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ORMOND, earl of, a title conferred in 1445 on Hugh Douglas, fourth son of James, seventh earl of Douglas. He had a safe-conduct to pass through England with his brothers, the earls of Douglas and Moray, 12th May 1451, and again on 2d May 1453. For engaging in the rebellion of his brother, the eighth earl of Douglas, in the spring of 1455, he was executed for high treason in May of that year, and attainted. His son, Hugh, dean of Brechin, died without issue.

The title of marquis of Ormond was bestowed, at his baptism, on Prince James Stewart, second son of James III., “an empty title,” says Douglas (Peerage, vol. ii. p. 345,) “unusual in Scotland, without territory, and without jurisdiction.” He was afterwards created duke of Ross.

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