Genealogical Charts and Biographical Notes

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Dr. Percy's genealogical information is available in six charts below

From my long lost distant cousin, the lovely, affable and erudite Margaret Buchanen who descended from Robert Percy through his youngest son, Charles Evans Percy.

The Maryland Dents (as pdf)

My niece Cathy's e-mail regarding Percys back in 2006

Here are some more notes about our family genealogy by my niece Cathy. (as pdf)

Revelations on Charles Percy


Armstrong and Yarborough Clan Lineages

Armstrong Clan Map


The map shows the battle sites, the Declaration of Arbroath, the Raising of the Standard and the locations of near to two hundred and fifty of the major Clans and Battlefields. Also included are miniature portraits of William Wallace, Prince Edward, Charles Stuart and Robert the Bruce.

Armstrong History

The Armstrongs are a significant border clan whose origins lie in Cumberland, south of the frontier between Scotland and England that was officially established in 1237. The Armstrong name has a mythological origin, in that it is said their heroic progenitor, Fairbairn, saves his king of Scotland in battle, and not from a wild beast as is the case with another Border clan - the Turnbulls. It is said that, dressed in full armour, he lifted the king onto his own horse with one arm after the King's horse had been killed under him in battle. The family crest records this act of heroism that was to be rewarded with a grant of lands in the Borders and the famous Armstrong name. The first specific reference locating them in Liddesdale, which would become their family seat, is in 1376. Liddesdale was also the seat of their unquestioned power in the region that allowed them to expand into Annandale and Eskdale to accommodate their growing population. It is reputed that by 1528 they were able to put 3000 horsemen in the field. The Armstrongs' relationship with subsequent Scottish kings was turbulent to say the least. The most notorious event in this uneasy relationship occurred in 1530. John Armstrong, known in history as 'Gilnockie', was persuaded to attend a meeting at Carlingrigg with King James V who, unknown to Gilnockie, had the malicious intent to silence the rebellious Borderers. The ruse succeeded as Gilnockie and fifty followers were captured.

The Royal order to hang them was issued and despite several pleas for the King to be lenient in exchange for obedience, it was carried out. Defiant to the last, Gilnockie said these words directly to King James V:

"I am but a fool to seek grace at a graceless face, but had I known you would have taken me this day, I would have lived in the Borders despite King Harry and you both." His defiance is commemorated and echoed in the soulful popular Border ballad, "Johnie Armstrong": "Farewell! my bonny Gilnock Hall Where on Esk side thou standest stout ! Gif I had lived but seven yeirs mair I wad a gilt thee round about John Murdered was at Carlinrigg And all his gallant companie; But Scotland's heart was ne'er sae wae To see sae mony brave men die." In 1587 an act was passed by the Scottish parliament "for the quieting and keeping in obediance of the inhabitants of the Borders, Highland and Isles ..." That contained a roll of Chieftains and clans that confirms the status of Border families as an important part of clan history, and the Armstrongs as perhaps the most significant Border clan. The clan's authority resided intact at Mangerton in Liddesdale, a succession of Armstrongs retaining the 'Laird of Mangerton' title, until 1610 when Archibald Armstrong was 'put to the horn' as a rebel. After this, the Armstrong lands passed into the hands of the Scotts.

For a detailed historical overview of the Clan System, see the following link at

Armstrong Links

Armstrong Links Armstrong Genealogist William E. Kilbourne Genealogist

Armstrong Clan Society 7800 Fair Circle Huntsville, AL 35802 email:

Home Page:

Armstrong Clan Association:



History of the Yarboroughs

Eustacius de Yerburgh From Genealogy Jump to: navigation, search Eustacius de Yerburgh was an Anglo Saxon war lord of the 11th century who was a descendant from an ancient house of Denmark. The ancestors of Eustacius emigrated to England circa 800 AD with the first of the Yerburgh line known as "Germund" (or in some texts "Gerundus").

Eustacius de Yerburgh is famous in genealogy circles as the founder of the House of Yarborough, situated in York County. The Yarborough House was (and still is) considered the 11th oldest noble house of England and is the origin of the titles of the Baron Deramore, Baron Alvingham, and the Baron Yarborough.

In the early 1600s, a descendant of the Yarborough House (possible known as Richard Yerburgh or Richard Yarborough) emigrated to Virginia thus bringing the Yarborough line to the future United States. Thus, nearly every person living in the U.S. today (who holds the name Yerburgh, Yarbrough, Yarbro, or Yarborough) is a descedent in some way of Eustacius de Yerburgh. Some African Americans with the Yarborough name are descended from slaves who belonged to southern members of the Yarborough family for the family was quite prominent in both Virginia and Tennessee.

The famous United States Army General William P. Yarborough is a descendant of Eustacius as is former United States Senator Ralph Yarborough and Nascar racer Cale Yarborough.

Thomas Percy Line

Descendants of Thomas George Percy, the first Percy born in America, Son of Charles Percy and Susannah Collins:
Will’s, Walker’s, and My Line   —   chart courtesy of Bertram Wyatt-Brown


Sarah Percy Line


Southern Bastard Line

The Southern Branch of the Robert Percy Line

(chart courtesy of Bertram Wyatt-Brown)


Northern Bastard Line

The Northern Branch of the Robert Percy Line

(chart courtesy of Bertram Wyatt-Brown)


Dent Line

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Family Bios

Percy, Anne Dent

Charles Percy

Sarah Dorsey

Kate Ferguson

Eleanor Percy Lee

John B. Minor

LeRoy Percy

on LeRoy Percy, 1860 – 1929 by PBS

Thomas George Percy

Walker Percy

on Walker Percy, 1916 – 1990 by Hugh Pearson
and see the Walker Percy Archive for more information about him AND the OTHER Percys

William Alexander Percy

on William Alexander Percy, 1885-1942 by PBS

Catherine Anne Warfield

Roy Percy

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