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Places listed here include towns, castles, etc, that have a Douglas connection.  They are not necessarily places owned or occupied by the Douglas family.


  “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”
~Winston S. Churchill


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  • Blythswood House

    Blythswood House

    The Campbells of Blythswood, who were also Douglases of Mains, owned this mansion house

  • Camp Morton

    Camp Morton

    Camp Morton, a coal mine in Spitzbergen, was named after the Earl of Morton, who was one of the owners.

  • Caerlaverock Castle

    Caerlaverock Castle

    This was not a Douglas property, but features in Douglas history.

  • Castle Mains

    Castle Mains

    The Earl of Home's residence, near Douglas Castle.

  • Cavers House

    Cavers House

    Now a ruin, the house was on the site of a 14thC castle built by Sir Archibald Douglas, son of the Earl of Douglas

  • Dalkeith CastleDalkeith Castle

    Dalkeith Castle, or Palace, in Midlothian, Scotland, is the former seat of the Duke of Buccleuch. The present house was built in 1702 on the site of an earlier castle.

  • Douglas Castle

    Douglas Castle

    Also known as Castle Dangerous; several castle have been built on this site, the most recent being demolished in 1938.

  • Gelston

    Gelston Castle

    Built in red sandstone c.1805 for Sir William Douglas (1745-1809), founder of Castle Douglas.

  • Grace Hall

    Grace Hall

    The seat of Thomas Douglass, Esq., 'a very fine modern edifice', in Co Armargh, Ireland.

  • Grangemuir House

    Grangemuir House

    Located just north of Pittenweem in Fife, Grangemuir House came into Douglas ownership through marriage in 1824, but is now in ruins.

  • Hawthornden

    Hawthornden Castle

    A property of the Abernethy family, it passed to the Douglases in the 14th century. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 15th century.

  • Herdmanston HouseHerdmanston Castle

    Hermiston, or Herdmanston, passed to the Sinclair family in the 12th or 13th century.

  • Hermitage Castle

    Hermitage Castle

    Held by William de Douglas, Knight of Liddesdale, who also held Roxburgh & Lochmaben Castles, and, in 1332, was Warden of the Marches.

  • Jedburgh Abbey

    Jedburgh Abbey

    Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, has many Douglas graves

  • Lennoxlove

    Lennoxlove House

    Purchased by the 14th Duke in 1946, it is he seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and is home to one of Scotland's most important collections of portraits.

  • Lochleven Castle

    Lochleven Castle

    This Douglas castle, on an island, was where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner - bb the Douglases!

  • Morton Castle

    Morton Castle

    In the mid 15thC these lands in Dumfreisshire were given by James II of Scotland to James Douglas of Dalkeith, later Earl of Morton.

  • Spynie

    Spynie Palace

    In 1207-8, Bishop Brice Douglas chose the church at Spynie as his cathedral. Alexander Douglas was bishop here in the 16th Century.


