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Patrick Napier, Jr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
Death: Died in Queen's Creek, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Mungo Napier and Frances Anna Napier
Husband of Elizabeth Napier
Father of Frances Napier; Patrick Napier, III; Capt. Robert Napier, Sr. and Francis Napier

Occupation: Doctor, Planter and Surgeon, Surgeon
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About Patrick Napier, Jr

Patrick NAPIER, Chirurgeon [010] Birth: ABT 1634, <London>, England Death: AFT 26 February 1668 and BEF 12 April 1669, Queen’s Creek, York County, Virginia, British North America Probate: Will proved, York County, Virginia, British North America, 12 April 1669 Father: Patrick NAPIER, Burgess of Dumbarton (ABT 1608, of London, England - November 1659, London, England) Mother: Joane WALLIS

Marriage: BEF 10 November 1658, Jamestown, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia, British North America Spouse: *Elizabeth BOOTH (15 November 1641, <York County>, Virginia, British North America - 1672, York County, Virginia, British North America)

Child 1: Robert NAPIER (Sr.), Captain (2 May 1660, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia, British North America - AFT May 1743, York County, Virginia, British North America) [M]: m. *Mary PERRIN (1671/75, New Kent or Henrico County, Virginia, British North America - 1705, New Kent or Henrico County, Virginia, British North America), 8 October 1688, Henrico County, Virginia, British North America

Child 2: Frances NAPIER (ABT 1665, New Kent County, Virginia, British North America - AFT 1672) [F]

Note 1: It seems that Patrick NAPIER, as an aspiring chirurgeon, was apprenticed, in Edinburgh, on 6 May 1649 to Alexander Pennycuik, chirurgeon. Pennycuik was surgeon to Sir Alexander Leslie's Scottish Troops who were defeated at the Battle of Dunbar by the army of Oliver Cromwell. And it seems that Patrick NAPIER emigrated to Virginia with other Scottish Royalists after the year 1650. He settled in Queen's Creek, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia, as a planter and surgeon. On 25 March 1655, Peter Ford received 500 acres at Cacamount, Gloucester County, Virginia, for transporting ten persons to the colony, among whom Patrick NAPIER is listed. Patrick NAPIER became the proprietor of a 1500 acre plantation in Blisland Parish, New Kent County, Virginia. This plantation adjoined that of Major-General Mainwaring Hammond.

Note 2: The Last Will and Testament of Patrick NAPIER, York County, Virginia, was dated 20 February 1668 and proved 12 April 1669.

 In the name of God Amen. I PATRICK NAPIER of the prsh of Hampton in the County of Yorke phisician being sicke and sane in body but thanks be to God in pfect mind and memory do make and declare this my last will & testament. I comend my soule into the hands of my most mercifull creator and preserveror in full assurance to have all my sins pardoned in and through the meritts of my only savour Jesus XX_& my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my dear wife ELIZABETH NAPIER. And for that portion of earthly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to endure mee I doe by these presents dispose and bequeath of them as followeth. I doe by these presents give and bequeath unto my dear wife ELIZABETH NAPIER all that pcell of land lying in the prsh of Blessland in the county of New Kent in Virg containing by estimation fifteen hundred acres be it more or less as the same is situate and being in the prsh aforesd adjoining to the plantation of Major Hammond on the one side and Capt. George Lyddall on the other side To Have & to hold the said piece of land to my said deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER for the home of her naturall life alsoe my will and pleasure is that my two deare children Robert Napier, Francis Napier shall have and enjoy the said piece of land or plantation in manner aforesaid as I doe hereby express that is to say I doe my these presents give and bequeath unto my dears sone Robert Napier the majority on one halfe of the said piece of land containing fifteen hundred acres as aforesaid to be divided equally at the discretion of my said deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER. To have & to hold the said majority on halfe of the said piece of land unto my said deare sonne Robert Napier and his heirs forever. Also I dow by these presents give and bequeath unto my deare daughter Frances Napier the other majority or other halfe parte of the said plantation or piece of land containing as aforesaid and situate and being as aforeds to be layed out and separated from the other peace of land at the discretion of my said deare wife to have and to hold the said other parte or parcell of land to my sd deare daughter Frances Napier and her heirs forever. Also my will and pleasure is that if it should happen that my said Sonne Robert Napier should dye or depart this mortall life and leave no issue of his body lawfully begotten that then my will & pleasure is that my daughter Frances Napier shall have and enjoy the said halfe parte or piece of land that is hereby bequeathed to my sonne Robert. Also if it should happen that my said daughter Frances Napier should hapen to dye or depart this mortall life and leave noe issue lawfully begotten and that my said sonne Robert survive or any of heir issues, That then my will and pleasure is that my said sonne shall have and enjoy the same plan pcell of land bequeathed to my said daughter in as longe and ample manner and forme as my said daughter did could or might enjoy the same provided always notwithstanding that if it should happen that my said two children Robert and Frances should dye or depart this mortall life and leave noe issue behind then or either of them that then my will and pleasure is that the heirs of my sd deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER shall & have & enjoy the same in as longe and ample manner as the heirs of my said sonne and daughter or either of them might have enjoyed the same. Also I doe by these presents bequeath all my moveable goods and coffills specified in a certain Inventory hereunto annexed unto my deare wife & my two children equally to be divided amongst them share and share like and not otherwise Alsoe I doe by these presents make and appoint my deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament. Also my desire is that my two very loving friends Mr. Thomas Ballard and Mr. James Vaulx will be overseers that this my will be performed according to the reale intents and purposes hereof and that they would give my said deare wife and children such assistance as they shall think fitt in the managing of this Estate alsoe I doe hereby further declare that the reall intent and meaning of this my will is that neither of my said children Robert or Frances shall be in possession of the said land or plantation or any pte or pcell thereof nor receive any profitts that shall accrue out of the same soo long as my said deare wife whall happen to live lastly I doe by these presents revoke all other wills herebefore made by me and declared this to be my last will and Testament I witnessd whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this six and twentieth day of February one thousand six hundred sixty & Eight signed sealed and delivered in presence of 

