JOHN BUCHANAN ( Chirurgeon & Bailie of Stirling )
John Buchanan, surgeon and bailie of Stirling, died around 1686. He died intestate, and because of this the only people mentioned in the document regarding his death are his creditors. No family is mentioned, although it is known that he married twice (1) Christina Johnstone by whom he had a son Robert and a daughter Katherine, (2) Christian Justice, of whom there was no issue. Christina Johnstone died in November 1663, and her husband was her executor. No children are mentioned, although the inventory, divided into three parts shows that there was issue still living.
The second wife died testate in November 1696, ten years after her husbands death, with her will being confirmed on 13th January 1697. Her will is expressed in the following terms; who are to do everything without being comptable to any other, my nearest kin therefore, whom I debar and forbid from all benefit in all tyme comeing. This may well have been the children of John by his first wife. The fact that he died intestate was probably bought on by the rather large fine of 2000 merks imposed by the Privy Council for raising a faction in the burgh in 1678.
John is mentioned in the records of the burgh of Stirling in March 1646 when he was admitted to the libertie and fredome of ane nychtbour and burges of this burgh, and gives him permission to live with his mother and sister, both unnamed. He is mentioned on the 21st of November 1655, and again on 21st April 1656 where he is described as Bailie, and then we hear no more. His parent are not mentioned in any documents researched and so it has not been possible within the scope of this book to link him to the greater Clan.
In Lyon Register it is claimed that he is descended from Buchanan of that Ilk, and with this we will need to be content. None the less, John was undoubtedly an interesting and capable person who fell out with the local Privy Council, and incurred their wrath to his and his familys great loss.
The arms are recorded in Lyon Register Volume 1, Page 255 date uncertain, suggested between 1676-1693.
THE ARMS: Parted per bend Or and Sable, a lion rampant within a double tressure all counterchanged.
THE CREST: A hand pointing a lance in bend.
THE MOTTO: 'Secundo Curo' ( I prosper and am cautious )