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Rev. John Duncanson

Male - 1601

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  • Name John Duncanson  [1, 2
    Prefix Rev. 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Oct 1601  [3
    Person ID I35579  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of GFS
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2021 

    Family Jonet Watson,   d. Aft 1582 
    +1. Rev. James Duncanson,   b. Abt 1564,   d. 11 Jul 1624, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F17690  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From "The Duncanson Wives of Four New Netherland Settlers", citation details below:

      Coming to prominence in the midst of the Scottish Reformation, he was described as "a convert from the old faith" who "was one of the few ecclesiastics who cordially accepted the reformed doctrines." On 21 October 1560, he was given a house by the Burgh of Stirling for his services as minister to the town. In 1563 he was appointed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to establish churches in Menteith.

      Beginning in 1567, he also was in the service of the infant King James VI of Scotland and was presented to the Vicarage of the Chapel Royal on 17 March 1567. In 1571 he resigned as minister of Stirling and accompanied the King to Edinburgh. He was promoted to Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal by January of 1574, for which he was to receive a yearly stipend of £200. He was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in August of 1574 and in 1576 and 1578 he was one of the ministers appointed to write the Second Book of Discipline.

      Perhaps because of his position as "King's minister," John Duncanson received several favors in the way of lands and gifts. On 10 March 1581, he was given the wardship of the lands of Overgibbon in Perthshire until the heir became of age. In 1584, the King confirmed a charter whereby John Seytoun and his wife Margaret Ross sold Duncanson and his wife "Jonete Watsoune" land and estates in Coull in Fifeshire. In 1589 King James conferred upon him the rectory and vicarage of Kirkcowan in Wigtownshire.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2242] John Blythe Dobson, "Recent Literature on the Duncanson Sisters of New Netherland." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 144:306, 2013.

    2. [S49] Genealogics by Leo Van de Pas, continued by Ian Fettes and Leslie Mahler.

    3. [S2222] Gordon L. Remington, "The Duncanson Wives of Four New Netherland Settlers: Glen, Teller, Powell, and Loockermans." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 128:1, 1997.