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14th Lord of Forfar Ramsay and Pitcairn
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Lady Elder of Forthar
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D. 28 July 1598 at Ref.
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John Pitcairn, fourteenth Lord of Forthar-Ramsay and Pitcairn, succeeded his brother Robert to Forthar-Ramsay on his death in 1584.  Robert had been uniformly good to him and his sisters: they were always on the very best of terms.   Robert Pitcairn the Commendator had, long before this, with the consent of his father David, made John Pitcairn and his descendants heirs of Forthar-Ramsay and Pitcairn, &c.  The charter was signed at Forthar, 25th January 1551.

John Pitcairn therefore became possessed of the tenth of the lands of Garbalibus of Inveresk.  He also had Limekilns, Easter and Wester Gellets, Mistertoun, Rescobie, Weddegang, Coitt, with the mills of Collerlaw and the Heuch Mills.  He had the right, too, to the coals of Gellets.  All this property was around Dunfermline.  The Cartulary of Dunfermline shows this clearly.

In 1584, when the Commendator died, John Pitcairn succeeded to his estates, which were of great extent, to the Baronies of Forthar, Downfield, and Pitcairn, many houses at St Andrews, several lands and manors around Dunfermline and elsewhere.

The estate of Dovan which belonged to his niece Janet Balfour was bought back when she died 1589.

Mr John Pitcairnís life ended in sadness and trouble. Two of his daughters died before him; his brother the Abbot, although a devoted servant to his King, had been banished through the influence of the infamous Arran.  He was eventually pardoned by the King, through the exertions of Walsingham.  He, however, only returned home to Scotland to die.  His estates were wrested from him, and some of the lands that he had left by will to his brother John and his nephew Henry, were forcibly taken from them, through the cupidity of King James VI to increase his revenues and as a marriage portion for his Queen.  Johnís son Henry, though duly elected Commendator, was practically obliged to give up his office and infeft Queen Anne with the lands in 1593.  It is little to be wondered at that, with all this trouble and anxiety, it should be recorded in the Edinburgh Wills, that on the 18th Dec. 1593 John Pitcairn died (worn out by a succession of troubles).




PFH: by Constance Pitcairn