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About Dame Mariote Douglas, Countess of Glencairn

DAME MARIOTE DOUGLAS Countess of Glencairn

Mariote Douglas (1492) Marion Douglas (1498) Mariota Douglas (1498) Mariota Douglas (1498) Margareto Douglas (1509) Mariote Dowglace (1511) Dame Marion Douglas(1523)

Dame Mariote Douglas, here treated, is the daughter of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, Lord Douglas, and his wife Lady Elizabeth Boyd. The Scots Peerage I: 186


A date and place of death has not been identified for Dame Mariote Douglas, Countess of Glencairn. She was alive on 4 December 1523. NRS: GD39/1/35


Dame Mariiote Douglas, here treated, married Sir Cuthbert Cunningham, 3rd Earl of Glencairn According to the Scots Peerage, they were contracted on 24 June 1492. The Scots Peerage I: 186 Ibidem IV: 236 Following from this contract, probably, her husband resigned the lands of Kylmaronnok in the Earldom of Lennox in her favour. RMS 1424-1513: charter number 2103


Dame Mariote Douglas and her husband had one child, a son named William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn The Scots Peerage I: 186 She is identified as his mother in a letter of reversion dated 4 December 1523. NRS: GD39/1/35

Evidence from the National Records of Scotland


25 June 1492: REX concessit MARIOTE DOUGLAS, filie Arch, comitis Angusie dom. Douglas, heredibus ejus et assignatis, - terras de Kylmaronnok, cum castro ejusdem, in comitatu de Levenax, vic. Dunbertane ; — (quas Cuthbertus dom. Kylmawris personaliter resignavit: xii. 367. RMS 1424-1513: charter number 2103


6 June 1498:

RMS 1424-1513: charter number 2416


6 June and 9 September 1498: Extract Crown Charter in favour of William Cuninghame, son and heir apparent of Cuthbert, Lord Kilmawris [Kilmaurs], of barony and lands of Kilmawris; advocation and donation of church of Kilmawris and of prebends and chaplainries of same; and lands of Skelmorlie, in bailiary of Cunyghame, lands of Polquharn and Cluny in bailiary of Kyle, all in sheriffdom of Ayr; lands and barony of Finlayston, Cuninghame, Ranfurly and Walterstoun in sheriffdom of Renfrew (excepting £20 lands of Finlayston held by said Cuthbert, Lord of Kilmawris and his wife Marion Douglas); lands and barony of Kilmarnock, with advocation of church of Inchecallioch, with the islands and fishing in Lochlomond, lands of Crawmenane in sheriffdoms of Stirling and Dunbarton; lands of Dreppes, in sheriffdom of Lanark; lands and barony of Glencairn in sheriffdom of Dumfries; lands and barony of Redhall in sheriffdom of Edinburgh; lands and barony of Hassildene in sheriffdom of Selkirk; lands and barony of Hilton and advocation of church thereof in sheriffdom of Berwick, following on resignation of said Cuthbert. Extracted by Gavin Dunbar, archdeacon of St. Andrews and clerk of the Rolls and Register. R.M.S. xiii, 346. National Records of Scotland, Earls of Glencairn, reference GD39/5/7


10 July 1509:

RMS 1424-1513: charter number 3365


24 July 1511:

RMS 1424-1513: charter number 3594


4 December 1523: Letter of reversion by Ninian Crichton of Belliboth and Elizabeth Chalmer, his wife, to Sir William Cunningham knight fiar of the Earldom of Glencairn, with consent of Cuthbert, Earl of Glencairn his father, and Dame Marion Douglas, his mother, Countess of Glencairn, by which on payment being made to them by the said Sir William Cunningham within the church of Kilmaurs of the sum of 200 merks they oblige them to reconvey to him the 5 merk land of Maxwelton called Drumnagahill lying in the Earldom of Glencairn, formerly wadset by Cuthbert Earl of Glencairn his father and Dame Marian Douglas his mother to the said Ninian Crichton and Elizabeth Chalmer, his wife. Witnesses, Sir James Craufurd and Sir Allan Knox chaplains and Mr. Christopher Boyd vicar of Dalry. At Edinburgh. National Records of Scotland, Earls of Glencairn, reference GD39/1/35

