Birth Dateabt 1490
Birth PlaceDouglas Castle, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death DateAug 1552
Death PlacePittendreich, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
FatherMaster George DOUGLAS Of Angus , M (1469-1513)
ChildrenGeorge , M
Notes for George “Master Of Angus” (Spouse 1)
By Elizabeth Drummond, the Master of Angus had three sons, and at least four daughters:

1. Archibald, who succeeded as sixth Earl of Angus.

2. Sir George Douglas of Pittendriech, and also known as Master of Angus

3. William, probably born before or about 1495, was edicuted for the Church …
4. Elizabeth, who before 17 September 1509 was married to Sir John Hay …
5. Alison, who before 1506 was contracted to William Douglas, younger, of Cavers …
6. Janet, who was married to John Lyon, sixth Lord of Glamis, …
7. Margaret, who was married in 1513, to Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig …

Another daughter of George, Master of Angus, is said by Calderwood to have been married to John, Master of Forbes, who was executed in 1537, but she was really Elizabeth Lyon, daughter of Lady Glamis.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol !, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 186-90.

Sir George Douglas of Pittendriech, and also known as Master of Angus, was born about 1490, and became one of the most remarkable members of the family of Douglas. He developed faculties of statesmanship and diplomacy which made him one of the most conspicuous personages of his time.

He was the right hand and adviser of his brother, the Earl, when the latter was virtually the ruler of Scotland, and shared in all the vicissitudes of his fortune. After 1528, he and his brother were exiles in England until after the death of King James V in 1542.

On his return to Scotland after that date, he strongly supported the union with England, matrimonial and national, which King Henry VIII proposed, and had his advice been taken, a union of the crowns might have taken place much earlier than it did. George Douglas devoted his talents and energies for several years to bring about such an alliance, until the overbearing spirit shown by the English King and other causes put an end to all hopes of a peaceful union. Even after the battle of Pinkie on 10 September 1547, Sir George adhered to the English faction, probably because he, if not his brother, appears to have formed a strong attachment to the reformed faith, acquired, no doubt, during his enforced exile in England. But while he was favourable to the English, he took little active part in affairs, though he attended the Queen-dowager on her visit to France and England in the years 1550-1551

Sir George died about a year after his return to Scotland in August 1552, apparently at Elgin, whither he had gone in attendance on the Governor Arran, who was then making a judicial progress in the north of Scotland.

Sir George Douglas married Elizabeth (or Isabella) Douglas, only daughter and heiress of David Douglas of Pittendreich, in the county of Elgin. They had a charter from her father of a third of Duffus, with Pittendriech, which was confirmed about 1522, but the marriage took place some years earlier.

Elizabeth Douglas was still alive in 1560, and residing at Pittendriech.

By her, George Douglas had two sons:

1. David, who became seventh Earl of Angus
2. James, who became by marriage fourth Earl of Morton. …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol !, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 187-8.

George was wed in 1488 to Elizabeth Drummond, daughter of John Drummond, 1st Lord Drummond.
The marriage ran afoul of the strictures of a small feudal society such as Scotland: it was found out some years after the marriage that it was within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity. The Master of Angus applied for and successfully obtained Papal dispensation in 1495.

By Elizabeth Drummond, George Master of Angus had three sons and four daughters:

Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus
Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich
William Douglas, Prior of Coldingham and Abbot of Holyrood

Elizabeth Douglas, married John Hay, 3rd Lord Yester
Alison Douglas, married David Home of Wedderburn
Janet Douglas, married John Lyon, 6th Lord Glamis
Margaret Douglas, married James Douglas of Drumlanrig

Source: Wikipedia:,_Master_of_Angus

George Douglas of Pittendreich (died 1552) was a member of the powerful Douglas family who struggled for control of the young James V of Scotland in 1528. His second son became James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton and Regent of Scotland. Initially, George Douglas promoted the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots and Prince Edward of England. After war was declared between England and Scotland he worked for peace and to increase the power of Mary of Guise, the widow of James V.

George Douglas was the brother of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, and so was called 'Master of Angus' in his lifetime. His parents were George Douglas, Master of Angus, and Elizabeth Drummond, daughter of Lord Drummond. The Douglas family gained custody of the young James V in 1526. After the king escaped from them, and laid siege to Tantallon Castle in 1529, the family members and allies were forfeited of their lands and titles by the Parliament of Scotland.

George had married Elizabeth Douglas, the daughter and heir of David Douglas of Pittendreich near Elgin. When the Douglases were re-instated in 1543, Pittendreich was the legal representative of the Earl of Morton whose lands were also forfeited. When the Morton lands were restored, George married his son James, the future Regent, to Morton's youngest daughter, Elizabeth Douglas. The 3rd Earl of Morton's eldest daughter Margaret married James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran and another daughter married Lord Maxwell. Sadly, these three sisters were all affected by mental ill-health.

George's eldest son David Douglas, who became the 7th Earl of Angus, married Margaret Hamilton, the daughter of John Hamilton of Samuelston who was a brother of Regent Arran. Arran gave his nephew a dowry of £1000 from the royal exchequer in November 1552.

George had a son, George, and a daughter, Elizabeth, outside his marriage.
The son married the Douglas heiress of Parkhead, and became George Douglas of Parkhead.
His daughter by Lady Dundas, Elizabeth, married Smeton Richeson.

