Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Kt.

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Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Kt.

Birthplace: Wester Powrie, Angus, Scotland
Death: 1395 (47-48)
Glenbrierachan, Western Strathardle Valley, Angus, Scotland (Killed in battle against Duncan Stewart's men, who were stealing Angus cattle.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Ogilvy of Wester Powry and Auchterhouse and Wife of Walter Ogilvy
Husband of Isabel Ramsay
Father of Sir Alexander Ogilvy of Auchterhouse; Margaret Ogilvy; Sir Walter Ogilvy of Lintrathen, 1st Lord High Treasurer of Scotland; John Ogilvy, 1st of Inverquharity; George Ogilvy and 3 others
Brother of Margaret Ogilvy; Alexander Ogilvy and Patrick Ogilvie

Occupation: Sheriff of Forfarshire
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About Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Kt.

Sir Walter Ogilvy, of Auchterhouse; married Isabel, daughter and heir of Sir Malcolm Ramsay; and was killed in a skirmish with robbers 1391. [Burke's Peerage]

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse:

Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse [1]

  • M, #2908,
  • b. circa 1360,
  • d. 1392
  • Last Edited=22 Feb 2011

Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse was born circa 1360.[2]

He married Isabel Ramsay, daughter of Sir Malcolm Ramsay, circa 1380.[1],[2]

He died in 1392, killed in action.[1],[3]

He was the son of Walter Ogilvy of Wester Powry and Auchterhouse.[1]

  • He held the office of Sheriff of Forfarshire.[1]
  • He lived at Auchterhouse, Angus, Scotland.[1]
  • He fought in the Battle of Glasklune in 1392, against Highland invaders.[3]

Children of Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse and Isabel Ramsay

  • 1. Sir Alexander Ogilvy of Auchterhouse+[1] d. bt 14 Jul 1421 - 2 Oct 1483
  • 2. Sir Walter Ogilvy of Lintrathen+[1] d. 1440
  • 3. John Ogilvy [1]
  • 4. George Ogilvy [3] d. 1411

Child of Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse

  • 1. Henry Ogilvy [4]


  • 1. [S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 45. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.
  • 2. [S5162] Werner Kittel, "re: Normandy FAmilies," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 4 February 2011. Hereinafter cited as "re: Normanday Families."
  • 3. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 59. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 4. [S323] Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 111. Hereinafter cited as The Scots Peerage.

From "Duncan the fat's descendants become Robertsons" by Joe Adair:

Duncan's son, Robert became second Lord of Struan about 1355. Through his second marriage, he acquired the lands of Stermont. However, his first marriage to the daughter of Sir John Sterling of Glenesk created some friction due to shared inheritance of the lands of Glenesk in Angus with her sister who married Sir Alexander Lindsay. The Lindsays had a son, Sir David Lindsay.

The Lindsays were very powerful, owning 2/3 of Angus County and were overlords of the highland district of Strathnairn. The division of land to the two sisters may have annoyed our chief.

Sir David Lindsay expected trouble from his aunt's family, and quite rightly so as it turned out. He arranged a meeting with Robert to discuss the matter. Robert did not attend. Sir David Lindsay sent a scout to find out what was going on. The scout never returned. Robert did not attend the meeting, instead secretly met with Sir Duncan Stewart who was backed by his men and the Roses from Strathnairn.

Robert had 3 younger half brothers, through their father's second marriage. They were Patrick of Lude, Thomas of Strowan and Gibbon. These brothers led a small army of our clansmen and secretly joined with Sir Duncan Stewart and his men to form an army of over 300 in 1392. They marched into Angus to the east and killed many Lindsays and their Ogilvies allies and their homes were burnt. Three thousand head of Angus cattle were stolen and driven to Rannoch.

The surviving enemy regrouped and caught up with our clan near Blairgowrie. At the battle of Glasclune, the Angus men were defeated, but we suffered heavy losses. The cattle were driven along the valley of Strathardle to our clan territory.

Still the enemy was not content to let it stand. Sir Walter Ogilvie, hereditary Sheriff of Angus, got it in his head that our clan's action was on shaky legal ground. He and his possy joined the retreating Angus men previously defeated and caught up with our men at Glenbrierachan in western Strathardle, six miles northeast of Pitlochry. Sixty mounted knights and sundry others comprised the enemy.

This steel armour and long lances were matched against our array of weapons:

  • Claymore - large broadsword, sharp on both edges
  • Targe - small, light shield which sacrifices defense to make offence easier
  • Dirk - dagger that can be used while the enemy fends off your claymore

We sent the Angus cattle ahead and positioned ourselves on rough ground, difficult for the enemy horses. Thus a charge by the knights with lances lowered would be difficult.

The battle did not last long. Sir David Lindsay had pinned one of our men to the ground. Our clansman pulled himself up using Sir David's own lance and using his claymore, penetrated Sir David's stirrup and armour steel boot to nearly sever Sir David's foot off, having cut through to the bone. Unfortunately, our brave clansman died later of his wounds.

In the quick defeat of the enemy and their subsequent panic, Sir Walter Ogilvie (the now late sheriff), his brother, nearly a dozen knights and about 60 others were killed by our clan. After so much harassment over this simple cattle transaction, our clan realized that defeat was not enough to end it.

Additional information in Scotland Magazine, "The first Highland charge" by James Irvine Robertson:

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Sir Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, Kt.'s Timeline

Wester Powrie, Angus, Scotland
Auchterhouse, Angusshire, Scotland
Bedingfield, Suffolk, England
Morayshire, Scotland
Probably Auchterhouse, Forfarshire, Scotland
Auchterhouse, Angus, Scotland
Age 48
Glenbrierachan, Western Strathardle Valley, Angus, Scotland
Auchterhouse, Angus, Scotland