James of Balvenie Douglas

(c. 1373—1443) magnate

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[S] (c. 1373–1443), known as ‘the Gross’. Second son of Archibald ‘the Grim’, 3rd earl of Douglas. An able and ruthless man, Balvenie built—or greatly extended—the ‘robber baron’ castle of Abercorn near Linlithgow and extorted large sums from the burgh custumars during the English captivity of James I. Despite this, Balvenie became a trusted counsellor of the adult James I (1424–37).


From The Oxford Companion to British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.