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William Douglas of Egilsay

 

 

Egilsay, Eagleshay or Egilshay.

 

COMMENT:  I have added notes to this page to clarify some of the detail.  However, it now awaits a rewrite to ensure it is indeed clearer.

William Douglas of Egilsay, Orkney (and of Spynie?) (c. 17th Century) was a Burgh commissioner for Shetland in 1667.

Egilsay Community Association list on their history page that:
'As part of the Bishopric estate the whole of Egilsay was feued to the Monteith family in the 16th Century. On the marriage of Marjorie Monteith to William Douglas(1), Chamberlain of Orkney, commemorated in the initialled skewputt, the island passed to the Douglas family.'

There remains the Douglas house on Egilsay, named Howan House, and the Buildings At Risk register notes the following: "The skewputt to the north east is initialled WD MM for William Douglas and his wife Marjorie Monteith, 17th century owners and heirs to the Island of Egilsay. The interior of the house retains a carved lintel on the south wall inscribed 16.AMICUS.ET.GENO.81., decorated with a heart and fleur-de-lis transforming into roses and thistles. A badly weathered stone fireplace with fluted jambs sits in the west gable" The house has since been renovated.

Marjorie Monteith was the daughter and heiress of Patrick Mentieth of Egilsay

It is possible that his father was Alexander Douglas of Spynie in Elgin (himself the eldest son of Alexander Douglas, Bishop of Moray in 1606)

It was his son, Alexander, who became MP for Orkney and Shetland.
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Its (Tofts, in Quandale, Rousay, Orkney) pre-eminence is confirmed by a 1668 sasine by which William Douglas of Egilsay disposed of Tofts to his son 'with the priviledge of the uppa thereof as the samen has been in use in all times bygane past memorie of man'. The uppa, ... Snippet from The little general and the Rousay crofters: crisis and conflict on an Orkney crofting estate

On William's death, Egilsay descended to his daughter, Janet, who married James Baikie, 6th of Tankerness.

Howan HouseHowan House
Howan House, 'The Laird's House', before and after refurbishment

 

1 William (Chamberlain of Orkney) Douglas married Marjorie Monteith
    2 Sir Alexander (of Egilshay) Douglas MP  b. Bef 1688 d. 1718 married Janet Scott d. Aft 1718
        3 Cornet William (Yr. of Egilshay) Douglas b. Bef 1764 married Elizabeth Traill b. Bef 1764
            4 Janet (of Egilshay) Douglas b. Abt 1710

 

 

Notes:
1. Research by the Traill family has:
    • William Douglas of Eigilsay married Elizabth Traill, whose daughter Janet married  James Baikie of Tankerness. Their son Robert Baikie of Tankerness married Mary Balfour.
    • Elizabeth is stated to be the daughter of George Traill of Holland and Catherine Baikie, he being the son of Thomas Traill of Holland Marion Craigie .

2.  Sir Alexander Douglas MP (d. 1718), of Egilsay, Orkney having plainly stated, following a challenge, that his mother was:
served heir and retoured to Patrick Monteith my grandfather who stood publicly infeft in the lands of Egilsay and others holden feu under the crown which rights were produced in the parliament of Scotland in anno 1703 and my right to vote in the election was determined in the parliament.

See also:
•  Howan House refurbishment [pdf]

Note the Douglas elements on this Baikie coat of arms representing the inter-marriage between the families.

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