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John Buchanan

Birthplace: Carbeth, Sterlingshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Blairlusk, Kilmarnock, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Blairlusk, Dunbarton, Scotland
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Son of Thomas 3rd of Carbeth Buchanan, 3rd of Carbeth and Janet Buchanan
Husband of Unknown Unknown
Father of George Buchanan, 2nd Laird of Gartincaber and William Buchanan
Brother of Thomas Buchanan; Williiam Buchanan; Wlater Buchanan; Archibald Buchanan and Janet Buchanan

Occupation: Gartincaber, Parish of Buchanan, Co. Sterling
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About John Buchanan, 1st Laird of Gartincaber

  • The Buchanan book. The life of Alexander Buchanan, Q.C., of Montreal, followed by an account of the family of Buchanan
  • I. Thomas Buchanan, First of Carbeth, is said by Auchmar(2) to have been the second or third son of Sir Walter, third of that name Laird of Buchanan, but Strathendrick says that he was a younger son of Thomas Buchanan, of Gartincaber and Drummikill.(3) He acquired Carbeth, in 1476. He had two sons :
    • (2) John in Easter Ballat.
    • II. Thomas Buchanan, of Carbeth, succeeded his father about 1493, and on his death, about 1555, was succeeded by his nephew, Thomas Buchanan, son of John Buchanan in Easter Ballat.
      • III. Thomas Buchanan, of Carbeth, was married twice ; first, to a daughter of Douglas of Maines, by whom he had : . . . .
        • (1) Thomas, his successor.
      • He married, secondly, Janet, daughter of the Laird of Buchanan and by her had five sons and one daughter :


  • Strathendrick and its inhabitants from early times; an account of the parishes of Fintry, Balfron, Killearn, Drymen, Buchanan, and Kilmaronock (1896)
  • Pg.346
  • I. THOMAS BUCHANAN of Carbeth, the first of this family, was a younger son of Thomas Buchanan of Gartincaber and Drummikill.2 He had a conveyance of the lands of Carbeth from his father, 31st May 1482, and died before 1493. He had two sons; (1) Thomas, who succeeded him; and (2) John, in Easter Ballat, whose son Thomas succeeded his uncle.
  • II. THOMAS BUCHANAN of Carbeth succeeded to the lands of Carbeth on the death of his father, and to the Temple lands of Letter and Boquhanbeg, 10th June 1493, on the resignation of John Buchanan of Camoquhill.3 Auchmar says,4 "He seems to have lived a considerable time." This is no doubt true, as he must have been over eighty when he died. Auchmar states that he died without issue, but it appears from the Dunbarton Records that he had a son John-"Johan. boquhannan filius et heres appar. honesti viri Thome boquhannan de Carbeth," 6th October 1527.5 This John must have died before his father, without issue. Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth was dead before 1555.
  • III. THOMAS BUCHANAN of Carbeth, as son and heir to the deceased John Buchanan in Easter Ballat, and as nearest heir to his uncle, Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth, had in 1555 a charter from John Haldane of Gleneagles in favour of himself and Janet Buchanan, his spouse, in liferent, and Thomas Buchanan, his son, in fee of the lands of Carbeth.6 In the same year he had a charter of the Temple lands of Letter to himself in liferent, and to Thomas Buchanan, his son and apparent heir, heritably.7 He married, first, a daughter of the laird
  • Pg. 347
  • of Mains, by whom he had his successor, Thomas ;1 secondly, Janet Buchanan, by whom he had five sons and a daughter: (1) John, in Gartincaber ;2 (2) Walter, in Ballindoran ; (3) William, in Blairnabord, born about 1547, murdered by the Macfarlanes in 1619 ;3 (4) Archibald; (5) Robert: and (1) Janet, married Gregor M'Gregor of Glengyle.
  • IV. .... etc.
  • Pg. 350
  • I. JOHN BUCHANAN, in Gartincaber,1 the first of this family, is called by Auchmar2 "John, first son of the second marriage to Thomas, third of that name of Carbeth." In a bond of caution, 31st March 1591,3 John Buchanan, "in Gartincavir," is called "Auld Thomas' sone" — "Auld Thomas" being doubtless Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth. He had two sons : (1) George, his successor; and (2) Walter, who left no male issue.4
  • II. GEORGE BUCHANAN, in Gartincaber, married Elizabeth Leckie, daughter of Walter Leckie of Disheour.5 He acquired part of the lands of Blairlusk. On 3rd June 1629 there is a sasine in favour of George Buchanan, in Gartincaber, Elizabeth Leckye (Leckie), his spouse, and John Buchanan, their son, of the just and equal half of the five merk land of Blairlosky, alias Blairlosk, extending to a 33s. 4d. land of old extent, formerly occupied by John Buchanan, elder, in Blairlosk, and now by the said George and Elizabeth, spouses, and their sub-tenants, proceeding on a feu charter by John Haldane of Gleneagles. Walter Buchanan of Drummikill is bailie for John Haldane, and James Lecky, portioner of Wester Cattir, John Buchanan, portioner of Blairlosk, and John Buchanan, son of John Buchanan, formerly in Drumfade, now in Blairlosk, are witnesses.6 George Buchanan had four sons and a daughter; (1) John of Blairlusk; (2) George,7 who had a son Thomas Buchanan, in Creitchael, in Buchanan parish;8 (3) Thomas of Gartincaber;9 (4) Andrew;10 and a daughter, married Andrew Buchanan of Gartacharne.11
  • III. .... etc.



