Name: James ?The Good? or ?Black? Douglas
Death: 25 AUG 1330 in Teba, Spain
Burial: St Bride?s Kirk, Douglas, Lanarkshire
Cause: Killed in battle with the Moors while taking Robert the Bruce?s heart on a crusade
MEM: St Bride?s Kirk, Douglas, Lanarkshire
Change Date: 16 DEC 2004
"Good Sir James/Black Douglas"
James of Douglas was the friend and ablest lieutenant of Robert the Bruce. Known as the Black Douglas to the English and as the Good Sir James to the Scots, Douglas was a brilliant fighter and master of guerrilla warfare. He commanded the left wing of Bruce's army at the battle of Bannockburn. Before his death, Bruce asked Douglas to take his heart on a crusade to the Holy Land. Douglas set out bearing Bruce's heart in a silver casket, but on the way fell fighting the Moors in Spain. The Scottish knights who survived brought back Douglas's body which was entombed in the town of Douglas and Bruce's heart which was buried in Melrose Abbey.
Died with Sir William SInclair (qv).
Father: William ?Le Hardi? Douglas b: ABT 1240
Mother: Elizabeth Stewart b: 1229
- Joanna Douglas b: 1314 in Douglas Castle, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
- Archibald ?The Grim? Douglas b: ABT 1346