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.
Dominus Gulliemus (William) de Dunlop, 1240-? 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. First recorded use of the name Dunlop.
Robert Dunlop Father of Neil
Neil Fitz-Robert de Dullap,1270- 1320 (Fitz Means "son of" Robert Dullap) Found on the Ragman Rolls of 1296 swearing loyalty to Edward. Forfeited his lands for supporting Balliol against the Bruce.
(The lands belonged to King Robert III in 1390, given by him to his son-in-law, Archibald, Fourth Earl of Douglas. The Earl gave these lands to his son-in-law, John, the Earl of Buchan in 1413. When this John was slain at the battle of Vermuill in 1424 the lands of Dunlop reverted to Douglas or the Crown, there being no male heir to Buchan. In 1451 James II renewed a charter to them to William, 8th Earl of Douglas. When James the 9th Earl of Douglas forfeited his lands, the Dunlop estates again reverted to the Crown, who restored them to the Dunlop family. "Dunlop Parish.Bayne.1935")
James de Dunlop 1307-1351. Land Valuation of Ayr County show James as possessor of Dunlop in 1351.
John de Dunlop 1339-1407. Recipient of charter from Hugh de Blare of the lands of Auchenskaith.
Alexander Dunlop, son of John, b 1371-1446 Abt 1437, took the title (of that Ilk) in Reign of James I. (Of that Ilk) is unique to the Scots, meaning "Chief of the Name!" It took the place of using the word: "de".
John Thomas Dunlop,1403-1483 2nd of that Ilk, son of Alexander, circa 1450. d 1484
Constantine Dunlop, 3rd of that Ilk, Laird of HuntHall in 1483. b 1435 d 1505 Married a Douglas. His daughter Janet married the great-grandson of Robert II, James or Ninian Stuart, Sheriff of Bute. Her son became the first Earl of Bute. Sons Alexander and John.
Alexander Dunlop, 4th of that Ilk, son of Constantine, held sway until 1507.
John Dunlop, 5th of that Ilk, son of Constantine, b1467-d1509. John married daughter of 4th Earl of Douglas, granddaughter of Robert III, Marion Douglas. Sons Alexander and Constantyn
Alexander Dunlop, 6th of that Ilk, son of John, 1509-1547-9 Had the Patronage of the Parish of Dunlop. Had Royal Charter under Queen Mary 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, Constantine, Robert, Andrew. Robert Dunlop, 5th son of Alexander, founded Dunlop's of Hapland. Andrew was charged with the murder of his youngest son, Andrew, in 1558.
James Dunlop, 7th of that Ilk, son of Alexander, 1547(9)-1558. "Laird of the estate of Dunlop called Hunthall". He was seated in Parliament in 1579. He married Elizabeth (Isabel) Hamilton of Orbieston, daughter of Gavin Hamilton of Orbiston and Margaret Hamilton. Children: James, Alexander, Allen, Margaret.
