Douglas of Luce (or Luss)

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•  The Laird of Luce was great grandson of Archibald Douglas of Dornock, second son of the first Earl of Queensberry, and son of the last Laird of Dornock by a daughter of Sir James Johnstone of Westerhall. His father sold the estates of Dornock to the Duke of Queensberry, but bought Castlemilk, which he sold in 1768. He was a madman, and dangerous in his cups. Displeased with a ploughman, he immediately whipt off one of his ears with a gullie which he happened to hold in his hand.

•  7 Sep 1795. The Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened at Dumfries on Monday last, by the Right Hon. Lord Justice Clerk and Lord Craig. The Court, at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning, proceeded to the trial of William Douglas, Esq; late of Luce, accused of murdering Archibald Little, farmer in Park. The Jury found the murder proven; but found that, at that time, the said William Douglas was insane, and deprived of reason. He was sentenced to be kept in prison all the days of his life in the jail of Dumfries, unless some friend or other person should find sufficient caution, to the extent of L. 1000, to keep him in safe and sure custody, so as to prevent him from committing the like crime in time coming.

•  Business papers of Joseph Cauvin WS.
Papers and accounts relating to the estate of William Douglas of Luce, 1795-1817. Douglas had become bankrupt, and had then shot one of his tenants. He escape the gallows on a plea of temporary insanity, but was forced to spend the rest of his life in Dumfries lunatic asylum.
Cauvin was responsible for running his affairs for his trustees.

•  William Douglas of Luce (1490-Dumfries) linked to William Douglas (died 1810)

•  There's a Headstone in Hoddom Cemetery referring to the murder of Archibald Little.

•  William Douglas of Luce paid £2 Carriage and Horse tax on 27 Aug 1798.  Possibly a son of the murderer?

•  23 May 1810 died at Springfield, Captain William Douglas, late of Luce



See also:
•  Luce memorial stones

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Sources for this article include:

•  Notes provided by enny Moyes



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