WHICH DAY JAMES CARMICHAEL OF BALMEDIE IS MADE A BURGESS AND BROTHER OF THE GUILD OF DUNDEE, GRATIS.
The family to which JAMES CARMICHAEL of Balmedie belonged had been connected intimately with the municipal history of Dundee for a century before the date of his admission. WILLIAM CARMICHAEL of Carpow was Provost of Dundee in 1526, and represented the Burgh in the Parliament of that date. His relative, JAMES CARMICHAEL of Hyndford, filled the same office for the Burgh in the Parliament of 1593.
The founder of the Balmedie branch was JAMES CARMICHAEL, Son of JOHN CARMICHAEL of Meadowflat and his second wife., the widow Of GEORGE, fourth EARL OF ANGUS, and he was consequently half brother of the famous "ARCHIBALD, Bell-the Cat." This JAMES CARMICHAEL of Balmedie was the fifth Laird in direct descent from the founder of the house.
He was associated with Dundee through his marriage with JEAN, sister of DAVID, first EARL OF SOUTHESK, and also by the marriage of his son, SIR DAVID CARMICHAEL, with CECILIA, daughter of FOTHRINGRAM of Powrie. His descendant, SIR JAMES CARMICHAEL, is the representative of the Balmedie branch, and, since the extinction of the EARLS OF HYNDFORD, the latter is the head of this ancient family.