In this connection a brief account of her husband’s, John Walker Semple’s family, is appropriate.
John and James Semple, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia from Scotland in 1752, were sons of the Rev. James Semple, minister of the Parish of Dreghorn. John and James were born there, John on October 17, 1727, and James on May 18th, 1730. Their father came of the family of Blackburn, Renfrewshire, and was lineally descended from the Semples of Elistoun, Lochwinwoch. Upon their arrival in Virginia, John settled at “Rose-Mount” farm, about three miles northeast of the village of Walkerton, Virginia, in King and Queen county. James went to New Kent county. John became a lawyer and married, January 17, 1761, Elizabeth Walker, by whom he had four children, viz., (1) John Walker Semple, (2) Elizabeth Baylor Semple, (3) James Semple, (4) Robert Baylor Semple. He died February, 1770, and his wife survived him twenty years. She died in May, 1790. They were buried at “Rose-Mount” farm, as was also their son, Robert Baylor Semple, who was a very distinguished Baptist preacher.
James Semple , the brother of John, who, as stated above, settled in New Kent county, became a clergyman of the Church of England. He married Rebecca Allen, who bore him four children, one of whom, Judge James Semple, married Ann Countess Tyler, sister of President John Tyler.
John Walker Semple, eldest child of John Semple and Elizabeth Walker, his wife, was born November 18, 1761. He was twice married, first to Frances Lowry, daughter of Colonel Thomas Lowry and sister of Mrs. Robert Baylor Semple, his brother’s wife, no issue; and second to Lucy Robertson, daughter of Donald Robertson, by whom he had nine children. He was a member of the Virginia General Assembly; removed in May, 1797, to Kentucky, and practiced his profession as a physician many years, but later in life devoted himself to farming. From 1804 to 1808 he was a member of the Kentucky Legislature. He died at Seventy Six, Kentucky in Clinton County, Kentucky, November 13th, 1820.
  • Bagby, Alfred. King and Queen County, Virginia. (New York: Neale Pub. Co., 1908), Page 378.
This from Col. Fleet of Culver: "Thos. Walker, ancestor of the distinguished Dr. Thos. Walker, and Riveses of Albemarle (see Thomas Walker (explorer)), and Gov. Thos. Walker Gilmer (see Thomas Walker Gilmer), was from K. & Q." - Semple, John and James S., were sons of Rev. James Semple of England. John settled in King and Queen, marrying a Miss Walker. There son, Robert B.A. Croghan[sic] Semple[recte] married Lucy Clark, and their son, Major Croghan, then a mere youth, held the fort at Sandusky against Gen. Proctor (see Henry Procter (British Army officer)) with a large force of Indians and whites. He also distinguished himself at Tippecanoe (see Battle of Tippecanoe).
  • Brown, John Howard. Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States. Vol. 3, Page 119.
FLEET, Alexander Frederick, educator, was born in King and Queen county, Va., in 1843 ; son of Dr. Benjamin and Maria Louisa (Walker) Fleet. His father, Dr. Benjamin Fleet, born Jan. 25, 1818, and died March 8, 1865, was a physician and magistrate in King and Queen county, state of Virginia. His first ancestor in America was Capt. Henry Fleet, who came to Virginia about 1621, and was a member of the Maryland legislature and of the Virginia house of burgesses. He received his education at Fleetwood and Aberdeen academies, Va., and -at the University of Virginia, which he left in 1861 to enter the military service of the Confederate states. He remained in the service throughout the entire period of the war, and at its close he returned to the university, where he studied, 1865-67. He was a teacher at Kemnore school, Fredericksburg, Va., 1867-68; and had charge of the department of Greek in the William Jewell college 1868-73. He also served as chairman of the faculty. He was president of the Baptist female college at Lexington, Mo., 1873-79; was professor of Greek in the Missouri state university, Columbia, Mo., 1879-90, and in 1890 founded and became superintendent of the Missouri military academy at Mexico, Mo. In 1891 he was president of the Missouri state teachers association. In 1896, upon the destruction by fire of the Missouri military academy, he transferred his school to Culver, Ind., and united with the Culver military academy, of which he had twice been superintendent. This school in 1900 had an enrollment of 220 cadets.
  • Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly. Vol. 2, No. 1, Page 9., 01 Jan 1964.
Page 9 - The Fleet Family - The Fleet family in Virginia stems from one William Fleet, gent., of Chatham in Kent, a member of the Virginia Company under the third charter. Four of William’s younger sons – Edward, Reginold, John, and Henry—emigrated to Virginia in 1621 with their uncle Sir Francis Wyatt, later to be governor of the colony. While the first three brothers settled eventually in Maryland, Henry settled in Virginia, where he was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1652.
Captain William Fleet (1757 – 1833), a descendant of Henry Fleet, married Sarah Browne Tomlin, a young widow, and lived at Rural Felicity, where he was a lay representative in the Mattaponi Church. He was a member of the Virginia Constitution Covention of 1788. In 1800 he acquired Goshen, which became the family home, from Spencer Roane, a justice of the United States Supreme Court. After moving to Goshen, William Fleet became a member of the Bruington Baptist Church. Whether he was prompted by a desire to make a complete break from England in the form of the Anglican Church or whether he was influenced by his neighbor—and, later, son-in-lawDr. Robert Baylor Semple, pastor of the Bruington church, is not clear. The family thenceforth seems to have remained loyal to the Baptist faith.
  • Arthur, Stanley Clisby; Charles Patton Dimitry; and George Campbell de Kernion. Old Families of Louisiana. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Harmanson, 1931), Pages 355, 361, 2009.
Page 355 - Robert Semple, brother to Steele Semple
Page 361 - Robert Semple, a brother of Sarah Jane Semple who married Col. Thomas Butler (q. v.), was descended from the Semples of Kirkhouse, Scotland.
  • John S. Van Voorhis. The Old and New Monongahela. Published 1893 by Nicholson, printer in Pittsburg. Internet Archive
Monongahela Valley. From different sources amid the mountains of West Virginia the Monongahela River arises, and running in a northerly direction at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it joins the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River. Tributaries of the Monongahela River include the Youghiogheny River.
Samuel Semple of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hereditary Lords of Beltrees, Scotland

