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CodeNA10301
Person NameChisholm; family; of Chisholm
Epithetfamily
ActivityThe Chisholms were originally (in Scotland) a family based in Roxburghshire, there by the 13th century at latest. A century later, the family began to possess lands in Inverness-shire, Morayshire and Nairnshire. The original home of the head of the family was Comar, near the village of Cannich (Inverness-shire), but in the early 17th century a new castle was built on land at Erchless. Nevertheless, the chief’s designation remained Chisholm of Comar, or sometimes Chisholm of Strathglass, until in the late 18th century the designation Chisholm of Chisholm began to be used. In the first half of the 19th century, many of the Chisholm tenants were evicted from the homes to make way for sheep farming, mostly emigrating to North America or Australia. Roderick Chisholm of Comar (1697-1767) supported the rebels in the Jacobite Rising of 1715, and his lands of Erchless, Comar and others were forfeited as a result. His eldest son, Alexander Chisholm (died 1785), re-acquired the family lands from his uncle, Alexander Chisholm of Muckerach, after his father had been pardoned for his part in the Rising. Roderick also participated in the 1745-46 Rising, again obtaining a pardon. The family estates passed down from one generation to another until the death of Duncan MacDonell Chishom of Chisholm in 1858, who was succeeded by his kinsman James Sutherland Chisholm of Chisholm (1806-1885). His surviving son, Roderick, died in 1887, leaving his estates to his mother, Annie Chisholm (d 1905), from whom they passed to James’s sisters in turn. On the death in 1935 of Annie Margaret Chisholm of Erchless, the estates passed to Edmond Rodolphe Chisholm-Batten of Thornfalcon (Somerset), who sold the estates and Erchless Castle in 1937. The chiefship continued separately from the estates, to James Chisholm Gooden-Chisholm (1816-1899) and his descendants. The current clan chief is not a landowner in Scotland.
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