Thomas Bellenden of Auchinoul

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Thomas Bellenden

Also Known As: "Thomas Bannatyne of Auchinoul"
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick Bellentyne and Marion Douglas, of Angus
Husband of Agnes Forrester
Father of Sir John Bellenden of Auchnoul; James Bannatyne of Kiretoun of Newtyle, WS and Margaret Bellenden
Brother of Katherine Bellenden and Walter Bellenden, Canon of Holyrood Abbey
Half brother of Margaret (Mawde) Knight (Bellentyne); Alexander Dunlop, 10th of that Ilk; William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn; Alexander Cunningham and Margaret Cunningham

Managed by: Alisdair James Smyth
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About Thomas Bellenden of Auchinoul

Biographical Summary

"Mr. Thomas Bannatyne or Bellenden of Auchinoul, was the son of Patrick Bellenden, who obtained a charter of the lands of Auchnolnyshill, in the county of Edinburgh, in 1499. His admission as an Ordinary Judge on the 22d June 1535, has just been recited. He was appointed Director of Chancery on the 10th September 1538, and on the 26th December 1539, the king conferred on him the office of Justice Clerk, a situation which became almost hereditary in his family...

...In January 1541, he accompanied Henry Balnavis of Hal hill as commissioner for Scotland, to settle some of the interminable disputes of the Borders. Sir William Eure, the English commissioner, describes him as being then a man of aged experience and eminent abilities. He was, according to Knox, one of those by whose labours Arran was promoted to the regency, and whose counsel he was at first chiefly guided by. He died in 1546, and was succeeded in his offices of Justice Clerk and Director of the Chancery by his son Sir John."

SOURCE: An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice: From Its Institution in MDXXXII; by George Brunton, David Haig; 1832; Page 57