The papers consisted of the following
I. Indenture betwist Sir James Sempill, Sir John Graham of Urchill (Perthshire), and James Hamilton, dated 9th of December, 1606.
II. Articles of agreement betwixt Donald M'Arthie Roogh of Barony of Carbery, Sir James Sempill, Sir John Graham, and James Hamilton, dated 17th Dec 1606.
III. Patent under the Broad Seal granted by King James to Sir James Sempill, of the village and lands of Kilbrittain, in the country of the Barony of Carbery, Ireland, with severall other lands, in the 13th year of his Majesty's reign in England, 1615.
(cont. after viewing above papers)
When he returned them he said that something might be got for them, but he feared he would not be able to pursue it. A correspondence was also carried on about this time, by Craufurd of Cartsburn and Robert Sempill, with a lawyer of the name of Kennedy, who offered to throw "a cool hundere" into the affair, besides his professional services, if he liked the complexion of the case. The prosecution, however, never seems to have been actually commenced. The pecuniary difficulties under which the family of Beltrees laboured, seems to have at last compelled the entire alienation of the property. The sale of the Thirdpart to William M'Dowall of Castle Semple took place in 1758. The lands comprehended the Hall, or proper Thirdpart, Watersyde, Faulds, Corbets, Drygate, Hardgait, and Margonhill. After the sale he retired to Kilbarchan, where he feued thirty four falls of ground, part of the Quarry, or Meadow-Park, for 22s.2d. yearly, from Jean Milliken, widow of William Milliken Napier of Cullcreoch, 12th March 1777, and built there on a house called Beltrees Cottage. He disponed this house to his daughter, Jean Sempill, 21st August, 1784. Robert Semple, 'Last Lord of Beltrees', lived to a very advanced age. He died in August 1789, having completed two years more than a century...

Hereditary Lords of Cathcart

Semple Family from Spain

Semple Family of Dykehead & Jacobite Peerage

Semple Family from Northern Ireland

Semple Family Mariner's from Newry, Ireland

  • Samuel Semple from Newry, Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The "Lighter" side of Newry Canal, by M. J. Waddell, The Dublin Newsletter, March, 1742 stated "The Cope" of Lough Neagh, William Semple Commander, came into this harbor laden with coals and being the first vessel that has come through the canal, had a flag at her mashead and fired guns as she came up the channel."
24 Nov. 1752, $John/and/Robert =Semple,Capt. +Newry arrived river board linen. Linen NLON Ship, Doc ID 13555, Page No. 2.
22 Dec. 1752, $Edward =Moor,Robert +Belfast. $Judith =Semple +Newry +London arrived +Downs. NLON Ship, Doc ID 13823, Page No. 2.
26 Dec. 1752, $Judith =Semple,Capt. +Newry river board linen. Linen NLON Ship, Doc ID 13862, Page No. 2.
5 Mar. 1754, $Judith =Semple,Capt. linen River +Newry +Ireland., Linen NLON Ship, Doc ID 6864, Page No. 2.
10 Dec. 1754, Ship, $Judith brigg =Semple,William/Capt. commander +London sail +Newry 6 Dec.1754. Doc. ID 3315, Page No. 3, Newry Blefast Newsletter.
22 June 1756, LINEN SHIP TRANS, $Judith =Semple,William/Capt. goods +London convoy sail linen ships +Dublin 12 July +Newry 18. Doc. ID 483, Page No. 4, Newry Belfast Newsletter
16 Nov. 1756, Linen Ship Trans, $Judith =Semple,William/Capt. goods +London sail 20 Dec. convoy linen ships

+Ireland. +Newry 10. Doc. ID 2725, Page No. 4, Newry Belfast Newsletter.

