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Issobell Cunynghame

Death: September 1634
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Wife of James Reid of Wester Kittochside
Mother of John Reid of Wester Kittochside and Elizabeth Reid

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is the wife of James Reid of Wester Kittochside (floruit 1600-41), in the former Lanarkshire parish of Kilbride, now East Kilbride. She died at Kittochside in September 1634.

Issobel Cunynghame was alive on the eighth of August 1634. On that day she dictated her last will and testament (letterwill) to Jeremia Craig, notary public, from her death-bed. Because she could not write herself she touched the hand of the notary when he subscribed her name. Her husband was present at her bed side, as was Archibald Hamilton of Kirktonholm and Gabriel Thomson in Langside, both of whom had been specially invited to witness the proceedings. Because Gabriel Thomson in Langside is certainly known to have been Issobell Cunynghame's son-in-law it is tempting to suppose that Archibald Hamilton of Kirktonholm was related to Marie Hamilton, the wife who was afterwards found for her son John but evidence to support this proposal has not been found.

According to the notary public who drew up her will, Issobell Cunynghame was: "seik in bodie but haill in memorie" when she nominated her husband as her only executor. Having taken care of all of her worldly affairs she went on to leave her: "soull to god" and ordained that her body be: "bureit in the Kirk of Kilbyd in my buriall place thr as is use".


No mention of any children is made in her letterwill but the list of debts: "awand out" begins with the sum of seven hundred and thirty-three pounds, six shillings and eight pence which was owed to her son-in-law, Gabriel Thomson in Langside. This was due to him for: "tocher guid ..... conforme to thair contract of marriage" [Commissariot Records of Hamilton and Campsie, Register of Testaments, 1564-1800, National Archives of Scotland, reference CC10/5/6].

It would seem to be the case, therefore, that Issobell Cunynghame is the mother of Elizabeth Reid, who was the wife of Gabriel Thomson in Langside. Elizabeth Reid was alive on 1 July 1639 but died on that same day, or shortly thereafter [Commissariot Records of Glasgow and Ayr, Register of Testaments, 1547-1800, National Archives of Scotland, reference CC9/7/28]. There is no unequivocal proof but Issobell Cunynghame is probably also the mother of John Reid of Wester Kittochside (floruit 1649-71).

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