Sir John Buchanan, 17th of Buchanan

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John Buchanan

Birthdate: (59)
Death: 1619 (58)
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Son of Sir George Buchanan of Buchanan, 16th Chief of Buchanan and Lady Mary Graham
Husband of Anabel Erskine
Father of Sir George Buchanan, 18th Laird of Buchanan; Helen Buchanan; Walter Buchanan; Alice Buchanan and Agnes Buchanan
Brother of Helen Graham and Susanna Graham

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About Sir John Buchanan, 17th of Buchanan

Chiefs of Clan Buchanan

  • 15th – George Buchanan,[76][77] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 10th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 17th Chief) succeed his grandfather, Walter 14th of Buchanan, in 1526 and died 1560. He first married Margaret Edmonstone and by her a son (John [Guthrie Smith identifies him as 11th Chief but then goes on to advise that the Chiefship passed from John’s father to John’s son[78] and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 18th Chief[79 who married Elizabeth Livingston and by her had George [79] who succeeded his grandfather) and two daughters (Helen and Susanna). Second he married Janet Cunningham and by her had a son (William first ancestor of the cadets of Auchmar) and a daughter (Margaret).
  • 16th – Sir George Buchanan,[78][79] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 12th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 19th Chief) succeed his grandfather, George 15th of Buchanan, in 1561, married Lady Mary Graham and by her one son (John his successor) and two daughters (Helen and Susanna).

  • The Buchanan book. The life of Alexander Buchanan, Q.C., of Montreal, followed by an account of the family of Buchanan
  • .... etc.
  • XVII. Sir George Buchanan, succeeded his grandfather, George, Laird of Buchanan, in 1561. He married Lady Mary Graham, daughter of John, Earl of Menteith, and had John and two daughters, (1) Helen, who married Alexander Colquhoun of Luss, and (2) Susanna, who married John Macfarlane of that Ilk.
  • XVIII. Sir John Buchanan, who married Annabel Erskine, daughter of Adam, Commendator of Cambuskenneth, son of the Master of Mar, had, (1) George, his successor, and (2) Walter Buchanan. This Sir John Buchanan "was," says Auchmar, "accounted the worst, if not the "only bad one of all the Lairds of Buchanan;" and by his frequent travels into foreign nations and other extravagances had involved his estate in such an immense debt that his grandson at first found it inconvenient to enter as heir.
  • XIX. Sir George Buchanan, was Colonel of the Stirlingshire Regiment, and lost a great many of his regiment and kinsmen at the battle of Ennerkeithing, in which he was taken prisoner, and died in 1651. .... etc.
  • Sir George married Elizabeth Preston, only daughter of Sir George Preston of Craigmillar. He had one son, John and three daughters, (1) Helen, who married Sir John Rollo of Bannockburn, (2) Agnes, who married James Stewart of Rosyth (3) Jean or Janet, who married John Leckie of that Ilk.
  • .... etc.


  • Strathendrick and its inhabitants from early times; an account of the parishes of Fintry, Balfron, Killearn, Drymen, Buchanan, and Kilmaronock (1896)
  • Pg.288
  • XII. GEORGE BUCHANAN of Buchanan succeeded his grandfather in 1561. On 27th March 1561 George Buchanan was retoured heir of George Buchanan his grandfather in the lands of Buchanan, Auchmar, and Sallochy, with the islands of Clairinch and Kepinch, and also the bell and alms of St. Kessog.6 He married Lady Mary Graham, daughter of John, Earl of Menteith;7 and had issue: (1) John; and two daughters: (1) Helen, who married Alexander Colquhoun of Luss (marriage contract dated 18th August 1595);8 and (2) Susanna, who was the first wife of John Macfarlane of that Ilk, by whom she had no children.9
  • XIII. JOHN BUCHANAN of Buchanan had gift of the ward and non-entry of
  • Pg.289
  • all his estates since the death of his father, Sir George, dated, Perth, 28th March 1599. On 26th October 1602 he is retoured heir of his father Sir George Buchanan in Buchanan, and other lands, and in the same year he had a thirty-eight years' tack of the whole teinds of Kilmaronock from his father-in-law, Adam, Commendator of Cambuskenneth, to him and his wife Annabel Erskine. By Annabel Erskine he had at least two sons: (1) George; and (2) Walter, who was at Glasgow College 7th March 1620.1
  • XIV. GEORGE BUCHANAN of Buchanan married Elizabeth Preston, only daughter of Sir George Preston of Craigmillar, Knt. He had an infeftment as heir-apparent of his father. Sir John Buchanan, in the estate of Buchanan, to him and his wife, Elizabeth Preston, 10th July 1629. He and his father were dead before 1653. He left issue: one son John, and three daughters: (1) Helen, who became second wife of Sir John Rollo of Bannockburn;2 (2) Agnes, who married James Stewart of Rosyth3 (marriage contract dated 7th July 1649);4 and (3) Jean or Janet,5 who married, 5th December 1661, John Leckie of that Ilk.6
  • .... etc.


  • 'Buchanan02'
  • .... etc.
  • i. George Buchanan of that ilk, 15th of Buchanan (d 1561)
  • m1. Margaret Edmonstone (dau of Sir Archibald Edmonstone, 3rd of Duntreath)
    • a. John Buchanan, younger of Buchanan (dvp)
    • m1. (03.02.1543-4) Elizabeth Livingston (dau of Alexander Livingston, 5th Lord of Callendar)
      • (1) John Buchanan of that ilk, 16th of Buchanan (d by 03.1599)
      • m. (01.1560-1) Mary Graham (dau of John Graham, 4th Earl of Menteith)
        • (A) John Buchanan of that ilk, 17th of Buchanan (a 1629)
        • m. Annabel Erskine (dau of Adam Erskine, Commendator of Cambuskenneth)
          • (i) George Buchanan of that ilk, 18th of Buchanan (d before 1653)
          • m. Elizabeth Preston (dau of Sir George Preston of Craigmillar)
            • .... etc.
          • (ii) Walter Buchanan
        • (B) Helen Buchanan
        • m. (mcrt 18.08.1595) Alexander Colquhoun of Luss (d 23.05.1617)
        • (C) Susanna Buchanan (dsp)
        • m. John Macfarlane of that ilk of Arrochar (d 1624)
    • m2. Helen Chisholme
      • (2) Janet Buchanan
      • m. Thomas Buchanan, 2nd of Ibert (d before 20.02.1582-3)
      • (3) Elizabeth Buchanan
  • m2. Janet Cunynghame
    • b. William Buchanan, 1st of Auchmar (d before 20.11.1588)
    • m. (mcrt 20.02.1559-60) Elizabeth Hamilton (dau of Robert Hamilton of Eglismachan)
      • .... etc.
    • c. Margaret Buchanan
    • (?)m1. _ Cuninghame of Robertland
    • m1/2. (before 06.08.1544) George Stirling of Glorat (d Pinkie 10.09.1547)
    • m2/3. Matthew Douglas, 7th of Mains (a 1549)
  • .... etc.
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) "Strathendrick and its Inhabitants from Early Times" by John Guthrie Smith, published in Glasgow in 1896
  • (2) BLG1952 (Murray-Buchanan of Leny)


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Sir John Buchanan, 17th of Buchanan's Timeline

Age 40
Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 43
Leny, Scotland
Age 45
Lennox, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 48
Arnprior, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 59