Source http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~donaghmore1/belnewlttrnewryship.htm
Poyntzpass & District Local History Society - The "Lighter" side of Newry Canal By M. J. Waddell -
Source http://www.poyntzpass.co.uk/history_newry_canal.htm
  • JOHN SIMPLE - Newry area will probated in 1757, IIW V4 p 176.
Source http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/SURNAMES/S/Se.htm
  • Central Library, Belfast
Brigantine Freemason, Newry to NEWCASTLE & Philadelphia; The Belfast News-letter & General Advertiser, Tuesday, 12 July, 1768; CMSIED 1200024
For NEWCASTLE and PHILADELPHIA, The fine new Brigantine FREEMASON, of Newry, Burthen 200 Tuns [Tons?] and upwards, John Semple, Commander, will be ready to sail for the Parts aforesaid on the 10th of September next. Those who chuse [choose?] to embrace this comfortable Opportunity, may be assured of civil good Treatment respecting Provisions, Accommodations, &c. from Captain Semple. The Owners do not mean to accept of many Passengers, Redemptioners, or Servants, or detain the Vessel longer than the Day appointed on that Account. For Particulars apply to Hill Wilson, George Anderson, or William Beath, of Newry, Merchants; or Messrs. Gilbert and Andrew Orr, Merchants in Belfast. Newry, July 1st, 1768.
Source http://web.archive.org/liveweb/http://ied.dippam.ac.uk/records/31415
  • Genealogical Data from Colonial New York Newspapers: A Consolidation of ... edited by Kenneth Scott - January 04, 1770 - Captain John Sample master, from Newry (1/8)
Brigantine "Free Mason" sailed from Newry, Ireland on 27 Oct 1772 and landed on 22 Dec 1772; Captain John Semple.
  • From Newry and Arrival in America
On the 22nd day of December 1772, five ships carrying 1,000 settlers from Ireland (with Pastor William Martin) arrived at Charleston, South Carolina. Of the five ships, we have been able to ascertain only four names:
The Lord Dunluce, Captain James Gillis (or Gilles) from Larne
The Hopewell, Captain Martin from Belfast
The Pennsylvania Farmer, Captain Robeson from Belfast
The Freemason, Captain Semple from Newry
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Keep Triste Furnace Operation

  • John Semple Jr., of Charles County, Maryland, Fairfax & Prince William counties, Virginia. Started the Keep Triste Furnace operation. John Semple was a Scott who became a partner of his brother- in-law James Lawson in a Maryland tobacco firm in 1750. By 1763, he had taken control of Ballendine's Occoquan operations. During the next 2 years, Semple acquired more than 20,000 acres of land in Maryland and Virginia (much of it on credit) and borrowed large sums of money from several Scottish merchants to finance the construction of mills, furnaces, and forges. Unable to pay his debts, Semple was forced to mortgage most of his property to Lawson in 1769. According to Lawson's reckoning, Semple's debts exceeded 24,000 pounds of British, Virginia, and Maryland currency and 114,000 pounds of crop tobacco. During the same period, Semple was also conferring with George Washington on methods of improving navigation on the Potomac and attempting to settle disputes with Ross and Company. Semple died in 1773, and many of his debts remained unsettled until 1793. See Richard F. McMaster and David C. Skaggs (eds.), "The Letterbooks of Alexander Hamilton, Piscataway Factor," Maryland Historical Magazine 63:28-29; Deed Book M, pp. 418-424, Frederick County Maryland; Fitzpatrick (ed.), Diaries of George Washington, 1:323; John C. Fitzpatrick (ed.), The Writings of George Washington (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1931-1944), 2:46, 52-53; 3:53; 30:276-277; 31:137-138, 145-146, 149-150; 32:332-336, 390-391, 410-411, 450-451; David C. Skaggs, "John Semple and the Development of the Potomac Valley," Va. Mag. Hist. Biog. 29(1984):282-308.
William D. Theriault. History of Eastern Jefferson County, West Virginia. VII. THE BEGINNING OF INDUSTRY (1760-1775) - Keep Triste Furnace - Pages 37-44 - 2009.
Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740 - 1800. (Cornell University Press), "The Tobacco Factor Run Amok" Page 93-99 - Discusses John Semple and James Lawsons' business and mentions' James Lawsons' wife Nancy Semple, sister of John Semple. James does not blame wife Nancy for her brothers' bad business handling.
02 Nov 1762 - Deed of Frances (Tasker) Carter and Robert Carter to John Semple for 3,500 acres in Fairfax County, Virginia. Source - Robert Alonzo Brock Collection, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Source URL http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=lva/vi02160.xml
References
  1.   Montgomery, William (William Harry), and George Hill. The Montgomery manuscripts (1603-1706), Page 442.
  2.   Semple, William Alexander. Genealogical History of the Family Semple: From 1214 to 1888. (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1888).
  3.   Castle Semple Collegiate Church, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  4.   Castle Semple, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  5.   Royal Scots College, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).