Abbotsford House
Abdel Hamid Palace
Abercorn Castle
Aberdour Castle
Akergill Castle
All Hallows Church
Allt Poll Dubh-Ghlas
Alnwick Castle
Ancrum Bridge hearts
Andrew Spratt's castle reconstructions
Andrew Spratt's castle reconstructions - Page2
Andrew Spratt's castle reconstructions - Page3
Antarctica place names
Arbroath Abbey
Arlehaven Douglas
Ashling Park
Auchen Castle
Auchenfranco Castle
Auchinleck, Kirriemuir
Auldhame Castle
Avoch Castle
Baads Castle
Baldoon Castle
Ballencrieff Castle
Ballumbie Castle
Balvenie Castle
Balvie Castle
Barjarg Castle
Barnton Castle
Barony of Herbertshire
Barony of Holydean
Bass Rock
Bedrule Castle and Church
Benjamin Douglas House
Berwick Castle
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
Blackfriars Monastery
Blackhouse Tower
Blacklaw Tower
Blackness Castle
Blythswood House
Bonaly Tower
Bonjedward, Roxburghshire
Borthwick Castle
Bothwell Castle
Bothwell Castle and House Gallery
Bothwell House
Braidwood, Lanarkshire
Branxholme Castle
Brigton House
Brodick Castle
Buittle Castle
Buittle  Parish
Buncle Castle
Burnbrae, Dunbartonshire
Byre's Castle Orchard Towerhouse
Byres Castle
Calder Castle
Calder House
Camp Douglas
Camp Douglas, Wisconsin
Camp Morton
Cape Moreton
Captain Samuel Douglass Academy
Carlisle Castle
Castello della Bastardina
Castello di Rezzanello
Castillo Douglas
Castle Douglas
Castle Gogar (Gogar House)
Castle of Mains
Castle Stewart
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Chateaux d'Arrancy
Chilston Park
Château de Longueville
Château Gaillard
Claypotts Castle
Cluny Crichton Castle
Cockburnspath Tower
Cocklaws Tower
Coldingham Priory
Comlongon Castle
Conaglen House and Estate
Corio Villa, Geelong
Crag Douglas
Craignethan Castle
Cramond Regis
Cramond Tower
Cranshaws Tower
Crawford Castle
Crawfordjohn, Lanarkshire
Crichton Castle
Cruixton Castle
Cunningham Mausoleum, Belfast
Dairsie Castle
Dalhousie castle
Dalkeith Palace
Dalveen Castle
Darnaway Castle
Dirleton Castle
Douglas 13thC manors in England
Douglas and Angus, Dundee
Douglas Arms Hotel
Douglas Arms, Bethseda
Douglas Arms, Milngavie
Douglas Bay and Peak, Antartica
Douglas Boulder and Gap, Ben Nevis
Douglas Bridge, Strabane
Douglas Castle
Douglas Castle, Hong Kong
Douglas Castle, Jamaica
Douglas castles in England
Douglas Cave, Gibraltar
Douglas Chapel in Parbold
Douglas Chapel, Montreal La Cluse
Douglas City, Michigan
Douglas Coalfield, Lanarkshire
Douglas Colliery, South Africa
Douglas Estate, St. Kitts
Douglas family in Yorkshire
Douglas Farm, New Jersey
Douglas Hall, Kirkcudbrightshire
Douglas Hill, Maine
Douglas Hollow, Pennsylvania
Douglas Hotel, Brodick
Douglas Hotel, Stirling
Douglas House - List
Douglas House School, Malvern
Douglas House, Bournemouth
Douglas House, Chipping Warden
Douglas House, Glastonbury
Douglas House, Ladybank
Douglas House, London
Douglas House, Petersham
Douglas House, Trenton
Douglas in Milngavie
Douglas in Ulston
Douglas Inn, Urbana, Ohio
Douglas Island, Alaska
Douglas Lake and Dam
Douglas Library, Queens University
Douglas Lodge, Itasca State Park
Douglas Manor, New York
Douglas Mansion, Cedar Rapids
Douglas Mansion, Jerome
Douglas Mausoleum
Douglas Memorial Bridge
Douglas Mountains, Texas
Douglas Navigation
Douglas of County Down
Douglas of Cruixton
Douglas of Edrington
Douglas of Lindisfarne
Douglas Palais, Karlsruhe
Douglas Park, Chicago
Douglas River
Douglas Scott Mausoleum, Springwood
Douglas Store, Texas
Douglas Support
Douglas Vale
Douglas Water
Douglas's Cairn
Douglas, Arizona
Douglas, British Columbia
Douglas, Co. Cork
Douglas, Isle of Man
Douglas, Lanarkshire
Douglas, Massachusetts
Douglas, Northern Cape
Douglas, Queensland
Douglas, Texas
Douglas, Wyoming
Douglasdale, South Africa
Douglases - Rocky Mountains
Douglases in Lurgan
Douglass House, Houghton
Douglass-Clark House, Tennessee
Douglastown, Angus
Douglastown, Quebec
Doune Castle
Drochil Castle
Drumlanrig Castle
Drumlanrig's Tower
Dryhope Tower
Dudhope Castle
Duff House Mausoleum
Dumbarton Castle
Dunbar Castle
Dundonald Castle
Dunedin, Florida
Dunfermline Abbey
Dunglass Castle
Dunnottar Castle
Durisdeer Castle
Durisdeer Church
Earl's Gift
