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Rev Charles Douglas is the first I have recorded as being in Dervock as eldest son of James Douglas from the Parish of Clough, Co. Antrim, according to the University of Glasgow records. He married Grace Gamble (1754-1818), the widow of Peter Williams, in Feb 1787 and was the father of Charlotte Douglas (1788-1864); Sarah Douglas (-1825); William Trail Douglas (1790-1815); Charles Douglas (1791-1871); and Edmund Alexander Douglas (1794-1846).

 

Douglas is buried in the old churchyard, where the epitaph on his tombstone testifies to his fidelity to Derrykeighan. It reads:

The Rev. Charles Douglas

Died 30th Jane, 1833, at the advanced age of 90;

for many years Prebendary of Connor,

and which he resigned rather than leave the Parish,

the curacy of which he served for upwards

of 60 years.

 

 

Grace was the daughter of Peter Gamble and Lilias Stirling who was the daughter of the Reverend Thomas Stirling (ministry 1703-1719) who followed his father the Rev. Robert Stirling (1625-1698) and was succeeded by the Reverend John Orr, and he by the  Rev Joseph Douglas (who may be related to James Douglas) all as ministers of the Dervock Presbyterian congregation (all before 1834). The Douglas’s, Gamble’s, Stirling’s and Rev. Orr are all buried in the Derrykeighan Old Church Graveyard in Dervock. Grace Gamble and her Douglas and Stirling families are listed in the Dobbs Report of the Hutchinson Bequest.

 

According to Burke’s A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland – 1855 Charles Douglas, was a great grandson of the original Scottish settler who accompanied William III. to Ireland. He was prebendary of Connor, 1781-1813, and remained in Derrykeighan (and Dervock when his church was moved there in 1811) until his death.  Douglas is buried in the Derrykeighan Old Church Graveyard, where the epitaph on his tombstone testifies to his fidelity to. It reads:

 

The Rev. Charles Douglas who died 30 Jane 1833 at the advanced age of 90 for many years Prebendary of Connor of which he resigned rather than leave this Parish the curacy of which he served for upwards of 60 years.”

 

His eldest son William Trail Douglas (1790-1815) is listed on the same gravestone as “Lieutenant, R.N. who died 20 June 1815 aged 25 years.

 

His second son, Charles (1791-1871) was a Justice of the Peace (J.P.). He married Frances Higginson Bayley, and they had nine children, Grace Gamble Douglas (1826-1913); Fanny Allen Douglas (1827-1857);  Ellen Macartney Douglas (1829-1903) who married Charles Robert Atkinson; Charles Edmund Douglas (1830-1860); Millicent Mary Douglas (1830-); Richard William Magennis Douglas (1832-1910); Letitia Bayley Douglas (1834-1866); James Douglas (1836-1896); and Charlotte Douglas (1838-1857).  

 

Note: DOUGLAS, Grace born Abt. 1826 in Dervock, Co Antrim and she was in the 1911 census for Dervock Town, Dervock, County Antrim, Ireland. Living in the same residence is her sister’s daughter Jane Salisbury Atkinson.
DOUGLAS, Grace born Abt. 1826 in Dervock, Co Antrim, was in the 1901 census for Eccles Street, Inns Quay, County Dublin, Ireland.

His third son, Edmund Alexander Douglas married Anne Allen (1805-90), daughter of Dr. Samuel Allen of Lisconnan, and was the father of Allen Edmund Douglas, MD (1835-1894); Capt. Charles Douglas, RN (1836-1891); Edmund Alexander Douglas (1840-1865); unknown fourth son?; and Millicent Mary Amelia Douglas (1839-1910). He died 23 February 1890; will proved at Belfast, 27 August 1890 (effects £370).

Note: The second son, Capt. Charles Douglas, RN (1836-1891), started this family line in Australia by marrying his second wife Margaret Williams in Victoria, Australia in 1881 before being lost at sea in 1891. He had by his first wife Alice Gertrude Mardon (1847-1877) one son and three daughters all born in England, but his son Godfrey Douglas (1871-1930) and daughter Alice Grace Douglas (1875-1962) emigrated to Australia and died there.

The second son of Charles Douglas, J.P., (1791-1871) was Richard William Magennis Douglas, J.P., (1832-1910), and is recorded as a landowner at Dervock 1873-1875. He was one of the best-known land agents in Ulster and one of the most popular sportsmen in Ireland (raising and racing Greyhounds). (“The late Mr. Douglas was the elder son of Mr. Charles Douglas, J.P., of Derveck (sic), and grandson of the Rev. Charles Douglas, Prebendary.)

