Person:Robert Semple (26)

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Robert Semple, 5th Lord Sempill 'of Beltrees'
b.
d.Bet 1707 - 1711
m. 3 Apr 1655
  1. Robert Semple, 5th Lord Sempill 'of Beltrees'1656 - Bet 1707 & 1711
  2. James Semple1657 -
  • HRobert Semple, 5th Lord Sempill 'of Beltrees'1656 - Bet 1707 & 1711
  • WMary PollockAbt 1660 -
m. 14 Nov 1678
  1. Jean Semple1679 -
  2. Elizabeth Semple1680 -
  3. Grizel Semple1682 -
  4. Robert Semple, 6th Lord Sempill 'of Beltrees' 'Last Lord of Beltrees'1687 - 1789
  5. William SempleAbt 1698 -
Facts and Events
Name Robert Semple, 5th Lord Sempill 'of Beltrees'
Alt Name Robert Sempill
Gender Male
Birth? Hereditary Sempill Lords of Beltrees & Clan Sempill
Christening[9] 11 Apr 1656 Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Marriage 14 Nov 1678 to Mary Pollock
Death? Bet 1707 - 1711

Disambiguation of Robert Semple

  • The Scots Peerage by Paul, James
Page 549 – Robert, baptized 11 April 1656, who sold the estate and became Sheriff-Clerk of the county of Renfrew. He married Elizabeth Cochran, who died before 17 February 1773. He died before 11 November 1790. He had several sons and three daughters.
  • Disambiguation
Robert as mentioned by Paul, James in the Scots Peerage as the husband of Elizabeth Cochran, is the same Robert reported to have married Mary Pollock mentioned by Alexander Pollock & Edward A. Langslow Cock [Members of the Pollock Family]. According to Alexander Pollock & Edward A. Langslow Cock [Members of the Pollock Family]. It is Robert, the son of Robert Semple and Mary Pollock, whom marries Elizabeth Cochran.S7
Patterson, James. The Poems of The Sempills of Beltrees: Now First Collected, With Notes And Biographical Notices Of Their Lives. (Edinburgh, Scotland: Thomas George Stevenson, 1849).
V. Robert Sempill of Beltrees, only lawful son and heir of Francis Sempill of Beltrees, married Mary, eldest daughter of Robert Pollock of that Ilk, 14th November 1678. By the contract of marriage she was infeft in the ten merk land of Thirdpairt, reserving L200 Scots to Jean Campbell, his mother, as an annuity. Robert Sempill took upon him the debts of his father, Francis. On the 13th April 1686, he owed 890 merks and L505. Also annual rents amounting to L94. Four other bands for money appear by Robert Sempill of Beltrees. He renewed a band to Robert Chapman, son and heir of the deceased Robert Chapman, Glasgow, for 4000 merks, over the lands of Thirdpairt, 9th June 1701. He paid a visit to Ireland, with the view of prosecuting the family claim to the lands of Carberry, of which they had been deprieved during the usurpation; but he returned in May 1703, not having met with suffiecient encouragement to institute legal proceedings.
MacKenzie, Robert Dunbar. Kilbarchan: A Parish History. (Paisley, Scotland: Alexander Gardner, Publisher to her late Majesty Queen Victoria, 1902). Page 231.
V. Robert [1681 (5)-1713], suffering much from financial embarrassment, made a journey to Ireland, and perhaps instituted legal proceedings, in the hope of regaining certain Irish possessions which the family had lost during Cromwell’s government. His efforts were not successful. Though not a poet, yet being an exceedingly handsome man he was a subject of verse. Reference is made to him in the following lines:-
Cum ben Bishoptoun, ben cum Blair,
And ben cum Beltrees, the flower of them thair.
He married Mary, daughter of Pollock of Pollok, and had issue a son Robert, and three daughters.
  • Robert Sempill of Beltrees was alive at the Union, as his son, Robert Sempill, younger, is mentioned in the Act. But he died before 1717, in which year “John Cochrane, [second] husband to the Ladie Beltrees,” was brought before the Presbytery of Renfrewshire, accused of adultery. Lady Beltrees would be about fifty-six years of age at this time. She had to Robert Sempill of Beltrees:-
1. Robert, his heir, born 8th Jan 1687.
2. Jean, born 21st Sept. 1679
3. Elizabeth, born 12th Nov. 1680.
4. Grizel, born 14th May, 1682
Robert Sempill of Beltrees seems to have died in the course of 1713. He was according to tradition, a remarkably handsome man. Two lines of a local song, popular before the middle of last century, allude to Beltrees: -…
References
  1.   The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland.
  2.   Patterson, James (Editor); James Sempill; Francis Sempill; and Robert Sempill. The Poems of The Sempills of Beltrees: Now First Collected, With Notes And Biographical Notices Of Their Lives. (Edinburgh, Scotland: Thomas George Stevenson, 1849).

