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Oley Douglas, MP

Male 1684 - 1719  (35 years)


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  • Name Oley Douglas 
    Suffix MP 
    Born 1684 
    Christened 21 Mar 1684 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Nov 1719 
    Person ID I98304  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Nov 2020 

    Father John Douglas,   b. Bef 1689,   d. Aft 12 Apr 1709  (Age ~ 20 years) 
    Mother Alice Hutchinson,   b. Abt 1684,   d. Aft 1771  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Family ID F35961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Harris,   b. Abt 1689,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1718 
    • Mr. Bates, of Heddon, possesses many curious letters respecting the courtship of Oley Douglas, son of a former owner of Aydon Castle and Matfen. Oley married Miss Harris, the daughter of a London merchant, and it was their daughter, Anne, who carried Matfen into the Blackett family by marrying Sir Edward, fourth baronet. The marriage of Oley Douglas and Miss Harris took place in 1717. The bills for the bride and bridegroom's outfit have been preserved. The wedding ring cost jQ^ 5s., which is a proof that the lovers of the eighteenth century were in the habit of tying the nuptial knot in a solid and substantial manner. The brideofroom's suit was made in London, and cost ^6 12s. There was five and a half yards of cloth in it, which at i8s. per yard amounted to ;^4 14s. 6d. The material for the linings and pockets cost 5s. 6d., and the buttons and twist cost 2S., and the charge for making the suit was J^\\ los. The bride's dress, or rather her trousseau^ we should imagine, was also made in the Metropolis. We must admit that the items are quite unintelligible to us, but the ladies may understand the uses to which the bride put all the yards of lace, muslin, brocade, &c., set down in the bill. To begin with, there is an item of ;£i^ los. for five yards of looped lace at ;£2 i8s. The next is a charge of ;^4 los. for one and a half yards of what appears to be ''grounded" lace, and there is a charge of ;^4 is. for a further supply of looped lace. A yard and a quarter of cambric cost ;^i. The next item is ;£2 los. for two and a half yards of lawn. Five and a quarter yards of muslin cost jQ^ 15s. 6d. What could a lady want with twenty-eight yards of rich crimson flowered velvet ? The total cost of this was ;^42, being at the rate of 30s. per yard. The last item is ;^i7 los. for three and a half yards of gold brocade. The total cost of the material alone was ;^9i i6s. 6d., which seems to us to be a large expenditure for a lady's outfit in the early years of the reign of the First George.
    Children 
     1. Anne Douglas,   b. Abt Nov 1719,   d. 30 Dec 1805  (Age ~ 86 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F35911  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 5th, but 1st surviving son
      MP for Morpeth 1713-1715