William Dishington, Sheriff of Fife

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William Dishington, Sheriff of Fife

Death: Died
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Son of William "Sir Knight" Dishington, Lord of Ardross and Elizabeth de Bruce
Husband of ? Dishington
Father of Thomas Dishington

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Sir William Dishington, son of Sir William Dishington, and first of Ardross, was in high honour at court, being ' bachillanus,' seneschal of the king's house, master of the fabric of St. Monans, and, in 1370, Sheriff of Fife. In 1368 he acquired the lands of Kynbrachmont (such is the original spelling), on the resignation of Walter Bisset (see p. 150); and in the royal charter of confirmation he is styled ' our dear cousin' by David 11. He was doubtless the builder of the Castle of Ardross, which must have been more extensive than the present ruins indicate, a large portion of the cliff having fallen into the sea. Here he entertained the royal family on more than one occasion ; and it was while the king was on a voyage to Ardross that the shipwreck occurred which gave occasion to the building of the Church of St. Monans, as shall be narrated in its proper place. The name of Sir William Dishington's wife is not known ; but, besides his heir, he had a daughter Elspath, married to Hoppringle of Smailholm. He was alive in 1402.

Source: The East Neuk of Fife: its history and antiquities

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