Charles James Sholto Douglas

 

Charles James Sholto Douglas was born around 1732. The eldest son of Sir John Douglas, 3rd Bart of Kelhead and Christian Cunningham, he married Basilia Dawes, daughter of James Dawes of Rockspring, Jamaica, and was the father of Captain Stair Douglas.

Douglas matriculated at Glasgow University in 1745 undertaking an Arts course. In 1749 he was nominated for the prestigious Snell Exhibition, an annual scholarship since the mid-17th century, which enabled the holder to undertake postgraduate study at Baillol College, Oxford. As a Snell Exhibitioner, Douglas went on to graduate BA in 1753 and MA in 1756.

Douglas became barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple, in central London. He then emigrated to Jamaica, where he was appointed Collector of Customs in 1762.

A slave owner in Jamaica, in December 1767 he released a slave, Cuaffee, who had betrayed a conspiracy.

He married secondly Mary Bullock, daughter of Rev. Richard Bullock.

Children - With Basilia Dawes: James Sholto: Stair; John Graham. With Mary Bullock: Edward Bullock

The following are mentioned in a Jamaican Act of 1801: ' John Douglas, Sholto Douglas, Archibald Douglas, Robert Douglas, Edmund Douglas, Catherine Douglas, and Elizabeth Douglas, free quadroons and the reputed children of Peter Douglas of the parish of St John in the county of Middlesex to the same rights and privileges under certain restrictions' 7.12.1801

 

See also: The Slave Trade

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•  Legacies of British Slave-ownership database

 

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