Many apologies for the fact that I have not been in touch recently. I have been very busy with my studies over the past year in particular (my final year of undergraduate studies in law) and so I have had very little time to develop earlier researches into the Ochiltree family/families. I have now finished my exams and so I have a little more spare time to revisit some of the points I raised about the Ochiltree family in the past.
I was very pleased when I noticed recently that you were having a look again at the early origins of the Ochiltree and Ogletree families. I hope to tie together some of the main points that I made in the past, to clarify in this posting some of my views in relation to the origins of the Ochiltree families.
Perhaps the first, and most basic, question from the perspective of the Ogletree family relates to whether or not the Ogletrees were, in fact, descended from the "Ochiltree" family. From the most recent posts I understand that it remains the case that the majority believe that the name "Ogletree" is a derivative of the name "Ochiltree." One very useful piece of evidence in relation to this point was quite rightly observed again by Mary Jean recently. This pertains to the fact that the place "Ochiltree" was, in one Scottish document that I found, which I believe dated to the 1530s and came from the Calendar of Scottish Papers available at the NAS in Edinburgh, referred to as "Ogletree." In this context, "Stewart of Ochiltree" was referred to as "Stewart of Ogletree." I am grateful to Mary Jean that she correctly did not take this point too far, since perhaps my original posting (which I cannot find, but do remember writing) might have been open to misinterpretation. Of course, all that the references to the place Ochiltree as "Ogletree" tells us is that a mid-sixteenth century Scottish clerk could hear "Ochiltree," in relation to a reference to the place of that name, and write "Ogletree." Just to be clear, all that this reference tells us is that even Scots who could certainly pronounce the Scots "ch" sound (as in "LoCH Ness") could hear the word "Ochiltree" and write "Ogletree." It would, of course, be interesting to discover whether or not this is an isolated reference or whether there are other such references to the phonetic recording of the name.