James Douglas, 10th Earl of Morton 61
- Born: 1615
- Marriage: Anne Hay on 10 February 1649
- Died: 25 August 1686 aged 71
Sir James inherited the Morton honors after the death of his nephew
without heir. He married Anne Hay, daughter of Sir James Hay of
Smithfield, and fathered 5 sons, three of which would inherit his
titles. His eldest son, Charles, Lord Aberdour, drowned while at sea
prior to his father's death on August 25th, 1686. The titles were
passed down to Sir James' 2nd son, James.
On 23 September 1635 he was knighted by the Earl of Lindsay on board
the Royal Ship 'Merhonneur'. He became a Gentleman of the Privy
Chamber to King Charles I; Commissioner of Supply for the counties
Peebles and Fife. On 10 February he married Anne Hay.
In November 1683 a warrant was issued for 6,000 pounds sterling to be
paid, 'for behoof and support of the family of Mortoun'. However, on
26 February 1685, Royal instructions were issued that no further
payments be made to the Earl or his son until they had ratified the
decree of 1669 renouncing all right to the Earldom and lordship of
Orkney and Zetland. In April 1685 he claimed precedence of the Earl of Crawford and other Earls. James Douglas, Earl of Morton, died 25 August 1686.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Knighthood: 23 September 1635, Royal Ship 'Merhonneur'.
James married Anne Hay, daughter of James Hay, 1st Baronet and Sidney Massey, on 10 February 1649. (Anne Hay died in 1700.)