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George Douglas of Parkhead







George Douglas succeeded in right of his wife to the lands of Parkheid.

He was appointed keeper of the castles of Edinburgh and Douglas, and was Provost of Edinburgh in 1576 and 1577. He was employed by his brother Morton in several transactions of importance.

He had three sons, James, the eldest of whom, married Elizabeth, grand -daughter of Michael, fourth Lord Carlyle, in whose right he acquired the lands of Torthorald in Dumfriesshire, and half of the barony of Pettinain in Lanarkshire

In 1581 George Douglas of Parkheid and his son James were attainted along with the Earl of Angus. They were accused of negotiating to bring English troops into the kingdom; of having, under the silence of night, lurked in Edinburgh and its suburbs for the purpose of laying violent hands on the King's person; and of convocating at Braidis Craigs with purpose of relieving the late Earl of Morton by force out of ward.

They were found guilty of treason on the last of these charges, and also for withholding, by themselves and others in their name, the castle of Torthorwald after they were charged to deliver the same to the King's officers. Charterhous of Amisfield was unlawit in the pain of ci?100 for the non-appearance of George Douglas of Parkheid, for whom he had become bail, to underlie the law on the last accusation. Douglas and his son followed the example of the Earl of Angus in retiring to England, from which they were recalled in the following year.

Douglas of Parkheid and his sons James and George accompanied the Earl when, in 1584, he, in conjunction with Lords Marr and Glammis, seized the castle of Stirling. For this they were forfeited on the 22d of August of the same year; and an Act was passed annexing to the Crown "the feu meilles of the lands of Cornokhoip, Perkheid, Sanclilandis, Walterhead, Thorald, Pettinane, and uthers quhilk pertenid to George Douglas, sum tyme of Parkheid, or James his son be richt of his wyff ".

They returned with the other banished Lords in 1585, and were included in the Act of Restitution.

George Douglas embarked in mining speculations near Leadhills, in prosecuting which he was killed by accident.

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  • Douglas of Parkhead

  • Article on the Loss of control over the King

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