About Robert Spottiswoode
The surname of Spottiswoode is local, and was assumed by the proprietors of the lands and barony of Spottiswoode, in the parish of Gordon, and county of Berwick, as soon as surnames became hereditary in Scotland. The traditional account of them is, that the male line of the ancient barons of Spottiswoode failed, in the reign of king Alexander II; that a younger son of the illustrious house of Gordon, who were then seated in the same county, married the heiress and was obliged to take upon him the name of Spottiswoode ; but he retained, in his armorial bearing, the boar's head of the Gordons, which his successors, the barons of Spottiswoode, carry to this day.
The immediate ancestor of this family was :
I. Robert De Spottiswoode, born in the reign of Alexander III, who succeeded to the crown of Scotland, 1249. He, with most of the nobility and gentry of his country, was compelled to submit to king Edward I of England, 1296. He died in the reign of king Robert Bruce, and left issue, a son and successor :
II John Spottiswoode, of that ilk, who made a considerable figure in the reign of king David Bruce, and appears to have been in great favor with that prince, being witness in many of his charters and other deeds. He built a house of worship, at the old tower of Spottiswoode, called the White chapel, the vestige whereof was lately to be seen : also an altar-vase, at St. James's church, in Roxburgh. He left a son :
III. Robert Spottiswoode, of that ilk, who succeeded him and lived in the reigns of king Robert II and III. He married a daughter of the ancient family of Lighton of Wishaven, in the county of Forfar, a sister of the celebrated Doctor Henry Lighton, first, bishop of Murray, then of Aberdeen : by her he had a son and heir :
IV. Henry Spottiswoode, of that ilk, who, in many authentic writs, is designated nephew of the
said bishop Lighton, in the reign of king James II, leaving issue a son and successor :
V. James Spottiswoode, of that ilk, who married a daughter of Sir Adam Johnston, of that ilk, progenitor of the marquis of Armandale, omitted in the peerage, and by her he had a son William, his heir :
VI. William Spottiswoode, of that ilk, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Hopepringle of Forsonee, by whom he had three sons and one daughter : 1, David, his heir : 2, John, who carried on the line of the family : 3, Hugh, who had a charter of the lands of Barnacht, 1555. This daughter Jean was married to William Hay of Barra, an honorable cadet of the illustrious house of Tweedale, of whom the Hays of Rauna Alderoiowns, etc., are descended. This William was a man of great bravery : he accompanied king James IV to England, in his unfortunate expedition at the battle of Flodclen, 1513. He was succeeded by his eldest son...
-------------------- Robert Spottiswoode, of that ilk, who succeeded him and lived in the reigns of King Robert II and III. He married a daughter of the ancient family of Leighton of Wishaven, in the county of Forfar, a sister of the celebrated Doctor Henry Leighton, first, bishop of Murray, then of Aberdeen : by her he had a son and heir