'Kelso1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Kelso of Dankeith, Kelso (Hamilton) of Hullerhirst, Kelso of Kelsoland, Hamilton of The Retreat

Commoners reports that "The Kelsos, one of the most ancient families in Ayrshire, came originally, it is stated, from Normandy, and that traditionary origin is sustained by the fact that Yuelsoe is a surname still preserved in the province."
Hugo de Kelso (a 1296)
1. ?? de Kelso presumed intermediary generation, presumed father or grandfather of ...
  A. Andrew de Kelho or Kelso (a 1328, prior of Paisley Abbey) presumed dsp
  B. ?? de Kelso possibly brother/cousin of the prior
  i. John de Kelso of Kelsoland
  a. John de Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1403)
m. Elizabeth Livingstoun ("apparently of the house of Callendar")
  (1) ?? Kelso (dvp)
  (A) Thomas Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1444)
  m. ?? Boyle (dau of ?? Boyle of Kelburne)
  (i) John Kelso of Kelsoland
  m. ?? Stewart (dau of William Stewart of Fynock, son of William of Bute, grandson of King Robert II)
  (a) Thomas Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1521)
((1)) Thomas Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1536)
  m. _ Frazer (dau of _ Frazer of Knock)
  ((A)) Archibald Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1576)
  m. Margaret Stewart (dau of James Stewart of Ardgowan & Blackhall by Janet, dau of George Maxwell of Newark)
  ((i)) David Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1601)
m. Elizabeth Stewart (dau of James Stewart, son of James of Ardgowan, cousin)
  ((a)) Archibald Kelso of Kelsoland (dsp by 1613)
  m. Sarah Brisbane (dau of Matthew Brisbane of Rossland, m2. Sir William Mure of Rowallan)
  ((b)) Robert Kelso of Kelsoland (a 1624, dsp)
  ((ii)) William Kelso
  ((a)) Robert Kelso of Halrig, later of Kelsoland - continued below
  m. Jean Osborn (dau of John Osborn, Provost of Ayr)
  ((iii)) Giles (Gilles) Kelso
  m. (1605) John Stewart of Ascog
  ((B)) Giles Kelso
  m. Hugh Craufurd of Cloverhill



Robert Kelso of Halrig, later of Kelsoland - continued above
m. Jean Osborn (dau of John Osborn, Provost of Ayr)
1. John Kelso, last of Kelsoland
  m. Mary Hamilton (dau of Rev. Archibald Hamilton of Wigton (brother of James, 1st Viscount Claneboye))
  A. Robert Kelso (d 1752, Captain)
  m. Jane Oakley (widow of Captain _ Norris)
  i. John Kelso, later of Dankeith (d 1781, Captain)
  m. (13.06.1758) Margaret Mowat (dau of William Mowat, Provost of Aberdeen)
  a. William Kelso of Dankeith (d 22.04.1836, Colonel)
  m. (30.08.1784) Susanna Fergusson (dau of William Fergusson of Doonholm)
  (1) William Kelso of Dankeith (dsp, Lt. Colonel, 2nd son)
  (2) Elizabeth Kelso
  m. John H. Martin of Glencree (son of Samuel of Antigua)
  (3) Mary Susanna Kelso
  m. Alfred G. Utterson (rector of Layer Marney, son of John of Mile End House & Marwell Hall)
(4)+ other issue - John (d unm), Fleming (d unm), Margaret
  b. Robert Kelso of Bungay in Suffolk (d 23.10.1823, Major General)
  m. (1798) Marianne Susan Burtsell (d 04.1832, dau of Nelson Burtsell of Suffolk)
  (1) Edward John Francis Kelso of Kelsoland, Horkesley Park, Essex (d 08.10.1857, Captain) had issue
  m. (10.06.1841) Frances Laetitia Philippa Purvis (dau/heir of Barrington Purvis of Beccles & Purvis Hall by Amy Laetitia, dau of Rev. Nathaniel Colville of Lawshall)
  (2) Margaret Augusta Kelso
  m. Courtenay Boyle Bruce (rector of St. Cross. Homersfield & St. James)
  (3) Louisa Marianne Susan Frances Kelso
  m. William Colvill (rector of Bytham, St. Peter's & Brome)
  c. Archibald Kelso of Sauchrie, Carrick (b 18.02.1771, 7th son)
  m. (02.1805) Macharg (dau of _ Macharg of Kiers, "an ancient Ayrshire family")
  (1)+ issue - Archibald, Andrew John, Cecilia Margaret, Margaret Georgiana, Jane, Elizabeth
  d. George Kelso (dsp, Captain)
  m. _ Plumb
e. Mary Kelso
  m. Patrick Ballentyne of Castle Hill
  f.+ other issue - John, Millar (RN), Alexander Stuart, Berrie, Andrew (d unm), Jane, Frances (d unm), Margaret (d unm), Charlotte Christina
  ii. Mary Kelso
  B. William Kelso of Dankeith, Ayrshire (a 1693)
  m. Mary Dunlop (dau of John Dunlop of that ilk)
  i. William Kelso of Dankeith (d unm 1763)
  ii. Mary Kelso
  m. _ Macgill of Edinburgh (physician)
  a. daughter
  m. Walter Stewart (dsp)
  iii. Jean Kelso (d unm)
  C. Mary Kelso possibly of this generation
  m. Robert Paterson of Craigton
2. William Kelso



"supposed to have been an offshoot of the Kelsos of Kelsoland" was ...
William Kelso of Carwinin Hill (Dalry) then Campbeltown (Kintyre) (b c1642, d 1742)
m. Mary Montgomerie (b c1664, d 1739, dau of Hugh Montgomerie of Broomlands)
1. William Kelso of Hullerhirst (b 1694-5, d 12.09.1750)
  m. (19.12.1741) Dorothea Hunter (dau of Patrick Hunter of Hunterstoun, m2. (Hugh) Weir of Kirkhill)
  A. William Kelso of Hullerhirst (b c1746, d unm 06.01.1778)
  B. Patrick Kelso of Hullerhirst (b 1749, d 28.12.1791)
  m. (08.04.1777) Mary Hamilton (dau of Robert Hamilton of Saltcoats, brother of Sir Alexander of The Retreat in Topsham (Devon) (d 1809))
  i. William Kelso of Hullerhirst (b 1778, d unm 27.01.1805)
  ii. Alexander Hamilton Kelso, later Hamilton of Hullerhirst & The Retreat (d 11.06.1833, 3rd son) had issue
  m. (1809) Maria Rosalie Colbiornsen (d 03.03.1878, dau of Edward James Colbiornsen, a Danish family)
  iii. Anne Barclay Kelso
  m. John Howe of Irvine
  iv.+ other issue - Robert (d 22.12.1802), Mary (d 04.07.1804), Dorothea (d infant)
  C. Mary Kelso

Main source(s):
(1) For upper & middle sections : Commoners (vol 2, 'Kelso of Kelsoland (now of Dankeith)', p534+), BLG1886 ('Kelso of Horkelsey Park'), 'Paterson' (Ayrshire, vol 2, 'Kelsos of Dankeith', p479+)
(2) For lower section : BLG1886 ('Hamilton of The Retreat and Hullerhirst'), 'Paterson' (Ayrshire, vol 2, 'Kelsos of Hullerhirst, p448+)
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