Dr William Douglas
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Dr William Douglas was born and bred in Gifford Hall, East Lothian in Scotland, receiving part of his education in Paris. He came to America while quite young, establishing himself as a physician in Boston in 1718.
In 1746, Dr. William Douglas, an eminent physician of Boston, in
consideration of the privilege of renaming after himself the
township of New Sherburn or "New Sherburn Grant" in Massachusetts,
USA, offered the inhabitants the sum of $500.00 as a fund for the
establishment of free schools together with a tract of 30 acres (12
hectares) of land with a dwelling house and barn thereon.
Douglas's death was announced on 23rd October 1752. He left an adopted son, William Douglas. His nephew, Cornelious Douglas(1), of Edinburgh, became the administrator of his estate.
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