Alexander Dunlop, 8th of that Ilk, son of James, 1558-1596
James Dunlop, 9th 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 Jeanï¿½s. 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 branch); Thomas of Househill branch(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, 10th 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, 11th of that Ilk, son of James, 1634-1670 James was outstanding among the leaders of the Covenant. He was imprisoned along with other Ayrshire lairds in 1665 for active resistance to the Episcopal administration under Lauderdale and Rothes. He was freed on condition of a bond for 2000 merks. Because of this, he settled a large portion of the Dunlop estate on the Earl of Dundonald for safekeeping. 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 for suspicion of being concerned with Bothwell Brig Covenanters, 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. When his father was indicted in 1683 and emigrated to America, he secured the lands that were settled upon him by Alexander. and reacquired the lands that the Earl of Dundonald had secured from James the 15th Dunlop of that Ilk. Those Estates were raised into the Barony of Dunlop. John died without heir, having subscribed to the scheme at Darien, Panama, to the sum of 500 L around 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, 1748-1784. 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 is 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. Born 19th December 1756. He was gazetted ensign at the age of 17 in 1773 in the 88th Foot, and on the 8th January 1778 he was promoted Captain in the 82nd in Hamilton's regiment. He attained the rank of Major in six years. He saw action at Penobscot in the summer of 1779, rescuing a regiment. He raised the Ayr Fencible Calvary. He was Colonel of the 21rst Light Dragoons in 1798. On 25th July 1803 Andrew served as a Brigadier-General, and 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 with his brother in Hamilton's Regiment in America during the American Revolution, having been gazetted as an ensign on 11th January 1778. In 1779 he became a lieutenant and was captured by the Americans after a shipwreck off New York where four-fifths of the ship's company drowned. After being exchanged, he volunteered for duty in Virginia with the 80th Foot. In North Carolina he commanded a troop of mounted infantry under Major Craig. After Cornwallis's surrender in 1781, he served with the 52nd Foot in Halifax until peace in 1783. In 1787 he recruited for the East India Company. He gazetted a senior Captain and sailed for Bombay. He became Military Secretary to the Governor. He commanded an assaulting column at the siege of Seringapatam, India. Returning to Britain, he attained the rank of Major General under Wellington (Fifth Division) during the Peninsular War of 1808-1814. (2nd Brigade: commanded by Major General Dunlop: 1st/4th Foot, 2nd/30th Foot, 2nd/44th Foot, Co Brunswick Oels) and was present at Waterloo. He completely rebuilt Dunlop House in 1835. In 1815 he was elected a MP for the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, and was created a Baronet. 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 Moncton. 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, under Wellington. He was later a member of Parliament (Ayr) in 1838. 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). His second marriage was to Harriet Primrose in 1835, without issue. He was created a baronet. He built the present Dunlop House in 1834. One son by first wife and a daughter , also named Constance.
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, ceasing the title of Baronet. At this time the Dunlop Arms are emblazoned in the east window of the Dunlop Aisle in the Dunlop Kirk. At his death the Dunlop House is sold to Thomas Dunlop Douglas, descended from James Dunlop , third laird of Gankirk.
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 (or 20th) April 1887 at 106th St George's Square, London, England. In 1822 he served on the Tartar, a 20 gun corvette, for four years off South America. Then the Prince Regent, and then the Procris, in the North Sea. He also served on the Barham, Admiral Fleming's flagship, and the Scylla, 18 guns, both in the West Indies. He served on the Druid at Halifax, and then the Aurora, then the Brittania, 120 guns in the Mediterranean. In 1847 he was Commander of the Alert, 6 guns, off the West African coast. He was Commander of the squadron campaigning against slave traders. He destroyed several slaving establishments on the Bussa River, and at Gallinas, and compelled the local chieftains to banish slave traders. He liberated over 1,100 slaves. He then returned to the Tartar and sailed to the Baltic in the Russian War, captured eleven Russian ships at the Biala Ford, and eight others in the fiords of Bothnia. On 25th of November 1859 he was Commodore at Jamaica. He was raised to Flag rank on 6th April 1866, and was a full-blown Admiral on 21rst March 1878. He was married to Ellen (Helen) 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 . He was married to Agnes Harriet White and had no children. He served at first on the Albion, 90 guns , in the Mediterranean, and on the Sanspariel, 70 guns. on 5th May 1856 he was appointed to the Excellent, at Portsmouth. On June 3 1858 to the Orion, 91 guns at Devonport, being one of five Lieutenants. On 14th October 1859, he became flag-lieutenant for Vice-Admiral Fanshawe, Commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean. Commander of the Cressy, 80 guns, was next, then the Orlando in the American Station. the 25th of November 1862 saw him as Captain of the Rinaldo, a sloop of 17 guns. He rose to Rear-Admiral in 1883 and Vice Admiral in 1888. He died of influenza on 18th January 1892 at his father's home at 106th St George's Square, London, England.
