James Douglas of Baads
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James Douglas Stoddart Douglas was a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected at the 1841 general
election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of
Rochester, but was defeated at the 1847 general election.
James Douglas Stoddart Douglas of Baads was born in 1793. He was the
son of George Alexander Stoddart (1765-1796, son of the Rev. James
Stoddart and Mary Euphan Douglas) and Miss Bridges. He married,
firstly, Margaret Braziere Douglas, daughter of George Douglas, in
1830. He married, secondly, Jane Sarah Jenkin, daughter of James
Jenkin, in 1875.
Margaret and her father, George, were both
He was baptised with the name of James Douglas
Stoddart. In 1873 he inherited the estate of Baads from his cousin
Elizabeth. On 1873 his name was legally changed to James Douglas
Stoddart Douglas of Baads
He served in the Royal Navy, promoted to Lieutenant in 1815 on
the Doris, 36, under Capt Robert O'Brien, then on the East India
station. He became a Lieutenant in the Yeomanry Cavalry.
Elizabeth Douglas of Baads died in 1873, unmarried, the estate then
passed to her cousin James Douglas Stoddart, who changed his name to
James Douglas Stoddart Douglas of Baads.
Baads had been in
the family til Col Walter Douglas sold it in 1720. However, in 1787,
it was bought back by Alexander Douglas of Baads (1731-1787).
He inherited 'slave-property' in Grenada(1) through his wife Margaret,
adopted daughter of George Douglas of Chilston Park and Baads.
Under will of George Douglas dated 12/03/1831: 'I give and
bequeath unto Mrs Margaret Stoddart, wife of James Douglas Stoddart,
now residing with me, 50,000£ 3 per cent consolidated annuities, to
be transferred within six months after my decease to her, or as she
shall direct, for her own sole and separate use, independent of her
husband'; he left Chilston also to her for her lifetime for her
independent use and benefit; then to James Douglas Stoddart for his
life, with remainder to heirs of the body of Margaret Stoddart, in
tail; 'with remainder to the use of my nephew, the Rev. Alexander
Houstoun', for his natural life, with remainder to the use of the
heirs of his body, in tail; 'with remainder to my niece Elizabeth
Houstoun', with remainder to the heirs of her body, in tail, with
remainder to the use of my cousin Aretas Akers, son of the late
Aretas Akers, for his natural life with remainder to the use of the
heirs of his body, in tail; 'and I do declare, that all the
aforesaid limitations of my estate are intended by me to be in
strict settlement, with remainder to my own right heirs for ever.'
Executors were William Congreve, Ralph Dunn and John Morrison.
James Douglas of Baads, Midlothian is thought to have died in
1875 when his estate consisting of 6629 acres in Dumfries, 3106 in
Midlothian, and 2190 in Lanark, as well as
Chilston Park and 3753
acres in Kent was inherited by
Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston
It was still in the family in 1852
1. T71/880 Grenada claim no. 767 (Mirebeau
(sic) Estate). London Gazette19096 p. 1929 shows the first change of
name 19/10/1833 'in order to evince their respect for the memory of
2. For details of Douglas of Baads West Indian estates, see
Douglases in the West Indies.
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