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Walter Buchanan of that Ilk, 14th Chief of Buchanan

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Scotland
Death: September 1526 (79-87)
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick Buchanan of that Ilk, 13th Chief of Buchanan and Jonet Cunningham of Galbraith
Husband of Isobel Graham
Father of Geils Lamont; N.N. Buchanan; Patrick Buchanan; Margaret Buchanan; John Buchanan and 3 others
Brother of Annabella Buchanan
Half brother of unknown Buchanan and Patrick Buchanan

Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Walter Buchanan of that Ilk, 14th Chief of Buchanan

Chiefs of Clan Buchanan

  • 11th – Sir Walter Buchanan,[69][70] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 5th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 11th Chief) married Margaret and had three sons (Walter his successor, Alexander who reputedly killed the Duke of Clarence at the battle of Beaugé in 1421 and who later died in the battle of Verneuil in 1424, and John [Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 12th Chief ] who married Janet the heiress of Leny and was the first ancestor of the cadets of Leny) and two daughters (Elizabeth and Jean).
  • 12th – Sir Walter Buchanan,[71][72] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 6th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 13th Chief) first married an unidentified women and by her three sons (Patrick his successor, Walter and Thomas first ancestor of cadets of Gartincaber,[73] Drumikill and Carbeth) and one daughter. He married secondly to Isobel Stewart.
  • 13th – Patrick Buchanan,[74][75] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 7th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 14th Chief) married Jonet Cunningham of Galbraith and by her a son (Walter his successor) and a daughter (Anabella). He also had an illegitimate son (Patrick).
  • 14th – Walter Buchanan,[75][76] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 8th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 15th Chief) married Isobel Graham and by her four sons (Patrick [Guthrie Smith identifies him as 9th Chief but then goes on to advise that the Chiefship passed from Patrick’s father to Patrick’s son[77]and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 16th Chief[76] ] who married the daughter of the Earl of Argyle and by her had George who succeeded his grandfather; John first ancestor of cadets of Arnprior; Maurice; and Walter first ancestor of cadets of Spittal) and two daughters (Margaret and Elizabeth).
  • 15th – George Buchanan,[76][77] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 10th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 17th Chief) succeed his grandfather, Walter 14th of Buchanan, in 1526 and died 1560. He first married Margaret Edmonstone and by her a son (John [Guthrie Smith identifies him as 11th Chief but then goes on to advise that the Chiefship passed from John’s father to John’s son[78] and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 18th Chief[79 who married Elizabeth Livingston and by her had George[79] who succeeded his grandfather) and two daughters (Helen and Susanna). Second he married Janet Cunningham and by her had a son (William first ancestor of the cadets of Auchmar) and a daughter (Margaret).
  • 16th – Sir George Buchanan,[78][79] (Guthrie Smith identifies him as 12th Chief and Buchanan of Auchmar identifies him as 19th Chief) succeed his grandfather, George 15th of Buchanan, in 1561, married Lady Mary Graham and by her one son (John his successor) and two daughters (Helen and Susanna).
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  • The Buchanan book. The life of Alexander Buchanan, Q.C., of Montreal, followed by an account of the family of Buchanan (1911)
  • XI. Sir Walter Buchanan, who, according to Auchmar, . . . . He lived to a great age, and had only one son, John, who married the heiress of Lenny, and died before his father. This John had three sons, (1) Sir Alexander Buchanan, who slew the Duke of Clarence at the battle of Bauge in 1420, and was himself slain at the battle of Vemeuil in the year 1424, being never married. (2) Sir Walter Buchanan, who succeeded to the
  • Estate of Buchanan, and (3) John of Ballachondachy, ancestor of the Buchanans of Lenny.
  • XII. Sir Walter Buchanan, married Isobel Stewart, daughter of Murdoch, Duke of Albany, and Governor of Scotland. He had three sons : —
    • (1) Patrick, his successor;
    • (2) Maurice, who was Treasurer to Princess Margaret, daughter to King James I. of Scotland, and wife of the Dauphin of France, afterwards Louis XL, and who accompanied her to France, and was present at her death in the year 1430. This Maurice Buchanan is supposed by Mr. W. F. Skene to be the author of the Liber Pluscardensis.
    • (3) Thomas Buchanan, ancestor of Carbeth.
  • XIII. Patrick Buchanan, who married one Galbraith, heiress of Killearn, Bamoir and Auchinreoch, had (1) Walter, his successor, and (2) Thomas Buchanan, ancestor of Drummikill, and a daughter Anabella married to James Stewart of Baldorrans.


