From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

John Blair, Junior of Balgillo - 8th October 1568

 

JOHN BLAIR, HEIR APPARENT OF BALGILLO, IS MADE A BROTHER OF THE
GUILD, GRATIS.

The BLAIRS of Balgillo were descended from the old family of the BLAIRS of Balthayock, a race that for centuries held an important place amongst the Lairds of the Carse of Gowrie. JOHN BLAIR, whose entry is here recorded, was connected with Dundee through his marriage with a daughter of HALIBURTON of Pitcur. He succeeded to the estate on the death of his father, WILLIAM BLAIR of Balgillo, circa 1570, and he survived till 1593. His son WILLIAM, and his grandson JOHN, were knighted by JAMES VI. and CHARLES I. respectively.

An interesting incident, with which both he and THOMAS FOTHRINGHAM of Powrie, mentioned on the preceding page, were connected, is recorded in the Register of the Privy Council. SIR DAVID GRAHAM of Fintry, the son of the builder of Mains Castle, was married to BARBARA SCOTT, a descendant of SIR MICHAEL SCOTT of Balwearie. SIR DAVID'S unfortunate connection with the Popish plot, known in history as the "Spanish Blanks," had brought about his execution for treason in 1592.

Almost immediately afterwards, his widow had married THOMAS FOTHRINGHAM, Younger of Powrie, and his relatives seem to have united together for the purpose of harassing and oppressing her. She accordingly applied to the Privy Council for protection for herself and her new spouse, and from the Records it appears that no less than nineteen of the Lairds in the neighbourhood subscribed bonds that they would not harm her JOHN BLAIR of Balgillo being amongst the number.