Kilmaronock Table



Name Value Date Grid Ref Map Sources Other forms, comments etc
Kilmarrannok davach? 1223     See text file ‘Davachs in Lennox?’. See below.

Middle Catter

Easter Catter







NS 4787






A Haldane property. See below.


=Drumdash. This included the Spittal.

Drumdash       Blaeu(Lennox) Drummadash between Drymen & R Endrick in Blaeu. But properly = Easter Catter in Kilmaronock? A Haldane property.
Spittal     NS 4786 Blaeu(Lennox)



GD119/30 1557 refers to the ‘templar lands of Spittell of Easter Catter. Ex Templars.
Ibert   1591     GD220/6/194 1591-1819 ‘near church of Kilmaronock’. GD1/755/11 refers to the Ibert of Kilmaronok. Only 1 family is listed so probably small. Timperley pp 116-117.
Bordland £3 (4½m) 1615     See below.
Mains Farm £3 (4½m) 1615 NS 4487 Blaeu(Lennox) This is separate to Bordland. They sometimes appear in the same documents.
Aber 3½m 1526 c. NS 4387 Blaeu(Lennox) £3 (1600, 1621, 1622, 1655, 1662)
Aber Isle     NS 4188/4288 Pont 17


Gartocharn 40s (3m) 1621 NS 4386 Blaeu(Lennox)  
Duncryne 40s (3m) 1545 NS 4385/4386 Blaeu(Lennox) Dumbarton Retours (64) 1666 refers to 6s 8d Duncryne.

See below.



1m 1526 NS 4486 Blaeu(Lennox)?


Gartna Baroiget (Blaeu). Garpantre in RMS III (398) 1526.

7s Gartpantre  in RMS III (3208) 1545-6.





15s (1⅛m)

15s (1⅛m)




NS 4484/4485 Blaeu(Lennox) 10s Fynre (RMS III (398) 1526). Possibly Southsonne & Northswnne in teinds list of 1528.

30s Estir Fynare (RMS III (3208) 1545-6); 40s Eister Finnarie in Dumbarton Retours (103) 1592

Drumglas 1m 1702 NS 4585 OS(1860) 1m Drumglasse & Badmucke in Laing Charters (2999) 1702.

Drumglass in OS 6″ 1st Series, Dumbartonshire Sheet XIV, 1860.

Caldarvan 40s (3m) 1615 NS 4384 Blaeu(Lennox)  
Cambusmoon 40s (3m) 1615 NS 4285/4385 Blaeu(Lennox) Cambusmone (1526), 1m (RMS III (398) 1526); 30s (RMS III (3208) 1545-6)
Blairlusk 5m 1629 NS 4184 Blaeu(Lennox) A Haldane property. Guthrie Smith, Strathendrick, p 350.

8m with Blairnyle in GD430/60 1518.

Tullochan Quarterland


  NS 4185 Blaeu(Lennox)


See Cartularium de Levenax below. See also under Portnellan since it may have been included in the £5 Portnellan-Galbraith.
Ardoch Quarterland

£5 (7½m)



NS 4186 Blaeu(Lennox) See Cartularium de Levenax below. Also known as Ardoch-Campbell. Subdivided into 50s units and then further subdivided into units of 21s & 29s.
Ross 40s (3m) 1641 NS 4187 Blaeu(Lennox)

RHP 30936





£5 (7½m)

£5 (7½m)




NS 4086 Blaeu(Lennox) Mickle Portnell = Portnellan-Galbraith. See below.

RMS IV (1818) 1568 & Dumbarton Retours (15) 1613 imply that Tullochan was included in the £5 Portnellan-Galbraith.

Portnellan-Halyday was divided into two 50s units.

Creinch     NS 3988 Blaeu(Lennox) Island in Loch Lomond.
Knockour 5m 1518 NS 3885 Blaeu(Lennox) The spelling in Cartularium de Levenax pp 55-56 (below) suggests this was originally Knokgowr (Cnoc or hillock of the goats). Knockgour in 1518. A Haldane property. Included a fishing croft.
Boturich 5m 1675 NS 3884 Blaeu(Lennox) Haldane property. RMS II (2436) 1498 states 2 ‘le Boturchis’.

5m Great Botturich so perhaps only half? GD47/267 1719 refers to Auchinmore as part of Meikell Balturich.

Spittal of Batturich   1719     GD47/267 1719 refers to ‘Spittell of Balturich’.

GD47/270 1723 refers to Spittall of Batturich.

GD47/272 1734. GD47/335 1770-1828







NS 4083

NS 3982



Both Haldane properties.

Ledrishbeg was lost to Bonhill parish in 1643.




40s (3m)




NS 4084

Blaeu(Lennox) See text file ‘Davachs in Lennox?’.

Haldane property. See below.

Blairnyle 40s (3m) 1663-4 NS 4183 Blaeu(Lennox) Haldane property. 2 separate 20s properties in AS II (1088) 1663

& (1179) 1664. 8m with Blairlusk in GD430/60 1518.

