Hon. John Douglas of
Broughton (qv) (died 1832), the second son of William Douglas,
1st Earl of March purchased in 1819 the estate of Broughton, but he
was so deeply in debt that, following his death 1832, it had to be
sold to pay his creditors.
In the year 1710, Sir David Murray cf Stanhope disponed his estate to
his .son, Alexander (afterwards Sir Alexander) Murray, in his contract
of marriage; which contained, in the procuratory of resignation, the
following clause: 'That these presents are granted in favours of the
said Alexander Murray, . 'and the lands, &c. therein mentioned, are
resigned, with the express burden 'of payment to the said Sir David's
creditors, of the hail debts and sums 'of money due by him to them, and
contained in 3 particular list and in'ventory of the said debts; as
also, with .the burden of payment to the said x Sir David's children, of
the respective provisions and portions granted by 'the said Sir David
to.them; all particularly set down in the foresaid list and * inventory,
subscribed by,' &c. In virtue of the precept, Alexander was infeft in
the 1715, with the burdens and provisions mentioned in the contract, and
contained in the list and inventory therein referred to; which list was
registered anno 1717, in the common register of the Session.
In the year 1719, Alexander disponed the barony of Broughton
(part of the said estate) to Mr John Douglas, who having died incumbered,
the Earl of March, as apparent heir to him, brought a sale of these
lands; in consequence whereof it was sold by public roup before the
Lords; and the purchaser having raised a multiplepoinding, with respect
to the price, there ensued a competition betwixt Robert Gordon, as
assignee to a provision granted by Sir Darid to Anne his third danghter,
contained in the foresaid list, and the Creditors of Mr John Douglas;
wherein this question occurred, How far, in virtue No ??? of the
foresaid burden in Sir Alexander Murray's contract of marriage, the
children's provisions became real, and were thereby effectual against
the debts and deeds of Sir Alexander, or those deriving right from him?
- Extracted from The decisions of the Court of Session.
Broughton is a village in Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders council
area, in the south of Scotland. Broughton is on the Biggar Water, near
where it flows into the River Tweed. It is about 7 km east of Biggar,
and 15 km west of Peebles.
The village is best known as the
one-time home of John Buchan. Broughton is also home to Broughton
Place, a private house built in the style of a 17th-century Scottish
tower house, which was designed by Basil Spence in 1938 and incorporates
decorative reliefs by architectural sculptor Hew Lorimer. The village
contains six listed buildings.
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