Here is all the information I have:
The following are source information for a variety of documents held at the National Archives of Scotland.
There seem to be 3 generations of John Lothians listed here. It is a little complex though.
A tidesman (tiesman) is a merchant/maritime customs tax collector.
I am unsure if John moved from Alloa and his offspring moved back and then to Jamaica. Or hif he is a part of the Kirkcaldy Lothians who moved to Alloa, and then to Jamaica.
Source: Burntisland Burgh Deeds, 1731-John Lothian, merchant in Burntisland, and Elizabeth Bain, relict of Robert Haxton, skipper in Burntisland, marriage contract 15 April 1762, rec. 7 March 1776. [NAS.B188.8.131.52] John Lothian merchant baillie of Burntisland disposition and settlement in favor of spouse Elizabeth Bean in life rent and grandson John Lothian son of the deceased John Lothian tidesman in Alloa and his second daughter Mary Lothian [who failing to his granddaughter Isobel Henderson daughter of James Henderson of Clune and his eldest daughter Margaret Lothian, 7 March 1776, [NAS.B9.2.7/217-228] John Lothian, carpenter in Trelawney parish, Cornwall County, Jamaica, grandson of baillie John Lothian of Burntisland, a letter of attorney to John Thomson of Aloa coachmaker and discharge to Elizabeth Bean spouse of the said deceased John Lothian, 2 June 1778. [NAS.B184.108.40.2065-7, AND 338-41] Margaret Lothian, eldest daughter of John Lothian merchant baillie of Burntisland and spouse of John Hill cook on HMS Quebec presently at Woolwich discharge to Elizabeth Bean, spouse of John Lothian, 2 June 1778. [NAS.B220.127.116.115/7] Mary Lothian widow of John Lothian late tiesman in Alloa and second daughter of deceased John Lothian late merchant baillie of Burntisland a discharge to the latter's relict Elizabeth Bean, 2 June 1778. [NAS.B9.7.2/32-5]
I have written a family history that includes part of your family if indeed the John Lothian above is related to our family.
The reasons I think that he was are:
-He too was a merchant. as were our family.
-He was also a baillie, as were our family.
-He shows up suddenly in Burntisland, two parishes away, just after the Kirkcaldy economy crashes in the late 1600's/early 1700's.
If he is a part of the Alloa group of Lothians, I think you will find that they too were wealthy merchants involved in maritime, although that is only an assumption.
Hope this helps,
Jared Lothyan in Seattle
If you would like a copy of the family history let me know. I would be happy to post it to you - just send me your address privately by email.
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