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"PETIT ALTA" {He seeks high deeds} Abercromby Motto "The Scottish Gael" The Abercromby Tartan First recorded by James Logan in 1831

The lands of Abercromby lie in Fife. The earliest record of the name is found in 1296 when William de Abercromby did homage to Edward I of England in 1296 for his lands in the parish of Abercromby, Fife. The lineage of the family passed to the, House of Abercromby of Birkenbog in Banffshire in the early seventeenth century. The history of the Abercrombies intimately connected to religious discord, not only because the lands in Banff were granted to Alexander Abercromby by the Bishop of Aberdeen in 1362. Robert Abercromby (1534-1613) was a Jesuit priest of the Scottish mission who vehemently opposed the Reformation and its effect on the Scottish church. Most notably, he is alleged to have converted Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of James VI, to Catholicism before her death. In a similar vein of religious dissent, Alexander Abercromby became a fervent Covenanter strongly opposed the imposition of an Episcopal church in Scotland by Charles I. This was a provocative and defiant stance that was punished by the quartering of troops at Birkenbog as part of a famous campaign to restore the authority of Charles I conducted by the Marquis of Montrose. David Abercromby became a Jesuit after study in Douai and followed in his kin's footsteps by opposing the Protestant faith on his return. However, he converted to Protestantism to the extent he published a significant tract against Papal power, "Protestancy Proved Safer Than Popery", in 1682. A military connection is of equal importance to Abercromby history. Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801), revered as one of the greatest military reformers, was a mentor to Wellington during the retreat from Europe in 1795 at the outset of the Napoleonic wars. The eventual success against Napoleon is attributed to Abercromby's restructuring of the army. Another notable success was the capture of the Spanish island of Trinidad for the British crown- the spoils of a conflict with the French in the West Indies that he had headed as Commander-in-Chief since 1795. He took an even more vital role in the Egypt campaign by commanding troops who took the strategic fortress of Aboukir from the French in the decisive Battle of Alexandria. Such achievement is reflected in the honours bestowed upon his descendants and equalled in other fields. His widow was created Baroness Abercromby of Aboukir and Tullibody, a title that reflects the influence of this clan beyond their own land. Sir Ralph's brother, Robert, was also in the military and was created a Knight of the Order of the Bath and commander-in-chief of the British forces in India. He later was Governor of Edinburgh Castle for almost 30 years.


Origin: Scottish Spelling variations include: Abercrumby, Abircrumby, Abbircummy, Abbircromby, Abircombie, Abircromy, Abircrommbie, Abircromby, Abircrumme, Abircrumbye, Abercrombie, Abercromby, Abyrcrumby, Abyrcrumbie, Abbercrumbie, Abbercrommie, Ebercrombie and many more. First found in the county of Fifeshire in eastern Scotland



Account of the Clan provided by James Pringle Weavers


The name comes from the Barony of Abercrombie in Fife, for which William de Abercromby swore fealty to Edward I in 1296. From William descended the Abercrombies of that Ilk, whose main line remained in Fife when a later second son of the family obtained the lands of Petmethan (Pitmeddan) in Aberdeenshire during the reign of Robert Bruce (1306-29). The stem family held Abercrombie and Balcormo in Fife, and acquired the lands of Murthly in Perthshire about 1443. Balcormo passed to the Arnots through marriage about 1518, and Murthly was sold to the Stewarts of Grandtully c.1620, just prior the demise of the principal family. The family were supporters of the Catholic Church, one having been Abbot of Scone, while another, Robert, a militant Jesuit father, escaped capture following the Battle of Glenlivet in 1594 and escaped abroad. The demise of the Fife line was hastened by the denouncement of Thomas Abercrombie for murder in 1626, and during his exile in Ireland his lands passed to Gibb of Knock, a relative by marriage. Other Abercrombies were settled at Throsk near Stirling by 1456; at Gourdie, near Dundee by 1558, and in West Lothian by 1604, but the most unruly tribe settled at Pitelpie, near Scone, Perthshire, and frequently appear in 16th century records denounced as 'rebels'. Tradition relates a curious burial practice amongst the Abercrombies of that Ilk: On the death of a Laird his predecessor's skull was removed from the grave and stored in a niche in the church where 19 skulls were reputedly in situ by the 18th century. The Pitmeddan line's fortunes rose while their kinsmen's declined, for in addition to the establishment of numerous Houses at Fetternear, Glassaugh and elsewhere, Alexander, 12th of Pitmeddan was created 'Grand Falconer' by James VI, and his son became 1st Baronet of Birkenbog (1636). Some Abercrombies appear in Scots Guards Lists in France as "Abre Commier

