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William Douglas and his wife Dorothee Kienemont were the ancestors of Count Hugo Douglas. William is thought have been born in Dundee, Scotland in about 1640.  He died in Gmina Sepopol, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland on 6th January 1711. William Douglas of Arkland was, on 30 July 1698, listed as a Commissioner of Supply in the County of Dumfries. He was probably a merchant in the Polish town of Schippenbeil where his son Wilhelm became deputy mayor.

Arkland is in Penpont, Dumfriesshire.  The present property was built in about 1860, but there is evidence there was an earlier tower. James Hewetson was born in 1706 at Arkland and died 27th December 1778 at Auchenbenzie, a neighbouring farm. His father, also James (1670-1747), 'resided at Arkland, Penpont, Dumfriesshire, and had a half share in a farm there with Thomas Haining'.  It would appear that the Douglas family had vacated Arkland by this time.


Helen Douglas was the lawful daughter of John Douglas of Arkland in the parish of Penpont and his spouse Katherine Stewart, who died on 10th March 1595 . Helen Douglas was the spouse of Thomas Gordon of Crogo. John Douglas of Arkland, spouse Katherine Stewart, who died 10 March 1595, were due £248/13/4 to Lord Mourton (sic) for rent. This John Douglas had a son, also John Douglas of Arkland. He and Helen had eight siblings.


John Grierson of Capenoch's daughter and heiress Marie Grierson married John Douglas of Arkland c1643?

But see this:


Lord Annandale's heirs-male of line, tailzie, and provision were called as parties to [an] action(1), and seem to have been:

(1) Sir Robert Crichton or Murray of Glenmuir, and Castle Murray, County Donegal, M.P. for Killybegs 1661, eldest son of Robert Crichton of Ryhill, brother of the first Earl of Dumfries.

(2) Sir Robert Grierson of Lag, a minor, who died in 1666.

(3) Marie Grierson, daughter of Elizabeth Murray and William Grierson of Bargatton, and wife of John Douglas of Arkland. (What were they doing in Perthshire?)

(4) Marion Murray, daughter of Sir James Murray of Cockpool, and wife of John Murray of Broughton.

(5) Henry Lindsay of Rascaroll; and

(6) Adam Murray of Drumstinchall


John Douglas of Arkland witnessed a document on 2 Jan 1607


Sasine of marriage contract between John Douglas of Arkland and Margaret Gordon, daughter of Robert Gordon of Grange dated 15 Mar 1679

Linked to Charles, 3rd Duke of Queensberry: 1714. — The lands of Arkland and Bum, in the parish of Penpont, from Douglas of Balagan(2).

William Douglas of Arkland, born in Dundee, emigrated in the 17th century from Scotland to the little town "Schippenbeil" in Poland (in former times Kingdom of Prussia), where he died in the year 1711.

Sir John Douglas of Craigincune was born at Drumlanrig in 1496 and was the 2nd (3) son of Sir William Douglas, 6th Laird of Drumlanrig and Elizabeth Gordon. He married and had a son:
1. John Douglas who married and also had a son:
 1. John Douglas who died in 1551. In 1550, he received an exchequer payment and was granted 10 pounds by the King to support his expenses in the King‘s service. He left an illegitimate son:
  1. John Douglas, 1st Laird or feudal Baron of Arkland. In 1551, he received 40 pounds out of the Edinburgh customs and in 1554, this was reduced to 36 pounds/13/4d. In 1570, Sir James Douglas, 7th Laird of Drumlanrig granted him by his testament a 19 year tack of Airdland or Arkland. John Douglas of Arkland married Katharine Stewart, daughter of the Rector of Kirkmahoe. They had ten children of whom:
    1. William Douglas was the 2nd Laird of Arkland and was executor of his father‘s estate and inherited 26/Sep/1626. He obtained the lands of Eccles and the 14sh lands of Clachanholm in the barony of Drumlanrig. He married and had:
      1. John Douglas ―the Elder, 3rd Laird of Arkland who married and had issue:
        1.1. John Douglas ―the Younger
        1.2. William Douglas
        1.3. Janet Douglas married James Hunter
        1.4. Elizabeth Douglas
        1.5. James Douglas.
1.1. John Douglas ―the Younger was the 4th Laird of Arkland who died April 1686. He married Margaret Gordon and had:
  1.1.1. Richard Douglas who was slain in 1686 at the battle of Londonderry, Ireland. Lieutenant.
  1.1.2. Another son who was a captain in his regiment.
  1.1.3. William Douglas, 5th Laird of Arkland
  1.1.4. Marie Douglas.
1.1.3. William Douglas, the 5th Laird of Arkland was born Dundee Scotland and died 06/Jan/1711 at Schippenbeil. Merchant in the Baltic and moved to cin 1711. He married in Konigsberg, East Prussia, now Poland in 1683, Maria, daughter of John William Nisbet and had: Johann Douglas Wilhelm Douglas Maria Douglas who was born Schippenbeil 07/Dec/1690 and died Liebstadt 06/Apr/1753; married 18/Nov/1748, Georg Lessel. Douglas, eldest son of William & Maria Douglas nee Nisbet and was born 1684; married Konigsberg 18/Feb/1721 Maria Elisabeth Bergau and had issue: Christiane Douglas, married 23/Nov/1752 Christian Friedrich Wessel. Sophia Dorothea Douglas.

Memorial stone in Schippenbeil (poorly translated) Here would rest in God , Sir William Douglas , buy and trade man so born to Dondie in Scotland and 6 Januari 1711 died . Meanwhile, first wife Maria gebohrne Nießbethin which Johann Wilhelm and Maria born . The second wife Dorothea Kinmontin which brought nine children into the world , of which one , named Daniel , alive . This stone Leger is William Douglas , Vice Mayor , born in 1688 June 6 . His wife was Anna Maria Wattin , born 1696 , died 1744 7th Januari . Selbige eleven children has been mother , four of alive , George , Peter , and Karl Adelgunde 1744. of Arkland

1.  A court case involving land ownership in Perthshire.
2.  The Hunters of Balagan reputedly gained the land at the time of Robert the Bruce. Had they passed to the Douglas family by 1714?  The Goudie family appear to have been in residence by the 20th century.
3.  Probably illegitimate, Elizabeth Gordon would not be his mother

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