Revised 29/11/2019



See The Bonkil (or de Bonkil) family, ancestors of Stewart of Darnley (John Ravilious, 2007),
 in particular for the generations prior to Sir Ranulf
see Bulmer's History & Directory of Cumberland (1901) for Uldale information


[ULDA421] Lyulph [born c.1050], feudal Lord of Greystoke). Presumably the same person as [GRST221] Forne Sigulfsson (see GREYSTOKE).

[ULDA431] Adam FitzLiulf [born c.1090], was granted the Manors of Uldale and Glicrux (Cumbs), by [DUNB361] Waltheof, feudal Lord of Allerdale (see DUNBAR EARLDOM).

[ULDA442] --- ([born c.1120], daughter of Adam) married [BONK441] --- of Bonkil (Berwickshire), see below.


[BONK441] --- [born c.1120] married [ULDA442] --- (daughter of Adam, of Uldale and Gilcrux).

[BONK451] Adam (?) de Bonkil (born c.1140), mentioned in 1160, witnessing a charter.

[BONK461] Sir Ranulf de Bonkyl (born c.1175), of Bonkil and Uldale. Died after 1248.

[BONK471] Alexander de Bonkyl (born c.1198), of Uldale, granted (before 1249) land in Gilcrux to Holm Cultram Priory.

[BONK481] Adam de Bonkyl (born c.1220), of Bonkyl and Uldale.

[BONK491] Sir Alexander de Bonkyl (born c.1242), held Ulvedale Manor (Cumbs) of Sir Thomas de Lucy, married 1. Margaret Menteith (daughter of Alexander de Bonkyl & Margaret de Bonkyl), [perhaps a cousin]; then 2. (c.1278) Christiana de Lilleburne (widow of Sir Thomas de Fenwick, died c.1275). Alexander was an early proprietor of Bonkyl Kirk, built early 12th Century, and the nearby Castle.  Alexander died 22nd July 1298, and Christiana died October 1324.

[BONK502] Margaret Bonkyl (born c.1249, daughter & heiress of Alexander by his first wife) married 1. (c.1283) [STEW501] Sir John Stewart (see STEWARDS OF SCOTLAND, killed at the Battle of Falkirk, 22nd July 1298); then 2. (c.1299) Sir David de Brechin.

The Kirk at Bonkyl fell into disuse and was demolished in 1820, apart from the Norman apse, a vaulted arch, which was later used as a burial vault for the Home family of Billie. The Castle ruins are mostly hidden under undergrowth and are not get-at-able.


Surviving apse of old kirk alongside
 present-day Bonkyl Kirk (1820)
(1 July 2014)

three-quarter view of apse



front view of apse

internal widow



stones of Bonkyl Castle ruins
hidden behind undergrowth
(1 July 2014)