Earls of Forfar (1661)


1st Earl of Forfar, Archibald Douglas, b.1653, a.1661, d.1712


Son of Archibald Douglas (b.c.1609, d.1655), the heir of William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas (for whom see the Earls of Angus), and younger half-brother to James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas, his mother being Jean Wemyss (b.?, d.1715), daughter of David Wemyss, 2nd Earl of Wemyss. Jean Wemyss later married George Gordon, 15th Earl of Sutherland. He was a Privy Counsellor to King William II, and to Queen Anne. He was Commissioner for the Privy Seal in 1689 and Commissioner for the Treasury in 1705. His father had been created 1st Earl of Ormonde in 1651, but this title was not officially recognised as he did not pass the Great Seal of Scotland due to Cromwell’s invasion.


2nd Earl of Forfar, Archibald Douglas, b.?, a.1652, d.1659


Son of the 1st Earl and Robina Lockhart (b.c.1662, d.1740-1741). He was a Colonel in the 3rd Regiment of Foot and fought at the Battle of Sheriffmuir against the Jacobites. He later died of wounds received at that battle, and his titles became extinct.