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Clan Garden alternatively Gardyne are a Scottish family or kin-group who do not have a chief recognised by the Lord Lyon and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.


Black states that a family 'long of that Ilk' came from the barony of Gardyne in the parish of Kirkdon in Angus. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 392</ref> In 1296 William of Gardyne gave fealty to Edward I of England. <ref>PoMS (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref>

Sixteenth Century

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Gardyne Castle

Gardyne Castle contains a date-stone with the inscription 1568 and the arms of James VI, which has been interpreted by architectural historians as a reaction to and rejection of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. Furthermore the Gardynes rose to prominence as royal officials during the reign of James VI.<ref></ref>

Feud with Clan Guthrie

Clan Gardyne were based close to the lands of Clan Guthrie.

In 1578 Patrick Gardyne of that Ilk was killed by William Guthrie, starting a feud which led to the deaths of many members of both families. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref> According to Plean and Squire, there are two rival accounts of the feud. The Gardyne version states that Patrick and his kinsman Robert were killed on Carbundow Moor in 1578 and these deaths were avenged by the killing of Alexander Guthrie in Inverpeffer in 1587 by Thomas Gairden. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref>

The Guthrie account holds that Alexander Guthrie was murdered by his cousin, Thomas Gairden of Legatston and that he was avenged by his nephew, William Guthrie, who killed Patrick Gardyne. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref>

Eventually the Guthries were able to claim victory when David, the tenth laird, sold the castle and much of the land and instead acquired the estate of Lawton.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref>

Seventeenth Century

In 1603 David Gardyne of that Ilk married Janet Lindsay, daughter of Sir David Lindsay, Lord Edzell. This family failed in the direct male line and are now represented by Bruce-Gardyne of Middleton.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref>

John Gardyne of Lawton and Middleton (died after 1704) was a Scottish laird. He served as the Member of Parliament of Scotland for the County of Angus in 1667.

He was the son of David Gardyne, 10th Laird of Gardyne and last Gardyne of that Ilk, and his wife Janet Lindsay, daughter of Sir David Lindsay, Lord Edzell, a judge and the son of David Lindsay, 9th Earl of Crawford. John Gardyne of Middleton was married to Elizabeth Arbuthnott and they had issue reputedly, 3 sons and 18 daughters.

Alexander Gardyne (c.1585–1642?), of Banchory, was an advocate who also composed poetical works. <ref>J. Derrick McClure, ‘Garden , Alexander (c.1585–1642?)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 27 May 2014</ref>

Gardyne of Troup

The arms are now held by the Gardyne family of Troup, who are descendants.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref>


Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne is an entrepreneur and cookery expert. <ref></ref>