In the middle of the fifteenth century a Thomas Buchanan a brother of Patrick Buchanan of that Ilk, who was the grandson of Sir Walter bought a considerable number of estates in Stirlingshire and Perthshire. Guthrie Smith says, 1 ' a charter in his favour, granted by Patrick Buchanan of that ilk of the lands of Gartincaber .... is dated at Buchanan 1461.' He had also a charter dated at Torphichen, 3rd Feby., 1461-62, of the Temple Lands of Letter. On the 2nd October, 1472 . . . the bailie of Halden of Gleneagles gave sasine to ' Thomas Buchanan and Robert Makcalpyn of the lands of Ballvol and Camquhele.' In 1476 he purchased from Haldane of Gleneagles the lands of ' Kepdory, Carbeth, Ballawoul,' etc. In 1482 he conveyed Carbeth to his son Thomas, ' Ballyvow ' to his son Walter, and Kepdory to Robert his eldest son and heir apparent. In 1477 he acquired the Temple lands of Ballikinrain, in 1484 he had a charter from William, Lord Graham of Middle Ledlewan (the Moss). Besides these lands he bought Drum- ikil, half of which he gave to his son Robert in 1496. These charters and others prove that Thomas Buchanan was a success-ful money-making man.

Though he was a brother of the Laird of Buchanan, there is some reason for believing that he was illegitimate. There is a Crown charter of 1463 2 confirming an entail of the lands of Buchanan on Patrick Buchanan of that Ilk and on Patrick's son, Walter, whom failing, on the Buchanan of Leny and his six sons in succession, failing all of whom, on the brother of Buchanan of Leny. Thomas Buchanan (though the brother of Patrick, the laird of Buchanan) is not mentioned. If legitimate, he would have been the next heir after Patrick's issue, but he was passed over in favour of Buchanan of Leny, a cousin. The inference that Thomas was illegitimate is, I think, irresistible. Robert Buchanan, to whom his father gave Kepdory, half of Drurnikil, and probably Middle Ledlewan, was extravagant and insolvent. His son Thomas lived at the Moss, married Agnes Heriot, but died while still a young man, leaving a family of five sons and three daughters. The famous George Buchanan was the fifth son.

GEORGE BUCHANAN: A MEMORIAL 1506-1906. Contributions by various writers, compiled and edited by D. A. MILLAR


  • Buchanan01
  • ((A)) Walter Buchanan, 11th Buchanan (a 1373)
  • BLG1952 and 'Strathendrick' disagree on a number of items over the next few generations. for example: BLG reports that the John Buchanan who married Janet de Lany was the eldest son of Walter, 11th laird, and was himself 12th laird. We follow 'Strathendrick'.
  • m. Margaret
    • ((i)) Walter Buchanan, 12th of Buchanan
    • m1. ??
    • m2. Isobel Stewart (dau of Murdoch Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany)
    • BLG1952 reports that Isobel Stewart was mother of Walter's children. However, 'Strathendrick' (which does not identify any daughters) reports: "his children must have been by a former wife."
      • ((a)) Patrick Buchanan, 13 of Buchanan (d before 07.1477)
      • m. Jonet Conynghame
      • ((b)) Walter Buchanan
      • ((c)) Thomas Buchanan of Gartincaber, Drummikill and Carbeth (a 1495)
      • We follow 'Strathendrick' in identifying this Thomas as ancestor not only of the Buchanans of Carbeth (as agreed by BLG1952) but also as ancester of the Buchanans of Drummikill. BLG1952 shows Thomas, son of Patrick of Buchanan, as the first of the Buchanans of Drummikill.
      • ((d)) daughter
      • m. ? Gray of Foulis
    • Stirnet - Buchanan02
  • Patrick Buchanan of that ilk, 13th of Buchanan (d before 07.1477)
  • m. Jonet Cunynghame
  • Patrick's wife if identified by BLG1962 as the daughter and heiress of Galbraith of Killearn, Balmois, etc.
    • 1. Walter Buchanan of that ilk, 14th of Buchanan (d 1526)
    • m. (before 26.11.1463) Isabelle Graham (dau of William Graham, 2nd Lord)
    • 2. Annabella Buchanan
    • m. James Stewart of Baldorrans
  • partner unknown
    • 3. Patrick Buchanan
  • Main sources:
  • (1) "Strathendrick and its Inhabitants from Early Times" by John Guthrie Smith, published in Glasgow in 1896
  • (2) BLG1952 (Murray-Buchanan of Leny).
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Walter Buchanan of that Ilk, 14th Chief of Buchanan's Timeline

Age 22
Age 26
Buchanan parish, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Age 27
Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 32
Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland
September 1526
Age 83