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Douglas of Spott





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As far as I can deduce, the Douglases inherited Spott on the death of George Home, whose daughter Anna married James Douglas in 1578.  I have been unable to trace any descendants beyond Alexander.


Sir James Douglas, lay Prior of Pluscarden, knighted about 1607. He married Anna, only daughter of George Home of Spott. He is mentioned in the Acts of Parliament, 1592, and in the Privy Council Register,
He had a son : —
Sir Archibald Douglas of Spott, retoured to his father 1615. He is mentioned in the Great Seal Register, 1620 (see below). His Will recorded Edinburgh 1647.
His son : —
Archibald Douglas of Spott, was retoured to his father 1647, and Sir Robert Douglas of Makerstoune is named as his tutor, 1658 {Great Seal Register).
His son : —
Alexander Douglas, was retoured to his father 1672.




Sir Robert Douglas of Spott (d.1629), master of the horse to Prince Henry:

Douglas was the dedicatee of one of the many lamentations for Prince Henry,  viz."Great Britaine all in Blacke" (London, 1612; STC (2nd ed.) / 23760), by John Taylor, the "Water Poet" - Taylor's dedication to Douglas takes the form of a sonnet.


Sir Robert Douglas, of Spott, in the county of Haddington, (son of Malcolm Douglas, of Mains, in Dunbartonshire, descended from Nicol Douglas, of the family of Morton,) was page of honour to Henry, Prince of Wales, and afterwards his master of the horse. Upon the lamented death of that prince, he was appointed one of the gentlemen of the bedchamber to King James I., and continued in that office to King Charles I., by whom he was also constituted master of the household, and sworn a privy councillor. He was created a peer of Scotland, by the title of Viscount of Belhaven, in the county of Haddington, to himself and the heirs male of his body, by patent, dated 24th June, 1633.


Robert Douglas of Spott, Viscount Belhaven (b c1573, dspl 14th Jan1639), son of Matthew Douglas, 7th of Mains (abt 1549) and Margaret Buchanan (dau of George Buchanan of that ilk), married m. (may 1611) Nicolas Moray (d Nov 1612, dau of Robert Moray of Abercairney).
Robert and Margaret are the assumed parents of:
John Douglas
Susanna Douglas (b c1617, d c1692), who married (2nd Feb1635/6) Sir Robert Douglas of Blackerstone.



James Douglas of Spott - an Ulster Undertaker


Sir James Douglas, of Spott; Haddington constabulary, 1612.  Commendator of Pluscardine, natural son of James, Earl of Morton, had a charter, 31 Jan 1577/78 of the lands of Easter Spott, Co. Edinburgh from George Home, Fiar of Spott


(Jul. 26. ?1592/3)—An Act is paffed ' in fauouris of The Erll Bothuill and his compliceis,' viz. Dame Margaret Douglas Counteffe of Bothuill,2 James Douglas of Spott, &c. Proclamation is ordered to be made, charging ' all his hienes liegis, that nane of thame tak vpoun hand to fklander, murmour, reproche or bakbyte the perfonis abouewrittin or thair pairt-takaris, or onywayes moleft or perfew thame, in bodyis or guidis, vpoun quhatfumeuir caus, cullour or cryme bigane.' And that Letters be directed to relax them from the procefs of horn. (Aug. 8.)—Proclamation, relative to ' ane fchip of Preftoun laitlie arryvit in this Firth, cum furth of England, quhairin ar lindrie perfonis and guidis fufpect to be infectit with the peft.' The ' maifteris, fkipparis, marinaris,' &c. are charged ' to addrefle thame felffis with the faid fchip and guidis being thairin to Sanct Colmis Inche, and thair loife handle,3 and remane with the fame fchip and guidis, vnto the tyme pruiff and tryale be had, giff thay be foule or cleane of this difeafe,' &c. Charge is likewife given to the liegis, to prevent communication with the fhip.


