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Title: Mary Maxwell of Newlaw (Nether Riddick) and Jannet Kennan (Erskine/Areskine) Kirkcudbright, Scotland
Posted by: Samuel Adamson
Date: 10 July 2004

Hi there,

I am trying to confirm a claimed connection between Jannet Erskine/Areskine
(nee Kennan) (b. appr 1740 d. 1829) and Mary Maxwell, one of the Maxwells of
Newlaw. I have a copy of a family tree and an essay on the Erskine family
written I think by an American Erskine in 1917. It claims that Jannet
Erskine/Areskine (nee Kennan) was the daughter of Mary Maxwell of Nether
Riddick and her husband, James Kennan. James died in 1745 and his Testament
Dative indicates that he had two daughters one of whom was named Jannet
(there was no mention of his wife so presumably she had already died)

I also have a copy of the Marriage Banns of Jannet Kennan and Robert Areskine, who
were married in Kircudbright on Jan 4th 1762 but they do not indicate who
her parents were.  The problem I have is that there was another Janet
Kennan, the daughter of John Kennan and Janet Herrise, born in Buittle in
1738 (Scotlandspeople web site OPR) and I am trying to find documentation to
confirm which of the two Jannets married Robert Areskine.

Two other pieces of information I have (from the American source -but not
supported by documentation) are that an assignation was made by Grizzel
Grierson (the mother of Mary Maxwell) in favour of Jannet Kennan dated 1764
and that a Mary Maxwell deeded some property in Dumfries to Janet in 1780

Does anyone recognise these names or have any info?


Samuel Adamson


Title:Date:Posted By:
Mary Maxwell of Newlaw (Nether Riddick) and Jannet Kennan (Erskine/Areskine) Kirkcudbright, Scotland10 July 2004Samuel Adamson
     Re:Mary Maxwell of Newlaw (Nether Riddick) and Jannet Kennan (Erskine/Areskine) Kirkcudbright, Scotland11 July 2004Anthiony Maxwell

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