Adam Masterton of Grange(died 1695)

Adam Masterton of Grange (died 1695)

Life Guard, and tutor to John Philip

Adam Masterton of Grange was a Life Guard in the service of the crown, and involved in repressing covenanters. He was author of a petition to parliament in 1690 on behalf of John Philip, to attempt to recover lands lost by his uncle John Philip, minister of Queensferry, who had been imprisoned on the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth in 1683, and died there. During this time, the Bass Rock was a State Prison and was used to imprison covenanters, many of them ministers.


Adam Masterton was a member of the family of Mastertons with their family seat at Easter Grange in Fife, probably related to the Mastertons of Parkmill. He was the son of John Masterton of Easter Grange. For a fuller genealogy of the Mastertons of Grange, click here.

Chronicles of the Atholl and Tullibardine Families

5 June 1678

LINLITHGOW, 5th June 1678.

There follows a list of four groups, including one headed by:

CORNET . . George Murray
BRIGADIER . . Sir Mungo Murray Perth
Peter Agnew son of Patk Agnew of Airds, Galloway. Wigtown
James Brown Bailie in Stirling. Stirling....
Adam Masterton of Grange. Fife....

1 Compiled from Andrew Ross's article on Militia in "Muster Roll of Perthshire." but this scored out and replaced in manuscript with "The King's Life Guards" in "A Military History of Perthshire, 1660-1902."

Chronicles of the Atholl and Tullibardine Families
John, Seventh Duke of Atholl, KT
Volume I (of Five)
Addenda, pp. xxxvii - xli
Ballantyne Press
Edinburgh, 1908

Register of the Privy Council of Scotland

Third Series Vol VI, 1678-80.

4 August 1680, Edinburgh

The Lords, considering that several of the commissioners of excise and for the militia and justices of peace in the shire of Perth are either deceased or infirm, do nominate and appoint the following persons to sit and act as such, and to be admitted in the usual manner; viz., the Earl of Menteith, Mr James Edmeston of Newtone, Patrick Halden of Landrick, John Stirling of Kippendavie, Henry Home of Argatie, George Grahame of Inschbraikie, John Drummond of Machanie, David, Lord Ruthven, John Stewart, younger of Bairntullie, Thomas Hay of Balhoussie, Lieutenant-General William Drummond of Cromlix, George Drummond of Millnab, Anthony Murray of Reath, John Maxtoun of Cultoqwhey, Patrick Murray of Dolleries, James Fentoun of Minenearne, Walter Stewart of Kincarroqwhy, John Murray of Pitullan, Andrew Blair of Inschyra, Thomas Moncrieff of that Ilk, Adam Mastertoune of Grange, Charles Stewart, younger of Ballachen, Alexander Stewart of Clune, James Murray of Arthurstan, William Fullartoun of that Ilk, Patrick Smyth of Methven, James Ratray of Craighall, James Ogilvie of Clunie, Patrick Murray, younger of Auchtertyre, John Murray, younger of Arbenie, Sir Andrew Murray of Cleen, Thomas Nairne of Kirkhill, the Laird of Pitcurre, the Laird of Bamff, younger, the Laird of Ardblair, younger, the Laird of Monyvaird, Charles Stewart of Rotmell, William Stewart, younger of Kinnaird, ...Nairne of Craigie, Andrew Small of Darnean, the Laird of Keir, Patrick Stewart of Lews, Patrick Hay of Cairnies, John Mercer of Potterhill, John Stewart, younger of Stentone, John Stewart of Bonskeid, .... Stewart of Urchillmoir.

The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
P Hume Brown (ed)
Third Series, Vol VI, 1678-80
p. 522
HM General Register House
Edinburgh, 1914

Memorialls, 1638 to 1684

Rev. Robert Law

A very wonderful vision is recorded in the MS. memoirs of the Rev. Mr Blackadder, as having been seen during the dispersion of a field-conventicle, held in the year 1674.

