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James Douglas Stoddart Douglas was a British Liberal 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 and unknown 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 adopted.

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.

When 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).

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




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