Lord Sholto Douglas

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Lord Sholto George Douglas, born 7th june 1872, was the third son of the Marquis of Queensberry. As a younger son of an English peer, Douglas had social rank but no fortune; the only way Douglas could maintain the lavish lifestyle in which he had been raised was either to marry a rich woman or strike it rich on his own. The United States, land of self-made millionaires, was an ideal place to do both.

It appears he first worked on a family fruit farm in California, who which he 'had been packed off'.  He  was 'a lover of sport' and spent much time on the gaming tables, where he met his future wife.


According to the June 1, 1895, edition of the San Francisco Call, Douglas met Maggie Mooney while she was performing as a singer in the Bakersfield "resort" known as the Bijou.

Because of Douglas' social standing, the newspaper devoted considerable space to the wedding, which had occurred the day before in San Jose. The paper also reports a number of obstacles the 22-year-old Douglas and 18-year-old Mooney faced in getting together, including a trumped-up arrest for insanity by those who wanted to prevent the marriage. The couple were married for 25 years during which they lived in the Bay Area and in England. They had two sons, and Mooney continued her performing career during much of their married life. She used her married name, Lady Sholto Douglas, socially. He and Loretta Mooney were divorced in 1920.

Lord Sholto George Douglas and Loretta Mooney had two children:
• Bruce Francis Sholto Douglas (1 Apr 1897 - 14 Apr 1915)
• Sholto Augustus Douglas (5 Nov 1900 - 11 Jun 1950)

Lord Sholto Douglas Gets Work at $2 a Day on the C.P.R. (New York Times, 9 July 2010)

He married, secondly, Georgina Leonora Mosselmans, daughter of Richard Frederick Hendrik Mosselmans, on 23 April 1921. They were divorced in 1925. He married, thirdly, Lily Louise Edmunds, daughter of Charles Edmunds, on 11 October 1926.

He died on 6 April 1942 at age 69.

3rd and 4th Battalions, the Northamptonshire
Regiment, Sholto George Douglas, Esq., commonly
called Lord Sholto George Douglas, to be
Second Lieutenant. Dated 2nd March 1892.


SUICIDE IN A HOTEL.
SUSPECTED IDENTITY.
LORD SHOLTO DOUGLAS.
New York. Nov. 9.
A. man shot himself in a hotel
here this morning. He had regis
tered his name as Maurice Stewart,
of San Francisco, but is believed to
be Lord t Sholto Douglas, who has
been residing in Seattle for many
Fix this textyeas. The English Consulate has
been notified with a view to possible
identification.
(Lord Sholto George Douglas is
the fourth son of the Marquis of
Qupensberry. He was born in 1872,
and was lieutenant in the Northanfcs
Regiment from 1893 to 1895.)

Kalgoorlie Miner (Western Australia)
Sat 11 Nov 1911

 

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