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"BIGGAR. From the old barony, now the parish of the same name in Lanarkshire. Baldwin de Bigir, who appears as sheriff of Lanark in the reign of Malcolm rv is the first known to bear the territorial designation. Chalmers (i, p. 602, 603; m, p. 738) identified him with the Baldwin Flani[aticus], who appears as witness in a charter of Rfobert?], bishop of St. Andrews, relating to the church of Lohworuora (now Borthwick), c, 1150 (REG., 11), "but for this there is no authority" (OPS., i, p. 134). Between 1147-1160 Balwinus de Digir (Bigir) witnessed the grant by Arnold, Abbot of Kelso, of the lands of Douglas to Theobaldus Flamaticus (Kelso, 107). Sometime after 1170 Baldwin de Bigre, sheriff of Lanark, granted the church of Innyrkvp beyond the moors (ultra mores) to the monks of Paisley (RMP., p. 112). Waldeve, Baldwin's son, was taken prisoner at Alnwick along with King William the Lion in 1174 (Bain, n, p. 117). In 1228 Hugh the son of Robert de Bygris appears in a grant to St. Machute of Lesmahagow, in which he is styled Hugo de Bygris filius Robert! filii Waldevi de Bigris (Kelso, 186). Sir Nicolas de Bygir, knight, witnessed a deed dated at Lesmahagow, 1269, and in 1273 appears as "tune vicecomes de Lanarc" (ibid., 189, 334). He died before 1292, when the marriage of Mary his widow, and the ward and marriage of Marjory and Ada his daughters and heirs parceners, were granted by Edward i to Robert, bishop of Glasgow (Rot. Scot., i, p. 14). The lands and honours appear to have passed into possession of the Flemings, earls of Wigtown, through the marriage of one of these daughters, but the surname continued, probably in younger branches. In 1329-30 Sir Henry de Bygar held the offices of royal chaplain, rector of the church of Bygar, and clerk of livery to the king's household (Chamberlain's Rolls, i, p. 122-4, 168, 192). Walter de Bigare appears as rector of the church of Erole, 1433 (REB., i, p. 58), and Thomas Biggar was reader in Kinghorn, 1621 (MCM., n, p. 46). "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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