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 Henry Douglas of Dalkeith and Borg (d. bef. 1456), son of Sir John Douglas of Dalkeith, mar. Lady Margaret Douglas (d. bef. 3 Sep 1473), 1st dau. of James [Douglas], 7th Earl of Douglas and 1st Earl of Avondale, by his wife Lady Beatrix Sinclair, only dau. of Henry [Sinclair], 2nd Earl of Orkney, and had issue:

1. Hugh Douglas of Borg, in 1474 renounced to his cousin the 1st Earl of Morton all right to Dalkeith except where might belong to him as heir male of the family.  He married Margaret, daughter of James, 7th Earl of Douglas.
2. James Douglas
3. John Douglas
4. Patrick Douglas of Corehead.  his grand-nephew, Francis, was retoured as his heir

Spital, now part of Gosford, including Red Spital, or part of Redhoufe, was formerly a prebend of the collegiate church of Dunglas. Francis Wilson, prebendary of Spital, granted to Douglas of Borg a charter of Spital, to be held of him and his fuccesfors in that prebend for L. 22 Scots yearly. There is a confirmation of this charter by Pope Paul IV. dated at St Peter’s at Rome, 5to Id. Martii, anno pontificatus fui primo. It is obferved by Bishop Keith, that the Dominicans or Black Friars had paid them out of the lands of Gosford 24 merks yearly, as appears by a charter of March 28. 1474.

Hugh Douglas of Borg, second son of Hugh (above), married Christian Seton.

In 1482, Hugh Douglas of Borg witnessed a charter. granted by the fifth Earl of Angus.

Hugh Douglas of Borg married Mariot Cockburn, and had issue:

1. George Douglas of Corehead
2. Francis Douglas of Borg, and of Longniddry, married Agnes Lauder, retoured heir of Patrick Douglas of Corehead, brother of his grandfather
3. David Douglas
4. Hugh Douglas 'in Longniddry', who married Marion Wilson.

Extracted from Dubh Glasse newsletter of December 2016 (Volume 48, Issue4)
Henry Douglas of Borg (third son of the James Douglas of Morton and Dalkeith who married Princess Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of King Robert II and Marjorie Bruce) married Margaret, youngest daughter of James Douglas, 7th Earl of Douglas (and sister of James, 9th Earl of Douglas and all the brothers who were killed during or as a result of the battle of Arkinholm). Once again we have a merging of the (matrilineal) ‘Black’ Douglas and Dalkeith/Morton lines. The couple had four sons: Patrick (who must have died young), Hugh, James, and John.
According to Burke’s Peerage, in 1474 Henry Douglas of Borg renounced all rights to Dalkeith to his cousin, 1st Earl of Morton.
According to Stirnet, Henry’s son, Hugh Douglas of Borg renounced the Earldom of Douglas in 1474 -- probably because his uncle, James, 9th Earl, was still living.
After the death of James, 9th Earl of Douglas, in 1488, was the offer of the earldom of Douglas renewed to Hugh or his brothers or was the earldom declared extinct? Research into these three has proved to be a dead end. Being Douglas and cousins of King James II, did James II see the boys as another generation of Douglas threats and eliminate this branch of the Douglas line to safeguard his throne? Perhaps someone reading this will have the answer.

See also:
•  Douglas of Longniddry
 Douglas of Corehead


Sources for this article include:

  • Heraldry of the Douglases - George Harvey Johnston

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