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George Douglas, natural son of Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich, married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir James Douglas of Parkhead, with whom he had two sons:

1. Sir James Douglas of Torthorwald, his son and heir, and
2. Sir George Douglas of Mordington.

Sir James was succeeded by his son, Sir James, who by marrying Elizabeth , grandchild and heiress of Michael, Lord Carlyle, was in her right Lady Carlyle of Torthorwald. Their son, James Douglas, Lord Carlyle, married Elizabeth (some say Grizel) Gordon, daughter of Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar, but having no issue, he surrendered his honours to William, 1st Earl of Queensberry in 1638, who had acquired his estate; and thereby the title became extinct.

Note: Some say James was the second son of his father by his second wife, Anne Saltonstall, and that it was William, son of his first marriage, who sold the estate, and then died abroad.


James Douglas, 6th Lord Carlyle of Torthorwald, the son of Sir James Douglas of Parkhead and Elizabeth Carlyle, Lady Carlyle of Torthorwald, married, firstly, Elizabeth Gordon, daughter of Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar and Elizabeth Maxwell, before 27 December 1604.

He and Elizabeth Gordon were divorced in 1615 for her adultery with William Bannatyne. They had a child, William Douglas, who died circa 1638. James Douglas married, secondly, Ann Saltonstall in November 1618 at Parish Church, Ludgate Hill. He and Ann Saltonstall were divorced on 8 August 1622, again on grounds of his adultery.

He died after 1622.

He succeeded to the title of 6th Lord Carlyle of Torthorwald on 14 July 1608.

On 6 April 1609 he received a charter uniting the Barony of Carlyle and the Lordship of Torthorwald. On 8 January 1622 he sold the estate of Torthorwald to William Douglas, 1st Earl of Queensberry. In 1638 he (or possibly his son William Douglas) resigned his peerage to William Douglas, 1st Earl of Queensberry.

In 1596 Sir James Douglas of Parkhead killed James Stewart, Earl of Arran. He was styled as Lord Torthorwald in 1605/6.

I have not been able to ascertain to which document this seal was appended.

Births recorded in Torthorwald:

1764 Oct 7th John, son to Joseph Douglas, Collin
1771 Nov 10th Joseph, son to Joseph Douglas, Tenant Collin
1775 Apr 27 Graham, son to Joseph Douglas, Farmer Collin
1776 Joseph, son to Joseph Douglas, Farmer Collin
1778 Robert to Joseph Douglas, Farmer Collin
1780 Margaret to Joseph Douglas, Farmer Collin
1780 Peter to Joseph Douglas, Farmer Collin

See also:

  • The Lords Carlyle
    •  Torthorwald Tower

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