Sir William Douglas - First Earl of Douglas

Male1327–1 May 1384

Brief Life History of William

When Sir William Douglas - First Earl of Douglas was born in 1327, in Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Sir Archibald 'The Tyneman' Douglas, was 30 and his mother, Beatrix Lindsay, was 36. He married Lady Margaret Countess of Mar in 1355, in Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 1 May 1384, in Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, at the age of 57, and was buried in Melrose Abbey, Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

Sir William Douglas - First Earl of Douglas
1327–1384
Lady Margaret Countess of Mar
1328–1393
Marriage: 1355
Sir James Douglas 2nd. Earl Of Douglas And Mar
1358–1388
Lady Isabel Douglas -Countess of Mar
1360–1408
Lady Margaret Douglas Lady Terregles
1376–1425

Sources (2)

  • Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22
  • Douglas of Lockleven

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    1355Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
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    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called from their situation on a river named with Gaelic dubh ‘dark, black’ + glas ‘stream’ (a derivative of glas ‘blue’). There are several localities in Scotland and Ireland so named, but the one from which the surname is derived in most if not all cases is Douglas in Lanarkshire 20 miles south of Glasgow, the original stronghold of the influential Douglas family and their retainers.

    History: The family taking their name from Douglas in Lanarkshire were of Flemish origin. They rose to great prominence in the 14th and 15th centuries, controlling the earldoms of Douglas, Morton, and Angus, and later, Queensberry.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    William 1st Earl of Douglas and Mar

    William, 1st Earl of Douglas and Mar, 1327?–1384, Scottish nobleman; nephew of Sir James de Douglas, lord of Douglas. About 1348 he returned to Scotland from France and recaptured the Douglas lands …

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