Printed History & Crest - Douglas Clan

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Printed History & Crest - Douglas Clan

Douglas family Crest and Clan History prints – ready for framing.

This Clan Douglas crest and history are  printed on aged parchment paper (8 ½ x 11 for US orders, and A4 for all other areas).

The Clan Douglas’s history shows how influential they were shaping the course of history down through the centuries.

Their crest shows a salamander atop a flaming cap and the Douglas clan motto, "Jamais arriere" meaning (Never behind).

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Clan Douglas:        The chiefship is vacant because the title’s claimant

                          retains the compound name of Douglas-Hamilton

Origin of name:     A placename, Larnark

Gaelic Name:         Dubhghlas

Clan Crest:             A Salamander atop a flaming cap.

Clan Motto:            Jamais arriere (Never behind)          

Lands:                     Lanarkshire, Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Angus.

The Clan Douglas are honoured in the pages of Scotland’s story as a powerful and influential Clan who actively shaped the course of history down through the centuries. An ancient Clan, the name derives from the Gaelic "dubh ghlas", meaning "black stream", from a placename in Lanarkshire. Although the Clan dates back to early times, the first recorded Douglas is William Douglas in the 12th century.

It was not long before the name Douglas became a regular entry. During the 13th century English occupation of Scotland, the infamous Edward I of England jailed Sir William Douglas, a man known as "le Hardi" meaning "the hard man". Edward I confiscated the Clan lands to give to an English knight, but he did not count on the strength of the Douglas blood. When Edward ignored a request to return the land, William’s son James stormed the castle, slew its garrison, and then threw their bodies, food, horses and wine down the well. Still unsatisfied, the Douglases rode with Robert the Bruce to free Scotland from the grip of the English overlord. After the Scots’ victory at Bannockburn in 1314, the service of the Clan Douglas was rewarded, and their place assured as an honoured and powerful Clan.

Such was the might of the Douglases that by 1450 they controlled the whole south-west of Scotland, and could summon 30,000 men on a whim. Marrying into the Scottish royal family eleven times, the political power of the Clan Douglas became massive. The Earldom of Douglas was granted to the chiefs of the Clan in 1357, furthering the Douglas fortunes. The strength of Clan Douglas led the Crown to become wary of its greatest subjects, known as the Black Douglases, and James II took extreme measures to break their power. In 1440, the 6th Earl was lured to Edinburgh Castle, where he was tried and executed. Twelve years later, James II personally murdered the 8th Earl, stabbing the great noble when he attended the Castle on assurance of safe conduct. His brother James, the 9th Earl, took revenge on the King by sacking the royal Stirling estates with a band of Douglas warriors. In a final showdown with the King at Arkinholm, the Douglases were defeated and the Earl’s estates and title were revoked.

The Red Douglases, another branch of the Clan, managed to obtain some of the forfeited lands and rose to prominence. The 11th Earl of Douglas was advanced to become Marquess of Douglas in 1633, and the title was again escalated to a Dukedom in 1703. When the 1st Duke died without an heir, the Douglas titles and chiefship passed to the Hamiltons. Presently the chiefship is vachicant because the title’s claimant retains the compound name of Douglas-Hamilton, which is unacceptable in the ancient laws of Clan succession.

The Douglas crest is a salamander atop a flaming cap and the proud Douglas clan motto reads "Jamais arriere" meaning "Never behind".

 Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our Douglas family name forever. 

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