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Families covered: Carstairs of Kilconquhar, Carstairs of Newgrange, Carstairs of Unthank

John de Casteltarris (a 1453) possibly father of ...
1. Andrew Carstairs of Unthank (a 1477, d by1521)
  A. William Carstairs (a 1483, d by1508)
  m. Elizabeth Ramsay (a 1518)
  i. Alexander Carstairs (a 1479, 1503, 3rd son)
  m. Elizabeth Brown
  ii.+ other issue - Sir Henry (a 1536)
  B. Thomas (?) Carstairs (a 1536)
m. (by 1515) Christian Moffat
  C. John Carstairs (a 1470, 1521, Provost of St. Andrews)
  D. Andrew Carstairs (a 1490, 1521)
  i. William Carstairs (a 1521)
  a. William Carstairs (d by1560)
  m1. ??
  (1) Catherine Carstairs (b c1550, d 1583) --
  m1. William Carstairs (a 1576) @1@ just below
  m2. Alexander Clephane of Carslogie (dspm) --
m2. Margaret Martine
  b. David Carstairs (d by1601)
  (1) William Carstairs (a 1576)
  m. Catherine Carstairs (b c1550, d 1583, dau of William Carstairs) @1@ just above
  (A) James Carstairs (b c1577, d 1625)
  m1. Christian Yule
  m2. Catharine Carstairs (b 1601, d 1649, dau of John Carstairs of Newgrange) @2@ below
  (2) Alexander Carstairs (a 1577, d 1614)
  m1. Margaret Wright
  m2. Margaret Rutherford (dau of James Rutherford)
  (3) David Carstairs (3rd son)
  (A) David ('Gabo') Carstairs
  m. Margaret Clephane Martine (dau of John Martine)
  (i) David Carstairs (merchant in Poland)
  (4)+ other issue (a 1614) - Beatrix, Patrick
  ii. David Carstairs (d by 1581)
  iii. John Carstairs (a 1518)
  a. (John ??) Carstairs
  (1) John Carstairs (d by1602)
m. Agnes Goodlat (dau of David Goodlat)
  (A) Janet Carstairs
  (B) John Carstairs of Newgrange (d 1649)
  See the note under Main Source(s) below regarding John's ancestry.
  m1. Elizabeth Carstairs (b 1568, d 1595, dau of John Carstairs)
  (i)+ issue - Agnes, Elspeth
  m2. (by 1613) Euphame Scheves (dau of John Scheves of Kemback)
  (iv) Catherine Carstairs (b 1601, d 1649)
  m1. James Carstairs (b c1577, d 1625) @2@ above
  m2. William Sandilands
(v) Sir John Carstairs, 1st of Kilconquhar (d before 1674)
  m1. Elspeth Donaldson
  This name, for John's first wife, is one given by BG family records but not in "Living in St. Andrews" (a main source for this page). The children are as per that book. 'East Neuk of Fife' (Walter Wood, 1887, p165) suggests that John m1. Elspeth Donaldson (mother of Elspeth) m2. Agnes Murray (mother of John) then m3. Helen Murray (mother of Thomas, another son & William).
  (a) John Carstairs of Kilconquhar Wood suggests that this John d 1692
  m1. Anna Rae
  m2. Isobel Ainslie
"Living in St. Andrews" shows Anna Rae as mother of Anna but does not refer to her marriage. BG family records suggest that Isobel Ainslie was Anna's mother and do show her marriage to Sir John.
  ((1)) Anna Carstairs (d 1693)
  m. (1671) Sir John Ramsay
  (b)+ other issue - Thomas (dsp), Elspeth (b 1632)
  m2. Agnes (or Helen) Murray (dau of Sir Archibald Murray, 1st Bart of Blackbarony)
  (d) Archibald Carstairs, 2nd of Kilconquhar
(e) William Carstairs, 3rd of Kilconquhar (b 1641, d 1688, Captain)
  m. (1667) Helen Murray (dau of Sir Patrick Murray, 1st Lord Elibank)
  ((1)) Sir John Carstairs, 4th of Kilconquhar
  m. (1679) Ann Bruce (dau of Sir William Bruce, 1st Bart of Kinross and Balcaskie)
  ((A)) James (John) Bruce Carstairs of Kinross
  m. Christian Halkett (dau of Sir Peter Halkett of Pitfirrane)
((i)) James Bruce Carstairs of Tillycoultry (a 1782)
  ((B)) Christian Bruce Carstairs (b 1689)
  m. James Balfour of Forret
  ((C)) Elizabeth Bruce Carstairs
((D)) Agnes Bruce Carstairs reported by BEB1844 (Bruce of Kinross)
  m. Robert Fotheringham of Bondeau
  ((E)) Mary Bruce Carstairs
  m. Alexander Bayne, 1st of Rires (b 1685, d 1737)
  ((2)) Agnes Carstairs probably of this generation
m. Robert Clerk (b 1664, d 1720)
  (f)+ other issue - Rachel, Isabel, Robert, Thomas, Walter
  Probably of this generation, but (if so) by which wife is not known, were ...
  (k) Bethia or Catherine Carstairs
  m. (1656) Thomas Rigg of Aithernie
  (l) Margaret Carstairs
  m. (1662) Robert Hamilton of Kilbrackmonth (d 02.04.1720)
  (2) ?? Carstairs
  This possibly being the connection between the Carstairs of Newgrange and ...
  (A) ?? Carstairs of Radernie
  (i) John Carstairs of Radernie, 1st of Cassingray (d c1646) --
  m. Helen Alexander --
  iv. William Carstairs (a 1552)
  m. Janet Smith
  a. David Carstairs
  E. Bernard (?) Carstairs (a 1475)
  m. Christian Baillie
  i. Bernard Carstairs (a 1548)

Main source(s):
(1) "Living in St. Andrews" by Catherine Forrest (published by St. Andrews University Library in 1996, ISBN 0 900897 14 7) provided much of the above. The book's secondary title is "A history of the Carstairs family from the 15th to the end of the 19th century". The book is a MUST HAVE for anyone who is researching either the Carstairs of Fife families or the history of St. Andrews, Fife.
(2) Stirnet's 'BG family records'. In some cases the family records disagree with what is given in "Living in St. Andrews", in particular:
(i) on the ancestry of John Carstairs of Newgrange who died in 1649. As that book specifically refers to and denies part of what the old handwritten (and unreferenced) family records suggest (we think it came from 'East Neuk of Fife' (Walter Wood, p165)), we defer to that book.
(ii) on certain details of the marriages and children of Sir John Carstairs, 1st of Kilconquhar. Here we also defer to the book.
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