The Lowland name of Schaw has a quite separate origin from the great
northern clan within the Clan Chattan confederation. Schaw was said
to be a second son of Duncan, Earl of Fife, who held the privileged
office of cup bearer to the king. Nisbet suggests that they may have
acted in this capacity for Alexander II or Alexander III, but there
is no certainty of this. The arms of this family allude to their royal
office and in this they are similar to the English house of Butler.
William Schaw witnessed a charter to the Monastery of Paisley in 1291.
The family acquired the lands of Hayley, Wardlaw and Drumchaber in Ayr
from James, Great Steward of Scotland, sometime prior to 1309. John
Schaw, Lord of Hayley, entered into an agreement with Alan Cathcart
which was confirmed by charter under the great seal around 1407. John
Schaw of Hayley was part of the Embassy which successfully negotiated
the terms of the marriage of James III to Margaret, daughter of the
king of Denmark. Andrew Schaw, a younger son of Hayley, received the
lands of Sornbeg and Polkemmet in 1477. In 1615 John Schaw received
a charter from James VI erecting all his lands into the barony of Sornbeg.
The principal family were held to be the Schaws of Sauchie, near Stirling.
John Schaw of Sauchie was Comptroller of the Royal Household to James
III. The most unusual story connected with this name is that of