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 of Morham(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. He was gazetted to the Essex Regiment on 30th January 1886 and then joined the India Staff Corps. His regiment was the 23rd Bengal Native Infantry afterwards the 23rd Sikh Pioneers and formerly the 1st Punjab Infantry. In 1896 he served temporarily with the 34th Pioneers holding the rank of Wing Officer. He ws promoted to Captain on 30th November 1897. Capt Dunlop was an extraordinary good shot and held many records. On March 15, 1910, he retired from the military. His battle honors were many: Chrital Relief Column that left Jhelum in 1895; Tibet expedition of 1903-4 under Sir Younghusband; Niani on the 26t June 1904 and took part in operations about Gyantse, May-July 1904. He marched to Lhasa in July-August 1904. When a European correspondent was attacked, Major Dunlop rushed up with a rifle , shot the assailant dead, but lost two fingers in the fray. He saw more service in North-West Frontier in 1908 and was awarded seven medals in all. In WWI he served with the 47th Sikhs in France and from 1915-16 was staff Captain, Woolwich Defenses. He died in a nursing home on the 15th February 1937; he was then residing with his wife and family at Dunsfold in Surrey.
He married Barbara Britton of New York, USA. They had three sons, Roy Neil (b 19 Dec 1922), 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, and further confirmed by the Lyon Court in correspondence to the Dunlop Society. According to his family, (Keith) he had no known male heirs, but possibly one daughter. (photo of the three brothers provided by Alex Wallace Dunlop, daughter of Keith)
Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop, 29th of that Ilk
1989-2006; second son of Arthur (27th). Keith had a son, James, and two daughters, Phillipa and Alex. They reside in Devon, England. Keith is shown here with his lovely wife, Elizabeth. He was a technical author, and wrote instruction manuals for various bits of heavy engineering equipment, submarines, and nuclear power stations. He was a WWII vet, serving in Burma.
Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop passed on May 20, 2006. The following eulogy was given by his son James at his service in May. Many thanks to Alex Dunlop, his daughter, for allowing us this glimpse into this outstanding Dunlop's very interesting life.
Pa’s Eulogy (by James Dunlop)
"Pa combined the manners and civilization of his 19th century father with a love of technology. His father, born in January 1866, was living a relaxed life with a third of the year in London, a third of the year abroad, and a third of the year in Devon where he fished.
It was in Devon that Pa was born in 1924, and where he went to prep school. His teachers found a very independent child as, at home, his Father's attitude to children was that they were to be “considered as retired Colonels, until proven otherwise”.
When the Wall Street crash interrupted family finances, they moved to Looe in Cornwall where home was an old railway wagon that played host to the family of five and a housemaid, their one remaining retainer. Their mother was horrified by the change in circumstances, but Pa, Roy, and Ian loved their time there, albeit that living conditions were remembered by Pa as being 'rather matey'.
Later they moved to Peaslake in Surrey, a sleepy area that Pa and Roy tried to liven up. On one occasion they and a friend hoped to produce some dramatic effect one midnight by galloping down the high street on horses, firing revolvers in the air. Sadly no one seemed to notice.
Pa found greater fun at Corpus Christi, Oxford, where he and his friends regularly missed the college curfew thereby found themselves locked out of their rooms and forced to call on the Salvation Army for a bed or risk being impaled as they climbed over the college railings. The Salvation Army lost several customers, and his undergraduate friends suffered fewer injuries after Pa created an illicit copy of the college gate key from an imprint secured in an elaborate operation to distract the porters from the lodge. An operation that was only just successful as Pa encountered a returning, but happily still unsuspecting, porter while making his getaway.
Pa's time at Oxford was interrupted by the war. Time with Slim's 14th army in Burma left him with a lack of enthusiasm for the Japanese. A similar disregard was held for the Royal Artillery which at one time decided to shell Pa and his train of Mules carrying radio equipment. Pa was lucky to survive that attack, and as the sole survivor used the one remaining No17 radio to send his views back to base camp. His analysis was not appreciated, and resulted in him being placed under open arrest which lasted the 2 ½ years of the rest of the war.
Burma, while ghastly in so many ways, did have one good side for Pa. He got on very well with a girl from the Karen hill tribes. Unfortunately, the girl was a princess, and a match with a local Prince had been planned for her. The prince who was allied to the British, arranged for Pa to be posted to another part of Burma in order that the arranged union could proceed as planned. It says a lot about Pa that instead of going along with the plans laid out for her, this girl instead walked through several hundred miles of jungle to be reunited with him. The birthday present that she brought him: a pack of six crisp new cotton handkerchiefs, was treasured for decades.
Against the odds, Pa survived the war. Very thin and hungry, but with a single injury. He fell into the only ornamental goldfish pond in Burma and cut his ear so badly that it almost fell off. In search of treatment he walked six miles and was finally operated on by an army doctor who had drink taken. The highly erratic stitching was visible on Pa's left ear for another 60 years.
After the War, Pa lived in London and occasionally paid lip service to the 20th century idea that a chap should work for a living. This notion, alien to his own father, was never really embraced by Pa or Arthur's other sons. At one point, employment having come to an end, Pa was looking at his outgoings. Prominent among them was his cleaner. Rather than loose her, Pa took a job washing dishes. The job paid Pa 1 shilling an hour, and allowed him to keep on the cleaner whom he paid 2 shillings an hour.
Post war London involved occasional encounters with unreasonable policemen who failed to distinguish between high spirits and “Drunk & Disorderly”, and magistrates who could be more understanding about such situations.
One of Pa's favourite sayings was “a good turn never goes unpunished”. This view of the world may have been affected by his own poor luck. I remember him telling me of an occasion when his then car, a Rolls Royce, burst into flames while he was driving it through the countryside. A passing farmer saw Pa's situation and smothered the fire by tipping over the car a trailer-load of earth. Pa was hugely disappointed. The Rolls was in poor condition, and had been fully insured against fire.
When he was 30, Pa lost his left arm; an accident which he never allowed to limit his life. He remained an enthusiastic motorist, not only ignoring the technical legal requirement that he drive a modified car, but also eschewing the soft option of automatic transmission. After all, as he could steer very well with his right knee, it was a simple matter to depress the clutch with his left foot while using his arm to change gear.
At the early age of 43, he met my mother, Elizabeth. Within a month they were engaged, and rapidly married. His half-brother Peter has remarked on the increased happiness and contentment of Pa's life after this time. He had certainly found a very loving individual who understood him and provided a wonderful balance for Pa, having complimentary attributes.
He was the sort of father that all boys want; relaxed and accepting about the risks that boys want to take. In a few things, like climbing trees, he would just let us get on with it (I say 'us' as, while Alex and Phil were both girls, they were not greatly limited by the fact). In most, he provided advice and coaching. He taught us to drive on farm tracks, and began instructing us at a size when we had to choose between touching the pedals and looking out of the windscreen.
He was a good shot, and shot standing up rather than prone, which was no mean feat with only one arm. His scientific inclinations meant that he could give great advice when I was making fireworks, although many of the ingredients that he recommended, and which he had used during his thirties childhood, had, to the great relief of my mother, become unavailable by the seventies. The lack of a key component also plagued our few fishing trips. After one particularly energetic outing which involved gazelle-like leaps between rocks in the fast-flowing Dordogne, but produced no actual fish, Pa observed that his only really successful fishing had been during the war when the use of a grenade had made the fish slightly more co operative. Lacking a ready supply of grenades, we removed Fishing from the agenda of future holidays.
Pa was very stoical, and could be slightly puritanical. One of the first things we were told as children was that “The worse a medicine tastes, the more good it does you”; his view being that modern sweet-tasting medicines were designed for hypochondriacs who didn't really need treatment. Even quite recently, I recall being told Pa's complaint that what the GP had prescribed “Tastes far too nice. It can't be doing me any good”.
Looking through newspaper clippings from the 1950s, it is easy to see why his mother's morning newspapers were vetted by their stepfather. Any unsuitable news items were removed. The offending items were not caused by Pa, but his keen seafaring and occasionally cigarette smuggling and gun running older brother Roy who was usually cited as “Ex-public schoolboy and man-about-Mayfair Roy Wallace-Dunlop”. Pa was very close to Roy when they were growing up, but was far less flamboyant and more patient. As a children, when learning about gardening, they were both given a seed to plant. Pa did very little to nourish his, but the benign neglect was more effective than Roy's more hands-on approach which involved digging the seed up every 3 days to see how it was progressing. As a father, Pa was anything but neglectful, but did show a great patience and kind persistence when dealing with his children – a patience which I no doubt tested on many occasions.
