About William Ralston
Ralston, William of that Ilk
William RALSTON (David RALSTON, Hew) b 1650 in Ayr, Scotland. William married Elspeth Adams in 1672 in of, Ayr, Scotland. Elspeth b 1652 Ary, Scotland.
They had the following children:
- Gavin RALSTON b abt 1687
- Andrew RALSTON b 1660 Knockstapplebag, Argyl, Scotland.
- Elspeth RALSTON b 23 Mar 1679 Campbeltown, Argyl, Scotland.
- Margaret RALSTON b 7 Aug 1681 Campbeltown, Argyl, Scotland.
- William RALSTON b 1657.
Elizabeth (Betty) Johnston from Campbeltown, Scotland and her brothers:
Dunaverty Castle in Southend, near Campbeltown, was a McDonald stronghold. In 1647, the govt troops cut off their supplies to the castle which is on a huge rock promentory over the sea so the McDonalds have to surrender. The troops massacred the McDonalds. This was the end of their power in the area. But when the troops came with their horses and the grain to feed them, they brought rats inadvertantly and the bubonic plague. They also burned the crops and destroyed almost everything. The whole area is devastated. So many die that later families are encouraged to come there to settle. This is when our Ralstons moved here. We were Lowlanders from the Ayr area (near Glasgow). Being a friend of the Earl of Argyll, Sir Ralson of That Ilk was given all the land in the area to lease. The locals did not like the Lowlanders being there or attending their churches. The locals spoke Gaelic but our people spoke English, so our people couldn't understand the sermons. So in 1774 the Lowlanders built their own church which still sits on the south side of the road there. The locals also didn't like sharing the cemetery so they were buried in the Southend cemetery on one side of a stream, our people on the other side.
Harold Ralston: "No signed charter or other document has yet been found relative to David as he no doubt worked under lease to his cousin, William Ralston of that Ilk.¹
- 1) John, married and with his family settled in Ayr.
- 2) Peter, married, as of 1983 there are descendents in Kintyre. Had two children, David and William.
- 3) Gavin, married; one family of this branch now resides in Kintyre (1827).
- 4) James, married; this family nearly extinct, one in Kintyre, one in Jamaica, but still owns land in Campbeltown (1827).
- 5) William, married and four children, Andrew, William, Elspeth, and Margaret.
- 6) Helen
"In these unsettled times the shrewd Marquis knew he must strengthen his hand for the future. As head of the Covenanters, he turned to those men for help. To colonize Covenanters into Kintyre would once more create income from rents and assure him of a faithful population to serve him militarily as necessary. He chose William Ralston of that Ilk as leader in what has become known as the Plantation of the Lowland Lairds"