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John Douglas of Pinkerton, late Architect in Leith - 20 June 1778


DOUGLAS, JOHN: of Pinkerton; 21/16 Mah 1818; in burial ground of son, William Douglas, writer in Kirkcaldy (Kirkcaldy Burial Ground)


DOUGLAS, ALEXANDER: son of William Douglas of Pinkerton; 11/15 Jan 1820 (Kirkcaldy Burial Ground)


William Douglas of Pinkerton, son buried in Kirkcaldy 1820 - presumably the above?

William Douglas of Pinkerton - Land Tax Commissioner for Fife , 1836

John Douglas of Pinkerton - Principal Heritor, Fifeshire  (?1805)

Died at Southerton, near Kirkcaldy, John Douglas of Pinkerton, 21 May 1818

Died at Kirkcaldy, aged 88, Mrs Douglas sen, relict of John Douglas of Pinkerton, 1 Nov 1822

John Douglas of Pinkerton, Freeholder, Michaelmas 1813

Died at Pittenween, aged 79, William Douglas of Pinkerton, 20 March 1790

1430-84 James B. DRAPER, 28,cutter, Drayton, Drayton, s/o Charles DRAPER & Helen BURNIG (Burney?) married Louisa MUTRIE, 25, Wellington, Greenock, d/o James MUTRIE & Maria MARTIN, Wtn: George DRAPER of Drayton & Jenny DOUGLAS of Pinkerton January 9, 1884 at Greenock

GD45/16/2739 Trust disposition by John Douglas of Pinkerton to the Earl of Dalhousie, Thomas Dalziel of Lingo, John Dalziel, his son, William Wardlaw of Abden and James Rutherford, writer in Kinghorn, of his whole estate not entailed in GD45/16/2738 26 Mar 1773 Open

Marriage witnessed by George Draper of Drayton and Jennie Douglas of Pinkerton Louisa MUTRIE (Born: January 28, 1858, , Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Died: December 3, 1928 at age 70) Marriage: James Birney DRAPER on January 9, 1884 in Greenock Twp, Bruce Co, Ontario, Canada


In 1877, John Douglas of Pinkerton is mentioned as owning land between Crail and Wormiston, in Fife.


Where is Pinkerton?

A chapel formerly stood at Little Pinkerton, (NT 69 76), Spott Ph, and this was constituted into a prebend of the Collegiate Church of Dunbar. No other information.
J Hardy 1882

Mr Rennie, of Little Pinkerton, the owner of Little Pinkerton, has no knowledge of this chapel and suggests that Hardy may be referring to the chapel which formerly stood between Meikle and Easter Pinkerton (NT77NW 12). (Dunbar, East lothian)

Last name: Pinkerton
This is a world famous Scottish, and sometimes Irish, locational surname. It originates from the barony of Pinkerton near the town of Dunbar, in East Lothian, Scotland. It is first recorded in the year 1296 when the landowning nobility of Scotland were required to sign allegance to the short lived republican government of John Balliol overthrown by the famous Robert, the Bruce, in 1306. One of the signatories was Nicol de Pynkertune, and it is said that a surviving example of his seal, although not his coat of arms as this is not known, is inscribed with a mastiff dog and the name Sir Nicolai de Pinkerton. A knighthood in those far off days was less formal than today. It may have implied that he was a trained horsemen with his own armour, and available for service to who ever paid best. The name "moved" to England in the late 14th century when Patrick de Penkerton, so much for spelling, was living under protection in England. Whether this was temporary or permanent is not known. It seems that in the 15th century the barony became part of the estates of the earl of Argyll, and that Pinkertons settled in Ireland from about 1641. The surname Pinkie is also associated with the name, but this is not correct, the Pinkie's being from the lands of Pinkie in Midlothian. The original spelling was Pontekyn, becoming Pinkie in the 16th century.

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There are streets named Pinkerton in Glenrothes, Crail, Rosyth, Dunfermline and other Fife towns.

The Pinkerton Burn was said to have run red with blood for days afterward the Battle of Inverkeithing (20 July 1651)  photo Pinkerton Burn





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