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Ogilvie-Grant, family, Earls of Seafield

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

By the early 16th century the Grant family had considerable estates in Morayshire (Mulben, Freuchie) and Inverness-shire (Inverallan, Urquhart). The family subsequently consolidated its possessions from Freuchie (afterwards Castle Grant) throughout the Spey valley by purchase and exchange. The lordship of Strathspey was acquired from the bishop of Moray in the mid-16th century, Abernethy and Cromdale (Inverness-shire) were bought in the early 17th century, and in 1694 the Grant lands received the status of a regality. Sir James Grant (d. 1747) married Anne, heiress of Sir Humphrey Colquhoun, 5th Bt, of Luss (Dunbartonshire) and at Colquhoun's death in 1718 acquired his lands and baronetcy, on condition that they should never be held by the laird of Grant. On inheriting the Grant estates from his elder brother Alexander Grant in 1719, Sir James, whilst retaining the baronetcy, relinquished his Colquhoun inheritance to his second son James (d. 1786), who adopted the name Colquhoun. In 1763 Sir James Grant, 8th Bt, married Jean, only daughter of Alexander Duff of Hatton (Aberdeenshire) and his wife Anne, daughter of the 1st Earl Fife. The entailed Duff estates (Balquholly, Hatton and Knockleith) were inherited by Duff's brother and the unentailed estates sold by trustees in the late 18th century, though Lady Anne Duff retained Balquholly Lodge until her death in 1805.

Sir Walter Ogilvy of Deskford and Findlater (Banffshire) was made Baron Ogilvy of Deskford in 1610. His son James Ogilvy (d. 1652), created Earl of Findlater 1638, was succeeded by his son-in-law Sir Patrick Ogilvy (d. 1659) of Inchmartine (Perthshire), who, however, sold Inchmartine in 1650 to the Earl of Leven. Both Ogilvys were descended from Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse (Forfarshire) (see Ogilvy, Earls of Airlie). James Ogilvy (d. 1730), son of the 3rd Earl of Findlater, became Earl of Seafield in 1701 and inherited the earldom of Findlater in 1711.

The Seafield estates, including Cullen (Banffshire) and Deskford, were built up mainly in the Banffshire coastal lowlands from the 15th century. They were united into the barony of Ogilvy in 1510. A major acquisition was the barony of Boyne (Banffshire), with lands in Fordyce and Portsoy, bought from the Ogilvys of Boyne in 1709. On his death in 1811, the estates and earldom of the fourth Earl of Seafield passed to his cousin, Sir Lewis Alexander Grant (d. 1840), 9th Bt, of Castle Grant, whose brother Francis William Ogilvy-Grant (d. 1853) succeeded him as 6th Earl. (The spelling Ogilvie-Grant was adopted by the 11th Earl of Seafield.)

Estates in 1883: Inverness-shire 160,224 acres, Morayshire 96,760 acres, Banffshire 48,946 acres, total 305,930 acres worth £78,227 a year.

Places:
  • Abernethy, Inverness-shire
  • Balquholly, Aberdeenshire
  • Banff, Banffshire
  • Boyne, Banffshire
  • Castle Grant, Moray
  • Craigston, Aberdeenshire
  • Cromdale, Inverness-shire
  • Cullen, Banffshire
  • Cushnie, Aberdeenshire
  • Deskford, Banffshire
  • Dunphail, Moray
  • Duthil, Inverness-shire
  • Elgin, Moray
  • Fordyce, Banffshire
  • Grantown, Moray
  • Hatton, Aberdeenshire
  • Keith, Banffshire
  • Kilravock, Nairnshire
  • Knockleith, Aberdeenshire
  • Mile End, Middlesex
  • Moy, Moray
  • Mulben, Moray
  • Portsoy, Banffshire
  • Rathven, Banffshire
  • Rothiemurchus, Inverness-shire
  • Urquhart, Inverness-shire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections L-Z, 1999
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F80915 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F8168 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-20th cent: Banffshire (Cullen, etc), Inverness-shire (Urquhart, etc) and Moray (Castle Grant, etc) writs, executry, curatory, legal and financial papers, tacks, rentals, accounts, estate and Grant, Ogilvy and Ogilvie-Grant family corresp and papers 12th-20th cent, incl household papers for Castle Grant, Cullen, Elgin and Moy (Moray) 18th-20th cent, Banff castle 1749-80 and Dunphail (Moray) 1658, with estate papers for Nairnshire (Kilravock, etc) 1628, c1784-95 and Mile End (London) 1770-91 and papers of the Duff and Colquhou families 14th-19th cent
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 32594 Ogilvie-Grant

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75a]
2
15th cent-20th cent: Banffshire (Cullen, etc), Moray (Castle Grant, etc) and misc Aberdeenshire (Knockleith, etc) writs 15th-20th cent and Ogilvie-Grant family legal and misc papers 17th-20th cent, incl papers rel to Rothes (Moray) teinds 1758-1813
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 32594 Ogilvie-Grant

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75b]
3
1764-1793: Cullen (Banffshire) estate book
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75e]
4
1707-1724: Cullen (Banffshire) household account book
University of Guelph Library
NRA 31936 University of Guelph

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75g]
5
1856-1940: Inverness-shire (Abernethy, Urquhart, etc) legal and estate corresp and papers, etc
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 19358 Innes

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75d]
6
1767-1770: Inverness-shire (Cromdale, etc) and Moray (Castle Grant, etc) farm plans
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
See Annual Report 1999-2000
7
1783: Castle Grant (Moray) cereal livery account book
National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75f]
8
19th cent-1950: Ogilvie-Grant family executry and trust papers 1811-58, 1911-53 and Stuart (Barons Blantyre) family papers 19th cent, with papers rel to salmon fishings in the River Spey (Moray, etc) 1849-1950
National Records of Scotland (formerly National Archives of Scotland)
NRA 32594 Ogilvie-Grant

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75c]
9
17th cent-18th cent: political papers of the 1st Earl of Seafield (1664-1730)
Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [75h]

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