Inchmartine was the site of a castle of which nothing now remains, however the 17th century Inchmartine House now occupies the land.
In June 1304 Sir John de Inchemartyn exchanged land in Pitmiddle with John de Pincerna, the son of John de Pincerna, for the barony of Elcho. Sir John is thought to have died in 1306 and was succeeded by his son, Sir Henry, who in turn was succeeded by his brother, Sir John. This Sir John married Margaret Wemyss of Wemyss and their daughter, Isabel, inherited her father’s estates.
Isabel married Sir Alan Erskine and they had two daughters, Margaret, who married Sir John Glen, and Isabella or Isabel, who married Sir John Wemyss, who both inherited half of the estates each. Margaret and Sir John Glen had three daughters, Isabel, Marjorie and Christian, who all married Ogilvys, which led to Margaret’s share of Inchmartine being split into three sixth parts. Isabella and Sir John Wemyss had two sons and four daughters but Isabella’s share of Inchmartine seems to also have been split into three sixths.
In July 1427 Sir David Wemyss of Wemyss, the eldest son of Isabella and Sir John Wemyss, exchanged his part of Inchmartine with his aunt Margaret’s part of the manor of Wemyss, and there were other transactions between the branches of the family in an attempt to better consolidate their estates.
In August 1468 Sir David’s son, Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss, granted his half of the lands of Inchmertin to Sir David de Ogilvy in exchange for various lands including a sixth part of the lands of Elchok. Sir John’s great-grandfather, also Sir John de Wemyss, had married as his third wife Christian de Ogilvy, a relative of Sir David.
I have placed the site of the castle at Inchmartine House pending further research.
Alternative names for Inchmartine
Inchleslie; Inchmartin; Inchmartine House; Inchmartyn; Inchemartyn; Inchemertin; Inchmertin; Inchmertine; Inchmertyn