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From: "Bob Hodges" <>
Subject: [HODGES] Hodges Lineage III: Deep Ancestry - Scotland - Hodges ofGladsmuir
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 21:46:32 -0400

One Scots family that seems to have moved from Hodge to Hodges about the same time as our family was coming to America was the Hodge/Hodges of Gladsmuir, Haddingtonshire (East Lothian). There is a place called Hodges in Gladsmuir. The Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland says Hodges was "a farm in Gladsmuir Parish, Haddingtonshire, 6 ½ miles SW of Haddington. Once part of an extensive common belonging to Haddington, it was given by that burgh's magistrates to an eminent lawyer named Hodge."



Act [Archibald Napier], lord Napier
The estates of parliament, having heard and considered the petition of Archibald, lord Napier showing that in 1639 [John Elphinstone], lord Balmerino, the supplicant's late father and the late Sir Alexander Gibson of Durie gave bond to the lords of session and their collector for the sum of 7,000 merks to the use of the public, which is recorded by the committee of common burdens as a public debt, and the annualrents thereof paid by the public until January 1646, that warrant was given at St Andrews to intromit with the supplicant's rent and estate for payment of the aforesaid sum; and therefore desiring that the aforesaid sum of 7,000 merks and annualrents thereof may be paid by the public and the said supplicant and the others who stand obliged and engaged for payment thereof freed and relieved of the same, and the lords of session and Mr Robert Hodge, their collector, discharged of all further troubling the supplicant and his tenants for payment of the said sum, as the supplication purports.


Robert Hodge, justice of the peace of Haddingtonshire 1656



Act containing some exceptions from the act of indemnity
Forasmuch as the king's most excellent majesty, out of his tender respect and love to his people and from his desire that all animosities and differences among them be buried in oblivion, and that his good subjects may now, after so long trouble, enjoy happiness, peace and plenty under his royal government, has been pleased to declare his resolution to indemnify all persons for their actings during and in relation to these troubles, excepting such as should be excepted by his majesty in this parliament. And his majesty, considering that however in the beginning of these differences and confusions many, through misinformation, blind zeal and other specious pretexts, did engage in and were carried on in these rebellious courses, by which the peace and quiet of the kingdom was interrupted since the year 1637, .

But considering that by these troubles and rebellious courses many of his good subjects have been under great sufferings and liable to great loss for their affection and loyalty to his majesty, therefore, in order to their reparation, and for diverse important considerations of state, his majesty, with advice and consent of his estates of parliament, has thought fit to burden his pardon and indemnity to some (whose guiltiness has rendered them obnoxious to the law and their lives and fortunes at his majesty's disposal) with the payment of some small sums, and in so far to except them from the benefit of his majesty's pardon and, therefore, the king's majesty, with advice and consent foresaid, has thought fit and, accordingly, does hereby declare, that the persons particularly after-mentioned, each of them for their own parts, are excepted from his majesty's pardon and indemnity, in so far as may concern the payment of the sums underwritten namely.

Within the shire of Edinburgh: Mr William Hodge, advocate, £1,800;

Within the shire of Haddington:; and Mr Robert Hodge of Gladsmuir, £600.

Supplement to the Dictionary of the Decrees of the Court of Session (1826)

Robert Hodge, of West-Gladsmuir, writer of the minute of the decreet-arbitral, Mar. 30, 1683

John Pringle, now of Woodhead, retoured heir to his father Master John, and his curators, are successful in obtaining decreets for repayment by certain of the granters of the above bonds. In 1666 he is appointed a Commissioner of Excise for Haddingtonshire (P. C.). "On 25th June 1674," says Wodrow in his Sufferings of the Church of Scotland, " I find another decreet of the Council against the keepers of conventicles in the garner house of the laird of Stevenson and in a house alleged to be made up on purpose for conventicles by Mr Robert Hodge, bailie of Lamington. The preachers at these places are . ; Pringle of Woodhead; for being at some of them, is find in a fourth part of his yearly valued rent, and some others; and a good many of the meaner people are ordered to be denounced for non-compearance. I find John Pringle of Woodhead is liberated from prison on 16th July upon paying £277 Scots.''


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