The Lords Dalkeith

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1.  Sir James, son of Sir James of Dalkeith by his first wife, was married in 1387 to Elizabeth, daughter of King Robert III. He was granted (March 21, 1382) a charter of the Barony of Morton with Mordingtoun and Whittinghame.

 

Sir James Douglas received a charter from King David II and took possession of the castle in 1369. At this time, Sir James Douglas was created Baron Dalkeith.


The first mention of buildings on the land is in this charter by King David II granting the castle and barony of Dalkeith to Sir James Douglas, First Lord of Dalkeith. James and his heirs would hold the land freely on rendering to the King either a pair of white gloves or a silver penny at the feast of Pentecost.

 

At that time he also received the title of a Lord of Parliament as "Lord Dalkeith". His first son, William, was born in 1390 and predeceased his father circa 1425. Sir James died circa 1441.

2.  James, 2nd Lord of Dalkeith was the second son of Sir James, 1st Lord of Dalkeith. James succeeded his father circa 1441 due to the death of his elder brother, William.  On 8 September 1456 he resigned his lands in favour of his son, James.


3.  James was created 1st Earl of Morton on 14 March 1457/58.

4 - 9  The Earls of Morton retained the title til the 8th Earl was forced to give up his lands:


It is stated that before the Civil War broke out he was (one of the richest and greatest subjects in the Kingdom. "Unfortunately for himself he cast in his lot with the Royalist party, and was repeatedly applied to for money to enable them to carry on the war. For this purpose he disposed of his extensive and valuable property of Dalkeith, together with several of his minor estates, thus depriving himself of an annual rental estimated at 100,000 pounds Scots. As an offset for this great sacrifice on his part, he received a Royal charter, dated 15th June, 1643, granting him the Islands of Orkney and Shetland in absolute right, with all their jurisdictions, redeemable only by the Crown upon payment of £30,000 sterling.

Current.  The eldest son of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry uses the courtesy title Earl of Dalkeith


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