    Page 38 to 40 - About 1755 Robert Semple, 'Last Lord of Beltrees' seems to have seriously entertained the idea of prosecuting the family claim to the estate of the Barony of Carbery in Ireland. There is a letter from Craufurd of Cartsburn, addressed to him, 28th January of that year, stating the reasons he had heard assigned by Sempill's father for not following out steps for the recovery of the property. The substance of it is as follows: - At Sir James Sempill's death, Robert Sempill the younger, his son, entered heir to his father, in order to pursue said claim. When about entering upon the prosecution, the first rebellion came on in Ireland, which made him lay aside thoughts of pursuing his design. At last he died, and when his son, Francis Sempill, was resolving to go there, the next rebellion broke out; and so soon as that was settled, he died. Afterwards there came people from Ireland, inquiring for these papers from Francis's son, Robert, which he refused, because his own affairs were disordered at home. He took it into his head to go to the Barony of Carbery himself and family, to pursue his claim; but as he travelled in Ireland to County of Tyrone, he met with a beneficial lease of lands from Squire Chappell, which he accepted; and after staying some time there, that gentleman took his papers* to Dublin for consultation. When he re- (cont. after footnotes below)
    *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 footnotes above)
    turned 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...

  3.   Members of the Pollok FamilyS7.

    Alexander Pollock & Edward A. Langslow Cock

  4.   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.

    Page 549 – Robert, baptized 11 April 1656, who sold the estate and became Sheriff-Clerk of the county of Renfrew. He married Elizabeth Cochran, who died before 17 February 1773. He died before 11 November 1790. He had several sons and three daughters.

  5.   Patrick Hogue (Samples). The Samples / Semples Family.
  6.   Patterson, James (Editor); James Sempill; Francis Sempill; and Robert Sempill. The Poems of The Sempills of Beltrees: Now First Collected, With Notes And Biographical Notices Of Their Lives. (Edinburgh, Scotland: Thomas George Stevenson, 1849).

    V. Robert Sempill of Beltrees, only lawful son and heir of Francis Sempill of Beltrees, married Mary, eldest daughter of Robert Pollock of that Ilk, 14th November 1678. By the contract of marriage she was infeft in the ten merk land of Thirdpairt, reserving L200 Scots to Jean Campbell, his mother, as an annuity. Robert Sempill took upon him the debts of his father, Francis. On the 13th April 1686, he owed 890 merks and L505. Also annual rents amounting to L94. Four other bands for money appear by Robert Sempill of Beltrees. He renewed a band to Robert Chapman, son and heir of the deceased Robert Chapman, Glasgow, for 4000 merks, over the lands of Thirdpairt, 9th June 1701. He paid a visit to Ireland, with the view of prosecuting the family claim to the lands of Carberry, of which they had been deprieved during the usurpation; but he returned in May 1703, not having met with suffiecient encouragement to institute legal proceedings.

    Robert Sempill of Beltrees was alive at the Union, as his son, Robert Sempill, younger, is mentioned in the Act. But he died before 1717, in which year “John Cochrane, [second] husband to the Ladie Beltrees,” was brought before the Presbytery of Renfrewshire, accused of adultery. Lady Beltrees would be about fifty-six years of age at this time. She had to Robert Sempill of Beltrees:-

    1. Robert, his heir, born 8th Jan 1687.
    2. Jean, born 21st Sept. 1679
    3. Elizabeth, born 12th Nov. 1680.
    4. Grizel, born 14th May, 1682

    Robert Sempill of Beltrees seems to have died in the course of 1713. He was according to tradition, a remarkably handsome man. Two lines of a local song, popular before the middle of last century, allude to Beltrees: -…

  7.   Cock, Langslow E. A. Pollock pedigree, 1080-1950: compiled from The ancient authorities and the work of Alex Pollock of 1939 . (London, England: Author).
  8.   MacKenzie, Robert Dunbar. Kilbarchan: A Parish History. (Paisley, Scotland: Alexander Gardner, Publisher to her late Majesty Queen Victoria, 1902).
  9. Scotland. Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. (FamilySearch Record Search)
    KILBARCHAN,RENFREW,SCOTLAND [1].

    Name: Robert
    Gender: Male
    Christening Date: 11 Apr 1656
    Christening Place: KILBARCHAN, RENFREW, SCOTLAND
    Father's Name: Francis Semple
    Mother's Name: Jean Campbell
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C19797-2 , System Origin: Scotland-VR , GS Film number: 1041277 , Reference ID: 2:1P2PTST