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Dalmunzie 6

(VII .) JOHN, eldest son of the Rev. Lachlan, born 1726, was infeft in the lands as heir to his father and grandfather in 1757. His up-bringing in a Lowland Presbyterian manse could scarcely have been such as to fit him for the position of a laird in what was still a wild Highland country strongly tainted with Jacobitism, and he became a " merchant in London." He may perhaps be identified with a John Mackintosh, merchant and insurance broker, named in various London Directories from 1752 onwards as in Oxford Court, Cannon Street, and afterwards in Brabant Court, Philpot Lane, City. He seems to have been fairly successful as a business man, but unfortunately the bulk of his fortune to the extent of between $30,000 and $40,000, according to his son's MS. was lost to him and his family through the failure of a banking house in which he was concerned and which had become involved in the affairs of the York Buildings Company. The result was that he was compelled to raise money on his lands, and finally, in 1782, to sell them for behoof of his creditors.

Here, however, as already mentioned, his brother Robert intervened, and although himself in serious financial straits contrived to save the estate to the family. John's wife was Elizabeth Galloway (marr. 16 June 1749), by whom he had the large family of seven sons and eight daughters Thomas, d. young; Lachlan Robert, b. 11 Aug. 1761 ( see VIII below ) ; George and, William, d. young; John, b. 1768 (m. Mary Hett, with issue a daughter, Mary Ann, who m. John Tyrrell); James, b. 1771, 63rd Regiment, killed in action in Holland 7 Oct. 17199, unm.; Richard Duncan, b. 1774, who carried on the male line; and with five other daughters, who died unmarried Elizabeth Jean (m. 1st Robert William Vickery, with issue; 2nd Powell Skinner); Henrietta (m. George White, with issue); and Anne Mary (m. Peter Radford, with issue).

(VIII.) LACHLAN. ROBERT, the eldest surviving son, was twice married 1st in June 1784 to Catherine Vickery, who d. Dec. 1787 s.p., and 2nd in Oct. 1793 to Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Clement Newell, with issue Lachlan John, his successor; Robert Galloway, b. 16 Aug. 1795, m. Mary Moody and d.s.p. 15 April 1824 (tombstone St. Pancras Parish Church, London); Mary, m. Alexander Mackintosh (descended from Kenneth, a younger son of Lachlan Mackintosh who acquired Kyllachy in Strathdearn in 1616), with issue Alexander Lachlan, b. 1830, d. unm. 23 Jan. 1913, and Margaret Mary; and Elizabeth, m. Samuel Travers, without issue.

(IX.) LACHLAN JOHN, b. 6 Aug. 1794, m. Harriet Atkinson, but died without issue 9 Nov. 1867. The male representation of the family then passed to the family of Richard Duncan, seventh son of John 7th of Dalmunzie and Elizabeth Galloway. Richard Duncan, M. D. (b. 5 Ap. 1774, d. 2 Aug. 1862), m. Cecilia Susanna Hills, with issue (1) James Galloway, b. 6 Oct. 1802, d. unni. 24 Oct. 1828; (2) Rev. Richard Duncan, b. 9 April 1806, d. 11 May 1840, m. Anne Munro, with issue Helen Munro and Amy Bickerton. The elder daughter m. 14 Aug. 1866 the Rev. John Henry Jowitt, M. A. son of John Jowitt of Denison Hall, Leeds, and at his death in 1882 Vicar of Alford, Lincolnshire with issue one son, John Duncan, Clerk in Holy Orders, and three daughters; (3) Charles Hills, M. D., who succeeded to Dalmunzie; {4) John Frederick Serle, d. unm.; (5) Rev. Donald Macduff, m. Rosalind Willows, with issue a daughter, Rose Cecilia; (6) Lachlan Robert Septimus.

