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Sir James Douglas

Sir James Douglas

The Black Douglas was one of the most prominent families in South - West Scotland in the later mediaeval period. The family's traditional lands were in and around Douglas Castle in Clydesdale. The repeated opposition of Sir James' father to King Edward I led to the confiscation of the family estates by the English king in the late 1290's, leaving James Douglas a landless, minor Scottish nobleman. He found he had common cause against the English with Robert the Bruce, who after he was crowned Robert I , fought the English presence in Scotland first in Galloway, from his power base in the Earldom of Carrick in Southern Ayrshire.

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