John Stirling of Kippendavie

22nd Dec 1742 - 7th Jun 1816


John Stirling of Kippendavie. Second son of Patrick [Anthony Cooke shows William] Stirling, 4th of Kippendavie and his wife Margaret Douglas. In Jamaica in 1776 when he inherited the Keir entail on the death of his elder brother Patrick. Married Mary, second daughter of William Graham of Airth and Ann Stirling of Ardoch, 30/04/1781. Seven sons and six daughters, including William (1787-1862) and Charles of Gargunnock, partners in Stirling, Gordon and Co. (both of whom q.v.). A portrait of John Stirling and his youngest daughter Jean Wilhelmina by Henry Raeburn is available at [accessed 24/09/2015].

  1. Anthony Cooke shows John Stirling leaving an estate of £146,063, including balance in Stirling Gordon £57,396; debtors (John Gordon, the late George Houston of Johnstone, William MacDowall of Garthland etc.) £23,249; and English estate (3% annuities, 5% navy stock, Bank of England stock) £47,612.


William Fraser, The Stirlings of Keir, and their family papers (Edinburgh, 1858), 'The Stirlings of Kippendavie', pp. 103-114.

  1. Anthony Cooke, 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at p. 164; CC 6/5/33/499.

Further Information

Mary Graham
7 sons, 6 daughters, including William and Charles Stirling
West India merchant

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
12/12/1775 [SD] - 07/06/1816 [ED] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

John Stirling of Kippendavie and his youngest daughter Jean, portrait by Henry Raeburn, now held at Fyvie Castle... 
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Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Kippendavie, Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland, Scotland