Robert Douglas, Master of Morton

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Robert Douglas, Master of Morton, (born c1562) was the son of William Douglas, 6th Earl of Morton and Lady Agnes, the daughter of George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes. He was one of 11 children who made their home at Lochleven Castle, which was a fortress situated on an island in the middle of the loch.

Robert married Jean Lyon of Glamis, by whom he had two sons, including William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton. His sister, Christian Douglas of Morton, married as her first husband Laurence, Master of Oliphant.

First it was rumoured that Laurence Oliphant and Robert had been killed by pirates or drowned, then it was thought they were slaves in Algiers. In 1601, Robert Oliphant went to Algiers to look for his kinsman, carrying a letter of introduction to Sultan Mehmed III written by Queen Elizabeth, who also recommended her ambassador John Wroth help the search. The theory accepted by many is that they were lost at sea in March 1585.



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