Samuel Semple, 8th Baron 'of Cathcart'
- Samuel Semple, 8th Baron 'of Cathcart'abt 1657 -
- James Semple
- H. Samuel Semple, 8th Baron 'of Cathcart'abt 1657 -
- W. Unknown
m. abt 1676
Facts and Events
- By GEORGE CRAWFURD, AUTHOR OF THE PEERAGE OF SCOTLAND, &C. &C. AND CONTINUED TO THE PRESENT PERIOD, By GEORGE ROBERTSON, AUTHOR OF THE AGRICULTURAL SURVEY OF MID LOTHIAN, &C PAISLEY: PRINTED BY J. NEILSON. SOLD BY H. CRICHTON, BOOKSELLER, PAISLEY, THE PUBLISHER; JOHN SMITH & SON, GLASGOW; ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE & CO. EDINBURGH J AND REST FENNER, LONDON.
- State of Property—Barony Of Cathcart. This fine property having been alienated by its ancient Barons, to a cadet of the family of Sempill, these retained possession to the seventh generation, as territorical Barons of Cathcart. The last of them mentioned by Crawfurd,
- Sir William Sempill of Cathcart being the fifth in succession, was retoured heir to his father in December 1653. He had the honour of Knighthood conferred on him by Charles II. and married Margaret, daughter of Sir James Hamilton of Broomhill, and was succeeded by
- James Sempill his eldest son, who married Margaret, daughter of Sir Samuel Baillie of Lamington, by whom he had a son,
- Bryce Sempill of Cathcart, who alienated these lands in to John Maxwell of Williamwood. BRYCE SEMPILL, LEFT ONLY ONE SURVIVING SON,
- SAMUEL SEMPILL, TO REPRESENT HIS FAMILY WHO WENT TO IRELAND, and acquired considerable property in the Counties of Wicklow and Dublin.
- The Barony of Cathcart continued in the Williamwood family, till about the year 1788, when, being sold in parcels, the old Castle and principal messuage were acquired by the late .Mr. James Hill, writer in Glasgow, whose representatives in 1801, disponed them to the present Earl of Cathcart, the direct male heir of its ancient Lords, and who has since bought the conterminous lands of Symshill. There is here a modern house, (Cartside), situated upon the banks of the Cart, adjacent to the old Castle, and which commands, perhaps, the most beautiful and romantic scenery in the country, built by the former proprietor* and to which a large addition had been made by the late Alexander Campbell, Esq; who occupied, as tenant, the whole of his Lordship's property in this Parish. The arms of the Cathcart family, quartered with those of Stair, have lately been prefixed to the front of this addition. These are handsomely sculptured on a stone, that had been inserted in front of the house of Sundrum in Ayrshire, while the Cathcart family possessed that mansion and property, and this stone was presented by Mr. Hamilton of Sundrum, to Lord Cathcart, when he heard that he had purchased as above, the ancient family seat of his ancestors. The rest of this Barony has become the property of different owners, of whom Sir John Maxwell of Pollock, has by much the greater proportion.
- Cathcart remained as a Sempill entity for solid 200 years until it failed with Samuel 8th Baron Cathcart sometime during the last half of the 1700's. The Baronage of Scotland states that he, "being bred a merchant, settled at Dublin in Ireland, and has acquired considerable property in the counties of Wicklow and Dublin, viz, Roebuck, Bell-view, Broomfield, Inchinappa, Castle-haven, etc." It states who he married, without issue, and that he was a son of Bryce, 7th Baron Cathcart, and also speaks as though he was still alone at the time it was written (quote from Charles E. Semple). Cathcart Castle having already been abandoned by him and other Semple heirs of Cathcart.
- Patrick Hogue. The Samples / Semples Family.