    Founded by Colonel William Semple

  6.   John S. Van Voorhis, A.M.M.D. The Old and New Monongahela. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Nicholson Printer and Binder, 1893), Page 240, 241.

    THE SAMPLE FAMILY.

    Page 240 - John Sample had three brothers and one sister: their names were William, Alexander, Samuel and Mary. Mary married Admiral Graves, a resident of north of Ireland, and was connected with the royal family. John Sample was second cousin to George the third. Admiral Graves was commander-in-chief of the marine forces of England, being appointed by the king on account of his connection with the crown through his wife. Admiral Graves was sent from England with a large fleet in

    Page 241 - the time of the revolution to relieve Cornwallis at the battle of Yorktown, but he arrived one day too late, as Cornwallis had been taken by General Washington. Admiral Graves returned with his fleet to England, He was owner of old Castle-Dawson with its elegant parks and hunting grounds.

    John Sample's wife's maiden name was Margaret Whiteside, a resident of Belfast, Ireland. Her brother, James Whiteside, was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, the highest gift of the queen. He was a nobleman. At the age of 16 Margaret Whiteside married a young man named William Thompson, also a resident of Belfast. They had three children, John T. , William T. and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson immigrated to America while their children were quite young and settled in Philadelphia, where Mr. Thomipson died not long after his arrival. In a few years after his death his widow married John Sample, of the same city. He was a merchant. The issue of this marriage was seven children, viz: Ann, Margaret, Sarah, Eliza, Alexander, Jane and Martha. John Sample died in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1829; his wife died in 1850, in Kentucky, whilst on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Martha Wheeler. Jane married Rev. G. M. Hair, both of whom are deceased. Eliza married Rev. Samuel Hair, whose death is noted elsewhere. His wife, at this date (ISOS") is still alive, and resides at No. 4417 Lake Avenue, Chicago. Martha married John T. Wheeler, now deceased; his wife survives him and resides in Chicago. Alexander was long a resident of Steubenville, Ohio, where he was regarded as one of the most distinguished dentists in that profession.

    Source
    http://archive.org/stream/oldnewmonongahel00vanv#page/240/mode/2up

  7.   Patrick Hogue (Samples). The Samples / Semples Family.

    My interpretation from the book "Old and New Monongahela" by John S Van Voorhis
    Page 240 - John Sample, Alexander Sample, Samuel Sample and Mary Sample are a 2nd cousin of King George III b. 1738, this means that their 1st cousin is Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales b. 1707, or his wife Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, b. 1719. Which places the Sample siblings aforementioned with a birthdate within the proximity of 1707 - 1719 - or before, 1685 to 1695, respectfully. As it continues with Mary Sample as wife of Admiral Graves who failed Lieutenant Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis at Yorktown. Mary would have to have been born c. 1730 - 1769. Making her a daughter of one of the brother's instead of a sister. Or, a grandaughter. Same for John Sample having married Margaret Whiteside. He would have been another generation or two down.

  8.   Bagby, Alfred. King and Queen County, Virginia. (New York: Neale Pub. Co., 1908), Page 378.

    Page 378 - This from Col. Fleet of Culver: "Thos. Walker, ancestor of the distinguished Dr. Thos. Walker, and Riveses of Albemarle (see Thomas Walker (explorer)), and Gov. Thos. Walker Gilmer (see Thomas Walker Gilmer), was from K. & Q." - Semple, John and James S., were sons of Rev. James Semple of England. John settled in King and Queen, marrying a Miss Walker. There son, Robert B.A. Croghan[sic] Semple[recte] married Lucy Clark, and their son, Major Croghan, then a mere youth, held the fort at Sandusky against Gen. Proctor (see Henry Procter (British Army officer)) with a large force of Indians and whites. He also distinguished himself at Tippecanoe (see Battle of Tippecanoe).

  9.   Arthur, Stanley Clisby; Charles Patton Dimitry; and George Campbell de Kernion. Old Families of Louisiana. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Harmanson, 1931), Pages 355, 361.

    Page 355 - Robert Semple, brother to Steele Semple -
    Page 361 - Robert Semple, a brother of Sarah Jane Semple who married Col. Thomas Butler (q. v.), was descended from the Semples of Kirkhouse, Scotland.

  10.   William D. Theriault. History of Eastern Jefferson County, West Virginia. (Published by the Author), Pages 37-44.
  11.   Anderson, William Kyle. Donald Robertson and his wife Rachel Rogers of King and Queen County, Virginia: their ancestry and posterity : also a brief account of the ancestry of Commodore Richard Taylor of Orange County, Virginia, and his naval history during the War of the American Revolution. (Detroit, Mich.: unknown, 1900), Page 36, 37.

