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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > March - April 2018 > EXPLORING SOCIAL NETWORKS OF THE AUCHINLECKS OF AUCHINLECK


David Affleck shares details of his research journey which explored the life of John Auchinleck, a chaplain at Holy Trinity in St Andrews who was sentenced to serve alongside John Knox in the galleys for his actions during the Scottish Reformation
Pittenweem Harbour; East Neuk of Fife

It is at least fifteen years since I first came across a reference to a John Auchinleck and his wife Isobel Wood, believed to be a granddaughter of Admiral Wood of Largo.

It was contained in an 1867 publication, Annals of Pittenweem by David Cook, town clerk of the royal burgh. He had been investigating documents relating to the buildings of the ancient priory and quoted the following from a charter of 1588: ‘the common gait and house now pertaining to James Stevenson and close of the house sometime pertaining to Umqle John Auchinleck respective on the west’.

At the time, I was researching the life of a James Balfour of Whittinghame and trying to work out why he become involved in East Neuk politics in 1824. He was the grandfather of A.J. Balfour who had said in a notebook ‘no one seemed certain how his grandfather had made his fortune’.

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The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of history, heritage and archaeology news, opinion, in-depth features and events. Highlights include: * Farming in 19th-century Fife * Mutiny in the East India Company * Medieval fishing rights on the River Forth * Splendours of the Subcontinent - new exhibition * Excerpts from a World War I diary

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