Archibald Douglas of New Orchard

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Archibald Douglas of New orchard (1759-1810) was the son of Archibald Douglas and Mararetta Ramsay and a descendant of Patrick Douglas, baillie of Morton Castle.

Portrait des Archibald Douglas of New Orchard, Hoddam, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (1759 - 1810)

Advocate of New Orchard, Hoddam, Dumfriesshire and of Great King St, Edinburgh



Sep 1812 At New Orchard, the Lady of Archibald Douglas, Esq. advocate, a daughter.

At the farm of New Orchard there is a stone tablet built into the garden wall about 4 feet high by 3 feet broad. At the top cut iu a scroll is the date 1772 and the word " sicker " in capital Roman letters, each about 1 in. long. There is an inscription at the foot of the tablet as under : "Archibald Douglas, Esquire of Morton, erected this stone 1784." On the door lintel entering- the garden there is an older stone with the following initials and date : " I I E 1672." The length of the stone is 3 ft. 9 in., 6 in. deep, and 3 in. broad. It has evidently been part of some older buildings. In the centre is a small shield about 8 feet broad at the top. On the left half of the shield are three holly leaves cut in relief, and on the right half two diagonal cross bars in relief. 

On the sides of the shield is the date l6 on the left and 72 on the right. Near the end of the stone on the left, in a small panel, are two letters " I I," and in a corresponding panel on the right is the letter ' E.' The letters "II" and the three holly leaves on the shield indicate that it records some of the Irvings who were owners of New Orchard in 1G72, but I cannot make out what the letter ' E ' means. In the Valuation Roll of 1823 Archibald Douglas, advocate, is returned of part of Kirkconnel, called New Orchard, of the annual value of 40 merks.



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