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About Alexander Innes, 18th of That Ilk
Alexander Innes entered into the mutual entail with John Innes of that Ilk. This transaction gave so much umbrage to the other branches of the family that Alexander was murdered by Robert Innes of Invermarkie in a treacherous and brutal manner at his house, in Aberdeen, in April 1580.
from Ane Account by Duncan Forbes of Culloden:
'...under trysting terms having appointed ane meeting with some friends at Aberdeen, Innermarkie takes his advantage of Crombie who had no body with him but John Innes of Leuchars, Gordon of Muiracke, and their servants. And on the night time whilst there was none with Crombie in his lodging but Leuchars and his son Robert, afterwards called "the Gleed Laird," Innermarkie and his accomplices came to Crombie's lodging and at the stair fitt simulates ane plea and cries out with ane loud voice, "murder, murder, a Gordon, a Gordon." This Crombie being ane sister sone of the Laird of Gights, ane bold man, comes down stairs in his slippers, with his sword in his hand, and upon his outgoing of the door, is shot dead. John Innes of Leuchars being in the room, none with him but the young Crombie, being apprehensive of the tragedy and murder, bolts the door, and by providence, as the story is told, there was ane back turn-pyke opened in that lodging which had been bigged up for many years before, at which back door Leuchars made the young man escape, to the great grief and surprise of Innermarkie and his friends, who intended the son's murder as well as the fathers. So Innermarkie having made all his complices socii criminis by puting each man his durk or dagger in the dead body, they sent also for Mr. John Innes student at Aberdeen, apparent of Coxtoune then, and caused the young man also put ane dagger in the dead body (as I have heard his own great grand child, the late Sir Alexander Innes of Coxtoune confirm to be a truth).'