Alexander KIRKPATRICK

Male Abt 1564 - Yes, date unknown


Personal Information

  • Name Alexander KIRKPATRICK 
    Born Abt 1564 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I6788  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2018 

    Father Sir Roger KIRKPATRICK, ,of Closeburn, Bradburgh and Auchinleck,13th Laird,   d. 29 Jun 1584, Dumfries, Dumfrieshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth HAMILTON, ,of Stonehouse,   b. Abt 1540,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1560 
    • On 11th April 1578, the Court of Justiciary heard the case of Cuthbert Amuligane alias Amullikin in Dempsterton, charged with the crime of adultery with Elizabeth Hamilton, spouse to Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburn, having been caught in the act at 'diverse and sundry times, within the Manor place of Closeburn, the Burgh of Edinburgh and other parts of the country in sundry houses and chambers'. (Cuthbert may have been the brother of John Amuligane third Laird of Blackmyre, but there is no evidence to prove this conclusively.)The case was proven ,and Cuthbert was banished from Scotland, and a fine of one thousand merks would be imposed if the affair continued.

      According to the register of the Court of Justiciary, the case was first heard on 8th March 1577, when Cuthbert made repentance and was formally admonished, after having been caught within the manor place of Closeburn on a number of occasions. However, despite being admonished, Cuthbert and the Lady of Closeburn continued their affair, much to the deep of annoyance of Roger Kirkpatrick, who had previously attempted unsuccessfully to divorce her in 1566, following an appeal to the Privy Council of Scotland citing adultery with his brother James.

      Elizabeth ,at that time,had retaliated with a counter action of adherence*, in which it is stated (erroneously) that they were married in 1555 and she had had six children by him, yet he had expelled her from the place of Closeburn and charged her with adultery with James Kirkpatrick, his brother.This charge was unproven and Roger was decreed to adhere to her. His second attempt, however, succeeded with the Court of Justiciary finding Cuthbert guilty for continuing in the same act.

      Elizabeth was divorced by Roger, and he married Margaret Gordoun 1st April 1580,four years prior to his death

      *[Action of Adherence, Scottish law. An action competent to a husband or wife to compel either party to adhere in case of desertion]

      Ref:Ancient Criminal Trials in Scotland
    Divorced Abt 1579 
    Family ID F2248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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