Sir William Scott of Harden, 3rd Laird

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Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Aikwood, Harden, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: 1655 (58)
Roxburghshire, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter "Auld Wat" Scott of Harden, 2nd Laird and Mary "The Flower of Yarrow" Scott
Husband of Agnes "Muckle mou’d Meg" Murray of Elibank
Father of Sir Walter Wudspur Scott, 1st of Raeburn; Sir William Scott, 4th Laird of Harden; Sir Gideon Highchester Scott; James Scott, 1st of Thirlestane; Johnne Scott and 3 others
Brother of Hugh Scott, 1st of Gala and Francis Scott

Occupation: Reiver, Baron of Harden, Sheriff of Selkirk
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About Sir William Scott of Harden, 3rd Laird

Sir William Scott of Harden, Sheriff of Selkirk. Sex: M, Birth: 11 SEP 1596 in Harden, Roxburghshire, Scotland and died 1655 in Harden, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Sir William Scott, of Harden, a man of great fortune and political influence, died 1655.

Heir to his father, Walter Scott of Harden, thus third laird of Harden. Knighted by James VI in the lifetime of his father.

He had charters of various lands in the counties of Dumfries, Selkirk, Roxburgh, Berwick and Peebles. During the civil troubles in Scotland in the reign of Charles I, he continued loyal to the king. For his attachment to the royal family he was fined 3,000 pounds by Cromwell in 1654.


  • William first married Agnes, daughter of Sir Gideon Murry of Elibank, William had five sons and three daughters, including:
  1. William Scott
  2. Gideon Scott_of_Highchester
  3. Walter Scott_of_Raeburn
  4. James, Ancestor of the Scotts of Thirlestane.
  5. John, Progenitor of the Scotts of Wool.
  • William had no children by Margaret Ker_of_Linton, 90, F, his second wife, daughter of William Ker of Linton.

a feud ends

OAKWOOD or AIKWOOD TOWER. One of the sons of the Scotts who lived there in the days of Muckle mouthed Meg, was young William. He was a handsome young man, well versed in the Reiving trade of stealing cattle; a man with his eyes on the prized herds of Sir Gideon Murray of Elibank.

One day he his avarice overcame his common-sense and he set off with a raiding party intent on lifting Murray’s cattle. The foray went badly awry and young William soon found himself held at Sir Gideon’s pleasure. The dungeons of Elibank were dark, damp and inhospitable. Meg and young Wat were married within a short space of time. History tells us that it was a loving union, full of happiness and respect. The Houses of Harden and Elibank , so long at each others’ throats, would be united at last… if only for a while. (1)



  1. Electric Scotland: the Scott's of Harden
  2. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great ..., Volume 3. By John Burke Page 373
  3. Debrett's Baronetage of England: with alphabetical lists of such baronetcies ...By John Debrett, William Courthope page 403
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Sir William Scott of Harden, 3rd Laird's Timeline

September 11, 1596
Harden, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 23
Harden, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Age 23
Mackerston, Roxburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 25
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
December 26, 1624
Age 28
Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 27
Age 58
Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom