This famous Peeblesshire family
claimed to descend from a water spirit living in the River Tweed.
The name is certainly derived from the lands
of Tweedie. They have a history of being a powerful and domineering family.
Finlay de Twydyn appears in the Ragman Roll
of 1296 swearing fealty to Edward I of England. Roger, the son of Finlay of
Twydyn, received a charter to the house and lands of Drumelzier around 1320.
They held these lands for over 300 years. In
1592 James Tweedie of Drumelzier was accused of the murder of Geddes of
Glenhegdon in Edinburgh.
The complaint against him states that it was
not known how many slaughters had been committed by James Tweedie of
Drymelzier and his friends. The Tweedies of Oliver Castle descend from a
younger son of Drumelzier and they obtained their lands from the preceptor
of Torphichen in the 14th century.
Thomas Tweedie of Oliver Castle was
implicated in the murder of Lord Fleming in 1524, and a bloody feud erupted
between the families.
In 1531 Thomas was exiled from Scotland for
three years. Captain Michael Tweedie served in the Royal Artillery during
the Peninsular War (1808-14).
Major General Michael Tweedie also served in
the Royal Artillery in the 1850s, throughout the Crimean War and during the
Indian Mutiny. Admiral Sir Hugh Tweedie had a distinguished Naval career, he
was aide de camp to George V in 1925 and retired as an admiral in 1936, but
was recalled at the outbreak of the Second World War.
He was created a Knight of the Bath, in
addition to holding the French Legion of Honour and the Japanese Order of
the Rising Sun.
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