Evidence from the Laing Charters

18 June or 18 July 1498: Instrament of Sasine narrating that Andrew Conynghame, on 18th Ju[ne or July] 1498, gave sasine to Cuthberti, Lord Kilmaurs,and his wife, in terms (1) of a Precept by King James the Fourth, directed to George, Earl of Huntly, as chancellor, to expede a charter under the Great Seal, granting to Cuthbert, Lord Kilmaurs, and Mariota Douglas, his wife, the following lands - Mains of Fynlastoun Cuningham, with tower, Gaidnerstoun, Bogsyde, 'le Hectre,' 'le tua Knok Montanys,' Auchinbothy nether, Bardrane, Blakstane, Nether Auchinlek, East Kowntrehill, West Rowntrehill, with the 15s. land adjacent. West Danestoun (or Dennestoun), 'le Leperstoun' (or 'le tua Leperstounis), [Mossyd], and Middle Daneston, all lying in the sheriffdom of Renfrew, as resigned by the said Cuthbert ; and (2) a precept of sasine following on the above, both dated at Stirling 1st June 1495. [3080, Box 81. The Laing Charters: charter number 236


  1. The Scots Peerage: 186
  2. The Scots Peerage IV: 236
  3. Stirnet: Cunningham 02
  4. Stirnet: Douglas 02

Biographical Summary by Our Royal Ancestors

Marion Douglas d. after July 1511. Father Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl Angus b. c 1454, d. bt 29 Nov 1513 - 31 Jan 1514. Mother Elizabeth Boyd1 d. b 21 Feb 1497. A contract for the marriage of Marion Douglas and Cuthbert Cunningham, 2nd Earl of Glencairn, 3rd Lord of Kilmaurs was signed on 24 June 1492.1 Marion Douglas died after July 1511. Family Cuthbert Cunningham, 2nd Earl of Glencairn, 3rd Lord of Kilmaurs d. bt 23 May 1540 - May 1541 Child William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn+1 b. c 1493, d. Mar 1548 Our Royal Ancestors

Biographical Summary by Darryl Lundy's Peerage

Lady Marion Douglas was born between 1470 and 1477. She was the daughter of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus and Elizabeth Boyd. A contract for the marriage of Lady Marion Douglas and Cuthbert Cuninghame, 3rd Earl of Glencairn was signed on 24 June 1492. She was also known as Mariot. From 24 June 1492, her married name became Cunningham. Child of Lady Marion Douglas and Cuthbert Cuninghame, 3rd Earl of Glencairn 1.William Cuninghame, 4th Earl of Glencairn+3 b. c 1493, d. Mar 1547/48. Darryl Lundy's Peerage

