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Identified as the last member of the Douglas West India merchant dynasty in Glasgow (as Thomas Dunlop Douglas of Dunlop), brother of John Douglas, Archibald Douglas and Cecilia Douglas.

01/01/1776-30/01/1869 left £241,518. West India merchant in Glasgow, landed proprietor (1861 census); address given as Dunlop near Stewarton Ayshire (probate calendar). Father shown as John Douglas, mother as Katherine (surname unknown) or Cecilia née Buchanan. Married Rosina (surname unknown). 'It is unclear whether his career was wholly in Glasgow or whether he had lived in the West Indies'.

Born 1775. Originally apprenticed to a hat-maker and then in turn a hat-maker in business himself. Became insurance broker and merchant, then a partner in J., T., and A. Douglas. Married Rose Hunter of Greenock, no surviving children. In 1845 bought the estate of Dunlop, Garnkirk House in Ayrshire.


When compensation was paid at the end of slavery, he made unsuccessful claims for British Guiana 157 (Enfield and Nomen Nescio (?)), British Guiana 2020, British Guiana 476 (Plntn Union) and British Guiana 584 (Hope).

His claims for British Guiana 550 (Pln Better Hope) £12,407 13s 2d and British Guiana 586A (Pln Belmont) £3,500 8s 6d were both successful. See (1)


Left the bulk of his fortune to Thomas Douglas Cunningham Graham (possibly a nephew). The value of estate outside Scotland was over £200,000.


When Thomas Dunlop, who seems to have been particularly close to the family of his brother Archibald, made provision for the disposal of his personal property after the death of the designated heir, Thomas Douglas Cunningham Graham, or earlier if Graham predeceased him, he named first Helen Stewart, his grandniece and daughter of his niece, Mrs. Helen Douglas, and the late Robert Stewart of Glasserton, in southeast Wigtownshire, then Mary Caroline Douglas Campbell, also his grandniece and daughter of his niece Mrs. Anna Douglas Campbell, of Carradale. Though the arrangement was slightly altered by one of the codicils, suggesting that Mary Caroline Douglas Campbell had either died or incurred some displeasure by February 1868, the family connection is interesting. Named as heirs in the same section of the will and, initially, left similar benefits, Mary Caroline Douglas Campbell and Helen Stewart, both his grandnieces, were possibly daughters of two sisters, Helen and Anna, and grandchildren of Archibald. Sir James in the Diary of his 1864-65 trip mentions Archibald, whom he calls "of Glenart," and says he knew him. As Archibald's children he clearly gives the names of Mrs. Seaton Carr and John Douglas, Glenfinart. The entry "Widow, Mrs. Douglas," referring no doubt to Archibald's widow, is correct, since Archibald had died in 1860.


His coat of arms are probably those in Dunlop Parish Church.


See also:

  • The Slave Trade
  • Douglas of Glenfinart


    1. T71/885: claim by Michael McTurk, 'attorney of J., T. and A. Douglas & co, The Board of Orphans representing the estate of Moses Buchanan decd, and Wm Arrindell (senior deceased?) as attorney of Agnes Corse Forbet (?) executrix of C. Douglas senior deceased'. Counterclaim from J. T. & A. Douglas, by virtue of a mortgage for £23477 2s 0d on moiety in possession of Orphan Chamber representing the Estate of Colin Douglas (deceased). 'Replication of the sd William Arrindell as Atty to Agnes Corse Forbet denying the validity of all and singular the documents upon which the counterclaim is founded and also the validity of the mortgage deed said to have been duly passed and registered in the sd Colony on the 8th Sept 1802'. 586B: £1750 4s 3d was awarded to the Board of Orphans, 04/08/1843. T71/429 p. 174: enslaved persons were registered by John Lane, Board of Orphans and unadministered estates and Wm. Arrindell, in 1832.

    2.  Robert Bogle of Shettleston's grandson, Allan (son of Michael, born 1734 and Janet Scott) married 1803 Janet Hunter. She married secondly Graham of Gartmore, and had one son, Thomas Dunlop Graham, who was brought up by his aunt (his mother's sister), Mrs. Thomas Dunlop Douglas of Dunlop, whose husband at his death left him the liferent of Dunlop. Robert Bogles ganddaughter married john Campbell Douglas, 18th of Mains.


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