Person NameHome; family; of Whitfield and Ninewells
ActivityThe Home or Hume family of Whitfield and Ninewells, has as its family seat the mansion of Ninewells in the parish of Chirnside in Berwickshire, and the present building dates from 1840. Sir John Home begins the pedigree and his son Sir Thomas Home (fl 1385) began the tradition of making good marriages by his marriage to Nichola, the heiress of the Pepdie's, thereby acquiring the Barony of Dunglas. His son, Sir Alexander, 1st Lord Home (d 1491), married Marion, the heiress of Landells (1426). Later marriages to heiresses of the Lords of Halyburton and with the Douglases, brought them lands at Douglas, Bothwell, Bonkle and Angus. His brother, Sir David Home of Wedderburn (d after 1453), 2nd son of Sir Thomas Hume, is the ancestor of the Ninewells family.The family name was originally spelt indifferently with an o or u, later the Polwarth branch of the family took the spelling Hume but the head of the family, Lord Home, retained the o. John Home of Ninewells, the author of 'Douglas' kept the o spelling, whilst his brother David Hume (1711-1776, the philosopher and historian, preferred to use the u spelling, as he wanted his name pronounced correctly. Their nephew, Baron Hume (1756-1838) was a distinguished writer on criminal law. By 1864 the estate was succeeded to by James Alexander Ross-Hume (b 1851).
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