Blogs I have written so far with the most recent connection first :
W17 : Janet Dalrymple (1853 - 1890), my 2 x great grandmother; a village girl who led a short, tough life. She married James McTear in 1872.
W32 : Jannet or Jessy or Jessie Dalrymple (1832 - 1911), who was my 3 x great grandmother and brought up on Dirry Farm and became a domestic servant.
W86 : James Dalrymple (1825 - 1880) who also lived on Dirry Farm until he became a merchant seaman, ending up dying in Melbourne, Australia.
I now want to go further back. We know that on both the 1841 census, James Dalrymple (1790 - 1852) was a joiner living with his wife Janet Wallace, and five children at Dirry Farm in Mochrum. Ten years later, in 1851, he was still living on the same farm but was now an agricultural labourer. He is listed on the family grave in Mochrum as dying on 29th September 1852 aged 63.
I do love the name 'Dalrymple'. It has a certain ring to it. Dalrymple is a well known surname in Scotland, and they were originally allied to King Colius, better known as Old King Cole, but the Dalrymple Kingdom was divided by Robert the Bruce and half was given to his son. The current Dalrymple Castle (Lochinch Castle) is in Wigtownshire, near the village of Stranraer, and is the home of the 14th Earl of Stair, John David James Dalrymple.
In all likelihood, rather than being related to the Lord of the Manor, our Dalrymples were probably given the surname 'Dalrymple' to identify them as being of the manor of Dalrymple when surnames were introduced for tax purposes around 1275.