‘Look at the toe of one of the dark stockings and you’ll find something, be sure to burn this.’
‘Throughout the 17th century the power and influence of the Murrays of Blackbarony increased until Sir Alexander was the proprietor of practically the whole parish including the White Barony to the east of Eddleston water. The Scot’s baronial style house was evidently deemed to be an inadequate expression of his status so, between the years 1700 and 1715, the laird built the French (Jacobean) façade which we recognise today. This spectacular edifice, reminiscent of a French chateau, was said to present a more elegant style (sic) of architecture than any seen in the county making the old house appear “regular and beautiful”. The revamped house, Darnhall, must have caused quite a stir among the locals’.
Barony Castle Website http://www.baronycastle.com/
Sir Archibald Murray, of Balckbarony, co. Peebles, 2nd but 1st surviving son and heir of the seven sons of Sir John Murray of the same, M.P. [S] for Peebles-shire, 1608 and 1609, by his 1st wife Margaret, daughter of Sir Alexander Hamilton of Innerwick, had charter of lands, v.p., 13 August 1607 and 21 December 1613, being then 'of Darnhall'; was Knighted by James I when young; was M.P. [S] for Peeble-shire, 1617 and 1625, and was created a Baronet [S] 15 May, sealed 25 August 1628, but not recorded in the Great Seal Register, as 'of Blackbarony', with rem. to heirs male whatsoever, and with a grant of, presumably, 16,000 acres in Nova Scotia, of which he had seizin in October 1628. He married before 1617, Margaret Maule. He died before 1 March 1634."
SOURCE: Complete baronetage; Cokayne, George E. (George Edward); 1900; Vol. II; page 352-353
Sir William Murray, 5th Baronet was baptised at West Linton on 4 March 1681, and succeeded his cousin the 4th Baronet as heir male in December 1741. He was the son and heir of Richard Murray of Spittlehaugh, Lieut. Col. of the Linlithgow and Peebles Militia, by his 2nd wife, Jean daughter of James Davidson, of Edinburgh. Richard was brother of the 3rd and 2nd son of the 2nd Baronet, which is denoted by the crescent moon on his coat of arms.
‘the brainchild of Krakow-born Jan Tomasik (pron. Tomaashik), a sergeant in the 1st (Polish) Armoured Division, who had been stationed in Galashiels and had married a Scottish nurse in 1942 after being treated in the town’s Peel Hospital for the effects of a wound. He became a successful hotelier in Edinburgh after the war and added Black Barony to his properties in 1968’. Time travelling Claire was also a WW2 nurse! I had hoped to visit the hotel this weekend to take some first-hand photos, but alas it is fully booked. It will keep for another day, but in the meantime the hotel website contains a wealth of information. http://www.baronycastle.com/
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