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I.ugton (In 1845).—This place, which is called Logton in the ancient records, formerly constituted a separate barony, with a fortalice, and belonged to a branch of the family of Douglas.

The earliest proprietor that is met with is William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale, who, about the middle of the fourteenth century, obtained the barony of Dalkeith by his marriage with Marjory Graham, the heiress of that property. Subsequently the barony of Lugton seems to have been for a time divided; as we find that one-third part was possessed in the reigns of David II. and Robert II. by Henry Douglas, who is designed of Lochleven and Lugton.

Henry Douglas  had a charter on 18 March 1389-90, as Sir Henry Douglas, to himself and his wife, the King’s dearest niece, Margery Stewart, of the barony of Lugtoun, co. Edinburgh, and on 20 September 1369 he had from King David II a charter of the third part of the lands of Lugtoun, co. Edinburgh.

After the attainder of the Regent in 1581(1), it was acquired by Patrick Crichton, in whose family it remained a considerable time. In 1693 we find it included in a charter granted to Anne, Duchess of Buccleuch, and in that family it still remains. The barony of Lugton was detached from the parish of St Andrew's in 1633, and annexed to the parish of Dalkeith.

Ratification to Patrick Crichton of Lugton; 1581
Our sovereign lord, with advice and consent of the three estates of this present parliament, has ratified and approved and, by the tenor hereof, ratifies and approves the infeftment and charter made by our said sovereign lord to Captain James Fraser, his heirs and assignees, of all and whole the lands and barony of Lugton, with the fortalice and manor place thereof and their pertinents, lying within the sheriffdom of Edinburgh, as coming in our sovereign lord's hands by process of forfeiture orderly led and deduced against James [Douglas], sometime earl of Morton, lord Dalkeith, or James Douglas, his natural son, for certain crimes of treason committed by them, as at more length is contained in the process of forfeiture orderly led and deduced thereupon, which lands pertain to the said sometime earl and his said natural son of before, as the said charter and infeftment more fully purport, of the date 10 June 1581, together with the charter and infeftment of alienation made by the said Captain James Fraser to Patrick Crichton of Lugton, his heirs and assignees, of the same lands, with their pertinents, lying as said is, together also with our said sovereign lord's charter and infeftment of confirmation passed upon the said charter of alienation, of the date 29 July 1581 aforesaid, with the precepts and instruments of sasine respectively passed thereupon, with all points, articles, clauses and conditions respectively contained therein, so that the said Patrick may possess and enjoy peaceably the said lands, with the pertinents, according to his said titles made to him thereof, in all time coming, after the form and tenors thereof:

Lugton, a village in Dalkeith parish, Edinburghshire, on the left bank of the North Esk, 3½ furlongs W by N of the centre of Dalkeith town. Lugton barony, which was annexed to Dalkeith parish so late as 1633, had anciently a baronial fortalice, and belonged to a branch of the family of Douglas, but was possessed in 1693 by Anne, Duchess of Buccleuch.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.


The village, till very lately, was chiefly inhabited by colliers.

Notes:
1.  ...forfeiture orderly led and deduced against James [Douglas], sometime earl of Morton, lord Dalkeith, or James Douglas, his natural son, for certain crimes of treason committed by them, as at more length is contained in the process of forfeiture orderly led and deduced thereupon... Extracted from Ratification to Patrick Crichton of Lugton.


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•  The Statistical Account of Edinburghshire, 1845

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