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Alexander Armstrong, III 2nd Laird of Mangerton Castle

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Birthplace: Mangerton Castle, Dumphrieshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Hermitage Castle, Lindores, Fifeshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Hermitage Castle, Lindores, Fifeshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Bruce Armstrong and Clar Elisabeth Cameron
Husband of N.N. Armstrong
Father of Alexander Armstrong, IV 3rd Laird of Mangerton Castle; John Armstrong; Gilbert Armstrong; Adam Armstrong and Archibald Armstrong
Brother of Cameron Armstrong; Robert I Armstrong and Elizabeth Armstrong

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About Alexander Armstrong, III 2nd Laird of Mangerton Castle

The Milnholm Cross: One of the Armstrong's most ancient and important relics. After Alexander, the Second Lord of Mangerton was treacherously murdered at Hermitage in 1320, his grieving clansmen bore his body to this spot. They rested here overnight, before carrying their fallen Chief on to Ettleton Kirkyard for burial. The Milnholm cross was erected that year by the clan, in full view from Mangerton, as a memorial to Alexander.

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Notes: Perhaps your protegees would like in the meanwhile to know something of the Armstrong Clan. A very interesting lot, and nowadays perfectly respectable, but with an historical reputation as "the most feared and warlike of the Border Reivers"! The Border Reivers were clans or families, both sides of the border between England and Scotland, who, finding it impossible to farm peacefully, when the two countries were for ever invading each other - settled into banditry instead. They mainly lived by stealing each other's cattle! This is why both sides of the border are studded with "pele towers" - small stone fortresses - living area on the first floor, approached by a wooden stair which could be drawn up at need, or fortified farms - farms with the buildings in a square which could be sealed off against raiders.

Notes: The village where I now live was one of the last to be raided by the famous "Kinmont Willie Armstrong" before he was caught and hanged. The raiding was finally stamped out when James King of Scotland became King of England also. It is a fascinating period in History There were even special laws drawn up to deal with the Reiving Clans, such as the "Hot Trod", whereby, if your cattle were raided, you were allowed to follow them into Scotland/England (depending on who was doing the raiding) - and cross the border so long as your posse was preceded by a horseman carrying a lighted turf on his spear!

Notes: Joan (and Edie) Rob McArthur"

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Alexander Armstrong, III 2nd Laird of Mangerton Castle's Timeline

1320
1320
Mangerton Castle, Dumphrieshire, Scotland
1350
1350
Age 30
Mangerton Castle, Dumphrieshire, Scotland
1352
1352
Age 32
Mangerton Castle, Scotland
1353
1353
Age 33
Mangerton Castle, Dumphrieshire, Scotland
1354
1354
Age 34
Mangerton Castle, Scotland.
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1358
Age 38
1398
1398
Age 78
Hermitage Castle, Lindores, Fifeshire, Scotland
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Hermitage Castle, Lindores, Fifeshire, Scotland