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Helen Colquhoun

Female - 1596


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  • Name Helen Colquhoun  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died Between 13 Jun 1594 and 13 Mar 1596  Aiket, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I26543  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2020 

    Father Humphrey Colquhoun,   b. of Luss, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1538 
    Mother Helen Graham 
    Married Abt 13 Jul 1509  [5, 6
    Family ID F15431  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Cunningham,   b. of Aiket, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 24 Oct 1564  [5, 7
    Children 
    +1. Marion Cunningham,   d. Jan 1623, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F15868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lady Aikitt, elder, sheriffdom of Ayr.

      "In 1578-79, another of [the Colquhoun] clan, Helen Colquhoun, was accused of the 'treasonable administering of poysoun' to her spouse, William Cunninghame of Aiket; but the fragmentary records give us little information about these trials…" ["Poisoning in Scotland", citation details below]

      The will of Helene Colquhoun, Lady Aikitt, elder, sheriffdom of Ayr, was proved in the Edinburgh commissary court on 13 Mar 1596.

      The 1877 Colquhoun pedigree ("Colquhoun of Luss", citation details below) shows Helen Colquhoun, daughter of Humphrey, marrying a "James" Cunningham of Aiket; it also gives her mother's name as "Katherine", rather than Helen, a mistake that also appears in many Burke's Pedigrees products. In a pair of posts to soc.genealogy.medieval on 10 Oct 2019, John Brandon points out that the papal dispensation of 1509 clearly identifies Humphrey Colquhoun's wife as Helen. As to whether Humphrey Colquhoun's and Helen Graham's daughter Helen was indeed, the Helen who married Cunningham of Aiket, Brandon points to the marriage of Robert Graham of Knockdolian, who was known to have been involved in dealings with William and Helen (Colquhoun) Cunningham, to Christian Graham, daughter of the second William Graham, 2nd earl of Montrose — further evidence of Graham-Colquhoun prosopographical adjancency.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3859] The Chiefs of Colquhoun and Their Country by William Fraser. Edinburgh, 1869.

    2. [S3858] James Colquhoun, "Colquhoun of Luss." Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica Volume II, new series, 1877, p. 533.

    3. [S3863] Ayr and Its People, from 1428 to the Time Of Burns by Joseph D. Shearer. 2004.

    4. [S3864] A. Francis Steuart, "Poisoning in Scotland, To the Year 1625." Edinburgh Medical Journal 17:468, 1905.

    5. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy.

    6. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914.

    7. [S3863] Ayr and Its People, from 1428 to the Time Of Burns by Joseph D. Shearer. 2004., says "by 1550".