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Taken from several sources, this collection of records cover the Scottish counties of Banffshire and Moray.
Banffshire is a county in the north-east part of Scotland. It is bounded on the north by the Moray Firth, on the east and south-east by Aberdeenshire, and on the west by the counties of Moray and Inverness. After the Reformation, the area remained largely Roman Catholic and suffered greatly in the ongoing struggles and during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the county was a stronghold for Royalists.
During the years of the wars of independence, Moray’s importance as part of the kingdom of Scotland was demonstrated between 1296 and 1340. The area was relatively untouched by direct fighting, this meant it was a vital refuge and recruitment ground for the guardians of Scotland between the years of 1297 and 1303, it provided Robert 1 of Scotland with a base and allies during his northern campaign against Clan Comyn and their allies in 1307–08.
Within these records, you can find Archibald de Douglas (Douglas), Earl of Moray.
Archibald Douglas was a Scottish nobleman during the reign of King James II of Scotland, from the Black Douglas family, he was one of the five brothers who clashed with the King.
A twin brother of James Douglas, 9th Earl of Douglas, it was believed in later years that James was older by only a few minutes as he inherited the earldom of Douglas when their older brother was killed by the king, but it has been suggested that in earlier years Archibald was believed to be the older.
By marrying Elizabeth Dunbar, 8th Countess of Moray, Archibald Douglas became Earl of Moray jure uxoris.
During the Battle of Arkinholm in 1455, Archibald Douglas was killed and his head was present to King James II at Abercorn Castle.
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