William Longleg, Lord of Douglas

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Also Known As: "Longleg", "Longlegs", "Long legs", "William Long", "Legs/"Long/ Legs"", "12536"
Birthplace: Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: October 16, 1274 (49-58)
Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Archibald Douglas, 2nd Lord of Douglas and Lady Margaret de Crawford
Husband of Martha de Carrick and Constance Battail
Father of Willelma Douglas; William “le Hardi” Douglas, Lord of Douglas and Hugh Douglas
Brother of Sir Andrew Douglas of Hermiston
Half brother of Hugh Barclay

Occupation: Scot-Norman nobleman
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About William Longleg, Lord of Douglas

Sir William of Douglas was born in 1240. He was the son of Archibald of Douglas. He died in 1274.

Children of Sir William of Douglas

  • Sir William 'Le Hardi' of Douglas d. 1298
  • Hugh of Douglas1 b. b 1274, d. 1289


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 IV, page 432. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.


William, Lord of Douglas (c. 1220 – c. 1274) known as 'Longleg' was a Scoto-Norman nobleman.

The years of the minority of King Alexander III (1249–1262) featured an embittered struggle for the control of affairs between two rival parties, the one led by the nationalistic Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith, the other by pro-English Alan Durward, Justiciar of Scotia. The former dominated the early years of Alexander's reign. In 1255 an interview between the English and Scottish kings at Kelso led to Menteith and his party losing to Durward's party. Later both parties called a Meeting of the great Magnates of the Realm to establish a regency until Alexander came of age. William Lord of Douglas was one of the magnates called to witness. Douglas was a partisan of Durward's party. This can be explained by the fact that although most of his territories lay in Douglasdale, through his wife, Constance, he had obtained the rich Manor of Fawdon in Northumberland and it would do well to keep English Royal favour.

David Hume of Godscroft, the arch-panegyricist of the House of Douglas, states that Longleg married Marjorie, Countess of Carrick and had by her two sons and a daughter, the daughter inheriting the Earldom of Carrick. Marjorie went on to marry Robert the Bruce, father to King Robert I of Scotland, this however does not make any sense historically.

William Longleg, Lord of Douglas, died c. 1274, and is said to have married Marjory de Abernethy, daughter of Orm de Abernethy leaving two sons:

Hugh I, Lord of Douglas, d. c. 1274

William the Hardy, Lord of Douglas (1240-1298)


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William Longleg, Lord of Douglas's Timeline

Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Douglas Castle, UK
Castle, Lanarkshire, Douglas, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Douglas Castle, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
October 16, 1274
Age 54
Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
October 23, 1274
Age 54