First Nations Research

AD 952 - 2012

The CORRIE'S are of diverse descent being of the Jewish, Teutonic (German), Norman (Norseman/Viking) - who occupied northern France (the area known as 'Normandy'), and Cymric Celt (Briton tribe)of England (among many other lineages as you will see below).

The first paternal progenitor of note was Balderic le Teuton/Teutonicus, born 977, of Bacqueville in Normandy - who married Clare de Clare, born 981. Balderic was the son of Wiger (Wigerius), born 952 - who was one of a number of wealthy Jews brought into Normandy from Germany by Duke Richard the First in an effort to boost commerce in Normandy. Clare de Clare was a daughter of Richard de Clare, born 948, and Rohesia, born 959 - a natural daughter of Duke Richard the First and a full sister of Geoffrey de Brionne (famous son of Duke Richard).

Baldric had his home in Bacqueville-en-Caux, Normandy. He and his family were for a short time in Apulia, Italy, about 1017. Here they adopted as the family seal the Byzantine symbol of the crescent moon and the pentagonal star. This symbol was later adopted by the Turkish Empire and later again became the symbol of Islam. In Ireland this symbol was subsequently altered to the bugle horn and star and was incorporated into the family coat of arms, for in Ireland the Irish founding father Henry de Quemerford d'unou was appointed Great Master of the Game. Baldric also adopted the displayed eagle from the Byzantine flag as their shield but had on the shield a fess and four eagles (refer Wijnbergen Rolls 2117).

Fulco is one of 30 or so people known by name to have fought at Hastings. He is also shown on several documents to have been a witness to a number of documents of Duke William before the Conquest including one between William and the Pope. His name is on the Conquest honour list in the Falaise Town Hall in Normandy. He was succeeded in Aunou le Faucon by his son Fulco. The d'Aunou family name is still to be found today in the area around Argentan.

The name Fulco means falcon and the name Fulco d'Aunou means hunter of the forest, that is the forest about the Orne River. Baron Fulco d'Aunou was a warrior and one of the leading Norman lords. Other branches are the Dando family who were originally of Somerset and the de Quemerford family of Quemerford,Wiltshire later to include the de Quemerford/Comerford family of Ireland and one of the leading families of County Kilkenny in that country.

NB : It has been calculated that approximately one million people in Europe alive today have a similar wide and diverse genetic connection to various royal families of Europe - so the Corrie family is by no means unique in this regard.

Old Scotland Map Anglo-Saxon Parish Map
Map showing the parishes of Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The year that the register for the Parish of Hutton & Corrie (#20 on map above) first commenced was in 1745.

Baldric was the father of one of the greatest families of France and the British Isles and included among his six sons were the founders of the de Bacqueville/Baskerville, d'Aunou, de Courci (later De Corrie) and de Neville families.

Being direct descendants of Thomas de Corrie (b. 1370), and taking into account the fact that almost all hereditary ruling families extensively interbred with each other all over Europe, and the extensive ancestral lineages of his mother - Lady Susanna Carlyle (who married Sir Robert de CORRIE in 1367) as our primary example - then we are also descendants of the Scot & Pict tribes because Lady Susanna de Carlyle was the daughter of Sir Thomas de Carlyle, son of William de Carlyle, son of Margaret de Brus, daughter of Margaret Countess of Carrick, daughter of Duncan Earl of Carrick, son of Gilbert of Galloway (Carrick), son of Princess Elizabeth of England who married Fergus Lord of Galloway), daughter of Princess Matilda 'Aethling' of Scotland (who married King Henry I of England), daughter of King Malcolm III 'Canmore' of Scotland (who married Princess Margaret of England), son of King Duncan I, son of Princess Bethoc, daughter of King Malcolm II, son of King Kenneth II, son of King Malcolm I, son of King Donald II, son of King Constantine I, son of King Kenneth II, son of King Alpin, son of King Eochaid IV (and all the Scot Kings before him) & his wife Urgusa - daughter of Urgust King of the Picts (and all the Pict Kings before him). I will not bother to list here the numerous Irish Kings that started the Scot Royal Line! Also the Angle and Saxon tribes through Queen Margaret (who married King Malcolm III 'Canmore' of Scotland), daughter of Prince Edward 'Aethling' of England, son of King Edmond II 'Ironside' (who married Princess Agatha Von Brunswick - daughter of Henry II Holy Roman Emperor of Germany), son of King Edmund II 'Ironside', son of King Ethelred II 'The Unready', son of King Edgar 'The Peaceful', son of King Edmund I 'The Magnificent', son of King Edward 'The Elder', son of King Alfred 'The Great' and all the (Anglo-Saxon Kings before him) and his wife Lady Ealthswith of Mercia (and all the Mercian Kings who are in her lineage).

