Sir James Somerville, the last Baron of Cambusnethan, sold Tarbrax to Allan Lockhart, Laird of Cleghorn
Allan Lockhart of Cleghorn
Allan Lockhart bestowed Tarbrax to his son George
George Lockhart of Tarbrax, from 1652
20th August 1652: George Lockhart of Tarbrax, Commissioner of Glasgow, son of Allan Lockhart of Cleghorn and Anna Lockhart of Lee
20th August 1652: William Lockhart of Tarbrax, son of George
26th December 1683: Anna Lockhart, Countess of Aberdeen by retour from her late brother William. She was an ancestor of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and HRH Diana.
16th August 1726: Decreet absolvitor by the sherriff-court of Lanark in an action of maills and duties at the instance of William Bertram of Nisbet against John Nimmo. portioner of a 20s land of Tarbrax and tenant to John Stikeman, portioner of a 10s land of Dykehead, William Somervell [Somerville], portioner of a 20s land of Tarbrax and John Somervell in Dykehead, tenant to Adam Somervell in Corswoodhill [Crosswoodhill], portioner of the 10s land of Dykehead, whereby said William, as purchaser of the lands of Blackcastle, claimed rent from the defendants for their occupation of part of Hyndshawhill, formerly part of the commonty of Dunsyre.
1741: Petition by William Bertram of Nisbit [Nisbet] to Robert Montgomery of
Poutshall, baillie of the barony of Carnwath, alleging encroachments on his
21st August 1741: Interlocutor by the bailie of Carnwath, with depositions of witnesses, protest against the said decreet by John Nimmo, portioner of Tarbrax, and rejection of the said protest.
23rd December 1747: Discharge by John Somervell [Somerville] of Tarbrax Dykehead for himself and as having right from James Nimmo, portioner of Tarbrax, in favour of William Bertram of Nisbit [Nisbet] for GBP2 sterling of expenses due to be paid to John Nimmo, portioner in Tarbrax, father of said James, William Somervell, portioner there, and Adam Somervell of Dykehead, father of said John.
6th Feburary 1770: Decree of Division of Runridgelands obtained before the Sheriff of Lanarkshire at the instance of John Sommerville and William Sommerville against John Nimmo son and heir of James Nimmo of Nether Tarbrax.
15th Febuary 1819: Norman Lockhart Esq. bought the estate from Thomas Sommerville, who had inherited it from his father William Sommerville. Sasine Norman Lockhart was a younger son of the Lockharts of Carnwath, and also a great great great nephew of Anne Lockhart, wife of George Lockhart of Tarbrax.
15th August 1855: David Robertson Souter (or Souter Robertson) an accountant
1874: DSR inherits Cookston and Murlingden by Brechin in Forfarshire from his great uncle George Chaplin Robertson. DSR also appears to have had two sons, Thomas and George Robertson Chaplin. Thomas appears in the records styled as “of Lawhead”;.
1888: DSR dies. After DSR and his sons had had insolvency proceedings against them, Thomas Skene Esson and George Francis Dalziel acquire the estate. Quite ironic given his career as a founder of Accountancy!
11th April 1921: Thomas Skene Esson and George Francis Dalziel sell Lawhead
House to the Education Authority of the
12th October 1933: Scottish Oils Limited sell Lawhead Croft to John Stevenson Hutchison, Retired Carpet Weaver, for GBP150. Sasine
7th October 1937: Gilbert Robertson Mair, schoolmaster in
3rd November 1952: Gilbert Robertson Mair dies in bed at Tarbrax of senile Alzheimers, and as he had never been married or had any children, his younger brother Robert Cumming Thomson Mair inherited Lawhead House. Chancery On 6th May 1929, Robert Cumming Thomson Mair, then Clerk to the Education Authority, Lanarkshire, tried to sell Lawhead House as 2 flats in the Scotsman Newspaper. Info from http://www.milnefamilytree.co.uk/mair.htm
4th April 1953: Robert C.T. Mair sold Lawhead House to Robert Thomson for GBP360. Sasine
5th August 1964: Robert Thomson sold Lawhead House to his brother Thomas Thomson for GBP500. Sasine
Early 1970s: Dry rot had eaten into most of the structural timbers of Lawhead House, and eventually forced the last occupants, Thomas Thomson and his sister, to vacate the building. They moved to the Lodge.
29th October 1973: Thomas Thomson sold Lawhead House, minus the lodge, to David Graham Donaldson for GBP2000, but in 1976 he sold on to Mrs Stella Joan Watson for GBP;4600, and got Thomas Thomson to convey it directly to her.
1979: Unable to get suitable planning permission, they eventually sold it to a neighbour who kept ponies on the land. By then the house was a ruin, the internal structure consumed by dry rot.