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James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Tantallon Castle, Near North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
Death: September 09, 1446 (14-22)
Earldom of Mar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus and Margaret Hay, of Yester
Brother of George Douglas , 4th Earl of Angus; Hugh Douglas, Rector of St. Andrews; William Douglas, of Cluny; Catherine Douglas; Margaret Douglas and 1 other

Occupation: 3rd Earl of Angus, Earl 20 (3) of Angus
Managed by: Oliver Marcus Stedall
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About James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus

James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus, Lord of Liddesdale and Jedburgh Forest (1426–1446) was a Scottish Nobleman. He was the son of William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus and Margaret Hay of Yester.

Angus succeeded at the age of eleven years old, and was soon involved in strife with his Black Douglas cousins. He was forfeited of his estates by James II in 1445, under the influence of his near cousin William Douglas, 8th Earl of Douglas. The Earl of Douglas was trying to consolidate the power vacuum created and partially filled by the murder of his cousins at the "Black Dinner" at Edinburgh Castle, sanctioned by the king and his own father James the Gross, 7th Earl of Douglas.

It has been suggested that the feud between the Black and Red Lines of the House of Douglas were fomented by Bishop Kennedy of St. Andrews as a method of controlling unruly magnates, and ensuring continued Stewart power.[1]. To compound the treachery, Kennedy was a first cousin through Angus' grandmother, Princess Mary of Scotland, a daughter of King Robert III.

During his forfeiture, Angus was surprised at the reluctance of his tenantry to pay their Feus, he made a point of collecting them punctually in person.

Angus died in 1446. He was betrothed briefly to Princess Joan, third daughter of King James I, she was twelve years old when he died and was with her sister the Dauphine of France. She later married James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton, the head of the Douglases of Dalkeith. Angus was succeeded by his brother, George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus in 1446.


From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on James Douglas, Earl of Angus:

James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus1

  • M, #109553,
  • b. before 1428,
  • d. before 9 September 1446
  • Last Edited=12 Apr 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=1.6%

James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus was born before 1428.[1] He was the son of William Douglas, 2nd Earl of Angus and Margaret Hay.[1]

He and Joan Stewart were engaged on 18 October 1440.[2]

He died before 9 September 1446, without issue.[1]

He succeeded to the title of 3rd Earl of Angus [S., 1389] in October 1437.[1]

On 1 July 1445 he was attainted, but this was probably soon reveresed.[1]

Citations

  • 1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 155. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2. [S323] Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 19. Hereinafter cited as The Scots Peerage.
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James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Angus's Timeline

1428
1428
Near North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland
1446
September 9, 1446
Age 18
Earldom of Mar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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