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James Douglas of Dalkeith, Knight

Also Known As: "James Lord Of Dalkirth Douglas"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Dalkeith, MidLothian, Scotland
Death: February 1440 (67-70)
Dalkeith, MidLothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Douglas of Dalkeith and Agnes Dunbar
Husband of Elizabeth Stewart, Princess of Scotland and Janet Borthwick
Father of Margaret Douglas; James, 2nd Lord Douglas of Dalkeith; William Douglas of Whittinghame; Henry Douglas; Sir James Douglas, Third Lord of Dalkeith and 1 other
Brother of Janet Douglas of Dalkeith; Agnes Douglas of Dalkeith and William Douglas

Occupation: 1st Lord of Dalkeith
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About Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord of Dalkeith

Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord of Dalkeith

  • b: Bet. 1370?1373 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
  • died before 22 May 1441

James Douglas, 1st Baron Dalkeith (born ca. 1356 and died before 22 May 1441) was a Scottish nobleman born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland to S ir James Douglas and Agnes Dunbar. He married Elizabeth (Princess) Stewart, daughter of King Robert III, about the year 1387. They had four children before she died: William, James, Henry, and Margaret. He later remarried Janet Borthwick. (Wikipedia)



  1. Elizabeth Stewart, b: 1387 in Dunfermline Palace, Fifeshire, Scotland
  2. Janet Borthwick, daughter of WILLIAM Borthwick of Borthwick & his wife ---.  She married secondly George Crichton Earl of Caithness

Children of 1st wife

  1. William Douglas b: 1405 in Dalkieth, Midlothian, Scotland
  2. James Douglas 3rd Lord of Dalkeith b: 1407 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
  3. Henry Douglas b: 1409 in Dalkieth, Midlothian, Scotland
  4. Margaret Douglas b: 1411 in Dalkieth, Midlothian, Scotland


Sir James succeeded his father as Lord of Dalkeith. He is first named in two entails dated 2 January 1374-75, providing the barony of Kincavill and others to him as son of Sir James Douglas and Agnes Dunbar, when he must have been a mere infant. On 22 April 1378 it was proposed that he should marry one of two daughters of John, Earl of Carrick, afterwards King Robert III., and on 24 March 1381-82 he received from her grandfather King Robert II. a grant of the lands of Mordington, Whittinghame, and many others, erected into a free regality. He attained the dignity of knighthood between September 1390 and December 1392, when he is styled Sir James. [18]

He was styled as 1st Lord of Dalkeith.1 He was invested as a Knight between September 1390 and January 1392.4


a)         JAMES Douglas (before 1375-before 22 May 1441).  Robert II King of Scotland confirmed "Baroniam de Prestoun" to "Jacobo de Douglas de Dalketh militi…et Jacobo de Douglas filio suo ex Agnete de Dunbarr sorore comitis Marchie", and in default of direct male heirs to "Willelmo de Douglas militi fratri ipsius Jacobi de Douglas patris…Henrico de Douglas militi fratri ipsorum Jacobi et Willelmi…Thome de Douglas fratri eorumdem Jacobi et Willelmi ac Henrici", by charter dated 2 Jan 1375[335].  The testament of "Jacobus de Douglas dominus de Dalkeith", dated 30 Sep 1390, appointed "Jacobum filium suum primogenitum ex Agnete uxore mea" as his heir, and in default "Willielmum filium suum progenitum ex Elizabetha sponsa filia Regis…domini Henrici de Douglas avunculi sui"[336].  He succeeded his father in 1420 in the barony of Aberdour, co. Fife, and in the castle and town of Dalkeith.  He may have been created Lord Dalkeith in [1430][337]. 

m firstly (contract, Apr 1378, before 10 Nov 1387) Lady ELIZABETH Stewart, daughter of ROBERT III King of Scotland & his wife Annabel Drummond (-before 1411).  The marriage contract between "Jacobus de Douglas filius et heres…dñi Jacobi", and if he died "Willelmus de Douglas filius predictus dñi Jacobi nunc minor", and "dñm Johannem primogenitum dñi nostri Regis comite de Carrick senescallim Scocie…filiabus…Margareta filia sua seniore aut Elizabeth filia sua minore" is dated Apr 1378[338]. 

m secondly as her first husband, JANET Borthwick, daughter of WILLIAM Borthwick of Borthwick & his wife ---.  She married secondly George Crichton Earl of Caithness. 


  1. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 229. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  2. [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2786. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  3. [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  4. [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 IV, page 39. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  5. [S1924] #189 The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom, with Armorial Illustrations (1904-1914), Paul , Sir James Balfour, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), FHL book 941 D22p; FHL microfilms104,157-104,161., vol. 6 p. 350.


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Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord of Dalkeith's Timeline

Dalkeith, MidLothian, Scotland
September 30, 1390
Age 20
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Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
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Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
February 1440
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Dalkeith, MidLothian, Scotland
May 22, 1441
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