John Douglas, 2nd Earl of Morton was born before 1466 to James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton (-1493) and Joan of Scotland, Countess of Morton (c1428-1486) and died 9 September 1513 Battle of Flodden of battle injuries. He married Janet Crichton (1461-) 1459 JL . Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329), Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.
He was the son of James Douglas, 1st Earl of Morton and Princess Joan of Scotland, Countess of Morton, daughter of James I of Scotland by his wife Lady Joan Beaufort. He became earl in 1493, upon his father's death. He was succeeded by his son James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton.
A very wealthy man but unlike many of his peers, John did not become embroiled in the intrigues and politics of his day. Instead, the shrewd Earl of Morton worked to improve his holdings and was quite the litigator in his time, successfully defending his interests in court. It turned out later that John, as lord of Dalkeith was aware the land had great value both above and below the surface and in fact sat on what was later described as the Great Midlothian Coalfield.
Marriage and Issue
He married Janet Crichton, daughter of Patrick Crichton of Cranston-Riddel and had two sons and two daughters:
- James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton - died 1553.
- Richard Douglas, referred to in an entail of the Morton estates, had two sons William and James.
- Agnes Douglas, married Alexander Livingston, 5th Lord Livingston.
- Elizabeth Douglas, married her second cousin Robert Keith, Master of Marischal
|Offspring of John Douglas, 2nd Earl of Morton and Janet Crichton (1461-) ¢|
|James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton (-1548)||December 1548 Flodden Field, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom||Catherine Stewart (c1495-1554)|
|Richard Douglas (-)|
|Elizabeth Douglas (c1488-1527)||1488||2 May 1527||Robert Keith, Master of Marischal (c1483-c1525)|
|Agnes Douglas (c1500-)|
- ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Vol. I, Ed. Sir Bernard Burke (London : Harrison, 1884), p. 295
- ^ A general history of Scotland. vol.4. by William Guthrie. p.372
- ^ The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol. VI (David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1909), p. 356
- ^ a b Herbert Maxwell, A History of the House of Douglas, Vol. I (Freemantle & Co., London, 1902) pp. 242-3
- ^ The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol. VI (David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1909), pp. 357-8
- ^ a b c d e The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol. VI (David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1909), p. 358
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