Sir Archibald DOUGLAS of Liddesdale & Cavers

 

1st of Cavers; Regent of Scotland

Son of  James, 2nd Earl of Douglas.  When the 2nd Earl died at the Battle of Otterburn, his estates were divided between his illegitimates sons, William, who got Drumlanrig, and Archibald, who received Cavers.

Archibald Douglas carried his father's standard at the battle of Otterburn, and defended it with success against the repeated attacks of the English.

 He had from his father the lands and barony of Cavers, with the heritable sheriffship of Teviotdale. It seems that the superiority remained at first with the Countess of Mar, and that Archibald had from her a new charter of the lands and sheriffship without procuring the royal sanction, by which neglect they recognosced to the King, and were conferred by him on Sir David Fleming of Biggar in 1405. But as Fleming did not long survive that date, it does not appear whether he ever took possession.

Sir Archibald afterwards obtained from King James I. a charter of confirmation, dated at Croydon, 30th November 1412, proceeding upon a charter granted to him by his aunt, Lady Isabel, Countess of Mar, in her widowhood, in which the superiority is resigned.

Sir Archibald sided with the Red Douglases of Angus against the Black Douglases.

 

Children of Sir Archibald DOUGLAS and Margaret: 

  • William, 2nd of Cavers
    Eleanor m. Sir Patrick Hepburne of Hailes; 
    Elizabeth m. Alexander STEWART of Garlieston

He died in the reign of James I., and was succeeded by his son.

 

 

See also Douglas of Cavers

 

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