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Janet Douglas and Glamis Castle

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Re: Janet Douglas and Glamis Castle

ed white (View posts)
Posted: 30 Nov 2001 12:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
I found this on the web...
Tragedy struck the family in the 16th century at the hands of King James V. As a child, James
had been deprived of his parents' care, first by the death of his father, James IV, at the Battle of
Flodden, and then by his subsequent forceable removal from the care of his mother, Margaret
Tudor, sister of Henry VIII. Brought up by the Douglas family, he became obsessed by a deep
hatred for all who bore the Douglas name and carried out a ruthless vendetta against them
after he became king.

When John, 6th Lord Glamis died, his widow, Lady Janet Douglas, fell prey to James' hatred.
Although a woman of impeccable character, reputedly of singular beauty and popularity, James
brought a trumped-up charge of witchcraft against her. After a long period of imprisonment, in
which she became almost blind, he had her burned at the stake outside Edinburgh Castle. He
even imprisoned her young son and condemned him to death also.

Not content with this atrocity, James confiscated Glamis Castle, and occupied it himself,
holding court there form 1537 to 1542. Many still existing royal decrees and charters are dated
from the Castle during this period.

When the young 7th Lord Glamis was released after the death of James V, Parliament restored
his property to him, but on his return to the Castle he found it had been stripped of all its most
valuable things.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Vivienne 4 Sep 2001 4:34AM GMT 
ed white 30 Nov 2001 7:57PM GMT 
Janet Johnson 9 Feb 2004 1:46AM GMT 
pbarnes1960 25 Mar 2005 9:34PM GMT 
pbarnes1960 25 Mar 2005 9:34PM GMT 
Ren 19 May 2004 5:29AM GMT 
pbarnes1960 25 Mar 2005 9:36PM GMT 
pbarnes1960 12 Jan 2006 9:14PM GMT 
mandyjmoore 22 May 2009 10:47AM GMT 
robug1313 16 Jun 2009 12:55PM GMT 
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