    Page 36, 37 – NOTE. – In this connection a brief account of her husband’s, John Walker Semple’s family, is appropriate.
    John and James Semple, who emigrated to the Colony of Virginia from Scotland in 1752, were sons of the Rev. James Semple, minister of the Parish of Dreghorn. John and James were born there, John on October 17, 1727, and James on May 18th, 1730. Their father came of the family of Blackburn, Renfrewshire, and was lineally descended from the Semples of Elistoun, Lochwinwoch. Upon their arrival in Virginia, John settled at “Rose-Mount” farm, about three miles northeast of the village of Walkerton, Virginia, in King and Queen county. James went to New Kent county. John became a lawyer and married, January 17, 1761, Elizabeth Walker, by whom he had four children, viz., (1) John Walker Semple, (2) Elizabeth Baylor Semple, (3) James Semple, (4) Robert Baylor Semple. He died February, 1770, and his wife survived him twenty years. She died in May, 1790. They were buried at “Rose-Mount” farm, as was also their son, Robert Baylor Semple, who was a very distinguished Baptist preacher.
    James Semple , the brother of John, who, as stated above, settled in New Kent county, became a clergyman of the Church of England. He married Rebecca Allen, who bore him four children, one of whom, Judge James Semple, married Ann Countess Tyler, sister of President John Tyler.
    John Walker Semple, eldest child of John Semple and Elizabeth Walker, his wife, was born November 18, 1761. He was twice married, first to Frances Lowry, daughter of Colonel Thomas Lowry and sister of Mrs. Robert Baylor Semple, his brother’s wife, no issue; and second to Lucy Robertson, daughter of Donald Robertson, by whom he had nine children. He was a member of the Virginia General Assembly; removed in May, 1797, to Kentucky, and practiced his profession as a physician many years, but later in life devoted himself to farming. From 1804 to 1808 he was a member of the Kentucky Legislature. He died at Seventy Six, Kentucky in Clinton county, November 13th, 1820.

  12.   Crawfurd, George. A Genealogical history of the royal and illustrious family of the Stewarts, from the year 1034 to the year 1710: giving an account of the lives, marriages and issue of the most remarkable persons and families of that name to which are prefixed, first, a general description of the Shire of Renfrew, the peculiar residence and ancient patrimony of the Stewarts; and secondly, a deduction of the noble and ancient families, proprietors there for upwards of 400 years, down to the present times : containing the descent, original creations, and most remarkable actions of their respective ancestors; also the chief titles of honour they now enjoy, with their marriage and issue, continued down to this present year, and the coat of arms of each family in blazon. (Edinburgh: James Watson, 1710), Page 74.

    A History of the Shire of Renfrew. - Page 74 – Lower, upon the Bank of Greif, stands the House and Lands of Fulwood, the Seat of, and whence, an Ancient Family of the Semples took Designation, from the time of King Robert the II. That their Ancestor, a younger Brother of the Family of Eliestoun, became possessed of these Lands, which before that pertained to the Flemings, Earls of Wigtoun; for I have seen Thomas Fleming designed Dominus de Fulwood, dadum Comes de Wigtoun, in a Charter which he gave Willielmo Boyd, filio Thoma Boyd de Kilmarnock, Militis, de omnibus terries ejusdem Thoma in Baronia de Lainzie, which is confirmed by King Robert II. An. 1374 (o).
    But the First of the Semples of Fulwood I have found mentioned is John Semple of Fulwood, who is a Witness to the Resignation of the Lands of Fultoun to the Monks of Pasly, an. 1409 (p). Likeas William Semple of Fulwood is Witness to the Donation of Crokat-Shot, by Robert Lord Lyle, to the Abbot and Convent of Pasly, an. 1452. Moreover I have seen a Charter of the Barony of Kirkmichael in Dunbartoun-Shire, in Favours of John Semple, Son and Heir of William Semple of Fulwood, an. 1476 (q). And, in 1515. John Semple of Fulwood gave to Robert Semple his Brother, and Margaret Crawfurd his Wife, a Daughter of the House of Auchinames, and Lands of Noblestoun; (whose Lineal Heir is Robert Grahame of Gartmore) Robert Semple of Fulwood, Sucessor to the former John, obtained a Charter of his Lands of Fulwood, an 1502 ®. This Ancient Family failed in the Person of John Semple of Fulwood, who about the Year 1679 alienated the Lands of Fulwood to John Porterfield of That Ilk. His son is Robert Semple, late Sheriff-depute of Renfrew. The Laird of Porterfield in an. 1680 gave the Lands of Fulwood in Patrimony to Alexander Porterfield his 2nd Son, who is now of Fulwood, and married Marion Daughter of Alexander Cuninghame of Craigends, by whom he has John his Son and apparent Heir.
    Near Fulwood lie the Lands of Blackburn; an Ancient Family of the Semples. A Branch of those of Fulwood, did for some time possess these Lands, and failed in the Person of Robert Semple of Blackburn, who died without Male Sussession; so that John Semple, of Closs, his Brother-german, became his Heir: Which John I have see designed, Lawful Son to John Semple of Blackburn, an. 1583 (s); whose Grandchild John Semple, of Balgoun dying without Male Issue, his Estate went with Marion, his Daughter and sole Heir, to Sir George Suty, now of Balgoun. So the Lineal Heir Male of that Family is William Semple, Writer in Edinburgh.

