'Gray3'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Gray of Creich, Gray of Over Skibo, Gray of Skibo, Gray of Swordell

Andrew Gray of Cluny (a 1512)
'The Scottish Antiquary' mentions that Sir Robert Gordon's 'History of Sutherland' identifies the John (d 1586) as son, by 1st wife, of Andrew ("the slayer of the Constable of Dundee"), 2nd son of Andrew, only son of Sir Patrick the Master of Gray, by his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Stewart, dau of John, Earl of Athol. However, this appears to be confusion with the Andrew of Muirtown who was ancestor of the later Lords Gray. Thanks to CV (22.04.14) for advising us that "Skibo - Its Lairds and History", by Peter Gray (1906), reports that "John Gray of Culmaly, and Skibo, and Sordell, first of Skibo, and great-great-grandson of Lord Gray, was the legitimated son of Sir William Gray, a kirk celibate, and thus never married, but as a salvo of the offspring letters of legitimation were granted 5th June 1539". That supports what we show, which follows TSP (Gray) that says that Andrew "is said to be the ancestor of the Grays of Skibo" and that he "had several sons" but names only the following Alexander, although we are a little concerned that there has been more confusion with the Alexander who is shown as son of Andrew of Muirtown.
1. Alexander Gray of Newton in Schives, Aberdeenshire
  m. Elizabeth Hay
2. Sir William Gray (Chancellor of Ross?)
partner unknown
  A. John Gray of Culmaly, Skibo, etc., later of Swordell (Sordell) & Creich (d 1586, Constable of Skido Castle)
  m(2). (before 1567) Elizabeth Barclay of Culerne & Pitcorthy
  i. Gilbert Gray of Skibo & Swordell (d 03.10.1624)
  m1. Christian Munro (dau of Robert Munro, 15th of Foulis)
  a. George Gray of Skibo & Swordell (d 11.07.1629)
  m1. Jane Gordon (d 02.1612, dau of John Gordon of Embo)
'The Gordons of Embo' (pp32-33) supports the next generation.
  (1) Gilbert Gray mentioned by 'The Gordons of Embo' but not by 'The Scottish Antiquary'
  (2) Robert Gray of Skibo (d 1693)
  (A) Robert Gray of Skibo (d c1714)
  m. Isobell Munro (dau of Sir George Munro of Newmore)
  (i) George Gray of Skibo
  m. (mcrt 08.01.1719) Elizabeth Dalrymple
  (a) Robert Gray of Skibo (bpt 1731)
(b) Jean Gray
  m. George Sutherland
  (c)+ other issue - George, Isabel
  (ii) Christian Gray
  m. John Gordon of Gavitie
  (iii) Helen Gray possibly the Helen who married ...
m. Adam Gordon of Dalpholly
  (iv) Anna Gray
  m. Robert Gordon (brother of Sir John of Embo)
  (v) Lucia Gray (a 1742)
  m. Robert Gray (a by 1742, son of John of Newmore)
  (vi)+ other issue - Robert, Gilbert
(B) Alexander Gray
  (C) Jean Gray probably of this generation
  m. George Sutherland of Forse
  (3) Alexander Gray of Over Skibo
  m. Anna Munro ("probably of the family of Teaninch")
  (A) John Gray of Over Skibo (a 10.1741)
  m. Katherine Fraser (dau of Duncan Fraser of Achnagairn, widow of Andrew Ross of Pitkerie)
  (i) Alexander Gray of Over Skibo (d 05.1767)
  m. Rebekah Macdonald
  (a) Alexander Gray of Over Skibo, later Ross of Cromarty
'The Scottish Antiquary' reports that Alexander "inherited the estae of Cromarty from his half-uncle, George Ross, and immediately after his death assumed the name of Ross".
  m. Mary Susanna Wainhouse or Emmott (d 01.04.1829, dau of Richard Wainhouse, later Emmott)
  ((1)) Ellen Gray or Ross
  m. (1805) Alexander Oswald (first cousin)
  ((2)) Caroline Gray or Ross (dsp)
  m. Edward Parkins
  ((3)) Harriet Susanna Gray or Ross
  m. (13.04.1811) George Green (d 10.08.1839)
(b) Janet Gray (b 1746-7, d 15.02.1841)
  m. (03.10.1769) James Townsend Oswald of Dunnikier (b 20.02.1748, d 03.01.1814)
  (ii) Christian Gray
  m. Thomas Houston
  (iii) Katherine Gray
  m. (05.11.1758) Hugh Houston
  (a) Anna Houston
  m. Hugh Houston of Creich
  ((1)) Katherine Houston
m. Charles Munro of Allan
  (b)+ other issue
  (B) Jean Gray
  (4) Bessie Gray
m1. Hector Douglas, younger of Muldarg
  m2. Andrew Ross, Provost of Tain
  (5) Janet Gray
  m. John Munro of Minlair (Lynlair)
  (6) Christian Gray
  m. Houcheon (Hugh) Munro of Assynt
  m2. Isabel Dunbar (dau of John Dunbar of Moyness, m2. Kenneth Mackenzie of Kilchrist)
  b. Robert Gray of Ospisdale & Creich
  'The Gordons of Embo' (p22) reports that Robert & Bessie had 4 sons and a daughter.
  m. Elizabeth ('Bessie') Gordon (dau of Alexander Gordon of Sideray)
  (1) Alexander Gray
m. _ Mackenzie (dau of Alexander Mackenzie of Gairloch)
  (2)+ other issue - Robert of Balator, 2 sons, daughter
  c. John Gray (d before 13.06.1656, Dean of Caithness)
  (1)+ issue including Robert (Provost of Dornoch)
  d. Bessie Gray
  m. Robert Murray of Pulrossie
  e. Jane Gray
  m. William Cuthbert of Castle Hill or Drakies
  m2. Christian Munro (dau of William Munro of Cullicudden, widow of Andrew Munro, tutor of Foulis)
  f.+ other issue - Robert, Andrew, Alexander, John, Gilbert
  ii. William Gray of Dornoch

Main source(s): 'The Scottish Antiquary' (vol VII, 1893, p182+), with thanks to a contributor (CV, 22.04.14) for bringing that to our attention
Part of the above was first shown on a Temporary page from 05.12.08, being "information kindly provided by a contributor (CV, 05.11.08)". Sadly, we can no longer find that email. The entry was amended on 11.12.13 with "input from 'The Gordons of Embo with other families of the name in the County of Sutherland' by John Malcolm Bulloch (1908)".
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