Rev Robert Bulloch Douglas

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Born on 14 April 1869, Robert Bulloch Douglas was the son of Robert Douglas, a Sailmaker and Ship Chandler, and Jane Bulloch.

 

He was a Graduate of Glasgow University (1890) and became a Free Church Missionary to Johannesburg, where he was South Africa Moderator of the Church in Southern Africa.

 

He received a mention in Arthur Connan-Doyle's essay "The War in South Africa, Its Cause  and Effect" in his chapter on the concentration camps:

 

"The Rev. R. B. Douglas (Presbyterian minister) writes:

 

'I am glad to see that you are not giving credence to the tales of brutality and cruelty which are being freely circulated by disloyal agitators about the treatment of the Boer refugees. But one point on which you ask for more information is worth being noticed—the difference of treatment between families of those on commando and others. I am in a position to state that the whole difference made amounted to two ounces of coffee and four ounces of sugar per week, and that even this distinction totally disappeared by the middle of March. As a set-off to this, the local Dutch[101] Committee, in distributing some sixty cases of clothing, &c., sent out by the charitable, refused to give any help to the families of some who were not on commando, on the ground that these articles were for the benefit of those who were fighting for their country.'"

 

Comment: Unpopular views here (in South Africa) and by no means accurate!

 

Robert had a brother, George Revell Douglas, who was apparently a dairyman and ran the condensed milk factory in the small town of Indwe in the Eastern Cape.



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