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Sir Archibald Douglas of Spott was the son of Sir James, and grandson of James, 4th earl of Morton.


Hamilton, 13 of June.
M. D. L.
I hope you will thinke I was drunke yesterday for sending you a complaint of a poor mans being oppressed, and forgetting to tell you his name. It is Thomas Blair, merchant of Aire. I request you order them to set him at liberty. Be pleased likewise to write to my Lord Hume* to cease pursuing the Laird of Spot, since Mr
1 For an account of Provost Cunningham's accusation before the Privy Council, see Wodrow, vol. I. p. 286.
* Alexander, fourth Earl of Home.
William Douglas1 life was taken yesterday, if the king will not give a remission ; but if he will, send it downe. I am vindictive
1 On the fourth of June 1667, Archibald Douglas of Spot, and Mr William Douglas, " sone to umquhil Sir Robert Douglas of Blackerstoune," were, as appears from the Criminal Record of Edinburgh, " indytit and accusit for the slaughter of umquhill Sir James Home of Eccles, Knight."—John Home of Eccles, son of the deceased, is one of the pursuers—" My Lord Advocat insists primo loco against Mr William; and continues the trial of the Laird of Spott, to the first Wednesday of July next to come."—No circumstances of the murder are detailed. The jury acquitted Mr William of " the cryme of combatting, specified in the dittay," but found him guilty, " airt and part," of the slaughter of Sir James. Sentence—" To be tane upon Wednesday next, the 7th day of Junii, instant, to the mercat croce of Edin: and ther, betuixt two and four hours in the afternoone, to have his head stricken off from his bodie, and all his moveable guids and geir to be escheet," &c.—" 3d July.—The said day compeiret Sir Robert Sinclar of Longformacus, Advocat, and produced ane act of the Lords of his Maties. Privie Counsell, whereof the tenor follows:—Att Edin. the twentie day of Junii 1667, qra* anent a petitione presentit be Archibald Douglas of Spott, shewinge that qr** the petitioner is incarcerat within the tolbuith of Edin. for the slaughter of umq'e Sir James Home of Eccles, and is to be pannelled for the said cryme, before the Justices, upon the — day of July ensewing; and seeing Mr Wm Douglas, by his solemne declaration, subscrivit with his hand, and produced, hes taken upon him the said cryme, and acknowledgat that he was the only committer of the said slauchter ; and hes lykwayes suffered for the samen : humblie, therfor, desyring that the dyet befor the Justices might be continewit for some tyme, as the petitioun bears. Whilk petitioun, with the declaration of the said Mr Wm Douglas, being at lenth heard and considered, The Lords of his Maties privie counsall do ordein the Justices to supersede and continew anie procedour against the petitioner in the said proces, untill the first day of November nixt to come, &c.—In obedience to which, the Justices continewit the said action, &c—1st Novr. 1667.—The which day Archibald Douglas of Spott, being oft tymes callit, to have compeiret before his Maties Justice Generall, Justice Clerk, or Justice deputtes, in the hour of cans, to have under] yen his Maties lawes, for being accessarie airt and pairt, of (the slaughter of) umqu Sir James Home of Eccles, committed upon the — day of Apryll last, by
but I thinke life for life is all can be sought, since it is knowne they hated him not in time past. So, adieu.
(Endorsed by the Duke, " Lady Margaret Kennedy, 13 Jan. 1667.")
past, in maner mentionit in the Criminall Letters raisit at the instance of John Home of Eccles, for himself, and in name and behalf of the remenant kin and friends of his said deceast father, and Sir John Nisbit of Dirleton, Knight, his Maties Advocat for his Hienes interest, against the said Archibald Douglas y'anent, as he who was lawfully heard to have found caution for his compeirance before his Maties Justices upon the fourth day of May ; at which tyme the samyn dyett was continewit to the fourth day of July last; at which tyme also the said dyet was continewit to the nynth day of July last bypast, by ane act of his Maties privie counsall to this day. Lawfull tyme of day bidden, and the said Archibald Douglas of Spott not enterand to the effect abore written ; my Lord Justice Clerk, therfor, be the mouth of John Schort officer of Court, decernit and adjudged the said Archibald Douglas of Spott, to be denunced our Boveraigne Lords rebel), and put to the borne, and all his moveable goods and gear to be escheit, and in brought to his Majesties use, as outlaw and fugitive, &c."—No more has been discovered respecting the Laird, whose estate came afterwards into the possession of a gambler, named Murray, who sold it to Lord Alexander Hay, fifth son of the first Marquis of Tweedale. Murray's wife, a daughter of James Lord Forrester (formerly pronounced Foster) who was murdered with his own sword, in his garden at Corstorphine, by his first lady's niece, addressed the following tempestuous letter to Lord Alexander during her husband's bargain. It is said that after all her pride and indignation, she was reduced to solicit pecuniary aid from Lord Alexander, who, with a benevolence characteristic of his descendants, never withheld it; and that to receive this, she frequently appeared at the door of Spott house, in the meanest dress of a common mendicant.


His will recorded, Edinburgh, 1647


He had a son, Archibald, who was retoured to his father 1647




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