The History of Leith

October 24, 2010

William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas

William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas (c. 1327 – 1384) was a Scottish nobleman.

He was the son of Sir Archibald Douglas and Beatrice Lindsay, and nephew of “Sir James the Good”, Bruce’s trusted deputy. He was educated in France and returned to Scotland in 1348. In 1353, he killed his uncle Sir William Douglas of Liddesdale, a knight, in Ettrick Forest. Liddesdale was known as the “Flower of Chivalry” and had been warden of the western Marches, along the English border, during the minority of King David II. He had helped drive English invaders from the area, but had lost the king’s favour when he murdered Sir Alexander Ramsay of Dalhousie, sheriff of Teviotdale. Some of his lands passed to his kinsman and murderer. for more click here

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