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Born 22 Sept. 1804

Rector of Fishbuurne. Sussex, preb. and canon residentiary of Chichester, vicar Funtington

On the 15th feb 1831 the Rev. STAIR DOUGLAS, only son of Rear-Admiral Stair Douglas, to MARIA EDITH, youngest daughter of Woodbine Parish (1), Esq. of Upper Harley Street.

Death: 8th May 1874, Ashling, Sussex, The Rev Stair Douglas, Canon of Chichester, Vicar of Funtington, aged 69 (So born c 1805)

the Rev Stair Douglas, who Baker had appointed as the first curate at St Mary's. The Douglas family were local landowners who had made their money in the plantations of Jamaica, owning considerable numbers of slaves.

1861 census Parish of Funtington
72,Ashling St,1,Stair Douglas,Head,M,56,,Vicar Of Funtington,Funtington Sussex,,
,,,Maria E Douglas,Wife,M,,57,,St Pancras Middlesex,,
Folio 21 Page 11
Eliza Chenkall,Servnt,U,,33,House Servant,\- Cornwall,,Surname?
,,,Sarah E Lang,Servnt,U,,23,House Servant,Clerkenwell Middlesex,,
,,,Fanny Holden,Servnt,U,,23,House Servant,Easebourne Sussex,,
,,,Phoebe Levett,Servnt,U,,18,House Servant,Funtington Sussex,,
73,Ashling St,1,Anne Douglas,Head,W,,80,Admirals Widow,Welford Northamptonshire,,
,,,Lucy Douglas,Dau,U,,47,,Funtington Sussex,,
,,,Helen F Douglas,Dau,U,,38,,Funtington Sussex,,
,,,Henry Knappett,Servnt,W,46,,Butler,Beanley Suffolk,,
,,,Anne Pratt,Servnt,U,,48,Cook,Rogate Sussex,,
,,,Mary Matlow,Servnt,U,,37,Ladies Maid,Chichester Sussex,,
,,,Elizabeth Tipper,Servnt,U,,54,Laundress,Chichester Sussex,,
,,,Ann Nye,Servnt,U,,28,Housemaid,Godalming Surrey,,
,,,Elizabeth Sadler,Servnt,U,,15,Kitchen Maid,Funtington Sussex,,

Rear Admiral Stair Douglas was married to Anne (b.1780), daughter of John Payne. He was the son of Charles James Sholto Douglas, himself the son of Sir John Douglas, 3rd Bt of Kelhead. Charles was Collector of Customs in Jamaica and a slave owner

The Rev. Stair Douglas has been appointed to the canonry in Chichester Cathedral, vacant by the death of the late Sir George Shiffner. Mr. Douglas has been an active clergyman in the diooese of Chichester for thirty-five years, and has for many years held the perpetual curacy of Funtington, under the dean and chapter , with a population of 1,200 souls, and an income of £150 per annum .

Funtington Church was rebuilt largely through the efforts of the vicar, Rev Stair Douglas. architects were Benjamin Ferrey and Thomas Rushforth.

Douglas Rev. Stair, M.A. Canon Lane, Chichester. From Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 1867

seventy- !*• .las -o n the 12th inst, at Ashling Sussex, Maria Edith, .*■ •■'. *-:a;r Douglas, A.M., vicar of Funtington and Canon : stir, in her
eighty-third year

The Rev. Stair Douglas, Balliol College, Oxford, to the perpetual curacy of Funtington, Sussex.

Rev. Stair Douglas, Adsden House. Sussex Archaeological Society August 8, I860

Douglas, Stair, o.s. Stair, of Ashling. Sussex, aim Balliol Coll., matric. 12 Dec., 1822. aged 18; B.A. 1826, M.A. 1830, rector of Fishbuurne. Sussex, 1850-6, preb. and canon residentiary of Chichester 1854, vicar Funtington 1856, until his death 8 May 1874. See Foster’s Peerage, M. Queensberry.

Marriage: 5th May 1830 At Funtingdon, Sussex, the Rev H. Legge, Rector of East Lavant to Elizabeth Louisa, eldest daughter of the late Rear Admiral Stair Douglas. Their son, Charles Egerton Legge, inherited West Ashling Park.

Bury and Norwich Post 18th May 1853
On the 17th inst., at Great Saxham Church, by the Rev. Stair Douglas, Rector of Fishbourne, Sussex, assisted by the Rev. J. Alderson, Sholto James Douglas, Esq., of the Inner Temple, barrister-at-law, second son of Lieut.-General Sir James Douglas , K.C.B. to Ann Harriet, second daughter of William Mills, Esq., of Saxham Hall, in this county.
Cheltenham Chronicle 23rd December 1856
RECTORIES.- ... Fishbourne, Sussex, dio, Chichester: val. £189: pat. Lord Chancellor: Rev. S. Douglas, prom. ...
From Melville's Directory & Gazetteer of Sussex, 1858 (pp. 364)
FISHBOURNE is a parish and village, pleasantly situated about one mile and a half from Chichester, and contains a population of 317. The living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Crown. The Rev. Stair Douglass, M.A., is the incumbent. Salt Hill, the seat of Francis Smith, Esq., is exceedingly picturesque and beautiful, and commands very interesting and extensive scenery.

1.  Sir Woodbine Parish KCH (14 September 1796, London – 16 August 1882, St. Leonards, Sussex) was a British diplomat, traveller and scientist. Maria Parish is still remembered in West Ashling by Woodbine Cottage.
2.  Sir Woodbine Parish's great-grand-daughter, Diana Katherine Soames, married Hugh William Cairns, grandson of the 6th Duke of Buccleuch.

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