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William Douglas, 3rd Laird of Drumlanrig





William Douglas, 3rd of Drumlanrig was born about 1415 and died in 1464.


He distinguished himself at the seige of Roxburgh in 1460 and subsequently at the battle of Alnwick in 1462.


He married Margaret Carlyle, daughter of Sir William Carlyle of Torthorwald (other sources state she was daughter of Sir John Carlyle)


William Douglas, third of Drumlanrig, succeeded his father in 1444, and it may have been he who fought at the battle of Sark. He was retoured heir to his father in the barony of Hawick, valued at 300 merks yearly, on 6 October 1450.

On 25 June 1452, during the trouble with the Earl of Douglas, the Laird of Drumlanrig resigned Hawick into the hands of King James II., but on 11 November 1452 received sasine from the Earl.

He is said to have been present at the siege of Roxburgh Castle in December 1460, when King James iI. was killed by the bursting of one of his own cannon. He also, it is said, took part in the expedition organised by George, fourth Earl of Angus, to carry off the French garrison of Alnwick through the English army then besieging the castle, in 1462.

He is usually said to have died in 1464, and to have been succeeded by his son, but it is apparently he who is named in November 1466 in a writ by Sir William Douglas of Morton. Little or nothing further is recorded of him except his arrangement for the marriage of his eldest son in 1470.

He appears to have lived a comparatively quiet life, though occasionally engaged in litigation.

On 11 October 1483 he appears as heir of James Douglas of Auchincassill, though in what relationship is not stated, and as such received a number of household goods from Robert Maitland of Queensberry and Elspeth his spouse, who also alleged a claim. In 1484 he and his men joined the King's force which defeated the Duke of Albany and the Earl of Douglas near Lochmaben on 22 July of that year, and he lost his life in the conflict. He married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Robert Crichton of Sanquhar. She survived him, marrying, secondly, James Campbell of West Loudoun, and thirdly, Sir William Colville of Ochiltree, and was alive in October 1539.



  1. William Douglas, 4th of Drumlanrig,  d. 22 Jul 1484
  2. Margaret Douglas,  b. c 1460 - m John Cathcart, 2nd Lord Cathcart, son of Alan Cathcart, Master of Cathcart, before August 1499







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