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Hon. John Douglas of Broughton (qv) (died 1832), the second son of William Douglas, 1st Earl of March purchased in 1819 the estate of Broughton, but he was so deeply in debt that, following his death 1832, it had to be sold to pay his creditors.


In the year 1710, Sir David Murray cf Stanhope disponed his estate to his .son, Alexander (afterwards Sir Alexander) Murray, in his contract of marriage; which contained, in the procuratory of resignation, the following clause: 'That these presents are granted in favours of the said Alexander Murray, . 'and the lands, &c. therein mentioned, are resigned, with the express burden 'of payment to the said Sir David's creditors, of the hail debts and sums 'of money due by him to them, and contained in 3 particular list and in'ventory of the said debts; as also, with .the burden of payment to the said x Sir David's children, of the respective provisions and portions granted by 'the said Sir David to.them; all particularly set down in the foresaid list and * inventory, subscribed by,' &c. In virtue of the precept, Alexander was infeft in the 1715, with the burdens and provisions mentioned in the contract, and contained in the list and inventory therein referred to; which list was registered anno 1717, in the common register of the Session.

In the year 1719, Alexander disponed the barony of Broughton (part of the said estate) to Mr John Douglas, who having died incumbered, the Earl of March, as apparent heir to him, brought a sale of these lands; in consequence whereof it was sold by public roup before the Lords; and the purchaser having raised a multiplepoinding, with respect to the price, there ensued a competition betwixt Robert Gordon, as assignee to a provision granted by Sir Darid to Anne his third danghter, contained in the foresaid list, and the Creditors of Mr John Douglas; wherein this question occurred, How far, in virtue No ??? of the foresaid burden in Sir Alexander Murray's contract of marriage, the children's provisions became real, and were thereby effectual against the debts and deeds of Sir Alexander, or those deriving right from him? - Extracted from The decisions of the Court of Session.


Broughton is a village in Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders council area, in the south of Scotland. Broughton is on the Biggar Water, near where it flows into the River Tweed. It is about 7 km east of Biggar, and 15 km west of Peebles.

The village is best known as the one-time home of John Buchan.  Broughton is also home to Broughton Place, a private house built in the style of a 17th-century Scottish tower house, which was designed by Basil Spence in 1938 and incorporates decorative reliefs by architectural sculptor Hew Lorimer. The village contains six listed buildings.





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