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Robert Douglas, 8th Earl of Morton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert was the first of ten children of Sir William, 7th Earl of Morton. He succeeded to the Morton title upon his father's death in 1648. Robert married Elizabeth Villiers, daughter of Sir Edward Villiers of Brakesby.

He was a direct descendant of King James II through his great-great grandmother Lady Margaret Crichton, the daughter of the Princess Margaret of Scotland.

After his father's death, Robert acted in a high-handed way in Orkney, overriding udal law, to raise money for the royalist cause.

 

The Morton interest in Orkney was a royal grant of Charles I, to compensate the 7th Earl for his subsidies and losses in the royal cause. At this point of the War of the Three Kingdoms the Morton control of Orkney assumed importance, because the forces of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose intended in 1649 to land there and re-open the fighting in Scotland.

 

Death: He died at Kirkwall, November 12, 1649.

Father: William (7th Earl of Morton) Douglas b: 1582
Mother: Ann (of Marischal) Keith

Marriage 1 Anne Villers* Children
  1. Has Children William (9th Earl of Morton) Douglas
  2. Has No Children Robert Douglas
  3. Has No Children Anne Douglas
  4. Has Children Margaret or Mary Douglas = Sir Donald Breac Macdonald, 3rd Bt of Sleat

* Anne Villiers was the daughter of Sir Edward Villiers (c. 1574 – 7 September 1626) and his wife Barbara St. John, a daughter of Sir John St. John. She was the niece of the Duke of Buckingham, who was her father's half-brother. Anne Villiers' nieces were Elizabeth Villiers, mistress to William III, and Barbara Villiers, who was the mistress of Charles II of England and would be made Duchess of Cleveland in her own right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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