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James Archibald Douglas (born Sheffield 1866) was first professor of English and History at Government College, Agra.


He is mainly remembered for having investigated, and debunked, the claims of Nicolas Notovitch regarding a secret record of Jesus' visit to India being found at the Hemis Monastery.


He is also notable as tutor and friend of the young Aleister Crowley.


In 1891, he was resident at 5 Cary Parade, Torquay Road, Torquay.


There is a theory that he was, in fact, Lt Col Herbert Archibald Douglas


Research notes:

  • Tobias Churton Aleister Crowley: The Biography : Spiritual Revolutionary, 2011. "In 1891, a new tutor appeared. Archibald Charles Douglas revolutionized Crowley's lonely outlook. Douglas was smart. He took the 15-year-old to Torquay, opening him up to the joys of drinking, smoking, card games, and girls.
  • Richard Kaczynski - Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley 2010 -- Page 24 "The Life of Aleister Crowley Richard Kaczynski. upon the ... As an Oxford University graduate and Bible Society missionary, Douglas had much to teach Alec, but most important was his refreshing—and surprising— normality. ... Most importantly, however, he demonstrated one could safely enjoy these things in moderation."

  • Someone named James Archibald Douglas was author of 'A Permo-Carboniferous fauna from southwest Persia (Iran), (India. Geological Survey. Palaeontologia Indica. n.s)' ?1936
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of Reports on the Road Between Chilas and Lulusar Lake Viâ the Babusar Pass, 1893, with Charles Herbert Powell
  • James Archibald Douglas  has connection with Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Ltd (1927)
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of papers held at Oxford University, Museum of Natural History, relating to fossil collection from Ecuador and Peru. c1925 n 1912 by James Archibald Douglas are held in the Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford.
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of 'Contributions to Persian palaeontology', Oxford, 1927.
  • James Archibald Douglas was author, with J.M. Edmonds, of 'John Phillip's geological maps of the British Isles' 1950.  Possibly born 1884.
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of The Stratigraphical Distribution of the Cornbrash, 1928, with William Joscelyn Arkell



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