William “le Hardi, the Bold” Douglas

Douglas, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death 24 Jan 1298 (aged 42–43)
Greater London, England
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Died at Tower of London
Memorial ID 179862152 · View Source
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Scottish nobleman and warlord.

Douglas' father, Longleg died at some point c. 1274 and there is some confusion as to whether his eldest son Hugh predeceased him, however William the Hardy was certainly in possession of his estates by the end of the decade. Douglas was knighted before 1288, when he was called upon by Sir Andrew Moray, to imprison his uncle Sir Hugh de Abernethy at Douglas Castle. Abernethy had been party to the murder of Donnchadh III, Earl of Fife, one of the six Guardians of Scotland. Abernethy died in custody despite attempts by Edward I of England to have him released.

In 1289, Douglas requested the release of certain family charters from Richard, Abbot of Kelso. These charters had been kept at the Priory of Lesmahagow, a daughter house of the Tironensian Abbey of Kelso, for safety. In the receipt for these documents, Douglas styled himself Dominus de Duglas, Lord of Douglas, the first time the title had been recorded.

Following Wallace's success at Stirling Bridge the English fled Berwick on Tweed with Douglas and another Scottish prisoner Thomas de Morham; both were later committed to the Tower of London on 12 October 1297 with Douglas meeting his end there in 1298 due to mistreatment.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “le Hardi, the Bold” Douglas (1255–24 Jan 1298), Find A Grave Memorial no. 179862152, ; Maintained by Memerizion (contributor 48072664) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Died at Tower of London.