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James Pumpherston coat of armsDouglas of Adleston and 1st of Pumpherston, acquired the lands of Pumpherston from William, Lord Graham, and for which he had a charter dated 4 July 1489. He is named in an action dated in January of 1503, d. by January of 1505, and was father of,

Hugh Douglas of Adleston, succeeded his father by 26 January 1505, when he was witness to a charter by William Cranston of Swynhope, granting the lands of Swynhope to Janet Middlemast, relict of Gilbert Williamson, Burgess of Peebles. He was father of;

Robert Douglas of Pumpherston, succeeded his father and was witness to an instrument of Resignation by Patrick Hepburn of Pittentoskin resigning the superiority of the lands of Torphins and Muriston, in the barony of Calder, to James Sandilands of Calder on 2 March 1518. He had a resignation of the lands of Letham from Margaret Douglas, sister and heir of Archibald Douglas, was included in Letters of Remission granted in favour of Sir John Campbell of Lundy on 28 April 1529, and on 1 September 1547, he resigned his lands of Letham, Cammety and Castlegreg into the hands of the superior, John Sandilands, fiar of Calder, for regrant in favour of John Douglas, fiar of Pumpherston, his grandson and heir. He was father of,

1. Mungo Douglas, included with his father in letter of remission dated 28 April 1529, and apparently dsp.
2. James Douglas of Pumpherston, (see below).
3. Thomas Douglas, was admitted Minister of Strathbrock in 1570, and to the Deanery of Restalrig on November 1573. He m. Marion Hamilton, d. in June of 1575, and was father of,
3a} James Douglas,

James Douglas of Knightsridge & Pumpherston, witness to a charter in favour of James Douglas, Earl of Morton, on 22 April 1543, and was father of,

John Douglas of Pumpherston, in whose favour his grandfather Robert Douglas of Pumpherston resigned the lands of Letham, Cammety and Castlegreg on 1 September 1547, and is then styled as his grandson and heir. He d. by 12 February 1564, and was father of,

Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston, infeft as heir to his deceased father in the lands of Letham on 12 February 1564, and was one of the cautioners of James Sandilands of Calder in his marriage contract with Elizabeth Heriot, in August of 1595. He m. Mary, daughter of Sandilands of Calder, (c/m 15 July 1586), d. in 1637, and was father of,

1. William Douglas of Pumpherston, (see below).
2. Jean Douglas, m. Mr. Robert Dalgleish of Lauriston, and had issue.
3. Violet Douglas, m. by 12 July 1619, to Andrew Riddell of that Ilk, (he d. on 4 March 1632), when they had a charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Trinlieknowis. (But see below. It is more likely that she is the daughter of William Douglas.)
4. Margaret Douglas, m. George Ker, Burgess of Edinburgh, (c/m 12 October 1626).

He was also father of a natural son;

5. Hugh Douglas, had letters of legitimation under the Great Seal on 23 December 1623.

William Douglas of Pumpherston, styled as eldest son to Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston in an inhibition raised by his father against Alexander Bruce of Bangour on 12 September 1633. He m. firstly, Mary, eldest daughter of Gilbert, 8th Lord Somerville, by whom he was father of,

1. Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston, to whom his father assigned the lands of Pumpherston on the occasion of his second marriage and which were apprised by Mr. William Douglas, Advocate, on 19 April 1666. He was k. on 6 May 1682, when the frigate “Gloucester” he was aboard bringing back the Duke of York to Scotland ran aground at the Lenan-Ore, and was father of,
1a} William Douglas, apprenticed to Patrick Graham, Skinner in Edinburgh, on 7 March 1655, and dsp.
1a} Joseph Douglas, styled as younger son of Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston in Bond dated in 1673, and dsp.

He m. secondly, Isobel Ewart and was father of,

2. James Douglas of Pumpherston, (see below).
3. Elizabeth Douglas, m. first, by 1664, to James Tweedie, Merchant in Edinburgh, and secondly, Mr. Patrick Darg, and had a daughter Elizabeth Darg, wife of Hector MacLean of Kilmory, who was served heir to her mother on 2 December 1697.
4. Isobel Douglas, bap. on 9 October 1634, and m. at Edinburgh on 21 November 1654, Patrick Graham, Burgess of Edinburgh.
5. Margaret Douglas, bap. on 12 April 1636, and m. Mr. Andrew McGhie, Minister of Aberlday, (c/m 8 July 1656).