(X.) CHARLES HILLS, third son, b. 14 Feb. 1808, who became of Dalmunzie in 1867, m. Henrietta, dau. of John Vallack, Kingsand, Cornwall, and d. 13 March 1893, leaving three daughters Helen Galloway, Marion Murray, and Cecilia Eliza. At his death the representation devolved on his nephew

(XI.) HUGH RICHARD DUNCAN, M. D., son of Lachlan Robert Septimus above mentioned and Leonora, daughter of Francis Markland. Hugh R. D. Mackintosh of Dalmunzie, b. 14 Feb. 1841, m. 26 April 1899 Aime'e, dau. of Baron Yon Poellnitz, Munich, and willow of Captain Fallowfield, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He died in London on the 17th of May 1916, the last direct male representative not only of the Rev. Lachlan, the minister laird of the 18th century, but also, so far as is ever likely to be traced or known, of the Robert of the 16th century who is first mentioned as in possession of Dalmunzie. The present representative, or " heiress of line," is Miss Margare Mackintosh, daughter of Mary, the elder daughter of Lachlan Robert 8th of Dalmunzie

Although involving a departure front the limitations implied in the title " Mackintosh Families in Glenshe and Glenisla," the inclusion in this place of accounts of two families not belonging to either of those districts may perhaps be justified by their connection with the story of the Dalmunzie family, which, indeed, they will to some extent serve to complete. These families are the Mackintoshes of Ballachraggan in Strathardle, who were cadets of Dalmunzie, and the MacRitchies in the Stormont, who there can be little doubt were originally of the stock.

For a continuation of this line see the Ballachraggan Cont.

Dalmunzie & Mackintosh of Mackintosh connections:

Dalmunzie’s written record begins in 1510 when Sir William Scott is on record granting lands including Dalmunzie to John Fergusson of Dunfallandy.The first recorded Laird was Robert MacRitchie who along with his son Duncan ‘Cattanach’ MacRitchie were declared rebels in 1584 & 1589. They lived in the original Dalmunzie Castle .

 Robert declared MacKintosh to be his native chief in 1595 and from this point until 1647 the Lairds were termed as MacKintosh alias MacRitchie. Whether the family were related to the MacKintosh’s or looking for protection is uncertain. A detailed account of the clan history notes ‘ it is difficult to account for the granting of that band and the acknowledgement of MacKintosh as their "natyff cheiff" unless there was belief they were bound by ties of birth and blood’ .

Robert's Great-Grandson Robert Macintosh, 3rd of Dalmunzie fought in the Civil war with James Graham Marquis of Montrose in 1645 and was instrumental in building Dalmunzie up to the estate it is today. The men of Dalmunzie along with those of Glenshee were ardent Jacobites fighting at both Sheriffmuir in 1715 and the ill-fated Battle of Culloden in 1746.

In those days, the glen must have been very different. Dalmunzie Castle stood on the other side of the burn above Dalmunzie fermtoun with 11 cottages, a mill and enclosures nearby.

The MacKintosh Laird's of Dalmunzie had moved to London by the mid 1700's and after a turbulent history would hold onto their lands until the early 1900’s. Howeverthe period 1782-1813 saw them lose Dalmunzie due to financial difficulties and it was during this time in 1790 that the minister for Glenshee made the entry that 35 families were evicted from Dalmunzie. Like many other estates Dalmunzie had been driven into the improvement era with sheep taking the place of the tenants who had lived in the glen for centuries.

Dalmunzie castle itself had fallen into ruins and an L shaped hunting lodge was built on the present site of the Dalmunzie hotel in 1874 by Dr Charles Hills Macintosh 10th Laird of Dalmunzie. A larger L shaped lodge was built over this in 1884, a Victorian wing added in the 1890's and the building and estate leased for shooting parties. Hugh Richard Duncan Mackintosh, 11th Laird of Dalmunzie was the last MacKintosh, dying childless in London in 1916. It was over this period that the Gaelic language which had been in use for thousands of years in Glenshee finally disappeared.

Over three hundred and fifty years of ownership by the Macintoshes came to an end when Dalmunzie was purchased in 1920 by Sir Archibald Birkmyre who had leased the property as a shooting retreat since 1907.

Dalmunzie in the 1940's

For More Information see the Dalmunzie Castle page of the site.