The home of this family was Urquhart, near Cromarty. William Urquhart was Sheriff of Cromarty in the 14th century, and his son, Adam, became hereditary sheriff. Sir Thomas Urquhart is said to have had 25 sons, of whom seven were killed at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547. Probably the best known member of the family is Sir Thomas Urquhart, famous as a writer in the 17th century. His most notable work was the translation of Rabelais. He compiled his own genealogy and claimed to be the 143rd in direct succession from Adam and Eve. The Urquharts of Meldrum are descended from John, Tutor of Cromarty.