Blacklock - A Douglas sept

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The links between the Douglases and the Blacklocks are unclear.  It could be through the Douglases of Locjleven in the 15th century, through Border links - or something quite different!


William Blakloche, chaplain in the monastery of Duntermlyne, appears as charter witness in 1483 <RD. , p.372)-Adam Blaiklol of the West Port of Edinburgh was hanged for perjury in 1615 (Trials,111«p.354), and another Adam Blaiklok was constable of the parish of Kirkpatriek-Juxta, 1617 (RPC.,XI,p.199). Janet Blaklok was heir of John Blaiklok, burgess of Drumfreis, 1637 (Inquis,, 2310), Robert Blaklok in Raehill and John
Blaiklock in Harthope, 1638 (ibid., 2386, 2389), and Margaret Blackclock is recorded in Ruckan, 16S4 (RPC.,3.ser.X,p.2S3).

The most prominent of the name was Or. Thomas Blacklock (1721-1791), the early friend of the poet Burns.

Seventeen of the name are recorded in Dumfries Commissariot Record. A familiar Cumberland surname, meaning ’one with black hair', 0E. blaec locc.B1aickloch 1634, Blakloik 1541.

Is it possible that Blackett and its variants are an alternative designation or description (black-haired) for members of the Bell family serving under Douglas lords.


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