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Kindly Tenants

Journal of the Proceedings of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society - Sessions 1896-1897

I, John Henderson, born in Logie, Stirling, Scotland in 1939, am a Great Great Grandson of John Maxwell Richardson (1818, Hightae-1884, Hightae), a 'kindly tenant' or 'portioner' of Crown Land' in Hightae, Lochmaben from the time he inherited such a tenancy on the death of his father, John Richardson (Heckler) of Hightae who died there in 1848.

This 'tenancy gift' was conferred on c. 70 faithful servants of King Robert the Bruce from Hightae, Smalholm, Heck and Greenhill after the defeat of Edward II of England at Bannockburn on the 24th of June, 1314.

I share this honourable ancestry with the many descendants worldwide of Janet (Richardson) Kerr (1855, Hightae-1925, Stirling) (daughter of John Maxwell Richardson) of whose ten children, by James Kerr (1855, Cramond-1932, Stirling) seven married and produced offspring.

A history of the 'kindly tenancy' awarded by King Robert the Bruce now follows....

Kindly Tenants

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