Silvester Rattray of Craighall

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Silvester Rattray

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Craighall, Scotland, UK
Death: 1554 (65-73)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rattray, of that Ilk and Matilda Rattray
Husband of Marjory Gray
Father of David Rattray and Elizabeth Blair
Brother of Patrick Rattray
Half brother of John Rattray and Grizel Rattray

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About Silvester Rattray of Craighall

(A) Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray (d 1514)

m2. Elizabeth Stewart (dau of John Stewart of Balveny, 1st Earl of Atholl)

(ix) Marjory Gray

	   m1. Andrew Kinnimonth of that ilk and Craighall
	   m2. Silvester Rattray of Craighall (d 01.1554) 


How he became "of Craighall":

After the decease of Sir John, a calamitous and almost ruinous contest arose between his younger sons and their brother-in-law, the Earl of Athol. Tradition affirms that the Earl, having married Sir John's only daughter, deemed himself entitled to a portion, at least, of the Rattray estate, and being a person of great power and authority, came, with a considerable body of men, took possession of the castle of Rattray, and carried off the family writs; while Patrick Rattray, the second son, totally unable to resist so potent a nobleman, retired to the castle of Craighall, winch he gallantly defended, and succeeded in holding, together with the lands of Craighall and Klnballoch; the Athol family continuing to possess the greater part of the lands of Rattray. until they were evicted from them by an appraising, at the instance of Sir Robert Crichton, of Clunie, about the beginning of the seventeenth century.


Silvester Rattray, who endeavoured to serve himself heir to his father and brothers at Perth, in which county his lands lay, but found it impossible, because (as the writ bears) the Earl of Athol and his friends are

" magnae potestatis et fortitudinis" [Google translation: "of a great power, and of fortitude"] that town. Rattray applied, in consequence, to King James V., and obtained from his majesty a commission under the great seal to have service done at Dundee. In this commission it is narrated that Patrick, his brother, had been "postpositus et impeditus" for the space of twelve years by the said earl, from getting himself served in the lands that fell to him by the death of his father and brother John ; and that,

" post lites magnasque expensas per dictum Patricium in preefata materia, praefatus comes misit Walterum Leslie, Johannem Stewart, alias John of Lorn, Thomas Laing, David Stewart, suos servitores, et eorum complices, et dictum Patricium in sua capella ipsius loci de Kynballoch interficere causavit: et idem Silvester informatur, quod dictus comes, et sui complices, sibi similiter facere intendunt, si sua brevia de hujusmodi terris prosequi volet."

Google Translation: "the expenses of a large and powerful after the lawsuits by the said Patrick, in the matter of preefata began by saying that he sent the Earl Walter Leslie, John Stewart, John of Lorn other, Thomas Laing, David Stewart, the servants of his, and of them, accomplices, and it was said Patrick, in his own chapel by the position of the Kynballoch caused to kill : Sylvester and the same is formed, that the said earl, and his own, accomplices, they intend to do to him in like manner, if his writs, of the like to pursue the lands he shall delight"

This extraordinary commission Is dated at Edinburgh, 17 Oct. 1533, to which the great seal is appended, and, in consequence, Silvester Rattray was served heir to his father, Sir John, and to his brothers, John and Patrick, in the barony of Craighall and Kynballoch, and infeft therein at Dundee, in 1534. He m. Marjory, dau. of Andrew, third Lord Gray, (relict of Kennenmouth, of that ilk.) and had, with a dau., Elizabeth, m. to John Blair, of Ardblair, a son and successor, David Rattray...

Source: Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, Volume 2, By John Burke, p. 1100

This person and their pedigree are currently documented from "The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families together with Their Paternal Ancestry" Compiled by Joseph Foster, 1885 [Source: ]

See also:

  1. [S545] #894 Cahiers de Saint-Louis (1976), Louis IX, Roi de France, (Angers: J. Saillot, 1976), FHL book 944 D22ds., vol. 11 p. 858.
  2. [S881] #189 The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 4 p. 278.
  3. [S3516] Medieval, royalty, nobility family group sheets (filmed 1996), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. Medieval Family History Unit, (Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996), FHL film 1553977-1553985..
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Craighall, Scotland, UK
Age 69
Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland