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Note: It should be noted that the numbering in source texts is inconsistent; some apparent titleholders appear to have been numerically skipped


Known Lairds of Mains

The years after the title show the years said person held the title, not how long they lived.


Douglas of Mains, (Lairds of Mains)

The Douglases of Mains are a branch of the Clan Douglas, related to the Lords of Douglas through Archibald I, Lord of Douglas. The first Laird obtained land through marriage into the Galbraith family, which had been granted land in New Kilpatrick by Maldowen, Earl of Lennox. The family produced minor nobles in the Scottish court, perhaps the most notable of which was Malcolm Douglas, the 8th Laird, executed for treason in Edinburgh for conspiracy in the Raid of Ruthven. His second son, Robert Douglas, was made Viscount of Belhaven and is buried in Holyrood Abbey. The family intermarried in the Glasgow area, having links with the Campbells of Blythswood, with landed families across Scotland (including the Duke of Douglas) and more latterly the United Kingdom. The title became extinct in the 20th century; the last 33.5 acres (136,000 m2) of the estate (including the house) was sold to Dunbartonshire county and was subsequently used for the building of Douglas Academy in Milngavie prior to the death of the last heir (Lt-Col Archibald Vivian Campbell Douglas) in 1977. [1]

  • Nicholas Douglas, 1st of Mains and of Dounteray 1372-92 (younger brother of the 1st Lord of Dalkeith)
  • James Douglas, 2nd of Mains and of Dounteray 1392-1420
  • James Douglas, 3rd of Mains and of Dounteray 1420-90
  • William Douglas, 4th of Mains 1490-91
  • John Douglas, 5th of Mains 1491-1513 (killed at the Battle of Flodden)
  • Alexander Douglas, 6th of Mains 1513-??
  • Matthew Douglas, 7th of Mains ??-1571
  • Malcolm Douglas, 8th of Mains 1571-84 (executed for treason at Edinburgh, 9 Feb 1584)
  • Alexander Douglas, 9th of Mains 1584-1618
  • Archibald Douglas, 10th of Mains (end of direct line; died before 1672)
  • John Douglas of Ferguston, 11th of Mains d. 1701 (descendant of William, 4th Laird, (by his son Robert of Ferguston, and then from son to son through Walter, Malcolm, and Walter of Kaigtown to his son John 11th of Mains, the last male heir)
  • James Douglas 12th of Mains 1701-1743 (second son of Mary Douglas and John Campbell, grandson of John Douglas, changed his name from Campbell to Douglas when he inherited Mains)
  • John Douglas, 13th of Mains (1743–56)
  • James Douglas 14th of Mains (1756–67) (Lord Blythswood from 1767)[9]
  • Colin Douglas 15th of Mains (1767-1801) (brother of James)
  • Robert Douglas (1801–04) (brother of James)
  • Colin Douglas, 16th of Mains (1804–20)
  • John Campbell Douglas, 19th of Mains (1847–57), the son of Campbell Douglas (fifth son of John Douglas (13th) of Mains) Acquired Balvie estate and renamed the house "Mains", demolishing the original.
  • Archibald Campbell Douglas (1857-19??) (known to be alive in October 1885 and in March 1905 as executor of the estate of his wife, Elizabeth)
  • Brig-Gen Douglas Campbell Douglas, 20th of Mains (19??-1927)
  • Lt-Col Archibald Vivian Campbell Douglas, 21st of Mains (1927–28; died at Laraich, Aberfoyle, Stirling, 28 October 1977)


  • Archibald (Douglas) Campbell 17th of Mains (1820–38), Lord Blythswood from 1838 and father of Archibald Campbell, 1st Baron Blythswood
  • Colin (Douglas) Campbell, 18th of Mains (1838–47) (brother of Archibald)


  • Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, Volume 1

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