Kirkpatrick family connections to the world

Me at Closeburn Castle, which is still occupied by Kirkpatricks! Technically, I think I was trespassing onto a personal driveway, but we just took quick pictures and left.

I have been tracing my family tree and on a recent trip to Scotland managed to gather scads of material that I still need to sift through and enter into my database. However, there is a gap between our Kirkpatricks and the lords and knights of old. I think I have found the missing link, but it still needs some verification – hopefully I’ll find that in the above-mentioned scads of material.

If my links are sound and we really are descended from the Kirkpatricks of old (a probability, as there weren’t a lot of them back then and theoretically we are ALL descended from them), then that also ties us in to a couple of royal lines. For instance, Euphemia de Bruce of the royal Bruce line of Scotland, married Ivone Kirkpatrick back in the 1200’s sometime. As well, Lady Margaret de Sommerville, who was a daughter of the Royal House of Stuarts, married Sir Roger Kirkpatrick in about 1508.

The Kirkpatrick motto on the last standing wall of the old Closeburn church.

My trip was full of happy coincidences and at least once I said aloud, “These Kirkpatricks want their story told.” Maybe I’m just the gal to do it.

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51 Responses to Kirkpatrick family connections to the world

  1. Carol Kolb says:

    What does the inscription under the motto say? Thanks, Carol Kolb

  2. Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Carol. According to a publication I bought at the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society, it says:
    “In loving memory of William Kirkpatrick born at Dundrennan, Kirkcudbrightshire 20 February 1817, died at his residence Dundrennan House, Wallsall, Staffordshire 4 December 1887 during the second year of his Mayoralty —– where every inhabitant mourned his loss. (Mural above inscription panel) has Kirkpatrick coat of arms with motto I Mak Siccar.”

  3. keith kirkpatrick says:

    Dawn, I found a post on and this post was from a Dawn looking for a Bernard Kirkpatrick from Nova Scotia. Might you be the Dawn that made this post?

  4. Dawn-Ann says:

    No, I don’t think that was me, Keith, but I am intrigued by my eastern Canadian cousins. I don’t know anything about them yet but I know we must be connected. Are you from that branch?

  5. Kirk Brown says:

    I found your web pages by doing a Google search using: “Wallaces House, Kirkmichael, Dumfriesshire, Scotland”. This was the birthplace of Alexander Kirkpatrick, a distant relative of mine.

    Here’s a link to Kirkpatrick information that may interest you. I’m listed in the 9th Generation pages.

    I don’t have the resources (time mostly) to research family history, but I’d be interested to know if you someday happen to find a link.


  6. Dawn-Ann says:

    Thanks Kirk, but I don’t see that link. I wish you good luck on your search, though! :)

  7. Douglas Kirkpatrick says:

    H, Dawn-Ann and others,
    I too have been to the Closeburn Church, Dumfries, etc, but the main research problem (for me at least) isn’t what happened in Scotland but what transpired in Ulster (Northern Ireland.) My Kirkpatrick ancestors emigrated to Pennsylvania circa 1730 from Ulster but before that all genealogical data on Kirkpatricks is a black hole due to a fire in the Irish Public Records House in 1922! I presume my ancestors came over from Scotland in the late 1600’s, stayed for a generation or two and then emigrated to America in 1730 but who knows?
    BTW which Kirkpatrick branch is yours? (New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, etc)
    Good luck.

    Doug K

  8. Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Doug! I am descended from James “The Immigrant” (as I call him), who came to South Carolina about 1736. I suspect there is some Irish history in my tree, as well, but I have not yet been able to find the “missing link” between ol’ James and Scotland/Ireland. So nice to meet you, cousin! :)

  9. Douglas Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi, Dawn-Ann,

    BTW are you familiar with the James Kilpatrick of South Carolina who, circa 1736, was the first doctor in America to use vaccination to prevent small-pox? Was he “your” James Kil/Kirk of SC?

    Doug K

  10. Dawn-Ann says:

    I don’t know for sure, but the timing sure is right! I haven’t had time to investigate James’ history too much yet. Can’t wait until I retire!

