Lt-Gen Stewart Douglas

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Lieutenant-general Stewart Douglas was colonel of 99th regiment of foot; he was at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743. He was the son of  Sir William Douglas, 2nd Bt of Kelhead and Helen Erskine.

This officer is variously recorded as a Lieutenant Colonel, a Colonel and a Lieutenant General in the period 1794-1795.

On 4 September, 1779, Stewart Douglas wrote a letter to the Duke of Queensberry (not named but evident from the contents regarding a promise he stated the previous Duke had made regarding the security of the Estate of Kelhead) regarding a request to raise a regiment.

On 10th February 1794, he raised the 99th Regiment of Foot, then known as Douglas's Regiment of Foot. He would appear not to have travelled to the West Indies with his regiment as they had a new commanding officer by then.

A Colonel Stewart Douglas of Hurkledale was a substantial landholder in the parish of Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire, circa 1770.

On 12 November 1779, Stewart Douglas wrote a most bitter letter to his nephew, Sir William Douglas of Kelhead, regarding the proposed sale of the lands and contents of Hurkledale and Todholes to cover debts. The letter was addressed from St. Mary Le Bone. He questions "whether it is necessary in discharge of your debts to Strip me Naked or not; but then perhaps it may be necessary for you, or Some of my most active persecutors, to get something into Pocket for the Wages of their Sins" There is much more in this vein over some five pages. Stewart Douglas also provides an attachment outlining that the value of Hurkledale is sufficient to cover debts. He also accuses Sir William of even wanting to sell his uncle's breeches.

He died unmarried in London on 30 Jun 1795. His death notices refer to him as the brother of Sir John Douglas of Kelhead, Bt; his name is given as both Stewart and Stuart.






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