A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1832 - Nobility
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This review concerns the information about Thomas Knox (1643-1725), son of Thomas Knox & Bessie Spang (her name at baptism was Bessie).
He married Mary Brice (not Bruce), daughter of Robert Brice
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Their only issue were girls: Mary and Anne (and possibly Frances).
For this reason, Thomas declined a peerage on the accession of George I, saying he had no male heirs to inherit the title.
The book lists sons William and John. I believe these men were, in fact, his brothers:
William, born Apr 29, 1652 in Glasgow and John of Ballycruly, born Jan 18, 1659 also in Glasgow.
John's son, Thomas, born in 1697, was MP for Dungannon. His Ranfurly pedigree was attested to by Lord Lyon on May 4, 1757 and recorded in the Herald's college on May 25, 1810. Thomas inherited the fortune of his uncle William. Thomas married Hester Echlin in 1722, and their son Thomas (born 1729) became the first Vicount Northland.
 

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Vol. II Helpful as a comparative source in genealogical research for England.

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