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

John Carnegie of that Ilk - 14th September 1571



SIR JOHN CARNEGIE of Carnegie, whose name is entered here, is the first of that important family included in the Roll. His father, SIR ROBERT CARNEGIE of Kinnaird, held a considerable amount of property in Dundee, but he does not seem to have been entered as a Burgess. The date of the admission of SIR JOHN CARNEGIE is important, as throwing some light upon his own political history.

After a long life spent in the service of his country as an ambassador, as a senator of the College of Justice, and as a politician, SIR ROBERT CARNEGIE expired on the 5th of January, 1565-6, and was buried in the Old Kirk of Leuchars, where his tombstone may still be seen. By his wife, MARGARET GUTHRIE of Lunan, he left seven sons and seven daughters, all of whom were closely connected with Angus and the Mearns. His eldest daughter, MARGARET, became the wife of SIR JAMES SCRYMGEOUR of Dudhope, Constable of Dundee; whilst his eldest son was that SIR JOHN CARNEGIE whose name is here entered.

Almost the last public act of SIR ROBERT was the executing of a charter, dated 25th March, 1565, by which he resigned his lands of Kinnaird, Balnamone, Littlecarcary, and Monrommon Muir, to his son and heir apparent, JOHN CARNEGIE, these lands being incorporated anew into the Barony of Kincaid by QUEEN MARY, "in recognition of the services done for her by the said ROBERT, as well in France and England, as in other foreign parts, in negotiations conducted by him for the honour and common weal of the kingdom." In the early portion of the struggle betwixt QUEEN MARY and the Protestant party, SIR JOHN adhered to her most loyally, and he is usually represented as having remained faithful to her interests throughout his life. The entry in the Burgess Roll, however, appears to contradict this statement, for the following reasons.

After the escape of QUEEN MARY from Lochleven Castle, an attempt was made by the EARL OF HUNTLY to create a diversion in her favour by a rising in the North. SIR JOHN CARNEGIE, mindful of his allegiance, joined the EARL in this movement; but the attempt proved abortive, and he, with DAVID, EARL OF CRAUFURD (lately Provost of Dundee), and JAMES, LORD OGILVY, were denounced by the Privy Council, and orders given that their houses should be confiscated for the use of the REGENT MORAY and the party acting in the name of the infant KING.

To PROVOST HALIBURTON of Dundee, who had been reinstated in his office, the task was committed of taking possession of the House of Kinnaird, and making a full inventory "of the haile gudis and geir being thairin." In accordance with this order, the PROVOST entered the house and lands of Kincaid, and held them until he was instructed to hand them over to JOHN, LORD GLAMIS. No account has been given of the place of refuge which CARNEGIE had found, nor is there any record of his having given in his adherence to the KING'S party; but the fact that he was entered a Burgess of Dundee in 1570, whilst his old antagonist HALIBURTON was Provost of that Burgh clearly shows that he must have abandoned the cause of the QUEEN before this date, and taken the oath in support of JAMES VI., which was then rigorously exacted from all new entrants.

This idea is confirmed also by the circumstance of his knighthood, which was conferred upon him in 1572. SIR JOHN was married to AGNES WOOD of Craig, and his only legitimate child, MARGARET, was married to PATRICK KINNAIRD of Inchture, the direct ancestor of the present LORD KINNAIRD of Rossie and Inchture. As SIR JOHN left no male issue at his decease in 1596, the estates were inherited by his younger brother DAVID. The latter was admitted a Burgess of Dundee on 30th January, 1616.