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Auchterhouse is a village, community, and civil parish in the
Scottish council area of Angus, located 7.3 miles (11.7 km) north
west of Dundee, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south east of Alyth and 14.9
miles (24.0 km) south west of Forfar. It lies on the southern edge
of the Sidlaw Hills, below Auchterhouse Hill, 1,398 feet (426 m)
high. The parish, which is coterminous with the community, had a
population of 520 in 2001. The village, formerly known as Milltown
of Auchterhouse, straddles the B954 Muirhead to Newtyle road. About
1.0 mile (1.6 km) east lies the larger village of Kirkton of
Auchterhouse, where the church and school are located.
Alexander (Sir), of Auchterhouse, whose great grandaughter and representative, Margaret Ogilvy, m. in 1406, James Stewart, Earl of Buchan, and conveyed to him the Barony of Auchterhouse and hereditary sheriffalty of Angus. Thence descended Christian Stewart, Countess of Buchan, who m. Robert, second son of Douglas of Loclileven, and rf. in 1580, her grandaughter, Mary Douglas, Countess of Buchan, m. John Erskine, second son of John, Earl of Mar, and d. in 1028. One of their descendants, an Earl of Buchan, sold the lands and barony of Auchterhouse, which, after passing through various hands, were repurchased by John, fourth Earl of Airlie.
In 1469 the earldom of Buchan was conferred on James Stewart. He was
made Lord Auchterhouse at the same time, also in the Peerage of
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