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James Douglas, 8th Laird of Drumlanrig






James Douglas, 8th Laird of Drumlanrig, was a Scottish nobleman who lived in the 16th and early 17th centuries. James Douglas succeeded his grandfather, James, 7th Baron of Drumlanrig.



James Douglas died in 1615, and he was succeeded by his son, William Douglas, 1st Earl of Queensberry. He was buried in the Douglas Mausoleum in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle.



Death: 16 OCT 1615

Father: William (Sir) (of Hawick) Douglas
Mother: Margaret (of Lochinvar) Gordon

Marriage 1 Mary (of Wigtoun) Fleming b: ABT. 1563 daughter of John Fleming, 5th Lord
  • Married: 9 DEC 1581
  1.  William (1st Earl of Queensbury) Douglas
  2.  James (of Mouswald) Douglas - marr 2ndly (mcrt 02.11.1615) Helena Grierson (dau of Sir William Grierson of Lag)
  3.  David (of Airdoch(1)) Douglas
  4.  George Douglas of Penziere, a priest
  5.  Janet Douglas - m. William Livingston of Jerviswood
  6.  Helen Douglas - John Menzies of Castlehill
  7. Christian Douglas - m. Robert Dalzell, 2nd Earl of Carnwath (bur 21.06.1654)
  8. Jean Douglas


There was also a son, William Douglas, who was probably illegitimate.


On 13 Aug 1548, Queen Mary granted Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig ward and marriage of Simon Carruthers' two daughters, Janet and Marion. Sir James had designs on their inheritance, including Comlongon and Mouswald Castles, and succeeded in marrying off Janet, but Marion was made of sterner stuff, and refused to marry.  However, this situation led to her committing suicide, if, indeed she were not murdered.  Read more>>>



1.  Probably Ardoch - see Hector of Ardoch




The following information was provided by an AI source, and is of doubtful validity:

James Douglas was a prominent figure in Scottish politics, and he served as a member of the Privy Council of Scotland. He was also a member of the Scottish Parliament, and he was elected as one of the commissioners to the Parliament of England in 1604.

In 1608, James Douglas was appointed as Warden of the West Marches, which was a position of great importance in the border region between Scotland and England. He was responsible for maintaining peace and order in the area, and he played a key role in negotiations with the English authorities.


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