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Bishop Henry Douglas






Henry Alexander Douglas (1821–1875) was the third Bishop of Bombay from 1869 to 1876.


He was the son of Henry Alexander Douglas and his wife Elizabeth Dalzell, daughter of the Earl of Carnwarth. His grandfather was the third son of Sir William Douglas (c.1730–1783), fourth Baronet Douglas of Kelhead, who was a brother of the sixth and seventh Marquess of Queensberry. Douglas' parents died in 1837.


He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and married in 1849.

Window in Abbotsley church

He was Vicar of Abbotsley(2), then Dean of Cape Town before his elevation to the Episcopate, he was a "moderate high churchman". He died on 13 December 1875 and his papers published posthumously.


 In May 1856, the Very Reverend H.A. Douglas MA, Dean of Cape Town is listed as carrying out several baptisms and a marriage.


In 1865, he is listed as of St George's, Cape Town.


Rt. Rev. Henry Alexander Douglas married Eliza Hoskins, daughter of James Hoskins, on 20 November 1849.


His daughter, Catherine Mary Grey Douglas was baptised on 9th May 1856 in St. George’s Cathedral, Cape Town.  She married Reverend Francis Ainger in 1894.


His son, Archibald Charles Douglas, b1861, is listed as an Old Cathusian.  He married Betty McClelland, daughter of Andrew Simpson McClelland.


Daughter Margaret died aged about 89 on 1 September 1943, unmarried, as did Katherine Helen on 9 February 1953. She was about 100 tears old.


His brothers, John and Edward, with £2000 for acquiring land, sailed for Sydney as cabin passengers in the Malacca and arrived in August 1851. In 1854 they went to the Darling Downs and bought, reputedly for £50,000, the 64,000-acre (25,900 ha) station Talgai which in 1853 ran 20,900 sheep. The Douglas brothers found congenial acquaintances among the squatters, many of them newly arrived from Scotland.



1.  Is he the same as this Henry Douglas?

2.  The church of St Margaret of Antioch sits in the village of Abbotsley.  The earliest record of a church on the site is in about 1138, but the earliest surviving fabric in the present church dates from about 1300–10. Although the church is now vested in the Churches Conservation Trust, its chancel is still used as a parish church.  At the corners of the tower there are statues of kings. These are said to represent the English kings Harold and William the Conqueror, and the Scottish kings Macbeth and Malcolm III. The Kings of Scotland were also Earls of Huntingdon.



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