Scope and Contents
Genealogical tree entitled Pedigree of The Linlithgowshire Simpsons, including Pedigrees of the Families of Cleland of Cleland, Jervies, Russells, and Raleighs, prepared by Robert Russell Simpson, W. S. (Writer to the Signet) in 1895. The tree starts with Adam Wallace of Riccarton (1197-c 1250), and then three main ancestors: 1) Alexander Cleland of Cleland (also known as Kneeland, of Cleland of the Ilk) (contemporary of Alexander III, King of Scotland); 2) Edward Jervay or Jervie (originally Gervais) (d. 6 November 1675), farmer in Torwood; and 3) Alexander Simpson (d. 26 February 1876), farmer in Slackend, Torpichen.
At the bottom of the tree are historical and genealogical notes on each of the main families: the Clelands/Clelands of that Ilk, who were originally from Dalziel and the County of Lanark, and were the hereditary foresters of the Earls of Douglas; the Jarveys/Jervies, who were originally French Huguenots; and the Simpson of Linlithgow, who settled in Winchburgh. Also includes notes of the Ralley/Raleigh family, originally from England, who came to Scotland with Oliver Cromwell according to tradition.
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This document in printed on a large sheet of paper, and the folds are extremely fragile. Therefore, conservation care is required before it can be unfolded and consulted.