George Douglas, 17th Earl of Morton

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George Sholto, was son of Hon. John Douglas and Frances Lascelles and the grandson of James, 14th Earl of Morton by his second wife, was born December 23, 1789. 
 
He inherited the Morton titles after the death of his  half-cousin  without issue. He married Frances T. Rose, daughter of The Right Honorable Sir George H. Rose, G.C.H., who bore him 11 children. 

Of his five sons, one succeeded as Earl, one became an Admiral of the Royal Navy, one the Vicar of St. Paul's Worcester, and another rose to the Bishopric of Aberdeen and Orkney. 
 
George Sholto devoted his own life to diplomatic service.
 
He was sometime (?1815-1819) HM Secretary of Legation at the Court of Berlin, and also Secretary of Legation at Florence.
 
He was the sword bearer on the occasion of King George IV accepting the keys to Holyrood

He married, 3rd July 1817, Frances Theodora Rose. Children:

Sholto John Douglas b: 13 APR 1813 later 18th Earl of Morton
Admiral George Henry Douglas b: 5 OCT 1821
Rev. Henry Douglas b: 12 DEC 1822
Edward William Douglas b: 19 OCT 1825
Arthur Gasciogne Douglas b: 5 JAN 1827
Frances Harriet Douglas born 1819 in Berlin
Ellen Susan Anne Douglas
Harriet Bridget Emily Douglas
Alice Louisa Douglas
Gertrude Jane Douglas (1)
Agnes Charlotte Douglas
 
He died 31st March 1858.

Notes:
1.  On 6 October 1860 in St Johns, Edinburgh, Hon. Mark George Kerr Rolle (1835–1907) (born Mark George Kerr Trefusis), of Stevenstone, St Giles in the Wood, Devon, married Lady Gertrude Jane Douglas (1838-1924) a daughter of George Sholto Douglas, 17th Earl of Morton (d.1858). Rolle produced no male progeny, thus the entail male under Lord Rolle's will precluded his daughters from the Rolle inheritance. His two daughters were:
Gertrude Emily Rolle, who married Brig.-Gen. Sir Hugh Henry John Drummond, 1st Baronet (1859–1924) of Lasswade, a younger son of Sir James Williams-Drummond, 3rd Baronet, of Hawthornden. She had 1 daughter.
Mary Frances Rolle (died 1945), who married on 7 June 1894 Major Arthur Scott Brown (b.1866) of Buckland Filleigh, North Devon. She had 2 daughters.


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