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The name Ballie come from the Norman name Balliol. Due to the unpopularity of the name Balliol after the ascension of Robert the Bruce to the Scottish crown, many changed it to Ballie. At the start of the 14th century, William de Baliol acquired the property of Lamington in Lanarkshire. His son, Sir William Baillie, was granted a charter confirming the ownership in 1358.

Sir William helped re-establish the family's fortune and from him descend the branches of Carphin, Park, Jerviston, Dunrogal, Carnbroe, Castlecarry, Provand, and Dochfour. A younger brother, Alexander Baillie was appointed constable of Inverness Castle by the Earl of Huntly. The family's fortunes began to decline after their lands were held as forfeith for their part in the Battle of Langside on the side of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The Bailles were staunch Protestant supporters of the Covananters and a Baillie was hung for treason in 1684.

In 1636, George Baillie of St. John's Kirk (a branch of the Lamington Ballies) bought the lands of Jerviswood, Lanarkshire, and the estate of Mellerstain, Berwickshire, in 1643. His son Robert Baillie of Jerviswood (1623-84), was the civil and religious reformer executed for his views. His family were forced to flee to Holland. Robert's son, George Baillie of Jerviswood and Mellerstain (1664-1738), married Lady Grisell Hume (1665-1746) in 1691. They started the building of Mellerstain House and are the ancestors of the present earls of Haddington.

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