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The name derives from the Barony of Dalrymple, Ayrshire. James Dalrymple of Stair (1619-1695) was created Viscount of Stair by King William in 1690. His third son, Hew Dalrymple (1652-1737), Lord North Berwick, was created a baronet on Nova Scotia in 1698. His second son, Sir Robert Dalrymple of Castleton (d.1734) was a member of the Faculty of Advocates.

I found a review of three books about the Dalrymples in the Edinburgh Review and so have made this available

Arnold thinks, the virtue of an aristocracy lies in openness to ideas, never was a body less worthy of the name than the nobility of Scotland. Happily, influences were now at work which opened a career to 'new men.' It is our purpose, with the aid of the books which are at the head of this article, to give some account of the foremost of these-the two Dalrymples, father and son-founders of a family which, through several generations, produced men eminent in literature, law, arms, and diplomacy.

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The Stair Annals. By John Murray Graham 1875
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