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CRAIGIE, a surname originally Creagach, a Celtic word signifying a craggy ridge, and derived from the lands of Craigie in the parish of Dalmeny, Linlithgowshire, now called Craigiehall. They formerly belonged to a family who took their name from them. Joannes de Craigin, or Craigie, was one of the witnesses to the original charter of Dundas of Dundas, the Superior, in the reign of David the First. In the Ragman Roll (1296) is the name of John de Craigy, supposed on good grounds to belong to this family. In 1367, John de Craigy of that ilk is made mention of in the Chartulary of St. Giles. He got the lands and barony of Braidwood in Lanarkshire by his marriage with Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir John de Monfode, by whom he had an only daughter, Margaret, called domina de Craigy, heiress of Craigy and Braidwood, who, in 1387, married Sir John Stewart, a younger son of Sir Robert Stewart of Durrisdeer. Of this marriage came the Stewarts of Craigiehall, who possessed the estate for about two hundred and fifty years, and ultimately sold it, in 1643, to John Fairholm, treasurer of the city of Edinburgh. Mr. Fairholm’s grand-daughter married the first marquis of Annandale, who in her right obtained Craigiehall. Their only surviving child, Henrietta, on her marriage with the first earl of Hopetoun, carried the estate into that family, and it is now possessed by Mr. Hope Vere, their descendant, the additional name of Vere or Weir having been assumed on the marriage of the Hon. Charles Hope, second son of the said earl of Hopetoun, with the heiress of Blackwood in Lanarkshire, whose name was Vere.

      Another principal family of the name were the Craigies of Kilgraston, in the parish of Dunbarnie, Perthshire, two of whom were eminent judges. Robert Craigy of Glendoick, in the parish of Kinfauns, in that county, lord president of the court of session, born in 1685, was the son of Lawrence Craigie of Kilgraston. Admitted advocate 3d January 1710, he was, on 4th March 1742, appointed lord advocate. On the death of Robert Dundas of Arniston, he was promoted lord president, and took his seat on the bench 2d February 1742. On 18th June 1755 he was named by patent one of the commissioners for improving the fisheries and manufactures of Scotland. He died 10th March 1760. Lord Woodhouselee, in his Life of Lord Kames, (i. 41) has preserved his character both as a judge and a lawyer. Another Robert Craigie, of the same family born in 1754, second son of John Craigie of Kilgraston was also on the bench, under the title of Lord Craigie. He passed advocate 13th July 1776, was appointed sheriff-depute of Orkney, November 1786, and of Dumfries-shire 3d December 1791, on which occasion he was presented with the freedom of the burgh of Dumfries, and was elevated to the bench 18th November 1811. He died in 1834, and was buried in the old churchyard of Dunbarnie. He was considered an excellent feudal lawyer. The estate of Kilgraston was purchased in 1784 by John Grant, Esq., chief justice in the island of Jamaica, who died in 1793, and was succeeded by his brother Francis, in whose family it remains. – See SUPPLEMENT for additional information.

      The Craigies of Dunbarnie, in the parish of that name, are a branch of the family who formerly possessed Kilgraston. “They were remarkable,” says the New Statistical Account, “for the elegant improvements they made on their estates; and it is to their public spirit that the community is indebted for several avenues of trees which adorn the roads in the parish.” Half a mile south from Perth there is a village of the name of Craigie. There is also a parish in Ayrshire of the name.

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