the surname of an ancient family of Galloway, whose origin is lost
in antiquity; ultra memorium hominum, as it is phrased in one
of their early charters. It is understood that the MCullochs are
lineally descended from Ulgrie, the grandson of Owen Gallvus, king
of the Cludiensis, of Strathcluyd Britons, Ulgrie and
Douvenald being vice sovereigns of Galloway. In proof of this the
MCullochs, Mackuloghs, or Culaghs, are said to have held that
portion of land over which Ulgrie or Ulgrah reigned, and the
MDowalls the portion over which Douvenald had sway.
The first of the name of any note was Culagh or Cullagh, son
of Allil, who was killed in a skirmish in the land of the Picts in
864. As far back as the 11th century this ancient family
held the lands of Cardoness, Myretoun, and Ardwall,
Kirkcudbrightshire, and the last-named estate is still possessed by
the head of the name, Walter MCulloch of Ardwall.
Amongst those who swore fealty to Edward I. at Berwick, August
28, 1296, was William Mackulagh. In 1305 Thomas Mackulagh was
sheriff of Wigtownshire.
Robert the Bruce granted lands to one Richard MColnach, June
13, 1324. On March 19, 1337-8, King Edward III. granted to Patrick
Maculach a pension of £20 yearly, for his good services in Scotland.
On Aug. 20, 1341, he also gave a mandate to Gilbert MCulloch for 2
pounds and 14 pennies, for wages due to him in the kings services.
(Rot. Scot, 612.) In 1350-1 Patrick MCulloch, William de
Aldeburgh, and John de Wigginton, were commissioners for Edward
Baliol. (Rot. Scotiae.) But in 1353 the MCullochs submitted
to King David II.
On Oct. 17, 1488, a decree was given to Quentin Agnew, sheriff
of Wigtown, that he should restore to Archibald MCulloch 28 oxen,
99 sheep, 4 horses, and other goods, the value of all which are
therein specified. (Acta Auditorum, p. 188.) In 1507, when
the earl of Derby, king of Man, made a descent on the town of
Kirkcudbright, Cutler MCulloch, chief of the clan of that name,
collected a number of ships, and sailed for the Isle of Man, which
he ravaged and plundered.
In 1514 a charter was granted in favour of MCulloch of
Myretoun, to the lands of Merton, constituting them into a barony
from that year to 1566. In the different civil wars and broils of
that stormy period, the lairds of Cardoness and Myretoun took an
active part. The chief of the MCullochs was one of the subscribers
to the bond entered into in 1567, to support the young King James
In 1587 William MCulloch of Cardoness and Myretoun, and Mary,
his wife, granted the lands of Ardwall to their nephew, William
MCulloch. In 1612 MCulloch of Ardwall was fined £1,200 for
opposing the kings authority.
The family of MCulloch of Myretoun was raised to the rank of
a baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles I. in 1634. The last baronet was
Sir Godfrey MCulloch of Ardwall, who was beheaded at Edinburgh,
March 26, 1697, for having, in a passionate moment, shot one William
Gourdon. The proceedings of his trial, and his speech and letter to
his wife and children, will be found in Pitcairns Criminal
The descendants of this ancient family have lived in the old
house of Ardwall since 1587. Walter MCulloch of Ardwall, the 6th
in the direct line, for many years held the appointment of
sheriff-depute of Kirkcudbrightshire.
From the family of Myretoun descended the MCullochs of
Drummoral and the MCullochs of Muill. The MCullochs of Piltoun
descend from the MCullochs of Cadboll.
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