Edinburgh Castle
Evelick Castle
Fa'side Castle
Falkenhorst and the Douglasses
Falkland Palace
Ferme du Maipas
Fort Douglas, Utah
Galbraith lands
Garrallan House
Garvald, East lothian
Gavler's Castle
Gelston Castle, New York
Gelston Castle, Scotland
George Douglas House
George Douglass House
Gerstorp, Sweden
Glamis Castle
Glasgow Cathedral
Glen Douglas and Douglas Water
Glenbervie Church
Glendevon Castle
Glenfinart House
Glenstuart, Cummertrees
Gorbals Mansion House
Gourock Castle
Grace Hall
Gragnano Trebbiense, Commune of
Grangemuir House
Greenan Castle
Gyrn Castle
Haddington House
Hallbar Tower
Hamilton Palace
Harbottle Castle
Hartree Tower
Hawthornden Castle
Hazelside - or Hileside
Herdmanston Castle
Hermitage Castle
Holmhill, Thornhill
Inchinnan Parish Church - All Hallows
Innerwick Castle
Innerwick Castle
Inveravon Castle
Inverugie Castle
Invery House
James Douglas House
Jedburgh Abbey
Jedburgh Castle
John Douglas House, Mecklenburg
John Douglas House, Rhode Island
John Douglas Wayside
Killewarren House
Kilspindie Castle and the Red Douglases
Kinmount, Dumfriesshire
Kirkness, Kinross
Kirkstyle Cottages
Kirriemuir - coat of arms
Lands forfeited by the 9th Earl of Douglas
Langenstein Castle
Lesudden House
Lincluden Collegiate Church
Lindores Abbey
Loch Doon Castle
Loch Leven Castle
Lochindorb Castle
Lochnaw Castle
Lockerbie (Burgh)
Lockerbie House
Loddington Hall
Longniddry Castle
Luce memorial stone
Macbeth's Castle
Markle Castle and the Hepburns
Matfen, Northumberland
Melrose Abbey
Milton Douglas Heritage House
Miscellaneous Douglas lands in Scotland
Monteath Douglas mausoleum in Glasgow Necropolis
Montreal Chateau
Morton Castle
Morton, West Lothian
Mount Douglas
Mount Howard Douglas
Mouswald Place
Neidpath Castle
Newark Castle
Newton Stewart
Niddry Castle
Norham Castle
North Berwick and the Humes
North Berwick Castle
Onofrio Scotti, d1602
Ormiston Castle
Ormond castle
Palazzo Chiapponi
Palazzo Rossi Scotti
Palazzo Rossi Scotti Mescolini
Palazzo Scotti da Fombio
Parkhall, or Mains Castle, and Castlemains
Penrhyn Slate Quarry
Penryn Castle
Polmunckshead, Douglas Water
Port Douglas, Queensland
Port Douglass Boat Launch
Port Penrhyn, Wales
Preston Tower and the Hamiltons
Ravenscraig Castle
Redcastle, Black Isle
Redhouse Castle
Regent Morton's House
Richard Douglass House
Rocca di San Giorgio Piacentino
Rose Mount Villa, Bradford
Roslin Castle
Roxburgh Castle
Rural Municipality of Douglas No. 436
Rutherglen Castle
Rydboholm Castle
Saltcoats Castle, Gullane
Saltcoats Castle, Gullane
Salwarpe, Worecestershire
Samuel Douglas Free School
Samuel Douglass House
San Giovanni in Canale
Sanquhar Castle
Schloss Gondelsheim
Schloss Ralsviek
Schloss Schlatt unter Krähen
Scone, Perthshire
Scrabster Castle
Sibiville, France
Skelmorlie Aisle
Slains Castle
Smailholm Castle
Springwood Park
Spynie Palace
St Bride's Church, Douglas
St Bride's Collegiate Church
St Conan's Kirk
St Fillan's Church, Aberdour
St Mary's Isle Priory
St Mary's, Dalmahoy
St Mary’s Church, Dalkeith
St Nicholas Church, Dalkeith
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Churchyard
St. Monans Church
Stephen Douglas Monument Park
Stirling Castle
Stjärnorp Castle, Sweden
Stonypath Tower
Strathaven Castle
Strathbrock Castle
Strathenry House and Castle
Tantallon Castle
Teba - visit
Teba, Spain
Temple Douglas - Tulach Dubhghlaise
Temple Newsam
Test page
The Barony of Glenholm
The Douglas Column, Corfu
The Douglas Complex
The Douglas Heritage Museum
The Douglass Hut, Luenersee, Austria
The Earl's Palace, Orkney
The Ettrick Forest
The Haining
The Shire of Douglas
Threave Castle
Tilquhillie Castle, Estate and Invery House
Timpendean Tower
Tongland Abbey
Torthorwald Tower
Torwood Castle
Townhead of Cavers
Turnberry Castle
Twyford Abbey
US Border Station - Douglas
Victoria Manor
Villa Anguissola-Scotti
Villa Cigala
Villa Rossi Scotti
Vreta Abbey, Sweden
Walmoor Hill
Wark Castle
Waughton Castle
Westgate Hall, Denholm
William B. Douglass Shelter, Vermont
Woodham Ferrers
Woolwich Churchyard Inscriptions
Wreath's Tower
Yester Castle
Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
See also:
  • Abbeys and Churches

