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Genealogy of the Bartholomew Family
A family of Scottish engravers and mapmakers and their descendants

Last Update: 15 March 2024

Linlithgow in the 1600's

There are four significant family groups of Bartholomews originating in Scotland. We know all are genetically related through DNA testing. (1) Bartholomews of Renfrewshire; (2) Bartholomews of Duntarvie/Kirkliston; (3) Bartholomews of Falkirk/Muiravonside; and (4) Bartholomews of Linlithgow. For more information on these separate groups, follow the link here.

The Bartholomews of Linlithgow family story begins with Archibald Bartholomew, Merchant and Burgess of Linlithgow, Scotland. He was born ca.1682 and died ca.1750. Archibald married Agnes Morrison, daughter of John Morrison, on 24 July 1709.

Archibald and Agnes had nine known children (five daughters and four sons).

George Bartholomew
George Bartholomew
merchant b.1718

Archibald's son George Bartholomew was born 10 June 1718 in Linlithgow. Like his father, George was a merchant in Linlithgow. He married Anne Andrew in 1745, three months after Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie') had landed in Scotland to start gathering men for what was to become the Jacobite Rebellion. George and Anne had seven children, but the first two died as infants. The eldest surviving son was John Bartholomew, born in 1754. John settled across the Firth of forth to become laird of Baldridge, Dunfermline.

It is with this son John's, first son George Bartholomew, born in 1784, that family's engraving and map-making tradition started. This George was born out of wedlock to Margaret Aitken in Edinburgh. As the first of six generations of mapmakers the Bartholomew name would become well-established in cartographic and geographical circles the world over.

To explore the FAMILY STORY, click here.

To access the GENEALOGY DATABASE, enter a FIRST NAME or a LAST NAME in the boxes at the top of this page and press the ‘Search’ button. Alternatively, use the 'Find' tab in the menu above.

Privacy of living individuals:, Names and personal details for all living persons have been suppressed and marked "Living" and cannot be accessed. Serious researchers who wish to request access to additional information about the family genealogy should contact the webmaster John E. Bartholomew using the email provided below.

The information presented here is primarily based on the painstaking research completed by Robert Gordon Bartholomew (1927-2017) based in Edinburgh. Robert had been a passionate genealogist throughout his lifetime and it is to him that this family genealogy is dedicated.

The Genealogy of the MACDONALDS of SUTHERLAND: Related by marriage to the Bartholomews of Linlithgow through the marriage between John George Bartholomew and Janet (Jennie) Macdonald in 1889, Click HERE for the genealogy and history of this family.

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