Our Family Connection to Diana, Princess of Wales (sources)


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Alexander Burnett, 11th Laird of Leys - (1st generation) m. Katherine Arbuthnot : (our common ancestors)

1.     Burnett, George., The Family  of Leys, with collateral branches,  Aberdeen, Printed for the New Spalding Club. (1901)

2.    Bailey, Eileen A., Crannog To Castle: A History OF THE BURNETT FAMILY IN SCOTLAND, FORD. BY JAMES C.A. BURNETT OF LEYS, 44.

3.   Bailey, Eileen A., The Holly and The Horn: Burnett of Leys Family & Branches; Ford. by James C.A. Burnett of Leys, 34-35.


Alexander Burnett, 12th Laird of Leys - (2nd generation) m. Katherine Gordon :

1.     Wikipedia, “ Alexander Burnett, 12th Laird of Leys.” (accessed 11/20/16)

2.     Burnett, George., The Family of Leys, with collateral branches, Aberdeen, Printed for the New Spalding Club. (1901)

3.     Bailey, Eileen A., Crannog To Castle: A History OF THE BURNETT FAMILY IN SCOTLAND, FORD. BY JAMES C.A. BURNETT OF LEYS, 45-46.

4.     Bailey, Eileen A., The Holly and The Horn: Burnett of Leys Family & Branches; Ford. by James C.A. Burnett of Leys, 35, 37.

5.     Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. (2008), 133.


Sir Thomas Burnett, 1st Baronet of Leys - (3rd generation) m. Lady Margaret Douglas of Glenervie :

1.    Bailey, Eileen A., The Holly and The Horn: Burnett of Leys Family & Branches; ford. by James C.A. Burnett of Leys, 37, 39 thur 41.

2.    Bailey, Eileen A., Crannog To Castle: A History OF THE BURNETT FAMILY IN SCOTLAND, FORD. BY JAMES C.A. BURNETT OF LEYS, 48.

3.       Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 335 and 459.

4.    Burnett, George., The Family  of Leys, with collateral branches,  Aberdeen, Printed for the New Spalding Club. (1901)

5.     Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. (2008), 121.

6.     Wikipedia, “Sir Thomas Burnett, 1st Baronet of Leys.” (accessed 11/20/16)

7.   Complete Baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1900; vol: 2, 305.


Jean Burnett - (4th generation) m. Sir William Forbes of Monymusk, 2nd Baronet :

1. Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 220. and 336.

2.    Bailey, Eileen A., Crannog To Castle: A History OF THE BURNETT FAMILY IN SCOTLAND, FORD. BY JAMES C.A. BURNETT OF LEYS, 51.

3.    Bailey, Eileen A., The Holly and The Horn: Burnett of Leys Family & Branches; Ford. by James C.A. Burnett of Leys, 43.

4. Burnett, George., The Family of Leys, with collateral branches, Aberdeen, Printed for the New Spalding Club. (1901) 62.

5. The House of Forbes, 302.

6. Complete Baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1900; vol: 2, 305.


Sir John Forbes of Monymusk, 3rd Baronet - (5th generation) m. Hon. Margaret Arbuthnot :

1.    Bailey, Eileen A., Crannog To Castle: A History OF THE BURNETT FAMILY IN SCOTLAND, FORD. BY JAMES C.A. BURNETT OF LEYS, 51.

2.     Bailey, Eileen A., The Holly and The Horn: Burnett of Leys Family & Branches; Ford. by James C.A. Burnett of Leys, 43.

3.    Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes. Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999.

4.    Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.

5.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 149. and 221.

6.    The House of Forbes, Mircofilm card, New York State Library, Albany, New York.

7.    Burke, John, Esq., A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of The British Empire, 4th ed. In two volumes, vol. 1., Google Books, 485.

8.    Complete Baronetage, Cokayne, George E. (George Edward) Vol: 4, 1900, 289.


Jean Forbes - (6th generation) m. Sir Charles Maitland of Pitrichie, 3rd Baronet :

1.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 149.

​​​​​​2.  The House of Forbes, 302.

​​​​​​​3. Complete baronetage, Cokayne, George E. (George Edward) Vol: 4, 1900, 289.


Katherine Maitland - (7th generation) m. Theodore Morison, 3rd of Bognie :

 1.   Findagrave.com # 139780183 (As Katherine Maitland Morison)

2.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 96.

