Search just our sites by using our customised search engine

Unique Cottages | Electric Scotland's Classified Directory

Click here to get a Printer Friendly PageSmiley

The History of Fettercairn
Chapter XVIII.—Dalladies, Drumhendry and Capo

IN the thirteenth century the lands of Delany, probably Dullachy and now Dalladies, were owned by Trembleys, or Turnbulls as they are now -called. But at a later period and down to the eighteenth century, the lands of Dalladies were included in the grants of Balfour and Disclune to the Stratons of Lauriston, and after them to the Earls of Southesk. After 1715, and the forfeiture of the Arnhall estate, the lands of Dalladies appear to have been acquired by an old family, the Turnbulls of Stracathro. In 1718 John Turnbull of Stracathro was served heir to his father, also John, in the property of Dalladies. According to a Presbytery Minute of 1747, George Turnbull, W.S., Edinburgh, was then proprietor, and probably a son of the former. His wife was a distant relation of the celebrated Charles James Fox. Their son Alexander, afterwards known as the Rev. Alexander Turnbull, LL.D., born in 1748, succeeded, while yet a minor, to his father's property. Lord Gardens tone acted as his guardian. At his first outset he was apprenticed to Mr Walter Scott, W.S., father of Sir Walter Scott; but not relishing the profession of law, he studied for the Episcopal Church, was admitted to orders, and appointed curate successively of two parishes in Northumberland. The preferment to a rectory, through Mr Fox, was declined because he would not take the customary oath required before induction. He retired into private life, residing in London, and latterly at Alnwick.

His income from his estate was of limited amount; but being a man of frugal habits, his practice was in accordance with his jocular saying, "That he always took care to keep 5 between him and the ^levil." From his early introduction into good society, about the middle of last century, Dr. Turnbull was in dress, habits and manners, a gentleman of the "olden time." Though somewhat eccentric he was highly esteemed for sterling integrity of principle and never-failing charity. His fund of amusing anecdotes and interesting information regarding the past gained him the friendship of some of the most eminent men of his time; and specially among others, the Hon. William Maule (afterwards Lord Panmure), who, in his journeys to and from London, never failed to call upon him at Alnwick. On the occasion of a general election, he was asked to support a certain candidate for the county of Kincardine. He refused on the ground that the same gentleman had challenged Mr Fox to fight a duel; but consented upon receiving from Sir Alexander Ramsay Irvine a guarantee of the following conditions, viz.: "If the candidate were returned for the county he would, in his place in Parliament, vote against war and oppression of every kind, both at home and abroad, and against iniquity and injustice, whenever such might be attempted. On the publication of "Kay's Edinburgh Portraits," he, as one of the subjects, instead of taking offence like some others at the freedom used, purchased a large number of copies for distribution among his friends; but remarked that "the artist had represented him wearing unblackened shoes; whereas his shoes were daily cleaned and blackened!" To his tenants he was liberal and indulgent; and although in many things he required strictness and punctuality, yet he never exacted from them more than they were able to pay for their lands. He died at Alnwick in 1831, in the eighty-fourth year of his age; and was succeeded in the estates of Dalladies and Cassindonald in Fife by his grandniece Miss Margaret Turnbull Robertson, to whom a Curator Bonis was appointed in 1846. She died in 1893, and a third cousin, Colonel George W. M. Turnbull of the Royal Artillery, and his nieces, the Misses Turnbull of the Priory, Torquay, are now conjoint owners of the estates.


The lands of Drumhendry or Drumry, and probably those of Capo, from 1467 to 1520 were owned by William Livingstone, supposed to be of the Livingstones of Dunipace. The lands of Balmakewan and Luthra were also his property. About a century later, Kilnhill and Bent, in the parish of Laurencekirk, were owned by a James Livingstone. In a charter of lands, already quoted, to John Wood of Balbegno, in 1512, Drumry was included, but how long in possession of the Woods is uncertain. In 1636 Andrew Raitt was served heir to his father, David, principal of King's College, Aberdeen, in the lands of Balmakewan; and it is supposed that Drumhendry formed a part of his property, because, in 1702 and 1703, Colonel Robert Rait appears in the presbytery records as heritor of Drumhendry. About 1675 Alexander, the second Lord Falconer of Haulkerton, became proprietor of Capo, and probably of Drumhendry, about 1675. Alexander the fourth lord died in 1727, and was the last that occupied the Castle of Haulkerton; after which Inglismaldie became the family seat. In 1778 George, Earl Marischal, died, and Anthony Adrian, the eighth Lord Falconer, succeeded to the estate of Kintore, as well as to the title of Earl of Kintore, which Earl Marischal had never assumed; and the family surname was changed to Keith-Falconer. Drumhendry and Capo have continued in possession of the family; and the present noble Lord Algernon Hawkins Thomond, who was born in 1852, and succeeded his father, Francis-Alexander, in 1880, is the tenth in succession. He married in 1873 Lady Sidney-Charlotte Montagu, daughter of George, sixth Duke of Manchester. The eldest son and heir-apparent is Ian-Douglas Montagu, Lord Inverurie, who was born in 1877.

Return to Book Index Page


This comment system requires you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo. In the event you don't have an account with any of these companies then you can create an account with Disqus. All comments are moderated so they won't display until the moderator has approved your comment.

comments powered by Disqus