Useful Notes: Black Douglas
Good Sir James
"Hush ye, hush ye, little pet ye,
Hush ye, hush ye, do not fret ye,
James Douglas, Lord of Douglas, better known as Black Douglas
or "Good Sir James" was a Scottish war hero of the First Scottish War of Independance, and Number Two
to Robert The Bruce
in military affairs.
Not much is known about his early life, but it is known that he was the heir to clan Douglas
, sent to Paris in the early days of the war against the English, there he was educated and there he served as The Squire
for William Lamberton. When he came back to Scotland, he found out his family had lost all of his lands due his father's defiance against the English. He pledged for King Edward The First
to return his lands. He didn't.
This proved to be unwise
. James Douglas joined with Robert The Bruce
, claimant to Scotland's throne, and served as one of his main lieutenants. He leaded battalions, delivering the English some of its most dramatic defeats in the entire war and striking terror in the hearts. Soon the English dubbed him Black
Alongside Robert he triumphed over the English at Bannockburn and stood alongside him when he became King and lived in his royal court as a prestigious lord.
Black Douglas' last adventure came with his King's death. Robert's Last Request
was for his heart to be carried in a Crusade, and Douglas was placed with the task. Carrying his King's heart in a casket, Douglas rode to several battles against the Muslims. Sadly, Black Douglas perished in the Crusade, and his body, alongside his King's heart, was carried back to Scotland.
Tropes related to Black Douglas
- Badass: An absolute terror in the battlefield. He killed several English Lords by his own hand in single combat.
- Bash Brothers: With Robert The Bruce.
- Battle Cry: "Douglas!". Just shouting his name was enough to strike terror in all men present.
- The Big Guy: Described as physically imposing, and serving this trope's role for Robert.
- The Dreaded: The English were absolutely terrified of even a mention of his name as a result of his devastating, sudden raids.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a disowned noble to the most feared warrior of Scotland.
- Generation Xerox: His father also fought against the English (though with less success), and Douglas' son, Archibald the Grim, would do many of the same acts of bravery as his father.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Robert, again.
- The Lancer: Robert's most trusted lieutenant.
- Last Stand: The Battle of Teba was his.
- Last Request: Tasked with fulfillling Robert's. Legend claims his final wish was for Robert's wish to be carried on.
- Lightning Bruiser: His regiment was dangerously fast and powerful, devastating the English countryside. The man himself also qualified.
- Noble Fugitive: Early in the war, after Robert's initial defeats.
- Red Baron: "Black" Douglas.
- Terror Hero: He became a sort of literal boogeyman for the English (as noted in the page quote).
- True Companions: With Robert The Bruce.
- Undying Loyalty: To his King.
- Unscrupulous Hero: He was, by all accounts, a very honorable and loyal man to his friends. To his enemies, however...
- Frequent appearance in Historical Fiction that deals about the Scottish War of Independance.
- Several beer brands are named after him.
- Scottish folk band The Corries have a song about him.
- Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, a Low Fantasy work, has a character named Black Dow who's a clear shout-out to Douglas, or at least, to his legend in England.