NB - Through that one marriage in particular (Lady Sussanna Carlyle to Sir Robert de Corrie), ALL present day CORRIE'S descended from their sons, Thomas, William, and John de CORRIE, are ancestrally descended from almost every Royal line in Europe - if you research the Pedigree information publicly accessible on the LDS Personal Ancestral File database.

A general council held at Forfar in 1061 during the reign of King Malcolm III 'Canmore' (1057 - 1093) - the King directed the nobility of Scotland "after the manner of other nations" to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions; and there created the first surnames that ever existed in Scotland. Naturally, the first people in Scotland to acquire surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are called territorial. The CORRIE surname is a territorial one, having been derived from the extensive Corrie lands - some of which are now included in the parish of Hutton & Corrie in Dumfriesshire, Dumfries, Scotland.

NB - 'de Courci' was the original ancestral Norman spelling (of territorial origin), but it was replaced by 'de Corrie' (also of territorial origin) between 1124 - 1153.
From 1179 the surname has been variously (and erroneously) transcribed in Scotland over the centuries as 'Curry', 'Corri', 'Currie', 'Corry', 'Curri', 'Curre', ' Currye', and 'Curray'; by different chroniclers at various periods in history. "CORRIE" is the true modern spelling. Ref. 'The Surnames of Scotland' by George F. Black ph.D (b. 1868, d. 1948), 838 pages, hardcover; first published in 1946 by the New York Public Library.


998 - Lord Balderic Teutonicus (b. 977 in Germany) a Teutonic Knight in the service of Richard II 'The Good Duke' of Normandy - married Aubree (b.981 - in Normandy, France) - neice of Gilbert de Brionne.

They had the following children:

Nicholas de Bacqueville
Fulk D'Aunou
Baron Robert de Courci
Richard Nevil de Novavilla
Balderic de Beaugency
Vigerius de Apulia
Hawise Fitz Erneis
Elizabeth de Boneval

NB - Here we have an example of the difficulty the general reader would experience in endeavouring to form an idea of the family and connections of many important personages with whose names he incidentally meets in the popular histories of England.
Robert, the third of these six sons and two daughters of Lord Balderic, assumed the name of 'de Courci' from his inheritance of Courci-sur-Dive, and transmitted it to his immediate descendants; all the other sons assumed surnames similarly derived from their particular properties or the place of their birth.
The eldest son, Nicholas, succeeding to his father's fief in Bacqueville-en-Caux, was thence called Nicholas de Bacqueville. The second son, Fulk, was named Fulk D'Aunou from his fief of Aunou le Falcon, arrondissement of Argentan.
Richard, the fourth son, was the first of the famous name of Nevil; derived from his fief of Neville-sur-Tocque, in the department of the Orne and the canton of Gace.
Balderic, the fifth son, was surnamed de Beaugency, from his fief of Beaugency.
The youngest son, Vigerius, was named after an uncle, and was called Apulensis after having been born in Apulia in southern Italy - which was then under Norman rule.
Of the daughters, Hawise married Robert Fitz Erneis - who fought and fell at Senlac, and Elizabeth married Fulk de Boneval.
Who, upon meeting with the names of these noble and powerful Normans in their study of English history, without such an explanation, would suspect that they were all sons of the same father, and cousins to King William 'The Conqueror' on their mother's side?
Ref. 'The Conqueror and his companions' by J.R. Planche, Somerset Herald, London; first published by the Tinsley Brothers in 1874.

1031 - Baron Robert de Courci (b. 1006 - in Courcy-sur-Dives, Normandy, France), son of Lord Balderic, married Hebrea (b. 1010 - in Normandy, France) in Normandy, France. He held the office of 'Archearius' under the then Duke William.

1065 - Baron Richard de Courci I - Norman Knight of the conquest of England in 1066 (b. 1040 - in Nuncham Courtnay, Oxfordshire, England), son of Baron Robert; married Wandelmode (b. 1045 in Oxfordshire, England) in Normandy, France. He was a close companion of his cousin William I 'The Conqueror'- first Norman King of England, and it was this same Richard de Courci who fought valiantly at the battle of Hastings & Senlac in 1066. At that battle where the English King Harold II was slain, it was recorded of Richard on that day that "he slew many Englishmen". For his services in those battles he received from his cousin King William I the Barony of Stoke in the county of Somerset, and the manors of Newnham, Setenden, and Foxcote, in Oxfordshire.

