Camelot International > Historic Roots
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
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