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Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Easter Ballet, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: February 20, 1582 (59)
Boquhan, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Carbeth, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of 2nd of Garbeth John Buchanan of Easter-Ballat and Mrs. John Buchanan
Husband of 2nd wife Janet Buchanan, Daughter of Laird of Buchanan
Father of Williiam Buchanan; John Buchanan, 1st of Gartincaber; Walter Buchanan; Archibald Buchanan; Thomas Buchanan and 1 other
Brother of John Buchanan; Janet Buchanan; George Buchanan and Margaret Buchanan

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About Thomas Buchanan, 3rd of Carbeth

  • The Buchanan book. The life of Alexander Buchanan, Q.C., of Montreal, followed by an account of the family of Buchanan
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  • I. Thomas Buchanan, First of Carbeth, is said by Auchmar(2) to have been the second or third son of Sir Walter, third of that name Laird of Buchanan, but Strathendrick says that he was a younger son of Thomas Buchanan, of Gartincaber and Drummikill.(3) He acquired Carbeth, in 1476. He had two sons :
    • (2) John in Easter Ballat.
    • II. Thomas Buchanan, of Carbeth, succeeded his father about 1493, and on his death, about 1555, was succeeded by his nephew, Thomas Buchanan, son of John Buchanan in Easter Ballat.
      • III. Thomas Buchanan, of Carbeth, was married twice ; first, to a daughter of Douglas of Maines, by whom he had : . . . .
        • (1) Thomas, his successor.
      • He married, secondly, Janet, daughter of the Laird of Buchanan and by her had five sons and one daughter :


  • Strathendrick and its inhabitants from early times; an account of the parishes of Fintry, Balfron, Killearn, Drymen, Buchanan, and Kilmaronock (1896)
  • Pg.346
  • I. THOMAS BUCHANAN of Carbeth, the first of this family, was a younger son of Thomas Buchanan of Gartincaber and Drummikill.2 He had a conveyance of the lands of Carbeth from his father, 31st May 1482, and died before 1493. He had two sons; (1) Thomas, who succeeded him; and (2) John, in Easter Ballat, whose son Thomas succeeded his uncle.
  • II. THOMAS BUCHANAN of Carbeth succeeded to the lands of Carbeth on the death of his father, and to the Temple lands of Letter and Boquhanbeg, 10th June 1493, on the resignation of John Buchanan of Camoquhill.3 Auchmar says,4 "He seems to have lived a considerable time." This is no doubt true, as he must have been over eighty when he died. Auchmar states that he died without issue, but it appears from the Dunbarton Records that he had a son John-"Johan. boquhannan filius et heres appar. honesti viri Thome boquhannan de Carbeth," 6th October 1527.5 This John must have died before his father, without issue. Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth was dead before 1555.
  • III. THOMAS BUCHANAN of Carbeth, as son and heir to the deceased John Buchanan in Easter Ballat, and as nearest heir to his uncle, Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth, had in 1555 a charter from John Haldane of Gleneagles in favour of himself and Janet Buchanan, his spouse, in liferent, and Thomas Buchanan, his son, in fee of the lands of Carbeth.6 In the same year he had a charter of the Temple lands of Letter to himself in liferent, and to Thomas Buchanan, his son and apparent heir, heritably.7 He married, first, a daughter of the laird
  • Pg. 347
  • of Mains, by whom he had his successor, Thomas ;1 secondly, Janet Buchanan, by whom he had five sons and a daughter: (1) John, in Gartincaber ;2 (2) Walter, in Ballindoran ; (3) William, in Blairnabord, born about 1547, murdered by the Macfarlanes in 1619 ;3 (4) Archibald; (5) Robert: and (1) Janet, married Gregor M'Gregor of Glengyle.
  • IV. .... etc.
  • Pg. 350
  • I. JOHN BUCHANAN, in Gartincaber,1 the first of this family, is called by Auchmar2 "John, first son of the second marriage to Thomas, third of that name of Carbeth." In a bond of caution, 31st March 1591,3 John Buchanan, "in Gartincavir," is called "Auld Thomas' sone" — "Auld Thomas" being doubtless Thomas Buchanan of Carbeth. He had two sons : (1) George, his successor; and (2) Walter, who left no male issue.4
  • II. GEORGE BUCHANAN, in Gartincaber, married Elizabeth Leckie, daughter of Walter Leckie of Disheour.5 He acquired part of the lands of Blairlusk. On 3rd June 1629 there is a sasine in favour of George Buchanan, in Gartincaber, Elizabeth Leckye (Leckie), his spouse, and John Buchanan, their son, of the just and equal half of the five merk land of Blairlosky, alias Blairlosk, extending to a 33s. 4d. land of old extent, formerly occupied by John Buchanan, elder, in Blairlosk, and now by the said George and Elizabeth, spouses, and their sub-tenants, proceeding on a feu charter by John Haldane of Gleneagles. Walter Buchanan of Drummikill is bailie for John Haldane, and James Lecky, portioner of Wester Cattir, John Buchanan, portioner of Blairlosk, and John Buchanan, son of John Buchanan, formerly in Drumfade, now in Blairlosk, are witnesses.6 George Buchanan had four sons and a daughter; (1) John of Blairlusk; (2) George,7 who had a son Thomas Buchanan, in Creitchael, in Buchanan parish;8 (3) Thomas of Gartincaber;9 (4) Andrew;10 and a daughter, married Andrew Buchanan of Gartacharne.11
  • III. .... etc.