1070 - Robert de Courci was born in Nuncham Courtnay, Oxfordshire, England; he is the son of Baron Richard.

1092 - Robert de Courci married Rohese de Grentemesnil (b. 1072 in Grentemesnil, Calrodos, Normandy, France)in Leicestershire, England. They had the following children (all born in Nuncham Courtnay, Oxfordshire, England):

Robert de Courci (b. 1093)
Richard de Courci (b. 1095)
Hugh de Courci (b. 1097)
Ivo de Courci (b. 109)
Philip de Courci (b. 1101)
Simon de Courci (b. 1103)
Gervase de Courci (b. 1105)
William de Courci (b. 1107)

1124 - 1153 - Hugh (and his brother Philip) were employed as Knights in the service of King David I 'The Saint' of Scotland, during this period he married the daughter of a Briton noble and settled in Dumfriesshire, Scotland; in the lands of CORRIE granted to him by King David I. Because of the General Council held in Forfar in 1061 during the reign of King Malcolm III 'Canmore' - at which the King had directed the nobility of Scotland "after the manner of other nations" to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions; Hugh took the surname 'CORRIE' (from his lands) as his official surname.

NB - The first people in Scotland to acquire surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves,or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are called 'Territorial' (as opposed to an 'Occupational' surname). The CORRIE surname is a territorial one, having been derived from the extensive CORRIE lands - some of which are now incorporated into the Parish of Hutton & Corrie in Dumfriesshire, Dumfries, Scotland.
'de Courci' was the original ancestral Norman spelling (also of territorial origin), but it was replaced by 'de Corrie' and has been variously mis-transcribed over the centuries as 'Corry, Correy, Corri, Cory, Corrye, Currie, Curri, Curry, Curre, and Curray', and these changes in spelling frequently occurred, even from father and son - as scribes and church officials in ancient times recorded the name as it sounded to them.

1161 - Hugh de Corrie was granted additional lands by Hugh de Moreville (d. 1162) - a fellow Norman Knight who was also in the service of his friend the late King David I. Hugh de Moreville's wife was the Helywesa de Stutsville - who shared the same Coat of Arms as Hugh de Corrie; the Morevilles and Stutsvilles are long since extant in Scotland.

1194 - Hugh de Corrie (son of Hugh the Knight employed by King David I) witnessed the charter of a Fishery in Torduff, he also witnessed the resignation of lands at Weremudebi and Anant in the same year.

1215 - Hugh de Corrie witnessed a restoration of land by Robert de Brus to Hugh (son of Ingebold) and his heirs - the whole land which his father (Ingebold) held in Drivesdale.

1218 - Hugh de Corrie witnessed a grant by Robert de Brus for homage and services in Carlisle. In this same year Hugh de Corrie is made Sherrif of Lancaster.

1243 - Robert de Corrie (son of Hugh) witnessed a Melrose charter.

1271 - Walter de Corrie (son of Robert) witnessed a charter by the Earl of Carrick.

1272 - Agnes de Corrie (the deceased wife of Walter de Corrie son of Robert) heirs are named as heirs of the Helywesa de Levyington - wife of Eustace de Balliol, owners of the Manor of Glassamby.

1274 - On September 13th Walter de Corrie, cousin and one of the heirs of the Helywesa de Levyington (widowed wife of Eustace de Balliol), rendered homage to King Edward I 'Longshanks' of England - for his portion of her lands held 'in capite'. william de Bouville - Escheator Ultra Trent, is commanded by King Edward I to give Walter de Corrie his seizin in terms of the petition lately made between Walter de Corrie and his coparceners retaining in the King's hand and the shares of Richard de Kirkbride - who is under age and in the King's custody, and of Patrick de Sutheyk also in the King's custody. On October 13th of that year, a second part of Manor of Glassamby was assigned to Walter de Corrie, a third part to Walter de Twynham, a fourth to Richard de Kirkbride, and the fifth to Patrick de Sutheyk. On December 3rd King Edward I receives a complaint from some of the heirs that the Escheator Ultra Trent had not made the division properly and asking the King to equalise the shares; King Edward I commands the Escheator Ultra Trent to extend and divide the lands equally.

