WEFOUNDKnights of the Dinner Table, No. 137 (March 2008)

Taking their name from Douglas in Lanarkshire , their leaders gained vast territories throughout the Borders , Angus , Lothian , Moray , and also in France and Sweden . The family is one of the most ennobled in the United Kingdom and has held numerous titles.

The Douglases were one of Scotland's most powerful families, [3] and certainly the most prominent family in lowland Scotland during the Late Middle Ages , often holding the real power behind the throne of the Stewart Kings. The heads of the House of Douglas held the titles of the Earl of Douglas (Black Douglas) and later the Earl of Angus (Red Douglas). [4] The clan does not currently have a chief recognised by the Lyon Court . The principal Douglas today is the Duke of Hamilton , but as his surname is "Douglas-Hamilton" rather than simply "Douglas" the laws of the Lyon Court prevent him from assuming the chiefship of the name .

The original caput of the family was Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire . The Kirk of St Bride at Douglas, along with Melrose Abbey and the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés holds the remains of many of the Earls of Douglas and Angus. [5]