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As far as I can deduce, the Douglases inherited Spott on the death of George Home, whose daughter Anna married James Douglas in 1578.  I have been unable to trace any descendants beyond Alexander.


Sir James Douglas, Lay prior of Pluscarden, married Anna, daughter of George Home of Spott. dc1615


Sir Archibald Douglas of Spott, dc1647, son of James


Sir Archibald Douglas of Spott, dc1672, son of Archibald. Sir Robert Douglas of Makerstoun is named as his tutor.


Alexander Douglas of Spott, son of Archibald


Robert Douglas of Spott, Viscount Belhaven (b c1573, dspl 14th Jan1639), son of Matthew Douglas, 7th of Mains (abt 1549) and Margaret Buchanan (dau of George Buchanan of that ilk), married m. (may 1611) Nicolas Moray (d Nov 1612, dau of Robert Moray of Abercairney).
Robert and Margaret are the assumed parents of
John Douglas
Susanna Douglas (b c1617, d c1692), who married (2nd Feb1635/6) Sir Robert Douglas of Blackerstonee



James Douglas of Spott - an Ulster Undertaker


Sir James Douglas, of Spott; Haddington constabulary, 1612.  Commendator of Pluscardine, natural son of James, Earl of Morton, had a charter, 31 Jan 1577/78 of the lands of Easter Spott, Co. Edinburgh from George Home, Fiar of Spott


(Jul. 26. ?1592/3)—An Act is paffed ' in fauouris of The Erll Bothuill and his compliceis,' viz. Dame Margaret Douglas Counteffe of Bothuill,2 James Douglas of Spott, &c. Proclamation is ordered to be made, charging ' all his hienes liegis, that nane of thame tak vpoun hand to fklander, murmour, reproche or bakbyte the perfonis abouewrittin or thair pairt-takaris, or onywayes moleft or perfew thame, in bodyis or guidis, vpoun quhatfumeuir caus, cullour or cryme bigane.' And that Letters be directed to relax them from the procefs of horn. (Aug. 8.)—Proclamation, relative to ' ane fchip of Preftoun laitlie arryvit in this Firth, cum furth of England, quhairin ar lindrie perfonis and guidis fufpect to be infectit with the peft.' The ' maifteris, fkipparis, marinaris,' &c. are charged ' to addrefle thame felffis with the faid fchip and guidis being thairin to Sanct Colmis Inche, and thair loife handle,3 and remane with the fame fchip and guidis, vnto the tyme pruiff and tryale be had, giff thay be foule or cleane of this difeafe,' &c. Charge is likewife given to the liegis, to prevent communication with the fhip.


It was proposed to introduce Bothwell and his followers by a back passage, that lay through the duke of Lennox' stables, who was immediately to seize the gates, take the keys from the porters, and then to proceed to the king's chamber, and secure him. As the king was totally unprepared, and dreaming of no danger, there did not seem the least risk of the enterprise failing, when the accession of James Douglas of Spot, an accidental circumstance that should have rendered the issue more certain, completely defeated it. A few days before, George Hume of Spot, Douglas' father-in-law, was killed by some Mersemen of the name of Home, and Sir George Hume, his nephew, the king's equerry, suspecting Douglas, accused him of being author, or accessory to the murder, from a dread lest his father-in-law should bestow upon Sir George, some lands which Douglas claimed in right of his wife. Upoh this accusation,, some of Douglas' servants were taken into custody, and confined in the palace, on purpose to be examined by torture ! The chancellor strenuously opposed this infamous and unjust mode of procedure, but the king insisted, and when Douglas, who also lodged in the palace, saw that there were no means of preventing it, he joined the conspirators. At the hour appointed, Bothwell and his followers were admitted by his accomplices, and had already reached the inner court of the palace without noise, when Douglas, eager to release his servants, proceeded with a party to force the rooms where they were confined. The noise of the hammers, in attempting to break open the doors, gave the first alarm. The king, who was then in the queen's apartments at supper, on hearing the noise, fled to the tower as a place of safety. Bothwell, after directing one body of his men to proceed to the chancellor's room, and secure him, went himself with the rest to the queen's apartments, where be expected to find the king; but the chancellor, with a few servants, resolutely defended his chamber, and the door of the queen's being barricaded, while Bothwell called for fire to burn them, Sir James Sandilands, one of the gentlemen of the king's bedchamber, receiving information of the king's danger, entered through the chapel, and drove the assailants from the palace, the chief of whom, taking advantage of the darkness, escaped by the same way by which they had entered. Nine of the lower order were taken, and hanged next morning.




June 4 1667:
Mr William Douglas, son of the deceased Laird of Whittingham, was tried for his concern in an unfortunate duel, in which Sir James Home of Eccles was killed. The affair took its origin in a quarrel in a tavern in Edinburgh, ‘after excessive drinking.’—Lam. We learn from the evidence of a hackney-coachman, that being employed by four gentlemen—namely, the two who have been mentioned, the Master of Ramsay, and Archibald Douglas of Spott—he drove them to a lonely spot on the shore near Leith, where they all came out, and drawing their swords, ‘went through other.’ He saw Sir James fall under the thrust of the accused party. Another person saw the accused standing over Sir James after he fell, and when the unfortunate gentleman was carried into Leith, he beard the accused ask him forgivenness. A third witness observed the Master of Ramsay with his foot on Spott’s neck, and when he (the deponent) removed the Master, Spott got up, ran at the Master, and called him ‘cullion!' It seems to have been a barbarous quarrel barbarously wrought out; and when we see how the men acted after they began fighting, we cannot but wonder that they were able to come to the field in one vehicle. William Douglas was sentenced to have his head stricken off his body three days after at the Cross of Edinburgh.—



Lady Isobella, wife of Sir Archibald Douglas of Spott,



By his deposition it appeared that Sir James Douglas of Spott was ... Whereupon they were desired to pronounce Spott excommunicated, as one that had made defection from the truth, and was otherwise suspected of heinous crimes : but they ...




In 1678, a Captain Douglas of Spott commanded a company in France, possibly in Lord George Douglas's regiment at Amiens.



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