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John Vans of Barnbarroch

Latin: Johannes de Vallibus
Also Known As: "John Vaus", "John Vaux"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Barnbarroch, Wigtonshire, Scotland
Death: circa 1456 (66-82)
Barnbarroch, Wigtonshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of William De Vaux and Catherine De Vaux
Husband of Elizabeth Kennedy of Dunure
Father of Robert Vans of Barnbarroch and John Vaus of Lochslin

Occupation: Scotish Ambassador to England 1437, Scotich Ambassador to England
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About John Vans of Barnbarroch

John (Johannes) Vans, Vaux, or Vallibus. Said to have been ambassador to England from James II. His ancestry is uncertain:

  1. He has been called a son of William de Vaux, Lord of Dirleton
  2. He has been called a son of John de Valllibus, and grandson of William de Vallibus who settled in Galloway
  • The arms of Vaus of Barnbarroch had at most one mullet (or mollet), showing that that family was a cadet branch of Vaus of Dirleton. (Jamie Vans).

According, to Robert Vans Agnew in his introduction to Correspondence of Sir Patrick Waus:-

“A son, or perhaps a nephew, of Willielmus de Vaux of Dirleton in East Lothian settled in Galloway where he is said to have married an heiress about the year 1384 and obtained the lands of Barnbarroch, which he held under the Douglasses, who were at that time Lords of Galloway, and to whom he was allied, Willielmus (whose son or nephew he is supposed to have been) having married Catherine Douglas. 

This was Johannes de Vallibus or Vaus, the first of the name at Barnbarroch. From this John Vaus of 1384 the family has continued in the male line in unbroken descent, and in possession of the same lords of Barnbarroch to the present time. (1)

From Stirnet's "Vans1" page (membership required to view without interruption): "Possibly also a son of William <of Dirleton, who married Catherine Douglas> was ... <this John.>"


  • parents: John VAUS b: ABT 1350 in of Barnbarroch, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland  & Unknown? DOUGLAS b: ABT 1365 in Galloway, Perthshire, Scotland.  UNPROVEN


  1.  Elizabeth KENNEDY b: ABT 1395 in of Dunure Castle, Ayreshire, Scotland


  1. Robert Vaus b: ABT 1420 in of Barnbarroch, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland
  2.  John VAUS of Lochslin b: ABT 1425 in of Lochslin, Inverness, Scotland
  3.  James Vaus b: ABT 1430 in of Barnbarroch, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland


  1. The Lairds of Barnbarroch
  2.  Vans Family Archive by Jamie Vans
  3. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage/Landed Gentry/ Scotland/Ireland/United Stated Website Page: VANS OF BARNBARROCH Text: JOHN VAUX, Amb to England 1437, said to have m Elizabeth, dau of Gilbert, 1st Ld Kennedy (see AILSA, M),



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Barnbarroch, Wigtonshire, Scotland
Age 28
Barnbarroch, Wigtonshire, Scotland
Age 43
Inverness, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 74
Barnbarroch, Wigtonshire, Scotland