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It is always fun to discover hanky panky in the family history, and so it was not really a surprise to discover that the daughter of my 13th great-grandfather was a naughty girl, when not much more that her sixteenth birthday - she became the mistress of King James V.

Elizabeth Carmichael, also know as Katherine, bore the King a son, a son, John, Prior of Coldingham, who thus became half-brother to the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots.

Another of the King's mistresses was Margaret Erskine, wife of Robert Douglas of Lochleven, my 11th great-grandfather. Margaret also had a son by the king, James, Earl or Moray.

In the portrait, King James is seen with his wife, Mary of Guise.

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Comment by William Douglas on December 4, 2018 at 23:28

"A rigid matter was the law,
demanding brick, denying straw,
But when with gospel tongue it sings,
it bids me fly and gives me wings"
- Ralph Erskine

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on December 1, 2018 at 0:00

Yes hanky panky indeed !

 Wasn't Margaret Erskine  great aunt to Rev. Ralph Erskine 

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Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

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'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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