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Archibald Douglas







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Campbell of Blythswood
Archibald Douglas later Campbell, (1809 - July 1868) was the seventeenth Laird of Mains.

He was the son of Colin Douglas of Mains and Sophia Armine, daughter of J. Boydell. He succeeded on the death of his cousin, Archibald Campbell of Blythswood in 1838 as twelfth Laird of Blythswood, he inherited Blythswood House and assumed the name of Campbell. He gave up the estate of Mains to his brother Colin.


He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the 68th Regiment.


In 1880, Archibald Campbell Douglas of Mains owned the farm of Keystone and lands of Craigdow valued at £577

He married in 1834 Caroline Agnes, daughter of M. Dick of Pitkerro. She died 28th November 1897.

He died July 1868, leaving sons Archibald, Sholto Douglas and Robert Douglas Campbell. He was succeeded by his son, Archibald, who was created 1st Baron Blythswood in 1880.



Further research revealed this entry in 'The Baronage of Angus and Mearns', 1856:

WILLIAM DOUGLAS DICK, Esq. of Pitkerro, a Deputy-Lieutenant, 1843, Angus, is an offshoot of the old stem of Dick of Braid.

ARMS Argent, a fesse, azure, between two mullets in chief,
and a crescent in base, gules. CREST A stag's head erased,
proper, attired, or. MOTTO " Virtute " (By bravery.)

SEAT Pitkerro House, an old mansion, situated amid
extensive and finely wooded grounds and gardens, about six
miles north-east of Dundee.


May Dick was born in July 1884 at London, England. She was the daughter of Brig.-Gen. Archibald Campbell Douglas Dick. She married Major Hon. Charles Hubert Francis Noel, son of Charles William Francis Noel, 3rd Earl of Gainsborough and Mary Elizabeth Dease, on 31 May 1912. She died on 1 April 1964 at age 79.


Isabelle, daughter of John Parrott of San Francisco, married Lieutenant- Colonel Archibald Campbell Douglas Dick, son of William Douglas Dick and Jane Hay, in 1883, and had six daughters by him.



Mrs Douglas Dick, wife of Brigadier Archibald

Kate Burke, writing for the website 'The John Singer Sargent Virtual Gallery', says:

I was searching the internet for my great-great grandparents and found paintings of them here.  Mrs Douglas-Dick (Isabelle Parrott) and Brigadier General Archibald Douglas-Dick of Pitkerro.

My great-great grandmother was born in 1863, Isabelle Parrott, daughter of John Parrott, a Virginian banker and merchant.  She is related to Tubercio Parrott who built the house featured on Falcon Crest the TV Series (I have been able to confirm this through pictures in a book called 'John Parrott').  She married Brigadier Archibald Douglas-Dick in 1883 and bore one son and six daughters and they lived at Pitkerro Castle in Scotland.  The paintings were commissioned by Mrs. Dick's mother. 


The memory of Mr. Archibald William Douglas-Dick, of the Scots Guards, who was missing on November 17, 1914, and is presumed to have been killed in action at Veldhock during an attack by the Prussian Guard, has been commemorated in the church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Broughty Ferry, by the installation of a new peal of nine bells. He had been through three weeks' desperate fighting, and was the only officer left in the trench with the sixty remaining men of his battalion. The bells and the tower to receive them are the gift of his parents, Brigadier-General and Mrs. Douglas-Dick, of Pitkerro House, Kingennie, Dundee, and the largest of them bears his initials with the words "Mater Dei memento mei," copied from an old pre-Reformation bell.

The ceremony of blessing the bells took place on Sunday before last in presence of an overflowing congregation in the little church. Father Hampton, S.J., who was rector of Beaumont whilst Mr. Douglas-Dick was a student there, was to have preached the sermon, but was unfortunately prevented by illness from attending. His place was taken by Father Barrington Douglas-Dick, uncle of the young officer. The preacher pointed to the appropriateness of bells as a memorial, for their call to Worship would remind all that they were consecrated to the service of God and one's neighbours. Archibald Douglas-Dick, said the preacher, was, above everything, deeply and fervently religious. He was a good son and brother, staunch comrade and friend and a brave soldier, possessing a bright and sunny disposition which endeared him to all his brother officers. Thus he writes home of his life in the trenches, that "amidst the squalor and sordidness of the life "—such that we who never witnessed it cannot realise—the one consolation was the constant practice of his religion. The last words he is recorded to have said were words of cheer and consolation to a soldier friend who had just been wounded. Even as he spoke he was cut down.

