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Clan Liddle


Documents have not been found recording the direct line of lineage from the family of Lord Sules to the Liddle ancestry, but in A. Jeffrey's History of Roxburghshire, Vol. IV, is recorded a Randolph de Sules of the family of Lydal, who was made Provost of Roxburgh in 1296. That family of Sules Lords, as they were named Sules, built Hermitage Castle and were later Lords of Liddesdale. These Sules Lords are buried in a small enclosure beside Hermitage Castle.

It is hardly disputable that the Liddles are other than a branch of this Lydal family of Randolph de Sules, because both the names Liddle and Liddesdale have undergone many different forms of spelling since the thirteenth century. In official records and historical documents there are numerous instances where the same parcel of land or family name is referred to with a variation in spelling. In Vol. IV, History of Roxburghshire, Jeffrey also records a Richard de Sules whose family name was Lydal marrying in 1279 a Muriel Lobdel of Robertson. This town is about two miles from New Castleton, and it was here that John and Robert Liddle, first recorded in this book, were born.


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