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Rev. William Willoughby Douglas









Rev William Willoughby DouglasRev. William Willoughby Douglas of Salwarpe and of High Park, both co. Worcester was born 13 July 1824, and baptised. at Newland, co. Gloucester, on 7 September 1824 (Sponsors : Margaret Jeffreys, his great-aunt, the Rt. Rev. William Van Mildert, Bishop of Durham, his great-uncle, and the Earl of Enniskillen)

He was educated at Eton and at St. John's College, Cambridge, B.A. 1847, B.A. and L.Th. University College, Durham, 1847, M.A. 1852.

Rector (and Patron) of Salwarpe 1849; Hon. Canon of Worcester 1866; Rural Dean of roitwich ; Proctor in Convocation ; Lord of the Manor of Salwarpe; J.P. for co. Worcester;

He died, aged 73, at Salwarpe Rectory on Saturday, 19 February, and was buried at Salwarpe on 24 February 1898. His Will was dated 17 July 1885, with codicils dated 3 June 1895 and 18 September 1897, proved in the Principal Registry 19 April 1898, by Frances Jane Douglas, relict, Archibald Douglas of Salwarpe, and William Douglas, sons.


In 1738, Salwarpe was settled on John Talbot, who appears to have sold it to Philip Gresley, for he in 1822 settled it on Robert Archibald Douglas, son of General Archibald Douglas of Witham, co. Essex. Philip Gresley died in 1825, leaving all his property to this Robert on condition that he would take the name of Gresley, and on the latter's death without issue in 1885 Salwarpe passed to his nephew William Willoughby Douglas, rector of Salwarpe, whose son Archibald Douglas now (1913) holds it.



He married Frances Jane How, and they had 16 children, including Gerald, Bishop of Nyasaland, Robert and Arthur.


Frances Jane, only dau. of William Wybergh How of Nearwell, Shrewsbury, co. Salop, by Frances his 2nd wife, dau. of Samuel Allsopp of Burton-on-Trent, co. Stafford, and sister of Henry, 1st Lord Hindlip of Hindlip Hall, co. Worcester ; born 21 January 1829, bapt. at Shrewsbury ; marr. at the Abbey Church, Shrewsbury (by the Rev. William Walsham How), on Tuesday, 22 January 1850; died, aged 70, at the Rectory, Salwarpe, on Monday. 1 1 December, bur. at Salwarpe 13 December 1899. Will dated 15 December 1898, proved (Prin. Reg. 199, 1900) 21 February 1900, by Archibald Douglas, William Douglas, and Robert Gresley Douglas, sons.


Archibald Douglas of High ParkAwaiting transcription


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