1275 - June 10th Inquisition (under a writ dated in Westminster on 10th May previous) made at Carlisle on the morrow of Holy Trinity in the King's 3rd year before Phillip de Wylghoby - the King's Escheator Ultra Trent, by John Ireby and 11 others named - who found that Robert de Warthewye sub-Escheator of the county of Cumberland has ejected Robert de Brus and Christina his wife from certain lands in Gamelesby and Glassamby and afterwards delivered 5 parts to Robert de Hampton, Walter de Twynham, Walter de Corrie, Patrick de Sutheyk, Patrick de Trumpe and Matilda de Carrig (widow of Roland de Carrig) - the heirs of Helywesa wife of Eustace de Balliol, that Robert and Christina had arrained a novel desseisin against the sub-Escheator and others and recovered seisin of said parts and he said Sir Phillip still detains in the King's hand the sixth part of the foresaid land by reason of Richard (son of Richard de Kirkbride) another one of the Helewysa's heirs who is still a minor. On the 20th of June King Edward I commands the sixth part to be delivered to them, saving the heirs right when he comes of age.

1278 - October 27th the underwritten have quittance from common summons in Cumberland - Alexander I King of Scotland because he is with King Edward I, Walter de Corrie, (and others).

1283-1483 The Corries, with the Bruces,Baliols, Graemes/Grahames and Carliles were the chief landowners in Dumfriesshire. The Corries were the hereditary keepers of the castle of Loch Doon in 1306. Besides the Barony of Corrie - which comprised the modern parishes of Hutton and Corrie, the Corries owned Keldwood in the modern Cumberland parish of Kirkandrews-upon-Esk, Comlongan, Mylnfield, Cummertrees, Bonshaw, Ruthwell, the Barony of Newbie, the Barony of Stapleton, Robgill, part of the parish of St. Patrick - now divided into Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Gretna - which includes the ancient ruins of Rampatrick/Redkirk; and the celebrated Lochmaben stone where treaties were signed with the English. An estimated 10 castles and 500 square miles of Corrie lands in total.

1291 - The now Sir Walter de Corrie was appointed keeper of all the castles of Wyggeton, Kirkudbright and Dumfries; by King Edward I - who had recently knighted him.

1292 - November 3rd, Richard de Kirkbride, with William de Lokarde, Walter de Twynham, Gilbert de Sutheyk, Nicholas de Auchenleck, and Matilda his wife, Patrick de Trumpe, and Walter son of Sir Walter de Corrie sues Robert de Brus senior and his wife Christina for the sixth part of the manor of Glassamby which had belonged to Helywesa de Aykton the plaintiffs cousin who died without an heir of her body where the right 'resorted' to Ralph, Helywesa's father as her aunt and heirs from Euphemia the eldest of whom right came by three descent to Richard. The other plaintiffs do not sue their five parts. The defendants appeared in court but the case collapsed. This was the third Heleywesa and the Nicholas de Auchenleck was by birth a de Corrie who married Matilda de Carrick.

1296 - The Bruce's, Balliol's, Graeme's, Carlyle's and Corrie's were the chief landowners in Dumfriesshire.

1296 - Sir Walter de Corrie holds lands in Kirkanders and Levyington (which is laid waste and burnt by the Scots) paying 26 shillings yearly.

1299 - 1300 A report (in reply to a writ tested in Bamburgh on June 1st) by the Escheator Ultra Trent - states that he took the land held in dower by the late Sara de Levyington (widow of the late Richard de Levyington)in the King's hand for two reasons (1) That at the date of her death, Christopher (son and heir of John de Seton) one of the heirs portioners was in the custody of King Edward I, and (2) that Patyrick de Trumpe and Matilda de Carrick co-heirs and portioners - are in Scotland against the King's faith and peace, also Richard de Kirkbride, Adam de Twynham, Gilbert de Sutheyk and Walter de Corrie are heirs portioners in the fourth degree to the deceased Richard.

1300 - June 13th, King Edward I of England (who governed Scotland directly during the second Interregnum period) commands that the land held in dower by the late Sara de Levyington, be divided into four equal parts and be given to Richard de Kirkbride, Adam de Twynham, Gilbert de Sutheyk and Sir Walter de Corrie - the nephews and heirs of Richard de Levyington.

