Sir William "Longleg" Douglas, 3rd Lord of Douglas


Sir William of Douglas, known as "Longleg", was born c1200. Why or how he got the name 'Longleg' is unknown to me.

He sided with the English party in the embittered struggle for the control of Scottish affairs between the nationalistic Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith, and the pro-English Alan Durward, Justiciar of Scotia, presumably because of his estates at Fawdon.

I have seen mention that two of his sons fought at the Battle of Largs against the Norse in 1263. This might imply that there are more than two sons.

Sir William "Longleg" died sometime after 1274.

  • Birth: c1200
  • Death: 1274

    Father: Sir Archibald, 2nd of Douglas & of Hermiston)(d c1240)
    Mother: Margaret de Crawford b: ABT. 1195 in Crawford, Ayrshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Martha (of Carrick) Bruce, who later married Robert the Bruce
    Children
    1. Has No Children Hugh of Douglas - The indenture between Sir Hugh de Abernethy and Longlegs for his marriage to Marjory is the earliest charter of the Douglases which escaped destruction. It is dated 1274.
    2. Has Children William (le Hardi) 5th of Douglas
    3. Has Children Willelma (of Douglas) Douglas

    Marriage 2 Constance of Batail, through whom he obtained the rich Manor of Fawdon in Northumberland.

A further daughter, Margaret, mother unknown, is stated to have married Richard Keith, son of Sir Hervey de Keith, Earl Marischal of Scotland (in charge of the horses of the King of Scots).