Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven

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Robert Douglas

Birthplace: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: September 10, 1547 (41)
Inveresk, East Lothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Douglas of Lochleven and Elizabeth Boyd of Bonshaw
Husband of Margaret Erskine
Father of Euphemia Douglas; Janet Douglas; Robert Douglas; William Douglas, 6th Earl of Morton and Sir George Douglas of Helenhill, Kt.
Brother of Margaret Douglas; Thomas Douglas and Elizabeth Douglas

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About Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven

Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven

  • Death: 10 SEP 1547 in Killed at battle of Pinkie
  • Parents: Thomas Douglas, Elizabeth Boyd
  • Married: Margaret (of Mar) Erskine on 15 JUL 1527


  1. William (6th Earl of Morton) Douglas b: 1540
  2. Children Eupheme (of Morton) Douglas
  3. Robert (4th Earl of Buchan) Douglas
  4. George (Sir) (of Helenhill) Douglas
  5. Janet (of Lochleven) Douglas
  6. Catherine (of Morton) Douglas

Margaret Erskine was formerly mistress to King Janes V, by whom she had 6 children.

See her Deed...

William became jailor to Mary, Queen of Scots, and George assisted with her escape.


Battle of Pinkie - 1547

On 10th September 1547, the Scots were defeated by the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, or Falside, near Edinburgh.

The battle was sparked by the "Rough Wooing"; the English demands that the ten-year-old Edward VI should marry Mary Queen of Scots, aged five. The military campaign by Henry VIII on the Borders followed the reneged agreement by the Scots Parliament that the two crowns would be united by marriage.

The battle was fought at Pinkie Cleugh (cleugh meaning narrow glen in Gaelic) outside Musselburgh. The Scottish forces had the strength of numbers, about 36,000 in contrast to the English 16,000, but were lacking in discipline. The English troops, led by the ambitious and experienced Duke of Somerset, slaughtered the Scottish forces, which were weak in cavalry and led by the uncertain Earl of Arran.

It was estimated that 15,000 Scots were killed, and 1500 were captured, whereas English fatalities amounted to only 500. However the battle proved counter-productive for the English, whose distinctly "rough wooing" of the infant Mary precipitated her marriage to the French Dauphin, dashing English hopes.

The Battle at Pinkie Cleugh can be regarded as the first "modern" battle on British soil; featuring combined arms, co-operation between infantry, artillery and cavalry and, most remarkably, a naval bombardment in support of land forces.

Amongst those killed was Robert Douglas of Lochleven.

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Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven's Timeline

November 7, 1505
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Scotland (United Kingdom)
Castle, Dumfries-shire, , Scotland
Loch Leven Castle, Dumfries-shire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
September 10, 1547
Age 41
Inveresk, East Lothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)