  13.   Burke, Bernard. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time. (London: Burke's Peerage, 19--?), Page 912, 1884.

    Sempill
    Semple of Belltrees
    Semple of Cathcart

  14.   Paul, James Balfour. The Scots peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's peerage of Scotland, containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom, with armorial illustrations. (Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), Vol. 7. Pages 526, 527, 528.

    Page 526, 527, 528 - Footnote 1 – The traditionary version of the name Semple or Sempill, mentioned by Crawfurd in his History of Renfrewshire, 41, and elsewhere, as having been given to the performer of the Caesarean operation on Princess Marjory, wife of Walter, Great Steward of Scotland, in 1317, has been remorselessly demolished by Lord Hailes in his Annals of Scotland, ii. 339-344; see also Archaeologia Scotica, 456-461. As will be observed, the name existed before the date of the operation which was said to be the occasion of it. Crawfurd’s Renfrew, 75. Reg. Mag. Sig., folio vol. 13, 69. Riddell says (Drumpellier Stirlings, 257) that Douglas multiplies ‘one Robert Sempill figuring early in the fourteenth century into no less than three Robert Sempills, taking each in succession seriatim after the other. The first of these ideals is made co-existent with the year 1246 and even earlier…
    Besides those of the name of Sempill mentioned above, there were others in Scotland, for on the last day of 1354 an assize found that Robert Symple, who was of lawful age, was the son of Alexander Symple, who had purchased a certain land or holding in the town of Esperstoun soon after the suppression of the Knights Templar by King Robert in the year of 1309.

  15.   Edwards, John. The Scottish Historical Review: The Templars In Scotland Thirteenth Century. . (Glasgow, Scotland: James Maclehose And Sons, 1908), Vol. 5. Pages 13-25.

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    Translation of Charter by Brother Thomas De Lindesay Master of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem To Robert, Son of Alexander Symple of Haukerstoun. 1354

    Translation. To All the sons of the Holy Mother Church to whom these presents shall come Brother Thomas de Lindesay Master of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem within the Realm of Scotland [Wisheth] Everlasting Salvation in the Lord Whereas Robert Symple son of Alexander Symple of Haukerstoun in our Courts holden at 'Blantrodokis' and other public places frequently in the most earnest way possible besought us to grant him justice, and to give him an Assize of faithful men regarding a certain land or tenement lying within the territory of Esperstoun which belonged to the foresaid Alexander his father, declaring always before witnesses that if we refused to grant him full justice in our Court, he would in that case obtain redress by means of letters from the King's Chancery. Accordingly we being desirous to do justice and also fearing lest the King (1) or his Minister on our refusal, should take the matter in hand, which might result in great prejudice to our privileges, took counsel with our Brethren and legal experts first of all, and by common assent and consent of our Chapter held in our principal Court at 'Blantrodokis' on Wednesday the 3Oth day of the month of April A.D. 1354, the said Robert Symple having personally appeared in our presence seeking justice as formerly touching his petition, granted to him an Assize; to which Assize we did choose by ourselves and our brethren of the Chapter the soothfast and honourable men, as well free tenants as others underwritten, from the best and most reverend of our whole lordship through whom the truth of the matter might be better known, and for this purpose they touched the holy Gospels and took the greater oath, namely William Slyeth (2) of Temple, Laurence son of Peter, Thomas de Megeth, John de Elewoldschawe, Richard de Yorkistoun, Adam Hoy, Richard de Esthouse, William Broun, Richard Doune, Richard de Croshauhope, William son of Mariota, Hugh de Haukyrstoun, and Patrick son of David Sutor of Arnaldistoun : Who being sworn and accorded, narrating the whole progress [of title] of the said land or holding from the beginning unto the end, in what manner it came into the hands of the Templars and by what means
    (1) Edward III. Edward III of England
    (2) Bailiff of the Hospitallers at Balantrodach. Knights Hospitaller

