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Douglas of Garvald









Research notes:


Confirmation to James Douglas, assignee of Richard Douglas of deed of mortgage of lands in Garvald (1606)


John Douglas, son of William Douglas*, 9th of Cavers and his wife, Ann, daughter of William Douglas, 4th of Whittinghame, was the ancestor of the Douglas of Garvald branch. John is sometimes referred to as  'Head of the Douglases of Garvald'
He purchased the lands of Garwald from James Douglas (brother of Sir Archibald of Whittinghame) in 1631. His daughter, Isabel (or Elizabeth) married Sir William Douglas, 5th of Glenbervie. He died without children. She died 11th May 1777.


Donald Douglas (1736-1768) is said to be descendant of the Douglases who escorted Margaret Douglas to the Highlands in the 11th or 12th century. She married the Earl of Caithness (but note the first earldom of Caithness was created in 1334). Donald married Isabel Douglas, daughter of Elizabeth Douglas of Garwald (sic).
Sir William Douglas*, died about 1658. He married Ann, daughter of Douglas of Whittinghame, and had two sons : —

(a) Sir Archibald
(b) John, ancestor of Douglas of Garvald. He purchased the lands of Garvald from James Douglas, brother of Sir Archibald of Whittinghame, 1631 (Great Seal Register). In Stodart's MS. are Lewis Douglas of Garvald (see below) and a son, William of Garvald, 1686-1704.
Christian Douglas, spouse to Archibald Douglas of Garvald, lands at Cunziertoun, and others, Date of Tailzie: 3 Dec 1705 Date of registration: 6 Nov 1707. Rev. James Douglas, D.D., Prebendary of Durham Cathedral, died 1780. He was served heir to Archibald Douglas of Cunzeirtoun 28th September 1736. He married Jean, daughter of Halyburton of Pitcur, but had no issue.
CHARLES STIRLING 3rd OF KIPPENDAVIE, born Dec. 14, 1680; married first, in 1703, Katherine, second daughter of Alexander Arbuthnott of Knox, second son of the first Viscount Arbuthnott; married second (contract dated Mar. 9, 1709) Christian Douglas, widow of Douglas of Garvald. She is referred to by Sir Walter Scott in his " Tales of a Grandfather," Vol. II, 3d series, p. 24, as assisting the adherents of the Stuart family in the rising of 1715 : " Fresh intelligence came to them from Lady Kippendavie, who seems to have been as correct in her intelligence and accurate in communicating with the insurgent army, as she was singular in her choice of messengers. This last being an old woman, who confirmed the tidings of the enemy's approach." Sheriffmuir, at which the battle of 1715 was fought, is on the property of Kippendavie and is close to the mansion house.
Charles Stirling of Kippendavie died before Nov. 6, 1736. (His son, Patrick Stirling, 4th of Kippendavie married Margaret Douglas daughter of Sylvester Douglas, of Whiteriggs)
An unnamed source has her as the widow of 'Graham of Garvald'.

???other issue - Archibald dsp, George dsp, James dsp, Alexander, Christian. Not sure if this refers to Christian's first marriage or Charles' first marriage.


Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie, the fifth baronet, half-brother of Agnes Pitcairn was a lawyer of great eminence and learning, was chosen in 1726 Provost of the city of St Andrews, and was annually re-elected for nineteen years successively.
He married Elizabeth (also known as Isabel), daughter of John Douglas of Garvald, and died without children in July 1764, when his half-brother Sir Robert succeeded as sixth baronet. He was the eldest son by the second marriage of Sir Robert and Lady Dunmure, and own brother of Agnes Douglas, who married David Pitcairn of that Ilk and Forthar.


27 July 1743: Lewis Douglas of Garvald and Jane Field (sic), only son of John Douglas of Garvald (died 1785) married...?
Douglas, Lewis, d. 1785.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Mr. Lewis Douglas of Garvet advocate, and Thomas Boyes writer in Edinburgh, creditors of the deceased Sir Archibald Fleming of Farm..[Edinburgh]. [1757?]
Douglas, Lewis, d. 1785. (but see below; dead by March 1794??)
Memorial for Mr. Lewis Douglas of Garvald, advocate, creditor of Sir Archibald Fleming of Farm, against Mr. Robert Blackwood of Pittreavie, advocate..[Edinburgh]. [1762]

1st March 1784, at Elgin, Marriage of Mr William Robertson, merchant, to Miss Jane Douglas, daughter of the deceased Lewis Douglas of Garvald.
Capt. John Douglas, (apparently a property owner in Tolbooth Wynd, Leith, 1791) 'late of ye Marines', son of the deceased Mr Lewis Douglas of Garvalt [Garvald]


Lewis Douglas of Garvald is mentioned in The Heraldry of the Douglases under person (86) in the Douglases of Cavers section.  It suggests that he was a son of John Douglas, who purchased the lands of Garvald from James Douglas, himself the brother of Sir Archibald Douglas of Whittinghame in 1631.  This John was the son of Sir William Douglas of Cavers, who died about 1658 and his wife, Ann, daughter of a Douglas of Whittinghame. Also included is an extract from Stoddart's MS mentioning Lewis Douglas of Garvald and a son, William of Garvald, 1686-1701.
9th July 1795, at Dalkeith. Death of Miss Marjory Douglas, daughter of the late Lewis Douglas
William Douglas of Garvald was a freeholder in 1813.
John Douglas of Garvald was a 'Chief landowner' in 1835.
William Douglas of Garvald was declared a lunatic in 1835. Prior to 1835, he and his father had feued out 'sundry lots' in the village of Garvald.
William Douglas, 3rd of Whittinghame's (d c1572) daughter, Isobel, married Walter Scott of Synton (d 11.07.1608). Their son, George Scott of Synton married Mary Gladstaines. Their son, George Scott, 1st of Broonraw, married a Douglas of Garvald. Their son Archibald Scott was 2nd of Broonlaw.
Christine Douglas (b on 31 May 1738 in Garvald) was the daughter of Thomas Douglas and Philadelphia Borthwick.
James Douglas and his wife Marion Paxton had a son, George, baptised in Garvald on 24 Apr 1768 and a daughter, Marion, also in Garvald on 22 Oct 1769. Their daughters, Barbara and Helen were baptised in Stenton on 9 Feb 1772 and 22 May 1773, respectively.



Deaths: April 1783 On his march from Madras, Capt. Athol Douglas, of the 101st reg. of foot, son of Lewis Douglas, Esq; of Garvald. - Scots Magazine, Volume 46

Probably the Athol Douglas who was promoted from Ensign in 48th Foot to Lieutenant 77th Foot in May 1778 and to Captain in the 77th Foot (Athol Highlanders) in May 1781.



Hypotheses: Lewis Douglas of Garvald married Janet, who died in 1804. He had a daughter, Marjory, who died in Dalkeith on 9 July 1794, by which time her father, Lewis, was also dead.  She had another daughter, Janet (or Jessie) who married first a Mr Cruikshank and secondly, at Jean Field, Dalkeith, Simon Fraser of Ford (died 1819) (Janet would appear to have married thirdly a Mr Dykes) and a son, John, who may have been Capt John Douglas of the Royal Marines. Another son, described as 'eldest brother' was William, who died 18 June 1839. William may have been the 'confirmed lunatic'.  BUT I also have a record of Jean Cruikshank, daughter of Charles Douglas of Cliftonhall, marrying Simon Fraser of Ford on 9 July 1794. For details of a court case involving this family, and naming the participants, see Wright Vs Fraser.


See also:
•  Garvald (place)

•  Descendants of Douglas of Garvald [pdf chart 8kb]


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