Buccleuch Estate Records for the Queensberry Estate

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.

Rental of the Barony of Drumlanrig for 1794-1795

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