HOUSE OF DOUGLAS
DOUGLAS CASTLELocated in the Town of Douglas, it was originally called the Carlingwark.This castle was the center for the "Black Douglases" during the Wars for Independence.Douglas Castle was briefly held by the English until it was recaptured by it's owner the "Good Sir James". Only part ofthe tower of the castle remains today.
ST. BRIDES CHURCHLocated on Douglas Water near Douglas Castle.St Bride's was the Douglas Clan's Church and is the final resting place for several notable Douglases, including the "Good Sir James" and Archibald "Bell and the Cat" the 5th Earl of Angus who is immortalized in Sir Walter Scott;s "Marmion".
ROXBURGH CASTLELocated near Kelso, captured in the night, in 1314 by the "Good Sir James" and his followers who concealed themselves under dark robes and were mistaken for cattle, by the English.The castle was demolished in 1550 under the terms of the Anglo-Scotish treaty.
BLACKHOUSE TOWERLocated west of Selkirk on Douglas Burn by the Yarrow Water, Blackhouse was a stronghold of the "Black Douglas".
THREAVELocated in the town of Castle Douglas on Threave island on the River Dee.It was built in the 14th century by Archibald "The Grim",Lord of Galloway, third Earl of Douglas. It was rebuilt in 1447 by the 8th Earl of Douglas and withstood two all out attacks by the English.
LOCHLEVEN CASTLELocated near Kinross, was the property of William Douglas of Lochleven when Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner there, 1567-1568.
TANTALLON CASTLELocated near Edinburgh, this fortress in 1374 was held by William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas.It was held by the Douglases until it was surrendered to James the 5th in 1528.In 1651 Olver Cromwell's covenanters took the castle after 12 days of bombardment, it has not been lived in since.
STIRLING CASTLELocated near Stirling, William, 8th Earl of Douglas was murdered here by King James II in 1452.
MELROSE ABBEYLocated in Melrose, this abbey was founded in 1136 and is noted for its stonework.Several Douglas Chieftains are buried here.
GLENDEVON CASTLELocated near Dunfermline, held by the Douglases in the 15th century.
BLACKFRIARS MONASTERYLocated in Perth, King James the 1st was murdered here despite the heroic efforts ofCatherine Douglas.
LINDORES ABBEYLocated near Newburg, the 9th Earl of Angus was held prisoner here by the Duke of Albany.
HERMITAGE CASTLELocated near Newcastleton, it was a stronghold of the Douglases during the three hundred year war with England.
DRUMLANRIG CASTLELocated near Thornhill,built by William Douglas 11th Lord of Drumlanrig, 3rd Earl of Queensbury between 1679 and 1691.The Duke of Queensbury, drafted the "Act Union" here which resulted in the union of Scotland and Englandin 1707. This castle is lived in today and is in excellent condition.
GLAMIS CASTLELocated near Forfar,is the site of William Shakespeare's "McBeth".This was the home of Janet Douglas, arch enemy of King James the 5th who accused her of treason and whichcraft and had her burned at the stake, here,in 1537.
DALKEITH PLACELocated near Edinburgh, was built by James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, 6th Lord of Dalkeith and Regent of Scotland in the early sixteen hundreds.The family sold the castle some eighty years after Lord Douglas was executed for taking part in the murder of Lord Darnley.
LOCH KATRINE AND ELLEN'S ISLELocated near Callander immortalized by, Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake" for Ellen Douglas's meeting with King James.
EDINBURGH CASTLELocated near Edinburgh, this castle is famous for the "Black Bull's Dinner" when the 4th Earl of Douglas and his brother were murdered in 1440.This was an attempt to break the Douglas power.King James was ten years old at the time.