In August 1526, the Earl of Lennox tried to abduct James V from the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Douglases transferred the King to the house of the Archbishop of St Andrews in the Cowgate, where George Douglas could keep a more secure watch with 40 men. When Lennox and Angus joined in battle 2 miles west of Linlithgow on 4 September 1526, George Douglas was set to bring a force raised in Edinburgh and the young King. The King tried to delay George, and at Corstorphine, close to Edinburgh, George raised his voice to James V and threatened him.

In May 1528, James V escaped from the Douglases, and George's custody, to his mother at Stirling Castle. According to Scottish chronicle historians, including Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie, James escaped from Falkland Palace at night. In Pitscottie's story, when George Douglas discovered the King had gone, he first rode towards Ballinbreich Castle, but learned from the Earl of Rothes that the king was not there. George then returned to Falkland, and the Earl of Angus, George and his brother Archibald rode to Stirling. They learnt that James had declared them excluded from six miles of his presence. Subsequently, the family were forfeited by the Parliament of Scotland, and although James's siege of their castle of Tantallon was unsuccessful, they went into exile in
England. ...

After the first English raids of 1544 there were moves to depose Arran as regent [of Scotland] and give the role to Mary of Guise. George and the Earl of Angus were among her supporters and were imprisoned in Blackness Castle. Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford landed an army at Leith on 3 May 1544 which burnt Edinburgh,and Arran released the brothers, who made a bond with him to support the French marriage [for Mary] plan.

In June George sent the Scottish Rothesay Herald to Guise to take her letters to London and advised her to tell Francis I of France to deal only with her, not with Arran. George spent a night at Redhall near Edinburgh with Adam Otterburn and explained his thinking to him. In September, Guise gave him a pension and he wrote to her that; "if there were but two men in Scotland that will bide at your opinion I shall be one." On 18 October George wrote to Guise from Tantallon saying he would bring armed men to Stirling, promising; "We sall fors the gufurnor and his part-takaris to come furth to the feilddis and fecht with us, or ellis we sall hungar tham to deith."

The brothers were duly summoned for treason by Arran's parliament of 6 November 1544. The issues were quickly reconciled, and the Douglas brothers were pardoned by a parliament on 12 December 1544 for recent and previous treasons before 1542. ...

A month before the battle of Pinkie, on 9 August 1547 Hertford, now Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector of England, told the Scottish ambassador Adam Otterburn that if George Douglas would negotiate at Newcastle-upon-Tyne he might not invade Scotland. Otterburn advised Arran to allow Douglas to negotiate, writing that he would work for the commonwealth of both realms and to avoid the shedding of Christian blood. Arran objected to this diplomacy, and wished others apart from Douglas might meet at Newcastle. There was no further meeting and the Scottish army was defeated by the English invasion force at Pinkie Cleugh near Musselburgh on 10 September 1547. David Hume of Godscroft relates that Angus and Sir George were at the battle on horseback marshalling the Scottish forces.

In the summer of 1548, George Douglas maintained communication with an English commander, William Grey of Wilton. However, Wilton sent James Wilford and Thomas Wyndham to trap George at Dalkeith Palace. The Castle was taken on 3 June 1548, George escaped, but his son James, Master of Morton, was captured, "sore hurt in the thigh." Elizabeth Douglas was taken too, but Grey of Wilton released her on her promise she would convert her husband back to the English cause. George's former allies, the East Lothian lairds John Cockburn of Ormiston and Alexander Crichton of Brunstane had assisted Grey, who also commended "Newton the Scot" who fought for him at Dalkeith. In July 1548, one of George's servants was given £45 to gain intelligence in England. The money was to cover his expenses and the cost of messengers on his covert mission. In September 1549, the English soldier Thomas Holcroft hoped to organise the capture of George Douglas and facilitate the release of the St Andrew's castle Castilians who were prisoners in France.

George Douglas died in 1552, in the north of Scotland, while serving Mary of Guise.

Source: Wikipedia:

Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich, younger brother of the Earl of Angus, by his marriage with Elizabeth, only daughter and heiress of David Douglas of Pittendreich, became possessed of the lands of Pittendreich, Levingshauch, Darcle, Caldcoits, half of Surestoun, and one-third of Duffus, all in the county of Elgin.

Source: A HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF DOUGLAS. by The Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell, in two volumes, Volume 2, London, 1902, p. 68.

Sir George Douglas died in 1552, his last public appearance having been at the Privy Council in March of that year.

By his wife, Elizabeth Douglas, with whom he inherited the estates of Pittendreich, etc., he left two sons:
1. David, who succeeded as 7th Earl of Angus; and
2. James, who became 4th Earl of Morton and Regent of Scotland.

David having been well provided for, his his uncle’s disposition of the Angus estates in his favor, to the exclusion of the Countess of Lennox, Sir George left Pittendreigh to James who afterwards bestowed it upon one of his illegitimate offspring, Archibald Douglas. Upon the execution of Regent Morton in 1581, Archibald was forfeited and banished, and with him ended the line of Douglas of Pittendreich.

Source: THE DOUGLAS BOOK, by William Fraser, C.B., LL.D, Vol. II, Edinburgh 1885, pp. 124-5.
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