  11. Mickie Sue says:

    Dear Dawn-Ann,
    My grandma is a Kirkpatrick, and a young 81. She is the oldest of 10 children. I have traced her family back 5 or 6 generations to Joseph Kirkpatrick (1838 to 1915). My grandma is from Baxter Springs, Kansas. I am not sure where the other generation came from, but would appreciate any help pointing me in the right direction. Good luck with your search.

    Mickie Sue

  12. Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Mickie Sue. Could you please elaborate with more details? I don’t think I have any of your Kirkpatricks in my database but I do have one Joseph Kirkpatrick from about that time frame. He was born in Maryland and Died in Ohio. I don’t have birth/death dates for him, though. If you could give me more details about what you’re looking for I’ll do my best to help!

  13. Hi Dawn-Ann, first of all congratulations for your blog, it has lots of information. I was looking for details about the Kirkàtricks of Closeburn and I´ve found your picture in the Castle, could I have your authoritation for publish it and label you on it? Thanks

  14. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi there, closeburncastle. I believe in sharing information, so please feel free to share my picture. If you can link it back to my blog, so much the better.

    Also, I have a Facebook presence here:

    Thanks! :)

  15. Kylie says:

    Since you’re looking into family history, this site may prove useful: unless you’ve already seen it… Not all of the info has matched information I have from my grandmother (9th gen) but it has still given things to research. I’d actually be in the 11th generation on the site, but am not (yet) listed. Please feel free to contact me.


  16. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Thanks Kylie! Yes, I have used JP’s site for a lot of my information, though I am also aware that the details may not always be accurate.

  17. Starla Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi. Love reading the information.

    Cypress Mill, TX

  18. Heather Kirkpatrick says:

    I find your research amazing. There is an old Kirkpatrick tale passed down through the generations claiming the Kirkpatrick’s were originally from Scotland and either fled or were banished after betraying The Bruce.This is when they migrated to Ireland. It is said that this is why our crest is a hand holding a bloody dagger. As I said it is a family legend, so not sure how accurate it is. My Kirkpatrick relations are mostly in Michigan now, but maybe you’ll find this information interesting.

  19. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Heather. Thank you for commenting!

    The truth is that The Bruce actually gave us our coat of arms after Sir Roger helped Bruce gain the throne. The move to Ireland (which is probably where the Kirkpatricks first came from in very ancient times) came several hundred years later. Here is a bit more about the story for your reading pleasure! :)


  20. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Glad you are enjoying my little blog, Starla. Thank you for commenting!


  21. Jess Ann says:

    Lovely picture (:
    I’ve been doing research on my mother’s side I believe her side are descendants of the Kirkpatricks because my relatives immigrated from the Isles. They’re Kilpatricks.
    I love the history of this place I actually just found a book on it.

  22. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    I love your email address, Jess. :) Thanks for your comments. We are probably cousins somewhere in the tree!


  23. Joe Martin, aka Sir William the Wander says:

    Hey lets go to watties niche (spelling?????). I have been there with Tom Caulley and I must say it was quite an adventure, although Mr. Wallace was not home at the time.

  24. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Ha ha! Sorry I almost missed your post, Joe. I was away on vacation for a little while. I have a feeling Mr. Wallace has not been home for quite sometime. I do plan to look for the old Wallace place next time I get to Scotland.

    Thanks for posting! :)

  25. Jessi says:

    Hi Dawn,
    My name is Jessi and I’m descended from the Kirkpatricks (my grandma’s maiden name). The farthest I’ve been able to trace back is to my 8x great grandfather named Hugh Kirkpatrick born 1710 in Dumfriesshire. Just wondering if you’ve come across him! thanks

  26. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Jessi! Thanks for writing. I have a few Hughs in my database, but none of them born in 1710. Who were his children and siblings, do you know? It may be a branch I’m not familiar with yet. Good luck with your research! Dawn

  27. Jessi says:

    Not sure of siblings, but his son was John Hugh Kirkpatrick and grandson was John Kirkpatrick. That’s about all I know

  28. Leslie Holland says:

    My 17times great grandparents were Sir Roger Kirkpatrick and Lady de Summerfield

  29. Bonnie Kirkpatrick says:

    My name is Bonnie Kirkpatrick. Being trying to trace my line of Kirkpatricks . As far as I can go is Hugh Kirkpatrick born 1780 died in 1815 in Dayton,Ohio. Married to Rachel Kelly. I am descended through their son Hugh.My great grandfather was James M. Kirkpatrick. People I have contact said they believe we are related to a John Hugh Kirkpatrick born in 1741 lived in the Carolinas. My feeling that we are not. Could you please help me

