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James Douglas who died 13th Jul 1852 was a brother of John, Thomas Dunlop and Archibald Douglas.

Little is known of his life. In 1828 in his sister Cecilia's will he was in Demerara; in 1836 and 1840 he was called a 'merchant in Glasgow' in his brother John Douglas's will.

He was a beneficaryHe was a beneficary of compensation of a share of £12407 13s 2d when slavery was abolished for the Better Hope plantation on British Guiana on 30th Nov 1835 where 236 were enslaved.

He bequeathed an annuity of £200 pa to his natural daughter Cecila Douglas 'now residing at Port Glasgow' as well as ensuring the £800 left by her mother was returned to Cecilia. His residuary legatee was his great-nephew Neil Douglas, son of Major John Douglas of the 79th Regiment of Foot. Major John Douglas (son of Archibald Douglas) of the 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, who was promoted on the eve of the Charge of the Light Brigade and later knighted.

Will - a precis.

James Douglas, 234 St Vincent Street Glasgow.

All my estate to trustees - my nephew Major John Douglas of the 79 Regiment of Foot, Andrew Yurth[?] Esquire of Darleith and John Smith of 85 St Vincent Street.

First, payment of just and lawful debts and deathbed and funeral expenses.

Second, to my natural daughter Ceclia Douglas now residing at Port Glasgow £200 pa. Thereafter to my nephew John Douglas £1,000.

To Jane Hamilton, Cecilia and Georgina Douglas £500 each. To Major John Douglas £2,000. To George Robertson Douglas £2,000. To Susan Douglas £500. To Hamilton £500. John Douglas Glenfinart £1,000. Mrs Anna G. Douglas £500. Ellen Douglas £500. Mrs Cecilia Miller £500. Renion[?] £500 should she marry Drew Shorsby exclude her from the legacy and to be given to her sister Mrs Miller, allowing her bank interest during her life.

To the Eye Infirmary £200. To the House of Refuge £200. To the Royal Infirmary £200. To the Oldmans Society £200. To St Mathews Clothing Society £100. To St Matthews School £100 and to each of my executors £100 each.

All residue to Neil Douglas, only son of Major John Douglas, all to be disposed of and placed in the funds till such time he comes of age. My coenes[?] I bequeath to Thomas and Archibald, my silver plate and dirks to Major John Douglas and to be guardian for his son as residuary legatee.

Should Neil Douglas die before coming of age the fund to be equally divided among my four nephews John (Shalwell), John (Glenfinert) Major John Douglas, George Robertson Douglas or the survivors of them.

To Ann Gordon, servant with me, £150 for her kindness to me when unwell. To Jane Wemyss Cook £50 if in my service at the time of my death. To Ann McKery[?] Housemaid £40 if in my service at the time of my death.

Signed 24/03/1851.

Codicil dated 25/03/1851. To my brother Sir Niel Douglas £500 and £500 making £1,000. My sister Mrs Douglas has a cabinet of corns[?] which belonged to my late brother Colin in my charge which mind he bequeathed to her. I have in my hands £800 belonging to my daughter Ceclia which her mother lodged with me for her use and which mind be paid for Cecilia Douglas. My sisters-in-law Louisa and Catherine McNeil each £50. To General MacNeil and brother-in-law £500 signed 02/04/1851.

See also: Notes on the Douglas Family  [pdf]


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