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Francis Brown Douglas






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Francis Brown Douglas was born on 2 April 1814 at Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was a practising advocate and held the office of Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 1859-1862.

He was the son of Archibald Douglas, advocate, (1779-1848) of 21 Moray Place, Edinburgh, and Jean(2), daughter of Francis Brown of St Vincent. Archibald was a descendant of William Douglas, 1st of Whittinghame.

Francis Brown Douglas married, firstly, Mary Turner Christie, second daughter, (born 8th April 1823) of Charles Maitland Christie of Durie and Mary Butler Lindsay, on 14 January 1845 at Scoonie, Fife, Scotland.

He married, secondly, Marianne Leslie-Melville, daughter of Hon. Alexander Leslie-Melville and Charlotte Smith, on 27 January 1852, by whom he had nine children. His son, Rev. William Henry Brown Douglas was a minister in Newton Stewart.


He made two claims for compensation for slaves held on St Vincent (But see note 3).  He was awarded £6,418 15s. 6d compensation for 245 slaves on the Sans Souci estate, St Vincent.


On 7th August 1860, there took place during the provostry of Francis Brown Douglas the Great Review before the queen and Royal family of 22,000 Scottish Volunteers, one of the grandest and most successful public spectacles ever witnessed in Old or New Edinburgh.

He died on 8 August 1885 at age 71 in Melville, Nr Ladybank, Fife.



A presentation portrait [may exist], possibly once exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. (Probably the one above)


FRANCIS ARCHIBALD BROWN DOUGLAS, Ad- cate and Gentleman. Born April 17, 1854, being the
eldest son of the late Francis Brown Douglas, Advocate,
Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1860, by his wife Marianne
Leslie, dau. of the Hon. Alexander Leslie Melville. Armo-
rial bearings— .Argent, a cinquefoil sable, within a bordure
wavy ermine, on a chief gules, two mullets of the field.
Mantling gules, doubled argent. Crest— On a wreath of
his liveries, a hand grasping a man's heartt proper. Motto
— "Sicker," Postal address — 21 Moray Place, Edinhurgh.


Educated at Edinburgh Academy; M.A. Cantab; Advocate, 1879. Address:
21 Moray Place, Edin., as were:



Charles Christie Brown Douglas, 1867-71. CI. 1-4, b, 1857; s. of Francis Brown Douglas, Advocate, D.L., 21 Moray Place.

Alexander Leslie Brown Douglas, 1875-81. CI. 1-6. b. 5 Nov. 1864 ; s. of Francis Brown Douglas, Advocate, D.L., 21 Moray Place.


William Henry Brown Douglas, M.A. born 1867 was the son of Francis Brown Douglas, Edinburgh. Studied at the Universities, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and New College, Edinburgh. Ordained at Newton Stewart, Princes Street, 1894. Married, the same year, Edith Grainger Stewart



Titles and British Honours: DL.
Place of Birth: Largs, Ayrshire.
Place of Death: Melville House, nr, Ladybank, Fife.
Profession: Advocate.
Appointments Held: Advocate 1837; Councillor 1850, Magistrate 1855, Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1859-62; Member 1872-84, School Board.
Schools and Tutors: High School, Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Academy 1824-5.
Undergraduate Studies: Edinburgh University.
Marital Status: Married,1st.(1885) Mary Turner Maitland Christie d. 1848. 2nd.(1852) Marianne Leslie Melville.
Mother: Jane Brown of Bellair, St. Vincent. d. 1836.
Father: Archibald Douglas 1779-1833, Advocate.
References: PWL Adams, "A History of The Douglas Family of Morton (Dumfriesshire) ". Bedford 1921, 228-231; Proc
Roy Soc Edinb, 14,1886-7,(123-4); TB Whitson, "The Lord Provosts of Edinburgh 1296-1932", 1932. 125, (Portrait); F J
Grant 1944.
Memberships: Highland Society(1839).
Date of Election: 18/03/1839.
Proposers: John Shank More, 15/1/1839, (ms Proposal NLS Acc 10,000/45). (Billet 18/2/1839, 4/3/1839).
Fellow Type: OF.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh


1.  Francis Brown Douglas is shown in the genealogy database as being born in New Orchard, Dumfriesshire.
2.  A Francis Brown Douglas is listed in the 1851 census as being 36 years old, a widower and the son-in-law of Christina Douglas, of Dunfermline and who was possibly born in Roxburgh. Was Christina his step-mother?
3.  As heir of his grandfather Francis Brown. So, is this a reference to the next generation, and not this Francis Brown Douglas?  The inventory to his grandfather's will, dated 30/03/1835, mentions a bill of £8000 granted to Mr McBarnett of the island of St Vincent "remitted to Mr William Douglas W.S. by Mr Douglas Brown Sir William Forbes & Coy on 5th Jany 1830..."




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