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Master James Douglas, Commendator of Melrose







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These stamps probably belonged to Master James Douglas, Commendator of Melrose, second son of William Douglas, 6th Earl of Morton. He married three times, firstly, Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas Ker of Fernihurst, the contract dated 6 November 1587; secondly, Helen, daughter of William Scott, of Abbotshall, the contract dated 7 November 1598; and thirdly, in 1609, Jean, daughter of Sir James Anstruther. He had children by each marriage, and was dead by 1620. The second stamp exists with the initials altered to M W D, presumably for Master William Douglas who gave the book to Edinburgh University Library in 1619, and may have been a relative of James. The `I D preacher' who translated the manuscript in Edinburgh University Library was probably the owner of the stamps.



It has already been shown  that the whole property of the Monastery which had accumulated in the hands of the monks from the time of David i., and had been erected into a free regality, was finally vested in the Crown, and again granted by a charter of James vi., dated 1st May 1569, to James Douglas, second son of William Douglas of Loch Leven, as Commendator. In the Charters printed in this volume, p. 246 et seq., we see how Douglas, acting with his Iconomus, Alexander Colvole, Commendator of Culross, exercised the power thus conferred upon him ' to set in feu ferme lang or schort takkis.' 
On 28th February 1590 James Douglas, Commendator of Melrose, with consent of Lady Mary Ker, his spouse, for her liferent interest feued the lands of Gattonside to certain persons therein mentioned, the boundaries being then given.
Charter confirming a charter by George Home, fiar of Spot, with consent of Jean Hamiltoun, his spouse, to James Douglas, Commendator of Pluscardin, natural son of James, Earl of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeith, Regent, and Agnes Home, daughter of the said George Home, and future spouse of the said James Douglas, in implement of a contract between the said Regent and George Home, dated Edinburgh, 18th January 1577, of the lands of Hartsyd, Easter, Wester and Middle and the Mains of Hartsyd alias Weitpetheid within the sheriffdom of Edinburgh, and constabulary of Haddington, to be held by the said James Douglas and Agnes Home, his future spouse, and their lawful heirs to be procreated, whom failing, Archibald Douglas, natural brother of the said James Douglas and the lawful heirs male of his body, whom failing, George Douglas, also natural brother of the said James Douglas, and his heirs male, whom failing, William Douglas, likewise natural brother of the foresaid James Douglas, and his heirs male, whom failing, Archibald, Earl of Angus, and his heirs male, whom failing, William Douglas of Quhittingham and his heirs male, whom all failing, to the heirs whomsoever of the foresaid Regent, paying yearly £40, reserving the liferent of Katherine Colvill, spouse of George Home of Spott, the granter's father, of certain parts of the lands of Hartsyd sometime occupied by the deceased Adam Manderstoun, and part of the mill lands occupied by James Rennet, and reserving after death of the said Katherine Colvill the terce of Jean Hamiltoun, spouse of the granter; dated at , 157 — (no witnesses).

The charter of confirmation is dated at 1578 ; wit-
nesses, . (f. 71.)



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