Sheriff of Ayr

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The Sheriff of Ayr was historically the royal official responsible for enforcing law and order in Ayr, Scotland and bringing criminals to justice. Sundrum Castle was used by the sheriff from the 14th century, and Loudoun Castle from the 16th century.

Past sheriffs[edit]

  • Sir Hugh Crawford
  • Sir Reginald Crawford
  • Sir Hugh Crawford
  • Walter Stewart, 1264[1]
  • William Comyn, c.1265[1]
  • Andrew Moray, 1288[1]
  • Sir Robert de Brus 1303
  • Sir Duncan Wallace
  • Sir John Wallace of Craigie
  • Andrew Campbell of Loudoun (1315-1368)[2]
  • George Campbell of Loudoun (born abt. 1444 or 1449, died 09 mar 1491)[3]
  • Sir Hugh Campbell (1476-1508)[4]
  • Hugh Campbell of Loudoun (1502 - 1561)
  • Matthew Campbell of Loudoun (Abt. 1525 - abt. 1574)
  • Hugh Campbell of Loudoun (Abt. 1550 - 15 Dec 1622) Sheriff of Ayr, 1st Lord of Loudoun
  • William Alexander Orr Paterson, Esq. (?? - 1901) deceased[5]
  • John Campbell Shairp, Esq., Advocate (3 May 1901 - ???) previously Sheriff-substitute of the Sheriffdom of Argyllshire[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Young, Alan (1990), "Noble families and political factions in the reign of Alexander III", in Reid, Norman H., Scotland in the reign of Alexander III, 1249–1286, John Donald, pp. 1–30, ISBN 0 85976218 1 .
  2. ^ http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Campbell-1032
  3. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p40271.htm
  4. ^ G. Harvey Johnston. (1920). The heraldry of the Campbells, with notes on all the males of the family, descriptions of the arms, plates and pedigrees. Vol. 2. https://archive.org/details/heraldryofcampbe02john
  5. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 27311. p. 3124. 7 May 1901.