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    it had been recovered from them, in virtue of their oath duly given say that there was a certain man, by name Robert the Scot, who was true lord and just possessor of the said land and died lawfully vest and seized in the same; that he had a daughter who succeeded him as heiress, by name Christiana, whom William son of Galfrid of Haukirstoun (1) married, and by whom the said William had three sons, vizt. Richard ‘Coque, or Cook’, William called William son of Christiana, and Brounin his younger brother; that the said William son of Galfrid, more given to ease than to labour, during his life, conveyed the said land the patrimony of his said wife, for his lifetime, to the Templars in return for his maintenance, seeing that he could not make a more ample alienation of the said land ; whereby he moved it away from his wife and not away from himself. The said William accordingly lived in the house of the Temple and the said Christiana his wife dwelt in a certain residence on the said property assigned to her though barely sufficient for the support of herself and her boys, until the death of the said William her husband. On his death, there came to the home of the said Christiana the Master of the House of the Temple with his followers at Esperstoun. Wishing to drive her forth from her home and property, he said that he had bought the said land from her deceased husband; but this the said Christiana controverted and expressly denied, declaring to him that her husband neither sold to him the said land nor could in any manner do so, as that land was her property and not her husband's. But the foresaid Master, in no wise desisting on account of her declarations, ordered his followers to drag her forth from her house, and she, resisting this with all her might, closed the doors of the house by which the brethren followers of the said Master had entered, and they dragged her to the door, and when she had reached the house-door, she put her arms in the vault of the door and thus twining them she held on firmly so that they could not pull her forth. Seeing this one of the followers of the Master drew out his knife and cut off one of Christiana's fingers, and they thus forcibly and wrongfully expelled her, wounded by the amputation of her finger, sobbing and shrieking, from her home and heritage, and the Master foresaid in this manner intruded himself by main force [de facto] seeing that he could not do so 'de jure' The said Christiana, thus illegally expelled, maltreated and foully injured, approached the Royal Court and was at length conducted into the King's presence at Newbotill, and she then declared the whole facts and the injury done to her by the mutilation of her member. The King (2) having heard these things was greatly moved and ordered inquiry to be made in the premises by Writ in Chancery by which the truth was known and the said Christiana was forthwith again infeft in her said land and lawfully and honourably restored to the same, and thereafter remained in peaceable possession
    (1) Galfrid le Simple appears more than once as a messenger in the English Wardrobe Accounts of 1299-1300 (Liber Quot. Card., pp. 297-8).
    (2) Edward I of England. He was at Newbotle on Tuesday, 5th June, 1296, and left for Holyrood next day. Gough, Itinerary, ii. p. 280.

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    thereof for a lengthened period. But afterwards war having broken out and increasing between the Kingdoms, the gates of justice were closed and the foresaid Master of the Temple a second time took forcible possession of the said land, the said Christiana being illegally driven forth as formerly; and having thus taken possession he retained it contrary to justice, for some time, namely, up to the date of the Battle of Falkirk (1) in which battle the said Master whose name was Brian de Jaia took part and led from England with him a large body of Welshmen and came to ‘Blantrodokis’ four days before the said battle and there dwelt. Thereupon Richard ‘Coque, or Cook’ the above mentioned eldest son of the said Christiana heard of the arrival of the foresaid Master and appeared in his presence and sought of him his land, which the Master himself retained having illegally expelled his mother. But the Master deceitfully requested him on the morrow to come and guide the said Welshmen to Listoun, promising to do him justice regarding his land there; but the said Master meanwhile arranged with the Captain of the said force to slay the said Richard, which was done; for on the morrow as the said Richard came to guide the said Welshmen from 'Balintrodokis' to Listoun they murdered the said Richard in the Wood of Clerkyntoun (2) and left his body there after they had rifled it. And thus the said land was illegally retained in the hands of the said Templars, where it remained for some time afterwards, namely up to the time of their destruction (3) which took place in the reign of the most serene prince King Robert the Illustrious, in whose time William son of the said Christiana and at that time heir to her and to his brother the said murdered Richard obtained formal letters from the King's Chancery directed to the Sheriff and Bailies of Edinburgh regarding his right in and to the said land which had belonged to his said mother; whereupon a faithful Inquisition being made with diligence by the said Sheriff in the premises by means of the elder and more trustworthy men of the whole neighbourhood (4) it was clearly ascertained that the said land or holding was the property of the said Christiana the mother of the said William in which she was vest and seized; which land the said Christiana never gave nor sold nor alienated in any way in favour of anyone. And although William the son of Galfrid her husband beforementioned placed the said land in the hands of the Templars by a certain agreement for his lifetime, it was rendered null by law, since this agreement had and could have no force after his death, seeing that the said land was the estate of his wife, and consequently the foresaid Templars could have no right by virtue of such an agreement or alienation made by her said husband in and to the said land on his death, nor was their claim of any validity after his death: Moreover it was ascertained that William son of the said Christiana was son and nearest heir
    (1) 1298.
    (2) Now Rosebery.
    (3) In Scotland, November, 1309. See Processus contra Templarios in Scotia (Spottiswoode Miscellany, vol. ii. p. 7).
    (4) Patria. This term is used in a restricted sense, signifying the vicinity outside the walls of the Religious house. Vide Raine, North Durham, p. 124.

    Note: 2nd to the last of the English Knights Templar Master Brian de Jaia mentioned above appears to be on a List of Knights Templar as Brian le Jay (1296–1298).

