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Rev Charles Douglas is the first I have recorded as being in Dervock.  Eldest son of Major James Douglas from the Parish of Clough, Co. Antrim, he died there in 1833. He possibly married Grace, formerly wife of Peter Williams.

He was father of Charlotte Douglas; Sarah Douglas; William Trail Douglas; Charles Douglas; William Grant Douglas and Edmund Alexander Douglas.

Charles Douglas, a native of Clough, and great grandson of the original Scottish settler who accompanied William III. to Ireland.

He was prebendary of Connor, 1781-1813, and remained in Derrykeighan (As Dervock was earlier known) until his death.  Douglas is buried in the old churchyard, where the epitaph on his tombstone testifies to his fidelity to Derrykeighan. It reads:

The Rev. Charles Douglas

Died 30th Jane, 1833, at the advanced age of 90;

for many years Prebendary of Connor,

and which he resigned rather than leave the Parish,

the curacy of which he served for upwards

of 60 years.


His son, Charles (1791-1838) was a Justice of the Peace (JP). He married Frances Higginson Bayley, and they had nine children, including Ellen Macartney Douglas, born on 1829. Ellen Macartney married Charles Robert Atkinson and had 5 children. She died on 9 Jul 1903 in Lissanduff, Dervock, Ireland.


Richard Magennis Douglas (1832-1910), second son, is recorded in is listed as landowner at Devrock 1873-1875.  Richard Magennis Douglas, J.P.. one of the best known lana agents Ulster and one of the most popular sportsmen in Ireland. The late Mr. Douglas was the elder son of Mr. Charles Douglas, J.P., of Derveck (sic), and grandson of the Rev. Charles Douglas, prebendary.  Born in 1832, was intended for the army...


The Reverend Thomas Stirling (ministry 1703-1719) was succeeded by the Reverend John Orr, and he by the Reverend Joseph Douglas as minister and pastor of the Devrock congregation (all before 1834).


Anne Allen (1805-90), daughter of Dr. Samuel Allen (1778-1835), of Lisconnan, married Edmund Alexander Douglas (d. 1846), son of Rev. Charles Douglas, and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 23 February 1890; will proved at Belfast, 27 August 1890 (effects £370)


There may be a link (common ancestor? Robert, b1665?) with the Douglas of Grace Hall family


William Archer Sholto Douglas 1886-1951; b. Devrock, Co. Antrim; British Army, 1900-07; emig. USA in 1908, fought as captain of US Tank Corps in WWI; a novel, Long John Murray (London: Faber 1936), novel dealing with Belfast in the 1886 riots, against historical backdrop of ancient colonial memories of Jacobite plantations; the old landlordism and the Orange Order are ridiculed; other non-fiction works including on railways.   Fought in WWI, was a war correspondent during WWII and other wars, and worked for newspapers in Chicago   Possibly son of Richard Magennis Douglas.  His grandson is William Yates.


DOUGLAS, Grace was born ABT 1826 in D?, Co Antrim and she was in the 1911 census for Dervock Town, Dervock, County Antrim, Ireland
DOUGLAS, Grace was born ABT 1826 in Dervock, Co Antrim, was in the 1901 census for Eccles Street, Inns Quay, County Dublin, Ireland


Charlotte Douglas who married Moses Brangan on 25 Oct 1853 in Ahoghill, Ballymena, Antrim NI. They had a Charlotte who was born on Dervock on 25 Aug 1864. She married Sir Thomas Moles of England. He was very famous and was knighted by the Queen.

Moses Brangan, Branigan of Carrickfergus, Antrim, NI married Charlotte Douglas on 24 Oct 1853 in Ahoghill, Ballymena, Antrim, NI.
They had a very large family and lived in the Dervock and Ballyratican areas near Ballycastle, Antrim, NI.
Moses Branigan was the Head Constable of all the Constables at the RIC ( Royal Irish Constabulary)(Irish Police). His father's name was William Branigan. Charlotte Douglas was the daughter of William Douglas of Ahoghill, a police sergeant. (Ahoghill and Devrock are 23 miles apart)



See also:
•  Tithe Applotments in Ireland in the 1820s and 1830s

 Rev Joseph Douglas, minister at Dunaghy from 1760 until 1795 who may be related to Maj James Douglas

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