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Major James Torry Douglas






Major James Torry Douglas was a Major in the 94th Foot and in the 7th Veteran Battalion, who served at Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle (Lieut.-Coll. Commandant Ilay Ferrier's Battalion of the Scotch Brigade). He was taken to Holland as a boy, also served served. He did garrison duty in Guernsey, Gibraltar, and Tower of London. (3rd Royal Veterans Battalion of Scotland)

He was born 25 or 15 Sep 1751 in Craufordmuir, Peebles, Scotland and died at Balgowrie 18 or 8 Jul 1820.

He married on 29 May/1 Jun 1795 in Edinburgh Parish, Janet "of St Andrew parish, only dau of late Baillie James Torry, merchant and Jean Halliday. She was born on 25 Nov 1768 in Edinburgh and died on 13 Mar 1836 in Gilmore Place, near Edinburgh. Janet had a brother John Torry, Esq of Cheltenham, who was deceased by 1836. "rights go to Archibald Torry, residing at Lansp??, Newhaven.  They had four children, including Thomas Harigad Douglas, writer, photographer and artist.

James Torry was born about 1739 and died 11 Aug 1791 in Edinburgh. Merchant in New Kirk Parish. Had apprentices, clerks, shopmen. Robert Armstrong, coppersmith. John Walker, apprentice and later partner. William Richardson, clerk. John Miller, shopman. Partner to John Black, merchant 1769. Alexander Grieve, partner to James Torry, 1801. Married 23 Nov 1767 in Edinburgh, or 18 Dec 1767 South Leith,. Subscribed to: "Collection and Abridgement of Celebrated Criminal Trials in Scotland," by Hugo Arnot, Esq. Also: "Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" (3rd Ed) by Robert Burns. Listed in Williamson's Directory of Edinburgh for 1773-74, 74-75, 75-76 (Merchant, Counsellor, Espquire, Exchange--Macer's Land, North End of the Bridge). James Torry and Jean Halliday were married 22 Nov 1767. James Torry was the son of John Torry and Janet Miller (Janet was the daughter of James Miller).

Jean was the daughter of John: John Halliday died 8 Apr 1772 John Halyday m Janet Tefler 1 Oct 1729 (or married Janet Miller, dau og James Miller, on 21 Nov 1725 at St Cuthberts??). Daughter Jean 3 Jul 1734 S Leith. There is a John Hallyday 22 Dec 1700 North Leith, Father Adam Hallyday, mother Jean Tarbat. Jean's 22 Nov 1767 marriage record states" Miss Jean, d. to John Halliday of Strathore." Married 21 Nov 1725 St Cuthberts, Edinburgh.






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