Robert Mercer

Robert was born c.1525, third son of Sir Lawrence Mercer of Meikleour and Janet Dundas.
He matriculated at St Andrews on 11 December 1531 (as a child).
He was exhorter and parson of Banchory-Devenick, Aberdeenshire in 1567 (admitted before 1574).
In the Assembly in 1576, a complaint was made against the Superintendent of Angus and Mearns anent his admission, who replied that he had been admitted with the advice of the brethren of Aberdeen, by whom he had been tried.

He married Catherine Blair, probably in 1544.
He died before 25 February 1578 when his son of the same name succeeded him in the parish.

Catherine Blair


Robert and Catherine had three sons:

  • Malcolm Mercer (b:c.1545-50. Rector of Crieff. d:after 1594)
  • Robert Mercer (b:c.1550-5. d:between 1618 and 1622)
  • Thomas Mercer (b:c.1550-5)

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  • 26/August/2018 at 10:51 pm

    Some info about Malcolm Mercer comes from Patricius Davidson (1644-1719), grandson of Patricius Davidson minister of Munckhart 1594-1620 and married to Marion Mercer, who wrote around 1700 about the history of his family history (in Dutch):
    “Maria Meser dogter van Malckom Meser tot Crief, afkomstig van den huysen van den baron van Adde en haar moeders van is Hoeton, dogter van Magester Wiliam Hoeton, Jonker tot Boklisse en haar groot moeder is de van of naam Maria Graham, dogter van den heer tot Garnock Willem Graham den jongste zoon van den Graaff van Montroos en zijn leven Wood Wiliam Graham geheten”. = “Marion Mercer daughter of Malcolm Mercer of Crieff, decended from the house of Baron of Adde (= Aldie?) and her mother is the daughter of Magester William Hoeton (Houghton?), prince of Boklisse (=?) and her grandmother is Maria Graham, daughter of the Lord of Garnock William Graham, youngest (??) son of the Earl of Montrose aka Wood William Graham.”


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