People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 1/54/652 (RRS, vi, no. 459)

David, king of Scots, has given his beloved and faithful James Douglas knight, the barony of Dalkeith (MLO) and the castle of the same, which were the said James's, and which James resigned by staff and baton at Montrose on 8 Dec. AD 1369 in the presence of the prelates and nobles of the realm; holding by James and the legitimate male heirs of his body, failing which, by the nearest male heirs of James of the surname of Douglas, so that the said barony and castle may not descend to a female heir, near or distant, unless all male heirs of the surname of Douglas are totally deficient, in which case, he wills that the true and nearest heirs of James male or female should have them; holding in feu and heritage, in one free and integral barony, and free forest, with bondsmen and bondages, neyfs and their offspring, with pit and gallows, sake and soke, toll team and infangenthef; rendering annually at thecastle of Dalkeith on Whitsun one pair of white gloves or one silver penny if requested, for wards, reliefs, marriages, suits of courts, customs, etc. He wills and grants that it is not lawful for any of the heirs of the said knight to make any kind of donation, grant, assignation, or resignation at any time in the future of the said barony and castle, or of any part of the same.
Firm date
9 December 1369
Dating Notes
9 Dec., regnal year 40
Place date (modern)
Place date (document)
Related Place
Source for Data Entry
RRS, vi, no. 459
Trad. ID
RRS, vi, no. 459
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Charter type
Document type notes
Registered: _RMS_, i, no. 335; app. 2, no. 1600
Original (contemporary)
NRS, GD 224; Fraser, Buccleuch, ii, no. 9; Morton Reg., ii, no. 97

Total number of associated factoids: 18