King Robert the Bruce the great Scottish independence fighter, granted to Patrick of Ogilvy, a charter for the lands to the barony of Kettins in Forfar.
The Ogilvy Family fought at the great battle of Bannockburn on the twenty-fourth of June , 1314 , when Robert the Bruce defeated a numerically superior English army commanded by Edward the Second of England. The Huge English army was sent scurrying for the border and home.
The Ogilvy family became hereditary sheriffs of the Angus area in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Sir Patrick Ogilvy fought for ‘ Joan of Ark ' against the English and received the title, ‘ Viscount d'Angus' . Another later Ogilvy, Sir Walter, was appointed Lord High Treasurer of Scotland in the year 1425, and was made ambassador to England five years later. In the year of 1459, Sir John Ogilvy of Lintrathern received a charter for the lands, and castle of Airlie . His son also called John was to become the first Lord Ogilvy of Airlie in the year 1491.
The seventh Lord Ogilvy was appointed Earl of Airlie in the year 1639.
The Ogilvy family were Jacobites, and suffered great hardship for their belief in the true monarchy being restored to its rightful position. The first earl and his son joined Montrose to oppose the enemies of Charles the first; Sir Thomas the earl's eldest son died at the battle of Inverlochy in the year of 1645.
In the following century the Ogilvy, family were ‘out' for both the 1715 and 1745, struggle for truth. Other branches of the Ogilvy clan can be found at; Findlater, and Deskford, Dunlugas, Inverquharity, and last but not least, Ogilvy of Barras.