  • Castles
  • Places named Douglas House
  • Douglas lands prior to the forfeiture [pdf 1mb]
  • Douglas castles in England
  • Douglas manors in England

    Several places in the United States:

    Other places

    • The Shire of Douglas - Tropical North Queensland, Australia
    • Port Douglas - Tropical North Queensland, Australia
    • Port Douglas - British Columbia, Canada
    • The Douglas Range, Douglas Islands and Douglas Strait in Antarctica are named after Vice-Admiral Sir Percy Douglas.
    • Douglas Glacier (Antarctica) was named for Everett L. Douglas, a biologist at Palmer Station, summer 1967–68
    • Douglas Station, Falkland Islands.
    • Douglas, Manitoba, Canada, is located in the Rural Municipality of Elton.
    • Douglas Municipality, Saskatchewan, Canada
    • Punta Douglas - headland in the Magallanes region of Chile
    • Bahia Douglas (Douglas Bay), Chile
    • Estancia Douglas (Rio Douglas), Chile
    • Cabo Douglas - a cape in Ecuador, on the island of Isla Fernandina
    • The townships of Forward and Elizabeth Forward in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania were settled by Douglases.
    • Sir William 'Long Legs' Douglas, reported that he had granted him a carucate of land at Warndon in Northumberland to his son, William 'Le hardi' Douglas, for his homage and service.
    • Places in Glasgow
    • Douglas Day, Douglas Lake, Douglas Ferry, Mount Douglas and Douglas Bay are among place names in Tasmania, possibly named after a surveyor, Henry Douglas c1860.

    The following New Zealand landmarks are named after Charlie Douglas:

  • Mount Douglas at the head of Fox Glacier
  • Douglas pass through the Hooker range
  • Douglas River
  • Douglas Névé and Glacier west of Mount Sefton.

    Douglas lands


    The 1342 charter
    On 26th May 1342, Hugh Douglas 'the Dull' resigned a substantial package of estates, representing the sum total of his landed possessions, to the crown, in the presence of King David II of Scotland, at an assembly in Aberdeen. Three days later, at Dundee, King David granted these estates to Hugh's nephew William, lord of Douglas, and clarified the legal succession of these lands, entailing them in the male line.

    The impressive collection of lands mentioned in the resignation and subsequent charter included:
    • Douglasdale (vallis de Douglas),
    • Carmichael (Carmichel) and the
    • burgh of Rutherglen (Rothirglen) in Lanarkshire,
    • Selkirk Forest (foreste de Selkyrk),
    • Lauderdale (vallis de Lavedre) in Berwickshire,
    • Bedrule (Bethoroule) and
    • Eskdale (vallis de Esk) in Roxburghshire,
    • Staplegordon (Stabilgortoun) and
    • Buittle (Botil) in Galloway, and
    • Romanno (Roumanok) in Peebleshire.
    Aside from Douglasdale, which the family had controlled since the twelfth-century, these estates had been granted to Hugh's elder brother 'the Good' Sir James Douglas by King Robert I of Scotland, as reward for Sir James's vigorous and ruthlessly effective service in war for the fledgling Bruce regime. The location of these lands, spread across the south of the kingdom and with the most significant holdings focused on the Middle March, illustrate Douglas's status as one of King Robert's most valued war leaders as well as his crucial role in the defence of the realm.
    William Douglas, 1st of Glenbervie, was in 1493 and 1509  in possession of charters of the lands of Grenane, in Ayrshire. The lands of Braidwood, in Lanarkshire, were confirmed to him in 1510.
    Charter by James of Douglas, lord of Dalkeith, to Thomas of Carruthers, of the lands of Brandriggs in Annandale, in the holding of Hutoun under the moor ('sub mora'), resigned by Elizabeth Cryspyne: To be held for services used and wont. Witnesses, James Douglas the grantor's heir, James Douglas of Roberton, and William Monypenny, knights, John and James Twedy, and Adam of Corry, at Dalkeith, 2nd February 1409-10.


