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Helen Erskine[1]

Female Abt 1683 - 1754  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name Helen Erskine 
    Born Abt Feb 1682/83  Stirling, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1 Mar 1682/83  Stirling, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The only Helen Erskine found born to a John Erskine and Jean Murray in Scotland in the right time period. This Helen was born in Stirling where it is known her father was based. The only other Helen Erskine in the right time period was baptised in Torryburn and her mother was called Helen.
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Jul 1754 
    • 20 July 1754 according to the Scots Peerage but 26 July 1754 according to the record of her last will and testament.
    Person ID I62243  My Genealogy

    Father Colonel John Erskine,   b. 1660,   d. 1733  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Jean Murray,   b. Abt 1660,   d. Abt 1773  (Age ~ 113 years) 
    Family ID F27886  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sir William (2nd Bt of Kelhead) Douglas,   b. Abt 1675,   d. 10 Oct 1733  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1705 
    Children 
     1. Sir John (3rd Bt of Kelhead) Douglas,   b. Abt 1708,   d. 13 Nov 1778, Drumlanrig, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     2. Catherine Douglas,   b. 1707,   d. 29 Sep 1761, Springkell, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     3. William Douglas,   d. 1786
     4. Charles (of Breconwhat) Douglas,   d. 13 Dec 1770, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. James Douglas, MD,   b. Abt 1710,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Archibald Douglas,   b. Abt 1710
     7. Stewart Douglas,   d. 30 Jun 1795, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Erskine Douglas,   d. 1791
     9. Francis Edward Douglas,   d. 21 Jul 1793, Mansfield, County Nottingham Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. David Douglas,   d. Abt 1793
     11. Thomas Douglas,   d. 1744
     12. Jean Douglas,   b. Abt 1710,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Helen Douglas,   d. 1766
     14. Mary Douglas,   b. Abt 1710,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F24757  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The sources relating to Helen Erskine are conflicting. However, it has now been confirmed, particularly through family wills, that she was the daughter of the Colonel John Erskine of the Alva family not the contemporaneous Colonel Jon Erskine of Carnock as stated in the Scots Peerage.

      Scots Peerage (SP)-Helen Erskine is not referred to in Erskine, Lord Cardross entry but an unnamed daughter of Anna Dundas is. Referred to by name and parentage ( father only, John Erskine of Carnock) in Queensberry entry (However, SP is incorrect in this instance).2,8 Burke's Landed Gentry 20011 states her father is 'Col. John Erskine (brother of Sir Charles Erskine) of Alva,1st Bt and Deputy Governor of Stirling Castle (See Rosslyn, E.)'. The First Baronet of Alva was, in fact, Sir Charles Erkine, in turn, son of Sir Charles Erskine of Alva. The second Sir Charles Erskine had a brother, John, who was a colonel. The Douglas family Bible also says that Helen was the daughter of Colonel John Erskine, second son of Sir Charles Erkine of Alva.
      The 1741 will and associated document of 1744 of Colonel John Erskine, brother of Sir Charles Erskine of Alva, names his four living daughters including Dame Helen Erskine, wife of Sir William Douglas of Kelhead.9 Named as eldest daughter of the "deceast Colonel John Areskine" in a dispute over his will brought about by Helen's half-sister, Mary in 1739

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.