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KYNNINMOND, the surname of an ancient family who possessed the lands of that name in fife. Three of its members attained the episcopal dignity. Matthew Kynninmond, archdeacon of Lothian under the bishop of St. Andrews, became bishop of Aberdeen in 1172. Alexander Kynninmond was bishop of the same see in 1329, and in his time the city of Aberdeen, in 1333, was burnt by thirty English ships, when his own palace and the houses of the canons were entirely consumed. In 1357 another Alexander de Kynninmond was elected bishop of Aberdeen. He laid the foundation of the new cathedral, and in 1381 was sent by Robert II. on an embassy to France to renew the ancient league with that country. He died at Scone the year after his return. The family, about the middle of the 18th century, terminated in an heiress, Grizel Kynninmond, who married Sir William Murray of Melgund, descended from a younger son of the Murrays of Philiphaugh (Nisbetís Heraldry). Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto, baronet, father of the first earl of Minto, married the heiress of Melgund, and his family assumed the names of Murray and Kynninmond in addition to that of Elliot.

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