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William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas

Tantallon Castle.
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William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas (see here),
built Tantallon Castle c.1350,
had affair with Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus [descendant of David I, King of Scotland and of Henry I]
and had illegitimate issue:

  1. George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus.

and had legitimate issue, ancestor of:

William Douglas, 1st Earl of Queensberry, cr 1633,
mar Isabel Kerr [dau of Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian, of the 1st creation]
and had issue,

ancestors of:

John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry (see here),
born 1844, succ 1858,
supervised the formulation of the "Queensberry rules" for boxing,
mar Sibyl Montgomery [descendant of Henry VII, see descent by Ed Mann],
had issue:

  1. Lord Alfred Douglas, born 1870,
    gay lover of Oscar Wilde,
    in 1895, his furious father called Wilde a sodomite,
    Lord Alfred encouraged Wilde to sue his own father for libel, Wilde stupidly agreed,
    the defence, of course, discovered all about Wilde's gay love life, and not only did the libel case fail, but Wilde was then charged with homosexual acts (then illegal),
    Wilde defended "The love that dares not speak its name", but he couldn't change the law and got 2 years in jail.

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