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Wardlaw - Scotland and America


On see my tree 'Scotland Wardlaws' ~ The early Wardlaw lines in Scotland from 1100-1200's.
The newly renovated Pitreavie Castle. It is now luxury flats, privately owned, but the restoration has been very well done and it is beautiful. We had our Clan Wardlaw Gathering here July 28th, 2009! This was part of the Year of Homecoming 2009, which we celebrated in Edinburgh July 25th & 26th, we arrived in Edinburgh on July 24th and stayed at the Edinburgh University B&B, walking distance to the Edinburgh Highland Games. For more information email us at:
To download books onto your desktop I found several sites, such as Google Books. This next one is where I found the five large volumes of "Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland", by Macgibbon and Ross. You can download all five volumes in .pdf form, or other forms, and read at leisure. Go to:, Search for: 'castellateddomes01', it brings up the page for this first volume, click on the title, you see on the left different forms you can download, I like .pdf. It shows the actual pages.
If you have any trouble finding any of these things, please email me and I'll walk you thru it. Or if you like any of these things, I'd like to hear about that too!
Scotland's Wardlaws
Lochore Castle is one of most important of the earliest Wardlaw places. Dating from the 1400's there is not much left of the castle now. It is located in the Ballingry (or Navitie) area just south of Loch Leven, north of Dunfermline. This is a drawing of when it was still intact and with the loch surrounding it. I added the watercolor to it.
This is a picture I took of the ruins of Lochore Castle on one of my trips to Scotland. It is fenced off now, but you can climb in and walk up to the inside of the ruins. I have lots of pictures I took all around it. Mr. Edward Henderson wrote a book about this whole area called "The History of Lochoreshire". About 1/3 of the book covers the Wardlaw part of its history. This book is out of print, but Mr. Henderson has given me permission to copy much of it in my book "Ancestral Earth".
Door to Pitreavie Castle. Pitreavie is located in Dunfermline and was for the last years occupied by the Royal Air Force, but has since been vacated by them and has been sold into private hands.
Wardlaw Burial Vault at Dunfermline Abbey. Set between two buttresses, it originally was two vaults set between three buttresses. The space to the right was where the other vault was, but was taken out to open up the Norman doorway that was discovered there in 1905. There is now a plaque on the door telling how the Wardlaws were given the vault by the King and Queen.

See the next picture for a closeup showing the doors.
Door to Wardlaw Burial Vault on left. When the original section of the vault was taken out it revealed this wonderful Norman doorway that had been covered up all those years by the vault and was in perfect condition.
Old Luscar, a line drawing from the book "The Wardlaws in Scotland" by John C. Gibson (1912)
Old Luscar, picture I took on my third trip to Scotland in 1994. Now called "Easter Luscar".
Balmule House. An important early Wardlaw place. Picture taken by me in 1994. The house has been added on to, but the main center section is original. We saw the lower floor where the kitchens were and the meat hangers still in the ceiling. The walls are about three feet thick.

There is a stone over the doors of the coach house at Balmule. "Arms of Henry Wardlaw of Balmule, afterwards First Baronet, impaled with those of his wife Elizabeth Wilson - 1605." This is the stone, and the inscription about it that is pictured in the book "The Wardlaws in Scotland" by John C. Gibson, facing page 133.
This is our Wardlaw Scotland 1997 Tour group in front of Navitie House, also a very early Wardlaw place, just south of Loch Leven. This picture appeared in the local newspaper telling about our visit. Navitie House is in the area of Lochoreshire where Lochore (Inchgall) Castle and Ladath House are.
Glasgow Cathedral where Cardinal Walter Wardlaw and his nephew Bishop Henry Wardlaw were in the 1300-1400's. Cardinal Walter Wardlaw's coat-of-arms is in the ceiling over the south aisle.
Rosyth Castle in the navy shipyards at Rosyth, Dunfermline. Here we are wandering around a castle from the 1200's that was early on connected with our Stewart connection and then the Wardlaws. A beautiful ruin! The dovecote is some distance away up a little hill. Picture of it in "Ancestral Earth".
Bust of Bishop Henry Wardlaw in the Visitors Center at St. Andrews Cathedral. Bishop Henry Wardlaw was the nephew of Cardinal Walter Wardlaw, and founded the University of St. Andrews in 1411. His grave can be seen in the middle of the ruins of the Cathedral.

