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The homestead of Croftdouglas has a variety of different spellings: Croftdowglash, Croftindoulas, Croftindoulish, Croftandoulaish, Croftindouglas. It is now a private house.

There is no clear evidence as to the origin of the name "Croftdouglas", but tradition has it that the Borenich Burial Ground adjacent to the homestead originally belonged to the Douglas family but was passed to the Stewarts who were in a position to cover the maintenance costs. However, there is no evidence of Douglas family members having been buried there..

One of the earliest entries in the Old Parish Record for Blair Atholl mentions that Alexander Douglash and Isobel Stewart in Croftindoulas had a daughter baptised on 10th July 1720, named Katherine. Perhaps this, or his ancestors were the original Douglas family.

The "Chronicles of the Families of Atholl and Tullibardine" (appendices xvii and xviii) lists the Fencible Men of Strathtummel in 1706. It is likely that the list follows the Strathtummel dwellings from west to east as the first men mentioned are mainly Calmanachs (i.e. Dows) who were tenant farmers at the west end of the Duke of Atholl's property. Croftdouglas is on the easterly boundary, and just before the end of the list the Fencibles are: Alexander Douglas (armed); John Douglas (armed); Donald Douglas (wants arms); and James Douglas (armed). They follow each other and may be the same family or related families at Croftdouglas.

In November 1748, Margaret McDonald was in Croftandoulaish (Croftdouglas) aged 28 years or thereabouts, married to Donald Stewart.

The 1841 census return shows that there were three families living at Croftdouglas. John Stewart, a tenant farmer, was living with his family in one dwelling. Isabella Stewart and two children were living in a second. Margaret Robertson, two children and Mary McMillan, probably a domestic servant, were living in the third.


See also:
1. Nearby settlement of Allt Poll Dubh-Ghlas
2. Parents of Rev John Douglas
3. Douglas families in Perthshire



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