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Served at Gibraltar 1783; served in West Indies 1793-1798; Major in 56th Foot 10 March 1797; served at Helder 1799; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 11 May 1802; Major in 18th Foot 27 April 1803; Lieutenant-Colonel in 18th Foot 9 July 1803; Lieutenant-Colonel in 55th Foot 22 September 1804; commanded 55th Foot 1804 to 1815; brevet Colonel 4 June 1811; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1814; died in Essex 1828.




Death: Aug. 20. 1828 At Great Baddow, Essex, Major-General Robert Douglas, of the 55th foot, formerly Adjutant-General in the West Indies.

He entered the army as Ensign in the 65lh foot in March 1782, and in October following was employed with a detachment of [bis corps] as marines under Lord Howe, at the siege of Gibraltar. In 1785 Ensign Douglas accompanied his regiment to America ; whence in 1793 it proceeded to Barbadoes to join the expedition under Sir Cbarles Grey, against the French West India islands, where this officer was personally present, and also in the defence of Guadaloupe, when the enemy relanded. He had been promoted to a Lieutenancy in 1790; and in 1791 appointed Adjutant.

In 1794 he became Captain-Lieutenant in the 56th; and in the autumn of that year he commanded a detachment of his regiment, under Gen. Prescott, in the defence of Fort Matilda, Basseterre, and Guadaloupe. In 1795 he obtained a company in the 30th, and also succeeded to the Paymastersbip of that corps; in 1797 be was appointed Major in the 56th; in 1798 Aid-de-camp to the Earl of Chatham; in 1799 he served in Holland as Assistant Adjutant-general; in 1802 he became Lieut.-Colonel by brevet; in 1803 Lieut.-Colonel in the 18th foot; in 1804 in the 54th, which he joined in Jamaica in Nov. 1805; and in 1814 Major-General.

He served for some time in the West Indies as Adjutant-general and was present at the conquest of Guadaloupe in 1815, on which occasion the late Lieut.Gen. Sir James Leith observed in his despatch, " Major-General Douglas, to whose assistance as Adjutant-general I am much indebted, served on this expedition with a brigade, and executed the service on which he was detached in a gallant and soldier-like manner."



Not to be confused with:
a. General Robert Douglas, who died 1798
b. Major-General Robert Douglas (of Garlston, NB)

c. Lt General Sir Robert Douglas, abt 1745 - 1827


Research note:
Lt Robert Douglas, son of Col Robert Douglas of Strathendry, served in Gibraltar in 1787


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