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James Douglas (died 2 June 1751) was a British politician, the only son of James Douglas(1) of Fen Court, Fenchurch St., London, merchant, married by Aug. 1737, Albinia, 1st daughter of Lt.-Gen. Thomas Farrington, M.P., of Chislehurst, Kent, sister of Thomas Farrington, widow of Robert Bertie, M.P., 1st Duke of Ancaster. He has been described as being 'of Cuffnalls, in Lyndhurst, Hants'.

He succeeded Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington as the Member of Parliament for St. Mawes from 1741 to 1747 and was also MP for Malmesbury from 1747 until his death in 1751.


He was Clerk of the Household of the Prince of Wales (clerk of the green cloth), entering Parliament in 1741 at the Princes' expense, on Lord Falmouth's interest.


James Douglas’s father (also James) was a younger son of Henry Douglas of Friarshaw, Roxburghshire, grandfather of Admiral Sir James Douglas, 1st Bt., M.P.  Of his marriage the 1st Earl of Egmont wrote on 10 Aug. 1737:

It is much wondered that the King should take away the Duchess of Ancaster’s pension [of £600], purely because Mr. Douglas her husband has an employment under the Prince. She is indeed a worthless woman, and in want, her first husband having ordered in his will that if she married again she should have no more jointure than £400 per annum.

William Pulteney described him in December 1740 as a man ‘for whom I have a very particular regard’.  For the 1741 election he was brought in by the Prince of Wales at St. Mawes but he switched to Malmesbury in 17475 on the interest of Sir John Rushout. In Parliament he steadily adhered to Frederick, voting against the Administration on the chairman of the committee of elections in 1741 but for them on the Hanoverians in 1742, 1744 and 1746, reverting to opposition with the Prince in 1747. In Egmont’s list of future office holders on the Prince’s accession, drawn up c.1749-50, he is placed as one of the clerks of the Board of Green Cloth; and on Frederick’s death Newcastle wrote that if ‘Boone and Douglas were the clerks of the Green Cloth [to the dowager Princess] ... it would be well settled’.


 Shortly afterwards he died, 2 June 1751.


1.  James Douglas, son of Henry Douglas of Friarshaw (died March 1701), was baptised Edinburgh 23rd July 1674 and died 27th April 1757. He married a lady named Russell.



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