Commander William Manners Wellington Douglas

Son of Rear Admiral Peter John Douglas, William Manners Wellington Douglas was born on 21st June 1814, in Hamble, Hampshire, England.  He entered the Royal Naval College in August 1827, and embarked, 15 August 1829, on board the Briton under Captain Hon. William Gordon, whom he ultimately accompanied to the West Indies. In May 1830 he there removed to the Blanche, bearing the broad pendant of Sir Arthur Farquhar, from which ship he appears to have been subsequently lent from February, 1832 to the Ariadne, under Captain Chas. Phillips. 

At the end of the following year, Mr Douglas sailed for the Mediterranean in the Thunderer under Captain William Furlong Wise. Having passed his examination, on the 24 June, 1834, he joined the Trinculo under Captain Jas. Rich. Booth and Henry Joseph Puget, stationed of the coast of Africa; where up the river Bonny, with the help of a prize-slaver under Mr Fides, Master's Assistant, he gallantly repelled in a pinnace with only 10 hands, an attack by 13 large canoes full of armed men. 

He afterwards served in the West Indies on board the Melville and Cornwallis, bearing the flags of, in succession, Sir Peter Halkett and Sir Chas. Puget; of which latter ship he was confirmed a Lieutenant on 30 January, 1839. His next appointments were - 22 October, 1839 to the Stag under Commodore Thos. Ball Sullivan - and 26 June, and 10 October, 1841, to the Winchester and Seringapatam, each bearing the broad pennant of his father. 

Since his last promotion on the 12 November 1841, he was promoted to Commander.

Inspecting Commander, Coast Guard 4 Dec 48

He died on 9th February 1865 


Commander R.N. 
Father: Peter John DOUGLAS
Mother: Lydia MORIARTY

Married: Elizabeth HAWES, daughter of Edward Hawes, in 1843, aged 35. She died in 1876.

  • Child 1 : Gordon Shipley Manners DOUGLAS (b. 1848), Major, Royal Marine Artillery. Commissioned 27 June 1864; Major 27 June 1885. Married and left issue, of whom nothing is known, including 
    Memorial to Gordon Douglas, Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth
    Memorial to Major Gordon Manners Shipley Douglas Originally in the RMA Church, Eastney (The Crinoline Church), then moved to St Andrew's Church c. 1904 before being removed to Museum store c. 1998
    Commander Cosmo Alec Onslow Douglas, R.N.
  • Child 2 : Ellen Catherine DOUGLAS (b. 1849)


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