v 7.00.00
23 Jan 2024
updated 23 Jan 2024

RootsChat Marquessate

  • Posts: 8,347
  • I HAVE edited my profile – several times!

Re: James Waddell 8th Laird of Balquhatstone
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 17 January 15 19:00 GMT (UK) »

Glad you have those Georges sorted out. Your numbering seems to be slightly out - you have James as 8th of Balquhatstone, but he was, as far as I am aware, the 9th, and the last Waddell of Balquhatstone of the 1st line.

James was obliged to sell his ancestral estate; it went under the hammer at the Royal Exchange Coffee House, Edinburgh, on 15 July 1818. The buyer, and founder of the 2nd line of Waddell of Balquhatstone, was his 3rd cousin once removed; both were descended from George Waddell, 5th of Balquhatstone, and his wife Elizabeth Arthur. The second line still occupies the house, though as the estate passed on through a daughter the surname is no longer Waddell.

The buyer was also related through the family of his mother Janet Waddell, who was a Waddell of Stanrigg. The Stanrigg family are descended from the younger brother of George Waddell, 3rd of Balquhatstone, of the first line.

The Orna Verum web site is maintained by a descendant of the first line of Waddells of Balquhatstone, who works closely with other Waddell researchers, most notably Gavin Waddell, whose book The Waddells of Scotland was published in 2012.


AITKENHEAD, Lanarkshire; BINNY, Forfar; BLACK, New Monkland; BRYSON, Cumbernauld; BURGESS, North-East Scotland; CRUICKSHANK, Rothes; DALLAS, Botriphnie; DAVIDSON, Oyne; GUTHRIE, Angus; HOGG, Larbert; LESLIE, Rothes/Mortlach; MENDUM, England; MOLLISON, Lethnot; PATERSON, Larbert; RHIND, Forfar; SANG, Scotland; SCOTT, East Kilbride; STOR(R)I/E/Y, Shotts; THORNTON, Shotts; WADDELL, New Monkland; WILKIE, New Monkland; WILKIE, Tannadice; WYLLIE, Angus; YOUNG, Keith

Gavin Waddell (AHOTWOS, George buys back the family estate pp 60-61) states that George Waddell and his younger brother William had inherited considerable wealth from their bachelor uncle, William Waddell of Easter Moffat, thereby enabling George to purchase the Balquhatstone estate, at a cost of £7,150, on 19 Dec 1818, following negotiations with the lawyer administering James' financial affairs. This seems at variance with Forfarian's account.