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CodeNA8803
Dates1057-1879
Person NameDouglas; family; of Cavers
Epithetfamily
ActivityThe Douglas family has a very ancient history with the first Sir William de Douglas, granted the title in 1057 or 1061 from King Malcolm Canmore, being directly descended from Sholto Du-glash, the 'swarthy man' who came to the assistance of Solvathius King of the Scots, in c 770, when he was in danger of being routed in battle by Donald Bane of the western isles. Cavers lies in the parish of Roxburghshire and is bounded for nearly 6 miles by the Teviot. Cavers House was built on the site of a castle lived in by the Balliols in the 12th and 13th centuries, its oldest tower was built by Sir Archibald Douglas whose descendants were hereditary Sheriffs of Teviotdale. The line became extinct after the 20th succession with the death of James Douglas of Cavers (1822-1878), when the estate passed to his neice Mary Malcolm, who married a Captain Edward Palmer, 1879.
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