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John MacCubbin - 7th Great Grandfather

Hartwell Davis
Published by in Wheat Relatives · 8 June 2019
From Volume 13 - Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1910, Washington, DC

On the mother's side General Lingan's first American ancestor was John Maccubbin, of Scotland, Maccubbin being the phonetic rendering of the name Mac Alpine, to which clan he belonged by right of descent from that Kenneth MacAlpine whose ancient race gave  the Gaelic proverb: "The rocks, the devil, the Mac Alpines." Their branch, being allied by marriage  with the house of Breadalban, had refugee'd into the  clan Campbell after the battle of Glen Frewen, and  Argyle was regarded as the head of the family.  John Maccubbin appears on the Maryland ' i Calendar  of Wills" as a testator of 1685, leaving his estate  "Brampton" to his eldest son John (by his first wife)  and "Wardrop" to his four sons by his second wife  Eleanor Carroll.  The will of the latter is witnessed by Chas. Carroll,  Chas. Carroll, Jr., and Mrs. Mary Carroll; and, as  she owned a portion of the old estate known as the  "Woodyard" there may have been some family con nection with the Darnalls and Talbots as well. She was also the sole heiress of Mary Van Schweringen.

The Maccubbins had been heavily involved in the Civil Wars and the Wars of the Covenant, and even in my own time two of the treasures owned and held by Carroll of the Caves (descended from Nicholas Maccubbin and his wife Mary Clare Carroll) were the plaid-brooch and claymore of Montrose- that gallant figure whose joyful nature could not satisfy the Covenant's stern orders to slay, and whose romantic soul once fallen captive to King Charles never ceased from that allegiance until he too followed the Eed Road of the Axe, and his proud head lay as low as that of his master. There is a romantic story told about the Maccubbins by Patterson in his "History of Ayrshire," apropos of Alexander Paden, the Minister of the Kirk, who was sometimes called the Prophet of the Covenant. In the days when he was hunted like the red deer by moss-troopers seeking his capture, he was several times sheltered by Fergus Maccubbin of Knockdolian,
who was heavily fined for his charity. Finally he told Paden he could not do it again, as a matter of justice to his heir whose inheritance was dwindling under the fines

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Hartwell Taylor Davis, Ed.S., MA, M.Min
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