Frances Haddin PAT NAPIER <SEALE>

John Hungerford

Mathew Culler

Probate in Cur Com Ebon 12 Anno 1669 & Testaments Frances Hadden John Hungerford & Mathew Culler it Recorded at due

& John Baskery to Clr Cur


Source: http://gennotes.150m.com/napier.html __________________

Dr. Patrick Napier: Miss Stephenson says he came to Virginia "soon after 1650". George M. Napier says he "came over from Scotland in 1655". In Virginia, in 1658, he married Elizabeth Booth, daughter of Robert Booth. He died in 1669. He was a physician. Miss Stephenson says he had only one son. George M. Napier says he and Elizabeth Booth Napier "had a large family of children, both sons and daughters". It is agreed that his eldest son was Robert Napier (2). And according to George M. Napier's records his second son was Booth Napier, ancestor of said George M. Napier, who has the record of the line of descent from him.

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The first Napier came to the US (Virginia) in 1600s. He was a doctor and a surveyor. The family was wealthy. Wnen they moved to Tennessee they had steel furnaces. --Judy --------------------

  1. _UID: 5D689AC49803EE49AB317B915B579BF62069
  2. Emigration: BEF 1635 London to Gloucester County, Virginia
  3. Will: 20 Feb 1667/1668 York County, Virginia Deeds, Wills, etc. 1664-1672, pp. 28-29
  4. Probate: 12 Apr 1669 York County, Virginia
  5. Note: He was a Surgeon,married Elizabeth Booth born before [1640] d after [1672].
LOCATED IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA IS A HISTORICAL MARKER NEAR COLONIAL     WILLIAMSBURG, VA. WHICH MARKES THE PLACE PATRICK NAPIER LIVED. THIS MARKER READS "PATRICK NAPIER COLONIAL SURGEON NEARBY LIVED "PATRICK NAPIER OF QUEENS CREEK IN THE COUNTY OF YORKE CHIRURGEON,"BORN ABOUT 1634,AND APPRENTICED TO THE SURGEON GENERAL OF THE SCOTTISH ARMY DEFEATED BY CROMWELL IN 1650. PATRICK NAPIER ARRIVED HERE BEFORE 1655. HE MARRIED ELIZABETH,A DAUGHTER OF ROBERT BOOTH, CLERK OF THE YORK COUNTY COURT AND A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES. BY HORSE AND BOAT,NAPIER ATTENDED THE SICK,PERFORMED SURGERY,BLED  HIS PATIENTS,AND DISPENSED VARIOUS REMEDIES CONSISTENT WITH THE PRATICE OF MEDICINE IN THE MID-17TH CENTURY.HE DIED IN 1669. HE WAS THE PROGENITOR OF MOST OF THE NAPIERS IN AMERICA.
   EMIGRATED TO VIRGINIA 25 MAR 1655 WITH OTHER DEFEATED SCOTTISH ROYALISTS AFTER THE BATTLE OF DUNBAR. AMERICAN NAPIERS CAME TO THESE SHORES, TO YORK CO.,VIRGINIA IN ABOUT 1651.HE WAS PATRICK NAPIER,"CHIRURGEON"OR PHYSICIAN,     WHO HAD BEEN BARBER-SURGEON TO THE MARTYR KING CHARLES I, AND WAS A CADET OF THE ANCIENT HOUSE OF NAPIER OF KILMAHEW. THE FATHER MAY WELL HAVE BEEN THE "ONE NAPIER" THAT PARLIAMENTARY SPIES HAD REPORTED TRIED TO FREE THE IMPRISONED CHARLES FROM CARISBROOKE CASTLE,ISLE OF WIGHT IN 1648. ALTERNATE DATA SUGGEST PARENTS OF PATRICK NAPIER TO BE ROBERT NAPIER OF EDINBURGH, SON OF SIR JOHN NAPIER OF MERCHISTON WHO MARRIED LADY ELIZABETH MONTEITH. SIR JOHN,EIGHTH LAIRD OF MERCHISTON ELDEST SON OF SIR ARCHIBALD NAPIER AND JANET BOTHWELL. SIR JOHN, WELL KNOWN AS INVENTOR OF LOGARITHMS.

