Papers of Lumsdaine family of Innergelly

Scope and Content

Papers of the Lumsdaine / Lumsden family relating to the barony of Innergellie in the parish of Kilrenny, Fife. They include: titles and writs to the land and barony of Innergellie and lands of Barnes and Barnsmuir; family papers such as marriage contracts and military commissions; maps; papers relating to presentation to rectory of Great Hardres and Stelling, Kent, 1874.

Administrative / Biographical History

The manor of Lummesdene is first mentioned in 1098, when Edgar, King of Scots, refounded Coldingham Priory, endowing it with the villages of Coldingham, Lummesdene, Auldecambus, Renton and Swinewood in the County of Berwick. The first recorded possessors of the lands, divided into Easter and Wester Lumsden, were Gillem and Cren de Lummisden who, between 1166 and 1182, attested a charter granted to the priory of Coldingham by Waldeve, Earl of Dunbar. Gilbert de Lumisden appears as witness to charters 1249-1262. Adam de Lumisden of that Ilk did forced homage in 1296 and, as did his son Roger de Lummesdene, signed the Ragman Roll. From this Adam, the first recognised chief of the Name and Arms of Lumsden, descended Gilbert who married the heiress of Blanerne (charter of 15 June 1329) adopting her Crest of a white tailed eagle, preying on a salmon. From Gilbert's elder son, Gilbert, descend the families of Lumsden or Lumsdaine of Blanerne in Berwickshire and Airdrie, Innergellie, Rennyhill, Mountquhanie, Stravithie, and Lathallan in Fife. His younger son, Thomas, had a charter in 1353 of the lands of Drum and Conland in Fife and East and West Medlar (Cushnie) in Aberdeenshire. From him descend the Northern Lumsdens of Conland, Cushnie, Tillycairn, Clova and Auchindoir, Belhelvie, Pitcaple, Balmedie, Banchory and other estates and baronies in Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire.

Patrick Gillem Sandys Lumsdaine of Innergellie was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms as Chief of Clan Lumsden in 1985 as Patrick Gillem Sandys Lumsden of that Ilk and Blanerne.

Sources used include: Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, (2003).


Original bundles.

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University by the Lumsden family in 2001.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Bundle listing by the NRA(S), list 3958, serves as the hand-list to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

The papers were part of a batch of papers temporarily deposited by an Edinburgh Lawyer with the NRA(S) in 2001. They were identified and returned to the family.

Additional Information

This material is original.

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