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CORRIE, a surname derived from a Gaelic word signifying a narrow glen. It is the name of an old parish, (Conjoined in 1609 with Hutton), and of a river and lochlet in the district of Annandale, Dumfries-shire. The lands of Corrie, forming the southern division of the united parish of Hutton and Corrie, were, in the twelfth century, held by a family, vassals of Robert de Bruce, who, from them, took the surname of Corrie. In the Ragman Roll is the name of Walter Corrie of this family.

      In the 33d year of David II., a grant was made to Robert de Corry (and his spouse), son and heir of the late Thome de Torthorwald, “our kinsman who died at the battle of Durham,” of the lands of Coulyn and Ruchane. He had another grant of lands from the same monarch in the 40th year of his reign. In the Rotuli Scotiae, is recorded in 1367-68, a safe conduct granted by Edward III. to “Robertus Corry de Valle Annandiae de Scot. cum sex equitibus.”

      Adam de Corry is a witness to a charter of Confirmation by Robert, duke of Albany in 1411.

      The Corries of that ilk and of Newby in Dumfries-shire are frequently mentioned in the Public Records of the 15th and 16th centuries. In the reign of James V., one of the Johnstones of Annandale acquired the estate by marriage with the daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Corrie.

      A branch of the same family possessed the lands of Kelwood, in Dumfries-shire, until the end of the 16th century, when they passed to the Charteris family. In 1572, at the meeting of parliament at Edinburgh, George Corry de Kelwood was one of the barons present.

      Although the ancient possessions of the family passed into other hands, the name did not become extinct in Dumfries-shire. Early in last century, James Corrie, Esq. of Speddoch, provost of Dumfries, son of John Corrie by his wife Jean Paterson, sister of William Paterson, who planned the Darien scheme, married Janet, daughter of Mr. Goldie of Craigmuir, Kirkcudbright-shire, and left numerous descendants. Thomas Corrie, Esq. of Shielston and Newton-Airds, for many years manager of the British Linen Co. Bank, was his male representative.

      James Corrie’s brother, Joseph Corrie, Esq., proprietor of various lands in Dumfries-shire, married a daughter of Judge Phipps, and his only daughter, Sophia Corrie, married William Hope Weir, Esq. of Cragie Hall.

      From their half brother, William Corrie of Redbank, are descended families of the name, occupying a prominent rank among the citizens of London and Liverpool;

      Their sister married the Rev. Mr. Ewart of Troqueer. One of her sons, Joseph, was ambassador from the British Court at Berlin, and died at the early age of 33. Another son, William, a merchant in Liverpool, was the father of William Ewart, Esq., M.P. for the Dumfries district of Burghs. (See EWART, surname of).

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