4th Lt John Douglas, RN

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At Trafalgar the Bellerophon's captain received a fatal shot from a French sniper in the rigging of an opposing ship, just one hour before the same fate befell Nelson himself. Her first lieutenant quickly took command and fought off four enemy ships, before capturing a prize to be towed off to Gibraltar - it appears 4th Lt John Alexander Douglas took part in this action, boarding and capturing the "Bahama", a large Spanish ship.

Probably the John Alex Douglas promoted Lieutenant in 1802.  His career can not be traced after 1809.

Probably the John Alexander Douglas, Lieutenant in His Majesty's Royal Navy of Antony Saint Jacob , Cornwall whose will was ?probated 7th September 1810.

log entryEntry on HMS Bellerophon's log book.

The Will of John Alexander Douglas of Antony, 24 Sep 1808

In the name of God Amen I John Alexander Douglas of Torpoint in the parish of Antony St Jacob in the County of Cornwall a Lieutenant in His Majesty's Royal Navy being in Health of Body and of sound Mind Memory & Understanding do make this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following I give devise & bequeath unto my beloved Wife Sophia Hains Douglas all Prize Money  Wages & all Monies securities for Money Goods Chattels Estate & Effects of what Nature or kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be at the time of my Death And I do nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other Will or Wills at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last Will & Testament In  witness whereof I the said John Alexander Douglas have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this twenty fourth day of September in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & eight – Jno Alex. Douglas SS Signed sealed declared and published by the above named John Alexander Douglas as and for his last Will & Testament in the Presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto W.D. Sole of Plymouth Dock Attn at Law – Jane Hay Thompson Proved at London 17th September 1810 before the Judge by the Oath of Sophia Hains Douglas Widow  the Relict & sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
Source: National Archives ref. PROB 11/1515/80
Transcribed by Kath Chaveli

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