Francis Wallace DunlopSir Walter ScottThomas Dunlop Shipbuilder, Businessman.Baron Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, Conservative Leader House of Lords

Notable Relatives


"From this small hill by the Glazert Burn
They bequeathed a Soul unto our Name
From Hist'ries Heart we may discern
Who We are and from Whence we came
Whose Bearer's deeds did Greatness earn
For Dunlop, Dunlap, DeLap Same"

MJD from "The Black'n'Blue" 2002

updated 12.26.06


Dominus Gulliemus ( William) de Dunlop, 1260   DOM. GULLIEMUS de DUNLOP, who appears in a notarial copy of an inquest, in the Charter Chest in the borough of Irvine, in 1260, in a cause betwixt the burgh and Dom. Godfredus de Ross. Dom William Gulliemus de Dunlop was of equal rank with close by Barons of the Realm, including Dom de Balliol, Dom de Fleming, Dom de Crawford and Dom de Gray. Dominus was used to designate a Lord, Baron, or Peer of the Realm. He was the first recorded holder of the surname.

-Bessie Dunlop of Lyne . On November 8th 1576 she wasIllustration arraigned at the bar of the High Court of Judiciary in Edinburgh, accused of sorcery, witchcraft and incantation, dealing with charms, and abusing the people with devilish craft of sorcery. She was found guilty and sentenced to be burned at the stake! Bessie was then burned at Castle Hill at the Witches Well for being a member of a coven of eight women and four men, and for receiving herbs from the Queen of the Faeries. (Source: Robbins, Encyclopedia, 455). 
Highlander :Witchcraft Trials
Accused Witches
Bessie Dunlop, White Witch of Dalry

-Alexander Dunlop, Minister of Paisley Abbey from 1644-1677. He was the second son of James Dunlop, 13th of that Ilk, and elder brother of John Dunlop of Gankirk. He married Elizabeth Mure, granddaughter of Hans Hamilton, minister of Dunlop.

-William Dunlop Scottish educator,  son of the above Alexander, born in Scotland about 1650; died there in March 1700. He was educated at Glasgow University and was licensed as a minister, but took part in the insurrection of 1679, and subsequently joined the emigrants who colonized Carolina. Here he continued preaching at intervals till 1690, when he returned to Scotland, and was appointed by King William principal of Glasgow University, where he remained until his death, supporting its interests with dignity and zeal.

-Alexander Dunlop, son of the above William, born in Carolina in 1684; died in Scotland in 1742, became professor of Greek in Glasgow University, and afterward published a grammar of that language (1736) that was long held in esteem.

The Lord Provost of Glasgow is the convener of the City of Glasgow council. They are elected by the city councillors and serve not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city. They are equivalent in many ways to the institution of mayor that exists in many other countries.  Each of the 32 Scottish local authorities elects a provost, but it is only in the four main cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee that have a Lord Provost, who also serves as the Lord Lieutenant for the city. This is enshrined in the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1994.   Glasgow has had a Lord provost since 1450! Four Dunlops stood office as Lord Provost Of Glasgow: Colin Dunlop 1770-1772; his son John Dunlop 1794-1796; Henry Dunlop 1837-1840;  and Sir Thomas Dunlop 1914-1917.


-Colin Dunlop, who with his brother Robert, sons of James Dunlop of Gankirk, were principal owners of the Glasgow based Ship Bank, established in 1749. The Ship Bank was the first of the Scottish Provincial banks formed in Glasgow.






John Colin Dunlop (circa 1785 - 1842), historian, son of John Dunlop and grandson of Colin Dunlop, Lords Provost of Glasgow, Scotland, where and at Edinburgh he was educated, was elected to the Faculty of Advocates in 1807, and became Sheriff of Renfrewshire. He wrote a History of Fiction (1814), a History of Roman Literature to the Augustan Age (1823-28), and Memoirs of Spain during the Reigns of Philip IV. and Charles II. (1834). He also made translations from the Latin Anthology.


