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Sir Robert Douglas, 3rd of Glenbervie





General Sir Robert Douglas, 3rd Bart of Glenbervie, Kincardine Baronetcy (Second creation) (K 1692), colonel of the Royal Scots (Regiment de Douglas), 1690-1692.


 On the 14th of August 1634 Mr. Douglases son James, designed of Ardit, was served heir to him in his lands of Stonypath, Langtoun, Dubend, tenement in Edinburgh, Broomholes, and acres in Scurrbank. Anne, daughter and. heiress of James Douglas of Stonypath and Airdit, married Sir William Douglas, second baron of Glenbervie (descended from the Earls of Angus), who thus acquired James Douglas's lands. Their only son, Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, commanded the Royal Scots at the battle of Steinkirk in 1692, where he fell. The title then devolved on his cousin, Sir Robert Douglas, who changed the name ' Airdit ' to ' Glenbervie,' which, however, was afterwards displaced by the original designation. Sir Robert Douglas, author of the " Peerage and Baronage of Scotland, was the representative of this family.

The Duke of Schomberg, who had been appointed Colonel of the Royal Scots shortly after King William’s accession, was killed at the battle of the Boyne. He was succeeded in the command of the regiment by Sir Robert Douglas, of Glenbervie, second cousin of the Earl of Dunbarton, who was later to command the regiment.

Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Foot, killed at the Battle of Steenkirk, July 24th, 1692.
silver centre piece
This silver centre piece is held at the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Scots, in Edinburgh Castle.
It depicts Sir Robert.
However, being dated 1625, it probably commemorates several events.
At the battle of Steinkirk, 1692, the standard of the regiment being taken, Sir Robert jumped over a hedge into the midst of the enemy, seized it from the officer in whose charge it was, threw it back to his own men, but fell, pierced with many wounds.

Lord George Hamilton, son of William Duke of Hamilton, and nephew of the Earl of Dunbarton, was then appointed, on the 1st August 1692, Colonel of the Royal Scots.


On his death in 1692, Sir Robert Douglas, 3rd of Glenbervie, was succeeded by his cousin, Sir Robert Douglas of Ardit, grandson of Rev Dr George Douglas, rector of Stepney..




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