Dunlop Royalty
Dunlop of Dunlop

In the 11th Century, a Norman named De Moreville was deeded Dunlop Hill, by Malcolm II, displacing the Celtic Mormaer whose line had ruled there for ages and were probably of Noble lineage of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. Dom Godfrey de Ross dwelt there for the Morevilles, and was named the Sheriff of Ayr and Kyle during the reign of David II. The Celtic Mormaer was granted lands nearby and appointed Huntsman to the Norman Knight, considered to be a great honor. Due to the politics of the region, De Ross lost his lands supporting the Baliol cause, (including Dunlop Hill) and the Huntsman (Dunlop of Dunlop) regained possession. The following listing refers as far back as records exist for this part of the country. By no means is this a complete listing, as records for the Strathclyde Nobility have not been found. Legends have the Dunlops there as early as 82AD, when Agricola, the Roman general , made his first advance up the west coast. 

NOTE: The Dunlop's who came to America from Scotland changed the spelling of the family name “D-u-n-l-o-p” to
“D-u-n-l-a-p “; however, the family from the Scottish highlands always used the name Dunlap”.

is the brief form of the Latin word  dominus” (master) and was used in Scotland to denote nobility . . . such as lord, baron, peer, etc.

 “Of that Ilk” in Scotland refers to “of that name” or “of that same place’.

Dominus Gulliemus (William) de Dunlop, 1260 DOM. GULLIEMUS de DUNLOP, who appears in a notarial copy of an inquest, in the Charter Chest in the borough of Irvine, in 1260, in a cause betwixt the burgh and Dom. Godfredus de Ross. Dom  Gulliemus de Dunlop was of equal rank with close by Barons of the Realm, including Dom de Balliol, Dom de Fleming, Dom de Crawford and Dom de Gray. Dominus was used to designate a Lord, Baron, or Peer of the Realm.

Neil Fitz-Robert de Dunlop, 1306 Found on the Ragman Rolls. Forfeited his lands for supporting Balliol against the Bruce.

Gaps in records.

James de Dunlop 14th Century land Valuation of Ayr County as possessor of Dunlop.

John de Dunlop 1407 Recipient of charter from Hugh Blare.

Alexander Dunlop, son of John, b  About 1437, 5th of that Ilk took the title “of that Ilk” in Reign of James I. (“Of that Ilk” is unique to the Scots, meaning “Chief of the Name”.)

John Dunlop, 6th of that Ilk, son of Alexander, circa 1450. d 1484

Constantine Dunlop, 7th of that Ilk, Laird of HuntHall in 1483. Married a Douglas. His daughter Janet married the great-grandson of Robert II, James Stuart, Sheriff of Bute. Her son became the first Earl of Bute. Sons Alexander and John.

Alexander Dunlop, 8th of that Ilk, son of Constantine, held sway until 1507.

John Dunlop, 9th of that Ilk, son of Constantine, 1507-1509. John married daughter of 4th Earl of Douglas, granddaughter of Robert III, Marion Douglas. Sons Alexander and Constantyn

Alexander Dunlop, 10th of that Ilk, son of John, 1509-1547 Had the Patronage of the Parish of Dunlop. Had Royal Charter to settle his estates. He married Ellen (or Helen) Cunningham , probably daughter of Sir William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn and Lady Katherine Borthwick. Sons James, William, Constantyn, Robert, Andrew.  Robert Dunlop, son of Alexander, founded Dunlops of Hapland

James Dunlop, 11th of that Ilk, son of Alexander, 1547-1558. He married Elizabeth (Isabel) Hamilton of Orbieston, daughter of Gavin Hamilton of Orbiston and Margaret Hamilton.  Children: James, Alexander, Allen, Margaret

Alexander Dunlop, 12th of that Ilk, son of James, 1558-1596 

James Dunlop, 13th of that Ilk, son of Alexander, 1596-1617 Married Jean Somerville of Cambusnethan, daughter of Sir James Somerville, 3rd of Cambusnethan and Katherine Murray of Falahall. Their Arms are still today on Dunlop House. James had built the 3rd Dunlop House in 1599. The House blessing in the Atrium of Dunlop House was created by him and bears his monogram merged with Jean’s. Their son John founded the branch at Garnkirk from which the titled branch of Glasgow derives. Their son William founded the branch at Bloak, and son Thomas the branch at Househill. James and Jean are the great-grandparents of Sir Walter Scott. James (married Margaret Hamilton); Alexander; John; William (Robert of Bloak); Thomas of Househill (married Grissel Cochran; Allan; Dorothy (Married James Stewart); Christian (Married David Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh.)  John started the Garnkirk Branch, First Laird of Garnkirk (1634-1662). Son James was second Laird of Garnkirk (1662-1695). James, Third of Garnkirk..(1695-  )

James Dunlop, 14th of that Ilk, son of James, 1617-1634 James was a conspicuous Convenanter, resisting Charles I. He married Margaret Hamilton of Orbieston, daughter of the Most Reverend Gavin Hamilton , Bishop of Galloway.

