Arlehaven Douglas

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Extracted from:
The Parish of Strathblane and Its Inhabitants from Early Times: A Chapter of Lennox History, by John Guthrie Smith; 1886

When King James I. granted certain lands, as already shown, to his brother-in-law, William Edmonstone, prior to 1434, " Erleleven " was among them ; and when King James II., in 1452, erected the same into the Barony of Duntreath, "Arleywin" was included, and down to the present time this part of Arlehaven, a fifty shilling land, has continued to belong to the Edmonstones, with the exception of (i) 11 acres i rood and 10 falls which lay into Carbeth, and were in 18 17 exchanged with John Guthrie for part of Carbeth, and (2) of "the poflUe called Dallinschachan and Boglands thereof, part of the fifty shilling lands of Arlevin," which were sold by William Edmonstone of Duntreath in 16 14, to John and Manasseh Lyle, and bought back again by his descendant, Archibald Edmonstone, the laird in 1717.

Another part, however, of the original old Arlehaven, a forty shilling land, was early in the possession of the Douglases of Mains, an old family long seated in the neighbouring parish of Kilpatrick. When Alexander Douglas married Margaret, eldest daughter of Mathew, Earl of Lennox, about 15 18, he had from his grandfather, William Douglas, who succeeded to Mains in 1491, a resignation in fee of Arlehaven. This transaction was confirmed by a charter from John, Earl of Lennox, the lands being called in it " Harlehaven."

Along with Ballewan Lennox or Wester Ballewan, Harlehaven Douglas afterwards formed what is called in the old valuation roll of Stirlingshire "Archibald Edmonstones Rent," this Archibald being a cadet of Duntreath.

On the 18th May, 1665, John Douglas, the laird of Mains, granted, as superior, a charter of Arlehaven to John Lyle.^ In 1782 James Lyle, his descendant, sold the eastern part of it to John Norwall or Norval, "weaver in Arlehaven." * The old weaver had three sons — James, Walter, and Archibald.

In 1796 James Norval, the eldest son, succeeded to these lands. He retained Allereoch or Alreoch, the most southern part of Arlehaven, that next Ballochalary and Carbeth, and the other parts called Dykehouse and Easier Harlehame he made over to his brothers, Walter and Archibald,^ from whose descendants they were acquired by Sir Archibald Edmonstone in 1868, after Dykehouse had been in the possession of William Brown of Mugdock for some years.

Allereoch was bought from James Norval in 1815 by John Guthrie of Carbeth, with the exception of about ten acres at the top of the Cult Brae called Braehead. This little property, after belonging to John and James Norval, who succeeded their father, was sold by James, the survivor, shortly after 1872, to Robert Hugh Fraser of Glasgow, who in his turn sold it in 1882 to Mrs. Elizabeth Norval or Robertson, wife of David Robertson, formerly manager of the printfield at Strathblane, and now calico printer at Milngavie.

And now, retracing our steps a little, we find that four years after James Lyle sold the eastern part of Arlehaven Douglas to John Norval, he sold the western part, called Wester Arlehaven or Meadowhead, to Sir Archibald Edmonstone, 9th June, 1786,^ and the whole of it now forms part of Duntreath estate.

Arlehaven, therefore, as we have now shown, stands thus — the whole of the old fifty shilling land, Arlehaven Edmonstone, so to speak, is, and always was, with the exception pointed out, part of the Barony of Duntreath, and the whole of the old forty shilling land of "Harleheaven Douglas," the superiority only excepted, which still pertains to Mains, now also belongs to Duntreath estate, with the exception of Allereoch, about one sixth of it, which is part of Carbeth Guthrie, and the profile of Braehead which belongs to Mrs. David Robertson.



Sources for this article include:
  • he Parish of Strathblane and Its Inhabitants from Early Times: A Chapter of Lennox History, by John Guthrie Smith

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