William Douglas, 9th Earl of Angus

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William Douglas, 9th Earl of Angus (died 1 July 1591, at Glenbervie) was a Scottish nobleman and zealous supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Biography[edit]

Douglas was the eldest son of Sir Archibald Douglas of Glenbervie, Knt., by his spouse Agnes, daughter of William Keith, 3rd Earl Marischal,[1] and upon the death of Archibald Douglas, 8th Earl of Angus without issue, William succeeded to that Earldom as heir-male,[2] in 1588.

Sir Robert Douglas states that "Sir William Douglas of Glenbervie [as he was styled prior to his succession to the earldom] was a man of great honour and integrity, and a steady friend of Queen Mary. He accompanied her in her expedition to the north, and behaved with utmost fortitude and resolution at the fight of Corrichie anno 1562".[3]

The earldom was claimed by James VI, who brought a suit against Douglas, for reducing the charters connected with the title, but on 7 March 1589, a decision was given in favour of the latter.[4]

He had two charters under The Great Seal of Scotland, from Queen Mary, of the lands and barony of Glenbervie, Kemnay, and several others.[3]

Douglas died in July 1591, in his 59th year.[2]

Family[edit]

The earl married Giles, daughter of Sir Robert Graham of Morphie, and had six sons and four daughters:[1][3][2][5]

  • William Douglas, 10th Earl of Angus, eldest son and heir,[2]
  • Archibald Douglas, Parson of Glenbervie (d.1584).[2]
  • George Douglas (d.1590)
  • Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, received from his father the lands of Glenbervie by charter dated 14 July 1592.
  • Duncan Douglas, Parson of Glenbervie (d.1591)
  • Gavin Douglas (d. bef 1 October 1616) who married Elizabeth Keith; ancestors of the family of Douglas of Bridgeford
  • Sir John Douglas of Barras
  • Francis Douglas (d.c. 1600)
  • Henry Douglas of Tannachy (d. 5 October 1595) who married Janet Murray at sometime before 1580. Had issue Janet Douglas born 16 April 1580 Dunfermline Scotland.
  • Margaret Douglas, married William Forbes of Monymusk
  • Jean Douglas, married John Wishart of Balisycht
  • Elizabeth Douglas, married Thomas Gordon of Cluny
  • Sarah Douglas, married 1st Robert Strachan, 2nd George Auchinleck of Balmanno

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burke & Burke 1848, pedigree CLXXXV.
  2. ^ a b c d e Anderson 1863.
  3. ^ a b c Douglas 1798, p. 19.
  4. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Anderson 1863
  5. ^ Fraser, vol ii,pp 377-378

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Archibald Douglas
Earl of Angus
1588–1591
Succeeded by
William Douglas