'Speirs1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Speirs of Culcreuch, Speirs of Elderslie

BFR identifies the arms of the following family as "Az. a ship in full sail arg. ensignes flying gu. between three bezants".
John Speirs of Edinburgh
m. (28.10.1708) Isobell Tweedie (dau of John Tweedie, Provost of Peebles)
1. Alexander Speirs of Elderslie, Renfrewshire (b 14.09.1714, d 1782, 2nd son)
  m1. (15.11.1746) Sarah Carey (dsp 24.04.1752)
m2. (03.03.1755) Mary Buchanan (d 24.12.1818, dau of Archibald (probably not Peter) Buchanan of Silverbank (aka Auchentorlie))
  A. Archibald Speirs of Elderslie (b 10.02.1758, d 11.1832, MP)
  m. (24.11.1794) Margaret Dundas (d 08.05.1852, dau of Thomas, Lord Dundas)
  i. Alexander Speirs of Elderslie (d 05.10.1844, MP) had issue
  m. (22.06.1836) Eliza Stewart Hagart (dau of Thomas Campbell Hagart of Bantaskine, m2. Edward Ellice of Invergarry)
  ii. Frances Laura Speirs (d 1877)
m. (24.06.1824) Robert Cunninghame-Graham of Gartmore
  iii.+ other issue - Thomas Dundas (d unm 01.1892), Archibald William (d unm), Peter Charles (d unm), Lawrence Dundas, Margaret Bruce (d unm 185*), Mary (d unm), Charlotte Fitzwilliam (d unm), Anne Godolphin (d unm 1873), Helen (d unm 10.04.1887), Dorothea Dundas, Harriot Octavia Isabella, Matilda Isabella Grace
  B. Peter Speirs of Culcreuch, Stirlingshire (b 12.05.1761, d 1829, youngest son)
  m. (1792) Martha Harriet Cunninghame-Graham (d 1841, dau of Robert Cunninghame-Graham of Gartmore)
i. Alexander Graham Speirs of Culcreuch (b 1793, dsp 1877, DL, Convener of Stirlingshire)
  m. (1829) Mary Buchanan Murray (dau of William Murray of Polmaise by Grace Speirs)
  ii. Robert Cunningham Graham Speirs (b 180*, d 1848) had issue (1 dau)
  m. (1832) Catherine Anne Grant (dau of Francis Grant of Kilgraston)
  iii. Archibald Speirs (b 10.06.1805, d 08.03.1859) had issue
  m. (1839) Mary Anne Pringle (dau of William Alexander Pringle of Bengal, son of Alexander of Yair)
  iv.+ other issue - Anna Maria (d 1829), Mary Buchanan (d 1865), Harriet (b 179*, d 18**), Helen (b 1800, d 1878), Elizabetsh (b 1801, d 14.01.1890), Grace (b 1803, d 1885), Henrietta Margaret Matilda (b 1805, d 1881)
  C. Grace Speirs (b 28.07.1770, d 1829)
  m. William Murray of Polmaise
  D.+ other issue - John (b 04.02.1757, d 27.03.1773), Alexander (b 01.10.1759, d 24.08.1772), Martha (b 10.02.1756), Isobell (b 14.06.1763, d 13.03.1764), Mary (b 23.01.1765, d 184*), Helen (b 03.07.1766, d 1753)
2.+ other issue - John (b 05.12.1712, d 07.1726), James (b 06.04.1720, dsp in Virginia), Isobell (b 20.10.1709, d 30.08.1720), Helen (b 11.07.1711), Margare (b 04.02.1716, d 05.08.1718), Anna (b 01.09.1717, d 01.09.1719), Joanna (b 31.08.1718)

Main source(s): BFR ('Speirs', p541+), BLG1937 ('Hagart Speirs of Elderslie')
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