Archibald was created Duke of Douglas
in 1703. He fought for the Hanoverians at Sheriffmuir in 1715 and he supported
the government in the '45 rebellion.
By 1715 both the
Scots and the English were discontent with their leadership. Both groups hated
King George, the foreign monarch who sat on the English throne (but who spoke no
English). When the Earl of Mar was seen as a political threat to the King, he
was snubbed, and his response was to turn his support to the Jacobite cause. He
recruited a huge army from the in 1715, and if he had been a more experienced
soldier, chances are the Jacobites might have won a decisive victory under his
command at the Battle of Sheriffmuir, instead of having to surrender to English
officials at Preston.