THOMAS FOTHRINGHAM OF POWRIE IS MADE A BROTHER OF THE GUILD, BY REASON OF THE LIBERTY OF HIS FATHER.
THOMAS FOTHRINGHAM'S father, through whom he claims his right of Burgess ship, has already been noticed under date 12th November, 1526 [vide page 18]. He succeeded to the estate on the death of his father at Pinkie Cleugh, and retained possession until the beginning of the seventeenth century. By his marriage with HELEN, daughter of JOHN, LORD LINDSAY of the Byres, he was brought into immediate contact with the party opposed to QUEEN MARY.
His brother in law was that PATRICK, LORD LINDSAY of the Byres, whose stern conduct towards the QUEEN whilst imprisoned in Lochleven Castle is familiar to every reader of Scottish history. HELEN LINDSAY had five sisters, who were married respectively to NORMAN LESLIE, Master of Rothes, the principal assassin of CARDINAL BEATOUN; to THOMAS MYRETON of Cambo; to DAVID BEATOUN of Melgum, a natural son of the CARDINAL; to GEORGE DOUGLAS, the brave deliverer of QUEEN MARY; and to DAVID KINNEAR of that Ilk. Seldom has there been a family so divided politically as this one.
From a curious charter, dated at Powrie, 24th July, 1579, it appears that THOMAS FOTHRINGRAM had not received the complete sum of money due as the tocher of his bride even at this date, as he then sold to his wife "the lands and town of Ballathrone, the lands of Halpes, and his eighth part of Bruchtie with the pendicle there, called the Nethir Marche," for a large sum of money paid by her brother, PATRICK, LORD LINDSAY of the Byres, in augmentation of her wedding gift. ELIZABETH FOTHRINGHAM, sister of THOMAS FOTHRINGHAM of Powrie, was married to JOHN OGILVY of Inverquharity, and was the ancestress of the present SIR JOHN OGILVY of Inverquharity, Bart. THOMAS FOTHRINGHAM survived till 1610, and was succeeded by his son, who bore the same name.