The Barony of Tibbers, including the five merkland of Auchenbrack had
passed in 1509 to the Douglas family and indeed may have belonged to
Douglases before, who had marriage connections with the Maitlands.
In 1579 Bessie Douglas, widow of John Hunter at Auchinbrak, died and
left her estate to John Douglas of Killiewarren. Douglases were in
Pinzarie, Stenhouse, Kirkland and
Killiewarren in the seventeenth
century. (Parish of Tynron)
Achinbraik is marked on the Pont map of circa 1590 and in 1685 Sir
Duncan Campbell, a prominent Argyll supporter, lived here. The Hearth
Tax shows Thomas and William Hunter at Auchenbreck as tenants of
Queensberry in 1691. The 1690's were bad years and Queensberry's tenants
at Auchenbrack, like James Hunter, Jon Tait and William Hunter were in
severe debt. The Hunters were a prominent Tynron family in Bennan,
Pinzarie, Craigencoon and Auchenbrack. It is said that they were chased
out at the point of a gun by the Douglases.
Craigencoon first appears on paper in 1578, when it was held by John
Douglas of Craiginkunne (Johnne Douglas curatouris of Craigincwne),
nephew of Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig. Craigencoon belonged to
Queensberry until 1810 and presumably before that it was part of the
Barony of Tibbers. The 1590 Pont map shows Kraginkum, but only one.
There were once two Craigencoons!
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