Consorting With the Enemy

A section from Wikipedia on Kirkintilloch, Dunbarton says the following:
“Following the Scottish victory in the wars of independence and the subsequent decline of Clan Cumming, the baronies of Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, and Cumbernauld were granted by Robert Bruce to Sir Malcolm Fleming, Sheriff of Dumbarton and a supporter of the Bruce faction in the war. Hitherto part of Stirlingshire, the area subsequently became a detached part of the county of Dumbarton, in which it remains today.

On 3 January 1746, the retreating Jacobite army of Charles Stuart made its way through Kirkintilloch, on its way back from Derby, and on the march to Falkirk and ultimately Culloden. One of the Highland army’s stragglers was shot dead at the town cross by a man hidden in a barn at the Kiln Close (where the library now stands). On hearing of the murder, Charles halted his army on the Kilsyth road and threatened to turn back and burn the town. The town magistrates persuaded him to continue marching, in return for an unspecified payment, and the town was spared.”

We know that John Gartshore was granted  land in a charter by Alexander II sometime between 1211 and 1231. (Thomas Watson). On the charter, is the name of William Cumin (Comyn) whose descendant, John Comyn was in competition for the crown of Scotland with Robert Bruce. So, you might say that the Gartshore’s were with the Comyns. After Bruce killed John Comyn (or rather his cohorts did) he granted the land to Malcolm Fleming . Civil war ensued, and one would assume that the Garshore’s remained loyal to the Comyns though that would have to be proven.

When Charles Stuart passed through Kirkintilloch, it is possible that some of our family would have been there but they seemed to be down in Blairlin close to Coatbridge by that time. There are births between the two places in the family. Certainly, they would have had family or friends who were there.

Like Coatbridge, Kirkintilloch became  “a hotbed of the industrial revolution”. Canals were built along with a railway connecting the two places. They both became suppliers of iron and coal. Kirkintilloch became known as producer of the red  post and phone boxes so well-known around the world

What brought the Gartshores down to The Monklands? Very likely work just as in modern day.

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