Douglas of Strathbrock
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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. This elder John Douglas had married Mariotta, daughter of the third Sir Reginald Cheyne died at Inverugie Castle, near Peterhead, without male issue, in 1350, but leaving two daughters, Mariot (or Mariotta) and Mary. Strathbrock becoming the inheritance of Mariot, she, in 1366, settled half the barony of Strathbrock on her son by her first husband, John Douglas, and in 1390 she resigned the other half of the same barony to Andrew Keith, one of her sons by her second husband. Here, then, occurs the division of the original estate into those of Strathbrock and Kirkhill.
John of Strabock was dead by 1366. His son, William was 1st of Hawthornden.
In 1389, the 'brave knight' Sir William Douglas of Nithsdale led a contingent of Scots to crusade in Prussia, including Sir William and Sir James Douglas of Strathbrock. Source: Chivalry and knighthood in Scotland, 1424-1513 By Katie Stevenson (Which Sir William is not made clear)
We find Sir William Douglas mentioned in 1425 as proprietor of Strathbrock. This Sir William had a daughter, who married Crichton of Sanquhar.
When we come to the year 1443, William, eighth Earl Douglas, being proprietor, we learn that Chancellor Crichton, assisted by the Earl of Angus, wasted, among other places, the lands of Strathbroc, and burnt the grange — the grange, under charge of the granger, being the home-farm attached to a manor or a monastery.
in the ate 14th century, Barons who were sage in council, and high in civil or military office, would leave the business of the state, and interrupt the greatest transactions, to set off upon a tour of adventures, having the king's royal letters, permitting them to " perform points of arms, and manifest their prowess to the world." Wortley, an English knight of great reputation, arrived in Scotland; and, after a courteous reception at court, published his cartel of defiance, which was taken up by Sir James Douglas of Strathbrock, and the trial of arms appointed to be held in presence of the king at Stirling; but after the lists had been prepared, some unexpected occurrence appears to have prevented the duel from taking place. Source: Patrick Fraser Tytler's History of Scotland.
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.
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