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CHAPTER III. KELLIE AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD. Returning to the road,
and proceeding northwards, we pass by and by the entrance to
Balcaskie. A little further on the road divides, that to the left
leading to Colinsburgh. Following the other, we very soon cross the
Dreel Burn at Balcormo Mill. Further up the valley is Kellie Mill,
the scene of Mrs. Oliphant's Katie Stewart. But keeping on our way,
we come to Balcormo, on the right side of the road. We have already
seen that Balcormo was part of the estate of Abercrombie. It
belonged to the -monks of Dry- burgh, who had feued it out. The
first proprietor who possessed it separate from the other lands
was? James Abercrombie of Balcormo, who has a charter in 1425 to
Balcormok or ' Cormack's town.' It was probably his daughter,
Elizabeth, who married John Gourlay of Kincraig. John Abercrombie
of Balcormo is mentioned in 1458. Robert Abercrombie of Balcormo, '
miles,' has a charter in 1492. William Abercrombie of Balcormo
married Janet Scrymgeour, and he and his wife have a charter to the
west half of Balcormo in 1495. Alison Abercrombie, daughter and
heiress of the last, married Alexander Arnot. The next proprietor
of Balcormo was Alexander (or some say) Robert Arnot, who married
Alison Abercrombie, theheiress of Balcormo, about 1518. He was
probably a son of Robert Arnot of Woodmylne, who was slain at
Flodden, and was a son of John Arnot of that Ilk, whose old tower
still overlooks Lochleven from the slope of the Bishop hill. Peter
Arnot of Balcormo is mentioned 1582-98. He married Helen Traill,
who died in 1607. John Arnot of Balcormo married Lilias Spens of
Lathallan before 1624, in which year he is infeft in the lands of
Balcormo, and his wife in an annual rent from them. In 1654 she is
described as ' l...
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