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Clan Lundin / Lundie
Chapter Nine Ė Lundie of Conland and Lundin of Drums


History

After the main line of the family Lundie of Balgonie failed, the heirs of line of this family became the Lundinís of Drum. There were no lands for them to inherit, as the Barony of Balgonie had been sold by 1640, so the designation as Ďof Drumsí was maintained. However the Lundieís of drums (becoming Lundinís of Drums) carry the Arms of the Lundie family of Balgonie.

Andrew Lundie of Conland, was a younger son of a Robert Lundie of Balgonie. Quite which one is slightly debateable. The family of Balgonie had held the Lands of Conland since around 1530. A number of children of Balgonie Lairds have held the Barony, or part baronies of Easter and Wester Conland. Andrew was in good favour with King James VI of Scotland I of England. He went up to Engalnd with the King when he succeeded to that crown, on the decease of Queen Elizabeth, anno 1603, where he spent most of his estate, as well as what he had by the Kingís bounty. The barony of Conland was apprised from him by Sir Michael Arnot of that ilk. He married Elizabeth Brown, daughter to the Laird of Fordel, whose mother was a daughter of Sir David Boswell of Balmuto, They had issue:-

1 David Lundie, who would have succeeded to the estates
2 Andrew Lundie of Kirny.

David Lundie of Drums, went into the army in the time of the civil war, and being a gentleman of courage, prudence and industry, he rose to be a captain; and withal, being a frugal man, he redeemed the lands of Over and Nether Drums, a part of the estate that his father had wadset and mortgaged; and upon that he took the title and designation of Lundin of Drum: and he also purchased a fourth part of the lands of Freuchie, and he got also a considerable estate in and about Falkland, by the marriage of Elizabeth, daughter and heir of George Paterson, a grandson of the House of Dunmore in Fife; by her he had issue:-

1 George, who succeeded to Drums

2 Robert Lundy, was first a captain in the Earl of Dumbartonsís regiment. By his merit, he rose gradually till he got command of a regiment in the reign of King William. He is quite a famous historical figure due to his holding the post of governor of Londonderry in Ireland, anno 1689. He is one of only three members of this house who appear in the national biography. He led a force of 7,000 to 10,000 protestant men at the river crossings of Lifford and Clady. His force was heavily defeated and he had to retreat back to the City of Londonderry. During this command he fell under some suspicion, as favouring giving the town to King James II, while his army lay before it. Robert was confined to his quarters, supposed for his own safety, but escaped and fled the city. There are a couple of stories that relate to his escape. The first is that he climbed down a pear tree that grew close to the walls of the city. This pear tree stood until 1844, when a gale blew it down. The second is that he escaped with a bag of matchwood strapped to his back to protect him from musket fire. After this episode he was initially accused of Treason, being held briefly at the Tower of London, but he later had his conduct approved by the English Parliament. Afterwards, in the reign of Queen Anne, he was a commissary-general in the army, and was at the battle of Almanza in Spain. He died about the end of her majesties reign. He left a son who reached at least the rank of captain in the army. Although the English Parliament ruled against treacherous behaviour, the Protestants of Londonderry burn an effigy of Robert each year in their city celebrations.

George Lundie of Drummes. On July 4th 1688, George Lundie of Drummes was served heir to his father, David Lundie of Drummes. He, himself, died before 19th November 1729 He married Isabel Arnot, daughter of Sir Michael Arnot if that ilk, baronet, and had issue by her,:-

1 John, his eldest son, who, after he passed the course of studies at the university of St. Andrews, went into the army, and had a commission in the Earl of Dumbartonís regiment, and was slain and Sedgemoor in the engagement against the Duke of Monmouth; a very hopeful as well as rising young man, but was snatched away in his twenty-fifth year, universally regretted by all who knew him, or heard his character;

2 Michael, who succeeded

3 David, who was a captain in the war in Ireland, died with the character of a very brave man.

Michael Lundin of Drumms, married Sophia, daughter and co-heiress of James Lundin of Drum, elder. On December 10th 1825, Michael Lundin of Drumms died at the age of 80 in Falkland. He was buried on the 18th of that month (Pittenweem Church records). he had issue:-

1 James, his son and apparent heir.

It in not know what happened to the estate of Drums

Heraldry

The armorial bearing of this family of Lundin of Drum, as representing the Lundins of Balgonie and heir male, and the ancient family of Sibbald of Balgonie as heir of line, is, quarterly first and fourth argent, a cross Moline gules, by the surname of Sibbald; second and third, argent and gules, in place of six argents and gules, on a bend of the last three escutcheons of the first; crest a cross Moline gules: motto, Justitia. A copy of this armorial, taken from Nisbetís "Heraldry," is shown overleaf.


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