Douglas of Killiewarren

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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.

 

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 1690s 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.

 

John Porter in Strahanna in the parish of Dalry who died 14 October 1592 was owed money by John Douglas in Killiewarren and others.

 

 Panels at Killiewarren, now pleasingly coloured, bear the arms of Douglas and the initials I.D. and F.D., with the date 1617. It is not (yet) known whose initials they are.

 

John Douglas of Killiewarren and Stanhouse (sic) was the illegitimate son of Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig , who died 1615).  John married Jane Grierson, who died in 1627, and had issue.




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•  Killiewarren House


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