Portrait of Henry Dunlop

Henry Dunlop 1799-1867

The third son of a Renfrewshire cotton trader, Dunlop was born in Linwood on 7 June 1799. After education at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University, he entered the family business of James Dunlop & Sons. He was better known for his political activities, having entered the town council in 1833. In 1837 he contested a bitterly disputed election for the provostship, only succeeding to the post after a judgment in the House of Lords in 1838. An interest in ecclesiastical matters led to his move, in the Disruption of 1843, from the Church of Scotland to the Free Church. He was chairman of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in 1841, 1850 and 1862, and in 1848 was appointed Deputy-Lieutenant of Lanarkshire. Twice married, to Ann Carnie and Alexina Rankin, he fathered seven sons and three daughters and died in Edinburgh on 10 May 1867


-John Dunlop (1 Dec 1755- 4 sept 1820) A merchant councillor, a popular member of the "Hodge-Podge Club", and a poet of no mean order , John was the son of the above Colin Dunlop of Carmyle. John was elected Bailee (1785-88), Lord Dean of Guild(1792-93), and Lord Provost of Glasgow (1794-95) and afterwards became the Collector of Customs at Port Glasgow. He also was Director of Stirling's Library. John authored two well-known songs: "here's to the year that's awa," and "Dinna ask me gin I lo'e ye," besides other pieces of considerable merit. John was,after the leaving of Dr Moore, regarded the Poet Laurate of the club...and after the start of the American Revolution went bankrupt, being the owner of a tobacco house: J.Dunlop&Co. He published in 1817 and 1818, a collection of his original poems in two volumes (printed by Donaldson and Macfarlan,Greenock). Sir Walter Scott, a good friend, was given a copy of these rare books. John was very well regarded in Glasgow, moving amongst the highest society. John is interred in the High Church of Glasgow burying Ground. John resided at Rosebank in Glasgow.


Frances Wallace Dunlop of Dunlop House was a frequent correspondent of Robert Burns, more than any other. His last writing was to her 4 days before his death, and the last thing he read was her answer. Robert Burns and Mrs. Dunlop  -John and Frances Wallace Dunlop had seven sons and six daughters. Francis, the first son (8.7.1749) died in infancy. Thomas, born 18th September 1750, assumed the name of Wallace and the baronetcy of Craigie. Alexander, the third of the sons, died young. Andrew, the fourth, succeeded to the Estate of Dunlop (20th of that Ilk), served in the American War, raised the Ayrshire Fencible Calvary, and received the rank of Brigadier General then died unmarried in 1804 in Antigua. James, the fifth son, (21rst of that Ilk) see below. John, the sixth son, was in the Army, and retired to manage a farm at Morham Mains (Muir) with his wife/cousin Frances Magdalene Dunlop. Anthony, the seventh son, served as an officer in the Royal Navy or merchant marine, married Ann Cunningham, and purchased a farm he named Ellerslie on the Isle of Man, where he committed suicide in 1828.


-Sir James Dunlop of Dunlop, fifth son of Frances Wallace, he succeeded in 1804 to the Estate of Dunlop. He served in the American war, where he attained the rank of Major. He commanded an assaulting column at the siege of Seringapatam, India. Returning to Britain, he attained the rank of Major General under Wellington (Fifth Division) during the Peninsular War of 1808-1814. In 1815 he was elected a member for the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. His son, John Dunlop was MP for Ayr and was created a baronet in 1838.


Sir Walter Scott is a Dunlop through his great-great grandmother. James Dunlop (1574b)married Jean Sommerville. Their son John married Bessie Dunlop, founder of Gankirk branch of family....whose daughter Jean Dunlop married Robert Campbell...whose daughter Janet Campbell married Tom Haliburton...whose daughter Barbara Haliburton married Robert Scott....Their son Walter Scott married Ann Rutherford, whose son was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). (Scott wore his mother's tartan, the Douglas-Hume. His uncle was Dr. Daniel Rutherford, the discoverer of Nitrogen and his maternal grandfather was Dr. John Rutherford, the father of modern surgery....submitted by Gary Harding)


-Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop A great-grandson of Frances Wallace, Robert (b1823) is a direct(15th) descendant of King James II. Robert, in the footsteps of his father, John Andrew Wallace Dunlop, served in the Bombay Civil Service and was a member of Council at Bombay, India. In his lineage is also is William Wallace, The Red Comyn, Edward I of England, Robert the Bruce, David I of Scotland, William the Conqueror, Egbert the Saxon, and Emperor of the West, Charlemagne! The source for these fascinating Claims? Burkes Royal Lineage.

