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Sir Alexander Douglas

 

Sir Alexander Douglas, seventh baronet (1738–1812), physician, was born in 1738, the only son of Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie (1694–1770), genealogist and author of The Peerage of Scotland, and Margaret, eldest daughter of Sir James Macdonald of Macdonald. Douglas studied medicine at Leiden University in 1759, and was admitted MD of St Andrews on 11 July 1760. In April 1770 he succeeded his father, becoming seventh baronet, of Glenbervie. In May 1796 he became a fellow of the Edinburgh College of Physicians, and in September 1796, a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London.

In June 1798 Douglas served as physician to the forces in the north of Britain, going on half pay in June 1802. It is not known whether he practised medicine subsequently, although he is described in Anderson's Scottish Nation as ‘a physician of eminence’ (Anderson, 2.59).

In 1775 Douglas married Barbara (d. 1815), daughter of James Carnegie of Finavon. Their only son, Robert, died in 1780 and with the death of Douglas in Dundee on 28 November 1812 the baronetcy became dormant. His wife survived him.

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