  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland By Bernard Burke
  • Lineage.- THOMAS BUCHANAN, of Carbeth, was son of Thomas Buchanan (by Isabel, dau. of Murdoch Stuart, Duke of Albany), 3rd son of Sir Walter de Buchanan, 13th Laird of Buchanan (see BUCHANAN-HAMILTON), He m. 2ndly, his cousin, dau. of Buchanan of that ilk, and had issue,
  • JOHN BUCHANAN, of Gartincaber, parish of Buchanan, co. Stirling, b. 1545; m. and had issue,
  • GEORGE BUCHANAN, of Gartincaber, b. 1578; m. Elizabeth, dau. of Walter Leckie, of Dishcour, and had issue,
    • I. JOHN, of whom presently.
    • II. George (descendants in America)
    • III. Thomas, of Gartincaber.
  • JOHN BUCHANAN, for whom his father purchased the lands of Blairluisk, co. Dumbarton, b. 1615; m. his cousin Jean, and had issue,
  • ..... etc.


  • 'Buchanan07'
  • .... etc.
  • 2. John Buchanan in Easter Ballat
    • ..... A. Thomas Buchanan, 3rd of Carberth
    • ..... m1. daughter of the laird of Mains (connection presumes of the Douglas family)
      • .......... i. Thomas Buchanan, 4th of Carbeth (d before 30.06.1610)
      • .......... m. Isobel Leckie .....
    • ..... m2. Janet Buchanan (possibly a daughter of George, 15th of Buchanan, by Margaret Edmonstone ??)
      • .......... ii. John Buchanan in Gartincaber
        • ............... a. George Buchanan in Gartincaber
        • ............... m. Elizabeth Leckie (dau of Walter Leckie of Disheour) .....
          • .... etc.
        • ............... b. Walter Buchanan (dspm)
      • .......... iii. Janet Buchanan
      • .......... m. Gregor McGregor of Glengyle
      • .......... iv. + other issue - Walter in Ballindoran, William in Blairnabord (b. c1547, d 1619), Archibald, Robert
      • .......... Thought to be an illegitimate son of Buchanan of Carbeth (possibly of this generation) was
      • .......... viii. Walter Buchanan, 1st of Boquhan (d before 17.05.1645)
      • .......... m. Janet Dennistoun
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) "Strathendrick and its Inhabitants from Early Times" by John Guthrie Smith, published in Glasgow in 1896
  • (2) For Ardoch: BLG1952 (Gray-Buchanan of Scotstown)
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John Buchanan, 1st Laird of Gartincaber's Timeline

February 3, 1545
Carbeth, Sterlingshire, Scotland
Age 32
Blairlusk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 42
Gartincaber, Perth, Scotland
Age 73
Blairlusk, Kilmarnock, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Blairlusk, Dunbarton, Scotland