Sir James Ogilvy of Airlie, first Lord Ogilvy of
Airlie, succeeded his father. He was one of the conservators of a truce with the English in 1484, was created
by King James IV., 28 April 1491, LORD OGILVY OF
AIRLIE, 'in barone and banrent, a lord of his Parliament,
and he and his heirs to be callit and nominat Lord Ogilvy
of Arely in all tyme to cum with all prerogatives and
priuilegiis,' and on 18 May 1491 was sent as ambassador to
He died about 1504, before 25 September, when there is
a protest by John Ogilvy, brother to the late James, Lord
Ogilvy of Airlie, as to his right to the lands of Fornochty.
Douglas says he married, first, Elizabeth Kennedy, and,
secondly, Mary Douglas, daughter of Archibald, fifth Earl
of Angus, but adduces no proofs. He had some matrimonial
relation with the Douglas family, as his son John, second
Lord Ogilvy, is in a charter of 1496 styled brother 'of
Hugh Douglas, Dean of Brechin, son of Hugh, Earl of
Ormond.' He is known to have married Helen Graham,
who was his spouse on 20 November 1486. He certainly
married, lastly, Jonet Lyle, who died about 1525, and who
was mother of two daughters. He had issue:-
- 1. John, his successor.
- 2. Archibald, styled brother of John, son and heir-apparent of James, Lord Ogilvy, 1494.
- 3. Walter, stated to be ancestor of the Ogilvys of Balfour.
- 4. Alexander, mentioned in 1493-94. He married Nicholas
- 5. Malcolm, mentioned in a procuratory by James, Lord
Ogilvy, to 'Malcolm Ogilvy his son,' etc., after
- 6. John Ogilvy of Craig, or in the Craig, is mentioned as
son of James, Lord Ogilvy, in the procuratory cited,
and as brother of John, Lord Ogilvy, in April 1505.
- 7. Isabella, married (dispensation following on a bull
of Pope Innocent VIII. as within the fourth degree
of consanguinity, dated at Dunkeld, 10 January 1490)
to Alexander, son and apparent heir of Sir James
Stewart, Lord of Buchan and Auchterhouse.
- 8. Janet (daughter of Jonet Lyle), contracted in 1503 to
Alexander Gordon, son and apparent heir of George
Gordon, younger, of Midmar, whom failing to James
his brother, when old enough to complete a marriage
with her, or failing her, her sister Marion, but the
marriage does not seem to have taken place.
- 9. Mariota, 'Domina de Melgund.' At Cortachy there is
a document by Marioun Ogilvy (signed Mary
Ouegylvy) dated at Airlie, 6 August 1525, as 'ye
dochter executrix and intromittour of Jean Lyle
Ladie Ogyluy my modyr.' She owes her prominence
in Scottish history to her position as mistress of
Cardinal David Betoun, who, on the 22 May 1528, as
Abbot of Aberbrothock, granted her for certain sums
of money and 'other causes,' the liferent of the lease
of the lands of Burnton of Ethie and others; and
afterwards the lands of Melgund, which he had
acquired in 1542. She remained with the Cardinal
until his death. On 26 November 1549 she was
charged with 'interlymning the Queen's Grace
letters,' and obliged to give surety. She received
as 'Lady Melgund' a tack of the thirds of Methven
in 1575. She died in 1575, leaving a will, dated
22 June of that year, making her sons David
Betoun of Melgund and Master Alexander Betoun,
Archdean of Lothian, her executors, and desired that
she should be buried 'in the Ile of the Paroch Kirk
of Kennell quhair my predecessouris lyis.'