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DINWOODIE, or DUNWITHIE, a surname derived from lands of that name in the parish of Applegarth, Dumfries-shire, formerly possessed by a family that continued there a long time. In the Ragman Roll appears the name of Alleyn Dinwithie, supposed by Nisbet to be of the family of that ilk in that county. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, the lairds of Dinwoodie seem to have been at feud with the Jardines, and to have suffered much from the violence of their neighbours in those unsettled times. At the Justice-Ayre held at Dumfries in August1504, John Jardine in Sibbald-beside, and Robert Brig, living with Alexander Jardine, produced a remission from the king for art and part of the cruel slaughter of Thomas Dunwedy of that ilk, at his place of Dunwedy. Only eight years afterwards (about 1512), “the Laird Dinwiddie was slayne in Edinburgh by two persones, who eschaped by taking the sanctuarie of Holyroodhouse, a saufgaird much respected in those days.” [Anderson’s MS. Hist. Adv. Lib.] Sir James Balfour calls him the laird of Drumweiche and says he was killed “by the Jardans.” See ‘Pitcairn’s Criminal Trials,’ under the first-named date, which contains also the following entries: – Robert Dunwedy, son of the laird of Dunwedy, and Gavin Johnstone were admitted to the king’s composition (to satisfy parties) for art and part of the stouthrief of four horses, two candlesticks, and sundry other goods from Bartholomew Glendunwyne, in company with the laird of Johnstons and his accomplices; and Nicholas Dunwedy, in Dunwedy, called ‘Gait-fut’ (Goat-foot), convicted of resetting Adam Corry, common thief, in his theftuous deeds, – hanged. In 1543, Alexander Dinwoodie of that ilk was forfeited for joining with the English.

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