The above information was acquired from The Red Book






On 4th July 1489, James Dowglace of Awdestoune had a charter from William, Lord Grahame, confirming to him and his heirs and assigns the lands of Pumfrastoun in the barony of Caldore, together with those of Clyftoun and Clyftounhall in Linlithgowshire, Robert Dowglace of Lochlevin being a witness.

Robert Douglas of Pumfrastoun witnesses at Calder a charter of John Sandilands, fiar of Calder, in 1539. The same Robert was on an assize 26th February 1534; he is mentioned as joint occupier with Peter Hamilton and John Lochcotis, of the church lands of Levingstoun, in a charter of the same by Mr Richard Bothuile, Provost of the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of Camps, loth April 1 543 ; and twelve days later Rob. Douglas de Punfrastoun witnesses a charter of James, Earl of Morton. On 29th March 1546 he acted himself caution to the Privy Council that John Sandilands, younger of Calder, should enter within the Castle of Edinburgh when charged thereto, within the space of twenty-four hours. He is stated to have married a lady of the Marjoribanks family, and he appears to have had several sons. Thus in 1562 Johne Dowglas of Pumpherstoun made complaint to the Assembly of the Church, on behalf of the parishioners of Calder, that they are defrauded of the preaching of the word by the appointment of their minister to be superintendent of Lothian. Twelve years later, namely in 1 574, " James Dowglas, sone to umquhile Robert Dowglas of Pumphrastoun," is mentioned in connection with a tack of the lands of Halkerston's Croft ; and in 1 579» James Dowglas, designed " of Pumphrestoun," is servitor to James, Earl of Mortoun, High Admiral of Scotland. In the year following, Joseph Douglas of Pumphrastoun witnesses at Aberdour a charter of the same Earl^ 6th August 1580. This Joseph was laird for many years, and was a redoubtable personage withal. He married in 1574, Mary, daughter of John Sandilands of Calder (who was still living in the year 1628), and he was one of the curators of the minor Lord Torphichen, in which capacity he assents to the marriage of his ward in 1595. His name appears somewhat frequently in documents to which we have had access relating to the closing years of the i6th century. Thus, in 1590, Eupham M*Calyean, only daughter of Mr Thomas M'Calyean of Cliftounhall, Provost of Edinburgh in 1561, was executed for witchcraft, part of the indictment against her being that she had consulted with Jonett Cwninghame, in the Cannogait, alias callit Lady Bothwell, ane auld indytit wich of the fynest stamp, eighteen zeiris syne or thairby, for to haif poysonit Joseph Dowglas of Punfrastoune, be ane potioun of composit watter in ane chopin stoup. Joseph was caution in ;£'iooo for Patrick Hume of Aytoun that he should enter before the Privy Council on l0th November 1591 to answer to a charge against him touching the violent taking of certain teind sheaves of the parsonage of Duns.


On 1 September 1547, Robert Douglas of Pumpherston resigned his lands of Letham in favour of John Douglas, styled as his grandson. 

The laird of Pumpherstoun is included in a list of gentlemen of the name of Douglas who bear evil will against Andro, Lord Stewart of Uchiltrie, on account of the slaughter of James, Lord Torthorwald ; and the Privy Council being determined that "all unlauchfull revenge so dishonourable to the natioun and offensive to his Heynes salbe forborne," Pumpherston and Uchiltree are required to enter into reciprocal assurances in ;^iooo to keep the peace towards each other, 2nd March 1609. Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston was on an assize 20th December 1616, and in 1636 he witnesses the baptism of his grand-daughter Margaret Douglas. His latter will is dated at Cliftounhall 23rd April 1637, and he died within the same year. He had a son, William, who succeeded him ; another son, Mr Hew, who witnesses a deed at Cliftounhall 31st January 1623 ; a daughter, Jean, married to Mr Robert Dalgleish of Lauriston, solicitor to Charles H, whose only child, Margaret, married in 1662 to Ludovick Craig of Riccarton ; and a second daughter, Margaret, who married (contract dated 12th October 1626) George Ker, burgess of Edinburgh.

