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The family of Robinson-Douglas of Orchardton (an estate near Castle Douglas, in the parish of Rerrick, Kirkcudbrightshire) descends in the Robinson line from James Robertson of Crabsland (1668-1758), Kincardineshire, who was provost of Bervie. His second surviving son, William Robertson or Robinson (1711-1771) settled at Banff. His second son, George Robinson of Gask, Aberdeenshire, and Clermiston, Midlothian, (1758-1825) was Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer from 1815 to 1825. One of his sons, William Rose Robinson of Clermiston (1781-1834) was an advocate and sheriff of Lanark. He married Mary Douglas (d. 1864), daughter and co-heir of James Douglas of Orchardton.

The Douglas family acquired Orchardton from the Maxwells. The last Maxwell to own the estate was Sir Robert Maxwell (died 1786), who seems to have been ruined financially by the collapse of the bank Douglas, Heron & Co. Orchardton was bought by James Douglas, a London merchant. Of his four children, his only son, William Douglas, died without issue, and Orchardton passed to his eldest sister, Sara Douglas, who married Lt Col Christopher Maxwell. They had no issue. On her death in 1874, Orchardton passed to her nephew.

The eldest son of William and Mary Robinson, Rev George Robinson-Douglas of Clermiston, Almorness and Orchardton (1813-1878), succeeded his father at Clermiston in 1834, his mother at Almorness in 1864 and his aunt at Orchardton in 1874, when he took the additional name of Douglas.

He entered the Church of England, and for some time was rector of Bisley, Surrey. He married, in 1849, Jane Eleanor, only daughter of the late Boyd Miller of Colliers Wood, Surrey, and has issue- William, born in 1851, with others whose names we have not got. Mrs Robinson died at Rome in 1874.

His eldest son, William Douglas Robinson-Douglas of Orchardton and Almorness (1851-1921) had no surviving children by his two marriages, and on his death his estates passed to his second wife, Constance Robinson-Douglas, who married secondly in 1926 William Jardine Herries Maxwell of Munches (died 1933), but retained for herself only the surname Douglas in addition that of Herries Maxwell. She died on 4 June 1941.





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