James, third from the left. By William Brassey Hole.

James, third from the left. By William Brassey Hole.

On the 25th August 1330 my great uncle, James Douglas, fell at the Battle of Teba near Malaga in Spain.

He was a son of Sir William ‘the Bold’ Douglas my 18th great grandfather.

Sir James ‘the Good’ Douglas was a knight and Lord of Galloway. He fought in several battles alongside Robert the Bruce including the Battle of Bannockburn.

Before Robert’s death in 1329 he asked Sir James, his friend and lieutenant, to carry his heart to the Holy Land in redemption of his unfulfilled crusading vow; Sir James set out the following year, bearing the embalmed heart in a silver casket.

Having set sail from Berwick upon Tweed with seven knights and twenty six squires and gentlemen they arrived at Seville in Southern Spain after first having stopped at Sluis (Flanders).

The Good Sir James throws Bruce's heart at the Moors by Andrew Spratt

The Good Sir James throws Bruce’s heart at the Moors by Andrew Spratt.

Whilst supporting King Alfonso XI in the battle of the Castle of the Stars he died fighting against the Saracens (Moors).

His remains are buried at St Bride’s Church, Douglas, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Bruce’s heart is buried at Melrose Abbey, Melrose, Scotland.

A memorial plaque has been erected in Teba.

Memorial plaque in Teba, Andalucia by Diana Beach

Memorial plaque in Teba, Andalucia by Diana Beach