- James Dunlop of Dunlop died in 1858, being the last Dunlop owner of the Dunlop House. Being unmarried and childless, the estate was sold to the Mayor of Dunlop. James was the last official holder of the original Family Arms, according to the Lyon Court. Today's Chief is to try and claim this line's Arms.

-John Alexander (Sandy) Agnew Dunlop-Wallace 7th Bart. of Craigie(1775-10 February 1857). Grandson of Frances Wallace Dunlop and Eldest son of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Wallace, 6th Baronet, he served as aide-de-camp to Lt-Colonel Maxwell, his uncle, who had a command under Cornwallis in the campaigns against Tippoo Sultaun of Mysore. He also served under Sir Ralph Abercrombie in Egypt, and commanded the 88th Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, in the Peninsular War. He was made a K.C.B. and rose to the rank of General in 1851. He Had five sons and one daughter with Janet Rodger of Glasgow. Styled as Alexander Wallace. Ensign 75th Foot 1787, Lieutenant 60th Foot 1790, Lieutenant 75th Foot 1791, Captain 58th Foot 1796, Major 58th Foot 1803, Lieutenant Colonel 11th Reserve Battalion* 1804, Lieutenant Colonel 88th Foot 1805. Brevet Colonel 1813, Major General 1819, Lieutenant General 1837, General 1851. *renamed 11th Garrison Battalion 1804 and disbanded 1805. Early Service: India 1789-1796 and Aide-de-Camp at Seringapatam 1792,  Minorca 1798, Egypt 1801. Peninsular War: with his regiment 1809 and took temporary command of the 3rd Division in April 1812 and brigades in the 3rd Division July - October 1811,  ?January - February 1812?, June - October 1812. Other Service: Appointed to temporary command of  14th Brigade France August 1815. CB 1815. KCB 1833.   Succeeded as 7th Baronet 1835. Colonel of 88th 1831-1857.


Colin Dunlop Donald This fine specimen of a Glasgow Writer of the old school was born in March, 1777, in a house on the west side of the Stockwellgate, which had previously been the town house of the Stuarts of Castlemilk. His father, Thomas Donald of Geilston, was a Virginia Merchant or Tobacco Lord; and his mother was Janet, daughter of Provost Colin Dunlop, of Carmyle, from whom he got his name. Like all Glasgow boys of that day, he was sent to the Grammar School, and entered Mr. John Dow's class of 1784-85. He early showed the stuff that was in him, being dux of his class in 1785, 1786, and 1788. In 1787 he was beaten by a young Nova Scotian, Thomas Wallace, much, no doubt, to his own disgust, for he was of a masterful temper. For some reason or another he received his legal training in Edinburgh, chiefly in the office of James Dundas, Clerk to the Signet, founder of the great firm of Dundas & Wilson. In 1811 Mr. Donald married Marianne Stirling, youngest daughter of John Stirling of Tullichewan, and head of the firm of William Stirling & Sons, of Cordale and Dalquhurn. He long survived his wife, by whom he had a large family, and died on 18th September, 1859.

