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1899 Excerpt: ...to his son John, who was in 1419 killed in the
Chapel of Tain. The Mowats, according to tradition, came from Monte
Alto (hence their name) in Italy. They seem to have come to
Scotland at a very early period, for the original Italian and the
Scots branch interchanged courtesies in the way of intermarriage so
far back as (according to tradition) 750 A.D., while the original
stock were noted by Charlemagne in 804. One branch of the family
settled in Wales, and were in possession of Hawarden Castle and
estate in 1260. According to Dr. Temple of Forgue, Patrick de Monte
Alto was made Forester of Kilanel and Fermartyne, in the reign of
Robert the Hruce. The importance of the family may be gauged from
the fact that they had estates in Caithness as well as in
Aberdeenshire, and that they also had lands in Shetland. Indeed,
any inquiry into their history is complicated by the fact that they
had two estates of Balquholly--one in Aberdeenshire and one in
Caithness, near Freswick, where they were settled as early as 1406,
and it is not clear whether the same laird held both at the same
time, or whether the estates were held by different branches of the
family. Under their respective dates, I give such references to the
Mowats in working for other material: --1401. John Mowat, son and
heir of William Mowat, sometime Dominus de Fowlis Mowat, granted a
tack of all his lands of Fowlis Mowat in the Earldom of Mar to
George Leslie, 1st of Rothes. (Colonel Leslie's History of the
Leslies, 1869.) 1429. Janet Mowat, daughter of the "Baron of
Balquholly, married Alexander Leslie, 1st laird of Leslie, and had
a son, William Leslie (born 1430), and also George Leslie, 2nd
laird of Leslie (born 1432), who succeeded his father in 1470, and
died before 1513 (Ibid). Let me now ind...
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