Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


The Clans of Scotland-The Menzies Family

Like many Scottish Clans the Menzies clan didn’t originate in Scotland but came from Mesnieres in Normandy and adopted the name in England before coming to Scotland as Anglo-Normans in the 12th century.

The family established themselves in Lothian but later under Robert de Meyners gained influence in Perthshire under Alexander II in 1251 and became Chamberlain, and a senior official under Alexander III. As allies of the Earls of Atholl their territory expanded into Strathtay. Under Robert the Bruce the territory expanded even more into Lochtayside.

By the start of the 16th century they became established in the North East at Pitfoddels and many became Provosts and Baillies of Aberdeen. However the Menzies of Perthshire came under threat from the expansionist Earls of Atholl and the Campbells of Glenorchy.

Although accepting the protestant reformation and trying to maintain a neutral stance in 1644 the estates of Sir Alexander Menzies of Weem was attacked by the Marques of Montrose and his son Duncan was killed. By the late 17th and 18th century the Family became staunch Jacobites but split the Family in the first uprising of 1689. The principal Line of Weem died out in 1786 and passed to the Cadet branch the Culdares

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