Perhaps the most outstanding, and numerous, of the great Scottish Border Families was that of Scott.
Uchtred, son of Scot, lived in the first half of the 12th century, and from his two sons the numerous Scott branches began. The Scotts of BUCCLEUCH, whose Dukedom dates from 1673, ended in Anne, who married James, Duke of Monmouth, natural son of Charles II, who was beheaded for rebelling against his uncle, James II. From this marriage comes the line of the later Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry.
From the line of Harden originating in the 14th century, sprang one of Scotland's greatest men: Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford.
Like their neighbours, the Scotts were turbulent, cunning, courageous and filled with energy. The gathering place of the Families in time of war was Bellendean, on Borthwick Water. When the fierce cry of 'A Bellendaine!' was heard on the Border, men knew that the Scotts were 'out'.
In the 17th century, however, the Scotts of Buccleuch became part of the Scottish and UK aristocracy - the list below shows their names, titles and wives (marriage became a more important tactic to expand land holding and titles than conquest!)
1st James - Monmouth & Buccleuch 1649-1685 Anne Scott
2nd Francis - Buccleuch 1694-1751 Jane Douglas
3rd Henry - Buccleuch & 5th Queensberry 1746-1812 Elizabeth Montagu
4th Charles - Buccleuch & 6th Queensberry 1772-1819 Harriet Townsend
5th Walter Francis - Buccleuch & 7th Queensberry 1806-1884 Charlotte Anne Thyne
6th William - Buccleuch & 8th Queensberry 1831-1914 Louisa Hamilton
7th John - Buccleuch & 9th Queensberry 1864-1935 Margaret Bridgeman
8th Walter - Buccleuch & 10th Queensberry 1894-1973 Mary Lascelles
9th Walter Francis John - Buccleuch & 11th Queensberry 1923-2007 Jane McNeill
10th Richard - Buccleuch & 12th Queensberry 1954- Elizabeth Kerr