THE FIRST KNOWN DOCUMENTED REFERENCE TO A NAPIER IN SCOTLAND IS IN TWO CHARTERS OF MALCOLM,EARL OF LENNOX, WHO LIVED AT THE END OF THE 13TH CENTURY. THIS WAS JOHN NAPIER,WHO WAS GRANTED, BY ONE OF THE CHARTERS,-"ALL THAT QUARTER LANDS CALLED KILMAHEW CASTLE STILL STANDS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PRESENT VILLAGE OF GARDROSS, WHICH IS FOUR MILES FROM DUMBARTON. KILMAHEW TAKES ITS NAME FROM ST MAHEW (OR MOCHTA), A COMPANION OF ST PATRICK,WHO HAS BEEN ADOPTED AS THE PATRON SAINT OF CARDROSS. THERE WERE 18 LAIRDS OF KILMAHEW UNTIL THE LAST HEIR SOLD THE LAST OF THE ESTATE IN 1820.

   http://www.jcsisle.com/napier.html
   Ivan Napier's book on the Napier Family (1968), p. 35, states "Dr. Patrick Napier was born and educated  in Scotland, son of Robert Napier, and grandson of Sir John Napier, noted Mathematician, scholar, inventor. (He) immigrated to America in 1655, sponsored by Peter Ford, settled in Gloucester County, VA., and moved shortly to York County, VA." On p.34 the statement is made that Robert Napier (1580-1662) son of the Mathematician, "married Frances -- on November 13, 1595 (sic - at age fifteen!). Among their many children was a son, Dr. Patrick, immigrant to Virginia." As we have proven, nearly all of this is false.
   As we shall see in our sketch, one Peter Ford patented 500 acres in Gloucester Co., VA., on 25 March 1655 using ten headrights to secure the patent. A careful reading of the patent (Book 3, p. 340, LDS film 029,308) shows that the headrights were assigned to Ford by Lieut. Colonel Abrall, who had been the assignee of one Captain John Underwood. It is possible that Peter Ford never saw Patrick Napier or any of the ten whose names he used to get the land, and did not need to do, to procure the patent. However, he may have met him in business later, since he appears often in the York County records, as do the names of Abrall and Underwood as well as Dr. Napier. From the wording of the patent, it seems that it was John Underwood who paid the passage of Dr. Patrick to America. At least, he was the first to have his name on a qualifying certificate for land.
   There is no evidence at all that Napier ever set foot in Gloucester County, VA. The patenting of land in no way implies that those named in the headrights had to live in the county where the land was laid out.
   Ivan Napier (p. 35) states that Patrick was born in 1610. This statement is adhered to in every case where the theory of lineage to John of Logs applies. We have never found a statement of Patrick's age. He could have been born that early. But this assertion must take second place to a younger age for the American immigrant. Patrick did not marry until after his arrival in Virginia. We have no evidence of a previous marriage for him. Before November 1658, he had wed Elizabeth Booth (or Bouth), daughter of Mr. Robert Booth, Clerk of the Court, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, etc. by his wife Frances. Their names, apparently, furnished the given names of Napier's two children, Robert and Frances, not Robert Napier of Culcreuch, and a supposed wife Frances.

Elizabeth Booth Napier was born about 1637-1640. This age we establish from a deposition of 1668 by her mother Frances Bouth, then aged 49, giving 1619 as a year of birth for her, and estimating that Elizabeth was born when Frances was between 18 and 20. Elizabeth was living by 15, November 1641 when 50 acres were given to her as "daughter of Robert Bouth" (Tyler's Quarterly, XIV (1933) p. 181). Elizabeth might have married a man 27 years her senior, but this is unlikely. It would mean that he first fathered children at the age of fifty.

