Hugh Douglas of Longniddry





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Hugh Douglas of Londniddry' had sided with the English during the wars of the 'Rough Wooing' when the English used fire and sword throughout the Lothians to try and force the marriage of the infant Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1567/87) to the English Prince Edward.

His castle was slighted by the Scots in 1548 in punishment.

Hugh Douglas of Longniddry was a man of firm principle and strong faith.  A scion of the House of Douglas of Dalkeith, he was an early promoter of the Reformed doctrines.  Under his roof John Knox, after renouncing his priestly office at Haddington, obtained employment and shelter as tutor to his sons, Francis and George.


Hugh is referred to as being 'of Borgue and Moffat' in the genealogy section (qv), having 10 children.  This Hugh married Christian, daughter of George 1st Lord Seton, who died after 15 Jul 1478

Hew Douglas of Longniddry, who died 1555, married Marion, daughter of William Cockburn, of Omiston.

George, in 1578, forewarned his kinsman, Archibald Douglas of Whittinghame, that he was about to be arrested for the murder of Darnley.

His son, Francis Douglas of Longniddry, in a deed of ratification, dated 19th April 1567, is named as third in the line of succession to James, Earl of Morton, failing his male issue. By Sir George Douglas, a descendant of the House, that portion of the lands of Longniddry which belonged to his family was, in 1650, sold to the Earl of Winton, who also acquired the other portion. 


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•  Douglas of Longniddry


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