James Dunlop, 15th of that Ilk, son of James, 1634-1670 James was outstanding among the leaders of the Covenant. He built the Dunlop aisle of the Dunlop Kirk, where his initials and his likeness can be found in ornamental work. He married Elizabeth Cunninghame of Corsehill, daughter of Alexander Cunningham, 4th of Corsehill and Mary Houston of Houston.

Alexander Dunlop, 16th of that Ilk, son of James, 1670-1683 Another champion of Presbyterianism. The accounts of the Dunlop family in Burke's Peerage and Baronetage (16th ed.) and in J. G. Dunlop's The Dunlops of Dunlop (1939), give some detail of the early Carolina colonist, Alexander Dunlop's life to 1685. Following his arrest in 1683 and indictment in the following year, Dunlop emigrated to South Carolina, where the Lords Proprietor appointed him sheriff of Port Royal County in 1685. In Carolina he became associated with two politically powerful men, Henry Erskine, 3rd Baron Cardross, and William Dunlop, a relative and local militia commander, both of whom had arrived in 1684. It appears that Alexander Dunlop returned to Scotland by early 1686, probably with the intention of returning to Port Royal, given that he had accepted money and goods from the wives of Cardross and William Dunlop to deliver in Carolina. Dunlop, however, sailed first to Antigua, shipping goods from there to Port Royal by way of his servant Thomas Steel, and then returned to Scotland. There is no firm evidence that Dunlop ever returned to Carolina, and both Cardross and William Dunlop returned to England after 1688 and the accession of William III. Alexander married Antonia Brown of Fordal, daughter of Major General Sir John Brown of Fordal and Mary (or Marion) Scott of Rossie. 

Sir John Dunlop, 17th of that Ilk, son of Alexander, 1684-1706.

Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Dunlop, 18th of that Ilk, brother of John, 1706-1748. Francis was one of the peers and gentlemen of Scotland deputed in 1707 ( following the Act of Union of Scotland with England to form the "United Kingdom of Great Britain", and following the adjournment, in 1707, of the Parliament of Scotland [until 1998]) to witness the deposition and walling up, in the Crown Room of Edinburgh Castle, the Honours of Scotland (i.e. the Crown and Sceptre of Scotland. Francis married (1) Susannah Leckie of Newlands (mother of his eldest son and successor, John) daughter of John Leckie of Newlands (Fifeshire) and Mary Anderson of Dowhill; and (2) Magdalene Kinlock of Gilmourton.

John Dunlop, 19th of that Ilk, son of Francis, 1747-1784. John was deputized by the County of Ayr to assist the Duke of Cumberland against Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745-6. John married Frances Anna Wallace, future friend and patron  of the Immortal Robbie Burns. The daughter of Sir Thomas Wallace of Craigie, 5th Bt. and Eleanor Agnew of Lochryan, Frances was descended from Sir Adam (some say Richard) Wallace, Chief of Clan Wallace, eldest brother of Sir Malcolm Wallace, who was the father of Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland and the now Immortal hero of "Braveheart" fame. Her son Thomas Dunlop took the name Dunlop-Wallace and the lands of Craigie when his grandfather Sir Thomas Wallace died without male heir. Her other sons carried the blood of many kings through her lineage. The Chieftainship of Dunlop was taken up by many of her and John's offspring and may still be held today by them. Both Wallace-Dunlops and Dunlop-Wallaces lines still exist today. Anthony Wallace Dunlop.

Brigadier-General Sir Andrew Wallace Dunlop, 20th of that Ilk, son of John, 1784-August 24, 1804. Andrew served as a Brigadier-General, and fought in the American Revolution(1775-1783) as a British Officer, then died in command of the island of Antigua, British West Indies on August 24, 1804. He died unmarried and without children. He was a correspondent of Robert Burns, receiving a letter on May 31rst, 1788 about Burns' marriage.

