Sir James Douglas

('The Good')

c.1286 - 1330

Freedom fighter. The son of Sir William Douglas (d.1298), who had been a supporter of William Wallace (1274 - 1305), James was sent to France for safety in these dangerous times. He returned in 1306, fighting alongside King Robert I - 'the Bruce' - (1274 - 1329) in the Wars of Independence and having considerable success in SW Scotland against the English King Edward I (1239 - 1307). He was knighted by Robert at Bannockburn. He became known as the 'Black' Douglas, a name which carried on through one branch of his family. He took Robert's heart for a posthumous crusade against the Moors in Spain, where he died.

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