Richard William Magennis Douglas, J.P., married first Letitia Kennedy Jackson (1841-1879) and was the father of Richard William Magennis Douglas, Jr. (1865-1809) and Charles Edmund Douglas (1875-1940). He married secondly, Julia Bonorandi (1845-1925) and was the father of James Edmund Leslie Douglas (1881-1956); Edmund Charles Douglas (1882-1971); William Archer Sholto Douglas (1884-1951); Donald Gordon Douglas (1886-1917) KIA in WWI; and Letitia Margaret Douglas (1888-1951).

 

Anne Allen (1805-90), daughter of Dr. Samuel Allen (1778-1835), of Lisconnan, married Edmund Alexander Douglas (d. 1846), son of Rev. Charles Douglas, and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 23 February 1890; will proved at Belfast, 27 August 1890 (effects £370)

 

His third son was William Archer Sholto Douglas 1886-1951; b. Devrock, Co. Antrim;, British Army, 1900-07; emigrated USA in 1908, fought as captain of US Tank Corps in WWI; a novel, Long John Murray (London: Faber 1936), novel dealing with Belfast in the 1886 riots, against historical backdrop of ancient colonial memories of Jacobite plantations; the old landlordism and the Orange Order are ridiculed; other non-fiction works including one on Racketeers of Europe: A Political Travelogue in 1936 about fascism and several books on corporate histories. He fought in WWI, was a war correspondent during WWII and other wars, a movie producer in Hollywood, and worked for newspapers in Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.   It may be this William whose grandson is William Yates.

 

William Archer Sholto Douglas married seven times. He married first Julia Rowe (1886-1911) and had a son Richard Joseph Magennis Douglas (1910-1991). He married second, Gertrude Laue (1891-1980 and had a son William Archer Sholto Douglas, Jr. (1918-1971).  His fourth wife was Marion Estelle Dennison (1914-1942) and had a son Edward G. Douglas (1934- ). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

 

His son, Richard Joseph Magennis Douglas, born in Philadelphia, PA was sent back to Northern Ireland in 1911 to be raised by his grandmother Julia Bonorandi (1845-1925) and Aunt Letitia Margaret Douglas (1888-1951) living also at various times in England and Scotland with her family members as well. It 1925 he joined the RAF and served until 1931 when he chose U.S. citizenship and returned to the United States where he married Ruth Ann Haeger and had issue two sons and a daughter. He and his wife are buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

 

 

Notes:

1.  There may be a link (common ancestor? Robert, b1665?) with the Douglas of Grace Hall family

2.  The Reverend Thomas Stirling (ministry 1703-1719) was succeeded by the Reverend John Orr, and he by the Reverend Joseph Douglas as minister and pastor of the Devrock congregation (all before 1834).

3.  William Grant Douglas (1824-1898) born in Lincolnshire, England is not the son of this Charles, but the son of another Rev. Charles S. Douglas who is descended from the Earls of Morton (despite the fact that this William and family did live in Bushmills, Co. Antrim, for a period).

4. . I have not been able to make any connection with this William Douglas and daughter Charlotte with the above family tree. He would have to have been born around 1800 and I don’t see an existing father for that timeframe. However, if the Rev. Charles was indeed the eldest son of James then the link could be to his unidentified younger brother.

5.  Charlotte Douglas who married Moses Brangan on 25 Oct 1853 in Ahoghill, Ballymena, Antrim NI. They had a Charlotte who was born on Dervock on 25 Aug 1864. She married Sir Thomas Moles of England. He was very famous and was knighted by the Queen.

6.  Moses Brangan, Branigan of Carrickfergus, Antrim, NI married Charlotte Douglas on 24 Oct 1853 in Ahoghill, Ballymena, Antrim, NI. They had a very large family and lived in the Dervock and Ballyratican areas near Ballycastle, Antrim, NI.

Moses Branigan was the Head Constable of all the Constables at the RIC ( Royal Irish Constabulary) (Irish Police). His father's name was William Branigan. Charlotte Douglas was the daughter of William Douglas of Ahoghill, a police sergeant. (Ahoghill and Dervock are 23 miles apart).

 


 Wedding of Paddy Douglas and Margaret Wilkinson, Church of Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Ballymoney

 

Wedding of Margaret Wilkinson and Patrick Douglas, in Carncullagh Presbyterian Church

 

 Dr. Samuel Allen (1778-1835), of Lisconnan, whose daughter Anne Allen (1805-90); married Edmund Alexander Douglas (d. 1846), son of Rev. Charles Douglas, and had issue four sons and one daughter; she died 23 February 1890; will proved at Belfast, 27 August 1890 (effects £370);

 

See also:
•  Tithe Applotments in Ireland in the 1820s and 1830s

 Rev Joseph Douglas, minister at Dunaghy from 1760 until 1795 who may be related to Maj James Douglas



This page was revised with assistance from Richard William Maginis Douglas.
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