THE Scott history begins in 1130, when there lived one Uchtredus filius Scoti, father of Richard, who is said to have had two sons Richard, ancestor of the Scotts of Buccleuch, and Sir Michael, ancestor of the Scotts of Balweary. From Richard descended Sir David Scott of Branxholm and Alexander of Howpaisley. From Sir David descended Sir Walter, created Lord Scott of Buccleuch in 1600. His descendant Francis, 2nd Earl of Buccleuch, left a daughter Anne, Countess of Buccleuch, married to James, Duke of Monmouth, son of King Charles II. They were created Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch ; and though he was beheaded, her Dukedom has been handed down in regular course from father to son. Alexander’s (of Howpaisley) descendant in the eighth degree was Francis of Thirlestane, who was created a Baronet in 1666. His son and successor, Sir William, assumed the name of Napier on his marriage with Elizabeth, Mistress of Napier. Walter Scott of Synton, great- grandson of Richard above-mentioned, was ancestor of Walter of Harden, whose great-grandson was ancestor of the Scotts of Gala. Sir William’s (fifth of Harden) youngest son was great-grandfather of Sir Walter Scott, author of Waverley, etc. The Balweary Scotts are descended from Sir Michael, grandson of Uchtredus filius Scoti. Branxholm Castle is the ducal seat of the Chiefs of the Clan Scott.
THIS is a Celtic clan. Their country was the western shore of Loch Lomond. They took their war cry from Loch Sloy, at the foot of Ben Voirlich. They are descended from Duncan MacGilchrist, mentioned 1296, brother of Mulduin, Earl of Lennox. His grandson was Bartholomew (Gaelic, Parlan), from whom the clan is named. Malcolm received the lands of Arrochar in 1395, but the male line failed, and the lands were forfeited. Andrew MacFarlane married a daughter of the Earl of Lennox, and succeeded in 1493. Sir John MacFarlane fell at Flodden, and Walter MacFarlane of Tarbert was killed at Pinkie in 1547. The clan fought against Queen Mary at Langside. In 1608 they slew Colquhoun of Luss, and were outlawed. In 1644-45 they fought for Montrose. Major-General MacFarlane gallantly captured Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, in 1809. In 1624 many of the clan settled in Aberdeenshire under other names. The last Chief is supposed to have gone to America at the end of the eighteenth century. His house of Arrochar became the property of the Duke of Argyll.