"There was a meeting on Lomond hills, where Mr John Wallwood, a young man, but grave and pious, and of good understanding, preached to the meeting; there came a party of the life-guards, commanded, as I heard, by Adam Masterton of Grange, younger; the meeting was on the hill; the troopers essayed to ride up to them, I suppose between sermons; the people stood on the face of the brae, and the soldiers shot bullets among the people, with carabins and pistells, and , as I heard, charged five or six several times; but though the ball lighted among men, women, and children, and went through some of their hair, and brake upon the stones beside them, yet hurt none, which was observed as a wonder to all present; the soldiers seeing the people stand still, and not stir, were forced to retire, (some of them had their horses hurt with the stones cast down from the hill), and sent to call some of the people to capitulate with, desiring them to dismiss. The people answered, they were not to stay any longer thatn the public worship was ended; they told them also, they could not leave the hill till they had security to get no harm from them, which they did promise, but this was kept as many other of that sort; for, after the bulk of the people were gone, the troopers fell on the hindermost, plundering and stripping them, and apprehended about 18 prisoners. It was affirmed by some women who stayed at home, that they clearly perceived as the form of a tall man, majestick like, stand in the air, in stately posture, with the one leg as it were advanced before the other, standing above the people all the time of the soldier's shooting. The wrytter hearing of this afterward, did write to ane honest man in that country to send him notice of the certainty of that vision, and the above said relation was returned in write to him, under honest men's hands, whom he knew, and more than is here; but the women knew not of the soldier's onset till the folk came home, to whom they told the vision that severall of them had seen all the time."

Memorialls; or, The Memorable Things that fell out within this island of Brittain from 1638 to 1684
Rev. Mr Robert Law
Edited from the MS by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
p 96. footnote
Archibald Constable and Co.
Edinburgh, 1818

December 1, 1680 one ..... Skien, brother to the Laird of Skien and related to the Earl of Marr and other noblemen, and one Stewart, a skipper's son, of Borroustounness, and one Potter, all three being formerly apprehended, did, before the king's councell at Edinburgh, adhere to the late covenant, and Sanchar declaration; and being questioned, whether they would kill the king and his counsellors, if it were in their power? answered affirmatively, they would. They suffered death the said day at Edinburgh; the two last having their heads cutt off after they were hanged, the friends of the first having pled that his head might not be cutt off and fixed with the rest.* One poor man, present at his execution, declared his adherence to their opinions, and was seized on and made prisoner; another of that gang sett upon the Earl of Marr's servant, carrying home some things to his lady. He was a webster, and meeting with the Laird of Grange, setts upon him also in the way, and told him he would kill him, because he was an enemy to God and his people, and struck att him with his sword. The gentleman shoots a pistol at him to fright him fra him, but the more eager he grew upon him. At length the gentleman rode him down and apprehended him. All these deeds they justify, and affect a martyrdom as did the donatis of old; much lyke are they to Peter Burchet, who, in Queen Elizabeth's tyme, in England, an. 1573, a gentleman of the Middle Temple, he maintained this frantick opinion, that it was lawful to kill them that opposed the truth of the gospel, and so far was he possessed with this opinion, that he assaulted the famous seaman, Captain Hawkins, and wounded him with a dagger, taking him for Hatton, who at that tyme was in great favour with the queen and of the privy councill , whom he had been informed to be a great adversary to innovations; whereupon the queen caused send Burchet to the Tower, where, taking a brand out of the fyre, he stuck it into the braines of one of his keepers, named Hew Longworth, and killed him, for which fact he was condemned of murder, and his ryt hand cut off and nailed to the gallows, and then himself was hanged. Baker's Histor. p.371. Bloody opinions and practices have for their event bloody ends to them that intertain and practise them, and indeed they are nothing else but the doctrine of Antichrist.

* "James, brother to the Laird of Skeen, Archibald Stewart, skipper in Borrowstounness, and Hamilton in Broxburn, and Sprewell, apothecarie in Glasgow, are apprehended. Skeen gave in a petition to the councell for a reprieve, which was granted to 1st December; but having repented thereof, he, Potter, and Stewart were all three hanged at Edinburgh Cross, the 1st December 1680, Skeen being all cloathed in white linnin to his very shoes and stockings, in affectation of innocencie. Mr John Lauder, younger of Fountainhall, went and conversed them in prison the day before their death, but they were so bigotted, that he cound not get them convinced of their follys, but were all for cutting off the king." - LORD FOUNTAINHALL's Diary, MS.

Memorialls; or, The Memorable Things that fell out within this island of Brittain from 1638 to 1684
Rev. Mr Robert Law
Edited from the MS by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
pp 167-8
Archibald Constable and Co.
Edinburgh, 1818

See also Jardine's Book of Martyrs

Register of the Privy Council of Scotland

Third Series, Vol XII, 1686.