We observe a George Douglas of Pumpherston, whose position in the family tree does not seem to be well defined. He was appointed a Commissioner of the Peace for Linlithgowshire 6th November 1610, and acts in that capacity in 1615 and 161 6; but although on these occasions he is styled " of Pumpharstoun," he appears to have been a younger son either of Joseph or the preceding laird.

William Douglas of Pumpherston, who succeeded his father, Joseph, is first mentioned in 1609. I^ that year commenced the Plantation of Ulster with Scots colonists, an event referred to by Hallam as " perhaps on the whole the most important in the constitutional history of Ireland, and that from which the present scheme of society in that country is chiefly to be deduced." King James declares the northern portion of that kingdom " now by his royall airmyis fred and disburdynit of the former rebellious and disobedient inhabitants thairof, who in the justice of God to their schame and confusioun ar overthrawen." And although there be many obedient subjects in England who would gladly proceed with their families to that kingdom, "yet hes sacred Majestie out of his unspeikable love and tendir affectioun toward his antient and native subjectis" has invited applications for grants of land from the nobility and gentry of Scotland. Seventy-seven, whose names are all in the Privy Council register, were enrolled in June 1609, as the first Scots colonists in Ulster, amongst whom William Douglass, son to Joseph Douglass of Pumpharstoun, is entered for 2000 acres. Unlike many who proceeded to the north of Ireland at this time, it is evident that the young laird of Pumpherston did not settle there. On 14th Jannary 1614, William Dowglas, younger of Pumphrastoun, was on an assize in Scotland, and two years later there is a complaint to the Privy Council by Johnne Wricht at the Bridgend of Calder, as follows : —

1616, November 12— On 5th October last, William Douglas of Pomphreston who has conceived a deadlie hatred against the pursuer, came with a baton in his hand, to the back of complainer's house, and chased him into his house. On 7th October, the said defender came armed under cloud of night, to the house at the Bridgend, where the pursuer was sitting before the fire. The said William, who was '' disaguysit with a blew bonnet t on his head, and a cloke about his mouthe,*' entered before the pursuer was aware, and committed a fierce assault upon him with a squared baton. He left pursuer for dead, and ^ trampit his wyff and baimis under his feitt.'' The Lords, finding the latter assault proved, order him to pay ;^4o to the pursuer, a fine of 40 merks to the Crown, and to remain in ward until these sums be paid.

The Laird of Pumpherston was twice married ; first to Mary, daughter and heir of Gilbert, 8th Lord Somerville, relict of James, 2nd Lord Torphichen, by whom he had a son, Sir Joseph of Pumpherston. Secondly, he married Isobel Ewart, daughter of Ewart of Bodspeck, who bore him a son, James, who ultimately succeeded, and six daughters, namely, Elizabeth, married first to James Tweedie, merchant in Edinburgh, who died before 1658, and secondly to Mr Patrick Darg, minister of Fordice, and left an only child, Elizabeth Darg, heir-general of her mother and of her uncle James Douglas of Pomphristoune, 2nd December 1697 ; Isobel, baptized 9th October 1634, married Patrick Graham, younger, burgess of Edinburgh ; Margaret, baptized 12th April 1636, married Mr Andro M*Ghie; Janet, baptized 26th December 1637; Jeane, baptized 2nd May 164s ; and Helene — which daughters were all living in 1658.

Isobell Ewart, spous to William Douglas of Pumpherston, was cited to appear before the Kirk-Session, 22nd September 1644, for scolding and railing against the Session, and was charged also with having said there was four hundreth merkis gott in fra the witches, and that the Sessioun leived thairupon. This she denied, but said the minister had done many things behind folks backis which he durst not do befoir thair faces.
She appealed to the Presbytery of Linlithgow.

Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston, the elder son of the last mentioned, appears to have become possessed of the fee of the estate about the period of his father's second marriage, as he is designed "of Pumpherstoun" as early as 1644, although his father was still living in 1673. On 31st December 1647, he had a precept furth of Chancery under testimony of the Great Seal of the lands of Pumpherston, with manor place, etc., in the barony of Calder, and on 9th March 1648 he had also a charter from Francis, Earl of Buccleuch, of the east half of the lands of Ormestoun, with mansion and manor place, the west half of the lands of Mortoun and others in that district. There is also an Act of Parliament of Charles I. disponing the teinds, personage and viccarage of ye east kirke and parochine of Calder, called Caldercleire, to his lovit Sr Joseph Douglas of Pumpherstoun, and his heirs, 29th July 1644. He was on a Committee of War for Linlithgowshire in 1646 and 1647 ; was Lieutenant Colonel of a Regiment of Foot in 1650; and Commissioner of Supply in 1655, 1656, and 1659. Sir Joseph Douglas was drowned when coming down to Scotland from London with the Duke of York in the year 1682 ; and as he left no issue, the succession passed to his half-brother

James Douglas of Pumpherston, the second son of William Douglas of the same, before-mentioned. On 21st November 1672 this laird had a charter of the kirklands of Levingstoun, called Canieland, in the shire of Linlithgow, reserving the liferent thereof to his said father, and to Isobel Euart, his mother, and it is worthy of remark that the old laird could not at this date have been less than eighty years of age. James had a disposition of the lands of Pumpherston, Knightsrig, and Canielands from Walter, Lord Torphichen, 7th May 1679, in which he is styled James Douglas of Knightsrig (Dechmont Law). He was Commissioner of Supply in the year 1686, and Commissioner for the Militia in 1689, and he was still living at 12th June 1696, when he gave an annual rent of £160 out of his lands of Pumpherston and Knightsrig to Mr James Henry, sone of Pittadro, W.S. He was deceased before 5th July 1697.

We thus witness the extinction of the male line of the race of Douglas of Pumpherston, which, for upwards of two centuries at least had kept possession of their patrimonial lands. After the death of James Douglas, the last laird, the estate passed by purchase to Alexander Hamilton, bailie of Strathbrock (now Uphall), who acquired the various rights of Isobel, Margaret, and Janet Douglas, and Elizabeth Darg, the four heirs-portioners of the deceased James Douglas of Pumpherston, as well as certain other encumbrances affecting the lands, between 1698 and 170L He did not, however, long enjoy his acquisition, but died prior to 30th April 1703, when John Hamilton, his son, was retoured his heir.


Thomas Douglas of Clapperton, 1573, son of Robert Douglas of Pumpherston, min. of Strathbrock, now Uphall, 1570 ; adm. here (?Dalkeith) 1573 ; pres. to the Deanery of Restalrig by James VI. 10th Nov., with consent of the prebendaries and chapter ; in 1575 he had also charge of Lasswade and Glencorse ; died in June 1575. He marr. Marion Hamilton, who survived him, and had issue James, his heir.


 ...the Baron of Riddle (spell it any way you want) getting married to a Ker in the Borders, then marrying a Violet Douglas of Pumpherston. Sir Joseph Douglas was the Tenant of Pumpherston Castle.


Andrew Riddell who married firstly Agnes daughter of Sir George Ramsay of Dalhousie, MC 1 Feb 1667, and secondly Violet Douglas, said by Douglas’ Baronage to be a daughter of William Douglas of Pumpherston. There are quite a number of charters under the Great Seal relating to this generation. Andrew had by Agnes Ramsay an heir John, later first baronet, also James 2nd son and Walter. Andrew had, by Violet Douglas, his second wife, a favourite son called Andrew, on whom he settled Haining, which continued in this branch of the family till early last century, when it was sold to the second son of Pringle of Clifton. Andrew of Haining married a Stewart of Traquair, and dying young, his widow married secondly Sir Willian Douglas, ancestor of the Marquis of Queensberry. His son and successor, John Riddell of Haining, was Sheriff Principal, and M.P. for Selkirkshire, and his grand-daughter, Magdalene Riddell, who married David Erskine of Dun, after succeeding to Haining, sold it, and the marquis of Ailsa, as the heir of the Erskines, now represents the Riddell’s of Haining.

Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston was drowned along with 130 others when the frigate Gloucester sank off Yarmouth, 6 May 1682: The Duke of York, later James VII, was on the same ship, but was rescued, as was John Churchill, afterwards Duke of Marlborough.

Margaret, daughter of James Douglas of Pumpherston and Adeston married Patrick Halyburton, 5th Baron of Dirleton.


John Sandilands had three daughters (and two sons), who are all named in the testaments of their grandparents, recorded in 1567, viz,: Margaret, married to James Tennent of Linhouse ; Euphame; and Mary, who in 1574 became the wife of Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston.  (but see dates below)


Mary Sandilands, daughter of John Sandilands of Calder (d 12.1559/c1565), married (mcrt 15.07.1586) Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston. She was a descendant of Eleanor Douglas, Countess of Carrick, herself the daughter of Sir Archibald Douglas of Liddesdale, Cavers, etc. (Regent of Scotland, b c1297, d Halidon Hill 19.07.1333). Joseph and Mary Douglas had issue.


George Ker of Fawdonside, Tutor of Cessford (d. betw. 21 Sep 1542 and 12 Mar 1553/4), mar. Margaret Halyburton, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Patrick [Halyburton], 5th Lord Dirletoun, by his first wife Margaret Douglas, dau. of James Douglas of Pumpherston and Adeston, and was ancestor of the Kers of Fawdonside.


Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston married, 1574, Mary, daughter of John Sandilands of Calder  (History of Mid Calder). He is mentioned, Great Seal Register, 1600-12. His Will dated 23rd April 1637, and he died the same year {History of Mid Calder). He had issue : —
(a) William (No. 411).
{b) Hugh Douglas of Pumpherston, whose natural son, Hugh, was legitimated 1623 {Great Seal Register),
{c) George Douglas of Pumpherston, living 1610-16. He may have been a brother of Joseph, and not a son {History of Mid Calder).


Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston married Mary Sandilands, daughter of John Sandilands and Johanna Fleming, on 15 July 1586


James Sandilands of Calder, Lord Torphechin, who died August 1617, married firstly, Elizabeth, daughter of James Heriot of Trabroun, who was the mother of his descendants ; and secondly, Mary, daughter of Gilbert, 8th Lord Somerville, who bore him no issue, and subsequently married again to William Douglas of Pumpherston. The marriage contract with Elizabeth Heriot is recorded in the books of Council and Session, ist August 1595, and is entered into by the Lord Torphichen, with consent of James Sandelandis of Slamanane, Kt, Joseph Douglas of Pomphraystoun, and Mr Andrew Sandilands, son of the late James Sandilands of Sanct Monans, his curators, for their interests. The issue of this marriage was : James, 3rd Lord Torphichen, who was served heir of his father 15th December 1618, and died unmarried in January 1622.


In 1616 complaint was made by Johnne Wricht at the Brigend of Calder, that on the 5th October in that year, William Douglas of Pumpherston, who had conceived a deadlie hatred for him, came to his house disguised and under cloud of night, struck him down with a baton, and " trampit his wyff and baimis under his feitt ! "


Hon Mary Somerville married 2ndly William Douglas of Pumpherston who d. 15 May 1620 She was 1st dau. and hrss. of line of Gilbert [Somerville], 7th Lord Somerville, by his wife Margaret Somerville, 1st dau. of James Somerville of Cambusnethan. Their son, Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston drowned in 1682.


In 1686, The king's majesty and estates of parliament do add the persons following to be commissioners for his majesty's supply in the shires respectively after-mentioned, as follows: in the shire of Edinburgh, James Douglas of Pumpherston


In 1707, Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston nominated and appointed as commissioner of war (within the several shires of the kingdom, as well as to burgh as to land) in the sheriffdom of Edinburgh principal and in the sheriffdom of Linlithgow. (Presumably the same Sir Joseph to both sheriffdoms)


Sibbald states in 1710 that Knightsridge House, Dechmont, West Lothian, was inhabited by a cadet of Douglas of Pumpherston.  Douglas, William, of Cliftonhall and Knightsrig, 21 Feb. 1600 died ...


