Clan Fairlie History

Remains of Fairlie Castle, North Ayrshire

Remains of Fairlie Castle, North Ayrshire

The family takes its name from the barony of Fairley in the parish of Largs.  It is said that the Ayrshire family of this name were descended from Robert de Ross, a branch of the Rosses of Tarbert in Cunningham who had the lands of Fairley.

In 1335 William de Fairlie’s name was included in a pardon granted by Edward III at Berwick for all crimes committed by him in the war with England.

William Farley acted as a witness in 1368, Allan de Farnley witnessed a charter by Sir Hugh Eglington in 1370, and John of Farnle witnessed a sasine of 1446.

Wil of Farle of Coupir was commissioner for burgh of Dundee in 1459.

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