  30. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Bonnie. Thanks for commenting! I am afraid I do not have Hugh and Rachel in my database. I have a couple of Hughs but I cannot be sure they are the same as your ancestor. Wish I could be more help. Good luck with your research! Dawn

  31. Travis Waddle says:

    Hello Cousin Bonnie, Hugh Kirkpatrick and Rachel Kelly are my 4th great-grandparents through their daughter Catherine. I have hit a wall in the Kirkpatrick line in the same place you have. If you’d ever like to reach out to me my email is just my first name and last name at gmail. I don’t really have any more information about the Kirkpatricks but I’d like to hear a answer to Hugh’s father if you ever find one.

  32. Douglas Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi, Dawn Ann, and Everyone,
    I’ve been researching the Kirkpatrick family since 1971 but took a recent 3-year holiday to write a book about the Bernard Family (one of my other grandparents.) Now, I’m back to the Kirkpatrick/Kilpatrick search. Has anyone found any new info to tie the Kirkpatricks of Pennsylvania to Northern Ireland whence they supposedly came circa 1730?
    Appreciate any info or guesses!

  33. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Good morning, Douglas! I have not heard of anyone finding that yet. I would love to travel to Ireland to do some serious research but just do not have the time right now. Let us know if you find anything yourself. I agree that Ireland is the next best place to look.



  34. James Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi Douglas and dawn Ann im from South Africa and I’m 16 now,but my dad and his dad are from Ireland so you correct in saying it traces back to Ireland, and there dads trace back to closeburn Scotland unfortunately the castle that my family traces back to is the one that burned down because of drunk servents in the 1700s. Right now my grandpa lives in Australia and my dad in South Africa. All of this information is from the side of the family with the burned down castle.

  35. James Kirkpatrick says:

    I don’t know where my cousins which own the castle in the photo above traces to

  36. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Welcome, James in South Africa! Thanks for the message. Was the castle that burned down in Ireland or Scotland? Good luck with your research!

  37. Mitchell Kirkpatrick says:

    My grandad traced himself back to William Kirkpatrick. The majority of our lot still live in Scotland barring myself sister and father. I don’t have much more info than that but it’s certainly interesting to read all of this.

  38. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Thanks for commenting, Mitchell! What part of Scotland are you in? Back in 2008 I toured Scotland and stayed in Dumfries for a few days doing research. I love the country and enjoyed my visit very much!

  39. GLORIA Goodman says:

    There is a great book available on Amazon called, “The Closeburn Kirkpatricks”. It has complete genealogical data…….. I just ordered and received it, and it answers lots of questions that I had.

  40. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Thanks Gloria! I have that book, too. I think it got some of the lines mixed up a little but it was still very helpful. :)

  41. Kevin Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi, Dawn-Ann. I’m another likely relative … a direct descendent from James Kirkpatrick born in 1715 who emigrated first to Belfast as a boy of 10 in 1725 and then as a young man to the U.S. in 1736, arriving at New Castle Delaware.

    I’ve encountered the same frustrations you have, I’m sure, with some Internet and written sources having incomplete and even inaccurate information that is repeated and then taken as fact. For instance, I’ve had difficulty confirming the birth year of James’ son Francis (1735 or 1737) who married twice and had a son, John on April 24, 1787.

    I’ve also found conflicting information about James’ father, Alexander, who is buried in Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church cemetery in Somerset County, NJ. I know he died on June 3, 1758. His headstone states that he died at 61 years of age, which would place his likely birth in 1697, but other sources have claimed he was born in 1670 (which would have made him 88 at his death, which is extremely unlikely for that time period).

    In any event, if there are any reputable sources you can point me to, I would be very grateful! And thank you for your blog.

