Captain William Grant Douglas

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Captain William Grant Douglas was born on 25 February 1824. A Captain in the service of the Royal Navy, he was the son of Reverend Hon. Charles Sholto Douglas and Hon. Isabella Gore.

This officer passed his examination 7th May 1845; and until promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, 7 Oct. 1846, served at Portsmouth as Mate of the Excellent gunnery-ship, Capt. Sir Thos. Hastings, and Victoria and Albert stearn-yacht, Capt Lord Adolphus FitzClarence. He has been employed, since 2 Nov. in the latter year, on board the Geyser steam-sloop, Capt. Fras. Thos. Brown.

Transferred from the Coast Guard, he was 'on books' from 01 Aug 1853 on the Odin, 16 guns, a 560 Horse-power Paddle-Wheel Steam Frigate serving In the Mediterranean at the time of the Crimean war.

He married, firstly, Elizabeth Inglis, daughter of William Inglis, on 16 December 1851. They had six children:
Bessie Henriette Douglas d. 12 Oct 1938 who married Claud William Leslie Ogilby (1851-94)
Ada Charlotte Douglas
Mary Louisa Douglas d. 1940
Margaret Caroline Douglas d. 25 Apr 1921
Maud Isabel Gore Douglas d. 2 Feb 1934
Sholto Douglas


He married, secondly, Elizabeth Frances Vesey, daughter of Thomas Agmondisham Vesey and Jemima Belford Gregg, on 6 June 1867. They had a son:
Sholto Osborne Gordon Douglas B.A. (Oxon) b. 14 Sep 1873, d. 27 Jan 1937. Author of 'A theory of Civilisation'.


 He died on 16 December 1898 aged 74


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