He was heir to his estate before 1599. He raided Bute in 1602. He was knighted by James, VI, in 1617. He was created a baronet, of Nova Scotia in 1628. MacPhail wrote (p. 65): “…(Dugald) was by King’s Charter 1st created Knight Baronet of Nova Scotia... (He received a charter wherein there are many privileges) “…dated at Whitehall, London 12 January 1628. He seems to have been knighted at an earlier date.” He married first, in 1590, and twice thereafter. He married first, Mary Erskine of Gogan, Scotland, daughter Of Lord Erskine, of Nova Scotia, and sister to Thomas Viscount of Fentoun. He married second, Dame Isabel Boyd, daughter of Lord Boyd. She was born about 1574.