February 1686, Edinburgh

p. 63: 66."A list of witnesses aduced in the lybell James Mackie and others against Broomhall and others:-
"HORSEMEN":- ..... Adam Mastertone of East Grange....
"FUTEMEN":- ......William Mastertone, workman....

p. 570: "Ane list of the witnesses ......
....William Mastertoun, ab...
....Adam Mastertoune, ab......

The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
Henry Paton (ed)
Third Series, Vol XII, 1686
pp. 63, 570
HM General Register House
Edinburgh, 1930

Register of the Privy Council of Scotland

Vol XII, Third Series. 1686.

17 June 1686, Edinburgh

"Upon the bill given in by Adam Mastertoun of Grange and George Haliday, merchant in Edinburgh, against John Philp, complaining that these papers which had been produced amongst the papers belonging to Mr John Philp wer abstracted, and desireing that the oathes of all parties suspect might be interrogat therupon and depon either as to the abstracting, embazling or away taking thereof or as to the knowledge where the same are, the Lordis remitts to the Earle of Lauderdale, the Lords Justice Clerk and Castlehill or any two of them to call any such persons and to interrogate them accordingly, and impones them upon recept thereof to be furthcomand for the use of the said John Philp to deliver up the same."

17 June 1686, Edinburgh

436. Supplication by Adam Maistertoune of Grange and George Halyday, merchant in Edinburgh, his brother-in-law, in name and behalf of John Philip, son of deceased David Philip, merchant there, as follows:- The deceased Mr John Philip, uncle to the petitioner, was fined by the Council 2000l. Sterling, and his charter-chest and whole papers were seized and secured in the hands of the Clerks of Exchequer, including bonds, etc. Belonging to the said John Philip, left in his uncle’s custody when his father died. The petitioner being hitherto destitute of such friends as would own or countenance him or his affairs or pursue for the debts owing to his father, these papers lay uncalled for these four years past, during which time John Broune, glover in Edinburgh, has alimented the petitioner and his now deceased sister, without receiving any satisfaction, only upon the said Adam and George’s promise to see him paid if anything were recovered of the father’s debts. These debts, by the insolvency of the debtors, are now desperate, and seeing the said persons are near relatives of the petitioner and willing to engage not only to pay the aliment foresaid but maintain the petitioner in future and recover what they can, to prevent his utter ruin and starving, they crave delivery of the papers and moveables and power to uplift the debts and apply them for maintaining the petitioner. (On the back) Edinburgh 17th June 1686. The Lords remit to the Earls of Linlithgow and Lawderdale, Lords Justice Clerk and Castlehill, or any two of them, to call and examine upon oath the persons receiving and transporting the charter-chest and all havers of papers, with power to deliver up to the petitioners such of the writs as properly belong to the said John Philpe, with the moveables, to be applied as above. (Signed) “PERTH, CANCELL., I.P.D.” (At the foot) “This is deliverance of Councill tho not wreaten with my owne hand.”

437. Another copy of the immediately preceding petition by Adam Mastertoun of Grange.

438. Scroll of part of the finding of the Lords on the petition by Adam Masterton of Grange.

The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
Henry Paton (ed)
Vol XII, Third Series, 1686
pp 251, 261-62
HM General Register House
Edinburgh, 1930

Register of the Privy Council of Scotland

Vol XV, Third Series. 1690

6 March 1690, Edinburgh

Petition by Adam Mastertoun of Grainge : He is near relation of John Philp, lawful son to the deceased David Philp, merchant in Edinburgh and heir to deceased Mr John Philp, minister of the gospel, who was fined £2000 sterling for alleging the late King James to be popishly inclined and incarcerated in the Bass for non-payment where he died. At the desire of Sir Alexander Gibsone and Sir James Fleming, nearer relations to the said John, he obtained from the Lords of Exchequer a gift of tutory-dative to John a few years ago and acted ever since in that capacity by infefting him in lands and heritages as representing his father and uncle and by entertaining him and pursuing several actions in his name, and otherwise acting for him.

