William, 10th Earl of Angus
Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus (1552 – 3 March 1611) was the son of
William, the 9th Earl
(1533–1591). He was a direct descendant of King James I through his
paternal grandmother, Lady Agnes Keith, a daughter of William Keith,
3rd Earl Marischal.
He studied at St. Andrews University and
joined the household of the Earl of Morton. Subsequently, while
visiting the French court, he became a Roman Catholic, and was in
consequence, upon his return, disinherited and placed under
Nevertheless he succeeded to his father's titles
and estates in 1591, and though in 1592 he was disgraced for his
complicity in Lord Bothwell's plot, he was soon liberated and
performed useful services as the King's Lieutenant in the north of
Scotland. In July 1592, however, he was asking for help from Queen
Elizabeth in a plot with Erroll and other lords against Sir John
Maitland, the Chancellor, and protesting his absolute rejection of
Spanish offers, but in October he signed the Spanish Blanks, and
upon the discovery of this treason was imprisoned in Edinburgh
Castle on his return in January 1593.
He succeeded on the
13th in escaping by the help of his Countess, joining the Earls of
Huntly and Erroll in the north. They were offered an Act of
"oblivion" or "abolition" provided they renounced their religion or
quit Scotland. Declining these conditions they were declared
traitors and "forfeited."
Nevertheless, he succeeded to his father's titles and estates in 1591.
He was forced to flee Scotland. He died in France in 1611. His
tomb in L'Église
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris was carved by Michel Bourdin l'Aîné.
Father: William (9th Earl of Angus)
- Birth: ABT. 1552
- Death: 3 MAR 1610/11
b: ABT. 1532
Gille (Egidia) Graham
1 Elizabeth Oliphant
(1st Marquess of Douglas) Douglas b: 1589
(of Angus) Douglas
(1st Lord Mordington) Douglas
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