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Guthrie


The name almost certainly derives from the barony of the same name near Forfar, but it has also been suggested that it is a corruption of Guthram, the name of a Scandanavian prince. The first of the name on record in Scotland, one Squire Guthrie, appears in 1299. He had been sent to France to request the return of William Wallace, who had retired there having resigned the guardianship of Scotland. Squire Guthrie was evidently successful as Wallace did indeed return. The Guthries of Guthrie received their estates by charter from David II (1329-71). In 1457 Sir David Guthrie of Guthrie was Armour- Bearer to King James III and the Sheriff of Forfar; he became Lord Treasurer of Scotland in 1461 and continued in this office until 1467 when he was appointed Comptroller of the Exchequer. In 1468 he obtained a warrant under the Great Seal to build Guthrie Castle near Friockheim in Angus, which remains standing to this day. Although the Guthries of Guthrie were the main line of the family many off-shoots existed, some of them mentioned in an old rhyme: "Guthrie o' Guthrie And Guthrie o' Gaigie Guthrie o' Taybank An' Guthrie o' Craigie" An old tale without substance gives an alternative derivation for the name. One of the early Scottish Kings had taken shelter, along with two attendants, in a fisherman's hut. The King, knowing his attendants would be hungry, asked the fisherman to prepare two fish for them, but the fisherman offered to feed the king as well and "gut three"; and so, the legend insists, the name stuck.


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