a surname, derived from the lands of Ratho-Marjorie, in
Renfrewshire, so name from their having been bestowed on the
princess Marjorie, only daughter of Robert the Bruce, on her
nuptials in 1316 with Walter, high steward of Scotland, ancestor
of the royal line of Stuart. These lands, subsequently called
Terre de Ratho-Marjoribanks, came into the possession of a
family of the name of Johnston, who, from them, assumed the name
of Marjoribanks, though they continue to bear in part the
Johnston arms. Several of this family were members of the
Scottish Estates. On the institution of the court of session in
1532, by James V., Thomas Marjoribanks was one of the ten
advocates selected to procure or plead before the lords. On
March 2, 1535, he was appointed advocate for the poor, jointly
with Dr. Gladstanes, the salary of £10 a-year, with his consent,
being given to the latter. He acquired the lands of Ratho in
September 1546. The same year he was provost of Edinburgh and
commissioner for that city in the Estates, and again represented
it in parliament in 1546. He was admitted a lord of session and
appointed clerk-register 8th February 1549, but was deprived of
the latter office in 1554, on an accusation of having falsified
a warrant of the court.
In 1539, Thomas
Marjoribanks had a charter as follows: Magister Thomae
Marjoribanks, 36 Bovatus terrarium de Ratho.
In 1544, there
appears a crown charter in favour of Thomas Marjoribanks
dividistat terrarium de Mains of Spotts et terrarium de
In 1552, there is
an entry in the records. Unam terram in Edinburgh, Jacobi
Marjoribanks, believed to be the granddaughter of the
above-named Thomas Marjoribanks, married in 1586, George Heriot,
the founder of the magnificent Hospital at Edinburgh. She was
his first wife, and is described as the daughter of a
In 1604, Thomas
MarjorIbanks of Ratho, held these lands, as appears from the
following: -- Thomas Marjoribanks de Ratho et Mariae Douglas,
ejus conjugi villa et terrarium de Ratho extendandam ad triginta
sexta bovatas cum mansione laeu et pratu.
In 1610, John
Marjoribanks of Ratho got a charter as follows: -- Johannis
Marjoribanks de Ratho, triginta sex bevatas terrarium de Ratho.
In 1645, Andrew
Marjoribanks possessed certain property at Salt Prestons, now
Preston Pans, thus described: -- Magister Andrae Marjoribanks,
quorundam tenementarium et acrarum in Salt Prestons.
Marjoribanks of Marjoribanks and Bowbardie or Balbardie, had two
sons, Andrew, and George, surgeon, Edinburgh. The latter went to
Waterford, in Ireland, and married the daughter of the Bishop of
Waterford, by whom he had several daughters. The eldest married
Mr. Moneypenny of Pitmilly, Fifeshire, and was grandmother of
Lord Pitmilly, a judge of the court of session, who retired from
the bench in 1831.
The elder son,
Andrew Marjoribanks of Marjoribanks, married in 1744, Mary
Chalmers, and had 3 sons and 2 daughters. Christian, one of his
daughters, married Mr. Wardrop of Torbanehill, and was mother of
James Wardrop, Esq., the celebrated oculist and surgeon in
ordinary to George IV.
The eldest son,
Alexander Marjoribanks of Marjoribanks, born in 1750, was
convenor of Linlithgowshire for more than 30 years. He was
proprietor and superior of the barony of Bathgate, which was
part of the extensive possessions given by King Robert the
Bruce, to his daughter Marjorie, on her marriage with Walter,
the high steward of Scotland, but in 1824 he voluntarily
relinquished the superiority, that Bathgate might be created a
burgh of barony, of which he was chosen the first provost. He
sold the estate of Marjoribanks. He died Sept. 3, 1830. He
married in 1790, Katherine, daughter of Gilbert Laurie of
Polmont, lord provost of Edinburgh, and had, besides other
children, who died in infancy, 3 sons and 4 daughters.
Alexander. 2. Andrew, born in 1797, died in 1824. 3. William,
born in 1800, lieutenant, R.N., lost in the ship Confiance, off
the coast of cork, April 21, 1822. 4. James, born in 1801,
lieutenant, East India Companys service, died Nov. 28. 1825. 5.
Gilbert, born in 1802, went to Sidney, New south Wales, and died
there. 6. George, born in 1806, surgeon, died in 1828. 7.
Thomas, born in 1809, ordained in 1834, minister of Lochmaben,
Dumfries-shire, and in 1849 translated to Stenton,
Haddingtonshire, married in 1835, Mary, only daughter of Rev.
Dr. Cook, Professor of Moral Philosophy in the university of St.
Andrews; issue, 3 sons and a daughter. 8. Erskine.
Katherine Erskine, wife of William Balfour, merchant, of the
family of Balfour of Pilrig, who died in 1859 without issue. 2.
Mary, married Robert Horsburgh, Esq., factor at Tongue to the
Duke of Sutherland. 3. Christian, wife of John Scott Moncrieff,
Esq., Accountant, Edinburgh. 4. Sarah, wife of William Turnbull,
Esq., died without issue.
The eldest son,
Alexander Marjoribanks, born Oct. 31, 1792, is a magistrate for
Linlithgowshire. The estates of Balbardie and Bathgate, which
had been for several centuries in the family, were at Whitsunday
1861 sold to the Trustees of Stewarts Hospital, Edinburgh, for
The descendant of
a younger branch of this family, Edward Marjoribanks, a native
of Linlithgowshire and proprietor of the estate of Hallyards,
Mid Lothian, married a daughter of Archibald Stewart, Esq., lord
provost of Edinburgh when Prince Charles had possession of that
city in 1745, and was for many years a wine merchant at Bordeaux
in France. On succeeding to the estate of Lees in Berwickshire,
in 1770, as heir of entail, he returned with his family to
Scotland. His eldest son, John, born at Bordeaux in 1762, at one
period a captain in the Coldstream guards, became a partner in a
banking house at Edinburgh. In 1814, he was elected lord provost
of that city, and the following year created a baronet. In 1811,
he was chosen M.P. for Buteshire, and in 1818 for Berwickshire.
While chief magistrate of Edinburgh he distinguished himself by
carrying forward the improvements of the city, and was the chief
promoter of the erection of the new gael and the Regents
bridge. In 1825, he was again lord provost of Edinburgh. Sir
John died Feb. 5, 1833, in his 71st year. He had married in 1790
Alison, eldest daughter of William Ramsay, Esq., of Barnton. His
eldest surviving son, Sir William Marjoribanks, 2d baronet, born
Dec. 15, 1792, died Sept. 22, 1834. Sir Williams son, John,
born in 1830, became 3d baronet.