Janet Sinclair and John Kemp were fellow-servants in the King's household. The witnesses to this sasine include John Sinkler of Gosfurde and Thomas Sinkler, who were prohahly of the Koslin family. He is described in the deed as " Peter Robertson, sometime farmer at Corntown, now residing at North Sheills, near Denny, heritable proprietor of the lands and others after disponed." John Eadie, in turn, granted a Bond and Disposition in security of £1200, in favour of Adam Bennet, then tenant of the lands, dated 30th November, 1826; and the lands were subsequently sold to Mr. Eliza- beth Crawford, spouse of John Allan, farmer at Kelly Bank, near Dollar, whose family sold them to Mr. There were also a number of Kemps in the royal service about the same period, and it is not unlikely that . On 31st March, 1546, no fewer than twelve portions of Cornton were conveyed from Peter Hallanschaw to John Kempt and Janet Sinkler, his spouse, nurse to the Queen. 1950 stg., by Disposition dated 11th December, 1823. Adam Bennet a Charter of Confirmation, 14th March, 1832. Adam Bennet sold the lands, 18th December, 1873, to Mrs.
The title Sir was often used at this period to designate clergymen. This John Kemp is said to be the son of James Kemp and Mariota Sorbie, living in Airthrev, and it is not impossible that he may have been the grandson of Queen Mary's nurse." Part of these lands was in the possession of the Kemps for over two hundred years, and as we trace their history we shall see the holdings which belonged to them.
I have endeavoured to discover what became of Nurse Sinclair, her husband, and family, but the 1 This son may have been the Sir John Kemp, reader at Lecropt, mentioned in a case of witchcraft there. He had, previous to the Reformation, been a churchman of the old faith, and was deprived of his readership for marrying' and baptising. This last phrase is perhaps not intended to be taken liter- ally, as I find the same thing in two other charters relating to parts of Cornton granted at the same time.
— Jean Henderson, heir-portioner of Robert Henderson, portioner of Cornton, her father, in the third part of the lands of Cornton, commonly called Middlethird of Cornton (retours). — Charter to Robert Henrieson, son of John Henrieson, eldest son and heir of the deceased James Henrieson in Cornetoun, of a third part of the third part — the Middlethird — of the town and lands of Cornetoun, of which the said James and his predecessors were old tenants, and to which the said James gave up his right in favour of the said Robert. — Robert Henderson, portioner of Greenkerse of Cornton. — Marjorie Prymer, relict of Harie Graham, of Meadow lands of Cornton ; John Graham, his son.
— Charter to Robert Henrysoun in Cornetoune, and Janet Ady, his spouse, in conjunct feufarm of a third part — the middle part — of the lands of Cornetoun belonging to the said Robert." 1595 (4th June). They formed part of the lordship of Stirling, 4 which comprised lands in the parishes 1 Acta Pari., Vol.
— Malcolm Christie or Christison, portioner of Cornton, son of William Christie. — John Christison, yr., maltman at the Bridge of Stirling, in part of Cornton called the Bructley.
197 John Christison, portioiier of Cornton, 1513 — 1549- - ?
5 In 1549 (7th May), John Cristison is infeft in the sixth part of Cortoun, called Zacey (? 6 All the Corntoun charters reserve to the King (or Queen) the fishings of salmon, the grilses, and smolts, and also the coal and other minerals. — Charter to John Christison in Cornetoun of a sixth part of the lands of Cornetoun, to be held by the said John and his lawful male heirs of his body, whom failing, his eldest heir female without division. — The testament of John Christie, elder, portioner of Corntoun, who died 31st July, 1577, is made up by James Christie, his son.
— Charter confirming a charter by John Crystesonn, dated 2nd and 8th December, 1597, by which for payment of eighteen hundred merks he, with consent of Helen Dnnnmond, sold to John Drummond of Slipperfield (then designed of Hawthornden), and Susan Fouller, his spouse, a sixteenth part of the town and lands of Cornetoun ; also a charter by the said John Drummond of Slipperfield, dated 22nd July, 1603, selling above lands to John Donaldson, merchant burgess of Stirling, and Mariota or Maus Auchmowty, his spouse. — Testament of Katrene Crystie, spouse of Findlay Crystie in Cornetoun. — Charter of novodamus to Malcolm Crystie, portioner of Cornetoun, and Jean Simpsoun, his spouse, in liferent, and to .lames (hrvstie, their son, in fee, of a twelfth part of the lands of Cornetoun, formerly occupied by John Gilleis, and which James Forrester of Logie, with consent of John Gilleis in Cornetoun, Janet Baird, his spouse, and George Gilleis, their eldest son and apparent heir, resigned irredeemably. — Testament of Finlay Christie, portioner of Corn ton n.
) 4 in Dundaff in liferent, and Andrew Dickson, his son and heir apparent, of a third part of the town and lands of Corntoun, belonging to Robert Robertson, portioner of Corntoun, with power to erect a mill; also two- thirds of the fourth part, extending to nine parts, of the said lands formerly belonging to the deceased Thomas Young, portioner of Corntoun — which parts James Stevenson, portioner of Corntoun, and Robert Stevenson, his eldest son and heir apparent, with consent of Elizabeth Rutherfuird, spouse of the said James, and Mariota Edger, spouse of the said Robert, and James Gawie, merchant burgess of Stirling, donators of the escheat of the goods and life- rents of the said James and Robert Stevenson, resigned. 201 James, to the influence of that powerful courtier. Peter Robertson grants a Bond and Disposition in security of a debt of £100 stg., in favour of John Eadie, farmer in Stonehill, dated 19th February, 1820.