ⓘ Richard Douglas, letter writer. Richard Douglas was a Scottish landowner, courtier, and letter writer. He was a son of William Douglas of Whittinghame and Eliza ..


ⓘ Richard Douglas (letter writer)

Richard Douglas was a Scottish landowner, courtier, and letter writer.

He was a son of William Douglas of Whittinghame and Elizabeth Lauder.

He wrote letters to his uncle, Mr Archibald Douglas, a diplomat and intriguer who was often in London, with news from Scotland.

Some sources state that Richard was the brother of Mr Archibald Douglas, but in his letters to Archibald he calls himself "nephew".

In March 1587 he wrote to his uncle Archibald Douglas describing a meeting with the Secretary, John Maitland of Thirlestane. He had conveyed Archibalds messages according to instructions. In the same month he wrote to his brother, William Douglas of Whittinghame from Whittingehame Tower mentioning a lawsuit.

In August 1587 he mentioned the departure of the French diplomat and poet Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas. The poet left from Dumbarton Castle for La Rochelle laden with presents. James VI hired one of the best ships in Scotland for him, knighted him, and gave him a gold chain, and 2000 gold crowns, "with a tablett of gold, having in itt his Majesties pourtraict", besides several hackney horses and other presents from the nobility and courtiers.

In January 1589 he wrote to Archibald that the Laird of Wemyss, James Colville of East Wemyss, would be coming to London on the kings business. There would be a tax of £100.000 Scots for the marriage of James VI of Scotland, although it had not been decided if he would marry Anne of Denmark or Catherine de Bourbon sister of Henry IV of France. His mother, Elizabeth Lauder, Lady Whittingehame, sent Archibald a gift of Westland, Loch Fyne, herrings, and would like him to send two crates of glass and lead for windows.

A letter to one of his brothers of March 1589 mentions that the king had been hunting at Biel near Dunbar. He wrote to Archibald in August 1589 that the king appreciated a gift of dogs sent by Lord Warwick but would pefer a couple of faster hounds. In March 1590 he attended a banquet for the christening of Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of the Earl of Bothwell, and sent Cecil news of disagreements among the Scottish nobles in Denmark, and that James VI had borrowed 10.000 dalers from his mother-in-law, Sophie of Mecklenburg-Gustrow.

The English diplomat George Nicholson and the courtier Roger Aston noted he was at Falkland Palace in September 1595, speaking in favour of the Earl of Angus, and for the return of his uncle Mr Archibald Douglas from London.