John H. Napier III prefers a much younger age for the Doctor, and so do we, as based on these facts: One Valentine Napier deeded a horse named "Fox" to the widow of Dr. Patrick Napier in 1669. He, like Patrick, was a physician, and lived in Kent County, MD. We find the baptism of one Vallentine Napyer (sic) son of Patricke and Joane Napyer, on 4 March 1626-27, in the church of St. Bride Fleet Street, London. The implication here is inescapable! (This name Valentine Napier, surfaced some generations later in the family of Robert 4 Napier (Robert3; Capt. Robert2, Dr. Patrick1). Add to that the marriage we located, in the register of the parish of St. Gregory by St. Paul London. "Patricke Napper and Joane Wallas (Wallace?) were married on 4, July 1628 by license from the Vicar General of London." Of course, if this Joane is the mother of the above Valentine, the marriage took place sixteen months after the christening of the child. Be that as it may (and it was often), we believe we have found the parentage of Dr. Patrick1 Napier, being Patrick Napier and Joan Wallas or Wallace, as above. Just because we have not yet found the baptism of a Patrick Napier in this same family does not mean we or someone else will not do so upon a diligent search. It should be remembered that people in London moved about quite a bit, being usually in some trade of other, and may not have christened all their children in the same parish church, or, indeed, in the city. Dr. Valentine Napier's sale of the horse was less than a week after the death of Dr. Patrick Napier. It helps us learn the time of the latter's death. It seems to imply a gesture of help to a sister-in-law. Valentine evidently was the elder, in fact the heir at law of Patrick Napier of London.

Might it not be the fact that most researchers were to dedicated to finding information about Dr. Patrick Napier in the Scottish records that they completely bypassed the British records and thereby missed the clues we have found? Yet, it is a fact that most of the immigrants to American colonies in the first part of the 17th century came from England, and a great portion of that number from London. This writer always starts a search for an American immigrant in the microfiche for London, thus proceeding to the other shires.

We also learned via letter of 14, October 1983 from the Keeper of Manuscripts, at the Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London, that one Patrick Napier, apprentice to William Hann, was admitted to the Barber-Surgeons' Company of London in January 1630/31 (Guildhall Library Ms 5265/1 folio 78). He was admitted by servitude, indicating previous practice under Hann. It is a pity that his father is not named! Additionally, in the same register, Archibald Napier, son of Patrick Napier, was admitted, by servitude, 26, December 1657!

If our Dr. Pat Napier were another child of Patrick and Joan, born circa 1630, there would be no quarrel at all with what we already know about him. He would have been about 25 when Ford obtained the patent, using Napier's name as a headright, about 5 to 7 years older than his wife, and about 39 at his death.

