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  • ID: I3188
  • Name: William Douglas
  • Suffix: 5th Earl of Morton
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1540
  • Death: 27 SEP 1606
  • Occupation: Custodian of Mary Queen of Scots at Lochleven
  • Note: 1

    Had custody of Mary Queen of Scots during her imprisonment at Lochleven Castle 1567-8.
    Had a son Robert.
    Mary Queen of Scots was taken to Lochleven Castle in mid-June 1567 after her defeat at Carberry Hill by Lords Lindsay and Ruthven, under her half-brother's instructions, Lord Moray. The castle was the property of Sir William Douglas, Moray's half-brother, where he lived with his wife, children, mother, another of his brothers, and another youngster. The mother was Margaret Erskine, known as Lady Douglas, who had married his father, Robert Douglas. Robert Douglas had died at the battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547 but Margaret had borne him seven children. Before her marriage, Margaret had been the mistress of Mary's father, James V, and six children were born out of the relationship. Margaret always resented Mary's presence on the throne, when her own son, Moray could have been there instead. The other son on the island was George Douglas, young and handsome, who fell in love with Mary from the start and would later help her escape from Lochleven. The other youth, a boy between fourteen and sixteen years of age, was Willie or "Wee Douglas", reputed to be an orphaned cousin but possibly an illegitimate son of William Douglas. Willie Douglas was also bewitched by the Queen and played an important part in her escape.
    Sir William Douglas (d. 1606), who ranks as 6th or 7th earl of Morton, was the 4th earl?s near kinsman, being the son of Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven (d. 1547), and was closely associated with him in his career, the two men being occasionally confused in the histories. He was the custodian at Lochleven Castle of Queen Mary. By the 4th earl?s will he succeeded in 1588 to the earldom of Morton, on the death of Archibald, 8th earl of Angus; but Lord Maxwell?s title of Morton, which had been revoked in 1585, was revived in 1587 and 1592, so that both men were in possession, and a conflict arose. Sir William Douglas wns succeeded by his grandson William (1582-1649), known as 7th or 8th earl of Morton, lord high treasurer of Scotland.
  • _UID: 675C1ECA37134C9ABD7209EA5B212D7F25F7
  • Change Date: 29 JUN 2009

    Father: Robert Douglas
    Mother: Margaret Erskine

    Marriage 1 Agnes Leslie
    • Married: 19 AUG 1554
    1. Has Children Robert Douglas
    2. Has Children Mary Douglas
    3. Has Children Elizabeth Douglas
    4. Has No Children Margaret Douglas
    5. Has Children Agnes Douglas

    1. Type: Web Site
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