This page was last updated on 12 March 2016

Click here to 
Print this page

Biography finder





























Index of first names

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











See also The Earls of Morton







Any contributions will be gratefully accepted



Errors and Omissions

The Forum

What's new?

We are looking for your help to improve the accuracy of The Douglas Archives.

If you spot errors, or omissions, then please do let us know


Many articles could benefit from re-writing. Can you help?


If you have met a brick wall with your research, then posting a notice in the Douglas Archives Forum may be the answer. Or, it may help you find the answer!

You may also be able to help others answer their queries.

Visit the Douglas Archives Forum.


We try to keep everyone up to date with new entries, via our What's New section on the home page.

We also use the Community Network to keep researchers abreast of developments in the Douglas Archives.


Back to top

The content of this website is a collection of materials gathered from a variety of sources, some of it unedited.

The webmaster does not intend to claim authorship, but gives credit to the originators for their work.

As work progresses, some of the content may be re-written and presented in a unique format, to which we would then be able to claim ownership.

Discussion and contributions from those more knowledgeable is welcome.

Contact Us

Last modified: Saturday, 18 March 2017