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"A Masterfile for the Traill Family"

Updated September 5, 2000

Elsie Barbara Ritchie

7 Ferris St

Ermington, NSW 2115

02 96386975

After several years of being asked are you a mainland Traill or an Orkney Traill, and finding that in common with many other Traills we did not know what the exact links were, but all had the same story of Blebo in Fife and Alexander Traill with his four sons John, and Thomas (who stayed in Fife) and George and Patrick who went to Orkney. George did well. Patrick was killed in an insurrection with no known descendents.The family are known to date back to 1320 and Canon Thomas Traill of Aberdeen and his clever son the Rev. Walter Traill who died in 1401. Another son is the Laird of Blebo. Between Alexander who died in 1589 and this family group there are several shodowy figures. First Alexander the poet and three James of Blebo, till we come to Laird John of Blebo born 1504 and his brother Alexander, followed by his two sons also named John ( who had a daughter named Elspeth) and Alexander, and their sister Janet, ( she Married Sir John Wemyses in 1558)then followed by Alexanders son John (known as John the elder)who also had two sons named John and Alexander. This last John married Janet a daughter of Patrick Kininmount of Craighall (sic)in 1610. Janet must have been quite a girl as all branches know of her, but I found the marriage registtration and it is quite definite. In order to be sure I had Patrick Kinmount investigated and all other Janets in that family for a previous one hundred years. There are three but none marry a Traill. There is no doubt that the Traills and the Kinmounts served in arms together and were near neighbours, or that Patrick who was a force in the Fife area for the last 3 decades of the 16th century was a gentleman of importance
This area is of great importance to me as it has been quite hard to check out some conflicting information recieved. Information from Julian Traill in the U.S.A did a great deal to help and added a great many more names. However I need a lot more for this period and if any Traill would care to contact me e-mail with anything since plus their own family trees I would be most grateful Elsie Ritchie

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