   In his article in Vol. 15 of Historical Southern Families, p. 221 JHN has reported:
   A certain Mungo Napier was burgess of Dumbarton before 1600, and his son Patrick was admitted to the same office on July 23, 1633. This Patrick was barber to King Charles I. of England, and his son Patrick, Jr. born between 1634-1639, was apprenticed to Sir Alexander Pennycuik on May 6, 1649. Dr. Pennycuik was surgeon to Sir Alexander Leslie's Scottish Troops, defeated at the Battle of Dunbar by the army of Oliver Cromwell. Subsequently Patrick Napier (the son) emigrated to Virginia with other Scottish Royalist after the year 1650.
   JHN did not cite his references, but we later discovered one, and he has kindly supplied the other, both in the same set of volumes, The Scottish Record Society Publications, volumes 71 (1937) and 28 (1906).
   The former, being the Roll of Dumbarton Burgesses and Guild Brethren, 1600-1846, on page 48, reads: Napier, PATRICK, barber, Burgess, by right of his father MUNGO Napier, Burgess, 23, July 1633. The latter, being The Register of Apprentices of the City of Edinburgh, 1583-1666, at page 136, shows: Napier, Patrick, son to PATRICK NAPIER, barber to King Charles I., with Alexander Pennycuik, chirurgiane, 9 May 1649. (In the latter, we are shown in the Preface that this entry is in original volume II. which goes from 12th January 1648 to 30th May 1666).
   The Lt. Colonel also shows that, in the same series, Vol. 59, being the Roll Edinburgh Burgesses, 1406-1700 (pub. 1926), p. 398, under Pennycuik, reads: Alexander, Burgess, chirurgiane to his Excellency General Alexander Leslie (muskit), by act of Council of this date - 20 November 1640, and, we also noted, Alexander Pennycuick, Guild brother, chirurgian, Burgess of befoir, gratis, by act of Council 13 February 1650. (NOTE: The surname Pennycuik, or Pennycook, comes from a place in Scotland.)
   JHN indicates that Leslie's Scots army was defeated by Oliver Cromwell at Dunbar, 3 September 1650, and puts 2 and 2 together, concluding that, if Alexander Pennycuik was the surgeon at Dunbar, so was his apprentice, Patrick Napier the Younger, there, and taken prisoner to be "sold to the plantations in America."
   Both JHN and Edward D. Napier, Genealogist of Clan Napier of North America, Falls Church, VA. bring our attention to the following works: George Hillier, Narrative of the Attempted Escapes of Charles the First from Carisbrooke Castle (London, 1852), pp. 100-101; and Jack D. Jones, The Royal Prisoner (London, 1965), pp. 60,62. In these we learn that "one Napier (given name not shown)" attempted the escape of King Charles from his confinement in the castle in 1648, but failed, the King getting stuck in a hole which was prepared too small for his girth to maneuver. (The Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London, has this record in its original form, to support the above statement.)
   February 7, 1647-48 Derby House
   Henry, Earl of Kent, in the name of the Committee of both Houses to Col. Hammond. Having received some intelligence from a source which we formerly found true, we thought it necessary to give you notice of it and recommend the business to your especial care. That the King's escape is designed, the manner thus, by one Napier and a servant of David Murray, whom we take to be the King's tailor. The King is to be drawn up out of his bedchamber into the room over it, the ceiling whereof is to be broken for that purpose, and then conveyed from one room to another till he be passed all the rooms where any guards are at any doors or windows. Sent by Mr. Faukeard. (Interregnum 24 E., p. 10. Copy 1/2p.)
   Source in print from actual documents in the Public Record Office, London: Calendar of State Papers Domestic, of the reign of Charles I ... preserved in the PRO p. 15. Could this Napier have been Patrick Napier (elder), personal barber to the King? Probably.
   Following is more data that has been found:
   a. Patrick Napier (The eleventh day issued forth Letters of Administration to Anno 1660 Aprill) Christopher Napier the naturall and lawfull sonne of Patricke Napier late of the parish of St. Martins in the fields gent intestate deced to Administer all and singular the goods Chatells - and debtes of the sayd deced, he being first Sworne truely to Administer &c By order of Court. (LDS Film 093,261; Administration Act Books, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1659-1660, folio 15, second item on page.)
   b. Archibald Napper, son of Patrick and Elizabeth, was christened 29 October 1633, in parish of St. Martins-in-the-Fields (Harleian Society Publications, Vol. 66, p. 98).
   c. Casander Naper, daughter of Valentine & Sarah, baptized 12, January 1647 (1647/48?) at St. Margarets, Westminister, London (IGI 1984).
   From these we have a picture forming which would be more exciting if it could be legally proved, than any supposed connection to the placid Professor of Logarithms! The Pennycuik reference is inescapable: A surgeon of the King would spend most of his time in London. No doubt Archibald, son of Patrick, admitted to the Surgeons 1657 was the same Archibald, son of Patrick and Elizabeth "Napper", baptized 29, October 1633, and we are reasonably sure the father was the same "Gentlemen" who died in 1660, since baptism took place in the same parish where the man died.
   This, however, does not square with the supposition of Cromwell's ire toward one who had attempted to free the Royal prisoner! This Patrick Napier died the year the Crown was restored to the head of Charles II., two years after Cromwell's death. Of course, this in no way changes the possibility of the son Patrick being taken prisoner and shipped out for his complicity, active or tacit, in the Battle of Dunbar.
   Then we must solve the problem of the wife Joan and the wife Elizabeth to Patrick Napier. We have located the first marriage, we think, but not the second. We have at this time, no evidence of a second Patrick Napier, which would mean two men of the same name, one with a wife named Joan, the other with an Elizabeth, one of these men being the King's Barbe
   Was his father the man married to Joan Wallas? Was this Patrick Napier, Sr. the same who was apprenticed by servitude, in 1631, to William Hann in London? Could he then be the identical man who was admitted Burgess of Dumbarton in 1633, son of Mungo Napier? Was he also the Barber-Surgeon to King Charles? Finally was he the same who apprenticed his son to Pennycuik in 1649 and lived out his life in London, dying in 1660? As complicated as all the above seems, yes, as far as we can see, he could be the same man in every case. We cannot find a noticeable conflict of facts here.
   The Napiers were Royalist in sentiment and action, and would certainly not meet with the approval of Cromwell, nor he of them, especially after he and his panel of Regicides decided to behead their king! Archibald Napier, Lord Napier of Merchistoun, born ca 1625, was a zealous Royalist, serving with distinction under (his maternal uncle) the gallant Marquess of Montrose. He was specifically excepted from Oliver Cromwell's so-called "Act of Grace," 12, April 1654, showing the animosity boiling in the heart of the Lord Protector for the name of Napier!
   Burke's The General Armory (1884) pp. 722-723 lists no less than 30 different armorial bearings (coats of arms), of Edinburg ("Argent, a saltier engrailed between four roses gules barbed vert"), there are coats of Naper or Napper from Oxford, England, and Ireland. From Scotland there are arms for families - individuals usually - from Haddington, Culcreuch, Co. Stirling, Balwhapple (Balquahappie), Co. Dunbartonm Faside, Co. Fife, Harviestoun, Co. Clackmannan, Tayock, Blackstone, Co. Renfrew, Ballikinrain, Co. Dunbarton, Craigannet, Co. Stirling, Kilmahew, Co. Dumbartonm Wright's House, Edinburgh, and a family from Dorsetshire, England
