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DNA stalking in the Nith Valley

February 2, 2013 – 3:17 pm | Comments Off

… four Grierson families all have documented connections to SW Scotland, with a span of 150 – 350 years according to the various records. One representative is located in the USA, two are in England, one is in Australia. None have a direct family legend of descent from the Lag family, although one has a connecting historical claim.

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Elizabeth Grierson of Lag (Elizabeth Crichton)

October 9, 2012 – 5:30 pm |

Elizabeth CrichtonElizabeth Grierson (b. 1779 – d. 1862), daughter of Sir Robert Grierson of Lag, the 5th Baronet, married James Crichton, who had accumulated an enormous wealth overseas and purchased Friars Carse in 1809. James died in 1823 leaving properties and over £100,000 to his wife as trustee.

If the first Baronet was the devil, then Elizabeth was an angel, dedicating her life and fortune to setting up the Crichton Royal Hospital, a care institute for the elderly and insane.

In order to carry out all her wishes Elizabeth had to fight her husband’s brother through the courts and even on to appeal at the House of Lords as he tried to stop her charitable trusts.

Elizabeth’s vision was far-sighted and the hospital offered a model of care for psychiatric patients not seen before. With pavilions housed in a parkland setting, Crichton became famous for it’s very different approach to treating patients, recognising the therapeutic benefits of art, drama and music.

The Crichton Trust and the Crichton Foundation still exists today, and a statue of Elizabeth was erected on the Crichton Campus in 2000, unveiled by HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.

Elizabeth’s original wish was to found Scotland’s fifth university. However her plans were met with fierce opposition, not least by some of existing universities looking after their own interests.

Now in the 21st century, and housing around 8,500 students, the original Estate is home to the first integrated tertiary educational campus in Scotland. Including the University of West Scotland, The University of Glasgow Dumfries Campus, and Dumfries and Galloway College.

Additionally, the estate is now home to the Crichton Business Park which has around 30 businesses, employing 900 people.

The grounds of the 100 acre estate have been turned into an award winning park, offering amenities and open space for all to enjoy.

Sir Robert Grierson, 5th Bart – Obituary, The Gentleman, October 1839

March 21, 2012 – 5:06 pm |

He was thus much of a military man drew half pay, as has been stated, for more than twice the average term of human life, and was the oldest officer in the service a good many years previous to his death…

John Grierson – Aviator

July 6, 2011 – 1:50 pm |
John Grierson

John Grierson was born on January 2, 1909. He was the fourth child and only son to John and Edith Grierson. John (snr) was a successful cotton merchant who lived comfortably in the Sefton Park area of Liverpool. Their roots came from south-west Scotland and John was proud of his Scots forebears.


December 8, 2010 – 11:21 am |

The name Capenoch first appears in the year 1483 when a grant of land was made to ‘Peter Grersone’ of ‘Capinache’. At that time Capenoch formed part of he land known as the ‘£36 land of Keir’, which was the properly of the Abbey of Holywood and was included in the parish of Holywood.

Sir Robert Grierson, 5th Baronet of Lag (b. 1733- d.1839)

November 16, 2010 – 5:48 pm |

The procession, consisting of 150 pedestrians, about 30 carriages, and a good many horsemen, covered half a mile of road, and was witnessed by hundreds on its passage. Matrons and maids, grandsires and children, were seen stationed on sunny knolls – the old to obtain a last lingering look of the remains of one they had respected so long and see so often…

John Grierson (1778 Scotland – 1855 Australia)

September 16, 2010 – 9:18 am |
John Grierson 1778

John’s adventurous life led from Scotland to Australia, then back to Scotland, then again out to Australia. He had 9 children, 56 grandchildren and 193 great-grandchildren, and in this prolific family there are many proud members of the Broadfoot, Thomas and Cockerell families as well as a large number of living descendants carrying the Grierson name.


September 10, 2010 – 6:20 pm | Comments Off

Redbank has a small part in Grierson family history. Originally a farm, Robert, son of William Grierson of Lag was recorded as the owner in 1629 it then passed on to Robert, son of Sir John Grierson of Lag and …