Spittal     NS 427831 Roy(GM19)


OS 6″ 1st Series, Dumbartonshire Sheet XVIII, 1860.
(Easter) Blairquhannan 20s (1½m) 1526 NS 4283 Roy(GM19)


Probably half. See Barquhannane following.
Barquhannane 40s (3m) 1615     I suspect this is the same as Blairquhannan. 40s in 1629, 1630, 1636, 1655, 1662.
Blairquhomrie £3 (4½m) 1615 NS 4282 Blaeu(Lennox)  
Spittle     c. NS 4382 Roy(GM19) Just E of Blairwhamry in Roy and SE of Spittle which is E of Blairwhannan. (So two different Spittles close to each other).
The Merkins 4m 1615 NS 4382/4482 Blaeu(Lennox)


Merkinsch(1629). GD39/1/232 (after 1631) gives 20m Markinch as part of the barony of Kilmaronock. AS II (1199) 1665 implies that Merkinsh was a separate barony to Kilmaronock.
Gallangad £5 (7½m) 1545 NS 4483 Blaeu(Lennox)

RHP 3886

RMS II (1901) 1489 lists Culcrewchis, Culyownane, Tundarrach (all Fintry) & Calyegat (=Gallangad).

5m(1625, 1655, 1662, 1680).

Spitall   1683     GD22/3/72 1683 refers to Nethertoun of Gallingad with the Spitall thereof.
Balloch 15m       Lost to Bonhill parish in 1643.
Milton         Lost to Bonhill parish in 1643.

(or Westerton)

5m       Lost to Bonhill parish in 1643.
Ballagan 3m       Lost to Bonhill parish in 1643.
Total 101m


      Post 1643

Pre 1643


There is a very useful account of the teinds due in 1528 in the Register of Cambuskenneth pp 218-222 No 158, (see accompanying table). This allows us to see the constituent farms of Kilmaronock parish in 1528 and compare their teinds against their nominal value.



If Kilmaronock was the name of a davach (or carucate or arachor?) in 1223 then it may have been a £20 (30m) land. On the assumption that it was physically compact and based around Kilmaronock Castle what farms might it have included? The most likely components are Mains (£3), Bordland (£3) and Aber (3½ or 4½m). In the documents Gartocharn (3m) and Duncryne (3m) are often linked. This takes us to a maximum of £13 or 19½m.



Catter was an important property. In RMS II (2436) 1498 it appears as 3 ‘le Kateris’ (i.e. the 3 Catters). Cattirs in Blaeu. Moot Hill (OPS I p 35). Easter Catter alias ‘Drumdasche’ (GD47/279 1616) or ‘Drumdash’ (GD198/101-2 1670-1671).

GD47/17 1518-19 and GD47/38 1599 refer to the ‘Baicland’ of Catter.



Fraser, Chiefs of Colquhoun and their Country, II, pp 337-8, No 70, 1534, refers to half of Borland extending ‘yearly’ to 2½m OE. This is another example of the conflation of Extent and render.



I do not think this has anything to do with the Paisley Abbey property that bears a similar name. It paid its teinds to Cambuskenneth in 1528 and in the documents we are not given a sense that it is ex-Paisley.


Portnellan, Ardoch & Tullochan

Cartularium de Levenax pp 55-56, Donald earl of Lennox granted to Gilbert Oliphant:

tres quartarias terre in comitatu nostro de Levenax que vocantur Porthnelane, videlicet, magnam quartariam de Porthnelane que jacet inter Knokgowr et Rossvue, una cum Ardach et Tulchane

(three quarterlands in our earldom of Lennox called Porthnelane [Portnellan], that is, the big quarterland of Porthnelane [Portnellan] which lies between Knokgowr [Knockour] and Rossvue [Ross], along with Ardach [Ardoch] and Tulchane [Tullochan]).

Portnellan (NS 4086) does indeed lie between Knockour (NS 3885) and Ross (NS 4187). Ardoch (NS 4186) and Tullochan (NS 4185) lie just inland. These farms will have been physically contiguous.

Robertson’s Index p 33 No 39 (David II) mentions a charter to William Galbraith which included ‘Portmelen in Dumbartan’. GD47/130 1705 says Wester Portnellan is Portnellan Galbraith. AS II (760) 1648 links Easter Portnellan with the island of Creinsch [Creinch] in Loch Lomond.


Our later land-assessment data gives Portnellan-Galbraith as £5 in 1545, Portnellan-Halyday as £5 in 1545 and Ardoch as £5 in 1545. I have no valuation for Tullochan. (RMS IV (1818) 1568 & Dumbarton Retours (15) 1613 imply that Tullochan was included in the £5 Portnellan-Galbraith). AS II (742) 1646 shows Mickle Portnell was Portnell Galbraith.


If we allow for a little rejigging of names it seems clear that we have three quarterlands here, later valued at £5 each. Originally they were Portnellan, Ardoch and Tullochan. Portnellan is given as magnam quartariam or the big quarterland which probably means this is a Latinised version of a Gaelic name such as Portnellan More. Over the centuries Tullochan seems to have been absorbed into Portnellan More (or Mickle Portnellan or Portnellan-Galbraith). Ardoch remained intact but a new farm seems to have emerged taking the name Portnellan-Halyday. (Since the second element of this name is from English it makes sense to see this as a later development).



If Shanacles was the name of a davach (or carucate or arachor?) in 1223 then it may have been a £20 (30m) land. Another early reference is ‘Seueglass’ in Paisley Register pp 213-4 for 1228 (see also p 212). The context suggests Shanacles then extended up to the River Leven so presumably westerly properties were divided from it in later centuries. However Balloch was also the name of a davach in 1223 so disentangling the components of Shanacles from those of Balloch could prove complex. Of course it might be the case that they were not then physically compact. If the final element of the name is for ‘-eccles’ or ‘-eglis’ it may have been a significant early church site.


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