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Rev. John Heart

Male - 1688


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  • Name Rev. John Heart  [1, 2, 3
    Born of Taughboyne (Monreagh), Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jan 1688  [4
    Buried Taughboyne Church of Ireland, St. Johnstowne, Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I20688  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2018 

    Father David Heart,   b. of Rusland, Harray, Orkney, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 8 Mar 1656 
    Mother Jean Mowat,   d. May 1682 
    Married Bef Oct 1615  [4
    Family ID F12360  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes Baxter,   d. Bef 21 May 1689 
    Married 2 Apr 1644  Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. Agnes Heart,   b. Bef 17 Dec 1648
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F12355  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Much documentation for the life of the Rev. John Heart/Hart, compiled by Janet Wolfe, can be found here.

      It had long been noted that "David Heart of Rusland, William and Mr. John Heart, his sons" witnessed a charter by Mr. Patrick Grahame of Rothisholm, dated at Kirkwall (in the Orkney islands), 8 Feb 1638. (Calendar of the Laing Charters, citation details below, pp. 529-30.) But then:

      Jan Wolfe, on soc.genealogy.medieval, 9 May 2017:

      Document SC11/5/1644/11, held at the Orkney Archives, is the marriage agreement, dated 21 February 1644, for Margaret Heart, daughter of David Heart and Jean Mowat, and James Grahame. The NAS catalog description is here:

      http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/details.aspx?reference=SC11/5/1644/11

      I recently ordered an image of this document from the Orkney Archives.

      The contract specifies that James Grahame's part of the agreement is to be done by the "advyse of the said Dauid Heart if he sall be on lyff And failyeing of him throw deceas be the advyse of the said [William] Heart his eldest sone and of Mr John Heart Minister his secund sone or ather of thame."

      With this evidence, I think that we can now confidently identify the parents of John Heart as David Heart and Jean Mowat. Jean's mother, Christian Stewart, was a daughter of Earl Robert Stewart of Orkney, and Robert was a son of King James V of Scotland by Euphame Elphinstone.

      John Heart, who received his M.A. at St. Andrews in May, 1637, was ordained at Crail on March 22, 1643.

      Agnes Heart, daughter of John Heart and Agnes Baxter, married Robert Craighead. Their children include colonial immigrants Thomas Craighead, husband of Margaret Wallace, and Katherine Craighead, wife of William Homes. Thomas and William were both Presbyterian ministers. Thomas and Margaret lived in Freetown, Bristol County, Massachusetts, and then in Pennsylvania. Katherine and William lived in Chilmark, Dukes County, Massachusetts (on Martha's Vineyard) where William was the minister from the fall of 1715 until his death in 1746.

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    2. [S1579] The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States, Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History by Gary Boyd Roberts. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2018.

    3. [S2653] Calendar of the Laing Charters, A.D. 854-1837 ed. John Anderson. Edinburgh: James Thin, 1899.

    4. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy.

    5. [S2652] The Register of Marriages for the Parish of Edinburgh, 1595-1700, ed. Henry Paton. Edinburgh: Scottish Record Society, 1905.