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Drysdale - a Douglas sept

Drysdale is considered a sept of the Douglas clan, but it is quite likely that this was a separate family which existed previous to when the three Douglas brothers adopted the Drysdale name. A sept is a family that can be related to a clan or larger family for various reasons. Usually this came about either through marriage or by a small family seeking protection from a larger and more powerful neighbour.

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Story of the creation of the Drysdale family

The following is said to tell the story of the creation of the Drysdale family, it was actually part of the Black Douglas clan which remained in Scotland, following their failed attempt against the Scots crown in 1455. [Earlier references to Drysdale, or Dryfesdale can be found]

"On the Twentieth Day of May, One Thousand Five Hundred and Three Years

We, Thomas, William, and James Douglass, sons of the departed Thomas Douglass, of Brushwood Haugh, in the parish of Drysdale, and Shire of Dumfries, left our native place for the reason here assigned, viz:- Defending our just and lawful rights against our unjust neighbour, Johnston of Greenstonhill, who, being determined to bring water to his mill through our property, and having obtained leave of his friend, the King, began his operations on Monday, the 16th of May, We prevented him by force.
The next day he brought twenty of his vassels to carry on the work. We with two friends and three servants, (eight in all,) attacked Johnston with his twenty, and, in the contest, fourteen of his men were killed, along with their base leader. A report of these proceedings was carried to the King, and we were obliged to fly, (the tocsin being sounded).
We took shelter under the shadow of the Ochil Hills, in a lonely valley on the river Devon. After having lived there a full two years, we returned home in disguise, but found all our property in the possession of Johnston's friends, and a great reward offered for our lives. We, having purchased a small spot, called the Haugh of Dollar, and changed our names to the name of our Parish, are clearly in mind to spend the residue of our days under the ope of the Ochils, and wish the name of Drysdale to flourish in the lonely valley. The King passed through this with his Court on the 12th of June, 1506, going from Stirling to Falkland - dined on Halliday's green. (an eastern neighbour;) but we were not recognised."

The above story has been preserved among the desendants of Thomas, William, and James Douglass, now known by the name of Drysdale, and copied at several times by different individuals - first, by Simon Drysdale of the Haugh of Dollar, in the year 1620; by Robert Drysdale of Tillicoultry, in 1708; by John Drysdale, Dunfermline, in 1835; by James Drysdale, Dumfermline, in 1838; by John Montrose Drysdale, in 1841; by George Drysdale, Aberdeen, in 1845; by David Drysdale, Glasgow, in 1857; by John Harrower Drysdale, Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, in 1920; and now by Nicholas Edwin Kontzie (great-great-grandson of Jane Drysdale), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 2000.

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Comment by William Douglas on July 9, 2013 at 11:48

When I posted the information about the Nickson/Drysdale marriage, I had not realised that Lord Nickson is the father of a near neighbour!

Comment by William Douglas on July 1, 2013 at 20:45

From the Times of 1 July 2013: Lord David NICKSON & Eira DRYSDALE - The marriage took place privately on Saturday 29th June 2013, at St Modoc's Church, Doune, between David Nickson and Eira Drysdale.

David Wigley NICKSON KBE (b 1929, cr LP UK 1997 as Baron NICKSON, of Renagour, in the District of Stirling) s of Geoffrey Wigley NICKSON (1901-83) and Janey Mary DOBIE (d 1994). He m 1st 1952 (Helen) Louise (b 1930, reg Q3 Hampshire) d of Lt-Col Louis William La Trobe CROCKCRAFT DSO MVO (1880-1963) and Sylvia (1900-95) d of _ MATHER of Huntley Hall, Cheadle, Staffordshire, and had 3 daus. He m 2nd 2013 Eira DRYSDALE.

Comment by William Douglas on April 1, 2013 at 11:51

Russell, please check the link below...

Comment by William Douglas on March 19, 2013 at 20:38

DRYSDALE BROTHERS: William (1838-1902), businessman, George Russell (1854?-1909), pastoralist and planter, and John (1847-1928), engineer and planter were born in Scotland, sons of John Drysdale of Kilrie, town clerk of Kirkcaldy, Fife, and his wife Mary, née Carstairs, all have entries in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4.

Sir George Russell Drysdale (1912-1981), artist, was born on 7 February 1912 at Bognor Regis, Sussex, England, son of George Russell Drysdale, also has an entry.

Does anyone have them in their tree?

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Also in Australia is the town of Drysdale, named after Anne Drysdale, whose estate "Coriyule" still sits above the township.

How does she fit into the family?

 

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