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Greenlaw Mansion is a big Georgian house. It was built by the Gordon family and later turned into a hotel.
It is off the B795 road to Ayr.
To the north of the house is a farm called Ermenzie. In front is an old disused railway line. In the summer now the embankments are all rosy purple with masses of willow herb.
Clustered round the crossroads to the east of Greenlaw is Townhead of Greenlaw and to the south-west is the farm, Mains of Greenlaw.
Greenlaw Mansion is burnt down now. It was burnt in 1984. Before the fire it looked beautiful. Its colour was yellow and white. It had 18 rooms.

Robert Douglas, Master of Lincluden set up as a country gentleman at Greenlaw

William Douglas of Baitford (or Greenlaw?), fl 1636, married Agnes Maxwell, daughter of the 8th Lord Maxwell.

In the way just explained the family of Douglas of Baitford or
Pinzerie, descended from George, third son of Sir William Douglas
of Drumlanrig, became connected with Lincluden College. The
relationship brought about a melancholy episode in its annals, the
particulars of which we must now put on record. On the 2d of
April 1603 a contract of marriage was entered into between Agnes
Maxwell and William Douglas, heir-apparent of Baitford, with con-
sent of her brother John, the ninth Lord Maxwell, Provost Douglas,
liferenter of Lincluden, and James Douglas, feuar thereof, the
father of the bridegroom ; they obliging themselves to make over
to him, and the heirs born of the marriage, the " haill temporality "
of the College. Young Douglas, or Pinzerie as he was usually
styled, was no fitting match for a daughter of the house of Max-
well. Though of high descent and with brilliant worldly prospects
before him, he degenerated into a thorough vagabond, figuring at
times as a common housebreaker, at others as a treasonable
emissary, and filling up his cup of guilt with sundry deeds of
blood that brought ruin in their train.

6 Sep 1610 was sentenced to death for treasonable communing with Lord Maxwell, which was commuted to one of banishment He returned to Scotland without leave in 1612 ..."

No5 William Douglas of Baitford, 1603 {Privy Council Register), retoured
heir of his father James, 19th January 1628. As William Douglas of
Greenlaw and Lyncluden, son of James of Baitford, he is mentioned
1610-14 {Privy Council Register), and as William Douglas of Baitford,
1617-27 {Privy Council Register).

Note. — The stumbling-block of the whole pedigree has been No. 5, William
Douglas, who is said at different times to be of Baitford and of Penzerie. He is also
said to be grand-nephew and also son of Robert Douglas of Lincluden (No. 63), whom
he succeeded in part of his properties, notably Greenlaw. He was a thorough
scoundrel, and was eventually tried for theft and other crimes in 1610, and sentenced
to have his right hand struck off, and then to be hanged. In Pitcairn's Trials he is
called "William Douglas of Lyncluden and Grenelaw (callit Williame of Pinzerie),
eldest sone and appeirand air of William Douglas of Baitfurd." The father's Christian
name is evidently a mistake. Sir Herbert Maxwell in his House of Douglas assumes
that William was executed, but the letters of remission granted to him, 1626, would
show that William escaped the gallows. Combining the families, therefore, we have : —

(73) David Douglas, possibly son of No. 72 and father of : —

{a) Archibald Douglas. {c) George Douglas.

{b) James (No. 74). {d) Robert Douglas.

(74) James Douglas, father of: —

(75) William DOUGLAS, married Agnes, sister of John, ninth Lord Maxwell, and

was probably father of: —

(76) Alexander Douglas, father of: —
{77) Robert Douglas.

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