NB - This shows that the Twynhams, Sutheyks, Kirkbrides and Auchenlecks were all related to the house of Corrie, and the Twynhams and Sutheyks eventually took the name CORRIE as their family name. In 1504 many Auchenlecks also took the surname CORRIE.

1306 - The Corrie family were the hereditary keepers of Castle Loch Doon, and 57 years later , owing to the marriage of Sir Robert Corrie to Lady Susanna Carlisle, added greatly to their possessions in Dumfriesshire. Besides the Barony of Corrie - comprising the modern parishes of Hutton & Corrie, they owned Keldwood in the modern Cumberland Parish of Kirkandrews-upon-Esk, Comlogan, Ruthwell, the Barony of Newbie, the Barony of Stapleton, Robgill, and part of the parish of St. Patrick - now divided into Kirkpatrick-Flemming; and Gretna, which includes the ruins of the ancient Redkirk or Rampatrick, and the celebrated Lochmaben Stone; where treaties were signed with the English.

1333-1334 a charter of lands in Annandale from Edward Baliol bears the signatures of Walter de Corrie and Adam de Corrie - keeper of the castle of Lochmaben.

1341 - Edinburgh Castle is brilliantly captured from the English occupational forces in an operation led by Sir William Douglas - who disguised himself as a merchant & succeeded in positioning a cart containing 12 Scottish patriots in front of the Portico whereupon the band sprang from their hiding place - quickly dispatching the startled English sentries and rushed in to seize the castle. The bodies of English soldiers they surprised inside and killed were thrown over the walls. Among this band of 12 Scots was Walter de Corrie - who unlike his father Sir Walter de Corrie, was fiercely loyal to the cause of Scottish nationalism. He was rewarded for his heroism in the following year by King David II of Scotland - for the capture (among other military victories) had paved the way for the King's return from Exile.

1346 - The second son of Sir William de Carlisle and Margaret Bruce was killed at the battle of Durham - leaving but one child, Susanna, who later married Sir Robert de Corrie.

1348 - Sir Robert de Corrie (son of Walter) was born in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, Dumfries, Scotland.

1362 - King David II signed a charter on 18th October granting "The lands of Coulyn and Rowcan to my beloved cousin lady Susanna Carlyle - heir of Thomas de Torthorwald, who was killed defending my person at the battle of Durham, and to Robert de Corrie her spouse."

1363 - King David II granted Susanna Carlyle (who was 13 years of age) and her spouse Robert De Corrie (who was 15 years of age) all the lands allong the southern coast of Dumfriesshire, which had belonged to Susanna's grandfather.

1367 - Sir Robert de Corrie married Lady Susanna Carlyle (b. 1350 in Carlyle, Scotland) ; they had the following children:

William (b. 1368)
Thomas (b. 1370)
John (b. 1372)

1378 - King Robert II of Scotland, in person with his troops gave safe passage to the border of Scotland and England to Sir Robert de Corrie - Laird of Corrie, his wife Lady Susanna Carlyle and two of their sons (1st son William & 3rd son John). They were met at the English border by King Richard II of England and his troops, who then gave them safe passage all the way to Cornwall; both Kings viewed Lady Susanna and her sons to be of royal blood. Their second son Thomas was left in control of the Corrie Manors and lands with his uncle Harbard as guardian, in Scotland.

1397 - A May 12th Fiat from King Robert III of Scotland for separate safe conduct between Scotland and England until Christmas day of 1399 is issued for Harbard de Corrie (brother of Sir Robert & Guardian of Thomas) to exercise his trade as a merchant. Harbard was exceedingly wealthy to the extent that he was one of the 'Borowis' (guarantors) of the Earl of Douglas's West March military campaign in that year.

1398 - Sir Robert and his wife Lady Susanna went to Norwich, Norfolk, England and took over at Brammerton Hall.

1444 - Sir Robert and Lady Susanna died at Brammerton Hall.

NB - Of their sons' , William's line starts out in Cornwall; and John's starts out in Devonshire - both in England. The name underwent a change from Corrie to Cory and Corey, and the vast majority of persons bearing those latter two surnames in North America today are descended from William - who's descendants first emigrated to America in 1640. Thomas's line continued in Scotland.

1449 - Gilbert de Corrie (Son of Harbard) possessed a charter for the lands of Torduff and Dalbank, Scotland.

