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  • ID: I19398
  • Name: George DOUGLAS , Laird of Pittendriech, Sir 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1493 in Tantallon Castle, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Death: AUG 1552 in Pittendriech, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland 1
  • Note:
    George (Sir) [elder brother Archibald was 6th Earl of Angus], of Pittendriech; married Elizabeth, daughter and heir of David Douglas of Pettendriech. [Burke's Peerage]


    George Douglas of Pittendriech, father of David, 7th/23rd Earl of Angus, and next eldest brother of Archibald, 6th/22nd Earl of Angus; m. Elizabeth, daughter & Heir of David Douglas, of Pittendriech. [Complete Peerage]


    [The following was copied from, where J G Pittendrigh wrote of 16 Pittendreich places he visited and researched, including one near Lasswade-which he did not asscociate with the Douglas family)

    J.G. Pittendrigh
    16 Route de Sous-Moulin
    1225 Geneva, Switzerland


    1. Pittendreich, Elgin, Moray

    The approximate location of this area is about 2.5 kms.(1 1/2 miles) in a south westerly direction from Elgin along the Pluscarden Road. It consists of the Pittendreich Mill (now rather nicely converted into a dwelling house), a farm steading, Easter Pittendreich occupied by Robert J. Murdoch who kindly permitted me to wander round his property taking photographs and a substantial private house built in the 19th century. It is one of Pittendreich locations mentioned both in Blaeu’s 1662 map and also in contemporary road maps which is some measure of its substance although visitors travelling in a fast car could easily traverse the area in a few seconds without realizing where they had been. It also features in the manuscript version of the Timothy Pont map of the late 16th century as ‘Pindrych’. Moreover, along with the Kinross Pittendriech, it is the best documented in historical terms. Elgin Public Library must be one of the most efficient in Scotland and it took the assistant librarian barely two minutes to dig up a number of references in old newspapers and in local historical works which form the substance of much of what follows.

    The earliest mention is in the ‘Book of the Thanes of Cawdor’ (of MacBeth fame) which chronicles that Jacobi de Dunbar received a rent of eight merks from Petyndreich in the year 1457 and similar payments to the ‘chaplain’ are recorded up to 1514 (increasing to ten merks to allow for inflation). The lands were originally part of the Earldom of Moray and ‘The Records of Elgin’ show that on November 22, 1477 the King of Scotland (at that time James III) granted to James of Douglas the lands of Pittendreich in consideration of him paying £5.6.8 to a chaplain of the old Castlehill of Elgyne. The records of the Kirk Session from 1584 to 1694 contain many references to the place of Pettindreich, Pettindreiche, Pettindriche, Pettindrich, Petindriche, Pendreich, Pendreigh, and Pettendreich both in connection with the ‘Laird’ and with the Douglas family as well as the ‘millar’.

    The Douglas family features prominently in the annals of Pittendreich and in the early 16th century Sir George Douglas of Pittendriech is described as a man of spirit and talents who possessed much power during the minority of King James V. He also appears to have been a rather unsavoury character who was intriguing with the English against the Scottish interest in times when this was still treasonable. He is recorded as being involved in bringing to justice those involved in the assassination of Cardinal Bethune (Beaton) in St. Andrews (including Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich - see under the Dunino Pittendriech). One account states that he later fell at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547 but another claims that he was still alive in 1549. In January 1560 it is reported that James Hay and others were convoked for ‘hurting and wounding’ Alexander Robertson of Pittendreich and the servants of Elizabeth Douglas (widow of Sir George) but the story behind this is not known. In 1573 the "Retours" show that the lands of Pittendreich were transferred to Archibald, Earl of Angus. On December 16, 1581 the records go on to show that Archibald Douglas, formerly of Pittendreich, the natural son of the late James, formerly Earl of Morton and Lord of Dalkeith, forfeited his lands to Patrick, Master of Gray. This followed the execution by guillotine of the Earl of Morton in that year for his complicity in the murder of Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary Queen of Scots. However, Archibald managed to get himself back into the good graces of James VI who revoked the forfeiture. In February 1596 the same Archibald Douglas of Pendricht managed to muster for the ‘General Wappinschawing’, the formidable tally of 5 horsemen and 20 footmen the latter being possessed of various armaments including lances and swords, as well as 16 ‘cottaris’ without ‘any kynd of armur’. In 1602 James, Earl of Moray fell heir to the property being followed in 1616 by William Sutherland, Margaret Douglas (1640) and Alexander, Earl of Moray (1653). In 1672 the ‘Laird and Laidie Pendriche’ were convoked to be in the militia and Margaret Cunningham is shown as inheritor in 1675. In 1681 there is a record of a payment to the Scottish Crown £4 00 00 ‘be the Douglass’ presumably for rent. The ‘Taxt Roll of the Sherifdom of Elgin and Forres’ for 1681 also shows ‘Pittendreich, Easter Sheriftoun, Levinhauch, Darclene, and Caldcotts’ being assessed at £4 00 00 as part of the King’s property.

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    Father: George DOUGLAS , Master of Angus b: ABT 1469 in Tantallon Castle, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
    Mother: Elizabeth DRUMMOND b: ABT 1468 in Stobhall, Cargill, Perthshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth DOUGLAS , Heiress of Piitendriech b: ABT 1500 in Pittendriech, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
    • Married: in 2nd husband 3
    1. Has Children David DOUGLAS , 7th Earl of Angus b: ABT 1515 in Pittendriech, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1282
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: I:158
    3. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1281

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