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Udny are a Scottish family or kin-group who do not have a chief and are therefore considered an armigerous clan. They are associated with the lands and parish of Udny in Aberdeenshire.<ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 467</ref>


The earliest record of this family is from 1406.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref> Ranald de Uldeny received a charter from David II.

Udny Castle

Udny Castle is still the home of members of the Udny family.<ref>http://www.britainirelandcastles.com/Scotland/Aberdeenshire/Udny-Castle.html (accessed 19th June 2014)</ref> It is around four miles south of the village of Tarves.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref> It is said the costs of building nearly ruined the family.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref>

Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

The Laird of Udny supported Mary, Queen of Scots and later Charles I.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref> They moved to Knockhall Castle in 1634 and it was captured by Covenanting troops under the Earl of Errol and the Earl Marischal, and again the following year. On both occasions the Laird escaped. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref>

Alexander, twelfth of that Ilk became famous as the last employer of a professional jester.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref> He became famous for saving the family from death in the fire which destroyed Knockhall Castle in 1734.<ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 467</ref>

The family returned to Udny Castle. During the nineteenth century it was expanded into a vast neo-baronial mansion, but was returned to its original size through demolition during the 1960s.<ref>https://www.flickr.com/photos/62445171@N00/3078810123/ (accessed 19th July 2014)</ref>