Douglas, Earl of Angus

  • Angus, Earl of (S, 1389)
  • .... etc.
  • Archibald [Douglas], 5th Earl of Angus
  • born c.1554
  • mar. (1) 4 Mar 1467/8 Elizabeth Boyd (d. bef. 21 Feb 1497), 1st dau. of Robert [Boyd], 1st Lord Boyd, by his wife Mariot Maxwell, dau. of Sir Robert Maxwell of Calderwood
  • children by first wife
    • 1. Hon George Douglas, Master of Angus (b. c. 1469; dvp. 9 Sep 1513). mar. bef. Mar 1487/8 Hon Elizabeth Fleming (widow of Sir David Fleming of Monycabo; d. aft. 21 Aug 1514), 2nd dau. of John [Drummond], 1st Lord Drummond, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Lindsay, only dau. of Alexander [Lindsay], 4th Earl of Crawford, and had issue:
      • 1a. .... etc.
    • 2. Hon Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie (d. 9 Sep 1513), mar. 1501 Elizabeth Auchinleck, dau. and hrss. of James Auchinleck of Glenbervie, son and heir of Sir John Auchinleck, and had issue:
      • 1a. .... etc.
    • 3. Rt Rev Gavin Douglas, Bishop of Dunkeld 1515 (b. c. 1475; d. Sep 1522; bur. in the Hospital Church of the Savoy, London)
    • 4. Hon Sir Archibald Douglas of Kilspindie, Treasurer of Scotland 1527-28 (d. c. 1536), mar. 1515 Isabel Hoppar, and had issue
    • 1. Lady Marion Douglas (d. aft. Jul 1511), mar. 24 Jun 1492 Cuthbert [Cunningham], 3rd Earl of Glencairn, and had issue
    • 2. Lady Elizabeth Douglas, mar. after 19 Jun 1493 Robert Lyle
    • 3. Lady Janet Douglas, mar. bef. 22 Dec 1495 as his second wife Andrew [Herries], 2nd Lord Herries of Terregles
  • mar. (2) c.1498 Janet Kennedy, 2nd dau. of John [Kennedy], 2nd Lord Kennedy, by his second wife Lady Elizabeth Hay, widow of Nicholas [Hay], 2nd Earl of Erroll, and dau. by his second wife of Alexander [Seton later Gordon], 1st Earl of Huntly
  • mar. (3) 1 Jun 1500 Katherine Stirling, dau. of Sir William Stirling of Keir, by his wife Margaret Crichton, dau. of James Crichton of Ruthvendeny
  • died aft. 29 Nov 1513
  • suc. by grandson
  • note Warden of the East Marches 1481; Privy Councillor; Lord High Chancellor of Scotland 1493-98
  • From: http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/angus1389.htm#ANGU...
  • Glencairn, Earl of (S, 1488 - dormant 1796)
  • .... etc.
  • Robert [Cunningham], 2nd Earl of Glencairn later known as 2nd Lord Kilmaurs
  • born
  • mar. bef. 19 Jul 1476 Christian Seton (widow of John Seton, Master of Seton, 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of George [Seton], 1st Lord Seton; d. betw. 1491/2 and 11 Mar 1495/6), 1st dau. of John [Lindsay], 1st Lord Lindsay of the Byres, by his wife ..... Stewart, dau. of Robert [Stewart], 1st Lord Lorne, by his wife Lady Joan Stewart, dau. by his first wife of Robert [Stewart], 1st Duke of Albany
  • children
    • 1. Sir Cuthbert Cunningham, later 3rd Earl of Glencairn
  • died c. 1490
  • suc. by son
  • note the Earldom of Glencairn was annulled by Act of Parliament 17 Oct 1488 and he was thereafter known as Lord Kilmaurs
  • Cuthbert [Cunningham], 3rd Lord Kilmaurs later 3rd Earl of Glencairn
  • born
  • mar. after 24 Jun 1492 Lady Mariot Douglas (d. after Jul 1511), 1st dau. of Archibald [Douglas], 5th Earl of Angus, by his first wife Elizabeth Boyd, 1st dau. of Robert [Boyd], 1st Lord Boyd
  • children
    • 1. Sir William Cunningham, later 4th Earl of Glencairn
  • died betw. 23 May 1540 and May 1541
  • suc. by son
  • note restored to the Earldom of Glencairn c. 1503, confirmed by charter 1511; opposed the Douglas family in their control of King James V and was defeated by them at the Battle of Linlithgow 1526
  • William [Cunningham], 4th Earl of Glencairn, PC
  • born c. 1493
  • mar. (1) bef. 10 Jul 1519 Hon Catherine Home (widow of Alexander Home; d. after 17 Jan 1527/8), 2nd dau. of William [Borthwick], 3rd Lord Borthwick, by his wife Margaret Hay, 1st dau. of John [Hay], 1st Lord Hay of Yester, by his second wife Elizabeth Cunningham, dau. and eventual hrss. of George Cunningham, son and heir of Sir William Cunningham of Belton
  • children by first wife
    • 1. Hon Alexander Cunningham, later 5th Earl of Glencairn
    • 2. Hon Andrew Cunningham of Corsehill (d. 1544), mar. Margaret Cunningham of Polmaise, and had issue:
      • 1a. Cuthbert Cunningham of Corsehill (d. 1575), mar. Maud Cunningham, dau. of John Cunningham of Aiket, and had issue:
        • 1b. Patrick Cunningham of Corsehill, concerned in the slaughter of the Earl of Eglinton 1586 and was himself killed by the Montgomeries (d. 1588)
        • 2b. Alexander of Corsehill (d. May 1646), mar. Marion Porterfield, dau. of William Porterfield of that Ilk and Duchal, and had issue:
          • 1c. Alexander Cunningham of Corsehill (d. c. 1667), mar. Mary Houston, dau. of John Houston of that Ilk, and had issue:
            • 1d. Alexander Cunningham of Corsehill, mar. Anna Crawford, dau. of John Crawford of Kilbirnie. and had issue:
              • 1e. Sir Alexander Cunningham of Corsehill, 1st Bt., mar. Mary Stewart, dau. of John Stewart of Blackhall, and had issue who in default of any nearer heirs-male would be heirs-male of the Earldom of Glencairn
            • 2d. Cuthbert Cunningham of Cockilbie
    • 3. Hon Hugh Cunningham of Watterson (d. after 1541), ancestor of the Cunninghams of Carlung
    • 4. Hon Robert Cunningham of Davidstoun, Minister of Failford, co. Ayr (d. after 12 May 1546), mar. Mariota ...... and was the ancestor of the Cunninghams of Mountgrenan
    • 5. Hon William Cunningham, Bishop of Argyll 1539 and Dean of Brechin 1557 (b. 1513; d. bef. 26 Feb 1561/2)
    • 1. Lady Elizabeth Cunningham, mar. Sir John Cunningham of Caprington, and had issue
    • 2. Lady Jean Cunningham, mar. Robert Fergusson of Craigdarroch
  • mar. (2) after Jan 1535/6 Elizabeth Crichton (widow of (1) William Wallace the Elder, Tutor of Craigie, and (2) Robert [Crichton], 4th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar), dau. and hrss. of John Campbell of West Loudoun
  • died Mar 1547/8
  • suc. by son by first wife
  • note knighted before 1509; High Treasurer of Scotland 1526; taken prisoner by the English after the Battle of Solway Moss 1542 and ransomed for £1,000; sent to treat for peace with England 1543; defeated by the Earl of Angus in a skirmish near Glasgow 1544 and took refuge in England, where he became a pensioner of the King of England; he changed sides later that year and appointed Privy Councillor [S] 1545; a staunch Presbyterian
  • .... etc.
  • From: http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/glencairn1488.htm#...

Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn

  • 'Cunningham02'
  • Alexander Cunningham, 1st Earl of Glencairn (d Sauchieburn 11.06.1488)
  • m. Margaret Hepburn (dau of Adam Hepburn, Master of Hailes)
    • 1. Robert Cunningham, 2nd Earl of Glencairn (d by 1492)
    • TSP (Glencairn) reports that, because James IV revoked some of the appointments of his father, this Robert was "deprived the dignity of an earldom conferred on his father". James IV reinstated the earldom after Robert had died. Accordingly, TSP numbers subsequent Earls differently from (say) BE1883 (eg. Cuthbert identified by TSP as 2nd Earl). We follow the numbering used by BE1883 and BP1934 (Cuninghame of Caprington).
    • m. (before 19.07.1476) Christian Lindsay (dau of John Lindsay, 1st Lord of the Byres)
      • A. Cuthbert Cunningham, 3rd Earl of Glencairn (d 1540-1)
      • m. (mcrt 24.06.1492) Marjory (or Mary or Marion) Douglas (a 1511, dau of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus)
        • i. William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn (b c1493, d 03.1547-8)
        • BE1883 reports that William left sundry children "by Margaret, or Elizabeth (Campbell), his 2nd wife". BPGS2001 reports that he m1. Margaret, m2. Elizabeth Campbell. We follow TSP which identifies his 1st wife as Katherine Borthwick. It is thought that William had issue by both marriages but, other than to note that most of the children noted below appeared to be adult by the time of the second marriage, it is not clear who if any of these noted was by the second marriage. We presume that none were (not least because Elizabeth must have been in her mid-40s by the time of the marriage) but note that some sources say otherwise.
        • m1. Katherine Borthwick (dau of William Borthwick, 3rd Lord)
          • a. .... etc.
        • m2. (after 01.1535-6) Elizabeth Campbell (dau of John Campbell of West Loudoun)
        • ii. Margaret Cunningham
        • Unless there were 2 sisters both called Margaret, which did happen occasionally around this time (to the consternation of many genealogists), either (1) there is something wrong with one or more of the dates given for her spouses, (2) one of these marriages should be attributed to a Margaret of a different generation, or (as we provisionally show) (3) the first marriage ended in divorce.
        • m1. (div?) Andrew Macfarlane, 12th of Arrochar (d after 21.12.1544)
        • m2. (by 11.1534) James Lyle, Master of Lyle (a 07.1551, dvpsp)
    • 2. .... etc.
  • Main source(s): TSP (Glencairn), BE1883 (Cuningham of Kilmaurs and Glencairn) with some support from BPGS2001 (Fergusson-Cuninghame of Caprington)
  • From: Stirnet.com
  • http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/cc4rz/cunningham02.php#top ___________________
  • Links
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Dame Mariote Douglas, Countess of Glencairn's Timeline

March 24, 1493
Glencairn, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Glencairn, Dumfriesshire, Scotland