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Clan Gartshore are a Scottish kin-group or family from Dunbartonshire who do not have a chief recognised by the Lord Lyon, and are therefore considered an armigerous clan.


The Gartshore family take their name from the lands of Gartshore, near Kirkintilloch in Dunbartonshire. <ref>George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia, 393</ref> They were granted these lands between 1211 and 1231 by a charter of Alexander II. <ref> (accessed 27th May 2014) </ref>

Sixteenth Century

In 1594 John Gartshore of that Ilk is surety for the burgesses of Kirkintilloch. <ref> (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref>

Seventeenth Century

During the troubled reign of Charles I, Patrick Gartshore of that Ilk was reputed to be a “gentleman of honour and a brave soldier.” <ref> (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref>

He is likely to have been the “Laird of Gartshore” who appears in the records of Parliament as a Commissioner on Loans and Taxes, 1643; on the Committee of War, 1647-48; and as Member of Parliament for Dumbartonshire, 1685-86.<ref> (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref> Another source states that 'the family were almost ruined by their loyalty to Charles I'.<ref> (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref> Following the death of Patrick Gartshore without heirs, the estate and title passed to his brother James, a clergyman.

Eighteenth Century

Dr. Maxwell Gartshore (d.1812) was the grandson of James Gartshore of that Ilk. He wrote extensively and his works are considered the basis of modern obstetrics. <ref>Plean, Squire, Encyclopedia, 393</ref> <ref> (accessed 27th May 2014)</ref> In 1745 the Laird of Gartshore was imprisoned by Charles Edward Stuart, the 'Young Pretender' in reprisal for a failed assassination attempt as he marched through Kirkintilloch.

Nineteenth Century

In 1813 the estate passed to Marjorie Gartshore, known as May. She never married and for unclear reasons bequeathed the estate to John Murray, a child who was the fourth son of the Lord Lieutenant of Scotland, over other Garshore relatives. A condition was that he adopted the name Gartshore. John Murray Gartshore is said to have gambled and drank heavily, eventually losing both lands and house. They were brought by Alexander Whitelaw, an industrialist, in 1879. He demolished the original Gartshore House and built a baronial mansion.<ref> (accessed 27th May 2014) </ref> The Gartshore family remained resident in the area in reduced circumstances. After being owned by the Whitelaw family for nearly a century, the house was demolished in 1955 after attempts to find an alternative use for it failed. <ref> (accessed 27th May 2014) </ref>

Twentieth Century

In the late twentieth century this family suffered further misfortune and notoriety. However in 2006 Sandra Brown (nee. Gartshore) was awarded an OBE for services to child protection. <ref></ref>