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William de Irwin
born 00/00/1260 in Lochmaben, Bonshaw
died 00/00/1335

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The origin of the Irvine family is linked with the early Celtic kings of Scotland. Duncan Eryvine whose eldest son settled at Bonshaw, was the brother of Crinan who, through the lay Abbots of Dunkeld, claimed descent from the High Kings of Ireland. Duncan's brother, Crinan, married the heiress and daughter of Malcolm II. Their eldest son became King Duncan, the Monarch whose murder was told in Shakespeare's MacBeth. In the time of Robert the Bruce, the de Irwins and Bruces were neighbors. William de Irwin was named Armour Bearer and ultimately Secretary to Robert when Bruce became king. Rewarded for his 20 years of faithful service to Robert, William was granted the royal forest of Drum in Aberdeenshire. This became the chief seat of the family. In 1323 William was granted the charter of the Barony of Drum and ownership of the Tower of Drum which had been built during the second half of the 13th century.

Alexander Irvine, b-1300
      - Alexander Irvine b-1340

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