-Robert John Wallace Dunlop, Captain of the packet Brig "HMS Star"(6 guns), 2nd Division West African Station, which he commanded off Sierra Leone and Gallinas in 1838-45...In these actions he seized the following ships: On Feb. 3, 1844 , the Nova Christina, freeing 70 slaves. On 1 Apr 1844 the  schooner Maria. On 30 Aug 1844, a brigantine; on 30 Jan 1845 the Cazuza; on 8 Feb 1845 the schooner Diligencia; on 11 Feb 1845 the Vivo; on 6 Mar 1845 the Virginia; on 26 Mar 1845 the schooner Audaz; on 27 Mar 1845 the Rafael; 17 Apr 1845 the Schooner Minerva; 28 Jun 1845 the schooner Mariquinha; 16 Jul 1845 the Brig Fantasma; in the next four days three more brigs with unknown names; on Dec 24 1845 another Brig;  and on 17 Feb 1846 the Brig Paquete de Rio. These Brigs held over 500 slaves each.  Captain Dunlopís actions freed over 5,000 slaves on their way to the West Indies! Robert John Wallace Dunlop was son of Robert Wallace Dunlop,(b 1774), son of Robert Dunlop of Rotterdam and Magdalene Dunlop, daughter of Francis Dunlop, 18th of that Ilk and Magdalene Kinloch.

- Thomas Dunlop Shipowner, Businessman. In 1851, at the age of twenty, Thomas commenced business on his own account as a provision merchant at 231 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow. The business seems to have done well, and within a few years he had progressed to being a grain merchant, and was operating from larger premises at 249 Argyle Street. That business grew too, and he began importing flour as well as buying and selling grain in the domestic market. That led, in 1868, to the acquisition in partnership with a friend, of his first ship, the wooden baroque Wye, of 334 tons. The partners initially lost money on the Wye, but gained valuable experience and, by the time she was sold in 1872, they had three other baroques, and Thomas was firmly established as a ship owner and manager. His sailing ships became the Clan Line of sailing ships; the first vessel to be launched with the Clan nameClan Mcleod being the Clan Macleod, in 1874. That vessel is today (September 2001) owned by the Sydney Heritage Fleet of Australia, and is still sailing in great majesty, but as the James Craig, the name given her in 1905 after being sold to J.J. Craig of New Zealand in 1900 and entering the Dunlop of Glasgow trans-Tasman trade in 1901. His son Sir Thomas Dunlop of Glasgow was created a baronet in 1916. He was Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow from 1914-1917, and was decorated by several countries. His grandson, Sir Thomas (1881-1957)(2nd Bt) and GGrandson Sir Thomas (1912-1990)(3rd Bt) carried on in the shipbuilding business until the early 1980's, according to the company's centenary publication. (submitted by Geoffrey Winter). Sir Thomas Dunlop (4th Bt) still lives near Glasgow today, and holds these Arms.House Flag of the Dunlop line 

BAILIE DUNLOP is the elder son of the late Thomas Dunlop, grain merchant and shipowner, Glasgow, and was born in the city in 1855. He was educated at Glasgow Academy, and for a time before going into business, filled in his leisure by attendance at the old Andersonian College. He first served an apprenticeship in the office of Messrs. Gillespie, Cathcart, & Fraser, one of the largest foreign merchant firms of Glasgow of the time, then he passed into his father's business. The first business of the firm of Thomas Dunlop & Sons was that of grain merchants, but the firm carried on in addition, that of ship owners and marine insurance brokers and Lloyd's agents. Their fleet is the Queen Line of steamers and the Clan Line of sailing ships. Bailie Dunlop and his younger brother were the heads of the firm. He was Consul for the Republic of Paraguay, while his brother held the same office for that of Haiti.He was Vice-Commodore of the Royal Gourock Yacht Club, and was on the Committees of the Royal Clyde and Royal Northern Clubs, besides being a member of the Clyde Corinthian Club and the Holy Loch Club. In addition to these, and apart from yachting, he was a member of the Conservative Club, the New Club, the United Anglers' Club, and the Paisley Club.He was a Director of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine arts, and was Vice-President of Glasgow Art Club for the two years ending in 1908. He possessed a representative collection of pictures of the Glasgow school.In 1879 he married Miss Mitchell, and had a family of three sons and three daughters.


