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THRIEPLAND, the name of a Perthshire family possessing a baronetcy of Nova Scotia, conferred, 10th November 1687, on Sir Patrick Thriepland, of Fingask castle, in the parish of Kilspindie. He had previously been knighted by Charles II. in 1674. His baronetcy was given with remainder to his heirs male. He was a staunch supporter of the royal cause, when the troubles broke out in Scotland in the reign of Charles I., and died in 1689.

His only son, Sir David, second baronet, adhered to the cause of the abdicated king, James VII., and after the death of that monarch, held a secret correspondence with his son, the Chevalier de St. George, and those who favoured his pretensions. In 1715 he was among the first, with his sons and a party of followers, to join the standard of the earl of Mar, and when the Chevalier de St. George arrived in Scotland he spent a night at Fingask castle, the seat of Sir David. After the dispersion of the insurgents, about 160 officers and gentlemen who had followed the rebel army into the Highlands, among whom was Sir David Thriepland, hearing that two French frigates had arrived off the Orkney coast, sallied from the hills on horseback, and crossing the low country of Moray, embarked in boats at Burgh-head, and landed in Caithness. Thence they proceeded to the Orkney Islands, where they had the good fortune to reach the French ships, which carried them to Gottenburg in Sweden. In consequence of the active part he took in the rebellion, he was attainted by act of parliament in 1716. He died in 1746. He married, first, in 1688, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir James Ramsay of Bamff, by whom he had seven sons and three daughters; and, secondly, in 1707, Dame Catherine Smith of Barnhill, by whom he had two sons and four daughters.

His youngest and only surviving son, Sir Stuart Thriepland, became third baronet. This gentleman was also strongly attached to the house of Stuart, after whom he was named. He took part in the insurrection of 1745, and continued with Prince Charles Edward till the battle of Culloden. His motherís property which he had inherited was forfeited, as his paternal estate had been in 1716, and a reward offered for his apprehension. He escaped to France, where he remained at the court of the Stuarts until the act of indemnity permitted his return to Scotland. For some time he practiced in Edinburgh as a surgeon. At a sale of forfeited lands in 1782, he repurchased the family estates. He died 2d February 1805. He had married in 1753, Janet, eldest daughter of David Sinclair, Esq. of Southdun, by whom he had a son and daughter, who both died without issue; and, secondly, in 1761, Miss Janet Budge Murray of Pennyland, by whom he had four sons and a daughter.

His eldest son, Sir Patrick Murray Thriepland, fourth baronet, born in November 1762, petitioned George IV., when in Scotland in 1822, for the restoration of the forfeited title of the family, and, on 25th April 1826, his majesty was pleased to signify his assent to the introduction of a bill into parliament, whereby the attainder was reversed. He died 11th January 1837. by his wife, Jessie Murray, daughter of William Scott Ker, Esq. of Chatto, Roxburghshire, he had a son and three daughters.

The son, Sir Patrick Murray Thriepland, fifth baronet, was born 26th May 1800. He was major of the Perthshire militia, but resigned in 1843.

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