James the Good : The Black Douglas, Paperback Book
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Sir James the Good, one of the finest soldiers Scotland ever produced, is sometimes better known by the name given to him by the English - the 'Black Douglas'.

He terrified the northern shires of England throughout the reign of King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence.

When Robert the Bruce died Sir James, as his champion, was entrusted with his heart which he carried on the Crusades.

David R Ross brings history alive as he tells the story of Sir James' life.

Ross' research found him retracing Sir James' journey to the Holy Land and rediscovering battle grounds, providing a personal view of history.

With a refreshing look at the subject, and featuring all new information and research, interesting maps, battleplans and photographs, this book will make Scottish history accessible and understandable for the casual reader, while delighting history buffs.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • ISBN: 9781906307349



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I enjoyed it and the author's passionate exploration of Scotland's past and what the battle and event sites currently look like. It's part history and part travel guide so that if you want to follow in the footsteps of James Douglas and David R. Ross you can. Unfortunately David R. Ross died within the last few years so we'll have no more books from him. Our loss.