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Janet Douglas

Also Known As: "Jonet Douglas", "The Grey Lady of Glamis Castle", "Lady Campbell"
Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: July 17, 1537 (38)
Castle Hill, Edinburgh. Midlothian, Scotland (Burned at the stake for witchcraft)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Douglas, Master of Angus and Elizabeth Drummond of Glamis
Wife of John Lyon; John Lyon, 6th Lord Glamis and Archibald Campbell of Skippinch
Mother of Archibald Lyon of Glamis; John Lyon, 7th Lord of Glamis; Elizabeth Forbes; Margaret Lyon; George de Weston Lamb and 3 others
Sister of Alicia Douglas; Alison Douglas of Angus; Elizabeth Douglas of Angus; Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus; George Douglas of Pittendreich and 2 others

Occupation: Lady Glamis
Managed by: Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy,Vol. C...
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About Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis

Janet Douglas b. ? She died on 17 July 1537 at Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, burned at the stake for threatening the life of King James V with sorcery. Her ghost is said to haunt Glamis Castle.

She was the daughter of George Douglas, Master of Angus and Elizabeth Drummond.

Her ghost known as "The White Lady" has haunted Glamis Castle for hundreds of years. The Lady of Glamis who became Lady Campbell after her husband's death. A trumped-up charge of witchcraft was bought against her by the cruel and wicked Monarch James V. Although she was a woman of impeccable character and a very beautiful and popular lady she was imprisoned. After a long imprisonment in a dark dungeon, she was almost blind. She was burned alive at the stake outside Edinburgh Castle. Even her young son was condemned to death and imprisoned only to be released after the king had died. Secrets and Hauntings of Glamis Castle

  • She married, firstly, John Lyon, 6th Lord Glamis, son of John Lyon, 4th Lord Glamis and Elizabeth Gray, before 12 December 1527.
  • She married, secondly, Archibald Campbell, son of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll and Elizabeth Stuart, after 1528. From after 1528, her married name became Campbell.

Child of Janet Douglas and Archibald Campbell

   * John Campbell

Children of Janet Douglas and John Lyon, 6th Lord Glamis

   * George Lyon d. a 1542
   * Margaret Lyon d. 15 Jun 1610
   * Elizabeth Lyons
   * John Lyon, 7th Lord Glamis+ d. b 18 Sep 1559


  1. http://thepeerage.com/p10964.htm#i109632 Last Edited=14 Apr 2008


  1. [S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 1282. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.
  2. [S8] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, volume 1, page 104.

Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis (died 17 July 1537) was a Scottish noblewoman accused of witchcraft, who was burnt to death during the reign of James V of Scotland.

Treason and charges of witchcraft[edit] The Douglas family was far from favoured by King James V of Scotland; Janet's brother, Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, was the King's stepfather, and Angus had imprisoned the young James. James's hatred for Angus extended to his whole family, including Janet. After James had broken free of the Douglas family, in December 1528 Janet was summoned for treason. She was accused with others for bringing supporters of the Earl of Angus to Edinburgh in June. However, James called her "our lovittis Dame Jonat Douglas" in a licence of 1529 allowing her and a co-accused Patrick Charteris of Cuthilgurdy to go on pilgrimage and be exempt from legal proceedings.

A recent historian, Jamie Cameron, thinks it unlikely that Janet went on pilgrimage, as she was the subject of a number of legal actions culminating in a charge of poisoning her husband John Lyon, 6th Lord Glamis who had died on 17 September 1528. This case was dropped and Janet was free to marry her second husband, Archibald Campbell of Skipness by the summer of 1532. However on 17 July 1537 Janet was convicted of planning to poison the King and communicating with her brothers, the Earl of Angus and George Douglas.[1]

James had Janet accused of witchcraft against him, although it was clear that the accusations were false. She was imprisoned with her husband (who escaped but was later killed) in a dungeon of Edinburgh Castle. It was easy for James to imprison Janet, but actually convicting her was more difficult. To gain "evidence", James had Janet's family members and servants subjected to torture. Janet was convicted and burned at the stake on 17 July 1537 on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, which her young son was forced to watch.

She was the daughter of George Douglas, Master of Angus and Elizabeth Drummond, daughter of John Drummond, 1st Lord Drummond. She married firstly to John Lyon, 6th Lord Glamis (1492–1528) and by him had issue:

John Lyon, 7th Lord Glamis

George Lyon

Margaret Lyon

Elizabeth Lyon, married 1st: John Forbes, Master of Forbes; married 2nd: Thomas Craig of Balnely; married 3rd: John Tulloch of Montcoffer; married 4th: John Abernethy. Janet, Lady Glamis married secondly Archibald Campbell of Skipnish, second son of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll.


Jump up ^ Cameron, Jamie, James V, Tuckwell (1998), pp. 169-181, 204-05.

Jump up ^ Balfour Paul, Sir James, Scots Peerage vol viii, pp.278-280, Edinburgh 1904

Information added to Geni by; HRH Prince Kieren de Muire von Drakenberg

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Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis's Timeline

Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland
October 1510
Age 11
East Stoke, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 11
Age 19
Glamis, Angushire, Scotland
Age 21
Age 21
Skipness, Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
August 19, 1535
Age 36
July 17, 1537
Age 38
Castle Hill, Edinburgh. Midlothian, Scotland