'Durham02'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Durham of Largo, Durham of Pittkerrow

John Durham, 1st of Pittkerrow (d by 1593)
m. Isabel Kyd (dau of _ Kyd of Cragie)
1. James Durham, 2nd of Pittkerrow (d by 1620)
  m. Janet Wishart (dau of Sir James Wyschart of Pittarrow)
  A. Alexander Durham, 3rd of Pittkerrow (d by 1621)
  m. Jean Ramsay (dau of David Ramsay of Balmain)
  i. Sir James Durham, 4th of Pittkerrow (d 1633)
  m. Janet Durham (dau of James Durham of Duntarvie)
  a. Sir James Durham, 5th of Pittkerrow (d 1663)
m. ?? Hepburn (dau of ?? Hepburn of Humbie)
  (1) James Durham of Easter Powrie & Pittkerrow (b c1622, d 25.06.1658, minister at Glasgow)
  m. Margaret Mure (dau of William Mure of Glanderston, widow of Zachary Boyd)
  (A) Francis Durham, 2nd of Largo (dsp 1667)
  m. (1664) Christian (probably not Jean) Scott (dau of Sir James Scott of Ardross)
  Francis inherited Largo from his uncle, Sir Alexander, below.
  (B) James Durham, 3rd of Largo (d c1671)
James & Margaret are shown by Commoners & BLG1850 (and an old notebook that forms part of Stirnet's 'BG family records') as parents of James, Margaret, etc. by Margaret, dau of Sir Thomas Rutherford of Hunthill. Moreover, those sources do not mention a younger brother Alexander whilst 'East Neuk' shows such an Alexander as father of those children by Margaret Rutherford. That Margaret's wife was named Alexander is supported by TSP (Rutherford). Confused by the reference to Hunthill, which moved from one branch of Rutherfords to another around this time, and the reference to Sir Thomas, we used to show James's wife (and mother of his alleged children) here (as dau of Sir Thomas of Edgerston & Hunthill).
  (C) Alexander Durham of Largo
As indicated above, we now disagree with Commoners (and its followers) and instead follow 'East Neuk' in showing Alexander as father of the later Durhams of Largo by Margaret Rutherford. However, 'East Neuk' follows those other sources in identifying her father as Sir Thomas of Hunthill whereas TSP (Rutherford) identifies her as ...
  m. (31.10.1671) Margaret Rutherford (a 1713, dau of Andrew Rutherford of Hunthill, niece of Sir Thomas of Hunthill, 2nd Lord)
  (i) James Durham, 4th of Largo (b 1678, d by 1755 (1741?))
Commoners & BLG1850 do not name James's 1st wife and suggest that he had issue only by his 2nd wife. As reported below, 'East Neuk' shows several children by this marriage but some we think are duplications of his siblings.
  m1. (1708) Ann Don (dau of ?? Don of Hattonburn)
  (a) Margaret Durham
  m. (1735) John Gillespie of Kirkton
  (b)+ other issue (d young) - Robert, Alexander
  m2. (1728) Ann Anstruther (dau of Sir Robert Anstruther, Bart)
  (d) James Calderwood Durham, 5th of Largo & Polton (b 1732, d 1808)
  m. (1753) Ann Calderwood (b 1734, d 1797, dau of Thomas Calderwood of Polton)
((1)) James Durham, 6th of Largo (b 14.01.1754, dsp 05.02.1840, General)
  m1. (1779) Elizabeth Sheldon (b 1757, d 1826, dau of Col. Sheldon of Fletwich House)
  m2. (1827) Margaret Anstruther-Thomson (dau of John Anstruther-Thomson of Charlton)
  ((2)) Thomas Calderwood Durham of Polton (d by 1840)
  m. (1793) Elizabeth Young (dau of James Young of Netherfield by Lilias, dau of John Alston of Broomly)
  ((A)) Lilias Calderwood Durham of Polton & Largo (b 1799, d 1862)
  m. (09.04.1822) Robert Dundas of Arniston (b 19.06.1797, d 08.06.1838)
  ((B))+ other issue - James Steuart (dvp 1818), Thomas (d young?)
