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Major General Sir William Douglas, 11th of Timpendean, and of Bonjedward





William Douglas, (8 Sep 1770 -  14 Apr 1834) was the son of Archibald Douglas, 10th of Timpendean and of Bonjedward, and his wife Helen Bennett).


He entered the army in 1786, as ensign in the 1st Battalion of the 1st of Foot; and was appointed Lieutenant in 1789.  He served in both ranks in the West Indies.  In 1793, he raised an independent company; and afterwards exchanged into the 6th of Foot, in which corps he did duty in different quarters, and accompanied it to Ireland, where he served during the rebellion.  He was afterwards appointed to the Irish Staff, and continued thereon two years as an Assistant Quartermaster General.  


In July 1803 he was promoted to a majority in the 53rd, with which he did duty until 1804, when he assisted in the formation of the 98th, to which he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel.  In 1805 he went with that regiment to Nova Scotia, and was afterwards employed in command in Canada, Bermuda, and upon the coast of America.  On expedition to the Penobscot, under Lieutenant General Sir J. Sherbrook, Colonel Douglas commanded that part of the army which first landed, and which took possession of the port and town of Custine; and he continued to command a brigade during the whole of the operations connected with that expedition.  He returned to his regiment in 1815, and in 1818 the corps was disbanded.  He attained the rank of Colonel in 1813, and Major General in 1819.


In 1810, he married Marianne Tattersall, with whom he had several children (7 or 9, depending on sources).  He was succeeded by his son, George, who was later to sell Timpendean


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