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February 18, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Towns: Diuguidsville


Photo by Craig Swain

Old Buckingham, established in 1761, was somewhat larger than today’s county.  In 1845, the southwest corner was cut out, contributing to the newly formed Appomattox County.  This included the prosperous area around Bent Creek and the James River town of Diuguidsville.  The historic marker for this once thriving place reads as follows:

The town of Diuguidsville established in 1792 by the Virginia General Assembly was named for William Diuguid 1717-1764 immigrant to Buckingham County in 1745 from Aberdeen, Scotland. He was a first cousin of Patrick Henry and father of Capt. William Diuguid, Revolutionary War soldier and one of the first trustees of the town. In March 1865 the townspeople of Diuguidsville burned the covered bridge here to prevent Gen. Philip Sheridan and troops from crossing the swollen river on their way to meet Gen. Grant. Diuguidsville was a flourishing town until the Civil War when it ceased to exist because of the decline of river transportation.

During the American Revolution, Capt. William Diuguid, along with other men of Buckingham County, commanded troops, guarding British prisoners of war at The Barracks, just outside Charlottesville in Albemarle County.

For more about the Diuguidsville marker and locale, visit:


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  1. Margaret Thomas / Feb 19 2013 10:00 am

    What a nice surprise! Thanks.


    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 19 2013 10:03 am

      Margaret, there’s more coming tomorrow. Stay tuned!

  2. Bill Davidson / Feb 18 2013 1:54 pm

    My relative Giles Davidson (born about 1762) of Buckingham Co., VA….”went out three months under Capt. William Diuguid at Albemarle Barracks, being a substitute for Young Lee.” Giles Davidson (a son of David Davidson and Mary Giles; Mary was apparently a member of the Perrin Giles family) was later present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Giles Davidson moved to Amherst Co., VA, sometime after the Rev. War ended, and he married Mina Pendleton.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 18 2013 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Bill. In upcoming posts, here will be more about Buckingham men who served at The Barracks.

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