   An entry for a Napier coat of arms granted in Ireland shows that Napier of Middlemarshall and Morecritchell, Co. Dorset, England, Baronet, extinct by 1765, was granted to Gerard Napier, eldest son of Sir Nathaniel Napier, Knight, of Morecritchell, and grandson of Sir Robert Naper, Napper of Napier, Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland, created Baronet in 1641. His amrs: "Argent, a saltire engrailed between four cinquefoils guiles." That is reminiscent of the Merchistoun arms.
   Thus, the family of Napier has been armigerous throughout the British Isles, a quite impressive commentary in itself.
   Since the publication of the above information on Dr. Patrick Napier, by Vava Knepp, in 1988, more has come to light about the origins of Dr. Napier. Lt. Col. John Hawkins Napier III continued his research of 45 years into the background of Dr. Patrick Napier and finally discovered his origins. In October of 1989 he made a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland and visited the Scottish Records Office, Register House. There he found the crucial documents that proved Dr. Patrick Napier's grandfather Mungo Napier to have been a son of Patrick Napier of Blackyards and Tutor (guardian) of Kilmahew! The document took the family back another eight generations to the first John Napier of Kilmahew, living in Dunbartonshire in 1280, from whom descended the other landed Napier families of Scotland--of Wrighthouses, Ballikinrain, Merchiston, and their cadet branches, as well as those who later went to England and Ireland. Further, following traditionary accounts one can trace back through Donald "le Nae-peer" and his ancestors, the ancient Earls and Mormaers of Lennox and the hereditary abbots of Dunkeld of the kindred of St. Columba to Kenneth MacAlpine, the first King of Scots, and back to Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland (reigned c. 412-38), 47 generations in 1500 years. For addition information into the Napier Family ancestors please refer to John Hawkins Napier III's book, "Dr. Patrick Napier: His Ancestors and Some Descendants".
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   The Last Will and Testament of Patrick NAPIER, York County, Virginia, was dated 20 February 1668 and proved 12 April 1669.
   In the name of God Amen. I PATRICK NAPIER of the prsh of Hampton in the County of Yorke phisician being sicke and sane in body but thanks be to God in pfect mind and memory do make and declare this my last will & testament. I comend my soule into the hands of my most mercifull creator and preserveror in full assurance to have all my sins pardoned in and through the meritts of my only savour Jesus XX_& my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my dear wife ELIZABETH NAPIER. And for that portion of earthly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to endure mee I doe by these presents dispose and bequeath of them as followeth. I doe by these presents give and bequeath unto my dear wife ELIZABETH NAPIER all that pcell of land lying in the prsh of Blessland in the county of New Kent in Virg containing by estimation fifteen hundred acres be it more or less as the same is situate and being in the prsh aforesd adjoining to the plantation of Major Hammond on the one side and Capt. George Lyddall on the other side To Have & to hold the said piece of land to my said deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER for the home of her naturall life alsoe my will and pleasure is that my two deare children Robert Napier, Francis Napier shall have and enjoy the said piece of land or plantation in manner aforesaid as I doe hereby express that is to say I doe my these presents give and bequeath unto my dears sone Robert Napier the majority on one halfe of the said piece of land containing fifteen hundred acres as aforesaid to be divided equally at the discretion of my said deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER. To have & to hold the said majority on halfe of the said piece of land unto my said deare sonne Robert Napier and his heirs forever. Also I dow by these presents give and bequeath unto my deare daughter Frances Napier the other majority or other halfe parte of the said plantation or piece of land containing as aforesaid and situate and being as aforeds to be layed out and separated from the other peace of land at the discretion of my said deare wife to have and to hold the said other parte or parcell of land to my sd deare daughter Frances Napier and her heirs forever. Also my will and pleasure is that if it should happen that my said Sonne Robert Napier should dye or depart this mortall life and leave no issue of his body lawfully begotten that then my will & pleasure is that my daughter Frances Napier shall have and enjoy the said halfe parte or piece of land that is hereby bequeathed to my sonne Robert. Also if it should happen that my said daughter Frances Napier should hapen to dye or depart this mortall life and leave noe issue lawfully begotten and that my said sonne Robert survive or any of heir issues, That then my will and pleasure is that my said sonne shall have and enjoy the same plan pcell of land bequeathed to my said daughter in as longe and ample manner and forme as my said daughter did could or might enjoy the same provided always notwithstanding that if it should happen that my said two children Robert and Frances should dye or depart this mortall life and leave noe issue behind then or either of them that then my will and pleasure is that the heirs of my sd deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER shall & have & enjoy the same in as longe and ample manner as the heirs of my said sonne and daughter or either of them might have enjoyed the same. Also I doe by these presents bequeath all my moveable goods and coffills specified in a certain Inventory hereunto annexed unto my deare wife & my two children equally to be divided amongst them share and share like and not otherwise Alsoe I doe by these presents make and appoint my deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament. Also my desire is that my two very loving friends Mr. Thomas Ballard and Mr. James Vaulx will be overseers that this my will be performed according to the reale intents and purposes hereof and that they would give my said deare wife and children such assistance as they shall think fitt in the managing of this Estate alsoe I doe hereby further declare that the reall intent and meaning of this my will is that neither of my said children Robert or Frances shall be in possession of the said land or plantation or any pte or pcell thereof nor receive any profitts that shall accrue out of the same soo long as my said deare wife whall happen to live lastly I doe by these presents revoke all other wills herebefore made by me and declared this to be my last will and Testament I witnessd whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this six and twentieth day of February one thousand six hundred sixty & Eight signed sealed and delivered in presence of
   Frances Haddin PAT NAPIER <SEALE>
   John Hungerford
   Mathew Culler
   Probate in Cur Com Ebon 12 Anno 1669 & Testaments Frances Hadden John Hungerford & Mathew Culler it Recorded at due
   & John Baskery to Clr Cur