  42. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Thanks so much for your comments, Kevin. (And lovely to meet you, Cuz!) I think we both have the same information on James “The Immigrant” Kirkpatrick, probably gleaned largely from the same source (jpkirkpatrick’s website). But I’ve had my doubts about his father being the Alexander mentioned there and I’m thinking a trip to Ireland is in my future so I can get down to the nitty gritty of this family. I have a feeling once I can get in there and dig through what records remain (many in Ireland got destroyed in wars and such) I will figure it out. If I make any breakthroughs I will be sure to post them here! :)

  43. Kathy Dyer says:

    Hi Dawn-Ann,

    I am a direct descendent of Adam Kirkpatrick (1772-1854) and Rosannah Patton (1777-1817) who were married in Harrison, Kentucky in 1797. I’ve found photos of their marriage bond and marriage records with Adam’s signature. I’m having trouble finding any information other than “probable” of who was Adam’s father was. I think (thought) it was Samuel Kirkpatrick (1739-1814) who was married to Margaret Dickey (1749-?), daughter of Michael Dickey. Recently I found information that Samuel may have had a brother named Thomas who may be Adam’s father. And, that Thomas’ and Samuel’s father was also named Thomas and he was the original immigrant. Does any of this sound familiar to you? I would be grateful for any information. Many thanks.

  44. Kathy Dyer says:

    I should add that Adam may have been born in Pennsylvania or possibly in Augusta county, Virginia. I know he spent at least part of his youth in Virginia and moved to Kentucky before he married Rosannah. He died in Adams county Ohio and he is buried in Cherry Fork Cemetery.

  45. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Thanks for your questions and comments, Kathy. I had a whole long reply written out here and somehow lost it! I will email you at your gmail address. (Always nice to meet a new cousin, by the way!)

  46. Susan Fulwiler Fister says:

    Hi Dawn-Ann,
    I love (and have become addicted to) your blog! While doing research on my Kirkpatrick side of the family for entrance into the Daughters of the American Revolution, I became intrigued by the continued Kirkpatrick lineage. I keep hitting a brick wall when I reach Alexander B. Kirkpatrick (1741-1825) married to Jane Stewart (1743-1815). I keep finding contradictions in the direct lineage before that. The birthdates, marriages and dates of death for his father, Andrew Kirkpatrick (1710-1777) and generations before keep conflicting. I know there is a Watties Neach, Dumfriesshire connection. The dates of immigration to America via Ireland
    match, but with more contradictions. Would you be able to shine some light on my dilemma? FYI: Generations after my family left Scotland,
    they settled in New Jersey, North Carolina, then Virginia and finally Texas.

  47. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Susan! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I do enjoy blogging, although I am not always consistent with it.

    Unfortunately, I share your confusion about the Kirkpatrick lines back then. I am thinking a trip to Ireland to do some research is in order. I believe that is where some of the missing links will be found. I’ve been gathering notes and planning a research trip for quite some time but I don’t know when I’ll be able to go. If I find the elusive info you will read it here first! :)

    I would love to help you more specifically with your query but I am currently on the road, living in my van for the summer, if you can believe that! All my research is in storage. Do let me know if you make any breakthroughs and keep an eye on this blog in case I make any myself! :)

  48. Patricia Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi, I am doing research for my husband’s line and have Family Tree DNA that links him to Hugh Kirkpatrick. Is anyone doing Family Tree DNA? We only know James Henry Kirkpatrick, son of Harrison S Kirkpatrick and then we think son of Robert Kirkpatrick of Ohio, but not sure of that and cannot find a link to align with the DNA that shows early immigration into Colonial States. Welcome any information.

  49. Dawn-Ann Dawn-Ann says:

    Hi Patricia. Welcome! The names James and Harrison are familiar but they are in different combinations in my line. My third-great-grandfather was James Harrison Kirkpatrick, son of Hon. Thomas Newton Kirkpatrick (b. 1743 d. 1781). My dad and I did FTDNA tests and he is a true Kirkpatrick going back to Scotland and Ireland, it would seem, as we tie in with many of the other Kirkpatricks in FTDNA’s “Kirkpatrick” group. His haplogroup is R-M269. Hopefully, one of my readers will be a closer match with your branch!

  50. Judith A David says:

    My dad’s side of the family are Kirkpatrick’s they emigrated from the British Isles to Canada and then Boston. I can’t find any of them in Canada or England. I actually spoke to some of the ones in England on the phone when i was a child. But when my dad passed my step brother got rid of everything. I only remember one was named Dennis but he was older. Can’t find any relatives. Would appreciate some help. Thanks much.

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