First Generation McCurdy


UNKNOWN.  Many persons state that this generation is represented by:
Chief Gilkrist** McCURDY (MAKURERDY)1,2 , of whom the following information can be found. Although his existence is not really questioned, any true descendant report appears based on allegations of later descendants and any true documentation of his own life appears lacking beyond mention, perhaps, in a 1530 charter in wich are mentioned several Gilkrists, none of whom with clear relationship one to another, and none identified as Chief]

"Chief Gilkrist" [PUPORTED and UNPROVEN head of the McCurdy Line]  :
Birth: Isle Of Bute, Scotland1
[flourished 1525 according to D E McCurdy, while other, uncited researchers state he was born about 1425 in keeping with the then purported birthdates of his progeny]

From Clan McKirdy website: All the earliest records of the name are in connection with the islands of Arran or of Bute.3

MCCURDY, D.E. HISTORICAL GENEOLOGY OF THE MCCURDY FAMILY: (Compiled before 1917):
The name Makuredy with others can be seen upon a document at the archives in Edinburgh, Scotland; this document comprise a general charter written in Latin, made by order of King James IV in 1503, when certain portions of the Crown lands in Bute Island was assigned to 78 feuars to become theirs and their heirs forever.
Numbering among these feuars were twelve MacKuredys. Burke, in his Landed Gentry says, "The McKirdys were the principal possessors of the island of Bute at a very early period; they belonged to the tribes who possessed the western islands of Scotland, long under the Crown of Sweden." Subsequently James IV, King of Scotland in 1489, leased the Crown property in Bute, which in 1503 was embodied in one general charter of the 30th Parliament, land assigned to the MacKuredys, Makarartys, McVarathy, Stewarts, etc, the greater portion being assigned to the MacKuredys, consisting of the following properties: 1. "To Gilkrist Makurerdy, half of Brothog and Beausayer, and the 22 shilling and three penny land of Baron." 2. "To Gilkrist Makurerdy, Jr., the eleven shillings and five penny land of Baron." 3. "To Finlay Makurerdy, half of Langilculcreith and half of Kerrymanch and half of Stramanan." 4. " To John Makurerdy, half of Stramanan and half of Danallid." 5. "To Donald Makurerdy, two-thirds of Brigadill and Langilculcathla." 6. "To Alexander Makuredy, half of Cowleing." 4

There are traditions existing in many families that the McKirdys descended from a chieftain named Gilkrist, who was supposed to have flourished about 1525; whether this was Gilkrist of Brothog, his son Gilkrist, or a son of one of the other Makurerdys mentioned in the general charter is unknown. Be that as it may, Gilkrist the chieftain had four sons: Gilkrist, Donald, Finlay and John. 2



[Children of "Chief Gilchrist" names  as listed are from source [2] MCCURDY, D.E. HISTORICAL GENEOLOGY OF THE MCCURDY FAMILY.]

Children: Gilkrist
 Finlay
 John
 Donald**
 
 

Sources

1. John Watt, viewed 092200, McCurdyL@Rootsweb, kiwi@whidbey.net.
2. HISTORICAL GENEALOGY OF THE McCURDY FAMILY, compiled prior to 1917 and published by the author., Work is Compiled letters unverified by hard data, Written and compiled by D. E. McCurdy Copied by Patricia (McCurdy) Townsend, Lubec, Maine 1994, http://members.tripod.com/~quoddybelle/HisGenMcCurdy.html.
3. Link to source on Web:, reads: CARTER - Looking for any information on Henry F Carter married to Mary Thompson, if any one knows anything about there children please let me know . It would be greatly appreciated GCarter@aol.com, http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/mckirdy2.html.
4. HISTORICAL GENEALOGY OF THE McCURDY FAMILY, compiled prior to 1917 and published by the author., Work is Compiled letters unverified by hard data, Written and compiled by D. E. McCurdy Copied by Patricia (McCurdy) Townsend, Lubec, Maine 1994, http://members.tripod.com/~quoddybelle/HisGenMcCurdy.html, PART ONE  ANCESTRY OF PETHRIC MC CURDY .
5. Ibid. Part One ANCESTRY OF PETHRIC MC CURDY.
6. Jane Hodgson, World Connect Project, http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=janehunterhodgso&id=I05520, 111900, Jane Anne Hunter Hodgson <hodgson@azstarnet.com>.