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Lyle


This name is Norman in origin deriving from D’Lisle meaning in Latin of the island’.

The first of the name in Scotland is given as Ralph de Insula, a follower of Walter the Steward, who witnessed a gift of land to the monks of Paisley Abbey around 1170.

William de Lile witnessed a charter to lands in 1222 and 1233. Alan de Insula witnessed many charters of Alexander, son of Walter the High Steward, prior to 1252.

Both John de Lille of Berwickshire and Richard del Isle of Edinburgh plead fealty to Edward I of England in the Ragman Roll of 1296.

They acquired the barony of Duchal in Renfrewshire, and extended their lands during the reign of David II, receiving a charter to the barony of Buchquhan in Stirlingshire.

Sir Robert Lyle was raised to the peerage as Lord Lyle by James II. The 2nd Lord Lyle was sent as ambassador to England in 1472, he is said to have been present at the murder of James III at Sauchieburn in 1488.

However, he appears to have been appaled at the actual murder of the king and joined the Earl of Lennox and other nobles to take up arms to avenge the kings death.

The fortunes of war did not favour them and Lord Lyle was forfeited in 1489.

The estates were restored shortly after and Lyle enjoyed high status for the rest of his life. This title is now extinct.

Another family of Lyells received lands in Forfarshire around 1375.

This family produced a number of distinguished soldiers, Including Hercules Lyle who fought in the rising of 1745 and was killed at the Battle of Falkirk in 1746.


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