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Rev William Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Douglas (1708-1798) was a Scottish Reverend of St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County, and was the tutor of young Thomas Jefferson from 1752 until the death of the latter's father in 1757. Jefferson was sent to the Reverend's Latin school to study Greek, Latin, and French upon the return of his family from Tuckahoe to Shadwell.

Jefferson later wrote of his teacher in his Autobiography: "My teacher Mr. Douglas a clergyman from Scotland was but a superficial Latinist, less instructed in Greek, but with the rudiments of these languages he taught me French..." According to Henry Randall, Jefferson also had recollections "of mouldy pies and excellent instruction" at the Rev. Douglas's school. Regardless of his mixed reviews of his education under Douglas, Jefferson had continued to keep in touch with his tutor until his death in 1798. No direct correspondence between them has survived, however.

William was the son of William Douglas and Grizel McKeand, and uncle to Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas. He married Miss Nicholas Hunter, and they had a daughter, Margaret (Peggy), who

married Nicholas Merriwether, of Albemarle.

 

William's brother, James, settled in New York where he 'left a numerous prosperity'.

 

Note:
•  Rev William Douglas is the great uncle of Elizabeth (Betsy) Mary Douglas, who marries Col. James Monroe, nephew and adopted son of President James Monroe.

 

 

 

 

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