Thomas Douglas, Dean of Restalrig

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Thomas Douglas of Clapperton: - Mr. Thomas Douglas had a grant of the Deanery of Restalrig, which became vacant " by the simple dimission and resignation of Mr. James Lauder, last Dean and possessour thairof," reserving a pension of £100 to Mr. Nicholas Elphinston, 10th November 1573. Douglas was minister of Strabrock, and was translated in the following year to the united parishes of Dalkeith, Laswade, and Glencorse. He derived little advantage from such preferment, having died in June 1575. In his latter will, dated 20th May 1575, Mr. Thomas Dowglas, Dean of Restalrig, constituted " his spouse, Marion Hammiltoun, his onlie executrix, with the oversicht of James Douglas, his son, James Douglas of Knightisrig, and James Hammiltoun of Kincavell ; and maist hamelie desiris and requeistis my Maister my Lord Regentis Grace to be ovirsman to help my wyf and bairnis as his Grace thinkis gude. Item, I leif to my said spous the rowme [place] of Clappertoun and Myln, &c.,' provyding alwyis gif my wyf can nocht leve chaist that scho marie ane godlie man and trew servand to our Kingis Majestic and my Lord Regentis grace, and that he quhome scho sail marie haif als sufficient ane leving as scho hes, and that scho marie nocht without the aviso and counsall of my Maister my Lord Regentis grace, Archibald Douglas of Kilspindie, and George Douglas of Parkend (1), Capitane of the Castell of Edinburgh." His loyalty and attachment as a Douglas to the Regent Earl of Morton is sufficiently apparent.

Mr. Thomas Douglas of Clappertoun was amongst those implicated in the murder of David Riccio/Rizzio, secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots in 1566: James Erle of Mortoun, William Douglas of Quittinghame, Mr. Archibald Douglas his Brother, George Douglas, callit the postulat sone naturale to Archibald Erle of Argus, , James Douglas of Knytijrig, Johne Douglas in the Schiell, Hector Douglas in Spittlebauch, James Douglas thair.  It appears that Thomas was later pardoned.

See also:
Douglas of Clapperton

Notes:
1.  Douglas of Parkhead



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