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James Douglas, 4º Earl of Morton

James Douglas, 4º Earl of Morton

Male Abt 1516 - 1581  (~ 65 years)



Douglas → Castle Dalkeith

Dalkeith Castle was located to the north east of Dalkeith, and was originally in the hands of the Grahams in the 12th century and given to the Douglas family in the early 14th Century. James Douglas of Dalkeith became the Earl of Morton in the mid 15th century. The castle was strategically located in an easily defensible position above a bend in the River North Esk. In 1543, Cardinal David Beaton of St. Andrews was imprisoned in Dalkeith Castle. It was forced open and destroyed by the English in 1547, and in 1575 the James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton built a new castle there. Many years later, the 8th Earl of Morton sold the Castle and Estate to King Charles I and the Policies became his hunting ground. Dalkeith Castle and grounds were resold to Morton and then again in 1642 to the 2nd Earl of Buccleuch.

The 2nd Earl of Buccleuch's daughter married the Duke of Monmouth, eldest illegitimate son of Charles II. They became Duke and Duchess of Monmouth & Buccleuch. After the Duke of Monmouth had been executed for treason, Anne Scott, his widow, who held the Scottish title in her own right, asked architect James Smith to use William of Orange's Palace of Het Loo in the Netherlands as a model for Dalkeith Palace.

(Castle Recontructions by Andrew Spratt, http://www.maybole.org/history/castles/index.htm)

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Linked toPatrick Cockburn, of Newbigging (Political); Henry Douglas, of Borg (Legal); James Douglas, 3º Earl of Dalkeith (Land); James Douglas, 1º Earl of Morton (Land Acquisition); Sir James Douglas, 2º Lord of Dalkeith; Sir James Douglas, Lord of Dalkeith (Acceded); James Douglas, 4º Earl of Morton (Legal); William Douglas, 6º Earl of Morton (Residence); Francis Scott, 2º Earl of Buccleuch (Death); Margaret Scott (Death); Margaret Scott (Birth); Mary Scott, Countess of Buccleuch (Burial); Walter Scott, Lord Scott (Birth)

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