'Fletcher02'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Fletcher of Cranston, Fletcher of Innerpeffer, Fletcher of Saltoun (Salton), Flesher of Otley, Flesher of Tiffield, Flesher of Towcester

BLG1952 starts with Sir Andrew of Innerpeffer, the Senator, who purchased Saltoun. 'An Historical Account of The Senators of The College of Justice' (Brunton & Haig, 1836, p27+2) identifies Sir Andrew (d 03.1650) as eldest son of Robert of Innerpeffer & Beuclee. Paterson identifies William of New Cranstoun as son of David, Bishop of Argyle, and nephew of Sir John of New Cranstoun "who was appointed Lord Advocate, 5th February 1661, and who appears to have been a brother of Sir Andrew Fletcher of Innerpeffer, one of the Senators of the College of Justice". Wikipedia ("Bishop of Argyll") shows that David was Bishop 1662-1665. 'The Bee' (James Anderson, vol 11, 1792, p2 in note), found on Google Books, reports that "David Fletcher, bishop of Argyll, was the eldest son of Andrew, the second son of Innerpeffer. John, the immediate younger brother of the bishop, was lord advocate of Scotland in the reign of Charles II, whose heir James, son of the bishop of Argyll, left an only daughter Elizabeth, who was married to Sir James Dalrymple of Cousland, to whom she brought the estate of Cranston". Except that Paterson appears to have been wrong in suggesting that Lold Advocate Sir John "appears to have been a brother of" Senator Sir Andrew, and as otherwise mentioned below, the following is (we hope) consistent with these references.
Robert Fletcher of Innerpeffer & Beuclee
1. Sir Andrew Fletcher of Innerpeffer, 1st of Saltoun or Salton (d 03.1650, Senator of Court of Justice)
m. ?? Hay (dau of Peter Hay of Kirkland)
  A. Sir Robert Fletcher, 2nd of Saltoun (a 1672)
  i. Andrew Fletcher, 3rd of Saltoun (b 1653, d 1717, political writer)
  ii. Henry Fletcher, 4th of Saltoun (d 1733)
m. (04.1688) Margaret Carnegie (d 27.05.1745, dau of Sir David Carnegie, 2nd of Pittarrow)
  a. Andrew Fletcher, 5th of Saltoun (b 1691, d 15.12.1766, Lord of Session as Lord Melton)
  m. Elizabeth Kinloch (dau of Sir Francis Kinloch, 2nd Bart of Gilmerton)
  (1) Andrew Fletcher, 6th of Saltoun (d 27.05.1799)
(2) John Fletcher, later Fletcher-Campbell of Boqhan, 7th of Saltoun (General)
  m. (1795) Ann Thriepland
  (A) Andrew Fletcher, 8th of Saltoun Hall (b 20.08.1796, d 09.04.1879) had issue
  m. (07.09.1825) Charlotte Charteris (d 03.03.1886, dau of Francis Charteris, later Charteris-Wemyss-Douglas, 8th Earl of Wemyss and March)
  (B) Henry Fletcher, later Fletcher-Campbell of Boqhan (d 1877) had issue
  m. Ann Hathorn (d 08.04.1869, dau of John Hathorn of Castle Wigg)
  (3) Elizabeth Fletcher
  m. (1758) Sir John Wedderburn of Gosford, later Halkett, 4th Bart of Pitfirrane (d 1793)
  b. Mary Fletcher
  m. (1718) George Hepburn of Monkrig
  B. Sir Andrew Fletcher of Aberladie
Kindly identified by a contributor (PK, 15.10.07) as uncle of Andrew, brother of Sir Robert & husband of ...
  m. Helen Murray (dau of Sir Alexander Murray, 2nd Bart of Blackbarony)
2. Andrew Fletcher
  A. David Fletcher, Bishop of Argyll
  m. Elizabeth Strang (dau of John Strang of Glasgow University) mother of Janet, possibly also of ...
  i. James Fletcher of Cranston
  a. Elizabeth Fletcher, heiress of Cranston
m. (07.08.1702) Sir John Dalrymple, 2nd Bart of Cousland (d 24.05.1743)
  ii. William Fletcher of New Cranstoun
  m. Esther Cunningham (dau of John Cunningham of Enterkine, m2. Sir James Dalrymple, 1st Bart of Killoch & Cousland)
  a. Elizabeth Fletcher
  Paterson suggests that Elizabeth, elder sister of Esther, married Sir John Dalrymple, Bart. However, TCB (vol 4, 'Dalrymple of Killoch', p380) supports 'The Bee' (mentioned above) in identifying her father as James.
  b. Esther Fletcher (bur 06.06.1751)
  m. (mcrt 17.09.1712) Matthew Craufurd. of Balshagray & Scotstoun
  iii. Christian Fletcher probably of this generation
  m. (mcrt 29.08.1671) Henry Home of Kames (d before 06.1690)
  iv. Janet Fletcher (bur 04.05.1693) probably of this generation
  m. (09.09.1673) Thomas Gordon, 2nd of Buthlaw (bur 12.05.1690, WS)
  B. Sir John Fletcher of New Cranston (a temp Charles II (who r. 1649-1685), Lord Advocate of Scotland)



