Sir James Douglas of Lothian

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James the Black Douglas, "the Good"

Also Known As: "The Good", "The Dull", "James /Douglas/", "of Lothian", "Lord of Douglas"
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Birthplace: Douglas Castle, Lanackshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna, Galicia, Spain
Place of Burial: Kirk, Douglas ? , South Lanarkshire, Scotland Present UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William "le Hardi" Douglas, 5th Lord of Douglas and Elisabeth Stewart of Crawford
Husband of N.N. N.N.; Joan Douglas and Beatrice Lindsay of Crawford
Father of William IV, Lord of Douglas and Archibald Douglas "The Grim", 3rd Earl of Douglas
Brother of Barbara Douglas of Douglas and Sir Archibald "The Tyneman" Douglas
Half brother of Muriel Soulis Lovell; John Lindsay of Craige and Hugh "the Dull" Douglas

Occupation: 2nd Earl of Douglas | Died carrying Robert the Bruce's heart to the Holy Land
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About Sir James Douglas of Lothian

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Douglas,_Lord_of_Douglas

Sir James Douglas (also known as Guid Sir James and the Black Douglas), (1286 – August 25, 1330), was a Scottish soldier and knight who fought in the Scottish Wars of Independence. He was a son of Sir William Douglas the Hardy, who had been a supporter of William Wallace (the elder Douglas died in 1298, a prisoner in the Tower of London). His mother was Elizabeth Stewart, the daughter of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland.

Sir James had two children by unknown mothers:

William, Lord of Douglas killed 1333 at the Battle of Halidon Hill

In 1333 succeeded by his uncle, Hugh the Dull, Lord of Douglas (c.1294-1342)

In 1342 succeeded by his cousin, William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, (1327-1384)

Archibald the Grim (1325-1400), Lord of Galloway succeeded his once removed cousin as Earl of Douglas in 1388.

He served as lieutenant to Robert the Bruce, King of Scots in the Scottish Wars of Independence, including the great victory at the Battle of Bannockburn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bannockburn

In 1329, Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, as he lay dying, had charged his friend and lieutenant, Sir James Douglas, that when he was dead the knight should take the king's embalmed heart and bear it with him on crusade. So in 1330 he went on Crusade with Robert the Bruce's Heart and was killed at the Battle of Teba while fighting the Moors in Spain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Teba

The poet and chronicler John Barbour provides us with a pen portrait of the Black Douglas, among the first of its kind in Scottish history;

But he was not so fair that we

Should praise his looks in high degree.

In visage he was rather grey;

His hair was black, so I heard say,

His limbs were finely made and long,

His bones were large, his shoulders strong,

His body was well-knit and slim

And those say that set eyes on him,

When happy, loveable was he,

And meek and sweet in company,

But those with him in battle saw

Another countenance he wore!

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Nursery Rhyme

Hush Ye,Hush ye,

Hush ye, little pet ye,

Hush ye, hush ye, do no fret ye,

The Black Douglas shall no get ye. -------------------- Sir James Douglas (also known as Guid Sir James and the Black Douglas), (1286 – August 25, 1330), was a Scottish soldier and knight who fought in the Scottish Wars of Independence. He was a son of Sir William Douglas the Hardy, who had been a supporter of William Wallace (the elder Douglas died in 1298, a prisoner in the Tower of London). His mother was Elizabeth Stewart, the daughter of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland.

Sir James had two children by unknown mothers:

William, Lord of Douglas killed 1333 at the Battle of Halidon Hill

In 1333 succeeded by his uncle, Hugh the Dull, Lord of Douglas (c.1294-1342)

In 1342 succeeded by his cousin, William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, (1327-1384)

Archibald the Grim (1325-1400), Lord of Galloway succeeded his once removed cousin as Earl of Douglas in 1388. -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Douglas,_Lord_of_Douglas

Sir James "Good Sir James/Black Douglas" Douglas Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Share Birth: c. 1286 Death: Aug. 25, 1330

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.


Cause of death: killed in battle with the Moors


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Burial: Saint Bride's Cemetery Douglas South Lanarkshire, Scotland


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Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jun 20, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 10033

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10033&ref=wvr -------------------- Fought for Robert the Bruce at Methven in 1306. One of the greatest Scots heroes Then led a raid on Douglas Castle, his Douglasdale Estate. (It had been confiscated by the English). Disguised as peasants, he & his men defeated the English garrison. This battle became known as the "Douglas Larder." He & his men attacked & captured Roxburgh Castle, disguised as oxen. Known for his stealthy and effective means of combat. Played a major role in the defeat of the English Army at Battle of Bannockburn. One of the signatories of the Declaration of Arbroath, at Arbroath Abbey (1320). 1329 Upon death of Bruce, entrusted to take his heart on pilgrimage to Holy Land. 1330 Killed fighting the Moors in Spain while on this pilgrimage in Spain. His body & Bruce's heart were returned to Scotland. Interred: St. Bride's Church. Lord of Galloway. Clan Douglas Website: "His stealthy and effective means of combat are remembered in a children's bedtime song, "Hush ye, hush ye, little pet ye, Hush ye, hush ye, do not fret ye, The Black Douglas shall no get ye."

"Known to theScots as "good Sir James", & to the the English as "the Black Douglas," he was, with Wallace & Bruce, one of the three great heroes of Scottish independence."[1]

Wikipedia: The poet and chronicler John Barbour provides us with a pen portrait of the Black Douglas, among the first of its kind in Scottish history. 

But he was not so fair that we Should praise his looks in high degree. In visage he was rather grey; His hair was black, so I heard say, His limbs were finely made and long, His bones were large, his shoulders strong, His body was well-knit and slim And those say that set eyes on him, When happy, loveable was he, And meek and sweet in company, But those with him in battle saw Another countenance he wore! Lord of Douglas. He joined the revolt of Robert the Bruce. He escaped with Bruce from the battle of Methuen, three times destroyed English garrisons in his castle of Douglas. By his raids into England he earned the dreaded name of "the Black Douglas." He took Teviotdale, commanded the left wing at Bannockburn in 1314, invaded Yorkshire, defeated the army of the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Ely at Mitton in 1319, he surprised the English at Weardale in 1327, nearly capturing King Edward III. During the peace that followed, while carrying the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce to the Holy Land according to the dying king's wish, he fell to his death fighting Moors in Andalusia.

 

Name: James /Douglas/ Also known as: •Good Sir James in Scotland •The Black Douglas to the English

http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/Jameslddouglas.htm

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Sir James Douglas of Lothian's Timeline

1286
1286
Douglas Castle, Lanackshire, Scotland
1325
1325
Age 39
Hermiston, Roxburghshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
1330
August 25, 1330
Age 44
Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna, Galicia, Spain
1343
September 24, 1343
Age 44
Scone, Perth, Scotland
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Lothian, Scotland
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Kirk, Douglas ? , South Lanarkshire, Scotland Present UK