1484 - The Douglas Clan rebelled against King James III of Scotland and George Corrie joined the insurgents - who were later defeated. George Corrie was banished from Scotland and part of his estates were transferred to Thomas Caruthers who was loyal to the Scottish King.
George Corrie's brothers Thomas and William Corrie, for some time after retained a portion of the family's once vast landholdings; but eventually most had been lost by 1496.
Thomas Corrie married a daughter of Lord Herries.

1494 - John Murray was made 'heir' to the confiscated Corrie lands of Ruthwell and Rampatrick/Redkirk.

1516 - James Johnstone was granted the confiscated Barony of Corrie by royal charter.

1526 - Thomas Corrie (son of William) of Keldwood and Newbie was recorded as being the follower of the Earl of Cassilis in a court trial.

1527 - Thomas Corrie (son of William) instituted proceedings against William Johnstone who had been occupying the Corrie Barony of Newbie since 1525, atlast William Johnstone purchased a clear right to Newbie from Thomas Corrie - who was to retain a life interest in it but who died at the battle of Fawsyde in 1547.

1529 - Thomas Corrie (son of William) of Keldwood and Newbie was appointed arbiter with the Kings treasurer and two Scottish knights in a family matter between the Earls of Eglington and Glencairn, he married a daughter of Lord Herries.

1535 - James and Ninian Critchton were cautioners for William Johnstone with regard to his contract with the Corries of Newbie.

1541 - William Johnstone obtained a charter in which it appears that James, lord of Johnstone, had bequethed the confiscated Corrie property to his second son and third son, the elder receiving the Barony of Corrie - for which he had already obtained a regular charter, the other the previously Corrie owned Barony of Newbie, for which he had to enforce his claim.

1547 - George Corrie (son of Thomas of Keldwood) was retoured as heir of Thomas Corrie of Keldwood who was killed at the battle of Fawsyde.

Coole Castle Castle Coole - the most palatial and finest of the neo-classical castles in Ireland, it was completed by the 1st Earl of Belmore Sir Amar Lowry-Corry in 1798 & designed by James Wyatt. Having arrived in Ireland (from Scotland) in 1612 as 'Corrie' protestants, the family soon thereafter changed the spelling of their surname to 'Corry' to distance themselves from the predominantly Catholic 'Corrie's in Scotland. Nevertheless, the family in Ireland aquired exceeding wealth and power from their close association with the protestant English invaders of Ireland and became Barons, Viscounts and Earls in that island.

1630 - The Corrie family last tried, without success; to re-claim Newbie in the law courts.

1639 - 1641 - John Corrie (son of George) was the Provost of Dumfries.

1690 - Joseph Corrie of Carlenwark (now known as 'Castle Douglas'), Kelton Kirkudbright, Scotland, born on March 19th. He was the only son of Joseph Corrie - brother of John Corrie (great-grandsons of George).

1713 - Joseph Corrie (son of John) sold his claim to the estate of Galabank (which was acquired as a debt payment) for the sum of one-thousand pounds.

1718 - Joseph Corrie marries Jean Goldie (daughter of Edward Goldie and his wife Mary Gordon of Craigmuie who died in 1733) on April 30th, her only sister Janet Goldie (1708-1762) was also married to James Corrie of Speddock - Josephs brother! These two ladies were 11th generation descendants of King James II of Scotland.

c. 1730 Joseph Corrie II is born - son of Joseph Corrie and Jean Goldie.

c. 1770 Joseph Corrie III is born - son of Joseph Corrie II, he emigrated with his brother William from England to seek his fortune in St. Thomas in the West Indies in c. 1788. Joseph made his fortune in Jamaica first, then South Carolina - before traveling to Cumberland (near the border of Scotland) England to seek a wife.

c. 1772 William Corrie is born - son of Joseph Corrie II, he emigrated with his brother Joseph from England to seek his fortune in St. Thomas in the West Indies in c. 1788. William first settled in the island of St. Thomas as a merchant where he was still living in 1789.

1789 - Joseph Corrie III marries in Cumberland England.

