LORDS of DOUGLAS - Scotland - 1174 --- 1213
William I, Lord of Douglas (b.b.1174c.1213)
Archibald I, Lord of Douglas (d.c.1240)
William Longlegs, Lord of Douglas (c.1220c.1274)
William 'The Hardy', Lord of Douglas (c.12401298) Died captive in the Tower of London
James 'The Good', Lord of Douglas (c.12901330) Killed at the Battle of Teba
William IV, Lord of Douglas (d.1333) Killed at the Battle of Halidon Hill
Hugh the Dull, Lord of Douglas (resigned Lordship 1342 d. afterward)
William, Lord of Douglas (13271384) Created first Earl 1358.
Following the death of the 2nd Earl at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 without legitimate issue, the Earldom passed to a bastard son of 'The Good Sir James', the poetically named Archibald the Grim, the Lord of Galloway. This occurred through articles of special entail in the resignation of title by Hugh the Dull, Lord of Douglas. George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus the bastard son of the 1st Earl by his sister-in law Margaret Stewart, Dowager Countess of Mar & Countess of Angus, inherited his mother's Earldom of Angus. Retrospectively the two branches of Douglas and Angus were described as the Black and Red lines respectively.
The Black Douglases fell from power and were attainted by King James II in 1455. The seventh Earl was created Earl of Avondale and Lord Balveny in 1437, also in the Peerage of Scotland. These titles also became forfeit in 1455.
The title of Douglas was restored in 1633 for the 'Red' Douglas line, when William Douglas, 11th Earl of Angus (15891660), was created First Marquess of Douglas by Charles I.
Till we meet again -Regards -edmondsallan