There is no evidence that young Donald survived his father, as baron and son were together in litigation with DUNCANXI in 1575, while two years after there is reference to Donald as still fiar. Both had given place by 1582 to a John McSorle of Monydrain, then married to a Christian Lamont, later to a Marie Campbell, who must have been heir male of the old lairds and probably son of Donald the fiar (and grandson of Donald viii). As mentioned above, this John ix was associated with JAMES XII against the hereditary enemy Ardkinglas in 1590, and perhaps against their former ally McDonald of Islay in 1615. He died between 1622 and 1626, having confirmed to Gilbert and Christian Mclver their wadset of half Achahoish, which they transferred in 1594 to their son Duncan and daughter-in-law Margaret Campbell.1 0 Gilbert was dead by 1616, but Duncan took over Auchinbreck as early as 1585 it seems. The son was one of the first of the kin to sign "Lamont" and not by his patronymic, but John ix's son Sorley preferred the peculiar "Sorlie alias Lamount of Drume," being laird of those 3 merk lands between 1619 and 1629 by grant from his father. In Drum too was an Allister Mclllespick bayn McSorle, married to Moir Nein Gorrie (perhaps Knockdow's daughter), with whom Silvercraigs fostered his first-born for seven years in 1606 after the old Celtic manner. Sorley was also tacksman of the mill of Lochgilphead from Sir COLL XIII after the new Monydrain had resigned it to the chief at Toward in 1629, along with his old patrimony of Achahoish and Fernoch.

This new laird was Donald x, McCorle or Lamont (eldest son of John ix), who as fiar in 1618, "being of mynd to pas in Ireland thairin to remaine and mak his residence," had leased half of Monydrain called Ballencrois for 9 years to his wife Margaret's father, Archibald McTavish of Dunardry towards Crinan. The other half, one kens later, was Baillevakraich (i.e. the Bailie uachdrach or upper steading). He was, it seems, hardly a credit to the clan, as in 1623, "understanding my selff to be of waik judgment and haveing no literature nor leirning," he bound himself at Rothesay not to sell any of his estate without the consent of the chief (of whom it had been held past memory of man), of Duncan ii of Auchinbreck, and of Sorley of Drum (the granter's brother). The deed narrates a customary ban on alienation without Sir COLL's approval and payment of compensation, and the desirability that he should be subject to interdiction " by sik as heve greitest respect to my weill and profeit and to the standing of my auld ancient hous, and seing nane is nor of dewtie aucht to be more cairfull of my estate and standing of my hous nor the said Sir Coill my cheiff and superiour." The last word of one who had so touching a regard for the tartan is in 1633, when Donald x and his good-father were joint tenants of Fernoch and (one is not surprised to hear) long in arrears with their teinds.

While Sir COLL kept this farm to himself he granted out the ancestral Achahoish to Duncan ii of Auchinbreck, hoping doubtless thus to preserve malice, it seems, though Alexander was a crony of Campbell of Ormsary who had beleaguered Ascog. Failing heirs male of John's body, his brother Duncan was called to the succession, and finally the old clause of return was added as in 1410.

The fiar married in the grey spring of 1670 another Marie Campbell, daughter of Donald son of the late Sir Duncan, 2nd baronet of Auchenbreck in Glendaruel, by his wife Isobel McAllister. She brought him a tocher of £800 and he infeft her in Drum, "except and alwayes the aile housses," of which apparently there were more than one. Her parents were taken bound for a year and a day " to keip in house and familie with themselves the sd. Marie Campbell ther daughter & the sd. John Lamont hir future husband with his reasonable and necessar repaire to hir, and to intertaine them in bed boord meit and drink honestlie & sufficiently according to ther rank and quallite," while Alexander xi undertook hospitality for the next year and day. Young Monydrain, it seems, had no home of his own. By this time Moir McCorquodale was probably dead, and by 1684 her husband had taken a new lady, as appears from the marriage contract of their daughter Anna and Archibald Campbell, fiar of Easter Ardenconnel at Rhu on the Gareloch (including the ferry to Roseneath). It was witnessed at Kilmodan, a half-way house, by Auchagoyl and an Andrew Mcinturner, writer in Greenock, doubtless also of the tartan. The second wife of Alexander xi seems to have been the mother of Charles Campbell of Stronesker by Ederline, though her name is unkenned. Another daughter of Alexander was Margaret, who was married to an Archibald Anderson in the neighbouring Kilmory.

Anna's tocher was only £300 in Scots money, for Monydrain was a spendthrift as his father before him, and figures often in record as a borrower. Maybe, like Sir JAMES XIV , the burden of his debts discounted the risks of civil war, for there is reason to jalouse his being concerned in either Argyll's invasion of 1685 or the Jacobite attempt of 1689. Stronalbanach guaranteed his good behaviour before the former (for first £333 and then £2000), but one remembers that at least a Malcolm Black, probably from Achahoish, and a Sorley Lamont in Drum, followed the bratach of MacCailein, while among the rebels was listed Duncan McSorley alias Lamont in Monydrain. The two last were, it seems, both sib to the laird, Duncan being bis brother, who later settled in Drum and (after John the fiar and his son) was reckoned the next heir to the estates, whom failing they were destined to an Angus in Monydrain, naturally identified with the Angus (formerly in Drum) known to have been a brother of the deported Sorley. Thus Alexander's kin were deeply involved in the treason of 1685, even if he himself kept in the background. But one kens that he had need of a safe-conduct from the authorities, and was made to pay a fine.

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