The Arms of Douglas of Pumpherston were: Ermine, on a chief azure three mullets, which is cut on a stone at Lauriston Castle, about 1655, as the coat of Jean, daughter of Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston, impaled with that of her husband, Mr Robert Dalgleish of Lauriston ;



Douglas of Pompherstoun. From the Earl of Kinnoull's MS.
Porteus makes the fess a chief with two fillets ; Henry Frazer has ermine, on a chief azure three mullets ; and this is cut, c. 1655, on a stone at Lauriston Castle, near Edinburgh, as the arms of Jean, daughter of Joseph of Pompherstoun, co. Linlithgow, impaled with those of her husband, Mr Robert Dalgleish of Lauriston, solicitor to Charles II.
Robert Douglas of Pompherstoun married a lady of the Marjoribanks family, and had Joseph of Pompherstoun, married, 1574, Mary, daughter of John Sandilands of Calder, by Joanna, daughter of Lord Fleming ; their son, William of Pompherstoun, married Mary, relict of James Lord Torphichen, daughter and heir of Gilbert Lord Somerville, and had, Sir Joseph of Pompherstoun, Lieutenant-Colonel of Foot, drowned in 1682.
His half-brother (?), James of Pompherstoun, whose mother, according to a Funeral Escutcheon, was a daughter of Ewart of Bodspeck, d.s.p. in or before 1697, and the estate was sold. His eldest sister married Mr Patrick Darg, minister of Fordyce, and left an only child, Elizabeth Darg; the others were Margaret, Janet, and Isobel. The family also intermarried with Lord Halyburton, Riddell of that Ilk, Stewart of Garlies, &c.


William Douglas, son of Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston, enrolled as an undertaker for Ireland with 2000 acres on 25th July 1609.


The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707
Parliamentary Register: 29 July 1644
Ratification to Sir Joseph Douglas [of Pumpherston]
The estates of parliament, presently convened by virtue of the last act of the last parliament held by his majesty and three estates in 1641, have ratified and approved and by this act ratify and approve the letter of gift and tack made and granted by his majesty, with advice and consent of the commissioners of his highness's treasury and other lords of exchequer, passed under the privy seal, of the date 5 November 1641, whereby his majesty has given, granted and conveyed to his highness's beloved Sir Joseph Douglas of Pumpherston, knight, his heirs and assignees all and sundry the teinds, both great and small, parsonage and vicarage, of the east kirk and parish of Calder, called Calderclear, and that of all years and terms then bygone resting owed unpaid preceding the date of the said gift; and also his majesty has set in tack and assedation to the said Sir Joseph in liferent during his lifetime, and after his decease to his heirs and assignees for the space of 19 years, all and sundry the said teind sheaves and other teinds, great and small, parsonage and vicarage, of the said kirk and parish of Calderclear, fruits, rents, emoluments and duties belonging thereto, the said Sir Joseph's entry to the said teinds beginning 1 May 1635, for payment of a certain yearly duty thereof, as the said gift and tack more fully purport, in all and sundry heads, articles, clauses and conditions of the same letters of gift and tack, to the effect the said teinds, great and small, may be collected, gathered, intromitted, used and conveyed upon by the said Sir Joseph and his aforesaids during the space above-mentioned, according to the said gift and tack in all points, renouncing and conveying by his majesty, with consent above-written, to the said Sir Joseph and his aforesaids all other right, title, action and interest which his highness and his successors have had or may pretend to the said teinds during the said space above-mentioned for now and for ever, and that an act of parliament be extended hereupon in the appropriate form.


Lilliesleaf Church and Graveyard.
A second panel with a slight moulded margin is inscribed HOC MONVMENTVM / DESIDERATI(S)SIMO MARITO / CONIV(N)X VIOLETA DOVGLAS / MOERENS POSVIT / A R BARO(N)E RIDDEL PLENVS / (DI)ERVM H(I)C DORMIT EXPECT(ANS) RESVRRECTIONEM IVSTORV(M) ("His wife, Violet Douglas, set up this monument in grief to a most beloved husband. A R, Laird of Riddell, sleeps here full of days, awaiting the resurrection of the just"). Andrew Riddel of Riddell and Haining died in 1632. His second wife was Violet, daughter of William Douglas of Pumpherston.




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