Since the early 17th century a large part of rural South of Scotland has been owned by the family of the Duke of Buccleuch. Records kept by the Estate are therefore a valuable source for family history. Although historical records of the eastern (Border) estates are deposited with the National Records of Scotland and are therefore publicly accessible, this is not the case for the western estates. These are centred on Drumlanrig Castle near Thornhill in Dumfriesshire. Records remain within the Buccleuch private collection. I have however had special access a range of 18th century records. In particular, these were old rental records for many of the farms on the Queensberry Estate. They cover land in Penpont, Tynron, Durisdeer, Sanquhar and surrounding areas.
The records are particularly valuable for ancestors who were tenant farmers on Buccleuch land before the censuses of 1841 and beyond. The records often go back to around 1600. It’s not just names of the tenants themselves. The rental records can often hide information about family relationships . And I specialize in conducting research within these archives – please contact me to discuss your request.
Here’s a transcription of a rental from 1794 which includes a large number of farm tenants and much of the poulation of the village of Thornhill.
Below for example is an alphabetical list of the farms and farmtouns included in the rental rolls for 1763-64. If your ancestor was a tenant on these farms at any point then I may be able to help you.
Baronies of Drumlanrig and Sanquhar
Ardoch Auchensow Auchengrouth Auchenskeoch Alton (Nether) Auchensell Auchenbainzie Auchengassel Auchennight Arkland Ash Trees Auchenbreack Auchenchain Airds Allanton Miln Auchengibbert Breckonside Ballagan Blairfoot Birkhill Bennan Birshaw Blackstone Buss & Penfillan Buchan Barndannachs Blawplain Braers (Upper & Nether) Broomrig Coshogle Chappel Collinnie Crarie Knowe Crarie Cauldstream Castlehill Mains Cottanhouse Cloich and Stanebutt Carronfoot Carronhill Cleughhead Charters Corseburn Chanlockfoot Chanlockhead Craigencoon (Over & Nether) Corfardine Craigneston Crawfordtown Craigmuie Claythoke Craigdarroch Craigturra Clonrae and Doon Camling Craignee Cunningholm Cormilligan Craigley Dalpeddars (Over, Middle and Nether) Dalveens Durisdeer Drudilmiln Drumlanrig Mains Drumshangan Durisdeer Miln Drumcruil Drumcork Drums Drumshinnoch and Gillside Drudil and Know Dalwhat Enoch Parks Enoch Waukmill East Morton Fardinbank Fardinjames Ford Glenim Gateslack Gubhill Garroch Glenmade Gateside Glencorse Glengar & Whitehill Glenscoben Glenwhargen Glenmanno Glencrosh Holm Hapland Holehouse & Highnewton Halscar Ingleston (Nether & Over) Kirkbride Knowhead & Humbie Kirkhope Kirkland of Morton Knockenshang (Over & Nether) Killiewarren Kirkcudbright (Over & Nether) Kirkbog Laucht Locherben Lochurr Myres Malcolmflatt Muircleuch Morton Mains Morton Miln Mortonmuir Mitchelslacks Maxwelltown Minniegryle Minniewhim Merkland Milnton & Carniecroft Merwhirn Polgown Polskeoch & Polvaddoch Porterstone Penmurtie Rosehill & Longcroft Sourland & Muriehill Scroggiehill Scarhead Shinnelhead Shinnelmid Shancastle Snaid Sundaywell Stranshalloch Thirstone Thornhill Templand Townhead Tibbers Miln Threeriggs Terraran Viccarland Whitecamp Whitefauld Windiehills Woodend