The LOVE'S of Threipwood,
Parish of Beith, Ayrshire
Transcribed from Paterson's genealogical account regarding the Love's of Beith by Linda Nordby
"History of the County of Ayr & Wigton Vol 111: Cunningahme" James Paterson, 1866
Extract from the Families of the Ayrshire, Part 1.
The LOVE'S of Threipwood, Parish of Beith, Ayrshire
James LUIFF seems to have settled
at Threipwood before 1613. This appears from the inscription on a stone
there. “I.L_B.S._1613. This James, therefore, and, in all probability, a
Barbara STEWART, were the ancestors of Robert, the purchaser of the lands
in 1633. In 1556 a Matho Stewart was one of the tenants of Threipwood
under the Abbacy. Barbara may have been a daughter of Matho and the
marriage of James Luiff and Barbara Stewart may have been the cause of the Luiff’s settling at Threipwood.
2. Robert Luiff in all likelihood the son of James.
James HAMILTON of Stanehouse sold the lands to
Robert Luiff, who is designed as “in
Threipwood” at this time, conform to a disposition dated the 13th of June
1633 and he resigned them into the hands of
George Earl of Kinnoul, Lord
Chancellor of Scotland in the reign of
Charles 1. The instrument of
resignation is dated June 14, 1634. And, on the same day a charter of
confirmation and resignation was granted by the Crown at Edinburgh in
favour of Robert Luiff.
The witnesses to this charter were:
Maister James HUME, clerk to the secretary
Maister Patrick BROWN, clerk to the secretary
John STEWART of Ascog
George CAMPBELL, sheriff clerk of Ergyle
Maister George NORWELL, servitor of
Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall
He appears as a witness in the testament of
Mareoun CONNELL in Threipwood-Beith,
December 8, 1635. He is styled “Robert LOVE, portioner of Threipwood;” as
he had, immediately after he acquired the lands, sold and sub- feued a
portion, amounting to a 6s 8d land, called Midtoun to
William ANDERSON and
which now belongs to Alexander SHEDDEN, and another 6s 8d land,
called Townend to Thomas FULTON; these two farms hold of the propriertor
of Threipwood. His son,
3. James Love of Threipwood succeeded. He was retoured heir to him 27th
June 1649, and infeft on a precept from the crown. He married
STEWART (perhaps his second cousin), from Risk, in the parish of Lochwinnoch, in 1652; for on another stone at Threipwood, there are the
following initials:“J.L.---B.S., 1652.” By this marriage there was a son,
named Robert. There was another son, named
James, born 1674, but whether
by Barbara Stewart is not known.
Robert Love of Threipwood, eldest son to
James, was served heir to his
father, 6th December, 1693, and had sasine on a crown precept, dated 23rd
April, 1694. Robert was being a crown vassal in “ane 40 shilling land of
auld extent,” was admitted to the roll of the freeholders for Ayrshire,
and attended their meeting at Ayr, at the time of the Union. It appears,
from the records of the freeholders, that he voted got the election of
John MONTROMERIE of Giffen in 1710. But he lost his place on the roll on
May, 1741, the lands being kirk lands, and within 400 pounds Scots of
valuation. Robert married Agnes STEVENSTON, supposed from Bra-Haugh,
Neilston parish, on the 10th March, 1690. There is a stone at Threipwood
bearing these initials:
“R.L.---A.S., 1690.”…he had issue---- Barbara, married to
Robert SMITH in Langpark, and had issue.
William; and 4,
John, who both resided
____James Love of Threipwood, who is designed in the Beith record as
“portioner of Threipwood,” was born in 1694. He was never vested nor
seised in the lands. He died in 1743, aged 49. He married
daughter of Andrew Robison of Wardyett, in Lochwinnoch parish, 27th April,
2. Jean, who died in infancy.
3. Jean, died unmarried.
4. James, married
Margaret, daughter of
John STEVENSTON of Fithpart, in
Dunlop parish, and had issue.
____Robert Love of Threipwood, born in 1734. He died 4th March, 1813. He
was retoured heir, not to his father,
James, but to
grandfather, on the 19th December, 1769. He married, first,
daughter of William COCHRANE of Millthird,
Neilson parish, about 1760; and secondly,
eldest daughter of John CONNEL of South
Castlewalls, (footnote) in the parish of Lochwinnoch,* a cadet of the
Connels of Grangehill, and
Margaret Tod, in 1769. He had issue by the
first marriage— Jean, who married
Robert Smith of Crucks, Lochwinnoch, and
had issue. James.
And by the second marriage--- 3. Margaret, married to
William Brodie of
Carse, Lochwinnoch, and had issue. Robert, who died unmarried.
____John Love of Threipwood, born in 1781. He expede a crown charter of
resignation and confirmation, which is dated at Edinburgh, 20th July,
1831. He was a Commissioner of Supply, Road Trustee, and Justice of the
Peace for Ayrshire. He acquired the lands of the Netherhill, in the parish
and barony of Dunlop; also the lands of “Tower of Auchenbathie,” and a
portion of the
lands of “New Mill of Auchengown Stewart.” He married
youngest daughter of John Fulton of Spreulstoun. He had issue____
____Robert, writer in Lochwinnoch. He married
Mary Hunter, only daughter
of Thomas CARSWELL of Reivoch, 17th September, 1844. She died 9th July,
1845, leaving an only child, a daughter, born 30th June, 1845, named
William Fulton, studied for the law.
Robert Love, the eldest son, succeeded. "
*There is strong fortification—one of those ring forts used by the ancient
Britons—on this property, called “Castlewalls Hill.” The hill is a
prominent object in the surrounding country. Several warlike relics were
discovered when removing part of the works. The site of the battle of
Muirdykes, in 1685, is a short distance from this place—Wodrow’s History.
Amongst other remains, a ring was found of rather a curious description.
It is about one and a half inches in diameter inside, and made of
hone-stone, similar to
that used for distaffs. It is supposed by antiquaries that it was used in
solemnizing marriages—the finger of both the bride and the bridegroom
being put into it."