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CHALMERS - Notes on the Chalmers Families of South Ayrshire - Colmonell


"Notes on the Chalmers Families of South Ayrshire" by John G. Wilson

I am indebted to the author of this article, John Wilson of Kilwinnet, for allowing me to use his work. Please visit his own genealogy web-site Wilson of Kilwinnet

I have been informed that this article appeared in "The Scottish Genealogy Magazine" and was sent to me by David R. Chalmers of Stirling, to whom I indebted. It seems to be a collection of articles, and extracts relating to the name Chalmers, and is split into two parts "The Chalmers Family of Gadgirth" and "Chalmers of Colmonell Parish."


Chalmers of Colmonell Parish


In 1551 the "40s lands of Hallowchaperl in the barony of Carltoun", there is also mention of the "dwelling house of Hallowschapel." In the Sasine Reg. for Ayrshire 1635-1660, it is recorded that Hallowchapel was owned by the Chalmers family. In 1644, a Robert chalmers, son of John Chalmers of Sauchrie, was the head creditor in the testament of Thomas Kennedy of Pinwherry which was adjoined to Hallowchapel. It is highly likely that the above Robert was of Hallowchapel which was owned by the Chalmers family and a neighbour of Thomas Kennedy.


The old House of Kildonan stood on the east bank of the Duisk, about a mile from the junction of that stream with the river Stinchar. The lands were possessed, in the fifteenth century, by a branch of the border family of Eccles of that Ilk. The young Eccles, Laird of Kildoinnan, was a ruling elder of Straiton parish in 1645: the parish where my own Chalmers connection belongs. Shortly after, this property seems to have passed to the Cathcarts of Carletoun. After 1683, Kildonan must have been re-acquired by a descendant of the former proprietors. By the 1750's, the next proprietor of Kildonan was James Chalmers, whose name occurs in the sederunt of commissioners of supply in 1749 and 1753. James Chalmers of Kildonan married Jane Cathcart, 5th child and eldest of the two daughters of Sir John Cathcart of Carleton. A James Chalmers of Kildonan, died in 1771, a John Chalmers, Kildonan died in 1774. In 1830, Kildonan was bought by a Dr. Hamilton. It would seem that the Chalmers families of Hallowchapel and Kildonan were the same as Sauchrie.

There follows an outline of the authors family: "The Chalmers family of Straiton who are connected with John G. Wilson"


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