It was proposed to introduce Bothwell and his followers by a back passage, that lay through the duke of Lennox' stables, who was immediately to seize the gates, take the keys from the porters, and then to proceed to the king's chamber, and secure him. As the king was totally unprepared, and dreaming of no danger, there did not seem the least risk of the enterprise failing, when the accession of James Douglas of Spot, an accidental circumstance that should have rendered the issue more certain, completely defeated it. A few days before, George Hume of Spot, Douglas' father-in-law, was killed by some Mersemen of the name of Home, and Sir George Hume, his nephew, the king's equerry, suspecting Douglas, accused him of being author, or accessory to the murder, from a dread lest his father-in-law should bestow upon Sir George, some lands which Douglas claimed in right of his wife. Upoh this accusation,, some of Douglas' servants were taken into custody, and confined in the palace, on purpose to be examined by torture ! The chancellor strenuously opposed this infamous and unjust mode of procedure, but the king insisted, and when Douglas, who also lodged in the palace, saw that there were no means of preventing it, he joined the conspirators. At the hour appointed, Bothwell and his followers were admitted by his accomplices, and had already reached the inner court of the palace without noise, when Douglas, eager to release his servants, proceeded with a party to force the rooms where they were confined. The noise of the hammers, in attempting to break open the doors, gave the first alarm. The king, who was then in the queen's apartments at supper, on hearing the noise, fled to the tower as a place of safety. Bothwell, after directing one body of his men to proceed to the chancellor's room, and secure him, went himself with the rest to the queen's apartments, where be expected to find the king; but the chancellor, with a few servants, resolutely defended his chamber, and the door of the queen's being barricaded, while Bothwell called for fire to burn them, Sir James Sandilands, one of the gentlemen of the king's bedchamber, receiving information of the king's danger, entered through the chapel, and drove the assailants from the palace, the chief of whom, taking advantage of the darkness, escaped by the same way by which they had entered. Nine of the lower order were taken, and hanged next morning.




June 4 1667:
Mr William Douglas, son of the deceased Laird of Whittingham, was tried for his concern in an unfortunate duel, in which Sir James Home of Eccles was killed. The affair took its origin in a quarrel in a tavern in Edinburgh, ‘after excessive drinking.’—Lam. We learn from the evidence of a hackney-coachman, that being employed by four gentlemen—namely, the two who have been mentioned, the Master of Ramsay, and Archibald Douglas of Spott—he drove them to a lonely spot on the shore near Leith, where they all came out, and drawing their swords, ‘went through other.’ He saw Sir James fall under the thrust of the accused party. Another person saw the accused standing over Sir James after he fell, and when the unfortunate gentleman was carried into Leith, he beard the accused ask him forgivenness. A third witness observed the Master of Ramsay with his foot on Spott’s neck, and when he (the deponent) removed the Master, Spott got up, ran at the Master, and called him ‘cullion!' It seems to have been a barbarous quarrel barbarously wrought out; and when we see how the men acted after they began fighting, we cannot but wonder that they were able to come to the field in one vehicle. William Douglas was sentenced to have his head stricken off his body three days after at the Cross of Edinburgh.—



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,"


June 11th 1667; Maister William Dowglas execute
Maister Maister William Dowglas sone lau11 to the lady of Blaikorston was Dowglaa beheided at the crosse of Edr and Baylly James Justice received the execute. warrand for his executioun the wch warrand could not be goten from him to regester
[Convicted of the slaughter of Sir James Home of Eccles. The trial is described at considerable length in Records of the Justiciary Court, vol. i., Scot. Hist. Socy., where it is stated that 'Mr. William Douglas a litle before his Triall had almost escaped out of the Tolbooth, having cutt the stenchers of the windows with aqua fortis. Being ready to go away he was taken.']



Lady Isobella, wife of Sir Archibald Douglas of Spott,



By his deposition it appeared that Sir James Douglas of Spott was ... Whereupon they were desired to pronounce Spott excommunicated, as one that had made defection from the truth, and was otherwise suspected of heinous crimes : but they ...




In 1678, a Captain Douglas of Spott commanded a company in France, possibly in Lord George Douglas's regiment at Amiens.


Probably the Archibald Douglas mentioned in the Great Seal register of 1620.  He was the son of Sir James Douglas, lay Prior of Pluscarden,



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