Lately, while he was in England in their Majesties’ service, .........Cuming, son to Jasper Cuming, merchant in Edinburgh, during the surcease of justice obtained himself to be served tutor-in-law to John and applied last October to the said Lords, craving delivery of the pupil and all the evident of his fortune. The petitioner having represented in answer thereto that the tutor-in-law could not have the custody of the pupil nor the management of his affairs, in regard he was the next heir, and that “the pretended tutor-in-law was not past twenty five years himself and that he was a nottour bankrupt, both he and his father liveing upon the charity of the good town of Edinburgh, neyther was the cautione found by him nor the clerk who did receive the same worth the twentieth pairt of the pupils fortaine”, the Lords refused to determine the point of right, but remitted it to the judge ordinary, since which time the tutor-in-law has not offered to insist, till now the petitioner is informed that he has arrested the pupil’s rents and has raised or intends to raise a process of forthcoming, in order to his intromitting therewith.

By this the petitioner cannot have access to any part of the pupil’s means for his entertainment or management of his affairs. He is able to make it appear that the tutor-in-law is a minor and a bankrupt and the cautioner “not worth a sixpence” and that the pupil’s person is neglected through his want of access to his fortune and his affairs going to ruin, the tenants and others liable to him in payment becoming insolvent and refusing to answer and obey the petitioner. The estate of Mr John Philp is “ane opulent fortaine” and is wrongly intromitted with by Lord Lindores, who seized upon it for payment of Mr Philp’s fine, of which he had a gift. It is represented, as a rational expedient for the good of the pupil’s person and his interest, that his person be sequestrated and put in the custody of some person whom the Lords shall think fit, that the tutor-in-law and his accomplices may not have such access as to impose upon him in the choice of his curators, he being past thirteen years of age; and the petitioner is content that the pupil’s estate, particularly the rents of the lands of Ormestone and others belonging to Mr John Philp, be also sequestrated and intromitted with by any whom the Lords shall nominate and who shall find sufficient caution and look after his entertainment and education and account with petitioner for what he has disbursed and reimburse him. The Lords ordain John Philp to be put in the hands of Sir Alexander Gibson of Pentland, one of the Clerks of Session, until he choose his curators, and appoint the curators, when chosen, to make payment to the petitioner of what he has disbursed on John Philp’s account.

7 May 1690, Edinburgh

..Petition by John Philp, son of the deceased David Philp, merchant in Edinburgh, as Adam Mastertoune of Grange, his tutor-dative, craving a warrant to a committee of the Council to break open "two sealled pocks" in the hands of the clerks. The Lords add Lord Cardross, Sir James Montgomery of Skelmorley and the Laird of Broadie to the former committee (any two to be a quorum) appointed for opening the bags and inventorying the papers belonging to the petitioner.

The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
Evan Whyte Melville Balfour-Melville(ed)
Vol XV, Third Series, 1690
pp 119-20, 234
Edinburgh, 1967

The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland

19 July 1690

Petition for John Philip and Adam Masterton of Grange

To his grace their majesties' high commissioner and the three estates of parliament, John Philip, nephew and heir to the deceased Mr John Philip, minister at Queensferry, and Adam Masterton of Grange, his tutor.

Humbly shows,

That upon 15 March 1683 there was a decreet pronounced by the late privy council against the said Mr John Philip, whereby, for one few scandalous words and which were only proven by Theodore Montgomery and Captain Kennedy in Ayr, men of ill fame and most suspect, the said Mr John was fined in £2,000 sterling, payable within the space of 15 days, under the pain of being processed to death; and was sentenced to be perpetual prisoner in the Bass, where he died through extreme grief and great hardship. And that the said Mr John paid £500 sterling of that fine to Sir Adam Blair of Carberry, and for the remainder of the fine the said Mr John's lands were first adjudged and then gifted to [John Leslie], lord Lindores, who at present possesses the same. And seeing that by the Claim of Right it is provided that the imposing of extraordinary fines is contrary to law and such fines should be considered and the damaged parties should be redressed, and also seeing it is known to various members of the honourable parliament that your petitioner is an orphan and destitute of all means of livelihood, and that the said Lord Lindores, without any just right and title, does possess the lands of Ormiston and others now pertaining to the petitioner as heir to his uncle,

May it therefore please your grace and lords to call for the said decreet of council and grounds thereof, and, upon consideration of the same, to reduce and rescind the said decreet with the gift and adjudication and all that has followed thereon. And at the least that your grace and lords will be pleased to remit your petitioner's case to the commission or committee of parliament for fines to be considered by them, with power to them upon finding of the verity of the premises to grant warrant for possessing your petitioner in his uncle's lands and estate, and also appointing them to report their opinion to your grace and lords or to this or the next session of parliament. And, in the meantime, to grant warrant to cite the Lord Lindores, the donator, to the said adjudication on six days' warning.

