Major Peter Frederic Sholto Douglas of Giwonde.




Major Peter Frederic Sholto Douglas of Giwonde, DSO. 1916 -1989Peter Douglas' coat of arms  grandson of the 19 Earl of Morton.

Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Argent, a man's heart gules ensigned of an imperial crown

proper, on a chief azure three mullets of the first, 2nd and 3rd, argent, three piles

issuing from the chief gules and in chief two mullets of the field (for Douglas of

Lochleven) all within a bordure invected vert. (Lyon Register: 46/134, 30/4/1963)


Father: Hon. (Archibald) Roderick Sholto Douglas
Mother: Winona Constance de Maraisville Peak


He married Ursula Rivers, daughter of Henry Somers Rivers, on 6 June 1942


  • Roderick Gavin Sholto Douglas b. 24 Jun 1944
  • Sara Douglas b. 14 Jun 1947


He fought in the Second World War, where he was wounded and was mentioned in despatches. He gained the rank of Major in the service of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was decorated with the award of the Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1941. He was decorated with the award of the U.S. Certificate of Merit in 1945.

There is apparently a record of his service with SOE, but details are being kept secure.  His wife, Ursula Rivers, was also a SOE member, as was his brother, Roderick. Ursula Rivers, according to recently released classified documents , was an accountant, promoted to Chief Accountant, during the war.

 I believe that Peter was a POW in the second World War who made his escape back to Britain via Sweden - possibly the only one who re-entered the war. Is this true? Can anyone add to the story?

•  Sara Douglas married Peter Newberry, who appear to have continued to live at Girwonde until they were forced off their land in 2002 as a result of President Mugabe’s ethnic cleansing policies. They now live in Agnes Waters in Queensland, Australia.

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