1789 - Here is an extract of the last Will & Testament of John Corrie: "In the first place in payment of my deathbed and funeral expenses, secondly in defraying the expenses of their management, thirdly in payment of all just and lawful debts that may be resting owing by me at my death. Fourthly, in payment of the following legacies and annuities, viz, to the said Mr John Ewart my brother-in-law and Mary Ewart nee Corrie his wife, my sister and survivor of our brother Joseph, the sum of fifty pounds, also to my niece Marion Ewart daughter of my said sister Mary now spouse of Doctor John Gilchrist of Spedoch, Physician in Dumfries, the sum of fifty pounds, also to my nephew Edgar Corrie of Riedbank, merchant in Liverpool fifty pounds, also to my grand nephew James Carson - only son of deceased James Carson, sometime merchant in Charlestown South Carolina, son of my niece Agnes Ewart, fifty pounds. Also to my brother Edward Corrie an annuity of seven guineas to be paid half-yearly at Martinmas and Whit Sunday beginning the first half-year payment at the first of these terms that shall happen next after my death, and so forth half-yearly all the years of the lifetime of my said brother, and to be in full of all he can ask or has a right to succeed to in my decease, on any account whatsoever. Also to Joseph and William Corrie both natives of the West Indies, the former at present in Cumberland and the other in the island of St. Thomas in the West Indies, the two reputed natural children of my deceased nephew Joseph Corrie who was the only son of my deceased brother Joseph Corrie, an annuity of seven guineas to be paid to them equally at the same terms and by the same proportions as the fore said annuity to my said brother Edward, all the sums being sterling money. Fifthly, I legate and bequeath to the said Doctor John Gilchrist my silver spoons, sixthly, I will and appoint that rings of the value of two guineas shall be purchased and presented to each of the said Hugh Corrie, Samuel Mitchelson, James Turner, and to Mrs. Marion Gilchrist nee Corrie of the Post Office of Dumfries, and lastly it is my will and desire and express injunction that the residue of my said real and personal estate, after payment of the sums generally and particularly before mentioned shall be applied by the persons before named acting as trustees or executors under this settlement to those charitable endowments that are in the opinion of my said trustees and executors most generally useful no matter where, provided always that one third part of the said residue shall be employed to such charitable endowments in South Carolina and particularly upon Johns Island in the said province whence I got much of my money." Dumfries, Scotland, 7th November, 1789 Confirmed on 20th of September, 1791 by James Gilchrist - writer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

c. 1797 William (who remained in the West Indies) emigrated from St. Thomas to the island of Trinidad when the English take possession of the former Spanish colony.

1810 Frank Arbuthnot Corrie is born in Trinidad - son of William.

1843 - Anthony Peter Corrie (son of Frank) is born in Trinidad.

1880 - Noel Anthony Corrie (son of Anthony) was born in Trinidad. As an adult he was a magistrate by profession.

1882 - Donald Corrie (brother of Noel Anthony) was born in Trinidad. As an adult he became the last manager of the Trinidad Government Railway which was abandoned in 1950.

1909 - Noel Anthony Corrie married Alma Jameson in Trinidad.

1910 - William Ross Anthony Corrie (only child of Noel & Alma) was born in Trinidad.

1927 - William Ross Anthony Corrie married Victoria Bomparte Luna of Venezuela, in Trinidad.
During WWII William Ross Anthony Corrie joined the Royal Air Force (RAF). [clipping]
The couple had six Children:

Anthony Arbuthnot (b. 1928) (d. 1999 in Australia)

Geddes Francis (b. 1931)

Noel Anthony (b. 1933) (d. in Venezuela)

Yolande Catherine (b. 1935) married Orrin Samuel Edwards on 15 September 1956 in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. [clipping]     (Edwards Family History)

Pamela Constance (b. 1937)

Frank Peter (b. 1939) (d. 2013 in USA)

This history was compiled by Damon G. Corrie, son of Geddes Francis Corrie.

Reference Documents:
Bede's Histories.
The Doomsday Book.
Exchequer Rolls of Scotland.
Hearth Rolls of Scotland.
Inquisito Favidus.
The Ragman Rolls.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
The Pictish Chronicle.
The London Records Office, London: England

Reference Books:
-"Burke's Landed Gentry by John Bernard Burke, 1925".
-"Debretts Peerage of England, Scotland and Ireland by John Debrett, 1802"
-"The conqueror and his companions by J.R. Planche, published by Tinsley Brothers Somerset Herald in 1874".
-"The Historical families of Dumfriesshire by C.L. Johnstone; published in 1879".
-"Landed Gentry by Debretts, published by the New York Public Library in 1938".
-"The Surnames of Scotland, their origins, meaning and history by George F. Black, published by the New York Public Library in 1948".
-"Records of the Corrie Family 802 AD - 1899 Vol.1, by J.E. Corrie, published by the New York Public Library in 1956"

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