William Douglas, 1st Earl of March

(c. 1665–1705)

William, 1st Duke of Queensberry, obtained an earldom for his second son from King William the third. He was created earl of March of the kingdom of Scotland on 20 April 1697.

According to tradition, Neidpath Castle is haunted by lady in a brown dress with a white collar, known as Jean Douglas, the ‘Maid of Neidpath’. She is reputed to be the spectre of the youngest daughter of William Douglas, the Earl of March. Jean fell in love with the Laird of Tushielaw but was forbidden to see him by her father. The Laird was sent away while Jean pined away in grief. On the Lairds return he did not recognise Jean in her wasted state, and she is reputed to have died of a broken heart, doomed to wander the castle in sorrow. Sir Walter Scott stayed at the castle and wrote a poem about the legend adding to its popularity.

News report March 2011:
An historic Peeblesshire bridge is falling to bits. And Scottish Borders Council are doing nothing to stop it. The single arch hump-backed bridge, Manor Brig, was erected in 1702 by the Earl of March, William Douglas, to span the Manor Water into the Parish of Peebles. The Old Manor Brig, which goes over the Manor Water and leads to the Manor Sware on the outskirts of Peebles.


Father:
William (1st Duke of Queensbury) Douglas b: 1637
Mother: Isabel (of Douglas) Douglas b: 1642, dau of William, 1st Marquess of Douglas

Marriage 1 Jane (of Tweedale) Hay (c. 1665–1705)Children
  1. Has Children William (2nd Earl March) Douglas
  2. John of Broughton
  3. James, d bef 1732
  4. Isobel, d 9 Apr 1780
  5. Mary, d 14 mar 1781
  6. Jean