Birth Dateabt 1280
Death Datebef 20 Apr 1323
Death PlaceLothian, Scotland
ChildrenWilliam “The Elder” , M (~1297->1351)
Notes for James (Spouse 1)
Sir James Douglas, styled ‘de Laudonia’ or of Lothian, who succeeded is father [William], does not appear on record till 2 April 1315, when he received from King Robert Bruce a grant of the lands of Kincavil and Caldor-clere (or East Calder) in Linlithgowshire, at a rental of £12, 5s, 10d., later, in 1317, burdened with and annual rent of ten merks, payable to Reginald Crauford, a servant of the King for the service of an archer in the royal army.

Little further is recorded of him, and his career must have been brief, as he was dead before 20 April 1323, when his son and heir, William, had a release from the balance of his rent after paying the annualrent.

He married a lady names Joan, who was still alive in 1337, when she was drawing her terce from the lands of Blackness.

They had issue, so far as recorded, three sons:

1. Sir William Douglas, the eldest son, known to history as the ‘Knight of Liddesdale’ may have been born about 1300 and appears on record first on 20 April 1323, after his father’s death. ...

2. Sir John Douglas, second son of Sir James Douglas, ...

3. James, who was killed fighting bravely against the English in August 1335, when John Earl of Moray was taken prisoner.

4. Elizabeth, said to have be married to Sir Thomas Somerville of Carnwath, is claimed as a daughter of Sir James Douglas.

Sir James Douglas of Laudonia also had a natural son,

Sir William, known as Sir William Douglas, the elder, to distinguish him from the Knight of Liddesdale.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VI , Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 344
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