Charter by Adam Kinghorn for lands in Kinglassie, 1543.

Scope and Content

Charter by Adam Kinghorn (Kyngorne), vicar of church of Kinglassie.

Disposing of part of lands belonging to the church of Kinglassie [Fife] occupied by Thomas Ford, John Ford, John Greiff, David Stirk and Thomas Stirk, both chaplains, to Thomas Arnot, natural son of deceased Alexander Arnot in Fymoucht, 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. Signatures of Kinghorn, Dury and Boswell.Dunfermline, 20 October 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 ms669.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Vellum. 38.2x39.3cm. Foot-folded with three seal tags. Remains of one seal on centre 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.K5C7: Instrument of sasine by Adam Kinghorn for lands in Kinglassie, 1543.

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