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Stonypath; Stoneypath; Stanypathe; Stanypath; Stanypeth;


In 1411 James de Douglas of Robertoun got a charter of the lands of Stanypathe, then in the barony of Dalkeith, but formerly in that of Linton, from his father James de Douglas, lord of Dalkeith, descended from the first Earl of Douglas, who lived in the time of King David II., and was ancestor of the Earls of Morton.


William Douglas, Treasurer of Moray, described as son of William Douglas of Whittinghame, in 1600 and 1605 (Great Seal Register).  He was MP for Haddington in 1605.  According to the Great Seal Register of 1628, he is described as William Douglas of Stanypath and brother of Archibald Douglas of Whittinghame.  Elizabeth Cranston is named as his widow.


Margaret Tindall (or Tinwall), relict of the late Archibald Douglas of Stanypeth, was in 1599 " dilated of okeran [usury] and contravening the Acts of Parliament in taking yeirlie of 21 merkis for the annual rent of ilk bunder merkis of seven hundreth merks lent be hir to John Harlaw." The case was ordered to be continued, but the subsequent proceedings are not recorded. 


Sir Robert’s only son, Sir William Douglas, second baronet of Glenbervie, married Anne, daughter and heiress of James Douglas of Stonypath and Ardit in Fife, with whom he got a great accession to his estate.


Arthur Douglas of Whittinghame (a 1628) m. Isobel Douglas (dau of Sir William Douglas of Stonypath)


Charter 1629 by Robert, Duke of Albany:  Con. of a charter by James de Douglas Deminus-dr Dalketh, to his fon James de Douglas of Robertoun, of the lands of Stanypeth and Baldwynyfgill, now in the barony of Dalkeith, formerly in the barony of Lintoun. The original charter is dated at Dalketh, roth of July 1411} witnefles, James de Douglas, fon and heir of laid James de Douglas of Dalketh, William Monypeny, James Watfon Archdean of Tevidalc, Alexander de Grahame, Adam de Corry, and Alexander Giffard.


On the 14th of August 1634 Mr. Douglases (possibly Thomas Douglas (1), minister of Balmerinno) son James, designed of Ardit, was served heir to him in his lands of Stonypath, Langtoun, Dubend, tenement in Edinburgh, Broomholes, and acres in Scurrbank. Anne, daughter and. heiress of James Douglas of Stonypath and Airdit, married Sir William Douglas, second baron of Glenbervie (descended from the Earls of Angus), who thus acquired James Douglas's lands.  Their only son, Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, commanded the Royal Scots at the battle of Steinkirk in 1692, where he fell. The title then devolved on his cousin, Sir Robert Douglas, who changed the name ' Airdit ' to ' Glenbervie,' which, however, was afterwards displaced by the original designation. Sir Robert Douglas, author of the " Peerage and Baronage of Scotland, was the representative of this family.


James Douglas of Stonypath, killed at Flodden, 1513.


Stonypath was acquired from the Douglasses by James Cleland, President of the College of Surgeons in 1657, and ancestor of Dr. Jamieson, author of the Dictionary of the Scottish language.


Arms: Douglas, [Stonypath] ar. a heart gu. royally crowned of the first; on a chief az. three mullets of the field, a bordure of the second.



1.  Archibald Douglas of Stanypathe, the previous possessor of that property, was in all probability his father.

2.  Parish of Whittingham - Stonypath Tower (Ruins of)  "There is another old building upon the estate Called Stoneypath Tower which was occupied in the year 1414 by James Douglas designed of Roberton who got it from his father James Douglas the first Lord of Dalkeith. It seems to have been Strongly fortified both by nature & by art. A considerable front of its lofty walls are Still Standing", - Stat. Acct. [Statistical Account] of Haddingtonshire 1841 page 65


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•  Stonypath Tower



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