McCulloch One Name Study

Sir Godfrey McCulloch of ArdwallAge: 57 years16401697

Sir Godfrey McCulloch of Ardwall
Birth about 1640 20 20
Birth of a brotherCapt. John McCulloch of Ardwall
November 1, 1644 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherAlexander McCulloch of Ardwall
1644 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherWilliam McCulloch
1646 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a sisterJanet McCulloch of Ardwall
1648 (Age 8 years)
Death of a sisterJanet McCulloch of Ardwall
after 1666 (Age 26 years)

MarriageLady Agnes KennedyView this family
October 26, 1667 (Age 27 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn McCulloch
1667 (Age 27 years)

Birth of a son
Sir Gilbert McCulloch of Ardwall
about 1670 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
Agnes McCulloch of Ardwell III
about 1671 (Age 31 years)

Death of a brotherAlexander McCulloch of Ardwall
1675 (Age 35 years)
Death of a fatherSir Alexander McCulloch of Ardwall
June 3, 1675 (Age 35 years)
Site of modern cardiness house
1676 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a daughter
Margaret McCulloch of Ardwell II
1677 (Age 37 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam McCulloch
1684 (Age 44 years)

Residence 1684 (Age 44 years)
Birth of a son
John McCullough of Bohemia Manor
1685 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a son
1690 (Age 50 years)

On hearing that William Gordon had expired, Sir Godfrey immediately fled abroad and, in 1691, was at Cranstoun in the Isle of Man whence he wrote to David McCulloch of Ardwall.
October 1690 (Age 50 years)
The long standing feud between the Gordons and the McCullochs reached its climax on 2 October 1690 when in the course of a dispute over some poinded cattle Sir Godfrey murdered William Gordon.
October 2, 1690 (Age 50 years)

In December 1696 he had returned to Scotland and was ‘by a remarkable providence of God’ found lurking in an obscure house in Edinburgh where he passed under the name of Mr Johnetoune.
December 1696 (Age 56 years)
He was duly found guilty and sentenced to be ‘taken to the Mercat Croce of Edinburgh upon Friday the fifth day of March next to come betwixt two and four o’clock in the afternoon and there to have his head severed from his body..."
February 8, 1697 (Age 57 years)
Executed in Edinburgh
March 26, 1697 (Age 57 years)
Burial March 26, 1697 (on the date of death)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: 1638Ardwall, Wigtownshire, Scotland
1 year
elder sister
3 years
5 years
younger brother
2 months
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
Family with Lady Agnes Kennedy - View this family
Marriage: October 26, 1667Scotland
2 years
7 years
9 years


The greater part of Sir Godfrey’s life appears to have been a struggle against increasing insolvency. Though his father was not, perhaps, affluent, he was certainly not financially embarrassed, and it is difficult to account for Sir Godfrey’s difficulties since there is no reason to suppose that he did not live quietly enough. Perhaps his dispute with the Gordons was more expensive to him than is apparent: the question of civil damages was raised in the criminal proceedings. Perhaps, too, he was unwise, like so many others, in his surety obligations. At any rate, by 1684 he was clearly in difficulties and there are many bonds recorded against him, some of them substantial, for instance, one for £7,140 Scots in 1683 to William Cleiland, merchant, burgess of Edinburgh, and two others in 1681 and 1682 for 3200 and 3100 merks respectively to James Dalrymple of Killoch, Clerk of Session, and Sir James Dalrymple of Stair. In 1683 he was compelled to sell Myretoun to Sir William Maxwell of Monreith at a price of 37,740 merks. Sir William also acquired Killasser which had been yet another of the acquisitions of John McCulloch, Sir Godfrey’s grandfather. Ardwell, too, went, but in a somewhat round about manner. Major John McCulloch of Barholm had been forfeited after the Pentland Rising of 1666 and Sir Alexander McCulloch had acquired the gift of his forfeiture, including the estate of Barholm. Sir Godfrey sold this estate to Sir William Maxwell with the lands of Ardwell in warrandice. When the above forfeiture was cancelled at the Restoration, Sir William, of course, lost Barholm, and, consequently became entitled to Ardwell.

Media objectSir Godfrey's Indictment
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Media objectGnome or 100 yard dash
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Media objectSir Alexander McCulloch's Family Tree
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