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Andrew Heriot (died c 1531)

Andrew Heriot (died c 1531)


Andrew Heriot, laird of Trabroun in East Lothian, died circa 1531. His family had obtained the lands by charter in 1423 from Archibald, earl of Wigtoun (confirmed later by Archibald, earl of Douglas, the king’s brother). Other family members include George Buchanan (1506-1582), poet, historian, administrator and tutor to Mary Queen of Scots and King James VI, and George Heriot (1563-1624), jeweller and philanthropist. Andrew Heriot was succeeded by his nephew, James, who was present at the Reformation parliament in 1560, acted as a negotiator for Mary Queen of Scots before the battle of Carberry in 1567 and was captured fighting for her at Langside in 1568. James was succeeded by his son of the same name who made provisions to sell the lands of Trabroun to Sir John Hamilton (born 1605), grandson of his sister Elizabeth. Son Robert Heriot, the next laird, died in 1620 and his daughter Anna allowed the sale of Trabroun to Sir John Hamilton in 1623, thus ending 200 years of Heriot ownership.

Testament of Andrew Heriot, laird of Trabroun

National Records of Scotland, CC8/8/1A, p34

The 'whole inventory of the goods of an honourable man, the deceased Andrew Heriot, laird of Trabroun', was made at Hoprig on 13 May 1531.

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