Col James Douglas of Morton's Regiment

 

Raised as John Wauchope's Regiment of Foot in Musselburgh,

the regiment were transferred to Dutch Establishment in 1701 and disbanded at The Hague in 1717, having fought at Malplaquet (1709) where Col James' predecessor was killed.

 

Col James Douglas commanded 1709 -?

 

Notes:

1.  The Earl of Portmore was transferred early in 1703 to the colonelcy of the 2nd Foot in the Queen's service, held high command in Portugal, and became at one time commander-in-chief in Scotland. He was succeeded by John Dalrymple, afterwards the famous second Earl of Stair, who passed, in 1706, like Ferguson before him, and Preston after him, from
the Scots Brigade to the colonelcy of the Cameronians, served as a British general in Marlborough's later campaigns, was ambassador to France in the days of the Regency, and in later years commanded a British army in Germany. The short tenure of Bortliwick came to an end on the bloody field of Ramillies. His successor, Hepburn, seems to have found his death, if not killed on the spot, in the desperate strife of Malplaquet ; and James Douglas, the next and last colonel, held the rank of brigadier from 1709.

 

2.  James Douglas, appointed lieut. -colonel of regiment July 1st, 1697; previously captain and lieut. -colonel in the Scots Foot Guards. Probably Colonel James Douglas of Morton in Nithsdale. Brigadier January 1st, 1709; colonel of Lord Portmore's regiment in succession to John Hepburn from September 16th, 1709.

Born about 1655, he was the only surviving son of William Douglas and his wife, Esther Eliot of Stobs. It was probably this James who as Cornet is named as riding down six Covenanters.  He died in early 1726, and was buried at Morton.

3.  James Douglas of Morton, lieut. -colonel of Murray's regiment in 1699; brigadier as from January 1st, 1709; colonel, in succession to Hepburn, from September 26th, 1709. Petitions by April 21st, 1708, and March 18th, 1709.

4.  To the High Mightinesses, Lords States-General of the United Netherlands. (April 21, 1708.)
Very humbly showeth, James Douglas, colonel commanding the regiment of Scots infantry of Major-General Murray, and in absence of Brigadier Hamilton having always commanded the Scots Brigade as the oldest officer in his said capacity, not only of all who are in the Scots Brigade, but also of all who are in the Dutch regiments (except N. Roulie, colonel-commandant of the regiment of General van Slangenberch), always discharged his duties well and properly, and was present at all battles, sieges, etc., in which the regiment took part, as still he is ready to sacrifice his blood and life in the service of this country ; and as he, petitioner, has heard that your High Mightinesses are shortly to appoint some brigadiers, he, petitioner, very humbly requests that your High Mightinesses may be pleased to favour and benefit him, petitioner, with one of the said posts of brigadier.
Which doing, etc.



5.  To the High Mightinesses, Lords States-General of the United Netherlands. (March 18, 1709.)
With all submission, showeth James Douglas, colonel, commanding the regiment of Scots infantry of General-Major Murray, and in absence of Brigadier Hamilton, having always commanded the Scots Brigade, being the oldest officer of this said rank, not only of those in the Scots Brigade, but he ought also to be considered the oldest colonel of the whole Dutch infantry, except N. Roulie, colonel, commanding the regiment of Lieutenant- General van Slangenburg, the petitioner having already held rank and done service in that capacity during two campaigns, in virtue of a resolution taken by their Noble Great Mightinesses in April 1703, in favour of the oldest lieutenant-colonel in their service, with the approval of all the generals of the infantry who attended the said two campaigns, namely, Generals Slangenburg, Noyelles, and Salisch, till it pleased Lieutenant-General Dedem to keep him, petitioner, back in his said rank, and ordered him to serve under several colonels, whom he, petitioner, had for several years already commanded as lieutenant-colonel. And also, two years ago, when colonel with the approbation of the said three generals, the petitioner having obeyed the said lieutenant-generals' orders about the doing of the service, in order that the service should not suffer thereby, but under protest that his submission should be of no consequence, to the prejudice, afterwards, of his rank and advancement; having always discharged his duties efficiently and properly, and been present at all battles, sieges, etc., which the regiment attended, even as yet he is further prepared to sacrifice his blood and life in the service of this country ; and as he, petitioner, has heard that some brigadiers are shortly to be nominated by your High Mightinesses, he, petitioner, very humbly requests that your High Mightinesses may be pleased to favour and benefit him, petitioner, with one of the said posts of brigadier.
—Which doing, etc.



6. David Douglas, second son of Archibald Douglas of Morton, and grandson of Brigadier James Douglas (above). Born 26th December 1725. Left Dutch service as captain in 1783, along with his two sons Lieutenant James Douglas and Ensign Queensberry Douglas. He became colonel in the British Scots Brigade, and died December 1821. His son James (born 1751, died 1820) became a captain, and his son Queensberry also a captain in the 94th (Scots Brigade). He had also a nephew, Andrew Douglas, a lieutenant in the Scots Brigade, and subsequently major of the Peebles militia, who died in 1813.

 

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