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Archibald Douglas

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Pittendriech, near, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: 1618 (55)
Pittendriech, Midlothian , Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton; Regent of Scotland and unknown mistress of James Douglas
Husband of Elizabeth Sutherland of Duffus
Father of Robert Douglas of Pittendriech and Elizabeth Douglas, of Pittendreich
Brother of James Douglas of Spott; George Douglas and William Douglas of Mosshouses

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About Archibald Douglas of Pittendriech

Archibald Douglas died at of Pittendriech, Midlothian, Scotland; He was illegitimate.1

  • parents are said to be James (4th Earl Of Morton) Douglas by a Mistress Cullen. He was beheaded on 2 June 1581 for the murder of Lord Darnley.


  1. A contract for the marriage of Archibald Douglas and Elizabeth Sutherland was signed on 9 November 1590.1. She was b. Between 1564 & 1568, the daughter of Alexander Sutherland & Janet Grant.


  1. Robert Douglas+3 b. 8 Jun 1588. Married Jean Ross, daughter of Robert Ross, 5th laird of Halkshead.
  2. Elizabeth Douglas b 1592  Duffus, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland. Married John Innes. Notes: Descendants of Elizabeth & John can be found in Newport, Rhode Island.


From The Heraldry of the Douglases: With Notes on All the Males of the Family, Descriptions of the Arms, Plates and Pedigrees (Google eBook) "The Douglases of Angus" page 42

(124) James, Fourth Earl Of Morton, second son of No. 121. He married, before 1543, Elizabeth, second of the three daughters and co-heirs of James, third Earl of Morton (No. 261). This lady was long insane, and died September 1574. After his marriage he was recognised as Master of Morton, and succeeded to the Earldom on the death of his father-inlaw in 1553.

In 1564 his right to the Earldom of Morton was confirmed by a grant, with the following remainders:—

  • i. To himself and the heirs male of his body. (As he had no legitimate son this clause failed.)
  • II. To his nephew, Archibald, eighth Earl of Angus. (He succeeded as sixth Earl of Morton.)

He was Chancellor of Scotland 1562-67, and 1567-72. He took a leading part in the murder of Rizzio, 1566. Regent of Scotland 1572-78. He was found guilty of being concerned in the murder of Lord Darnley, and executed 2nd June 1581, without legitimate issue.

He had, however, four natural sons :—

  • (a) James (No. 125).
  • (b) Archibald Douglas of Pittendreich, who married Elizabeth,daughter of William Sutherland of Duffus.
  • (c) George Douglas, a cripple, living 1611.
  • (d) William Douglas.


  1. The Scots Peerage, Vol. III, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 202-203.
  2. The Scots Peerage, Vol. VI, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 362-363
  3. A History of the House of Douglas from the Earliest Times Down to the Legislative Union of England & Scotland, Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell, (Freemantle & Co. 217 Piccadilly W., 1902 Original, 2 volume set, property of Hon. Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple 1888- vg), v.1 p.285, v.2 p.125 "Besides his legitimate children, Morton left four bastard sons—(2) Archibald Douglas, upon whom his father bestowed his paternal estate of Pittendreich. He married Elizabeth, daughter of William Sutherland of Duffus, and had issue Elizabeth, who married John Innes of Leuchars. (2)"


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Archibald Douglas of Pittendriech's Timeline

Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland
June 8, 1588
Age 26
Glasgow, Scotland
Age 36
Duffus, Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 56
Pittendriech, Midlothian , Scotland