-------------------- Patrick Napier was a physician.

Compilation from land records stored in Richmond, this collection of immigrants is a must for anyone looking for relatives in early Virginia. Each entry also gives the person who sponsored the immigrant to America.

Early Virginia Immigrants: 1623-1666

Napier, Patrick 1655, by Peter Ford, Gloucester County[Mitchell family file.FTW]

Patrick Napier was a physician.

Compilation from land records stored in Richmond, this collection of immigrants is a must for anyone looking for relatives in early Virginia. Each entry also gives the person who sponsored the immigrant to America.

Early Virginia Immigrants: 1623-1666

Napier, Patrick 1655, by Peter Ford, Gloucester County

DR PATRICK NAPIER, by John Napier 9 May 1649 in Edinburgh was apprenticed to Alexander Pennycuik, chirurgeon. 25 Mar 1655 was used as headright by Peter Ford. Settled in Queen's Creek, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia, as Planter and Surgeon. Owned 1500 acre plantation in Blisland Parish, New Kent County, Virginia. 26 Feb 1668/9 will date, probated 12 Apr, names wife and children.

IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS, by Frederick Adams Virkus,Volume 7, page 50 "Napier, Dr. Patrick (1610-1669) son of Robert of Edinburgh, Scot. (and descendent of Sir John Merchistown who m. Lady Elizabeth Monteith) Came to Virginia in 1655, m. Elizabeth (1645-1672) daughter of Robert Booth (1619-1664) (From England to York County, Virginia. Clerk 1639, Justice 1652, Burgess 1653-1664)

SOUTHERN HISTORICAL FAMILIES By John Boddie Vol XV "NAPIER OF VIRGINIA, TENN, MISS" p. 221-5

PATRICK, JR. was born between 1634 and 1639. He was apprenticed to Dr. Alexander Pennycuik on May 6, 1649. Dr. Pennycuik was surgeon to Sir Alexander Leslie's Scottish Troops, defeated at the Battle of Dunbar by the army of Oliver Cormwell. Subsequently PATRICK NAPIER emigrated to Virginia with other Scottish Royalists after the year 1650.

The immigrant DR. PATRICK NAPIER, progenitor of this family in America, came to Gloucester Co. in 1654 or 1655. One Peter Ford received 500 acres at Cacamount, Gloucester Co., Virginia, March 25, 1655, for transporting ten persons to the colony, among whom PATRICK NAPIER is listed.

PATRICK NAPIER married in 1658 ELIZABETH BOOTH, who was born 1645 and died 1672. She was the daughter of Dr. Robert Booth, an early Virginia colonist and his wife Frances. Dr. Booth and his wife first lived at Belleville, Gloucester County; he later became clerk of York Co. in 1639, Justice in 1652, and a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1653-54. Dr. Booth died in 1657, leaving a thousand-acre plantation and a large library.

DR. PATRICK NAPIER and his father-in-law were among the few physicians in early Virginia. PATRICK lived first in Hampton Parish, York County, where he signed an estate settlement Dec. 10, 1664. His daughter Frances "of York County" married Benjamin Woodson, son of John Woodson and his wife Mary (daughter of Samuel and Jane Tucker) (Jester and Hiden, ADVENTURERS OF PURSE & PERSON, p. 370). DR. PATRICK NAPIER also had a plantation of 1500 acres in Bisland Parish, New Kent Co., which he left to his son Robert and daughter Frances. (Will dated Feb 20, 1668, files April 12, 1669 in York County, Virginia.) This plantation adjoined that of Major-General Mainwaring Hammond, one of the leading Cavalier officers in Virginia.

