Douglas, Sir James de, lord of Douglas

Douglas, Sir James de, lord of Douglas, 1286?–1330, Scottish nobleman, called the Black Douglas and Douglas the Good eldest son of William de Douglas, lord of Douglas. In the war of independence against England he joined Robert I and made himself the terror of the border, even burning his own castle of Douglas twice to rid it of English garrisons. He led a force at Bannockburn (1314), and was knighted there. In 1327, Douglas almost captured the young Edward III and succeeding in ending the English campaign. After Robert I died, Douglas started with his king's heart in a casket for Palestine, but he was killed fighting the Moors in Spain.

See biography by I. M. Davis (1974).

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