Investors in the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, 1696-1700 (Darien Expedition)

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Extract from the History of Leith...
But Scotland, and more especially the Leith and Edinburgh part of it, had become a manufacturing centre, and markets for the disposal of her manufactured goods were urgently needed. Having spent what capital she could gather together in establishing manufactures, she now gave what money she had left to found the Darien Company to settle a colony in Darien, which was to be a great colonial market for the disposal of Scottish manufactures. The maximum amount of stock one could hold in the Darien Company was £3,000, the sum subscribed by the Corporation of Edinburgh, but none of the sixteen Leith shareholders on the list approached this amount. The highest was the share of James Balfour, the ancestor of the Pilrig family and a partner in the soap-works in Riddle’s Close and the powder-mills at Powderhall, who subscribed £2,000, while Robert Douglas his rival in the soap trade, with more Scots caution, put his name down for the modest sum of £100. The Trinity House "adventured" £200, as also did Mr. William Wishart, the minister of South Leith.

DOUGLAS Alexander Guiddon and Major to His Majesties Troop of Guards -
DOUGLAS Archibald - - brother to Sir William Douglas of Cavers
DOUGLAS Captain Douglas - - son to Sir William Douglas, Colonel
DOUGLAS Henry Keeper of the Signet -
DOUGLAS James Marquis of - - Probably James Douglas, 2nd Marquess of Douglas (c.1646 – 25 February 1700)
DOUGLAS James Minister Stow - brother of John Douglas of Broughton
DOUGLAS Mary Lady Hilton - -
DOUGLAS Robert - Strathenrie
DOUGLAS Robert Merchant Edinburgh
DOUGLAS Robert senior Soap-boyler Leith
DOUGLAS Robert junior Soap-boyler Leith
DOUGLAS Susanna - - relict of Ninian Anderson merchant in Glasgow
DOUGLAS William Merchant Dalkeith

Others:
John Douglas(1), a grandson of George Douglas of Waterside, died at Darien.
Douglas, George, Soldier.  D. 1699 Darien, Edin. Pr. 1707.
Douglas, James, carpenter.  Res. Edinburgh. sh. 14 July 1698 from Leith to Darien in "St. Andrew".  Married Katherine Waterstone.  Children James and Christian. Edin. pr. 1707.

Research:
1. John was possibly a Douglas of Garallan.



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