PATRICK NAPIER Will York Co., Va 1668

In the name of God Amen. I PATRICK NAPIER of the prsh of Hampton in the County of Yorke physician being sick and sane in body but thanks be to God in pfect mind and memory do make and declare this my last will & testament. I commend my Soule into the hands of my most merciful creator and preserveror in full assurance to have all my sins pardoned in and through the meritts of my only savour Jesus XX-& my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my dear wife ELIZABETH NAPIER. And for that portion of earthly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to endure mee I doe by these presents dispose and bequeath of them as followeth. I doe by these presents give and bequeath unto my dear wife ELIZABETH NAPIER all that pcell of land lying in the prsh of Blessland in the county of New Kent in Virg containing by estimation fifteen hundred acres be it more or less as the same is situate and being in the prsh aforesd adjoining to the plantation of Major Hammond on the one side and Capt. George Lyddall on the other side To Have & to hold the said piece of land to my said deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER for the home of her natural life alsoe my will and pleasure is that my two deare children Robert Napier, Francis Napier shall have and enjoy the said piece of land or plantation in manner aforesaid as I doe hereby express that is to say I doe my these presents give and bequeath unto my dears sone Robert Napier the majority on one half of the said piece of land containing fifteen hundred acres as aforesaid to be divided equally at the discretion of my said deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER. To have & to hold the said majority on half of the said piece of land unto my said deare sonne Robert Napier and his heirs forever. Also I dow by these presents give and bequeath unto my deare daughter Frances Napier the other majority or other half parte of the said plantation or piece of land containing as aforesaid and situate and being as aforeds to be layed out and separated from the other peace of land at the discretion of my said deare wife to have and to hold the said other parte or parcell of land to my sd deare daughter Frances Napier and her heirs forever. also my will and pleasure is that if it should happen that my said Sonne Robert Napier should dye or depart this mortall life and leave no issue of his body lawfully begotten that then my will & pleasure is that my daughter Frances Napier shall have and enjoy the said halfe parte or piece of land that is hereby bequeathed to my sonne Robert. Also if it should happen that my said daughter Frances Napier should hapen to dye or depart this mortall life and leave noe issue lawfully begotten and that my said sonne Robert survive or any of heir issues, That then my will and pleasure is that my said sonne shall have and enjoy the same plan pcell of land bequeathed to my said daughter in as longe and ample manner and

forme as my said daughter did could or might enjoy the same provided always notwithstanding that if it should happen that my said two children Robert and Frances should dye or depart this mortall life and leave noe issue behind then or either of them that then my will and pleasure is that the heirs of my sd deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER shall & have & enjoy the same in as longe and ample manner as the heirs of my said sonne and daughter or either of them might have enjoyed the same. Also I doe by these presents bequeath all my moveable goods and coffills? specified in a certain Inventory hereunto annexed unto my deare wife & my two children equally to be divided amongst them share and share like and not otherwise Alsoe I doe by these presents make and appoint my deare wife ELIZABETH NAPIER sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament. Also my desire is that my two very loving friends Mr. Thomas Ballard and Mr. James Vaulx will be overseers that this my will be performed according to the reale intents and purposes hereof and that they would give my said deare wife and children such assistance as they shall think fitt in the managing of this Estate alsoe I doe hereby further declare that the reall intent and meaning of this my will is that neither of my said children Robert or Frances shall be in possession of the said land or plantation or any pte or pcell thereof nor receive any profitts that shall accrue out of the same soo (234)

long as my said deare wife whall happen to live lastly I doe by these presents revoke all other wills herebefore made by me and declared this to be my last will and Testament I witnessd whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this six and twentieth day of February one thousand six hundred sixty & Eight signed sealed and delivered in presence of

Frances Haddin PAT NAPIER SEALE

John Hungerford

Mathew Culler

Probate in Cur Com Ebon 12 Anno 1669 & Testaments Frances Hadden John Hungerford & Mathew Culler it Recorded at due

& John Baskery to Clr Cur

More About Patrick Napier:

Buried: April 12, 1668, Will probated dated 26 Feb 1668/913

Immigration: March 25, 1655, Headright by Peter Ford. Settled Queen's Creek, Hampton Parish, York County, VA.14

Occupation: May 09, 1649, In Edinburgh was apprenticed to Alexander Pennycuik, chirurgeon15

Residence: Owned 1500 acre plantation in Blisland Parish, New Kent County, Virginia.16

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Dr. Patrick Napier's Timeline

1634
1634
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
1657
1657
Age 23
BURGESS,Northumberland,Virginia
1658
November 10, 1658
Age 24
Jamestown, York County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
1660
May 2, 1660
Age 26
Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia Colony
1660
Age 26
Burgess, Northumberland, Virginia, USA
1662
1662
Age 28
York County, Virginia
1668
February 26, 1668
Age 34
Queen's Creek, Hampton Parish, York County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
1941
December 13, 1941
Age 34
1942
May 27, 1942
Age 34
????
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