Sir James Douglas, 1st Baronet Douglas

Sir James Douglas married, firstly, Helen Brisbane, daughter of Thomas Brisbane, in 1753. He married, secondly, Lady Helen Boyle, daughter of John Boyle, 2nd Earl of Glasgow and Helen Morison, on 5 November 1768. He died on 2 November 1787.
     He gained the title of 1st Baronet Douglas.

Child of Sir James Douglas, 1st Bt. and Helen Brisbane:

Sir George Douglas, 2nd Bt.   b. 1 Mar 1754, d. 4 Jun 1821  He married Elizabeth Boyle, daughter of John Boyle, 3rd Earl of Glasgow and Elizabeth Ross, on 16 October 1786. He died on 4 June 1821 at age 67.

He gained the title of 2nd Baronet Douglas, of Springwood.

He was elected to represent the constituency of Orkney & Shetland in 1754, replacing John Halyburton. He was returned to the seat in the 1761 election, and served until 1768 when he was replaced by Thomas Dundas. James Douglas continued with this career as an officer in the Royal Navy during the time he represented the constituency.

Douglas became a captain in the Royal Navy in 1744 and in 1746 was appointed Commodore of Newfoundland by Vice-Admiral Townsend.

Service history:

  • 1744 captain in the Royal Navy,
  • 1745 commanded the Mermaid at Louisbourg,
  • 1746 appointed Commodore of Newfoundland,
  • 1759 knighted for his participation in the capture of Québec,
  • 1770 promoted Vice-Admiral,
  • 1778 promoted Admiral,
  • 1764 — 1768 served as a Member of Parliament for Orkney,
  • 1786 made Baronet.