But, whoever the lady, she predeceased her husband, who had been dead for a year in July of 1450, when Patrick Lawmondson, coroner and Crown receiver for Cowal, rendered his accounts at Holyrood. 17.5 merks was paid to the treasurer as the rents of umquhile Finlay, son of Eugene, within the lordship of Cowal, in the King's hands by reason of ward, since the death of the said Finlay. Ardcalmisaig being outwith that district must of course be put out of account, but whether the lands in question were the 17.5 merks above referred to is not clear. The mention of ward implies that the 4 merks of southern Auchagoyl were not included, as they were held blench, but in that case the 17.5 should have been reduced to 13.5. The alternative is the 15 merklands of Lindsaig and Doirenan- Corach, with another 2.5 merks not now kenned, which is on the whole the most likely. The same payment was rendered yearly until 1454, when therefore Christian vi must have come of age, thus dating his birth about I434.
It was in Doire-nan-Corach that he lived, though styling himself of Ardlamont, and from there doubtless in January of 1462 he saw his sister Marjory married to Ewen Maclachlan, presumably a son of the house of that ilk. Both gathered with their tails, including the family bards, Donald son of Eugene the poet being a witness for the bride, and Donald the poet a guarantor for the groom. The parties were already related, and Maclachlan bound himself to procure a Vatican dispensation. The Lamonts were plainly anxious lest the husband should resile from his bargain, and 110 head of cattle were to be provided as compensation in that event. Ewen's father Celestin opened the account with 40; then came Donald the poet, Ewen the clerk (i.e. priest) and another with 20 each; and finally one less bien with but 10. One hopes there was no hitch, but in any event a lady so well endowed for stock farming would not long be a spinster.
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Her brother seems to have been a man of business with a notion for legal forms in an age of sturt and strife when most in the proud highlands took more thought of the sword than of the pen. He had copies made by notaries of the tattered writs in his kist, doubtless to firm his position in questions with the chief. He thus settled for all time that Lindsaig and Auchagoyl were held of the Crown direct, and preserved the terms of the bargain of 1433 as to Ardlamont and Ardcalmisaig. The earliest records of the clan are due to their piety as benefactors of the kirk, but the evidence of this stage is owed to self-interest. His forebears' charters were formally transcribed for Christian vi, first at Doire-nan-Corach in 1465, then three years after at St. Bridget's chapel (the modem Kilbride), and again at the red point in 1472 (the date of the first Crown charter of Ardlamont to any chief"). Lastly, in May of 1481, in Kilmun church he revived the treaty of 1433. In these deeds he whiles figures as Christian Lamond, and whiles as Christian Finlayson McEwen, thus linking the old patronymic with the new clan name. It is this care for auld lang syne that makes one sure of his being the heir-at-law of the original Ewen ii , son of Finlay i.

Thenceforth there is a gap in the records of these cadets until in the last year of the century a John Lawmond, son and heir of Celestin, succeeded to the patrimony of Lindsaig, Doire-nan-Corach and southern Auchagoyl, doubtless on coming of age. Who Celestin was is not clear, but most likely he was a natural brother of Christian. Unhappily, none of the destinations on which any of the lands were held have survived to aid the pedigree, but later evidence makes it clear that John vii was not a lawful heir of Finlay v. This same John appears next in yellow July of 1511 as a witness at Inveryne to the precept DUNCAN IX granted to Robert i of Ascog to infeft Angus McSorley vii in Monydrain. Like wise men, both he and Ascog, who had married his sister,—the two principal cadets of the tartan east of Loch Fyne—kept on terms with MacCailein. Three months later they took birlinn to Skipness to see the Earl's second son installed in the castle, and in the summer of 1520 with their chief they witnessed at Inveraray a bond of manrent by Maclachlan to Argyll. Ten years later, when some Diarmaids were for dirking at the red point, it was Knockdow who had need of a royal remission in the matter, while MacCailein lent 40 merks to John vii and bought from him (in 1534-36) the ancestral Lindsaig and Doire-nan- Corach. Already in 1524 Ardlamont had feued for £1 a year each the 24 merk lands of Ardcalmisaig to a McPherson, no doubt for a good grassum in cash. The dissipation of his estate had begun, and, though improvident to the last degree, he had not the sense to inhibit himself like Monydrain a century after.

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