Earl James DOUGLAS
- Born: Abt 1355, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
- Married: 23 Sep 1371, , , Scotland
- Died: 10 Aug 1388, Battle, Otterburn, Berwickshire, Scotland
- Buried: Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Another name for James was DOUGLAS Earl.
Ancestral File Number: 9FVB-R7.
Earl of DOUGLAS.
The Political History of England, 1377-1485, Vol IV, C Oman, 1906, AMS Press, New York, p114:
"...The Earl of Northumberland shut himself up in Alnwick, leaving his sons Henry, the famous Hotspur, and Ralph to take the field. The elder brother gave battle to the Scots ere half his men were collected, was beaten outside Newcastle, and lost his banner. He swore that he would recover it, and when more levies had come up, hurried after the Scots, who were retreating by the inland road. Having 600 men-at-arms and 8000 archers, he now outnumbered them, and was anxious to force ona second fight at all costs. On the third night, August 15, 1388, he found them encamped by Otterbourne, between two morasses, in a strong position which they had roughly ditched and palisaded. The sun was already set, but Hotspur feared that the enemy would abscond before morning, and set upon them by the light of the moon. Archery was of no avail in the dark, and the two hosts met in a wild hand-to-hand combat, in which no man could see how matters were going a few yards away from his own fighting ground. Douglas was beaten down and mortally wounded, but his men, unaware of their general's fall, held their own and finally repulsed the English, whose leaders, both Henry and his brother Ralph with twenty-one other knights, were taken prisoners and led off to Edinburgh. They paid heavy ransoms; the king, on the petition of parliament, contributed L3000 for that of Hotspur..."
Ancestral File Ver 4.10 9FVB-R7 Married in Dispensation, , Scotland.
James married Princess Isabel Eupheme Stewart SCOTLAND on 23 Sep 1371 in , , Scotland.