The following is what I have found to be my Abercromby (ie) ancestral family, Scottland. This is a compiled research from Abercromby (ie) researchers that I know, others that have genealogy post on the Internet and my personal research. All the information here has been established by two or more sources. This is an ongoing genealogy of this Abercromby(ie) family correction, questions and complaints should be emailed to the Webmaster. Thanks for the visit.
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William De Abercromby

b: 1270 d: Abt. 1296

John (of that Ilk) Abercromby b: 1296 d: 1340 +Farquhar BP of Caithness Humphrey (of Harthill) Abercromby b: 1315 d: 1340 Alexander (of Petmathen) Abercromby b: 1340 David Abercromby b: 1360 d: 1398 +Margaret De Leslie John (of Petmathen) Abercromby b: 1398 d: 1430 Humphrey Abercrombie (of Petmathen) b: 1430 d: 1472 Alexander Abercrombie (of Petmathen) +Agnes Johnston b: 1472 d: 1484 Alexander Abercrombie b: 1484 d: 1506 +Janet (of Deskford) Ogilvy George Abercrombie (of Pitmedden & Ley) +Christian (of Gartly) Barclay James Abercrombie (of Pitmedden) +Marjory Hay (of Errol) Abercrombie of Pitmedden 4-1550 +Elizabeth Leslie dau. of Alexander Leslie of Pitcaple Alexander Abercromby of Pitmedden (d 12.03.1593 + Margaret Leslie (b 1535, dau of William Leslie of Balquhain) Alex Abercrombie (of Ley) +Marjorie (of findlater) Oglivy Sir Alex Abercrombie (Grand Falconer) + (1602) Elizabeth Bethune (dau of Bethune of Balfour) Sir Alex Abercrombie (1st Baronet of Birkenbog) b. c.1603 +Elizabeth Baird b: in Auchmedden dau of Sir James Baird of Auchmedden Sir James Abercromby 1668-1734 2nd baronet of Birkenbog + Lady Mary Gordon 1671-1742 (dau of Arthur Gordon of Straloch) James Alexander Abercrombie, II. b. 1713 in Scotland near St. Andrews d. 1782 m. 1st Hannah Pickard no issue, m. 2nd Katherine Thompson. Colville Abercrombie, b 04 Oct. 1763, Ninety- Six Dist., SC, d. 01 Nov. 1837 Laurens Co., SC. m 11 Jul. 1785, Ninety- Six Dist., SC, Mary Lindley b. 1764, d. 12 June 1852, dau. of Thomas Lindley (son of, James Lindley, born April 16, 1681 and Eleanor Parke, born Jan 2, 1683.) b. 1706, Ballyredman, County Carlow, Ireland, d 14 Sep. 1781, Orange Co., NC. m 1731, Chester Co., PA, Ruth HADLEY, dau. Simon and Ruth (Miller) Hadley, b. 1711 d. 1785, Orange Co., NC. *Ruthie Abercrombie b. 1803 Laurens Co., SC m. Alfred Franklin (Banks) SIMS 1800 – 1886 was the son of, Clayborn C. Sims Jr. b. 1760 Halifax, VA & d. 1812 m. 1785 Martha “Paddy” Parker b. 1766 & d. 1819 Laurens, SC dau. of William Parker SC. Alfred Sims and Ruthie Abercrombie moved to Georgia in 1834. Alfred d. in Rockdale Co., Ga. on April 2, 1886. Ruthie d. in Rockdale Co. Ga. 1892. Both are buried in Smyrna Church Cem., Rockdale Co., Ga. (um) the 1950 DeKalb Co., Ga. *Sarah Elizabeth Sims b. Jan. 1, 1827 d. m. John A. Puckett b. Jan. 16, 1827 Newton C., GA son of John H. Puckett and Tabitha Richards. John A. Puckett was a soldier in the Confederate Army and the US Dakotas Indian Wars. John Rufas Puckett b.17 Mar. 1861 Henry Co., GA d. there 24 June 1951 m. 1st Harriett Ludella Pattillo b. 1869 Henry Co., GA d. 1929. Harriett was the dau. of James Martin Pattillo and Elizabeth Hightower. *Fannie Louisa Puckett b.8 Aug 1887 d. 10 Jan 1923. m. William Dauphus Corley 12 Dec. 1903 born July 23, 1884 died May 11, 1967 Son of William A. Corley and MAry Elizabeth Callaway. James Calvin Corley b. 1 Aug. 1921 d. 8 Aug. 1973 m. Ruby Virgina Johnson b. 20 Mar. 1924 (Living) dau. of Nathan Lewis JOHNSON b. 16 July 1902-10 d. June 1989-Dallas N.C. and Lois Lillian WESTBROOK b 30 Apr. d. 23 Mar. 1928. Lois was the dau. of James Westbrook and Mary Lynch. David E. Corley m. Sherry Gentry (Living) DR. Joe Aaron Corley m. Paula Eversole Issue: William Landon Corley, Adalyn Maris Corley(Living) Justin Daniel Corley (Living)

Abercrombie Timeline 1700-1800 by, Brenda Abercrombie Ledet

A most interesting web page about the Abercrombie family mention above and their plight to America. You will see that many of the Old Scottish Clan names associated with these Abercrombie’s above are mention with them in America. James Abercrombie son of Sir James named his son Colville for his relationship to the Clan Colville of Scotland.

Corley's Gordons

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Corley's Gordons

Corley's Celts

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