The baronial records show
that members of four great Clans have previously held title since
the 16th Century. ( Before that date it was held by the Monks
and Abbey of Newbattle. ) Each Clan has several of its own distinctive
tartans for ordinary, hunting, dress and ancient together with
some unrecognised by the Clan Chief. In the following sentences
we have made illustrative links to one for each Clan.
The first holders after the Reformation were the Kerrs,
followed by the Morrisons,
and the Grants.
Today's Barons were born into the Park Sept of Clan MacDonald,
but in 1999 received their own Prestoungrange
accredited tartan from the Scottish Tartans Society. This
new tartan is available for use by all members of their direct
families including the Baron of Dolphinstoun, and all members
of the Prestoungrange and Dolphinstoun Households. The Barons
have also authorised it to be worn by the global family Wills.
The Baron Courts are the formal executive
for the affairs of the barony. They lost their legal powers at
the beginning of the 20th century, and feudal duties of vassal
to superior were finally abolished along with feudal land tenure
as the 5th Act of the re-established Scottish Parliament in May
In 2002 Baron Courts were also incorporated as a Scottish charity
medieval times, The Baron Bailie presided at the Baron Court.
Today's re-established Court has the Baron in the chair, with
Lady Prestoungrange as his deputy. Administrative matters are
the responsibility of the Bailie and operations the responsibility
of the Sergeand. Financial matters are attended to by the Procurator
Today's Baron Court
( which because it is shared in common with the Baron of Dolphinstoun
is formally known as "The Baron Courts of Prestoungrange & Dolphinstoun"
) conducts its affairs as a not-for-profit corporation with liabilities
limited by the guarantees of its Officers. Records of all its
meetings are kept together with annual audited accounts ( Password
protected for Officers' and Household Members' use only ).