3.    Templer William, Rev., The Thanage of Fermartyn, 156.

4.    Old parochial registers for Edinburgh, 1595-1860.

5.    Family History Library film 1066,689.


Alexander Morison, 4th of Bognie - (8th generation) m. Catherine Duff :

1.    FindAGrave.com memorial # 139780998

2.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 62.

3.     Temple, William, Rev., The Thanage of Fermartyn, (1894) 157-59.

4.    Temple, William, Rev., St Margaret's, Forgue, with Notices of Frendraught, Lessendrum, Cobairdy, Templeland, and AuchaberAberdeen, Scotland: A. Brown and Company (1881), 45, (Google Books (Digital Library).


 Katherine Morison - (9th generation) m. John Forbes, 5th of Boyndlie :

1.   FindAGrave.com memorial # 139748518 (As Katherine Morison Forbes).

2.   Temple, Rev. William, St Margaret's, Forgue, with Notices of Frendraught, Lessendrum, Cobairdy, Templeland, and Auchaber, Aberdeen, Scotland: A. Brown and Company (1881), 22, 47, (Google Books (Digital Library)

3.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 43.


Theodore Forbes - (10th generation) m. Eliza Kewark :

1.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 30.

2.   “The Ancestry of Lady Diana Spencer,” 197, 282.

3.   Temple, William, Rev., The Thanage of Fermartyn, (1894) 155.


Katherine Scott Forbes - (11th generation) m. James Crombie :

1.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 20.

2.    “India Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947," FamilySearch.org (Online Database)

3.    “The Ancestry of Lady Diana Spencer,” 196, 282.

4.    Family Records of the Name of Dingwall Fordyce in Aberdeenshire, 40.

5.  Fasti Academiae Mariscallanae, 444.

6.    1851 Scotland Census Records, Ancestry.com (Online Database).

7.   Parish # 227 E.D. # 3: 4; Parish Registers, St. Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland.

8.    George, Joan, Merchants in Exile: The Armenians in Manchester, England, 1835-1935, Reading, England: Taderon Press (2002), 15.

9.     "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910,"  Familysearch.org (Online Database)

10. FindAGrave.com memorial # 126592599 (As Katherine Scott “Kitty” Forbes Crombie)          


Jane Crombie - (12th generation) m. David Littlejohn :

1. Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007),13.

2. FindAGrave.com memorial # 126590835. ( As Jane Marr Crombie Littlejohn).

3. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," Familysearch.org (Online Database)

4. “The Ancestry of Lady Diana Spencer,” 195.

5. George, Joan, Merchants in Exile: The Armenians in Manchester, England, 1835-1935, Reading, England: Taderon Press (2002), 18.


Ruth Littlejohn - (13th generation) m. Col. William Smith Gill :

1.   FindAGrave.com memorial # 126587109 (As Ruth Littlejohn Gill).

2.  Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 10.

3.  “The Ancestry of Lady Diana Spencer,” 194.

4.   Wikipedia, “Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy”, (accessed 11/22/2016).


 Ruth Sylvia Gill - (14th generation) m. Edmund Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy :

1.    Wikipedia, “Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy (accessed 11/22/16)

2.    FindAGrave.com memorial # 3450. (As Ruth Sylvia Gill Roche)

3.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 7.

4.     New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), 1982, Vol. 136, p. 96.

5.    Roberts, Gary Boyd and William Addams Reitwiesner, American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. (1984), 24-25.


Hon. Frances Ruth Burke Roche - (15th generation) m. Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer : 

1.   FindAGrave.com memorial # 8875847 (As Frances Ruth Roche Shand Kydd)

2.    Wikipedia, “Frances Shand Kydd,” (accessed 11/22/16)

3.    England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005, Marriage record for Edward J Spencer and Frances R B Roche, Ancestry.com (Online Database).

4.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 5.

5.    Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. (2008), 578.

6.    Roberts, Gary Boyd, comp., Ancestors of American Presidents, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2009), 638.


Lady Diana Frances Spencer a.k.a Diana, Princess of Wales - (self) :

1.   FindAGrave.com memorial # 1888 (As Lady Diana “Princess of Wales” Spencer.)

2.    Wikipedia, Diana, Princess of Wales (accessed 11/20/16)

3.    Evans, Richard K., The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007), 1.

4.   England and Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005, Birth record for Diana F Spencer, Ancestry.com (Online Database).

5.    New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), 1982, Vol. 136, p. 96.

6.    The Official Website of The British Monarchy, "House of Windsor Family Tree", (accessed 11/23/2016).