Douglas of Lethcamrach
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Lethcamrach, also known as Ledcameroch,
There is some evidence that
James Douglas of Lethcamrach is also known as James,
3rd Laird of Mains, with his son,
William the 4th laird. However, William, 4th of Mains married
Elizabeth Houston (see below).
A lease of the lands of
Furlinbrek and Finnard, in the county of Dumbarton, was granted to
Humphrey Colquhoun of Luss by James Douglas of Lethcamrach. After the
death of the granter, the Lords Auditors, on the 11th Februarv 1489,
decreed that William of Doucdas of Lethcamrach, as heir to the deceased
James of Douglas, his father, should warrant and keep to Humphrey
Colquhoun of Luss the lease of these lands for all the terms to come,
contained in the letter of lease produced before the Lords, and admitted
by the said William. But these lands neither James Douglas, nor his
son William, it appears, had a right to lease. They had been occupied
and manured for six years past by Walter Buchanan of that Ilk, who had
received a lease of them from Simon Makclere of Finnard. A litigation
arose in consequence between the parties whose claims were conflicting.
Humphrey Colquhoun pursued an action before the Lords of Council against
Walter Buchanan of that Ilk and the said William of Douglas, for the
wrongous occupation and manuring of the lands of Finnard and Furlinbrek
by the former for seven years past. When this action was brought before
the Lords of Council, on 11th March 1490, Walter Buchanan In the
Instructions by Edward IV., ordered to be given for a ship(1) belonging to
King of England, to his Ambassador in " the Lard of Lus," which had been
cap Scotland, in the British Museum (Vesp. tured by Lord Grey of
[Pinkerton, under the year 1475), redress was 2 Acta
Dominorum Auditorum, p. 132. Caligula, xvi. folio 118, as quoted by
Pinkerton's History of Scotland, vol. i. p. 284.]
Feorlinbreck and Finart would seem to have been
disposed of before 1490 as it is stated that, in that year, these
estates were the subject of litigation between Walter Buchanan, 14th of
that Ilk and William Douglas of Lethcamarach.
Douglas apparantly also
aquired Portincaple as in 1502, all these properties were sold by him to
Sir John Colquhoun 11th of Luss.
William Douglas of
Ledcameroch married Margaret Lauche
Margaret Lauche married, firstly,
Robert Noble of Ferme and Stuckendow, son of Robert Noble. She married,
secondly, William Douglas of Ledcameroch.
Her married name became
Noble. Her married name became Douglas. Robert Noble held the office of
Baillie of Dumbarton in 1486, succeeding his father, who has held the
office in 1449.
Child of Margaret Lauche and Robert Noble of Ferme
and Stuckendow; Robert Noble of Ferme
Willelmo Douglas de
Lochcamroch, Jacobo Douglas, Archibaldo Douglas, Roberto Douglas fratri
...in the presence of these witnesses, Robert Douglas,
W. Dowglas to my sons, Patrick Douglas, Stephen Thomas Dowglas and
Gilbert, chaplain, with divers others.
When King James the Fourth, after the suppression of the rebellion
raised against him by the Earl of Lennox and others, and the surrender
to him of the Castle of Dumbarton, made Dumbarton one of the west coast
stations for the navy, Avhich he sedulously employed himself in
collecting and strengthening, mention is made of a ship which he
purchased from the Laird of Luss, and which was repaired and equipped in
In the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland
connected with Dumbartonshire is the following entry : " 1489,
December 3. To the Larde of Laucht [Luss] for the schip boycht fra him
to the Kingis vse, i c xxx u ."
Sources for this article include:
The History of Dumbartonshire, civil,
ecclesiastical, and territorial. by Joseph Irving
Any contributions will be