Douglas of Morton

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The Douglas of Morton pedigree is very difficult to understand for several reasons. First, the Lordship of Morton was renounced by Sir William Douglas of Whittinghame and Morton in favour of James, first Earl of Morton, in 1474 (Registrum Honoris de Morton); second, there was a family of Douglas, of Morton or Gogars, in Midlothian; third, there was a family of Morton in Dumfriesshire, and this last family is supposed to be a branch of Douglas of Whittinghame, and the Arms granted to this family at various times imply a connection with this house.

Thus, this family is not the same Douglas family as the Earls of Morton.

James Douglas, second son of Sir William Douglas, of Whittinghame, himself the son of the 1st Lord Dalkeith, was possibly the first of the family,
but it may have been his brother George. The next apparently was :—
Patrick Douglas in Morton, mentioned in Buccleuch charters 18th September 1559 and 1 ith March 1574.
He had two sons : —
(a) James
(b) Triamor or Triamouth Douglas, mentioned in the above charter of 1559.

However, Patrick Douglas, Baillie of Morton (in Dumfresshire, is also said to be the  natural son (Letters of Legitimation 16 Aug 1546, and his family heirs of entail to Barony of Drumlanrig 11 March, 1574) of Sir James Douglas, Laird of Drumlanrig


The descendants of this branch include the Douglases of Salwarpe and of Fingland.

See also:
•  Morton Castle



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Sources for this article include:
  • Heraldry of the Douglases; George Harvey Johnston

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