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The Clan Scott can claim to be one of the oldest and most powerful clans in the Borders. They come from a race who invaded Scotland at a very early date, and who also entered many other countries. Uchtredus filios Scoti witnessed charters in between 1107 and 1128, and it is from him that the Scotts of Buccleuch and Scotts of Balwearie originate.

The Buccleuchs swapped thier lands in Murdochstoun, Lanarkshire for Branxholm in Roxburghshire. The 13th Baron was created Lord Scott of Buccleuch by James VI, and his heir was given the title of Earl of Buccleuch in 1619.

The male line became extinct and the line passed to Anna, Countess of Buccleuch, who married the natural son of Charles II, who was titled Duke of Buccleuch. The 3rd Duke was successor to the dukedom of Queensberry.

The Scotts of Balwearie, obtained these lands by marriage to the heiress of Sir Richard Balwearie. Their son was an astrologer and a wizard, who was claimed to have split the Eildson Hills in three with his powers, but was actually a very learned man. Thirteen of the successive barons of Balwearie were knighted, and the family is now represented by the Scotts of Ancrum.

Sir Walter Scott, the famous writer is descended from the Scotts of Harden

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