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Robert, Baron van Breugel Douglas







Robert Baron van Breugel Douglas
Robert, Baron van Breugel Douglas
Robert Baron van Breugel Douglas of Rustenhoven was born in 's-Hertogenbosch, July 26, 1791 and died at The Hague, 23 November 1873, the son of Baron Caspar van Breugel (Born Hague, 11 March 1752) and Anna Maria Douglas, (born in Bergen op Zoom, she was the daughter of Major General Robert Douglas, governor of the garrison city of 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in 1784). Baron Caspar was town clerk of the city of 's-Hertogenbosch and director of direct taxes in Friesland.  His great-grandfather was George Douglas, 7th Laird of Friarshaw (1673-1753).

Robert was a lawyer and State Council member at the time of King Wlllem II. He was granted the Knighthood of Friesland, from 1818. He board member of Protestant Agricultural, founded in Montfoort, circa 1851. Was active in the field of literature. during the period 1842-1862: member Council of State

The name and / or title "Douglas" added by Decree of 30 January 1861, No. 67.

He married in Leeuwarden, 8 September 1821 Jkvr. Louise Albertine Glinstra of Sminia, who died January 1837.

He married in Maartensdijk, August 15, 1839 , his second wife, Jkvr. Anna Maria de Rovere van Breugel.
Rustenhoven was not a permanent residence for the family.


(Translated from Dutch - help with improving it would be welcome!)  After studying Roman and contemporary law at Leiden, Van Breugel gained his doctorate on 5 December 1811 and settled as a lawyer in The Hague. From 1818 he was a member (later dean) of the Knighthood of Friesland. From 19 August 1842 to 1 July 1862 he was a member of the Council of State, after he had been appointed as referendary at the Royal Decree of 4 December 1825. After his resignation as State Council, he was appointed as a member of the Council of State in extraordinary service with effect from 1 July 1862, until he rescinded the KB at his own request, which was done by the Royal Decree of 21 August 1862.

In 1815 he was a corporal with the Compagnie van Friese Vrijwillige Jagers. Van Breugel drew up a request addressed to the king to set up a Jager's company to offer services in the battle against Napoleon; on May 1, 1815, the king gave his agreement to this "under our special satisfaction". On April 27, 1815 was in the Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, n ° 100, a (follow-up) list of volunteers for cavalry or infantry at companies, with Van Breugel as the first from Leeuwarden to serve in the infantry. These volunteers were added to the 16th battalion of hunters, which was commanded by Captain Brouérius of Nidek from 24 May; it would involve around sixty men. Although the company was set up and moved to Brussels, it was too late to be of service due to all the bureaucratic delays (according to Van Breugel), as the decisive battle at Waterloowhen it was already fought. Only to their willingness did the still-living volunteers give a sign of honor that was instituted by Royal Decree of 10 May 1865 n ° 45 and on 13 July 1865 in Leeuwarden in the government house by the Commissioner of the King to the thirteen survivors (out of 62) was awarded. Van Breugel's memories as a voluntary Jager he wrote in writing, and they were republished after 1815 in 1866.


Around 1851 he was a member of the board of the Protestantsch Landbouwkundig Gesticht in Montfoort .
Following the death of Robert Baron van Breugel Douglas in 1873, his son, Caspar, and his grandson Jan Caspar owned Rustenhoven. Jan van Breugel Douglas received the title of the Rovere Breugel by Royal Decree in 1876.


Van Breugel Douglas Arms of van Breugel Douglas. — Per pale, Dexter, van Breugel as in plate. Sinister, Douglas of Friarshaw.
CRESTS : Dexter, On a coronet a sitting hound proper, gorged with a coronet or, between two wings, one argent and the other gules ; Sinister, Douglas, as before.
MOTTOES : Above the Douglas Crest, "Do or die," and beneath the shield, " In trinitate fortitudo " ( Wapenboek van den Nederlandschen Adel" by J. B. Rietstap).


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  • Francisco Tudela van Breugel Douglas

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