Sholto Douglas

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Demerara in 1843  

 

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Sholto Douglas (d1848: London Gazette) was manager of plantation Spring Hall, Demerara, in 1838, when he received a gold medal from the governor for his treatment of apprenticed labourers (former slaves still bound to their plantations) [Parliamentary Papers]. He had himself received compensation for eight enslaved people at emancipation in 1834 [British Guiana claim 778].

It is not known what, if any, relationship he has to other Douglas families in Guyana.

IHe married Janet Gordon (10 APR 1829, Banns of Matrimony) and their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Douglas, was born in Georgetown about 1841. She married George Balfour Mackenzie-Ross (of Aldie, Ross-shire) in the colony in 1862.

Notes:
•  George Balfour Mackenzie-Ross also had four children in 'Berbice'  with Charlotte Bowling (d1888) who all took the surname Mackenzie - Isabella, George, Simon, and William Chisholm [Report of the Titles to Land Commissioners, Berbice (1892), p488]. They lived on part of Lot 35 on the Corentyne Coast, which their father bought for them before finally returning to Scotland.
  • John Austin, who died in 1838, was "the second son of Thomas Austin [1727-1806] and Mary Barker was a doctor of medicine, described as an ordnance surgeon and therefore must have been attached to the Army in Barbados for some time during his career. He was owner of Plantation Spring Hall on East Coast, Demerara and co-owner with his half-brother William of Land of Plenty in Essequibo."
  • In 1860, Spring Hall appears to be owned by R.M. Jones.

  • See also:

    •  The Douglas Slave Trade connections

    •  Douglases in the West Indies

     

     

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    Sources for this article include:
  • David Alston's Slaves & Highlanders


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