William Douglas, Earl of Queensberry

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Sir William Douglas, 9th Feudal Baron of Drumlanrig was the first earl of Queensberry.

He had obtained a reversion of the provostry of Lincludden, and after the death of his granduncle, Robert Douglas, he enjoyed its revenues during his own life.

He was a member of the General Assembly which met at Glasgow on 8th June 1610, and entertained King James VI, at his house of Drumlanrig, when his majesty visited Scotland in 1617.

By patent, dated at Whitehall, 1st April 1628, he was created a peer, by the titles of viscount of Drumlanrig, and Lord Douglas of Hawick and Tibberis, to him and his heirs male, bearing the name and arms of Douglas. He got vested in himself and his heirs the patronage and tithes of the churches of Terregles, Lochrutton, Colvend, Kirkbean, and Caerlaverock, belonging to the provostry of Lincludden, and also a small part of its lands.

When Charles I. visited Scotland in 1633, he advanced the viscount of Drumlanrig to the title of earl of Queensberry, to him and his heirs male bearing the name and arms of Douglas, by patent, dated at Seton, 13th June of that year. The title was taken from a mountain called Queensberry, in the parish of Closeburn, Dumfries-shire, having its name from the Anglo-Saxon berg, a hill, softened into berry. Situated amid a collection of heights, it is literally the “queen hill” of the district.

His lordship married Isabel, daughter of Mark, first Earl of Lothian, and had, with two daughters, four sons.

He died 8th March 1640.


Father: James Douglas, 8th Baron of Drumlanrig
Mother: Mary (of Wigtoun) Fleming b: ABT. 1563

Marriage 1 Isobel (of Lothian) Kerr
  • Married: 20 JUL 1603

 

Children
  1.   Hon. Sir William Douglas of Kelhead
  2.  Margaret (of Queensbury) Douglas = James Johnstone, 1st Earl of Hartfell
  3.  James Douglas 2nd Earl of Queensbury
  4.  Hon. Archibald Douglas, father of William  of Dornock, ancestor of the Douglases of Dornock
  5.   Hon. George Douglas, who died unmarried

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