Probably some of the blood-money was used by the Earls of Menteith
in their purchase of the lands of southern Auchagoyl, which they mortified
for the perpetual maintenance of a priest to say masses for the soul of
Ewen, son of Finlay, in the kirk of St Finan there. Whether a new chapel
was then founded or an old re-endowed one does not ken, but it was a
separate altar from that at Kilfinan, and this Auchagoyl must be distinguished
from its northern namesake. The chaplain enjoyed possession
without any one making up a title for a generation, but in 1356 the trust
was formally declared and DUNCAN IV, as the Steward's baillie of Kerry,
gave sasine to an Isabel, daughter and heir of James son of Ewen ii.
Though this Seumas is not described as heir of Ewen ii one jalouses he
must have been, and doubtless the first-born, else Isabel would hardly
have been treated as representing the family. At this time the mist falls
upon Ardlamont, and on the passing of James iii's daughter one knows
not who paid the Steward his silver penny at the fair of Glasgow for
Auchagoyl, nor who after 1321 furnished the bowman for Lindsaig and
When light shines again on the scene early in 1433, it is a Finlay Ewenson v who is lord of these acres and of Ardlamont. This same died in 1449, and his father Ewen iv as like as not was a nephew of James iii. Finlay's treaty with ROBERT V at Kilfinan, witnessed by Celestin the ivth McSorley as senior cadet, was discussed above, likewise the significance of his claim to the superiority of Ardcalmisaig as well as of Ardlamont. Certain it seems that on a day, and most like for the whole 14th century, his family had been independent of the chiefs and had extensive holdings from either the Steward or the Crown. Had the seals affixed to this bond of manrent been described in the notarial transumpt which alone survives, Finlay's might well have been found to differ from Robert's and by more than a heraldic difference. From now on, however, they as near cousins agreed to be vassals of their chiefs of kin, who had eclipsed them in power and were destined to succeed to their lands in 1554. Indeed from 1664 Ardlamont became the seat of the chiefs, and for generations the tartan forgot that there were ever cadets on the red point who bid fair to rival the main line of Sir LAUMON, or that Inveryne and Ardlamont were once severed in twain.
What went to make up "the Ardlawmane" of 1433 is not kenned, but almost certainly it included 17.5 merk lands at the least, 8 of Ardlamont proper, 4 of Glennan, 1.5 of Achourkbeg, and 4 of southern Auchagoyl. I n Glassary he had, it seems, the 31.5 merk lands referred to later. Forbye the 15 merk lands of Lindsaig and Doire-nan-Corach, Finlay seems to have been laird of a further 5 named Craigybalack (not now identifiable), making a total lairdship of 69 merks' worth, much the largest under the bratach of Inveryne. (Monydrain, for example, was but a 12 merk land, and Ascog 30.) But, strange to say, the v th of this family was a city burgess as well as a country laird, for he had 33 acres most of which was known as "Earl's lands" (no doubt after the Menteiths) held of the Crown within the liberty of the royal burgh of Rothesay. His wife was probably a Campbell of Loch Awe, as the principal witnesses in 1433 were "Duncan Campbell, lord of Lochehow, and Colyn younger Campbell, his son," while that Colin in 1454 described Finlay's son and heir Christian as his cousin.
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