TWEEDSMUIR PARISH HISTORY.

Tweedies of Oliver.

The first recorded Tweedie of Oliver was William Tweedie of Oliver who was alive in 1489.   He was a younger son of James Tweedie of Drumelzier and Catherine of Caverhill.(1)

(There are several Tweedie family lines descended from the Tweedies of Drumelzier(2).   One important line is that descended from the marriage in 1525 between James Tweedie of Drumelzier and Catherine Fraser the Heiress of the Frasers of Fruid, more about this on page Frasers of Fruid.) 

The first few generations of the Tweedies of Oliver were known as the Tweedies of Oliver Castle.  However in 1649 Patrick Tweedie built a house on his own lands of Oliver, and after that the family were designated as "of Oliver".  One presumes that by 1649 Oliver Castle which had been built by the Frasers of Oliver in the twelth century had became uninhabitable. Hence the requirement for a new dwelling and the castle site then became a ruin of which nothing now sadly remains.  However the house of 1649 was replaced in 1734 by a smaller house built to the south east of the former.  This is the current house though it itself has been significantly modified.

Unlike their lawless ancestors the Tweedies of Drumelzier the Tweedies of Oliver were upright citizens and very capably carried out their duties as Lairds of Tweedsmuir.

Thomas Tweedie of Oliver was laird during the Killing Time of the Covenanting era 1660-1680 and undoubtedly he held the community together during this difficult time.   More about the Covenanters in Tweedsmuir on the Covenanters page.

Unfortunately the male line died out with the death of Thomas Tweedie of Oliver in 1803.  His youngest daughter Christian married Thomas Stodart of Cardrona Mains and their eldest son George born 1799 took the name of Tweedie - Stodart.

References.

1)  Buchan, J. W. and Paton, H, Rev; History of Peeblesshire, Jackson Wylie, Glasgow, 1927. Vol III pp 383-385.

2)  Tweedie, Forbes, Michael; The History of the Tweedie or Tweedy, Family; A Record of Scottish Lowland Life & Character, W.P. Griffiths, London, 1902.

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