Pa's low-key approach to life, and the contrast with Roy can also be seen in their differing approach to the Dunlop family history. When Roy was head of the family, his title of the 28th Dunlop of that Ilk seems to have been interpreted expansively by him as, on his death, we received various affectionate stories about 'Lord Dunlop' from those he had known in central America. When Pa became the 29th Dunlop of Dunlop, he did not mention it, let alone trade on it.
I know little of Pa's work life as he did not talk about it much at home. He was a technical author, and wrote instruction manuals for various bits of heavy engineering equipment, submarines, nuclear power stations, and the like. The one explanation I recall him giving was that if a nuclear power station was about to go wrong, we had to hope that the staff would open his book of words and follow the instructions therein, instead of getting into their cars and leaving as quickly as possible, which might be a more natural response to impending disaster. The lack of a 'British Chernobyl' suggests he may have been successful in keeping the attention of the key staff at difficult moments.
It was always wonderful when Pa was on one's side. When my mother was taking a dim view of her children fare evading, Pa reasoned “The railway is publicly owned, which we are told means that we all own it. And what's the world coming to if a chap can't make the odd trip on his own railway”.
After twenty five years living first in Yorkshire, and then in the Bristol area, Ma and Pa returned to Devon. Pynda was just right for Pa, with its acres of outbuildings in which he could keep his cars, set up tools, and gardening equipment, and store a myriad of things which 'could be useful one day'.
Pa's inclination was towards vast understatement. He occasionally talked of discouraging something, such as an unwanted plant in the garden, or a Japanese soldier. It was several years before I realized that by 'discourage' Pa meant 'kill'.
Pa never complained, and would almost always say that he was very well when asked. In 2004, after two years of breathlessness and getting an average of under 3 hours sleep a night, and then being rushed to hospital with pneumonia, he would occasionally admit to feeling “rather moderate”. His uncomplaining description the next morning of a night in which the Doctor had expected him to die, and had not been far from the mark.
Pa was not always the easiest person to treat. Early in his suffering from lack of sleep and breathlessness, it was suggested to Pa that he should take pure Oxygen. Eventually he did, but only after we overcame his initial response of “That would be cheating”.
Pa was a keen bee keeper, or at least he was keen on honey and happy to mess around with a few bees to get it. Unfortunately the Verona virus killed off Pa's bees shortly after arrival in Devon – perhaps a blessing in disguise as he seldom bothered with much protective clothing. As a child I wondered how Pa avoided getting stung by his bees. In later life I discovered that he did not avoid it. He was stung but ignored the fact. If pressed, he would probably have said that use of the usual bee-keepers' protections was cheating.
Significant among the joys of being in Devon was the wonderful local pub, the Duke of York in Iddersleigh. Pa did not get to the Duke daily, or even every week, but Jamie, the landlord, has created an institution whose very existence is a tonic. Rather as Sir Humphrey said of the opera at Covent Garden: 'one may seldom have the time to go, but it is essential to civilisation that it exists'.
Let us now go to the Duke for a drink, and to remember Pa. As Pa observed, the pub's location, next to the Church, makes it very convenient for those who thirst after righteousness."
Dunlops and Dunlaps shall toast this lad around the world as we , in all the lands where Dunlops live, go to our own "Duke's" and remember our 29th Chief of the Name.
Here's to "Keefie", from all of us!
Rest in Peace, Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop, 29th of that Ilk
James Stuart Wallace Dunlop, 30th of that Ilk and Current Chief of the Name 2006-today; only son of Keith Stuart Wallace Dunlop. James is now living near Richmond in London with his wife Lise. The future heir of the Name is first son Henry James Alexander Wallace-Dunlop (born November 2009).
