Alexander Dunlop and Antonia Broun


From Anne Corum

Hugh NanKivell of Australia was kind enough to send me copies of part of the book, "Dunlops of Dunlop" by J. G. Dunlop published 1939.  On page 18 is Mr. J. G. Dunlop's research of the family of Alexander Dunlop and Antonia Brown.

"He (James) had also refused to sign the "band of lawborrowes" and was denounced to the horn and registrat with letters of caption (1678).  His arrest followed; and he was not released from Edinburgh Castle until he had executed a heavy bond to keep the peace.  

From an entry in the Privy Council Register of the 23rd July 1684, it seems he had died shortly before that date.  By his wife,
Eliza Cunningham of Corsehill (who could boast a descent from Malcolm III), he had a son Alexander, who, faithful to the family tradition, was compelled to emigrate, suspected of fighting at Bothwell Brig.  Like his clansman and companion, William Dunlop,  he found a home in Carolina, where he became sheriff in 1686.

A letter of Alexander Shields to the above William Dunlop, dated the 25th December 1699 says that the "laird of Dunlop was cut off by a contagious sickness in the 'Rising Sun.' "  But the death had occurred nearly three years earlier, for in a deed of 18th January 1697 his son John refers to his father as "the late" Alexander Dunlop.

By his wife Antonia, daughter and heiress of the late Major-General Sir John Broun of Fordell, whom he married in 1667, he had several children----John, Mary, Anna, Robert, Margaret and Francis.

It is most probably this laird (Alexander) who was nominated one of the tutors to a minor Barclay of Collernie in 1682, when an uncle threatened litigation.

The eldest of Alexander's sons, John is believed to have been reinstated in the family property (which he caused to be erected into a barony in 1688) by Lord Dundonald, who had held it in trust since the Pentland rising.  He is said to have died unmarried at Darien -- he subscribed L 500 to the scheme in 1696 through the Principal -- and his younger brother Francis, who was a minor in 1697 -- as were all Alexander's children except John -- succeeded to the estate.

Among the Gairbraid correspondence there is a letter of Francis to Alexander Dunlop (afterwards Professor of Greek, Glasgow) {I do not know which Alexander this is} whom he styles his "cussing":  it is dated 1693, and requests that action be taken on a bond of his father's.  His signature is followed by those of his mother, Antonia, and William Kelso (of Dankeith) who had married Francis' sister Mary and was a writer to the signet:  Francis being still under age, Kelso was very probably his tutor.  Mary appears to have been the elder
sister; of the others, Margaret is said to have married John Baillie of Hardington, and Anna, John Barclay of Cullerny; but according to Paterson, the three sisters married respectively William Fullarton of Fullarton (as his third wife), Sir Robert Denham, Bart., of Westshields, and a Mr. Brewster.  Mrs. Fullarton was childless; but Lady Denham's and Mrs. Brewster's sons, four sons in all, were brought up at Dunlop with Francis' own children.  Robert is believed to have joined the Navy and to have died fighting the Spaniards."

Mr. J. G. Dunlop adds a footnote that after Alexander's death, Antonia is said to have married Dr. David Dickson, Edinburgh, younger of Carbery:  She had no issue by him and uses Jamaica MSS as a reference.

Mr. J. G. Dunlop address the issue of the daughters married different people than the Paterson book, which I have already sent to this list.  Mr. J. G. Dunlop once again uses the reference Jamaica Mss, I do not know what this reference represents.

Mr. J. G. Dunlop's book address only the Dunlops/Dunlaps  of Auchenskaith, Keppoch, and Gairbraid, and has no further info on the family of Alexander who married Antonia Brown.

For my Dunlap papers, I have now excluded Alexander Dunlop who married Antonia Brown as the father of the Waxhaw Dunlaps.

>From the research papers of Cecilia Fabos-Becker, there is strong evidence that the Waxhaw SC Dunlops/Dunlaps may in deed  come from a William Dunlap of Cumberland Co. PA.Cumberland Co., PA Will dtd 12 Jun 1754 proved 8 Sep 1759 of William Dunlap
who emigrated from Northern Ireland, born in Scotland, lived at West Pennsborough, 1st in Lancaster Co., PA, now in Cumberland Co., PA. (at this time I do not have a copy of this will)

Family members may have migrated from the Lancaster Co., PA area to Augusta Co., VA., and from there into the Lancaster Co., SC

Possible sons of William Dunlop of Cumberland Co. PA., may be the Robert b. 1708, d. 1773, buried Waxhaw cemetery and Samuel b. 1715, d. 1791, buried Waxhaw cemetery.

I was wondering if anyone else has any knowledge of the William Dunlap with will dated 1754, Cumberland Co., PA.


Ann Corum