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"ARD. The family of De Lard (i.e. De Ard or De la Ard) took its name from The Aird,' a district in the Vale of Beauly. There are persons of this name still in Rosskeen. In July, 1297, a writer, believed to have been William Fitzwarine, then the constable of Urquhart Castle, wrote to Edward i, stating that John del Ard or de Laarde to whom he was indebted for his personal safety and the lives of his children, had a son, Cristin, who was taken prisoner in Dunbar Castle the year before. The writer begs that this son may be sent to his assistance at Urcharde (Urquhart) as his appearance there would be of great service to the English (Sc. Peer., TV, p. 44-45 a facsimile of the letter is given in Mackay's Urquhart and Glenmoriston, 2. ed., opp. p. 20). The request was not granted, and Cristin remained prisoner until 1302 (Bain, n, 1283). Andrew de Ard was a charter witness, 1321 (REA., i, p. 47), and provision of a canonry of Aberdeen was made to David de Lard, 1336 (Pap. Lett., n, p. 535). Godfrey del Arde forfeited a third of Wester Fentone, 1337 (Bain, m, p. 387), and in 1342 he forcibly retained the ward and marriage of his heir and daughter Isabella (ER., i, p. 504). John filius Hugonis de Cristino de Ard held land in Inverness, 1361 (REM., p. 306), the lands of Alexander de le Arde are mentioned in 1374 (RMS., i, 600), and in 1536 there is recorded the escheat of Donald Ard (RSS., n, 2037). Donald Ard was servitor to the bishop of Moray, 1567 (REM., p. 400). The form Arno also occurs in Ross. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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