Through the kindness of William Traill, Esq. of Woodwick, Orkney, we are

enabled to give the following authentic genealogical account of the manner

in which the interesting portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, engraved for

this Work, and particularly described in Vol. I. Chap. IV., came into the

possession of his family.

"Sir Robert Stewart of Strathdon, son of King James V., by Eupham,

daughter of Alexander,
1st Lord Elphingston, obtained a grant of the Crown

lands of Orkney and Shetland from his sister Queen Mary in 1565. He was

created Earl of Orkney by his uncle James VI., 28th October 1581. He

married Lady Jean Kennedy, daughter of Gilbert, fourth Earl of Cassils.

"George Traill, son of the Laird of Blebo in Fife, married, first, Jean

Kennedy of Carmunks, a relative of the Earl's Lady. He accompanied the

Earl to Orkney; got a grant from the Earl of the lands of Quandale, in the

Island of Ronsay, and, as stewart or factor, managed the affairs of the

earldom. By Jean Kennedy he had one son, the first Thomas Traill of

Holland. He afterwards married Isobel Craigie of Gairsay, by whom he had

James Traill of Quandale, who married Ann Baikie of Burness. Lady Barbara

Stewart, the Earl's youngest daughter, married Hugh Halcro of Halcro, a

descendant of the Royal Family of Denmark, and who possessed a great part

of the Islands of Orkney. For her patrimony, the Earl wadset to Halcro

lands, in Widewall, Ronaldsvoe, and in South Ronaldshay, which lands were

afterwards redeemed by Patrick Stewart, the Earl's eldest son, 1598.

Vide Bishop Law's Rentall 1614. Lady Barbara, being the youngest and

the last of the Earl's family, succeeded to her father's furniture, plate,

pictures, and other moveables, and amongst the rest, the family picture of

Queen Mary. Hugh Halcro of that Ilk, the eldest son of this marriage,

succeeded his father, and married Jean, daughter of William Stewart of

Mains and Burray. Vid. Charters 1615 and 1620. In 1644, this Hugh Halcro

executed a settlement in favour of Hugh his Oye, and his heirs; whom

failing, to Patrick his brother; whom failing, to Harry fiar of Aikrs;

whom failing, to Edward of Hauton; whom all failing, to the name of

Halcro. Hugh the Oye, married Margaret, daughter of James Stewart of

Gromsay. Vid. Charter by him in her favour of lands in South Ronaldshay

and the Island Cava, 12th June 1630. Their son, Hugh Halcro of that Ilk,

married Barbara Greem, by whom he had two daughters, Jean and Sibella

Halcro. Jean married Alexander Mouat Swenze, and Sibella married James

Baikie of Burness; and the estate of Halcro was divided between these

families by decreet-arbitral, 21st and 22d December 1677,--Arthur Baikie

of Tankerness, and John Kennaday of Carmunks, arbiters; which decreet is

in the possession of the present William Traill of Woodwick, Esquire, as

is the picture of Queen Mary, and other family relics."