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James Douglas of Dalkeith

Birthplace: Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: March 14, 1457 (62-71)
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord of Dalkeith and Elizabeth Stewart, Princess of Scotland
Husband of Elizabeth Gifford of Sheriffhall
Father of Lady Janet Douglas; James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton; Elizabeth Douglas, of Dalkeith and Sir John Douglas
Brother of Margaret Douglas and William Douglas
Half brother of Sir William Douglas, 1st of Whittinghame

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About James, 2nd Lord Douglas of Dalkeith

  • James Douglas, 2nd Lord Dalkeith1,2,3
  • M, #3402, d. after 8 September 1456
  • Father Sir James Douglas, Lord Dalkeith d. bt Feb 1440 - 22 May 1441
  • Mother Elizabeth Stewart d. b 1439
  • James Douglas, 2nd Lord Dalkeith married Elizabeth Giffard, daughter of James Giffard, circa 1424.2,3 James Douglas, 2nd Lord Dalkeith died after 8 September 1456.
  • Family Elizabeth Giffard b. c 1404, d. a 8 Sep 1456
  • Child
    • James Douglas, 1st Earl Morton, 3rd Lord Dalkeith, Ambassador to France & Castile+2,3 b. c 1425, d. bt 22 Jun 1493 - 22 Oct 1493
  • Citations
  • [S385] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 39; Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 1788; Wallop Family, p. 280.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 579-580.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 658.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p113.htm#i... _____________
  • James Douglas, 2nd Lord of Dalkeith1
  • M, #108243, d. between 1456 and 1458
  • Last Edited=3 Jan 2015
  • Consanguinity Index=0.08%
  • James Douglas, 2nd Lord of Dalkeith was the son of Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord of Dalkeith and Lady Elizabeth Stewart.1 He married Elizabeth Gifford, daughter of James Gifford.1 He died between 1456 and 1458.1
  • He succeeded to the title of 2nd Lord of Dalkeith.1 On 22 May 1441 he was declared incapable of managing his own affair, by Act of Parliament [Scottish].2 On 8 September 1456 he resigend his lands in favour of his son.3
  • Child of James Douglas, 2nd Lord of Dalkeith and Elizabeth Gifford
    • James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton+4 d. bt 22 Jun 1492 - 22 Oct 1492
  • Citations
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 229. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • [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 39. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2786. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families, page 231.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10825.htm#i108243 ____________
  • James Douglas, 1st Lord Dalkeith (born after 1372, died before 22 May 1441) was a Scottish nobleman born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland to Sir James Douglas and Agnes Dunbar. He married Elizabeth (Princess) Stewart, daughter of King Robert III, about the year 1387. They had four children before she died: William, James, Henry, and Margaret. He later remarried Janet Borthwick.
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Douglas,_1st_Lord_Dalkeith ________________
  • James Douglas, (1426 - 22 October 1493), the 4th Lord of Dalkeith, was created the 1st Earl of Morton in 1458.
  • He was the son of James Douglas, 2nd Lord of Dalkeith and Elizabeth Gifford, daughter of James Gifford of Sheriffhall.[2] His father resigned all his estates to James in 1456 when James became the 4th Lord of Dalkeith.[3] James was created Earl of Morton in 1458[a][4] upon his marriage to Joan Stewart[b] (1428-1493), the daughter of James I, King of Scots.[5] She was a deaf-mute.[5]
  • The Earl entered into a marriage contract with Patrick Graham, Bishop of St. Andrews between the Bishop's niece and John Douglas, the Earl's eldest son and heir.[3] In turn the Grahams, the Bishop, his brother and nephew, allied themselves to the Earl and pledged to assist him in recovering the diverted lands of Whittingehame and Morton.[3] It appears, however, that this pledge was intended to draw the Earl of Morton into a conspiracy that included the Bishop, Lord Boyd and his party.[3] Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd who, as one of the Regents during the minority of Robert III of Scotland, took possession of the young king and married his son to the king's elder sister, for which crimes he was later attainted for high treason.[6] The Earl of Morton apparently did not participate since he sat on the jury which convicted the Boyds.[3] Bishop Graham was later excommunicated and deposed.[7]
  • The lands of Whittinghame and all rights over the barony of Morton, Dumfriesshire were resigned into the Earl's hands in 1473-4 and in that same year he recovered the lordship of Dalkeith increasing the Earls already vast estates.[8] He re-endowed the collegiate church at Dalkeith his 3rd great-grandfather founded and he also founded St. Martha's Hospital in Aberdour in 1474.[5] The Earl died on 22 October 1493 when his son John succeeded him as the 2nd Earl of Morton.[8] His wife Joan predeceased him by 4 months dying on 22 June 1493.[9]
  • .... etc.
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Douglas,_1st_Earl_of_Morton ___________________

ii)         JAMES Douglas (-[8 Sep 1456/14 Mar 1458]).  m ELIZABETH Gifford, daughter of JAMES Gifford of Sheriffhall & his wife --- (-after 8 Sep 1456). 

James & his wife had one child: 

  • (a)       JAMES Douglas (-[22 Jun/22 Oct] 1493).  He was created Earl of Morton.  m (before 15 May 1459) Lady JOAN Stewart, daughter of JAMES I King of Scotland & his wife Lady Joan Beaufort ([1428]-after 16 Oct 1486).  She was deaf and dumb, known as "the dumb lady of Dalkeith".  She lived in France from Aug 1445 to spring 1458[341].  They were ancestors of the later Earls of Morton, extinct in the male line in 1548. 

From http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/james2ndldofdalkeith.htm

Second son of Sir James, 1st Lord of Dalkeith, James succeeded his father circa 1441 due to the death of his elder brother, William, in 1425. James was married to Elizabeth Gifford, daughter of James Gifford of Sherifhall. James reportedly became insane and was committed on May 22, 1441. He resigned his lands on September 8, 1456 in favour of his son, and died circa 1457.

  • Father: James (Sir) (1st Lord Dalkeith) Douglas b: ABT. 1356
  • Mother: Elizabeth (Princess) Stewart

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Gifford


  1. James (1st Earl of Morton) Douglas
  2. Janet, born about 1427.


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James, 2nd Lord Douglas of Dalkeith's Timeline

Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
March 7, 1415
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Morton, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 14, 1457
Age 67
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
February 27, 1900
Age 67
February 27, 1900
Age 67
February 8, 1901
Age 67