    Note: Rosebery, an estate, with a small mansion, in Temple parish, Edinburghshire, on the left side of the river South Esk, 4 miles SW of Gorebridge. The ancient barony of Nicolson, in the quondam parish of Clerkington, it was purchased in 1695 by Archibald Primrose, M.P., and erected into the new barony of Rosebery-a title assumed by him on his elevation to the peerage of Scotland as Viscount in 1700, and Earl in 1703. He sold it in 1712; but the fourth Earl repurchased it in 1821. Its large and ancient mansion-house was demolished in 1805-12. See Dalmeny.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.
    Source: Francis Hindes Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1894), Page 257.

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    of his said mother and of lawful age : And the truth of the matter having been thus faithfully ascertained and declared in due order of law, the said William son of Christiana obtained heritable seizin of the said land or tenement with its pertinents which belonged to his foresaid mother, justly and legally, and thus brought into true and peaceful possession of the same, and freely and peacefully vest and seized, he enjoyed for many years the said land with all its pertinents :And the said jurors say unanimously that these things are true
    :And they say further that the said William son of the foresaid Christiana afterwards in the greatest and most urgent necessity, gave, granted, and heritably in all time coming disponed his said land or holding with all its pertinents to his dear kinsman Alexander Symple before-named and his heirs for a certain sum of money which the said Alexander gave and fully paid :Of which land or holding with its pertinents the foresaid Alexander obtained from the Superior who at that time held the lordship of 'Blantrodokis' (1) heritable seizin in due form, and being lawfully put into corporal possession of the same, remained vest and seized of the said land or tenement with its pertinents for many years in peaceful possession :And they say that the said Robert Symple is the son and heir of the said Alexander his father and of lawful age :These things say the said jurors with one accord in all the premises in virtue of their oath taken by them
    :Therefore We having God before our eyes and wishing to do justice to everyone do grant to the said Robert as son and heir of the foresaid Alexander Symple the full infeftment lawfully due to him in the said land or tenement with all and singular the pertinents thereof in God's name, and do deliver to him heritable seizin with our own hands by common consent of our Brethren at Haukyrstoun (2)
    :upon Monday on the Feast of St. Dunstan Archbishop (3)
    :in the year above mentioned, before these Witnesses William Sleeth of Temple, Laurence son of Peter, William Tod, John son of Roger, Laurence Squire and many others
    :Nevertheless we ordain by these our letters patent Adam called Morcell our Serjeant of ‘Blantrodokis' to put the said Robert Symple upon the ground of the said land or holding into corporal possession of the same with its pertinents saving the rights of every one
    :Which Adam Morcell, having cited the worthy men by virtue of our precept, upon the ground of the said land or holding gave corporal heritable seizin of the same with all its pertinents to the said Robert Symple upon Tuesday on the morrow of the said feast of St. Dunstan in the year before written in the presence of the good men witnesses to the said seizin, vizt.
    :William Slieth foresaid at that time our Bailiff at ‘Blantrodokis’, Laurence son of Peter, Adam de Hermistoun, Thomas de Megeth, Alan de Yorkystoun, Adam de Wedale, at that time our Forester at Blantrodocis', John de Catkoyn, John Tod, Alan de Wedale,
    (1) Probably Reginald More, who had a grant from Brother Ralph de Lindesay [i39- I 333]-
    (2) Ha/kerstoun, prebenda In co/kgio de Crelchtoun (Reg. Mag. Sig. I. Jac. iv. No.784)-
    (3) 19th May. Dunstan

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    William son of Mariota, Richard de Yorkystoun, William Tod, William Brown, John de Camera, Alan son of Symon de Herioth, Thomas son of Hugh de Middletoun, Robert Morcell, Oliver Fuller, Patrick Sutor, Patrick Morcell, John Bell de Locworward, the said Adam Morcell our Serjeant and many others : And that all these premises may be kept in memory, that the truth of the matter may be known in future time we have caused these our Letters patent to be sealed with our Common Seal
    :Given at 'Blantrodocis' on the day and year above said.

  16.   Groome, Francis H. Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland: a survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical, and historical. (Edinburgh: Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, 1883-1886), Page 257.

    Rosebery, an estate, with a small mansion, in Temple parish, Edinburghshire, on the left side of the river South Esk, 4 miles SW of Gorebridge. The ancient barony of Nicolson, in the quondam parish of Clerkington, it was purchased in 1695 by Archibald Primrose, M.P., and erected into the new barony of Rosebery-a title assumed by him on his elevation to the peerage of Scotland as Viscount in 1700, and Earl in 1703. He sold it in 1712; but the fourth Earl repurchased it in 1821. Its large and ancient mansion-house was demolished in 1805-12. See Dalmeny.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

  17.   Clan Sempill, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  18.   Keith Allen Semple
    http://web.archive.org/web/19991109235749/http://www.csranet.com/~ksemple/semplenm.htm