((3)) Sir Philip Charles Durham, later Henderson-Calderwood-Durham of Fordel, Polton & Largo (b 29.07.1763, d 02.04.1845, Admiral)
  m1. (28.03.1797/9) Charlotte Bruce (d 1816, dau of Charles, 5th Earl of Elgin)
  ((A)) Thomas Calderwood Durham of Polton & Largo (b 1797, dvpsp 1842)
  m. (1820) Anna Cunningham Graham (dau of (William) Cunningham Graham of Gartmore)
  m2. (1817, sp) Anne Elizabeth Henderson (dau of Sir John Henderson, Bart of Fordel)
  ((4)) William Durham (b 1764, d by 1840)
  ((5)) Margaret Durham
  m. (1783) James Charles Edward Stuart Strange (son of Sir Robert the engraver)
  (e) Robert Durham (d 1752)
  (f) Preston Durham
  m. _ Balneaves of Cairnbadie (Colonel)
Commoners & BLG1850 report that (James &) Margaret Rutherford had 4 daughters but do not name them. 'East Neuk' identifies 3 daughters of this generation (Mary m. John Gillespie of Kirkton in 1704, dau m. _ Burns (clergyman), Christian m. John Lundin of Baldastard in 1700) but then shows the James of the next generation as having the following by Ann Don: Robert (d young), Alexander (d young), Ann (m. _ Wemyss of Cuttlehill), Isabel (m. David Burn, minister of Fetteresco), Margaret (m. John Gillespie of Kirkton in 1735) and Magdalene, Rebecca, Christian & Barbara ("one of whom married Lundin of Baldastard"). We suspect that some duplication has arisen and follow the 'BG family records' which show the following as of this generation.
  (ii) Ann Durham
  m. W. Wemyss of Cuttlehill
  (iii) Margaret or Mary Durham --
  m. (1704?) John Gillespie of Kirkton --
  (iv) Isabel Durham --
  m. David Burn (minister of Fetteresco) --
(v) Christian Durham
  m. (1700) John Lundin of Baldastard (bpt 29.06.1696)
  (vi)+ other issue - David (b 1686, dsp), Alexander (dsp), Robert, David, William (dsp 1711)
  (2) Adam Durham ancestor of Durhams of Luffness
  (3) Sir Alexander Durham, 1st of Largo (d unm 1663, Lord Lyon King of Arms)
  (4) Adolphus Durham (dsp)
  (5) Grizel Durham (d 09.1666) possibly of this generation, see the note on the Grizel Durham below
  m. (mcrt 07.1639) John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton (b c1608, d 1673)
b. Grizel Durham possibly of this generation
  There appears to be confusion between successive generations of Grizels, daughters of a James Durham of Pitkerrow (possibly including the earlier one shown below as married to an Alexander Fothringham). TCP reports one (d 09.1666, sister of Sir Alexander) as married first to Sir Alexander Fotheringham then in 1630 to Sir Gilbert Ramsay, 1st Bart of Balmain, then in 07.1639 to John, 1st Earl of Middleton. However, BP1934 (Ramsay of Balmain), which also attributes those 3 marriages to her, also reports that Sir Gilbert Ramsay was alive in 1661-3. 'The Genealogy of the Fothringhams of Pourie-Fothringham' reports that the Grizel who married the 11th laird of Pourie was remarried to Sir Gilbert Ramsay, 1st Bart, as his 2nd wife (making no mention of a 3rd marriage) but reports that her 1st husband did not die until 1654. We suspect that not only is there more than one Grizel Durham involved but that there is also more than one Alexander Fothringham or Gilbert Ramsay involved, possibly including the Alexander Fothringham shown below as of an earlier generation, and/or that marriages have been reported in the wrong order. We hope to research this further in due course.
  m1. (1630) Sir Gilbert Ramsay, 1st Bart of Balmain (a 1651)
  m2. Sir Alexander Fothringham, 11th of Pourie (dsp 1654)
  c. Jean Durham (d 19.07.1645) probably of this generation
  m1. James Sinclair of Stevenson
  m2. (1645) Sir James Balfour of Kinnaird, 1st Bart of Denmiln (b c1604, d 14.02.1657, Lyon King of Arms)
  d.+ other issue - William of Lenlithgow, John, Robert
  B. Grizel Durham
  m. (mcrt 22.05.1609) Alexander Fothringham (of Pourie family)
  C. Joanna Durham probably of this generation
  m. Sir Michael Balfour of Denmiln (b 1579-80, d 04.02.1652)

Main source(s): BLG1850 (Durham of Largo), Commoners (vol i, 'Durham of Largo', pp287-288), ''The East Neuk of Fife' by Rev. Walter Wood (2nd edition, 1887, p82+) with some support from Stirnet's 'BG family records'
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