“The Family of CROSBIE can lay claim to a Norman descent. In the Lyon Office there is a copy of a printed pedigree compiled by Capt. Howard Herries-CROSBIE, Resident Magistrate in Donegal. He traces the descent from Sir John de CROSEBI, a man of Norse origin, whose ancestors settled in Normandy with Rollo, at a place named Corbic in Picardy. The name was then spelt CROSBJ.
“Coming to England with the Conqueror, he was granted lands at the mouth of the Mersey, which he called CROSBIE after himself. He had four sons; Simon, FROM WHOM the Lancashire Family were descended; Robert, FOUNDER of the Cumberland Family; Adam, and Thomas, FOUNDER of the Berwickshire CROSBYS.
“Adam is said to have received a grant (unrecorded) of LANDS IN ANNANDALE, and to have had three children, Ivo, Richard, and Euphemia (Bain’s Cal. i. 197). Euphemia married Robert de Brus, 2nd Lord of Annandale. Ivo is said to have married a natural daughter of Robert deBrus, 1st Lord of Annandale. His son, Adam de CROSSBI, is mentioned in an escambion of land in Cummertrees (Bain, i. 1685). He married Matilda de Hereis, and left three sons, Robert de CROSSEBI, born circa 1187, Ivo, and Ricardo, both of whom witnessed a Brus charter of land in Drysdale (Bain, i. p. 635).Robert seems to have been a man of prominence, as there are many references to him in charters of the period. He married Juone de Dinwidi, and left a son, Robert, who received a Brus grant of commonty in the wood of Stapleton.
“This Robert was succeeded by another Robert de CROSSBI, the husband of Ada, sister of Edno de Carliol. They had two sons, Robert, and John, a cleric, who was presented to the church of St, Mary in the Forest, 1298 (Bain, ii. No 1008). “Robert, the elder brother, married Maud de Kirkpatrick, by whom he had seven sons, all of whom fought, and five of whom were killed, at Bannockburn. He helped to despatch John Cumin in the Greyfriars Church, Dumfries, and died in 1314. His eldest son, Adam, fought on the English side at Bannockburn, and was killed by his father. Robert, the second son, born circa 1290, succeeded his father. He fought under Edward Brus in Ireland. On 24 July, 1347, he served on an inquest at Lochmaben (Bain, iii. No. 1499). It is stated that he was granted land by Robert de Brus, and died about 1360.”
Note 62a from Edgar’s History of Dumfries -1746; Edited by R.C. Reid and 350 copies printed by J. Maxwell & Sons -1915