-Marion (Marianne) Wallace Dunlop.  Scottish woman who was the first to go on a hunger strike for women's voting rights. She did so in a London prison in 1909. Aunt of the 29th of that ilk, Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop. Hunger Strikes Suffragettes

On 22 June [1909], Marion Wallace Dunlop, a sculptress, attempted to print an extract from the Bill of Rights* on the wall of St Stephen's Hall of the House of Commons.   Ejected without being arrested, she returned on 24 June and used indelible ink to stamp the quotation on the wall. This time she was arrested.  * The quote which she wrote ran: 'It is the right of the subjects to petition the King, and all committments and prosecutions for such petitioning are illegal'

On 2 July [1909], Marion Wallace Dunlop was sentenced to one month in prison for defacing the wall of St Stephen's Hall on 24 June.    She asked to be treated as a political prisoner, and placed in the First Division. Her request was denied.    Three days later, without the foreknowledge of the Union's leaders, she began a hunger strike.    After refusing all food for ninety-one hours, she was released from prison. taken from the book by Andrew Rosen: Rise Up, Women!


-Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton (1868-1951) Inventor of the Tank. Biographical history: Born 1868; educated at University College School, Rugby School, Cheltenham, Blackheath Proprietary School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers, 1888; served in India, 1889-1894; Lt, 1891; Assistant Instructor in Fortification, School of Military Engineering, Chatham, Kent, 1896-1899; Capt, 1899; served in Second Boer War, South Africa, as Adjutant and later, Commanding Officer, 1 Bn, Railway Pioneer Regt, 1899-1902; awarded DSO, 1900; Staff Capt, Army Headquarters, War Office, 1905-1907; Maj, 1906; Chief Instructor in Fortification and geometrical drawing, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1907-1910; Secretary, Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence, employed on the British Official History of the Russo-Japanese War, 1910-1913; awarded the Chesney Gold Medal, 1913; served in World War One, 1914-1918; Deputy Director of Railway Transport, 1914; Assistant Secretary (Military), Committee of Imperial Defense and War Cabinet, 1914-1917; Lt Col, 1915; originator of tanks, 1915-1916; temporary Col, 1915-1917; raised Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps, 1916; Brevet Col, 1917; awarded CB, 1917; lecture tour of USA, 1918; retired 1919; Honorary Maj Gen, 1919; Controller of Information Department of Civil Aviation, Air Ministry, 1919-1921; Director, Citroen Company, 1922-1951; created KBE, 1923; Chichele Professor of Military History, Oxford University, 1925-1939; Col Commandant Royal Tank Corps, 1934-1938; died 1951.
The First Tank
History of the Tank


-the immediate past Scottish Duke of Argyll(12th), Ian Campbell, was a descendant of the Dunlaps.....But his claim is that the Dunlaps were a Highland clan who swore allegiance to a Rob Roy Campbell, and accordingly changed their name to Campbell. (The statement goes on to say that the Dunlops were prominent lowlanders of Ayrshire, and completely separate.) It is this Dunlap/Campbell bloodline which currently holds the Chieftainship of the Campbell Clan!


Baron Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, descended from  great-grandparents William Brodie Galbraith and Annie Jack Dunlop, daughter of Thomas Dunlop and Robina Miller Jack of Glasgow and the sister of Sir Thomas Dunlop (contributed to by Alexander P Scott of Texas); 2nd (current) Baron Strathclyde of Ayrshire, Under-Secretary of Employment, Minister of Tourism 1989-1990; Minister of Scottish Office (agriculture) 1990-1992; Minister of Environment 1992-1993; Minister of Department of Trade and Industry 1993-1994; Governor Chief Whip House of Lords 1994-1997; Conservative Chief Whip 1997-1998; Conservative Leader House of Lords from 1998. Captain HM Bodyguard of Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms. Born 22 February 1960, succeeding his grandfather, married to Jane Skinner of Herts.




-Sir John Carson Dunlop, engineer, teacher, medical doctor who lives today near Dunlop. Sir John is a RAF veteran, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Glasgow), Grand Master of the British Guild of Drugless Practitioners, Dean of the Anglo-American Institute of Drugless Therapy, and Past President of the Paisley Highlanders. Sir John received his Knighthood from Italy and is an active member of the Family Society.





