In 1866 boxing was headed for oblivion, Police Officers were to arrest without warrant any competitors, backers or supporters of the sport.
John Sholto Douglas 9th Marquess of Queensberry and former lightweight champion of Cambridge university along with friend John Chambers drafted a set of rules known as The Queensberry Rules. These rules still govern the sport to this day and ultimately helped prevent a very early demise and shaped the sport of boxing into what it is now known.
A life laced with unfathomable tragedy that would crumble a weaker man led to the building of a character who was demonised by the press, alienated by his family, outcasted by his peers and his country for his religious/spiritual beliefs. His outspokenness and forward thinking would be widely accepted in today’s society. Wrongfully remembered more in popular culture for role in the downfall of writer Oscar Wilde than a central figure in saving a sport that has in turn saved so many.
After his death his ashes were taken to the family burial ground at his childhood home and family seat of Kinmount estate Annan, Dumfriesshire.
"Where the stars shall ever shed their light" John Sholto Douglas 1844-1900
"The finest amateur boxer of his time"
"A truly beautiful boxer, utterly fearless"
We combined the Douglas crest with the boxing gloves to honour arguably the most notorious family in Scottish history. John Douglas 9th MOQ is a direct descendant of the Good Sir James Douglas, nicknamed the Black Douglas by the English and is widely thought of as Scotland’s greatest ever warrior. Honouring the dying wish of the legendary King Robert the Bruce, Douglas led a party to take the heart of the King in a silver casket on a crusade to the Holy Land.
Upon reaching Spain they found themselves in a battle with the Moorish army. During battle, in an attempt to rescue Sir William Sinclair of Rosslyn Sir James found himself outnumbered twenty to one. Knowing he would not make it he took the silver casket containing the Bruces’ heart from around his neck and threw it towards Jerusalem and shouted “Go forward Braveheart, Douglas shall follow you or die”.
Legend tells us Douglas’ body was found encircled by dead foes whom he killed before they took his life, with the silver casket containing the heart beneath him.
Immortalised and romanticised by Sir Walter Scott "Go forward brave heart"