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Clan Stirling

Branches of the Family of Stirling

Thanks to Rick Stirling for providing this information. See his web site here!

Inter-relationships of the various Stirling cadet branches
and how they are related to the Stirlings of Cadder

Stirlings of Keir
( In the parish of Keir and the County of Stirling )

First possessed by Lukas Strivelyng, of Rathoran, Ratherne, Boquhumbry and First of Keir by a charter dated 7th may 1448 ( Lukas was the 5th great-grandson of Walter de Striuelyng )

Stirlings of Garden
( In the parish of Kippen and the County of Stirling )

First possessed as a separate estate by Sir John Stirling, Knight second son of Sir Archibald Stirling of Keir who acquired it upon his marriage in 1613

Stirlings of Kippendavie
( In the parish of Dunblane and County of Perth )

First possessed as a separate estate by Archibald, third son of Sir Archibald of Keir by a charter dated 5 August 1594

Stirling of Ardoch
( In the parish of Muthill and the County of Perth )

First possessed by William, second son of Sir John Stryveling of Keir, Knight and his wife Margaret Forrester in a charter given by his brother James dated 10 May 1543

Stirlings of Craigbarnet
( in the Parish of Campsie and County of Stirling)

First possessed by legal document, John de Striveling of Craigbarnard. Possibly by Duncan Stirling in 1406

Stirlings of Glorat
( In the parish of Campsie and the County of Stirling )

First possessed as a separate estate by William, second son of Sir John Striveling of Craigbarnard, Knight in a charter dated 10 October 1508 from Matthew, Earl of Lennox cousin to Sir John Striveling

Stirlings of Law
( In the parish of Old Kilpatrick and the County of Dumbarton )

A branch of the Stirlings of Glorat, William Strriueling of Glorat acquired the lands of Law from Sir James Hamilton of Fynnart, Knight in the year 1528

Stirlings of Ballagan
( In the parish of Strathblane and County of Stirling )

A branch of the Stirlings of GLorat. Walter Striuelyng of Ballagan received a charter from William  Strivelyng of Glorat dated 5 June 1522.

Stirlings of Auchyll
( In the parish of Port, Stewartry of Meneith, and County of Perth )

A branch of the Strilings of Cawder, Thomas Stirling of Auchyll, was infeft of these lands on 10 November 1498 by the Mair of Monteith. Thomas also had a charter for the same lands from King James IV

Stirlings of Herbertshire
( In the parish of Dunipace and County of Stirling )

John Stirling son of William Stirling of Auchyll, had a crown charter of the lands of Herbertshire, dated 1 December 1632

Stirlings of Drumpellier
( In the County of Lanark )

Claimed by Andrew Stirling of  Drumpellier in 1818. Claim failed at law but granted by the Lord Lyon in a patent dated 18 August 1818.

Stirlings Faskine
( Near Glasgow in the County of Lanark )

A younger branch of the Stirlings of Drumpellier. First held by  Sir Walter Stirling of Faskine, Knight, Captain in Royal Navy. Appointed Commodore in 1781 and Commander-in-Cheif at Nore

Stirlings of Mansfield
(In the County of Mansfield )

First held by Gilbert Stirling supposedly descended from Strilings of Keir

Stirlings of Glenesk
( in the County Forfar )

Acquired at a very early period last male proprietor of the name was Sir John de Striviling whose daughter and heiress Catherine married in 1365 to Sir Alexander Lindsay, third son of Sir David Lindsay of Crawford. Sir David Lindsay of Glenesk who was created Earl of Crawford in 1398, was the eldest son of Sir Alexander Lindsay and Catherine Striveling

Stirlings of Easter Braikey
( In the parish of Kinnell and County of Forfar )

This is a branch of the Angus Stirlings the first of record is .. Peter de Strivelyne of Easter Breky , who with his son John had a charter of these lands from Hugh Fraser, Lord of Lovat and of Kynnell dated 30 march 1407

Stirlings of Tulyduvy
( In the County of Forfar )

Probably  a collateral family of the Stirlings of Glenesk, first held by John Struieling of Tullyduffy who died between 3 February 1488 and 20 June 1494.

Stirlings of Fairburn
( In the County Ross-shire )

Thanks to Dave Stirling for the following information.
John Stirling was born at Dunblaneon 21 April, 1776, the son of James Stirling, Wright in Dunblane, and Isabella Lennox. John was educated for the Church and Licensed by the Presbytery of Dunblane on 21 January 1800. He was presented to Craigie, Ayrshire on 21 Nov 1805 and died there in post on 13th Jan 1846. He married Mary McQuae, daughter of Rev William McQuae and Mary Laurie on 21 Apr 1806 at Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. One of their children, John Stirling, set up in business as a Flaxspinner at Cleator Cumberland and having made a fortune, acquired the estate of Fairburn, in Rosshire and was the first Stirling of Fairburn. He was born at Craigie Manse, on 26 June, 1820 and died at Fairburn on 19 Aug 1907. He married Marion Hartley on 14 Sep 1852, and their son William Stirling, born 12 Feb 1859, was the second Stirling of Fairburn. He married Charlotte Eva McIntosh on 7 Aug 1889, and their son John, born 16 Sep 1893 was the third Stirling of Fairburn. He married Marjory Kythe McKenzie in 1915 and their son Roderick William Kenneth Stirling was the fourth Stirling of Fairburn.



I see some information has replaced my info for the Stirlings of Fairburn.

My information is correct and has been confirmed by the current chief.

The current chief sent me a copy of the matriculation of the above arms (29 July 1959) in which it is clearly stated by the Lord Lyon that this family were originally MacGregors who took the Stirling surname during the proscription. Hence the Stirling of Keir bend and buckles with the MacGregor charges.

The proscription was from 1603 to 1774.

I am the administrator of the St*rling DNA project at FTDNA. We have many members with the Stirling surname who are genetically MacGregors. You can see the Y-DNA results chart here for Family Group H ...

All of these members are from MacGregor families who kept the Stirling surname when the proscription was lifted. MacGregor is NOT a sept of Stirling nor is Stirling a sept of MacGregor. Each is a clan in its own right with a clan chief recognized by the Lord Lyon..

Rick Stirling



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