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Auchterhouse is a village, community, and civil parish in the Scottish council area of Angus, located 7.3 miles (11.7 km) north west of Dundee, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south east of Alyth and 14.9 miles (24.0 km) south west of Forfar. It lies on the southern edge of the Sidlaw Hills, below Auchterhouse Hill, 1,398 feet (426 m) high. The parish, which is coterminous with the community, had a population of 520 in 2001. The village, formerly known as Milltown of Auchterhouse, straddles the B954 Muirhead to Newtyle road. About 1.0 mile (1.6 km) east lies the larger village of Kirkton of Auchterhouse, where the church and school are located.

Auchterhouse stands below the southern slopes of the Sidlaw Hills. The Auchterhouse Burn flows south to join the Dronley Burn, which continues across the south of the community, joining the Dighty Water on the southern boundary of Auchterhouse. This then flows eastwards, to the north of Dundee, to join the Firth of Tay at Monifieth.


Alexander (Sir), of Auchterhouse, whose great grandaughter and representative, Margaret Ogilvy, m. in 1406, James Stewart, Earl of Buchan, and conveyed to him the Barony of Auchterhouse and hereditary sheriffalty of Angus. Thence descended Christian Stewart, Countess of Buchan, who m. Robert, second son of Douglas of Loclileven, and rf. in 1580, her grandaughter, Mary Douglas, Countess of Buchan, m. John Erskine, second son of John, Earl of Mar, and d. in 1028. One of their descendants, an Earl of Buchan, sold the lands and barony of Auchterhouse, which, after passing through various hands, were repurchased by John, fourth Earl of Airlie.


In 1469 the earldom of Buchan was conferred on James Stewart. He was made Lord Auchterhouse at the same time, also in the Peerage of Scotland.

Sir James Ogilvy, knt. of Airlie, ambassador from Scotland to Denmark in 1491, who was elevated to the peerage of Scotland, on the 23th April, 1491, by the title of Lord Ogilvie, of Airlie. His lordship m. first, Elizabeth Kennedy, of the Cassilis family, and had a son, John, his successor. He espoused, secondly, Lady Mary Douglas, daughter of Archibald, fifth Earl of Angus, and had issue...

In 1586, the attainder on the Morton earldom was reversed and the title returned to the 4th earl's family. By the 4th earl's will, on the death of Archibald Douglas, 8th Earl of Angus in 1588, William Douglas succeeded to the earldom of Morton, which brought him additional lands and houses including Dalkeith Palace, Aberdour Castle, Auchterhouse and Drochil Castle.





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