    On 24th April 1513,

    The territory of this earldom was very extensive, embracing the following baronies and estates, among others - Dalkeith, Garmiltoun, Dunning, Edmonstone, Caldercleir, in the county of Edinburgh ; Bonytoun, Bernis, Kincavill, Drumeorse, Dechmont, Holdene, and Knightsrig, in West Calder, and others in Linlithgowshire ; Whittingham, in Haddingtonshire ; Newlands, Linton, Kilbucho and others in the county of Peebles ; Roberton, Edmestoun, and others in Lanarkshire ; Aberdour, Tiry, Woodfield, Seafield, Binns, and Babertons, in Fife ; Morton, in Dumfriesshire ; Mordington, in Berwickshire ; Ganochy and Petculane, in Perthshire; Preston, Borg, and Buittle, in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright ; Hutton-under-the-Moor, and Moffatdale, in the Stewartry of Annandale - with the numerous castles and ecclesiastical and other privileges appertaining to them.

    See charters and other documents concerning the whole of this transaction in Registruni Honoris de Morton. (Location not known)

    Source:  The Douglas Book

    In 1544 the Earl of Lennox married Margaret Douglas, daughter of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, and Margaret Tudor, wife of James IV and sister of Henry VIII.
    As part of the marriage settlement he endowed his wife in the lands of Glenrinne, Balloch and Auchintorlies in the Earldom of Lennox, the baronies of Cruckisfew, Inchinnan and Craig of Nielston in the lordship of Darnley and the lands of Erere in Perthshire.

    In the Middle Ages the Douglas family owned extensive estates in Fife (Aberdour), Midlothian (Dalkeith), Berwickshire, Peeblesshire and elsewhere, and were created Earls of Morton in 1458. The 3rd Earl of Morton (d. 1550) was succeeded in his estates and title by his son-in-law James Douglas of Pittendriech, Regent of Scotland 1572-78, but in 1558 they reverted to the Douglases of Loch Leven (Kinross-shire).

    It is stated that before the Civil War broke out he was (one of the richest and greatest subjects in the Kingdom. "Unfortunately for himself he cast in his lot with the Royalist party, and was repeatedly applied to for money to enable them to carry on the war. For this purpose he disposed of his extensive and valuable property of Dalkeith, together with several of his minor estates, thus depriving himself of an annual rental estimated at 100,000 pounds Scots. As an offset for this great sacrifice on his part, he received a Royal charter, dated 15th June, 1643, granting him the Islands of Orkney and Shetland in absolute right, with all their jurisdictions, redeemable only by the Crown upon payment of £30,000 sterling.

    Considerable sales of land took place in the 17th century, including Dalkeith to the Earl of Buccleuch in 1642 and Loch Leven to Sir William Bruce of Balcaskie (Fife), c.1670. The islands of Orkney and Shetland, however, were granted to the family in 1643. They were annexed by the Crown in 1669, regranted in 1707 and finally sold to the Dundas family in 1766 . The Dalmahoy (Midlothian) estate was acquired in the mid 18th century and the Conaglen (Argyllshire) and Loddington (Leicestershire) estates probably for sporting purposes in the later 19th century.

    Earlier but temporary accessions of property had come through marriages with the Hay family of Smithfield (Peeblesshire) in 1649 and the Halyburton family of Pitcur (Forfarshire) c.1730.

    Estates in 1883: 49,814 acres in Argyllshire; 10,411 acres in Midlothian

    Kingston in Glasgow ‘consists of the western portion of the lands purchased by the Magistrates and Council from Sir Robert Douglas in 1647. They extended from West Street to Kinning House Burn, and from the River Clyde to the lands of Shields’.

    •  When searching through records or gravestones in Scotland, it is common to find a person described either 'of', a place or 'in' a place or 'at' a place. These words are of considerable importance and are still in legal use in Scotland.  Read more>>>

    See also:
    •  The Emerald Charter - lands granted to the Good Sir James
    •  How Sir James Douglas got his Lands
    •  Lands in Galloway forfeited in 1546
    •  Douglas lands in Scotland prior to the forfeiture [pdf 1mb]
    •  List of Douglas places (External link)
    •  Peles, towers and bastles of the Scottish Borders (pdf) by Sally Douglas
    •  Scottish Borders tower houses by Ian Douglas
     The Castles of the Black Douglases, by Callum Watson
    •  Lairds' Houses of Scotland
    •  Scottish regalities in 1405, including those of the Douglases (map)
    •  Lands in the parish of Crossmichael transferred to John Murray of Lochmaben and [Sir Robert Gordon], laird of Lochinvar in 1617
    •  Map of Nithsdale
    •  Map of clan lands - note that the map only shows part of Scotland, and hence not all Douglas land.  Note also that this is just a snapshot in time, and boundaries changed as clan fortunes rose and fell.
     Indenture between the Lord of Dalketh and Sir John of Hamyltoune referring to lands in Linlithgos and elsewhere


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