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Lord James DouglasCol Lord James Douglas, (c1617-1645) son of William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas and Margaret Hamilton daughter of Lord Paisley, commanded the Regiment de Douglas between 1637 and 1645.

In 1625 a detachment of the Royal Scots, then called Hepburn's regiment of Foot, landed in Scotland under Colonel Robert Hepburn. From Scotland Hepburn passed to French service and was killed in 1636. He was succeeded by Colonel George Hepburn, who was killed in an assault on Chatillon in 1637. He was succeeded by Colonel James Douglas for whom the regiment was renamed as Régiment de Douglas. In 1645 James Douglas fell in a skirmish near Douai, and was succeeded by his eldest brother Archibald Douglas, later Earl of Angus and Ormond. In 1653 Archibald Douglas was succeeded by his brother, Lord George Douglas, later Earl of Dumbarton.

On 5 March 1691 Lieutenant-colonel Robert Douglas of Glenbervie was promoted to colonel. In June the 'Duglas' regiment camped near Oprebayx. On 3 August 1692 the Douglas regiment participated in the battle of Steenkerque (Steenkirk). Colonel Douglas was amongst those killed.

 

Col Lord James Douglas was buried at St. Germain des Prés, Paris, France.

 



 

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