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George Douglas of Parkhead was the natural son of Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich himself the second son of George, Master of Angus.  He married Mariot, daughter and heiress of James Douglas of Parkhead, and they are both mentioned in the Great Seal register, 1581.  His will is recorded Edinburgh, 18th December 1602. They had issue:
a.  Sir James Douglas of Parkhead his eldest son and heir who married about 1587 Elizabeth, Lady Carlyle. He was slain by Captain James Stewart, on the High Street of Edinburgh, 31st July, 1608

b.   Sir George Douglas of Mordington , who married Margaret, daughter of Archibald Douglas of Fingask, the  accomplished Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King James the Sixth.  Their son, Sir George, was Ambassador to Sweden and Poland.

c.  Rev. John Douglas, minister of St Andrews, and of Crail. From him (apparently), descend the Douglas family of Edrington.





George Douglas of Parkhead was Captain of the Castle of Edinburgh and also Provost of that City in 1576 and 1577 and was employed by his (natural) brother (the Earl of ) MORTON in several transactions of great importance. He acquired Parkhead by marriage with Elizabeth Douglas, heiress of that estate and had issue:


Some show James, who married Elizabeth Carlyle, as the son of George and grandson of James, 4th Earl of Morton.  The implication above is that he was a brother to Morton.  Others have him as natural son of Sir George Douglas of Pittendriech, who was killed at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547, and who was father of David the seventh Earl of Angus and of James 4th Earl of Morton, Regent of Scotland.


Descended from Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich was George Douglas, b illegitimate c 1602, who married Mariota, daughter and heiress of James Douglas of Parkhead.  Their son, James Douglas of Parkhead, married Lady Carlyle.



James Douglas of Parkheid left an only daughter, Elizabeth, who espoused George Douglas, an illegitimate son of Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich, the younger brother of Archibald, sixth Earl of Angus.

Not sure whose who William is the son of??
His eldest son, William, sold the estates and went abroad.
His paternal lands of Parkhead, etc., in this parish, were purchased by the Marquis of Douglas, by whose representatives they are now held.


In 1596 Sir James Douglas of Parkhead killed James Stewart, Earl of Arran. He was styled as Lord Torthorwald in 1605/6. (but note above)


The Family of Douglas, Lord Torthorwald, owes it's original to George Douglas, first of the House of Parkhead, in the Shire of Lanark.—He was natural son of Sir George Douglas, of Pittendriech, who was killed at the Battle of Pinkie, in 1547, and who was Father of David, the seventh Earl of Angus, and of James, Earl of Morton, Regent of Scotland.


In the Public Register at Edinburgh is a Charter to George Douglas, second legitimate son of George Douglas, of Parkhead, of the Barony of Carlyle, &c., in the Shires of Dumfries and Lanark, dated the 28th. of February, 1593-4,—and which he probably had acquired from his brother Sir James.


No photo description available.There are several places names 'Parkhead' in Scotland
This Pont map of 1596 is of part of Lanarkshire


See also:

  • Douglas of Parkhead's roll in the loss of control over the King


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