Thomas Dunlop Shipbuilder, Businessman. (Descended from the Dunlops of Gankirk, founded by John, 3rd son of James, 13th of that Ilk.) In 1851, at the age of twenty, Thomas commenced business on his own account as a provision merchant at 231 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow. The business seems to have done well, and within a few years he had progressed to being a grain merchant, and was operating from larger premises at 249 Argyle Street. That business grew too, and he began importing flour as well as buying and selling grain in the domestic market. That led, in 1868, to the acquisition in partnership with a friend, of his first ship, the wooden baroque Wye, of 334 tons. The partners initially lost money on the Wye, but gained valuable experience and, by the time she was sold in 1872, they had three other baroques, and Thomas was firmly established as a ship owner and manager. His sailing ships became the Clan Line of sailing ships; the first vessel to be launched with the Clan name being the Clan Macleod, in 1874. That vessel is today (September 2001) owned by the Sydney Heritage Fleet of Australia, and is still sailing in great majesty, but as the James Craig, the name given her in 1905 after being sold to J.J. Craig of New Zealand in 1900 and entering the trans-Tasman trade in 1901.
Thomas's son Sir Thomas Dunlop of Glasgow was created a baronet in 1916. Sir Thomas was Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Glasgow from 1914-1917, and was decorated by several countries. Thomas's daughter Annie Jack Dunlop married into the Galbraiths.
His grandson, Sir Thomas (1881-1957) (2nd Bt) and Great Grandson Sir Thomas (1912-1990) (3rd Bt) carried on in the shipbuilding business until the early 1980's, according to the company's centenary publication. (submitted by Geoffrey Winter). Sir Thomas Dunlop (4th Bt) still lives near Glasgow today, and holds these Arms.
Sir Thomas Dunlop, Baronet, G.BE, DL. Lord Provost of Glasgow, Lord Lieutenant of the County and City of Glasgow 1914-1917. Born 2 august 1855, created a Baronet 6 July 1916, married Dorothy Mitchell of East Lothian, died 29 January 1938.
Sir Thomas Dunlop, 2nd Baronet, born 17 November 1881, served on HM Consular Service 1919-1939, married Mary Beckett of Glasgow, died 8 March 1963.
Sir Thomas Dunlop, 3rd Baronet, Major of the Royal Signal Corps, served in WWII, born 11 April 1912, married Adda Mary Allison Smith of Lanarkshire, died 18 August 1999.
Sir Thomas Dunlop, 4th and current Baronet, b 22 April 1951, educated at Rugby and Aberdeen University (BSc.), m 1984 to Eileen, elder daughter of Alexander Henry Stevenson, of Hurlford, Ayrshire.
Sources: Dunlops of Glasgow, John M Dunlop
When the Galbraith chiefs first appear on record in the 12th Century, they were intermarried with the greatest family among the local Gaels, and held lands north of Dunbarton, former capital of the Kingdom of Strathclyde. It is widely held that the Galbraiths may have been remote cadets of the royal House of Strathclyde. This line started with Gilchrist, also named the Britonï, who was the first recorded Chief of the Galbraiths in 1193, who were known as the Clann-a-Bhreatannich or Children of the Britons. Ten generations of Galbraiths directly descended from the 11th Chief, Andrew Galbraith of Culcreuch produces William Brodie Galbraith, of Overton, Renfrewshire, JP and Chartered accountant in Glasgow, born 18 October 1855, educated Glasgow Academy, married to Annie Jack Dunlop, 2nd daughter of Thomas Dunlop, shipbuilder, of the Dunlops of Woodburn and sister to Sir Thomas Dunlop, Ist BT...(submitted by Robert Dunlop, great-grandson of Thomas Dunlop). Their second son was:
Baron Thomas Dunlop Galbraith, PC, First Baron Strathclyde, Commander Royal Navy, MP for Glasgow 1940-1955; Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, May-July 1945, 1951-1955; Minister of State, Scottish Office 1955-1958. Served in WWI on HMS Audacious and Queen Elizabeth, and in WWII on Staff of Commander-in-Chief Coast of Scotland. Created Baron of Strathclyde, of Barskimming County, Ayr, in peerage of United Kingdom on 4 May 1955. Born 20 March 1891, married Ida Jean Galloway of Ayrshire, died 1985.
