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Whitefoord, Mary Anne

The Maria of the autumn song 'Farewell to Ballochmyle', and the eldest of Sir John Whitefoord's four daughters. She married the grandson of the fifth Lord Cranstoun, Henry Kerr Cranstoun. Her sister-in-law, Helen D'Arcy, married Professor Dugald Stewart, who owned the 'Catrine Woods' and the 'Catrine Lea' mentioned in the song. They marched with the estate of Ballochmyle, which had for many years been owned by the Whitefoord family until 1785, when the consequences of the failure of the Ayr Bank, of which Whitefoord was a partner, forced him to sell them.

The song appeared in the Scots Musical Museum to the tune 'The Braes O' Ballochmyle' composed by Allan Masterton.

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