Douglas of Garrallan

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The story of Douglas of Garallane begins, like many other Ayrshire stories with the Campbells. Through marriage to the Craufurd heiress of Loudon in the 14th century, the Campbells many lands throughout the sheriffdom, including what was then the parish of Cumnock (Old and New). One of the Campbell properties was Boigcurroch (now Boig in New Cumnock), a stones' throw from Knockshinnoch and in 1556 it was held by Hugh Campbell. In 1562, Hugh Campbell was granted a charter of the lands of Garallane by Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudon, a property a few miles to the north east of Boigcurroch. His eldest son, Hugh Campbell married Elizabeth Dunbar, daughter of John Dunbar of Barmuir (and later of Knockshinnoch) in 1588. As part of the marriage contract the young Hugh acquired the lands of Boigcurroch and following the death of his father in 1605, he succeeded to Garallane. Hugh and Elizabeth had two sons. Their eldest son Hugh married Sarah Campbell of Horscluegh but he died without issue. Their youngest son John Campbell married Margaret Campbell and they had a son and daughter. John died before his father and in 1648 his daughter Margaret Campbell succeeded to the property of Garallane.
Date stone for Hugh Douglas, 1691
This date stone commemorates the marriage of Hugh Douglas of Garallane in 1676 to Margaret Crauford
Garallan ladies 
Garallan, Old Cumnock, 1859
Almost certainly Jane Douglas (seated), who died in 1862. She was the daughter of Dr Patrick Douglas.(1)

Margaret Campbell married George Douglas, son of George Douglas of Waterside (a property next to the Lugar Water near the modern-day Tanyard in Cumnock). Together they had three children, Hugh , Robert and Margaret. The eldest son Hugh Douglas succeeded to Garallane in 1676. This date stone commemorates his marriage to Margaret Crauford.

The last of the line would appear to be John Douglas Boswell, of Garrallan, who married Christian, daughter of Captain William Hamilton of Dowan. John was the son of Jane Douglas of Garrallan, who succeeded her father, Dr Patrick Douglas (the friend of Robert Burns) in 1819. She married Hamilton Boswell, Collector of Taxes for Ayrshire, only son of John Boswell of Knockroon.

HUGH DOUGLASS filius Hugonis Douglass de Garallan in Com. de Air. (County of Ayr)    c.1737?  The two Hughs mentioned above?


Hugh Douglas was born between 1681-1710, and died between 1733-1773. He married Catherine Hume, daughter of Patrick Hume, Minister of Carmichael, and Margaret Menzies. There was a son, Col. William Douglas, b. March 1732, Ayrshire, Scotland, d. June 03, 1783, Loudon County, Virginia, USA. He is said to be a descendant of Sir James Douglas of Kelhead.




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1.  Image kindly provided by Peter Blair, author of  "Scotland in 3D - A Victorian Virtual Reality Tour", available from

2.  Garallan, Garallane, Garrallan, Garrallaine or Garralland?






Sources for this article include:
  • New Cumnock History; Robert Guthrie.  More of his research can be found here...
  • History of the Counties of Ayrshire and Wigton, Volume I, Kyle part two (1863)

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