James Haig, laird of Blairhill in Kinross, a cadet
family of the Haigs of Bemersyde (who had been in Roxburghshire since the
Norman Conquest) which settled near Alloa. The family made its fortune in
whisky distilling, still producing Dimple blended Scotch Whiskey and
claiming to be Scotland's oldest surviving Scotch Whisky distiller. James'
sister Margaret married John Jameson of Jameson's Irish whiskey. (5, 6)
James Haig died 8 October 1833 worth £66,000. He owned shares in the
Union Canal, Monkland Canal and Kincardine ferry. He bequeathed,
to Mrs Janet Haig or Fell, wife of Michael Edwin Fell
Esquire my eldest daughter and the heirs of her body [the interest] of the
sum of three thousand pounds ... besides any sum of money for which I may
stand bound by her contract of marriage which said sum shall be at th
whole and exclusive disposal of my said daughter and shall not be subject
to the jus marito or any other contract.
His unmarried daughter Margaret received a fortune of £10,000.