Sir Gregory Melville, Lord of Melville

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Gregory de Melville

Birthplace: Lasswade, Midlothian , Scotland
Death: 1178 (34-43)
Melville, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Galfridus de Melville, Sheriff of Edinburgh and 1st wife of Galfridus de Melville
Husband of wife of Gregory de Melville
Father of Sir Richard Melville, Lord of Melville, Sheriff of Linlithgow
Half brother of Galdrid “the younger” Melville, laird of Carnbee; Thomas Melville; Walter Melville, of Fife; Robert Melville; Hugh Melville and 1 other

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About Sir Gregory Melville, Lord of Melville

Gregory Melville, Lord of Melville, eldest son of Galfrid de Melville, d. 1178.

The facts which have been ascertained regarding this member of the Melville family are very few, but they are sufficient to show that he was the son of Galfrid Melville, and the father of Richard, who carried on the main line of the family. It appears from a charter of King William the Lion that he had joint ownership with his father of the lands in Liberton and of Leadburn. 4 From the same monarch he received the lands of Grendun, now known as Granton, near Edinburgh, which were granted in exchange for a large tract of territory in Ednam, Roxburghshire, which had been bestowed upon Gregory by King Malcolm the Fourth. 6 Besides these he held the lands of Stenhouse, near Liberton. 6 It is doubtful if he did not predecease his father. The name of his wife is not known. He was suc- ceeded by his son Richard.


There is reason to believe that Galfrid Melville was twice married. The name of his first wife has not been ascertained, but his second wife was Matilda Malherbe, who survived him. She was also of Anglo-Norman extrac- tion, although the Malherbes assumed the name of Morham, from their lands in East Lothian.

He had issue, seven sons:

  • 1 . Gregory, his heir, of whom a short notice follows.
  • 2. Galfrid, who received from his nephew Richard, son of his brother Gregory, the lands of Grendun (now Granton, near Edinburgh) and the lands of Stanehouse or Stenhouse, near Liberton. In the charter by King William the Lion, confirming the grant by Richard, Galfrid is described as uncle of Richard Melville, and son of Matilda Malherbe, an expression which seems to imply that she was not the mother of Richard's father.

“Melville Clan”

Melville Clan History: From the Barony of Malaville in Normandy, Galfridus de Melville lived in the reigns of David I, Malcolm IV and William the Lion, and was the first Justiciary of Scotland. He had three sons: Gregory, whose daughter [SIC - descendant] and only child married Sir John Ross of Halkhead and inherited the lands of Melville, the barony of which remained with the Ross family until 1705; Philip, ancestor of the Melvilles of Glenbervie; [not in Fraser]; and Walter, grandfather of Sir John de Melville, who rendered homage to Edward I in 1296, and whose lineal descendants are the Melvilles of Raith and the barons Melville.


  • The Melvilles, Earls of Melville, and the Leslies, Earls of Leven. Memoirs. (Correspondence. - Charters.) [With plates, including portraits and facsimiles, and genealogical tables.] by Fraser, William, Sir, 1816-1898. Page 3. Archive.Org Link
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Lasswade, Midlothian , Scotland
Age 39
Melville, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland
Melville, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland