Egidia Douglas, Countess of Orkney

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Egidia Douglas, Countess of Orkney

Also Known As: "Jill", "Giles the Fair Maid of Nithsdale"
Birthplace: Nithsdale, Dumfries-Shire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 1438 (49-67)
Orkney Islands, Orkney, Scotland
Place of Burial: Orkney, Scotland, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Douglas, Sr., of Nithsdale and Egidia Stewart, of Lounane, Princess of Scotland
Wife of Henry Sinclair, 2nd Earl of Orkney and Alasdair Stewart
Mother of Beatrix (Bethoc) Sinclair, Countess of Douglas and William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness, 3rd Earl of Orkney
Sister of Sir William Douglas of Nithsdale

Occupation: Countess of Orkney
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About Egidia Douglas, Countess of Orkney

Maternal granddaughter of King Robert II of Scotland and great granddaughter of King Robert I the Bruce of Scotland. Was beautiful and known as the Fair Maiden of Nithsdale.

From Nithsdale (Strathnith or Stranith) A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

Under Robert II. Nithsdale obtained new superiors. Sir William Douglas, natural son of Sir Archibald Douglas, Lord of Galloway, wedding Giles, the daughter of the king, received with her a grant of Nithsdale, and was constituted sheriff of Dumfries.

  • >His only child, his daughter Giles - called the Fair Maid of Nithsdale, who inherited her father's lordship and sheriffdom - married,
  1. first, in 1407, to Henry Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, and next,
  2. in 1418, Alexander Stewart, the son of James, who was the brother of Robert II., and had obtained from Robert Bruce the lands of Durisdeer.

Her children by her first marriage were

  1. William Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Orkney, who inherited Nithsdale and the sheriffship of Dumfries.
  2. Beatrix Sinclair, who married James Douglas, 7th Earl of Douglas.


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Egidia Douglas, Countess of Orkney's Timeline

Nithsdale, Dumfries-Shire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Brechin, Scotland
Rosslyn Castle, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Age 58
Orkney Islands, Orkney, Scotland
Age 58
Orkney Islands, Orkney, Scotland, UK