Douglas of West Calder

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John Douglas of Westcalder (West Calder) - born c1316 died before 1342 in the retinue of David II of Scotland in France. He was the eldest son of

Sir Archibald Douglas (killed 19 July 1333), Guardian of Scotland, is first heard of in 1320 when he received a charter of land at Morebattle in Roxburghshire and Kirkandrews in Dumfriesshire from King Robert. In 1324, he was recorded as being granted the lands of Rattray and Crimond in Buchan and the lands of Conveth, Kincardineshire, already being possession of Cavers in Roxburghshire, Drumlanrig and Terregles in Dumfriesshire, and the lands of West Calder in Midlothian. By the time of his death, he was also in possession of Liddesdale.

"Sometime in the period 1335 -1336, Earl Duncan granted the barony of West Calder, Midlothian to Beatrice de Douglas(1) in liferent and to her son and heir, John de Douglas in fee". (Magna Carta Ancestry - A study in Colonial and Medieval Families). Moreover it (this book) relates that at the time when Archibald de Douglas died at Halidon Hill in July, 1333 he (Archibald) owned the baronies of Cavers, Drumlanrig, Terreglee and West Calder and part of Conveth (Laurencekirk) in Aberdeenshire.

William Douglas, heritor in West Calder, is listed as a Covenanter in about 1650.


The Douglas family in West Calder were the progenitors of the Douglases of Baads, and of Gogar.

Notes:
1.  Sir Archibald Douglas married Beatrice Lindsay, daughter of Sir Alexander Lindsay of Crawford, an ancestor of the Earls of Crawford.

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Sources for this article include:
•  The Scots Peerage IX vols. Edinburgh. 1907; Sir James Balfour Paul

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