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Lynn of that Ilk and the Boyds
Posted by: Loretta Layman (ID *****8343) Date: July 01, 2012 at 22:20:50
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For anyone interested in the Lynns of that Ilk in Dalry, Ayrshire (a/k/a/ Lords of Lynn) ... I continue to search late medieval and early renaissance records to discover the history of this family and their ownership of the minor barony of Lynn. Recent finds include a transcript, from the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, of the Lynns’ 1532 conveyance to the Boyds of Kilmarnock:

“… REX, Cum consensu matris sue, confirmavit cartam Johannis Lyn de Croftfute [qua, pro summa pecunie sibi persoluta, vendidit Thome Boyd fratri germane Roberti B. in Kilmarnok, heredibus ejus et assignatis, 40 solidatas terrarium antiqui extentus de Lyn, in dominio de Kilmarnok, balliatu de Cunynghame, vic. Air: Reddend. Regi tanquam senescallo Scotie servitium ward etc. necnon tressectasad tria placita capitalia dicti dominii annuatim.” [The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland A.D. 1513-1546, James Balfour Paul, F.S.A. Scot., and John Maitland Thomson, M.A., Advocates, Edinburgh (1883)]

Translated, the document states that the King confirmed the charter of John Lyn of Croftfute, who, for a sum of money to him paid, sold to Thomas Boyd, brother of Robert Boyd in Kilmarnock, his heirs and assigns, 40-shilling land of the old extent of Lyn in the dominion of Kilmarnock, bailliary of Cunningham, County Ayr. Unfortunately, the charter was reported incorrectly by Sir Robert Douglas as being from James Lind of that Ilk; but the transaction clearly proves the Lynns’ ownership of the barony. The mystery is where Croftfute was and why John Lyn was described as being “of” Croftfute.

The 1532 conveyance is the only known reference to the family being "of Croftfute". By contrast, over two dozen documents extracted at the National Archives of Scotland and elsewhere prove that they took up residence at Ayrshire's medieval estate of Bourtreehill in 1506 - 26 years before selling the old extent of Lynn to the Boyds, and continued therein until 1606 - when they conveyed Bourtreehill to the Montgomerys. A 1550 deed extracted at the website of the National Archives of Scotland, describes John Lynn as "John Lyn of that ilk and Lord of Bourtreehill" [Ref. No. GD3/1/8/1/5 (Montgomery family papers)].

However, the Lynns, like many of the gentry, did own several properties concurrently. Maybe Croftfute is the East Ayrshire property of the same name which lies just North of Catrine and roughly 18 miles southeast of Bourtreehill.


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