And your petitioner shall ever pray, etc., Adam Masterton

Their majesties' high commissioner and the estates of parliament do remit to the commission appointed for fines and forfeitures to consider this petition and to report to the next session of this or any other ensuing parliament.

[William Lindsay, earl of] Crawford, president

Edinburgh, 30 July 1690

The commission appointed for fines and forfeitures, having heard the case, do grant to the pursuer as apparent heir to Mr John Philip against the Lord Lindores upon actuation of 15 days to compear before the said committee, to the effect the fine imposed on the deceased Mr John Philip and dispenses following thereupon may not burden the lands which did belong to the said Mr John Philip to grant to his apparent heir.

Crawford, president

The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707
K.M. Brown et al eds
St Andrews, 2007
Date accessed: 2 August 2008.

Register of the Privy Council of Scotland

Vol XVI, Third Series. 1690-91.

7 July 1691, Edinburgh

“Anent a petitione given in to the Lords of their Majesties Privy Councell be Adam Mastertoune of Grainge, sheuing that the petitioner being curator sine quo non to John Philp, son and air served and retoured to David Philp, his father, and to the deceast Mr. John Philp, minister at Queensferrie, his uncle, and the said Mr. John Philp being seized upon and incarcerat for some words spoken be him against the late King James, then Duke of York, and at that tyme the said Mr. John being tutor in law to the said John Philp, his nephew, and having the custody of all his wrytes and evident, and the hail wrytes belonging to the said Mr. John and his said nephew, being seized upon by the Lord Lindoirs, were sent over to the Privy Councell.

And now the supplicant being stated in the circumstances of ane curator and lying under the necessity of doing exact diligence for the good of his puple, necessare it is that the hail wrytes and evident belonging to the said pupil his estate, aither personall or reall, aither as representing his father or uncle, be delivered up to the petitioner as curator to be made use [of] be him by the petitioner for his advantadge; and trew it is that the wrytes and evident belonging to the pupils estate are in the custody and keeping of their Lordships clerk and that ther is nothing wanting touardstheir delivering therof to the petitioner as curator forsaid but their Lordships speciall warrand for that effect. And therefore humbly craving the saids Lords to ordaine their Lordships clerks of Councell to delyver up to the petitioner such wrytes and evident as they have which doe concerne the pupils fortune, upon his receipt to be granted by him to them therefore, as the said petitione bears. The said Lords of their Majesties Privy Councell having considered the above petitione given in be Adam Mastertoune of Grainge, they grant the desire therof and ordaines the clerks of Councell to delyver up to the petitioner such wrytes and evident as they have which doe concerne the petitioners pupils fortune, upon his receipt to be granted by him therefore to the saids clerks.”

The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
Evan Whyte Melville Balfour-Melville(ed)
Vol XVI, Third Series, 1690-91
pp 407-408
HM General Register House
Edinburgh, 1967

Bamff Charters

A.D. 1232-1703

5 Feb 1692, Edinburgh


DISCHARGE BY SIR DAVID THRIEPLAND of Fingask to James Ramsay, fiar of Bamff, for 6,000 merks of tocher : 5th February 1692. (Vernacular) Paper.

DISCHARGE by Sir David Thriepland of Fingask, knight and baronet, to James Ramsay, fiar of Bamff, for 6,000 merks which the said James promised to pay as tocher with his daughter Elizabeth to Sir Patrick Thriepland, the discharger's father, now deceased, and has now paid to the said Sir David, as having right thereto by his father's testament and his office of executry. The deed is written by James Drummond, servitor to James Hay of Carribber. W.S,, and dated at Edinburgh, 5th February 1692 ; witnesses, George Drummond of Blair, James Hay of Carribber, Adam Mastertoun of Grange, and the said James Drummond. [Signed] " Da. Threipland " ; and by the witnesses.

Bamff Charters
A.D. 1232-1703
Sir James H. Ramsay (ed)
p 353
Oxford University Press