George Douglas, 2nd Earl of Dumbarton

 

George Douglas, 2nd Earl of Dumbarton was the son of Major-General George Douglas, 1st Earl of Dumbarton and Anne, daughter of George Wheatley and a sister of the Duchess of Northumberland.  

He succeeded to the title of 2nd Earl of Dumbarton on 20 March 1692.

He wanted to be a monk, but was dissuaded by Mary of Modena in 1704. He returned to Britain, having been pardoned of high treason as a Jacobite in 1710.

He had a commission as a lieutenant colonel in Colonel Charles Dubourgay's Regiment of Foot, on the English Establishment,  in 1715 (during the 'Rebellion').  In the following year he was sent by George I to Russia as British envoy to the Czar of Muscovy.

He was born circa April 1687. He died after 7 January 1748/49sp. Some sources have him dying at Douai. It may be that he went into exile with his father, though they lived some distance apart.

 In the defender’s proof in the Douglas cause, is a letter from the second and last earl of Dumbarton to Lady Jane Douglas, dated Douay in France, 7th January 1749, concluding, “As for me, I live quietly here, with a gentleman that boards me and my servant; and I strive to make a shift with my poor fortune.”

It is possible that he was involved in suppressing the Highlanders in Rannoch, Perthshire, following the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and may have fathered a child whilst at Rannoch Barracks, who took (or was given) the surname Barrack.

 



 

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