Lieutenant-General Sir James Wallace Dunlop, 21st of that Ilk, brother to Andrew, 1804-1832. He served in the American war, where he attained the rank of Major. He commanded an assaulting column at the seige of Seringapatam, India. Returning to Britain, he attained the rank of Major General under Wellington (Fifth Division) during the Peninsular War of 1808-1814. In 1815 he was elected a MP for the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. His son, John Dunlop was MP for Ayr and was created a baronet in 1838. James was born at Dunlop House on June 19th, 1759 and died on March 30th 1832 at Colvend, Southwick, Kincardineshire, Scotland. He married Julia Baillie on 20 July 1802, the daughter of Hugh Baillie of Monctoun. They had three sons: John, Hugh, and Andrew.

Captain Sir John Wallace Dunlop, 22nd of that Ilk,1st Bt., son of James, 1832-1839 John served with the Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards. He was later a member of Parliament. He was born on 10th April 1804 at Southwick, Kincardineshire, Scotland and died on 2nd April 1839 in Hastings, Kent, England. On 17th November 1829 in London he married Charlotte Constance Jackson, daughter of General Sir Richard Downs Jackson KCB (Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath)

Major Sir James Wallace Dunlop, 23rd of that Ilk, 2nd Bt., son of John, 1839-1858 Sir James served with the Coldstream Guards. Born on 22nd August 1830 and died on 10 February 1858 in Hyers, France. Sir James died unmarried and with no known children.

Admiral Sir Hugh Wallace Dunlop, R.N., 24th of that Ilk, 1858-1887 Sir Hugh was born 10th February 1806 at Brighton, England and died at his home 15th April 1887 at 106th St George's Square, London, England. He was married to Ellen Clementina Cockburn, only daughter of Robert Cockburn, niece to Lord Cockburn. They had a son, James Andrew Robert Wallace Dunlop.

Vice Admiral Sir James Andrew Robert Wallace Dunlop, R.N. 25th of that Ilk, 1887-1892 James was born on 30 August 1832 at 7 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland and died on 18th January 1892 at his father's home at 106th St George's Square, London, England. He was married to Agnes Harriet White and had no children.

Keith Wallace Dunlop, 26th of that Ilk,1892-1910 When Sir James died without issue, the line of succession to the Chiefship of the Clan Dunlop reverted back to the line of John Wallace Dunlop (6th son of John Dunlop, 19th of that ilk and his wife Frances Anna Wallace) and his wife Magdalene Dunlop, his first cousin, through their eldest son John Andrew Wallace Dunlop (17 Oct.1788- 17 Sept.1843 at St Heliers, Jersey, Channel Islands) and his wife Elizabeth Sandwith, through their eldest son Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop (2 June 1823 at Ratnaghiri, Madras, India- 15 November 1887) and his second wife Lucy Dowson, to their eldest son Keith Wallace Dunlop. Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop and his wife Lucy Dowson had two other sons, Arthur, and Hugh, in addition to Keith. Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop and his first wife, Elizabeth Gage, had no children.
Keith was born on the 30th August 1863 at Bareilly. He emigrated to the USA, moved to San Francisco to join his uncle and aunt and became a fruit-farmer. He lost his way while returning home in a snow-storm in the winter of 1910 and was found dead in the snow. He was unmarried and childless.


Major Arthur Wallace Dunlop, 27th of that Ilk, 1910-1937 Line reverts to second son of Lucy Dowson and Robert Henry Wallace Dunlop. Arthur was born 1 January 1866 at Lakefield, near Inverness, Scotland and died 15 February 1937 at Guildford, Surrey, England. Major Dunlop served with the 23rd Sikh Pioneers. He married Barbara Britton of New York, USA. They had three sons, Roy Neil, Keith Stuart (b 30 May 1924) and Ian (b 22 March 1929).



Roy Neil Wallace Dunlop, 28th of that Ilk,1937-1989 eldest son of Barbara Britton of New York and Major Arthur Wallace Dunlop. Roy was born on 19 December 1922 and died 4 January 1989 in Panama. Placed as Head of Dunlop Family by J.G. Dunlop in his book "The Dunlops of Dunlop: of Aucheskaith, Keppoch, and Gairbraid", written in 1939. According to his family, he had no known male heirs, but possibly one daughter.


Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop, 29th of that Ilk, and Current Chief 1989-?; second son of Arthur(27th). Keith has a son, James Wallace Dunlop, b 1968. They reside in Devon, England. On October 6th, 2002, Keith and Ian were contacted first by Dunlop/Dunlap Family Society Board Members Sir John Dunlop and then Mike Dunlap, following a lead given to them by Hugh NanKivell of Australia. The Family is actively matriculating the Arms of Dunlop with the Lord Lyon Court.


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