Admiral William (Billy) Douglas, 1749-1817

Admiral of the Blue Squadron, Port Admiral at Yarmouth and subsequently Chatham, Kent, England. Commanded the Stately 64 in expeditions against the Cape of Good Hope in 1795 and 1796.

Promoted Captain - 1781
Promoted Admiral - 1801

 I am advised that his father is Patrick Douglas, b. 18 Mar 1722, Fowlis Easter, Perthshire, Scotland.

Admiral William DOUGLAS was born on 30 Apr 1749 in Turnham Green, Chiswick, Middlesex, England. He died on 2 Dec 1817 in Hamble, Hampshire, England. He married Ann WEATHERALL.

They had the following children:

  M i Commander Roddam DOUGLAS R.N. died on 3 Aug 1813.
  F ii Alithea Lawless DOUGLAS was born on 4 Sep 1781. She died on 30 Jan 1853. = Captain John Millar ADYE RN on 11 Oct 1810
  F iii Catherine Hodgkins DOUGLAS was born on 7 Apr 1784. She died on 17 Jun 1874. = Captain Matthew Bradby RN on 25 Nov 1808.
  F iv Grace Mary DOUGLAS was born on 18 Oct 1785. She died on 17 Apr 1863. = Capt Lumley RN
  M v Rear Admiral Peter John DOUGLAS R.N. was born on 30 Jun 1787. He died on 17 Dec 1858.
  M vi Henry Osborne DOUGLAS was born in 1788. He died about 1821.

 Lt Billy Douglas, of the sloop Antigua (12 guns), captured the American privateer, Blacksnake (12 guns, 60 men) after a very severe action, and was promoted. (possibly in 1777)


Served on:

TRIUMPH 74,Capt. Billy Douglas,
HMS Leopard 50 Rear-Admiral Billy Douglas, Captain Richard Raggett
Roebuck 44, Capt. Geo. M'Kinley, bearing the flag in Yarmouth Roads of Admiral Billy Douglas.

Commanded H.M.S.Stately 64 in the British squadron at the Cape of Good Hope in 1796; and the capture of a Dutch squadron, in Saldanha bay, Aug. 17th, 1796

  Leopard, 50