Marian SEMPLE: Birth: ABT 1605.
Francis SEMPLE: Birth: ABT 1615. Death: 3 NOV 1644
Robert SEMPLE: Birth: ABT 1617. Death: 8 SEP 1675
Archibald SEMPLE: Birth: ABT 1619.
James SEMPLE: Birth: ABT 1621.
Elizabeth SEMPLE: Birth: ABT 1623.
Note: N96240 !Hugh, fifth lord Semple, was one of the peers who sat on the trial of Patrick, Earl of Orkney, in 1614. He never went to court or interfered in public affairs, but lived always at home in great splendor and significance. He succeeded his father in the heritable sherifffdom of Renfrew, and in the office of heritable Sheriffdon of Renfrew, and in the office of heritable Ballie of the Regality of Paisley, an extensive jurisdicion comprehending the domians of the Monastery, not only in Renfrewshire but in the couties of Ayr, Dumbarton, and others, and had been erected while the Barony of Renfrew was yet a district of the Sheriffdom of Lanark or Clyudesdale. His ancestors had unjoyed the heritable Sheriffship from the erection of the Barony of Renfrew into a distinct shire, by King Robert the Third in 1404: as, before that time, the Barons of Elliestoun, ancestors to the Lord Semple, were Stewards of this Barony. Both these heritable jurisdictions were acquired by Alexander, Earl of Eglinton, from this Lord Semple in 1636; but it appears from the retour of Robert, seventh Lord Semple, in 1648, and from that of Hugh, Earl of Eglinton was not absolute but redeemable. In the first of these retours the heritable offices are described as still pertaining to the family of Semple, and in the latter retour they are stated to be held by Lord Eglinton, during the "non-payment," i. e. in security "of 5000 pounds, sterling." The Earl of Eglinton received a compensation from government for these offices at the abolition fo heritable jurisdictions in 1747. Hugh, Lord Semple, married first, the Lady Anne Hamilton, eldest daughter of James, first Earl of Abercorn, by whom he had one daughter, Marian, married Sir George Preston of Valley field, Baronet. He married secondly, :Lady Elizabeth Hay, third daughter of Francis, ninthe Earl of Errol, by whom he had: 1. Francis, Master of Semple, succeeded his father. 2. Robert, seventh Lord. 3. Archibald Semple of Dykehead. 4. James, who entered a religous order abroad. 5. Elizabeth, married to William, second Lord Mordington. and 6. Jean, married William Menzies of Pitttfoddles. He died, September 19, 1639, and was succeeded by his eldest son. William Alexander Semple, Genealogical History of the Family Semple from 1214 to 1888. The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Conn, 1888, p. 14-16.
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