John Douglas

Of St. George's Square, Middlesex. "Recorded in Burke's commoners as having lived in the parish of St. George's Hanover Square, and John Warburton, Somerset Herald recognised him in 1754 as a "gentleman". 

' an innkeeper in Hyde Park Road, London.'

Where Apsley House now stands, if we may accept the statement of Charles Knight, was the tavern called the "Hercules' Pillars," "the same at which the redoubted Squire Western, with his clerical satellite, is represented as taking up his abode on his arrival in London, and conveying the fair Sophia." The sign of the "Hercules' Pillars" was given to the tavern probably as marking, at that time, the extreme "west-end" of London. Its name is recorded by Wycherley, in his Plain Dealer, and is said to have been a haunt of the Marquis of Granby, and of other members of the titled classes. The character of the house in Fielding's time may be gathered from the following quotation from "Tom Jones," touching Squire Western's arrival in London:—"The squire sat down to regale himself over a bottle of wine, with his parson and the landlord of the 'Hercules' Pillars,' who, as the squire said, would make an excellent third man, and would inform them of the news of the town; for, to be sure, says he, he knows a good deal, since the horses of many of 'the quality' stand at his door."

Mr. J. H. Jesse tells us that the tavern in question stood between Apsley House and Hamilton Place, and that, on account of its situation, it was much frequented by gentlemen from the West of England. Wherever may have been the exact spot on which the house stood, it seems at best to have been a comfortable but low inn on the outskirts of the town, where gentlemen's horses and grooms were put up, and farmers and graziers resorted.

Possessed the estate of Caldicot Hill near Harrow, where he died in 1762. He died intestate and letters of administration were applied for by his wife, Mary. However she died a year later and the letters of administration were granted to Thomas Douglas.

Won "The Oaks" horse race with Teetotum

John married Mary Gardner, daughter of William Gardiner and Anne Peck, on 29 Apr 1731 in Bennetts Wharf, London (Mary Gardner was born in 1708 in Croyden, Surrey and christened on 5 Nov 1708 in Saint John The Baptist, Croydon, Surrey, England 85 and died in 1763.)

  • Birth: 1707
  • Death: 1762

    Father: Thomas Douglas b: 1655 (or 1664)
    Mother: Mary Gregson

Marriage
1 Mary Gardner,
Children:
  1. Thomas Douglas
  2. John Leigh Douglas, 1733 -
  3. Mary Douglas, 1738 -
  4. John Douglas, 1740 -
  5. William Douglas, 1744 -  7th child
  6. William Douglas, 1745 - 1810
  7. Martha Douglas, 1748 -
  8. (Rev) James Douglas  youngest child

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