Sir Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbraith MP for Glasgow 1948; Scottish Unionist Whip 1950-1957; Lord Commander of the Treasury 1951-1954;Comptroller of HM Household 1954-1955; Treasurer of HM Household 1955-1957; Civil Lord of the Admiralty 1957-1959; Under-Secretary of State for Scotland 1959-1962; Minister of Transport 1963-1964. Served in WWII as Lieutenant RNVR, Member of the Queenï¿½s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). Born on 10 march 1917, married 11 April 1956 to Simone du Roy de Blicquy of Belgium, died without title 2 January 1982.
Baron Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, 2nd (current) Baron Strathclyde, of Ayrshire, Under-Secretary of Employment, Minister of Tourism 1989-1990; Minister of Scottish Office (agriculture) 1990-1992; Minister of Environment 1992-1993; Minister of Department of Trade and Industry 1993-1994; Governor Chief Whip House of Lords 1994-1997; Conservative Chief Whip 1997-1998; Conservative Leader House of Lords from 1998. Opposition Leader of Conservative party 2003. Captain HM BodyGuard of Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms. Born 22 February 1960, succeeding his grandfather, married to Jane Skinner of Herts.
Baron Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbrieth
The Boyles have held land at Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, Ayrshire since the 12th Century. Robert Boyville of this line was on the Ragman rolls swearing fealty to Edward I in 1296.
David Boyle, MP Bute 1689-1699, a Representative Peer for Scotland 1707-1710 was one of the Commissioners appointed to effect the treat of union with England and being sworn to the Privy Council, was elevated to the peerage of Scotland 31 January, 1699 as Lord Boyle of Kelburn, Stewartoun, Fenwick, Largs, and Dalry; Viscount of Kelburn; and Earl of Glasgow. His grandson, Patrick, brother to the 3rd Earl of Glasgow, married Elizabeth Dunlop (daughter of Alexander Dunlop) on 31 march 1763. The direct line of Earls ended with George Frederick Boyle 6th Earl, who died without sons on 23rd April 1890. The Title of Earl of Glasgow then succeeded to David, great-grandson of Patrick Boyle and Elizabeth Dunlop.
David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow, G.CMG, Governor and Commander-in-Chief New Zealand 1892-1897; Captain RN (ret); LL.D Dublin and Glasgow, DL; JP Ayrshire. Born 31 May 1833, succeeded his cousin as 7th Earl Glasgow, and was created Baron Fairlie, of Fairlie County, Ayrshire in the peerage of the United Kingdom, 23 July 1897. Married 23 July 1873 to Dorothea Blair, daughter of Sir Edward Blair, died 13 December 1915.
Patrick James Boyle, 8th Earl of Glasgow, DS.O, DL, Ayrshire; Covener of Ayr CC 1936-1946, formerly Lieutenant The Queensï¿½ Bodyguard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers. Captain Royal Navy served in WWI 1914-1918. Married Hyacinthe Bell of Bletchingley, died 14 December 1963.
David William Maurice Boyle, 9th Earl of Glasgow, C.B., DS.C Rear Admiral. Served in WWII 1939-1945 in the Atlantic, Arctic, and West Indies, being present at Dunkirk and at the sinking of the Bismarck. Commanded HMS Actaeon South Atlantic Squadron 1949-1950; Flag Officer Malta 1961-1963; Member the Queens Bodyguard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers; ADC to HM the Queen 1961. Born 24 July 1910, married Dorothea Lyle 4 march 1937. Died 8 June 1984.
Patrick Robin Archibald Boyle, 10th and current Earl of Glasgow, Lord Boyle, Viscount of Kelburn and Baron Fairlie DL. Born 30 July 1939; married Isabel Mary James.
They have two children:
Above facts were taken from Burkes Landed Gentry, 2001;
the House of Dunlop, 1955; the House of Dunlap, 1952.