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A date and place of death has not been identified for Stephen Crichton of Cairns. He was still alive on 4 January 1433-34 The Scots Peerage II: 323 but he may have died before 29 April 1452, when his son James was identified as the brother of George Crichton of Cairns: "frater Georgii de Crechtoun de Carnis". Ibidem: 324


  1. The Scots Peerage II: 323-5
  2. The Peerage of Scotland
  3. Stirnet: Crichton 04


THE immediate ancestor of this family was Sir William Crichton, dominus de eo∣dem, the fifth generation of that antient fa∣mily in a direct male line, who flourished in the reigns of king Robert II. and III. and left issue two sons,

  • 1. Sir John Crichton, dominus de eodem, his successor.
  • I. 2. STEPHEN CRICHTON of Cairns,

who also left issue two sons.

  • 1. George, afterwards earl of Caithness.
  • 2. James, ancestor of the Crichtons of Ruthven,* which is instructed by many char∣ters under the great seal.


From The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas ..., Volume 3 edited by James Balfour Paul Page 56. GoogleBooks

William De Crichton, dominus ejusdem, succeeded prior to 1357, acquired Dryfesdale prior to 1361, Brunstane and Welchton in 1373, and Bradewood in 1375. He was dead prior to 1393, having had issue—

  • 1. Sir John, his successor.
  • 2. Stephen, of the Carnis or Cairns. (See Crichton, Earlof Caithness.) 1 Registrum Honoris de Morton, ii, 189. 2 Ibid., 192. 3 Sub. tit. Frendraught. , Heraldic Ms., M. 5 Laing Carters, 1212.
  • 3. Humphrey, who, circa 1416, received from his brother Sir John a charter of the lands of Bagthrop, the Byres, and others, in the holding of Carruthers in Annandale.1
  • 4. Thomas.
  • 5. Edward.

It seems probable that Thomas and Edward were the children of a second marriage.


  • Histories of Scottish families > Genealogy of the earls of Erne > (28) Page 10 Digital Image does not list Humphrey of Bagthrop.