Old Photograph Post Office Leswalt Scotland


Old photograph of the cottage Post Office in Leswalt in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. In 1390 Archibald Douglas, 3rd Earl of Douglas, granted lands at Leswalt to his illegitimate son or relative, William Douglas of Leswalt. William Douglas was self styled Lord of Leswalt, and Sheriff of Wigton, but was dismissed by Margaret, Duchess of Touraine, daughter of King Robert III of Scotland and wife of Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas, as part of a power struggle in south west Scotland. Under duress he transferred lands at Lochnaw to Andrew Agnew, constable of Lochnaw Castle, receiving Cruggleton Castle in exchange. In 1463 when George Douglas of Leswalt, son of William Douglas of Leswalt and Katherine Maxwell, died, the lands of Leswalt and Cruggleton reverted to the Crown. They were appropriated by Mary of Guelders, the Queen Mother, widow of King James II of Scotland, and were subsequently claimed by Gilbert Kennedy, later Lord Kennedy, a half brother to George Douglas, for his son, John Kennedy. These passed to his son, Alexander Kennedy, who made them over to his brother, David Kennedy, 3rd Lord Kennedy, from whom the Earls of Cassilis are descended.

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