BCG reports that the family's name was "derived from the French, Flechier, an arrow maker" and so is a variation of Fletcher. BCG also reports that the family had been resident in Otley "since the Conquest".
Thomas Flesher of Otley, Yorkshire
1. Thomas Flesher of London (bpt 1648)
  m. (1679) Frances Rewse (dau of Sir Francis Rewse of Hedgstone, Harrow-on-the-Hill (d 1654?, Scout-Master-General) by Anne (d 1693), dau of Thomas Hutchinson of Pinner (b 1572, d 1656) by Margaret (b 1583, d 1656), dau of Roger Alanson of London)
  A. Thomas Flesher of Duncot, Greens Norton, near Towcester (b 1684, d 1762)
  m1. (1719) Hephzibah Hawkins (b 1696, d 1725, dau of Thomas Hawkins of Greens Norton by Elizabeth)
  i. Sophia Flesher (b 1722, d 1775)
  m. Thomas Bedford of Potterspury
  a. Sophia Frances Bedford (b 1762, d 1836)
  m. John Pinckard of Handley (b 1760, d 1834)
  m2. (1726) Hannah Gilbert (d 1774, dau of Charles Gilbert of London (b 1677, d 1701, m 1702 Anne, dau of William Boulting of Wedmore) son of William of Reresby)
  ii. Gilbert Flesher of Towcester, Northamptonshire (b 1730, d 1799)
  m. (1758) Sarah Bagshaw (b 1732, d 1806, dau of Edward Bagshaw of Frowlesworth by Sarah, dau of John Vere of Cester Over House, Monks Kirby)
  a. John Thomas Flesher (b 1771, d 1832, rector of Tiffield)
m. (1799) Rhoda Biker (d 1817, dau of Rev. Thomas Biker of Culworth)
  (1) John Thomas Flesher (b 1800, d 1852, rector of Tiffield) had issue
  m. (1831) Eliza Spencer (b 1804, d 1885)
  b. Gilbert Flesher of Towcester (b 1772, d unm 1845)
  c. Catherine Flesher (b 1761)
  m1. (1787) William Elliott of Greens Norton (b 1760, d 1800)
  m2. (1806) John Malsbury Kirby of Towcester (b 1761, d 1824)
  d. daughter
  e. Frances Flesher (b 22.09.1764, d 18.03.1836)
  m. (17.04.1794) Thomas Smith of Houghton House then Manor House (b 1767, d 1833)
  iii. Frances Flesher
  m. Rev. Edward Montgomery of Milton House

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section (uploaded 12.06.05, expanded 19.06.20) : BLG1952 ('Fletcher of Saltoun'), 'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 2, 1852, p500+)
(2) For lower section (uploaded 10.07.13) : BCG (vol 1 (1891), 'Smith of Gordon Brook', pp7-8)
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