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Douglas of Strathendry





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Douglas of Strathendry


(345) is Sir William Douglas of Kirkness, who married Elizabeth Broune.


Robert Douglas of Strathenry Signed petition on behalf of the shire of Fife to the king 9 Jan 1701
'Robert Douglas of Strathenry was a great-grandson of Sir William Douglas of Lochleven...- but this cannot be the same person??

'Adam Smith, author of the Inquiry into the Nature and Causes
of the Wealth of Nations, was the son of Adam Smith, comptroller
of the customs at Kirkaldy,(1*) and of Margaret Douglas, d1784, daughter of Mr John Douglas of Strathenry, a considerable landed proprietor in Fife. He was the only child of the marriage, and was born at Kirkaldy on the 5th of June 1723, a few months after the death of his father.'

'Col Robert Douglas of Strathenry', cousin to Adam Smith, nephew of Adam Smith's mother, c1768-c1817. His youngest son David Douglas, later Lord Reston, one of the senators of the college of justice, was to be Smith's heir.

On Smith's mother's side his kindred were much connected with the army. His uncle, Robert Douglas of Strathendry, and three of his uncle's sons were military officers, and so was his cousin, Captain Skene, the laird of the neighbouring estate of Pitlour. Colonel Patrick Ross, a distinguished officer of the times, was also a relation, but on which side I do not know.

Jean Douglas of Strathendry m. (25.07.1718) David Skene of Pitlour

'These two regiments (the " Windsor Foresters " and the Forfarshire Militia), as were many others, were officered by gentlemen belonging to the first families in the country, many of whom were among my (SIR CHARLES BRUCE, G.C.M.G.) father's most intimate friends ever afterwards. In " The Forfarshire " were two of the Douglas family, who afterwards became successively Lords Douglas brothers of my most intimate and most true friend the Hon. Mrs. Douglas of Strathendry, ne among ten thousand. '
The Honourable Mrs Douglas, of Strathendry Chief landowner in Leslie, Fife
Strathendry House, the property of the Honourable Mrs Douglas, is near the west end of the Parish, and is an elegant mansion of modern erection, in the manorial, or Elizabethan style. The grounds have been laid out with great taste.
The Leslie Cemetery Company was incorporated in 1862-67, and the Leslie Joint Stock Water Company in 1833. It possesses a capital of £600, and has paid 7½ per cent. of dividend. The water, which is excellent and plentiful, is brought from Balgothrie, the Countess of Rothes and the late Hon. Mrs Douglas of Strathendry having been mainly instrumental in introducing it.
David Douglas, Lord Reston At his death on 17th July 1790, Adam Smith's library went by will to his young cousin David Douglas, son of Colonel Robert Douglas of Strathendry, Fifeshire.

8 August 1817 At Strathendry, Andrew Clephane, Esq. advocate, to Miss Anna Douglas. She was the daughter of Lt Col Hon Robert Douglas, of Portobello, himself the son of Robert Douglas of Strathendry and Susan Balfour
Susanna Douglas of Strathendrie d1789 Ross (Innernethie, Scotland; derived from Ross of Craigie. Of this branch of the ancient family of Ross is the gallant General Sir Patrick Ross,G.C.M.G. eldest son of the late General Patrick Ross, and grandson of Patrick Ross of lnnernethie, by Susanna Douglas of Strathendrie, his wife, of the family of the Earls of Morton). Arms and crest, as Ross of Craigie. Motto— Per aspera virtue.

Patrick and Susannah married in 1734

14 Aug 1789 - At Edinburgh Mrs Susannah Douglas (died) relict of Patrick Ross Esq of Innernethie


Cecilia CraigieCecilia Craigie, daughter of Robert Craigie of Glendoik (1685-1760), married Robert Douglas of Strathendry (1716-1803), parents of David, Lord Reston, their youngest son.


Strathendry House


Remembering a war hero, Leslie historian Campbell Morris, right, with fellow resident Brian Coyle at the Douglas mausoleum. Pic: FPA
Local historians at the Douglas family mausoleum at Greenside Church, Leslie, Fife.

One is possibly for the Leslie family and the other for the Douglases.



The lands of Strathendry [Strathenry] in Leslie parish, Fife, were successively owned by branches of the Forrester, Martin and Douglas families. A turning-point in ownership occurred in the mid-seventeenth century. Around 1656 the lands passed to Dr Alexander Martin who married Helen, daughter of John Forrester of Strathendry, and after (Sir) Alexander's death in 1670, the lands descended to Robert Douglas, brother german of William Douglas of Kirkness. Dame Helen Forrester was also to marry Robert Douglas.


See also:
•  Strathendry House and Castle


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