Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Kt.

Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Knight, Sheriff of Angus. He is designed 'Walter of Ogylwy miles' in a charter by Thomas Sybald of Moneythin to Andrew Petcary of the lands of Monethin about 1368. On 24 October 1385 he had a grant from King Robert II. of an annualrent out of the lands of Kyngaltny. He was Sheriff of Angus before 1380. Douglas and Crawfurd state that he obtained the office by his marriage with Isabel Ramsay, daughter and heiress of Sir Malcolm Ramsay, Lord of Auchterhouse, but give no authority for their statement, and some doubt is cast upon it by a confirmation by King James III., 18 February 1482-3, of a charter by the late Alexander of Ogilvy, Sheriff of Forfar, of the lands of Balkery to his sister Matilda of Ramsay, relict of William of Fenton; the date of the original charter is therein stated to be at Auchterhouse, 21 August 1488, which is impossible, and is most probably a mistranscription of 1388, one of the witnesses being Sir David Lindesay of Glenesk, who was created Earl of Crawford in 1398. Sir Walter Ogilvy's mother's name is unknown. Sir Walter of Lichtoun, who was killed along with him, is called his uterine brother.

He was killed at the battle of Glenbrierachan or Glasklune in 1392, repelling an inroad of Highlandmen, and is celebrated by the chronicler Wyntoun as 'stout and manfull, bauld and wycht,' and as 'Godlike, wis, and wertuous.' He had issue:-
  • 1. Sir Alexander Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Sheriff of Angus. He was present at the battle of Harlaw, received many charters from King Robert III. between 1398 and 1404, and as a reward for his services received from that king an annualrent out of the customs of Dundee. He obtained a safe-conduct to go to England, to treat for the liberation of King James I. of Scotland, 16 April 1413. This was extended until August 1413, and repeated in 1415. He died after 14 July 1421, when he sat as one of the Auditors of the royal revenues, and before 2 October 1423, when his son Patrick is designed Sheriff of Angus. He had issue:-
    • (1) George, stated to have been killed at Harlaw. He had issue.
    • (2) Sir Patrick Ogilvy of Grandon and Auchterhouse. In 1425 he was one of an Embassy to France, and in the following year one of the Auditors of the Crown revenues. On 14 April 1426 King James I. confirmed a grant made by him, with his father's consent, of an annualrent to the Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin of Garioch. In 1427, if not earlier, he was Justiciar of Scotland north of the Forth. He was, in 1429, made Constable of the Scots in France in succession to Sir John Stewart of Darnley, but was drowned at sea on his way home to Scotland. He married, before 1413, Christian, daughter and heiress of Sir Alexander Keith of Grandon, from whom he obtained a charter, 14 October 1413. Issue:-
      • i. Alexander Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Sheriff of Angus. He fell into a state of incapacity, and in 1450 his brother Walter was appointed his tutor, and both resigned their titles to the Sheriffship of Angus 2 September 1469. He died between July 1470 and September 1473, and left one daughter and heiress,
        • (i) Margaret Ogilvy, styled heir of her uncle Walter Ogilvy of Oures, married to James Stewart, Earl of Buchan, who with his wife resigned into the King's hands the Sheriffship of Angus on 19 October 1466.
      • ii. Walter Ogilvy of Beaufort and Oures, appointed Sheriff-Depute of Angus and Banff 24 April 1450, is styled Sheriff on 20 May 1455, and survived until at least 1478. Married, about 1438, Margaret of Fenton, eldest daughter and co-heir of Walter of Fenton of Beaufort. By her he had no issue, though he had a natural son,
        • Walter Ogilvy, mentioned 24 January 1477.
      • iii. Christian, married, as second wife, to Sir John Wemyss of Reres.
      • iv. Margaret, married to Sir John Oliphant of Aberdalgy. Her son was Sir Laurence of Oliphant, who as 'nephew' received, on 6 November 1468, a charter of the lands of Oures from Walter Ogilvy of Oures.
    • (3) Sir Andrew Ogilvy of Inchmartin witnessed a charter of Alexander Ogilvy of Auchterhouse in 1460 as 'patruus.' He received with Marjorie, his spouse, a charter of the lands of Wester Dron from David Bosvile of Craigincat in 1439, and was living in 1461, when Sir John Wemyss makes a grant to David, his son and heir-apparent. He married Marjory, daughter of Sir John Glen of Inchmartin and Margaret Erskine, and had issue a son,
      • (i) David Ogilvy of Inchmartin, ancestor of the Earls of Findlater.
    • (4) David Ogilvy of Balmuto was a hostage for King James I. in England 1424, but was released before 28 January 1426, when he witnessed a charter of his uncle Sir Walter Ogilvy of Luntrethen. Died ante 1440. Married Christian, youngest daughter of Sir John Glen of Inchmartin (who was married, secondly, to David Aberkirdor,and, thirdly, to David Stewart of the Gloom), and had issue,
      • (i) Alexander Ogilvy of Kinneff.
      • (ii) Margaret, married to Silvester Rattray of that Ilk.
      • (iii) Christian, married to Lindsay.
      • (iv) Marjorie, married to Walter Tulloch of that Ilk.
    • (5) Marjory, married to David, third Earl of Crawford.
  • 2. Walter, ancestor of the Airlie family, of whom afterwards.
  • 3. John of Ogilvy, ancestor of the family of Ogilvy of Innerquharity. He received from his brother Sir Walter Ogilvy in 1420 a grant of the lands of Innerquharity. It has been a matter of controversy whether he or his brother Walter was the elder. His descendant Sir John Ogilvy of Innerquharity narrates, in a 'contract of maintenance' between him and James, Lord Ogilvy, in 1591, that he gives his manrent and service (reserving his duty to the Earl of Angus, from whom he held his lands) to Lord Ogilvy and his house 'of the quhilk he is laitlie decended,' and in 1582 Sir John Ogilvy of Innerquharity styles James Lord Ogilvy his 'guid lord and chief.'


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