Instrument of sasine by Adam Kinghorn for lands in Kinglassie, 1543

Scope and Content

Instrument of sasine by Adam Kinghorn (Kyngorne) in favour of Thomas Arnot, for part of the church lands in Kinglassie, Fife including lands known as the croft and lands around the manse or house of Kinglassie.

With the consent of George Dury, archdeacon of St Andrews, commendator of the monastery of Dunfermline [Fife], of the chapter of that monastery, and of Thomas Boswell, and of the treasurer of Dunblane [Perthshire] and Henry Forsyth who, along with the archdeacon of Glasgow, are deputies for Marco Grimani, Patriarch of Aquileia, legate a latere of Pope Pius III. Witnessed by John Conie, notary, Gavin Lawson (Lauson), John Wellwood (Walwod), Thomas Gourlay (Gourlaw), Henry Wright (Wryt). Drawn up and signed by John Stonehouse (Lapidedomus).Dunfermline, 15 March 1543.

Administrative / Biographical History

Adam Kinghorn (fl.1543) was vicar of the parish church of Kinglassie, a church dedicated to St Glastian and belonging to Dunfermline Abbey.

George Durie (d.1577) was a member of the influential Beaton family in Fife, and through his family links was appointed as archdeacon of St Andrews in 1522 and later given Dunfermline abbey as commendator, as well as a variety of other small benefices. This pluralism was challenged in the courts but he hung on to both the archdeanery and the abbey. He participated in political activities, serving gin parliament and on commissions, as well as being involved in church matters such heresy trials, remaining Catholic to the end. After the Reformation parliament of 1560, he left for France, spending the next 10 years there, resigning his posts to his nephew Robert Pitcairn in his absence.


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Acquisition Information

Bequeathed to the library by Rev John Stirton, 1945


Call number used to be ms670.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Vellum. 31.2x38cm. Foot-folded with two seal tags. One seal in red wax (left-hand tag).

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database.

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Related Material

University of St Andrews: GB 227 msDA786.K5: Charter by Adam Kinghorn for lands in Kinglassie, 1543

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