  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland By Bernard Burke
  • Lineage.- THOMAS BUCHANAN, of Carbeth, was son of Thomas Buchanan (by Isabel, dau. of Murdoch Stuart, Duke of Albany), 3rd son of Sir Walter de Buchanan, 13th Laird of Buchanan (see BUCHANAN-HAMILTON), He m. 2ndly, his cousin, dau. of Buchanan of that ilk, and had issue,
  • JOHN BUCHANAN, of Gartincaber, parish of Buchanan, co. Stirling, b. 1545; m. and had issue,
  • GEORGE BUCHANAN, of Gartincaber, b. 1578; m. Elizabeth, dau. of Walter Leckie, of Dishcour, and had issue,
    • I. JOHN, of whom presently.
    • II. George (descendants in America)
    • III. Thomas, of Gartincaber.
  • JOHN BUCHANAN, for whom his father purchased the lands of Blairluisk, co. Dumbarton, b. 1615; m. his cousin Jean, and had issue,
  • ..... etc.


  • 'Buchanan07'
  • 2. John Buchanan in Easter Ballat
    • ..... A. Thomas Buchanan, 3rd of Carberth
    • ..... m1. daughter of the laird of Mains (connection presumes of the Douglas family)
      • .......... i. Thomas Buchanan, 4th of Carbeth (d before 30.06.1610)
      • .......... m. Isobel Leckie .....
    • ..... m2. Janet Buchanan (possibly a daughter of George, 15th of Buchanan, by Margaret Edmonstone ??)
      • .......... ii. John Buchanan in Gartincaber
        • ............... a. George Buchanan in Gartincaber
        • ............... m. Elizabeth Leckie (dau of Walter Leckie of Disheour) .....
          • .... etc.
        • ............... b. Walter Buchanan (dspm)
      • .......... iii. Janet Buchanan
      • .......... m. Gregor McGregor of Glengyle
      • .......... iv. + other issue - Walter in Ballindoran, William in Blairnabord (b. c1547, d 1619), Archibald, Robert
      • .......... Thought to be an illegitimate son of Buchanan of Carbeth (possibly of this generation) was
      • .......... viii. Walter Buchanan, 1st of Boquhan (d before 17.05.1645)
      • .......... m. Janet Dennistoun
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3rd son, younger brother of Patrick, the 13th Laird of Buchanan from whom he had, in 1464, a grant of lands of Gartincaber, and who was in 1476 the 1st Laird of Caribeth


married Janet, daughter of the ethen Laird of Bude.

Succeeded as 3rd Laird of Carbeth in 1555


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Thomas Buchanan, 3rd of Carbeth's Timeline

August 30, 1522
Easter Ballet, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 14
February 3, 1545
Age 22
Carbeth, Sterlingshire, Scotland
Age 22
Age 24
Age 28
Age 37
Carbeth, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 20, 1582
Age 59
Boquhan, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Carbeth, Stirlingshire, Scotland