|Sir George was born on 22nd December 1856 in
Gibraltar, his mother's (Dona Sanchez de Pina) homeland. Until the death
of his elder brother, he looked certain
to lead an academic life but managed to combine the running of a large
country estate with writing prose and poetry. He had a great interest in
local history and recorded many tales told by his gamekeepers and other
worthies. He was widely published in his lifetime and his work includes
New Border Tales (1892); Poems of a Country Gentleman (1897); Diversions
of a Country Gentleman (1902) and The Border Breed (1909). His
authoritative history of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles was published in
1899 by William Blackwood & Sons.
He never married and on his death in 1935 he was succeeded by his
nephew, Sir James Louis Fitzroy Scott Douglas,
who never resided at Springwood Park.
Based on research by Ian Abernethy, author of "The High Toun on
the Hill", a history of the village of Heiton.