History of the Chisholms, with genealogies of the principal families of the name

History of the Chisholms with genealogies of the principal families of the name PREFACEE HISTORY OF THE CHISHOLMS as given in this volume is not an ambitious work The materials are not extensive and those available are not of an important or stirring character I claim to have

PREFACEE HISTORY OF THE CHISHOLMS, as given in this volume, is not an ambitious work The materials are not extensive, and those available are not.of an important or stirring character.I claim to have disposed of the absurd and groundless contention, so long maintained by the Northern clan, that they sprang originally from the Earls of Caithness and Orkney, and to havePREFACEE HISTORY OF THE CHISHOLMS, as given in this volume, is not an ambitious work The materials are not extensive, and those available are not.of an important or stirring character.I claim to have disposed of the absurd and groundless contention, so long maintained by the Northern clan, that they sprang originally from the Earls of Caithness and Orkney, and to have established, on the contrary, that they first came to the Highlands from the Scottish Borders, and that all the families of the name, north and south, can trace their descent to one common ancestor, heard of for the first time in Scotland in the county of Roxburgh towards the end of the thirteenth century.I am indebted to various friends for assistance, but above all others to Mr Colin Chisholm, Namur Cottage, Inverness, whose interesting Traditions of Strathglass and genealogical storehouse I have freely and profitably drawn upon THE HISTORY OF THE CHISHOLMSORIGINERE has been much controversy between members of the Clan and among antiquarians regarding the origin of the Chisholms Some have maintained that they were of native Celtic descent, and that the Strathglass Chisholms originally migrated from Caithness, though those who uphold this theory differ among themselves as to how they came to that county, and how the name first originated Others have maintained, with greater reason and historical accuracy, that the progenitors of the northern Chisholms came from the south of Scotland, and are the direct representatives of the Roxburgh family, which can be traced without much difficulty, first to England, and thence back to a Norman source while the Caithness theory can be shown to be purely fabulous The family can be traced back for than six centuries and a half through an unbroken descent in Scotland, although the records of the northern families have hitherto been much clouded and confused by the fictitious origin and early annals which the native chroniclers have invented for them These and the genealogists of the seventeenth century following the example of the Earl of Cromarty in the case of the Mackenzies, and of the other inventors who, from similar unpatriotic motives, drew on their imaginations for a foreign ancestry for most of the Highland clans fabricated an impossible Norwegian originfor the Chisholms, a family which will be proved to have possessed, for nearly six hundred years, extensive landed estates not only in Inverness shire, but in the counties of Perth, Moray, Nairn, Ross, Sutherland and Caithness What these lands were, how they were first procured, and in what manner the greater portion of them were finally lost, will be seen in the sequel It will also be shown, from official documents preserved in the public records, from family charters and other deeds, that the theory of a Caithness origin is pure fable, and that the heads of the Strathglass family can be deduced without a break as the chiefs of all the Chisholms, north and south, from the first appearance of the name in the thirteenth century on the Scottish Borders to the present day.Of the alleged Caithness origin no trace is found in any authentic document known to exist Towards the end of the fourteenth century the Chisholms of Strath glass certainly did become connected with, and acquired lands in both the counties of Sutherland and Caithness through marriage, and it is probably in that connection that the confusion about their northern origin afterwards arose What that connection was will appear as the real history of the family proceeds, and the actual facts are brought into view In the meantime, however, the Caithness fable must be given, so that the reader may judge of its character for himself.

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