William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton

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Arms of Sir William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton, KG

William Douglas, 7th Earl of Morton (1582 – 7 August 1648) was a grandson of the 6th Earl of Morton. He was Lord High Treasurer of Scotland, and a zealous Royalist, who, on the outbreak of the Great Rebellion in 1642, provided £100,000 for the cause by selling his Dalkeith estates to the Earl of Buccleuch.[1] He also expanded his other seat, Aberdour Castle in Fife, with a Renaissance-style east wing.[citation needed]


On 28 March 1604, he married Lady Anne Keith, a daughter of the George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal and they had ten children: [2]

Claimant to the earldom[edit]

John Maxwell, 9th Lord Maxwell (c. 1586–1613), a descendant of the 3rd Earl, also claimed the earldom of Morton, but was attainted in 1609 and his rights then failed, his titles and estates being restored in 1618 to his brother Robert, with the title of Earl of Nithsdale (1620) in lieu of Morton.


  1. ^ William the son of the 8th earl became 9th earl, he died in 1681.[1]
  1. ^ a b c d Lodge 1832, p. 255.
  2. ^ (douglasshistory.co.uk)


  • Lodge, Edmund (1832). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage. Saunders and Otle. p. 255. 

Further reading[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Mar
Lord High Treasurer of Scotland
Succeeded by
Earl of Traquair
Preceded by
The Earl of Kinnoull
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
Succeeded by
The Viscount Grandison
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Douglas
Earl of Morton Succeeded by
Robert Douglas