Re: Ayson of Perthshire
I forgot to mention this info in my last post...
Ayson. The Aysons were early settled in Tullymet. It is probably the same name as Esson, but in either form, it is now quite extinct in Atholl. The ancient Pictish name of Ayson is connected with the ancient Toschachs of Glentilt and being decended from Alyth Thome who held the charter to Fornochtis in Strathhern from Robert II. The Toschachs were in most probability of MacDonald stock having assumed the name Mac an Toiseach before the Macdonald surname came into common use. ( see below: from my website "Clan of The Cat" http://a2fister2000.tripod.comhttp://a2fister2000.tripod.com )
The Macintoshes of Atholl are in fact Macdonalds and have no connection with the Mackintoshes of Invernessshire. Henry,the third and last of the early Celtic Earls of Atholl,before joining the Crusade gave a Charter of Glentilt and Glenfender to Ewen Mackintosh who is said to have been a brother of Reginald, Lord of the Isles, but was more probably a nephew.Glentilt was a thanage so that the owner had heritable jurisdiction over all his territory. Thane is a Saxon word, and its Gaelic equivalent is Toiseach and both meaning "leader" of "chief". The Thane of Glentilt was therefore known as the Toiseach,and his family and followers, when surnames were assumed, became Macintosh or Mackintosh. It was another generation later that the Lords of the Isles and their people took the surname of Macdonald. Glentilt was held by Macintosh Thanes till 1502, when the Thanage was acquired by the Earl of Atholl from Finlay Toiseach.
The Mackintosh's of Glenshee & Glenisla were most probably the same family as the MacRitchies and MacThomas's claiming decent from a natural son of the 7th Chief of Mackintosh. These lines of the family include those of Dalmunzie,Ballachraggan, Finegand, and Cams. All these lines are documents on the website listed above as well as several lines of the family who imigrated to the US.