After the sermon, Father Russell, the parish priest, acting as the deputy of the Bishop of Dunkeld, blessed the bells, assisted by Father Stuart and Father Toner. General and Mrs. Douglas-Dick were present at the ceremony' in the tower.

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed, given by Canon Malcolm, of St. Patrick's,, Dundee.

Amongst those present, besides Brigadier-General and Mrs. Douglas-Dick, their daughters, and Captain Caulfield, were Canon M`Donald and Father Donagher, of St. Joseph's, Dundee ; Baffles Archer and Gullies, of Dundee Town Council; Rev. Mr. Waring, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Broughty Ferry ; Major Cappon, who designed the tower. The bells were manufactured by Messrs. Gillett & Johnston, at Croydon, Surrey ; Mr. Johnston carrying out the ringing of the bells during the ceremony.

The Tablet, 6th August 1921


Caroline Agnes Dick, bc 1814, baptised 9 May 1814 St. Marylebone, London, MiddlesexArchibald Campbell Douglas-Dick
Death: 28 November 1897 Blythswood, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Daughter of Mungo Dick (1780-) and Janet Douglas (1774-)
Married Archibald Douglas (Campbell) c1834

Archibald Douglas (1835-1908)
Louisa Jane Douglas (1837-1916)
Sholto Douglas Campbell-Douglas (1839-1916)
Monteith Douglas (1840-1847)
Lieut. Robert Campbell Douglas, R.N. (1842-1896)
Maj.-Gen. Sir Barrington Bulkeley Douglas (1845-1918)
Helen Janet Douglas (1847-1927)
Lieut. Walter James Douglas (1850-1914)
Lieut.-Col. Montagu Douglas (1852-1916) (later Montagu Douglas Campbell. He was Justice of the Peace, Renfrew, and had been attached to the 4th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He received the DSO in 1901, and he served in South Africa.)


Mungo Dick, the son of Mungo Dick (1753-1833) and Helen Taylor, was born about 1780 at Pitkerro in Fife, Scotland.

Janet Douglas, the daughter of Robert Douglas, 15th Laird of Mains, (1741-1804) and Sarah Davis (1748-), who were married 1 October 1769, was born about 1774 and baptised at St. Martin in the Fields, Covent Garden, London, Middlesex on 5 August 1774.

Mungo Dick and Janet Douglas were married at St. Martin in the Fields, Covent Garden, London, Middlesex on 28 November 1798.

Mungo Dick (Sen.) was a small linen manufacturer, and a member of the Secession Church. In Scotland, the first to manufacture good coloured sewing thread was Mungo Dick of Dundee.

A General Description of the East Coast of Scotland - 1783
.....Mr. Mungo Dick, of this place, was the first in Scotland who made good sewing coloured threads; he so effectually established the character of his manufacture, that in all places of Great-Britain, Dundee threads, and good threads, are phrases of the same import. Hence the retailers generally put over their doors, "Dundee thread sold here." Of this article, a very large quantity is annually manufactured.

Monuments in the Old Church, Richmond - p. 83
Here, likewise, are memorials for Mungo Dick, esq., of Pitkerro in the county of Forfar, who died at his house on Richmond-hill, on the 31st of March, 1833, in his eightieth year.

The New Monthly Magazine - 1828
Society in India
......The other morning, Mrs. Roebuck, and Mrs. Mungo Dick (both ladies of rank in the settlement) met each other in their carriages in the middle of the bridge,—and there they were, my Lord, for near an hour, quarrelling for precedence, which should go backward." ........

The European Magazine, Volume 34 - 1798
Mungo Dick, esq., to Miss Janet Douglas, of Weston House, Chertsey.

The Asiatic Annual Register, Volume 5 - 1802
At Madras
The Lady of Mungo Dick, Esq. of a son.

The Asiatic Annual Register, Volume 3 - 1800
At Madras, the Lady of Mungo Dick, esq. of a son.

The children of Mungo Dick and Janet Douglas were:

Georgiana Janet Dick (1800-)
Louisa Dick (1801-)
William Douglas Dick (1803-)
Eliza Ann Dick (1804-)
Emma Dick (1806-1836)
John Campbell Dick (1807-)
Caroline Agnes Dick (1814-1897)

Janet Cicely Arthur, grand daughter of  Lt.-Col. Archibald Vivian Campbell Douglas is considered the current (2016) Laird of Mains by the family



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