THE QUHILK. DAY JOHN, THE MASTER OF BALMERINOCH, HIS SONE, WES SWORE AND ADMITTED BURGESSES AND BRETHREN OF THE GUILD OF THIS BURGH
JOHN ELPHINSTONE, third LORD BALMERINOCH, who is entered on the Roll as "Master of Balmerinoch," was the son of the second LORD, and of ANNE, daughter of SIR THOMAS KER Of Ferniehirst. He was born on 18th February, 1623, and succeeded to the title on his father's death, in 1649. The estate had been seriously impaired by the liberality of the late Lord in aiding the Covenanters during their long struggle against CHARLES I, and he was compelled to sacrifice much of his property to supply his own necessities. It is stated that he received CHARLES II at his mansion in Leith when the KING landed there in 1650, but he was nevertheless fined in £6,000 Scots for non conformity to Episcopacy in 1662. He survived till 1704, when he had reached the extreme age of eighty two years, and was buried in the family vault at Restalrig. By his marriage with LADY ANNE CAMPBELL, daughter of the EARL OF LOUDOUN (vide page 155), he had three sons and one daughter, and was succeeded by his eldest son, JOHN, fourth LORD BALMERINOCH.