Black1 tells us that Kirklands were known in Scotland as early as the 1200s and that William de Kyrkland was burgess of Glasgow in 1424. Alan de Kyrklande and John de Kirkland were there in 1463 and 1471. George Kirkleane was burgess freeman of Glasgow in 1599, and James Kirkland was constable in Lanark in 1709.
The village of Kirkland in Dumfriesshire is adjacent to Maxwelton and close to the Herries/Maxwell holding of Breconside. The Maxwells of Breconside were established as a cadet branch of the Lords Herries in 1627, 40 years before Lord Herries became also Lord Maxwell.
George Fraser Black was born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1866. He was associate director of the Scottish National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh before coming to the United States in 1896. After which he worked diligently for the New York Public Library until his retirement in 1931. Dr Black is remembered as a noted bibliographer, historical scholar, penman and a definitive authority on Scottish surnames and lore.
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