The Piggots of Angus

Brian Piggot of Toronto has produced an excellent family tree of the descendants of William Piggot of Kingoldrum in Angus.

Brian I’m sure would share this with any interested Piggots.

The following summary relates to the Piggots of Burnside and their immediate family.

William ( c 1660 )

John Alexander ( 1690 ) David

Alexander m Mary Morisone

William Alexander John ( 1733 ) James William Patrick

John m May Chalmers

William Alexander Thomas ( 1767) David John

Thomas m Anne Anderson

William Ann James ( 1810 ) May Janet Betty

James m Margaret Graham

William Robert Thomas ( 1839 ) Andrew James David

Thomas m Ann Galbraith

John Ann Thomas ( 1874 ) William Hellen James Margaret Thomas Jessie Lizzie Willie

Thomas m Jessie Rattray Leslie

Cathy Margorie Thomas John Leslie Tom James Arnot

John Leslie m Jean Dudgeon MacDonald

Arthur Leslie Douglas Malcolm

The fact remains that the paper trail of the Angus Piggots from which our family are descended peters out in the 1690’s. On a visit to the Angus Archive in January 2011 it the archivists pointed out that this was probably because of civil disturbance in the middle of the seventeenth century. The Civil War in England and its effect on Scotland led to the failure to record births and deaths and or the destruction of records. Another reason might be the destruction of old documents by officials of the time who did not appreciate or care about their historical importance and interest to posterity. If we take the existing documents and evidence  then we might surmise some interesting links further back.


Gift of escheat by the Keepers of Liberty of England to John Litill of goods, gear, moveables, immoveables, debts, steadings, possessions, corns, cattle sheep nolt, gold , silver etc., which belong to James Piggot , Provost of Forfar, and George Wood and Alexander Strang , baillies, who were to be arrested when the opportunity arose as they had been denounced as rebels ( supporters of Charles 1 ) for detaining Donald Campbell, sometimes of Little Keithik, in their prison since the previous July [ c1647 ].

The fact was that Forfar was a hot bed of Jacobite supporters. Families like the LIndsays, Ogilvies, Lyons ( Ancestors of our present  Queen )Carnegies and Maules were strong royalists.  The provost and his colleagues were dispossessed for their act of defiance of the Parliamentary Army of Oliver Cromwell. The Restoration of Charles II resulted in the rewarding of Forfar for its loyalty by giving it more rights and privileges than it had previously enjoyed. Provost Piggot died and was replaced by Strang as provost by the time of the Restoration.



Discharge by William Ruthvene of Gardyne, with the consent of his tutor Captain John Ruthvene to the magistrates of Forfar for the discharge of the whole bygone annual rent of 600 merks scots advanced to the deceased Provost James Piggot and baillies Alexander stating and George Wood and dated 17 march 1653 in the books of the “pretended Court of Justice”.


In March 1653 Forfar was still in the control of the Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarian army. Was this discharge a further act of oppression on the ‘Forfar three’.


Signet letter ( a seal of Oliver Cromwell was attached originally ) in the name of Lord Protector of the Commonwealth addressed to Provost James Piggot , Baillie George Wood, Baillie Thomas Guthrie, John Dickson treasurer and other magistrates , burgesses and freemen of Forfar concerning unfreemen and the privileges of the Burgh.

This document was signed and dated 5July 1656. Presumably as part o the oppression of  rebel Forfar.

The Piggot name is a common one in the Angus area in the 1500 and 1600’s. In documents of the period reference is made to a number of Piggots who may or may not be related to each other or to William ( c1660).The record of the Privy Council of Scotland –  a legal organ of the Scottish Parliament of the time – has references to Piggots in the Angus area.

In the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland ( 1545 – 1632 ) the name Piggot occurs a number of times. The principal individual named is Abrahame Piggot a notary. The following extracts are a fascinating insight into a world where one suspects that might was right and where legality was just establishing itself as a concept. Some of the names referred to – Ogilvie, Lyons, Glamis – are those of local aristocrats and magnates.The following extracts were found by Brian Piggot.

31 July 1595

” Oglivy of Inverarity
In £5,000 by Johnne Ogilvie of Inverquharitie, as principle, and Mr Jame Ogilvie of Clovey as surety for him. Bond presented by Henry Balfoure, advocate and subscribed of Inverquharitie 23rd July, before David Lyndesay of Barneyardis, David Ogilvie, brother of the said Johnne, Mr Alexander Kynnynmonth, miister at Kerimure, Thomas Rae, minister of Aurtoquhay, and Abrahame Piggot, Notary.”

23 July 1606

” Patrik, Earl of Kinghorne, Lord Glammis, for George Foullartoun of Denune, 2000 merks not to harm Andrew Quittoun in Leoch, James Roger there, Samsone Ker in Ochterhous, Andrew Watt in Knowheid, William Wat6son in Kirktoun, Thomas Ruthven there, Johne Quittoun in Kirtoun, David Quittoun there, Mrt Johne Douglas in Nevay, David Tyrie there, Johne Stewart there, David Abercumby there, James Oistlar there, Johne Donnaldsone there, or Jonet Herreist there – the band , registered by Mr William Oliphant, Advocate, and written by Abrahame Piggot , notary, is subscribed at Glamis 18th July , Before Johne Lyoun, Johne Murray, Archibald Murray, serviteors to the said noble earl , and said writer herof.”

27 January 1610

” William Chalmers of Drumlochie for Alexander Ogilvie of Achariach, £1000 not to harm Abrahame Piggot, elder, Abraham Piggot,younger, his son, noraries and clerks of the regality of Keremure, Alexander Piggot in Keremure , Margaret Gibsone, relict of Johne Piggot there, Mr Johne Piggot of Fardonie, James Piggot of Drumnachtie,or John Piggot of Keremure.”

The significance of these entries is not yet clear – research is ongoing ( October 2010 )

A payment was made to one Margaret Piggot in Edinburgh in 1719 (Guildry p122).

It is not clear how the name changed from Piggotis to Piggot.

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