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Hawthornden crestIt is thought that the Douglases that owned Hawthornden from 1388 until 1598 (when it was sold to Drummond) were descendants of the Douglases of Strathbrock.  The progenitor of the Strathbrock branch was John Douglas, a son of John Douglas (brother of William the Knight of Liddesdale), and brother of Henry of Lugton.

John of Strabock was dead by 1366 (but see below) . His son, William was 1st of Hawthornden.


From the Antiquities of Scotland (?1789): Hawthornden, with several other considerable estates in the neighbourhood were granted by charter from Helen Abernethy to Sir William Douglas of Strabock, her nephew; and that charter is confirmed by charter in the posession of the present proprietor, granted to the said Sir William Douglas by King Robert II, in the 17th year of his reign (1388). In this charter of confirmation, the fore-names Helen Abernethy is designed daughter and one of the neices of Sir Lawrence Abernethy of Hawthornden (second son of Sir William Abernethy of Salton) (Comment: Not sure how she can be both daughter and neice!)

In after years the estate had changed proprietors, being sold to the Douglases; and among the slain at Flodden (1513) was Sir John Douglas of Hawthornden, ..

Sir William Douglas of Hawthornden was among the knights who fought and died with James IV at the Battle of Flodden.

William Douglas of Hawthornden, along with William Douglas of Drumlanrig and Henry Douglas of Lochleven were sent to England in exchange for hostages held there in November 1427.

Sometime between 1514 and 1542, entries in the state accounts show payment to John Douglas of Hawthornden 'for certain trees taken from him to the King's ships forth of his woods'

Sir John Drummond, b. in 1553, and was served heir provisional to the lands of Carnock in a Charter by his father in favour of his elder brother Patrick Drummond, dated 15 February, 1569. He became Gentleman Usher to King James VI. by whom he was Knighted in 1603 and purchased firstly the lands of Slipperfield followed by those of Hawthornden from James Douglas, of Hawthornden, on 29 December, 1597

The poet, William Drummond (2nd Laird of) of Hawthornden's daughter Rebecca (bc1590) married a Mr. William Douglas of Bonjedwart, and had issue ...


Sir John Drummond, the poet's father, who was second son of Sir Robert Drummond of Carnock, bought Hawthornden, in the year 1598, from the heirs of Douglas of Strathbrock, a family which, with many other fair andopulent possessions, had held Hawthornden for more than two centuries.


1389 - Sir William Douglas of Srabock gained Hawthornden from the Abernethys
1427 - William Douglas of Hawthornden as a hostage

1433 - Sir William Douglas of Hawthornden described as 'the late...'
1513 - Sir John and/or Sir William Douglas of Hawthornden killed at Flodden
Between 1514 and 1542 John Douglas of Hawthornden mention in state accounts

1597 - James Douglas sold Hawthornden


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