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Henry Douglas of Ralston, son of Sir James Douglas of Ralston, appears in 1488 on the Exchequer Roll and Privy Council Register.
Sir James was the son of Sir Henry Douglas of Lugton, fifth son of Sir Patrick Douglas of Kilspindie and Aberlady. Sir James married Marjory, daughter of Sir Walter Stewart of Ralston.

Sir James Douglas of Ralston is the son of Sir William Douglas and Marjorie Lindsay. He married Janet Fenton, daughter of Walter Fenton of Baky.
Henry Douglas is the son of Sir James Douglas of Ralston and Janet Fenton. He lived at Culbirny, Scotland

Sir Henry Douglas of Lugton and Lochleven
m. Marjory Stewart (d 1438, dau of Sir John Stewart of Ralston)
  1. Sir William Douglas of Lochleven (d 1421)
    A Sir James Douglas of Ralston
       m. Janet Fenton (dau of Walter Fenton of Baky)
i          . Henry Douglas of Culbirny

On April 23, 1451, Alan Cathcart (Kethkert) of that ilk, along with Sir James Douglas of Ralston, and about a hundred others, received a safe conduct from the Lord High Chancellor of England for “ on hoole yere.” Included were Sir James douglas, Archibald douglas, earl of Murrasy (sic), Hugh Douglas, earl of ormond, all 'three his brothers'. They werer at the time taking part in the Treaty of Newcastle.

Sir John Stewart of Ralston, son of Walter, Steward of Scotland, by Isobel Graham, and half-brother to King Robert II.

Ralston in the county of Renfrew.

A little to the north of Whiteford lie the lands of Ralston, once the possession of the Ralstons of that ilk. The Ralstons are said to be descended from Ralph, a younger son of the Earl of Fife, who received these lands from the High Steward of Scotland, and called them Ralphstoun or Ralston from his own Christian name. Anyway, the name is of great antiquity in the county. Hugh de Ralstoun and Thomas de Ralphiston, both of whom are supposed to have belonged to this family, signed the Ragman Roll. Nicolas de Ralston witnessed the grant of Fulton to the monastery of Paisley by Sir Antony Lombard, the Physician, in 1272. James de Raulyston, lord of the same, was witness, in 1346, to the privilege granted to the monks of the same house of choosing an abbot. Sir John Stewart de Railstoun in 1388 had a pension granted to him of the sum of £20 by Robert II. In 1488 the name of John de Ralston appears several times in the Register of the Abbey of Paisley. He witnessed the liberty granted to the monks by the representatives of the Pope to feu their land in the neighbourhood of the monastery, in order to form the burgh of Paisley. He also acted as one of the arbiters on behalf of the Abbot of Paisley in the dispute the latter had with the bailies of Renfrew in respect of the boundaries of their lands. His name stands among those of the witnesses in the charter granted by the Abbot of Paisley to the inhabitants of his village when it was erected into a free burgh of barony and regality. In 1505, Thomas Ralston of that ilk obtained a charter of his lands of Ralston from Lord John Ross. The same Thomas, or his successor bearing his name, witnessed a decree arbitral, pronounced on May 2, 1530, by Robert, Bishop of Argyll, Patrick Maxwell of Newark, John Lockhart of Bar, and others, betwixt Hugh Earl of Eglinton and his kin on the one part, and Robert Boyd in Kilmarnock, Mungo Mure of Rowallan and others on the other part. Hugh Ralston of that ilk subscribed the solemn bond entered into by many in 1560 for maintaining “ the new evangell.”

Baron James Douglas of Ralston was born to William Douglas of Loch Leven and Margery Douglas of Loch Leven (born Lindsay).
William was born in 1384, in Loch Leven Castle, Kincross, Perthshire, Scotland.
Margery was born in 1389, in Glenesk, Angusshire, Scotland.
Baron (sic) had 5 siblings: Henry Douglas, Catherine Douglas aka Kate "Barlass" and 3 other siblings.

Janet Fenton ... married James Douglas of Ralston, whose sister(s) played a part in the assassination of King James I in 1437, attempting to save his life.

James Douglas of Ralston. James Douglas (who is also styled of Lochleven or Lugton) was the brother of Sir Henry Douglas of Lochleven, and he had taken part in the tournament at Stirling in February 1449, where he jousted with knights ..

Shrove Tuesday 1449, James Douglas of Raulston fought with James Douglas, brother of the 8th earl and John Ross of Hawkhead in a match against three knights from Burgundy, which had to be brought to a halt before a death occurred.



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