Yes, there's no doubt she was an odd case! One can understand her habit of prophesying ill-tidings for her husbands, though, given that both of them - amongst other things - burnt her papers and generally did their best to silence her.
All the best,
On Wednesday, 11 October 2017 13:31:15 UTC+1, mk wrote:
> Thanks for this, Kelsey. I had him misplaced as the one from Dornock.
> I shouldn't have been flippant about Eleanor...but even reading a little of
> her "crucifi'ed Book" I can't help imagining what it was like to live with
> her. Not to mention the charming way she would predict when her nearest and
> dearest would die :(
> Archibald was said to have died mad. Of course, he might have already been
> disturbed when he married.
> On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 2:44 AM, Kelsey Jackson Williams <
> ***@googlemail.com> wrote:
> > On Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:49:58 UTC+1, mk wrote:
> > > Does anyone know which Sir Archibald Douglas, dying in 1644 (at the age
> > of
> > > 44 according to his widow) married in 1627 the mad prophetess Eleanor
> > > Touchet, daughter of George Touchet, Earl of Castlehaven (+1617) and
> > widow
> > > of the poet Sir John Davies, attorney general for Ireland (+1626)?
> > >
> > > best,
> > >
> > > MK
> > I'm not sure I'd be comfortable characterising Eleanor Touchet as "mad",
> > given that this was the kind of rhetoric deployed against her by her
> > contemporary detractors, but leaving that aside, her second husband was Sir
> > Archibald Douglas of Tilquhilly, second son of John Douglas of Tilquhilly,
> > Kincardineshire, and Mary Young, grandson of John Douglas of Tilquhilly and
> > Giles Erskine. His maternal grandfather was Sir Peter Young of Seaton, the
> > tutor of James VI, and his paternal grandmother was a granddaughter of John
> > Erskine, 5th of Dun, the well-known Angus Reformer (though not, I think, by
> > his second marriage to his French wife). A reasonably accurate pedigree of
> > the family is given in "Pedigree of Douglas of Tilquhilly or Tilwhilly, co.
> > Kincardine", _The Genealogist_5 (1881): 193-204.
> > All the best,
> > Kelsey
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