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Major General James Archibald Douglas CMG CIE, born 21st September 1862.  He was educated at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire between 1876 and 1878.

He was awarded the Serbian White Eagle 3rd class with swords(3), and the Persian Order of Lion & Sun. He served in the Great War in Mesopotamia, Persia & Afghan War 1914 - 1919


As Lieutenant-Colonel James Archibald Douglas, Commandant, 39th King George's Own Central India Horse,  he was in June 1913,  appointed  Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services in Persia.


James Archibald Douglas of Ashmore Lodge, Cold Ash, Newbury, Berkshire, England, died on the 2nd day of May 1932.  He was buried at St Mark's churchyard, Cold Ash, Berkshire.


His Will was proved in the Lewes District Registry on the 27th day of July, 1932, by Lloyds Bank Limited and his wife, Kathleen Maggie Douglas (1), (the executors therein named).



Research notes:

  • Someone named James Archibald Douglas(4) was author of 'A Permo-Carboniferous fauna from southwest Persia (Iran), (India. Geological Survey. Palaeontologia Indica. n.s)' ?1936
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of Reports on the Road Between Chilas and Lulusar Lake Viâ the Babusar Pass, 1893, with Charles Herbert Powell
  • James Archibald Douglas  has connection with Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Ltd (1927)
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of papers held at Oxford University, Museum of Natural History, relating to fossil collection from Ecuador and Peru. c1925 n 1912 by James Archibald Douglas are held in the Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford.
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of 'Contributions to Persian palaeontology', Oxford, 1927.
  • James Archibald Douglas was author, with J.M. Edmonds, of 'John Phillip's geological maps of the British Isles' 1950.  Possibly born 1884.
  • James Archibald Douglas was author of The Stratigraphical Distribution of the Cornbrash, 1928, with William Joscelyn Arkell
  • In a 1898, in a Group portrait of Staff of Army Head Quarters, India: Captain James Archibald DOUGLAS, 2nd Bengal Lancers, Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General, Intelligence Branch.
  • In an 1890's Group portrait of officers of Gardner's Horse, posed on the steps of an unidentified building. Only James Archibald Douglas is identified (back row, on right)
  • Possibly same time Possibly same time as above, Group of officers, unidentified apart from James Archibald Douglas (back row, left), taken at the same location as print 2, and with some of the same sitters. A pencilled note on the reverse of the mount reads: 'A.D.W. & Bde. Staff? J.A. Douglas seated on R.T.'  From a collection held by The British Library.

  • Notes:
    1.  On Kathleen's death in 1951, her residuary estate was bequeathed to the University of Melbourne for founding a surgical scholarship in memory of her father, Sir Thomas Naghten FitzGerald (1838-1908), surgeon, who was born on 1 August 1838 at Tullamore, Ireland, son of John FitzGerald and his wife Catherine Naghten, née Higgins. 
    2.  Possibly oldest son of Edward Douglas, who had died by 1920.
    3.  Serbian Order of Saint Sava, 4th Class. Temporary Major James Archibald Douglas, Army Service Corps. LONDON GAZETTE, 9 MABCH, 1917
    4.  If not the gereral, then possibly the James Archibald Douglas (born 1866) who was the first professor of English and History at Government College, Agra. He is mainly remembered for having investigated, and debunked, the claims of Nicolas Notovitch regarding a secret record of Jesus' visit to India being found at the Hemis Monastery.


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