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FOTHRINGHAM, the surname of an old family in Forfarshire. The first of the name is supposed to have come from Hungary with the Anglo-Saxon princess Margaret queen of Malcolm Canmore. In the Ragman Roll occurs the name of Henry de Foderinghay, who, Nisbet conjectures, belonged to the family afterwards styled of Powrie. In the reign of Robert III., John Foderinghame acquired the lands of Wester Powrie in the shire of Forfar which belonged to Malcolm de Powrie, to be held of John Ogilvie of Ogilvie, baron of Easter Powrie. In Mackenzie’s MS. Genealogies, it is stated that the Fotheringhames got the lands of Wester Powrie by marriage with a daughter of the family of Ogilvie of Auchterhouse about 1399. The Fotheringhames of Lawhill and Bandon were sprung from younger sons of the same family.

      Lord Lindsay, in his “Lives of the Lindsays,” (vol. i. p. 145) says that the principal friend of the youth of David fifth earl of Crawford, seems to have been Thomas Fotheringham of Powrie, afterwards his “familiar squire,” and whom he ever regarded with peculiar affection and kindness. On renewing his charters between twenty and thirty years after his succession, he grants him additional lands “for his faithful service and constant attentions.” “I cannot,” says his lordship, “but attribute much of what was noble, loyal, and self-devoted in Earl David’s after career to the influence of this gallant gentleman, who stood by his side, immoveable as a rock, in the darkest moment of his fortunes.” The Fotheringhams, he adds, “were closely allied in blood and friendship with the House of Crawford, and the hereditary regard has manifested itself most kindly in our behoof to the present generation.” To the protest, dated Oct. 29, 1488, against the final resignation of the hereditary sheriffdom of Angus, the faithful Fotheringham was a witness.

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