Frank Dunlop b 1927 Stage director and administrator, born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, N England, UK. He studied at University College, London. After founding and directing Piccolo Theatre, Manchester (1954), he became an associate director of the Bristol Old Vic (1956), director of Nottingham Playhouse (1961--4), associate director at the National Theatre (1967--71), and administrator (1968--71). He founded the Young Vic in 1970, became the company's director (1978, 1980--3), and was director of the Edinburgh Festival (1983--91).


D.N. Dunlop - Theosophist, Anthroposophist, founder of the World Power Conference, personal friend of W.B. Yeats - was a true man of our time, combining remarkable practical capacities in industry and commerce with deep spiritual work and involvement.
Born in Scotland in 1868, he lost his mother at the age of 5 and was brought up by his grandfather on the Isle of Arran. Surrounded by Neolithic stone circles and monoliths on the island, the young Dunlop had a number of profound spiritual experiences which influenced his later life. With the death of his grandfather, he struggled for material survival whilst devotedly studying occult literature. Moving to Dublin, Dunlop mixed in theosophical circles, becoming a friend of W.B. Yeats and the poet-seer AE, and soon discovered Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine. He went on to be active within the Irish Theosophical Society, giving numerous lectures and editing a monthly journal. Alongside his esoteric studies, however, Dunlop took a leading position in the British electrical industry as a pioneering organiser, masterminding the first World Power Conference. His life changed through meeting modern spiritual science, Anthroposophy, and first founder Rudolf Steiner in 1922. Dunlop recalled later that "the first meeting brought instant recognition: here is the knower, the Initiate, the bearer of the Spirit to his age."
His close involvement in the Anthroposophical Movement is thoroughly catalogued in this comprehensive biography: the famous conferences in Penmaenmawr and Torquay; the great friendships with figures such as Eleonor Merry, W.J. Stein and Ita Wegman; Dunlop's position as Chairman of the Society in Britain; and finally the tragic split and subsequent events in the Anthroposophical Society - a subject which till now has scarcely been written about - leading up to Dunlop's premature death in 1935.


Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, 1st Baron Lindsay of Birker (1879-1952), was a noted political philosopher and first Principal of the University College of North Staffordshire which later became Keele University.  A student hall of residence, Lindsay Hall, was named after the founding Principal of the college.  Alexander Dunlop Lindsay was born 14 May 1879 and died 18 Mar 1952.  He was created 1st Baron of the Barony of Lindsay of Birker of Low Ground on 13 November 1945.  His son, Michael Francis Morris Lindsay (1909 Feb 24 - 1994 Feb 13), became the 2nd Baron Lindsay of Birker.  Michael's son James Francis Lindsay (b.29 Jan.1945) is the current 3rd Baron Lindsay of Birker.   Alexander Dunlop Lindsay descended from the lineage of the Rev. Thomas M. Lindsay (b.1843) of Glasgow, Scotland.



Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop 29th  Dunlop of that Ilk. (1924-2006) A  great-great-great-grandson of Frances Anna Wallace, Keith is a direct(17th) descendant of King James II. In his lineage through his grandfather, Robert, is also William Wallace, The Red Comyn, Edward I of England, Robert the Bruce, David I of Scotland, William the Conqueror, Egbert the Saxon, and Emperor of the West, Charlemagne! The source for these fascinating Claims? Burkes Royal Lineage. His father, Major Arthur Wallace Dunlop, 27th of that Ilk, 1910-1937 is the second son of Lucy Dowson and Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop. Arthur was born 1 January 1866 at Lakefield, near Inverness, Scotland and died 15 February 1937 at Guildford, Surrey, England. Major Dunlop served with the 23rd Sikh Pioneers. He married Barbara Britton of New York, USA. They had three sons, Roy, Keith Stuart (b 30 May 1924) and Ian (b 22 March 1929). Roy held the title as 28th of that Ilk until his death in Panama in 1989.