Douglas of Carr






  • Douglas of Carr armsThe Douglases of Carr, in Perthshire, are cadets of the Morton family, being lineally descended from James, sixth earl of Morton, of the Lochleven branch. To this family belonged Admiral Sir Charles Douglas, created a baronet 23d January 1777, of whom a memoir is given below. His eldest son, Sir William Henry, vice-admiral of the Blue, second baronet, died unmarried, 24th May 1809, when the title devolved upon his brother, Lieutenant-general Sir Howard Douglas, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., K.C.S., and F.R.S., burn 1 July 1776; married in July 1799, Anne, eldest daughter of James Dundas, a scion of the house of Dundas of Dundas; issue, six sons and four daughters. Sir Howard was groom of the bedchamber to the late duke of Gloucester; served in Portugal and Spain in 1808-0; was present at Corunna; and served at Walcheren; served again in Spain in 1811-12, and received the cross of Charles the Third. He was governor of New Brunswick from 1823 to 1829, and lord high commissioner of the Ionian Islands from 1835 to 1840. From 1842 to 1847, he represented Liverpool in parliament; became a general in the army and colonel in the 15th foot in 1851 . He is the author of “An Essay on the principles and construction of military bridges,” and of a treatise on naval gunnery.

  • This family is a branch of the noble family of Morton, The following is the descent :
    Sir George Douglas, knt,, 1st of Kirkness, 2d son of James Douglas, of Lochleven, 6th earl of Morton;
    2. Archibald, eldest son of Sir George ;
    3. Sir William Douglas, knt. only son of Archibald, killed at the battle of Dunbar, 1650;
    4. William, of Kirkness (eldest son of Sir William), who left issue, 1. Sir Robert, of Kirkness; and 2. William, of Kinglassie: sir Robert had 2 sons, William and Robert, both of whom d. without male issue;
    5. William, of Kinglassie;
    6. Charles, of Kinglassie, eldest son of William;
    7. Charles, 1st bart., 3d son of Charles, of Kinglassie. From the 1st and 2nd sons there was no male issue.

  • Admiral Sir Charles Douglas, 1st Baronet (died 1789)
  • Admiral Sir William Henry Douglas, 2nd Baronet of Carr, (28 July 1763 – 23 May 1809) was a British naval officer, the oldest son of Admiral Sir Charles Douglas. His mother was a Dutch woman, but sources are unclear as to her name.
    Sir William was unmarried and the baronetcy passed to his younger brother.
  • General Sir Howard Douglas, 3rd Baronet (1776–1861), MP for Liverpool 1842–1847
  • Sir Robert Percy Douglas, 4th Baronet (1805–1891),  Governor of Jersey
  • Sir Arthur Percy Douglas, 5th Baronet (1845–1913)  Under-Secretary for Defence, New Zealand
  • Sir James Stewart Douglas, 6th Baronet (1859–1940) Half-brother of the 5th Baronet
Extinct on his death

Sir CHARLES was created a baronet for his distinguished services in the command of the squadron which forced its way up the river St. Lawrence, at an unusually early period of the year, and relieved Quebec, then besieged by the Americans, 1776. Sir Charles had risen to to this rank through a long train of zealous, arduous, and distinguished services; and his subsequent career was still more brilliant in proportion as rank and power gave a field for his talents and activity of mind. When he was not actually employed at sea, he devoted himself to the laborious and difficult task of improving the military equipment of the service. Gunnery was his favourite pursuit; and the naval service is indebted to him for some of the greatest improvements that were made, in his day, in this branch of the profession. Among many others, Sir Charles introduced the use of locks into the navy.

After a service of four years in the command of the Stirling Castle of 64 guns, and the Duke of 98 guns, sir Charles was appointed captain of the fleet destined to serve under sir George Rodney ; and in the memorable battle of the 12th of April 1782, Sir Charles's superior abilities shone conspicuously, and procured him the highest encomiums his chief could bestow, and a large share in the fame of that glorious day. Sir Charles afterwards commanded a squadron on the coast of America, and in 1789 had hoisted his flag for another foreign command, when he d. suddenly, 10 March, and was succeeded by his son.









23 Jan 1777



Charles Douglas


17 Mar 1789









17 Mar 1789



William Henry Douglas


25 May 1809









25 May 1809



Howard Douglas

1 Jul 1776

9 Nov 1861





MP for Liverpool 1842-1847











9 Nov 1861



Robert Percy Douglas Governor of Jersey

29 Aug 1805

30 Sep 1891









30 Sep 1891



Arthur Percy Douglas
Under-Secretary for Defence, New Zealand

15 Oct 1845

6 Sep 1913









6 Sep 1913



James Stewart Douglas

25 Mar 1859

5 Nov 1940





Extinct on his death




5 Nov 1940








Arms — Argent, a man's heart, ensigned with a regal crown, both proper : on a chief, azure, 3 mullets of the first.
Crest — A boar chained to a tree.
Motto — Lock sicker.

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