The Guard Bridge which Bishop Henry Wardlaw built.

On the road into St. Andrews.

Wardlaws of Riccarton and Warriston were in this area in the early 1300's. Left is an artist's rendition of the original tower. This probably is the structure where the Wardlaws lived. Right is Riccarton House after being added onto. This house has been demolished and is now the site of Heriot-Watt University. They have many records of the Wardlaws living here. The perimeter walls are still standing around the Riccarton area and along the road. The base of the sundial is still on the grounds. The book "The Wardlaws in Scotland" has alot of information about the Wardlaws of Riccarton and Warriston.
This Wardlaw stone is on the wall at Currie Kirk (church) where the Wardlaws were in the 1300's. The town of Currie is where Riccarton and Warriston are. This coat-of-arms is "Wardlaws of Riccarton" as seen in the book "The Wardlaws in Scotland" by John C. Gibson.
This is the original Warriston House, front and back. It is just to the south of Heriot-Watt University. A very well preserved Wardlaw mansion house.
Abden House, also an early Wardlaw place in the 1600's, is in the village of Kinghorn on the Firth of Forth. This picture shows Abden House in the middle of picture, slightly left center, farthest back building. The house was demolished in the 1950's. The president of the Kinghorn Historical Society gave me pictures and an early map of this area showing Abden House and King's Gardens.
Left, looking out of a window of Caerlaverock Castle north to see Wardlaw Hill. It is the mound of trees you can see just to the left of the tallest tree.
Right, walking up Wardlaw Hill, site of a Roman Fort in 63 AD. See the first chapter of my book "Ancestral Earth".
These pictures and much more in my books "Ancestral Earth" and "Ancestral Earth - Part Two", shown here, about our Wardlaw history back in Scotland. "Ancestral Earth - Part Three" is now available for sale - $200. (See the 'Books' page for more information on this newest book, and all my books available for sale.)
It goes back to the first recorded birthdate of a Wardlaw which is 1293. All of the known Scotland Wardlaw history in these books.
8-1/2"x11". 623 pages.

"Ancestral Earth", is about the history of the Wardlaws in Scotland from the 1800's back to the 1200's where we find the first recorded birth date of 1293. This book is based partially on "The Wardlaws in Scotland" by John C. Gibson but there is much much more info, documents, maps, photos and research added to it! We go back from 1293 on the King lines of Scotland and Ireland. There are charts, maps, pictures and documentation. I have made five trips to Scotland gathering information and doing research. I went to all the Wardlaw places where they lived in Scotland and took pictures.

"Ancestral Earth" available from me for $95 USD which includes mailing in the U.S. For out of the U.S., add $24.

Our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful benefactor, William F. Wardlaw, whose gracious generosity made this book possible! The newest book in the Wardlaw collection by Diane Wardlaw is ready! Order yours today. This is a Limited First Edition of only 500 copies. Each book will be numbered and signed by the author.
Ancestral Earth - Part Two is all full-color photographs of the Wardlaw places in Scotland as taken by me on my five trips there. 8-1/2"x11". 372 pages. There are color pictures on almost every page. Lots of new information, maps and documentation.

"Ancestral Earth - Part Two" is also available from me for $65 USD which includes mailing in the U.S. For out of the U.S., add $14. This book is on sale now to members of Clan Wardlaw Association, for $50. Not a member? You can join for $35. Go to for more information and application page. Please email me for availability of the books:

Original books of "Saline School Records" have been transcribed by me and are available in .pdf form here. Click to download the files to your desktop. Saline1.pdf Saline2.pdf Saline3.pdf Saline4.pdf Saline5.pdf Saline6.pdf Wardlaw names are in bold and any name can be searched in the files.
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