From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

William Douglas, Earl of Mortoun - 7th March1663.

 

AT DUNDEE, THE SAID DAY THE PERSONS UNDERNAMED WERE ADMITTED BURGESSES AND GUILD BRETHREN OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS : WILLIAM, EARLL OF MORTOUN; DAVID, LORD LOWRE; CHARLES, LORD CLAREMONTH, ANDREW MIDDLETOUN, BROTHER TO THE EARLL OF MIDDLETOUN; SIR ALEXANDER DURHAM, LORD LYON; SIR JOHN STRACHAN, RECEIVER OF His MAIESTIE'S REVENUES; MUNGO MURRAY, CORNET To His MAIESTIE'S LYFE GUARDS.

WILLIAM, tenth EARL OF MORTON, was the son of ROBERT, LORD DALKEITH, and the grandson of WILLIAM, eighth EARL OF MORTON, who were admitted Burgesses of Dundee on 10th April, 1622 (vide page 121). He succeeded his father as EARL OF MORTON in 1649. As already related, his grandfather had obtained a gift of the islands of Orkney and Shetland, in acknowledgment of the large sums of money which he had expended to support the Royalist cause. The ninth EARL had a new grant of these islands in 1662, but both the charters were objected to by the KING'S ADVOCATE, and the islands were conjoined to the Crown on 27th December, 1669. The EARL OF MORTON was married to LADY GRIZEL MIDDLETON, eldest daughter of JOHN, first EARL OF MIDDLETON (vide page 156), on 12th June, 1662, and had one son, CHARLES, LORD DALKEITH, who died, unmarried, before his father. The EARL survived till 1681, and as he left no issue, the title devolved upon his uncle, SIR JAMES DOUGLAS of Smithfield.