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Charles MacKinnon Douglas MP

 

 

 

 

Charles Douglas of Auchlochan
Cover from The Jim Hamilton Heritage Society of Coalburn newsletter, Autumn 2007
Charles Mackinnon Douglas (2 Oct 1865 - 3 Feb 1924) was Liberal MP for North West Lanarkshire (UK Parliament constituency). He was  the son of Dr. A. Halliday Douglas, an Edinburgh doctor, and Jessie, daughter of Mr. Kenneth Mackinnon, and was born in Edinburgh,

He won at a by-election in 1899, was re-elected in 1900, but lost in 1906.  He stood unsuccessfully in South Lanarkshire (UK Parliament constituency) in December 1910.
 

He pursued his education at Edinburgh Academy and the Universities of Edinburgh and Freiburg. During his course at Edinburgh he took first-class honours in Philosophy, and among other distinctions the Vans Dunlop Scholarship, the Hamilton Fellowship, and the Ferguson Scholarship, the last-named of which is open to students of all the Scottish Universities. He also took the degrees of M.A. and D.Sc.

 

For seven years he filled the position of Lecturer in Moral Philosophy in Edinburgh University, but in 1895 he threw himself into politics, contested North-West Lanarkshire in the Liberal interest, and was returned in 1899 with a majority beyond what had been hoped for even by his friends.

 

He resided at Auchlochan, Lesmahagow and Queen Anne's Mansions, SW London.  He purchased Auchlochan Estate in 1900. The estate included the farms of Hillside, Middleholm, Whiteside and Johnshill.

 

In 1904 he published a volume in memory of his brother, the late Mr. A. Halliday Douglas(1), and his other publications include "John Stuart Mill, a study of his Philosophy," 1895, and "Ethics of John Stuart Mill," 1898. Mr. Douglas married in 1895 Anne Isabel, daughter of Mr. Robert Tod, Clerwood, Corstorphine.

 

Chalres Mackinnon DouglasAmongst other matters, he supported the war in South Africa.

"This country was called upon to fight not upon any passing interest limited to South Africa, but to defend the whole Imperial heritage of this country, He did not believe that heritage to be in any danger , but if evil came to us in South Africa, that was what would be imperilled." The Scotsman, 26 Jan 1900

 

He was Scotland’s foremost authority on agricultural affairs — Chairman of Highland & Agricultural Society from 1913 until1918 and its Secretary from 1920 until 1924; Member ofRoyal Commission On Agriculture in 1914; President ofScottish Chamber of Agriculture; Chairman of Scottish Council of Agriculture from its inception in 1917; A leading ShetlandPony breeder, and exhibitor; exhibitor of 1904 Highland ShowChampion Ayrshire.

 

 Note:
1. Andrew Halliday Douglas was the author of The Philosophy and Psychology of Pietro Pomponazzi, edited by Charles Douglas. I assume this Charles' brother was Professor Halliday Douglas. Halliday married a daughter of William McNaughton Love of London.

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