William I, Lord of Douglas (b.b.1174c.1213)
Archibald I, Lord
of Douglas (d.c.1240)
William Longlegs, Lord of Douglas
William 'The Hardy', Lord of Douglas
(c.12401298) Died captive in the Tower of London
Good', Lord of Douglas (c.12901330) Killed at the Battle of Teba
William IV, Lord of Douglas (d.1333) Killed at the Battle of Halidon Hill
Regent of Scotland (d.1333) Killed at the Battle of Halidon Hill.
Archibald was succeeded by his son, William Douglas, 1st Earl of
Hugh the Dull, Lord of Douglas (resigned Lordship
1342 d. afterward)
William, Lord of Douglas (13271384) Created
first Earl 1358.
Following the death of the 2nd Earl at the Battle of Otterburn in
1388 without legitimate issue, the Earldom passed to a bastard son
of 'The Good Sir James', the poetically named Archibald the Grim,
the Lord of Galloway. This occurred through articles of special
entail in the resignation of title by Hugh the Dull, Lord of
Douglas. George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus the bastard son of the
1st Earl by his sister-in law Margaret Stewart, Dowager Countess of
Mar & Countess of Angus, inherited his mother's Earldom of Angus.
Retrospectively the two branches of Douglas and Angus were described
as the Black and Red lines respectively.
The Black Douglases
fell from power and were attainted by King James II in 1455. The
seventh Earl was created Earl of Avondale and Lord Balveny in 1437,
also in the Peerage of Scotland. These titles also became forfeit in
The title of Douglas was restored in 1633 for the 'Red'
Douglas line, when William Douglas, 11th Earl of Angus (15891660),
was created First Marquess of Douglas by Charles I.
William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas (13271384)
2nd Earl of Douglas (13581388), killed at the Battle of Otterburn
Archibald Douglas, Lord of Galloway, 3rd Earl of Douglas
(13251400) "the Grim", Bastard cousin of the 1st Earl, created Earl
of Wigtown 1372
Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas
(13701424) Duke of Touraine, killed at the Battle of Verneuil
Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Douglas (13901439), son of the above
William Douglas, 6th Earl of Douglas (14261440) , Murdered at
the Black dinner at Edinburgh Castle
James Douglas, 7th Earl of
Douglas (d.1443) "the Gross" created Earl of Avondale in 1437,
murderer and great-uncle of above.
William Douglas, 8th Earl of
Douglas and 2nd Earl of Avondale (14251452), Murdered by James II
of Scotland at Stirling Castle.
James Douglas, 9th Earl of
Douglas and 3rd Earl of Avondale (d.1488), the last "Black Douglas",
brother of the previous, attainted 1455 and all his titles forfeit.
George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus
Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus (c. 13981437)
James Douglas, 3rd
Earl of Angus (b. 14281446)
George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus
Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus (14531514)
George Douglas, Master of Angus (14691513)
Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus (14901557)
David Douglas, 7th Earl
of Angus (c. 15151558)
Archibald Douglas, 8th Earl of Angus
William Douglas, 9th Earl of Angus (15331591)
William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus (15521611)
11th Earl of Angus (15901660), (created Marquess of Douglas in
1633, when he resigned the earldom, which was re-granted with the
William Douglas, 1st Marquis of Douglas
James Douglas, 2nd Marquis of Douglas (16461700)
James Douglas, Earl of Angus (16711692)
1st Duke of Douglas (16941761) (created Duke of Douglas in 1703)
(dukedom extinct on his death, earldom and marquessate inherited by
James George Hamilton, 7th Duke of Hamilton)
The Douglas Earls of Morton family are descended from the second son of
Archibald of Douglas (fl 1198-1239), second Lord of Douglas, through
the Douglas families of Liddelsdale and Dalkeith. Sir James Douglas,
1st Lord Dalkeith, was granted a charter of the Barony of Morton
(Morton is a small holding in East Calder, West Lothian.) in
1381/1382 and his grandson, James Douglas (d c 1493), was created
Earl of Morton in 1457/1458. The line continued through the
Douglas of Lochleven
line - neither Red nor Black.
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