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Lundin, Lundie

LUNDIN, or LUNDIE, a surname derived from lands of that name both in Forfarshire and Fifeshire, the former belonging to the earl of Camperdown, and the latter to Wemyss of Wemyss. Philip de Lundin (sometimes of old written London) obtained from Malcolm IV. the barony of the name in the parish of Largo, Fife, while on Malcolm de Lundin, his brother, was conferred by the same monarch the lands of Lundin in Forfarshire.

      Malcolm’s son, Thomas, was appointed by William the Lion, door ward or hostiarius, an office which became hereditary in the family, and from which they assumed the name of Durward. Thomas’ son, Allan, justiciary of Scotland, took the title of earl of Athol, to which he does not appear to have had any right. He married the natural daughter of Alexander II., and yet had the presumption to oppose the coronation of the infant son of that monarch in 1249. He died in 1275 (Chalmers’ Caledonia, vol. i. p. 534). Robert, a natural son of William the Lion, having married the heiress of this house, assumed the surname of Lundin, and from him the family of Lundin of Lundin were afterwards descended. In 1648, John Lundin of Lundin was succeeded by his daughter Margaret, who married the Hon. Robert Maitland, second son of John, first earl of Lauderdale. Mr. Maitland, in consequence, assumed the name and arms of Lundin. He supported the “Engagement” for the rescue of Charles I., in 1648; for which he was obliged to make repentance in the parish church of Largo. Accompanying Charles II. to England in 1651, he was taken at the battle of Worcester, and remained some years a prisoner. He was fined £1,000 by Cromwell, and died at Lundin in 1658. His only surviving son, John Lundin of Lundin, dying a few years afterwards, unmarried, was succeeded by his sister Sophia, who, in 1670, became the first wife of John Drummond, second son of James, third earl of Perth. by warrant from King Charles II., to him, dated 27th October, 1679, the family carried the arms of Scotland in their armorial bearings, as the natural sons of the kings of Scotland had been in use to do, since the reign of James I. In 1680, this John Drummond or Lundin was appointed general of the ordnance and deputy-governor of the castle of Edinburgh, in 1682 treasurer-depute, and in September 1684 one of the principal secretaries of state for Scotland. In 1685 he was created Viscount Melfort, and Lord Drummond of Gilston, and in 1686 earl of Melfort (see MELFORT, earl of). After the Revolution he went with James VII. and II. to France, where he remained, and was attainted by act of parliament in 1695; a clause in the act, however, declared that the forfeiture should in noways affect or taint the blood of his children by Sophia Lundin, his first wife. His son, James Lundin, succeeded his mother in the estate of Lundin, and, dying unmarried, was succeeded by his brother, Robert, who died in 1735. Robert’s son, James Lundin of Lundin, on the death and forfeiture of Edward Drummond, styled duke of Perth, representative of the earls of Perth, was served heir male of James, fourth earl of Perth, and died in 1781. His son, James Drummond, in 1785 obtained possession of the estate of the earldom of Perth, and was created a British peer, by the title of Lord Perth, and Baron Drummond of Stobhall. On his death in 1800 he was succeeded by his daughter, the Hon. Clementina Sarah Drummond, who was thus the heir of line of the ancient family of Lundin of Lundin. She married in 1807 the Hon. Peter Robert Burrell, eldest son of Lord Gwydir and Baroness Willoughby d’Eresby, to which titles he succeeded, to the first in 1820, and to the second in 1828. The Fifeshire estate of Lundin was sold, towards the close of the last century, to Sir William Erskine of Torry, and came to James Erskine Wemyss, Esq. of Wemyss in right of his mother.

            A branch of the family of Lundin possess the estate of Auchtermarnie, in the parish of Kennoway. The heiress married a gentleman of the name of Smith, and their son, on succeeding to the estate, assumed the name of Lundin. His son, Richard, a Captain in the 73d foot, died unmarried in 1832, when he was succeeded by his sister Euphemia.

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