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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 town of  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.

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.

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