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Major-General Robert Douglas (of Garlston, NB)





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Born c1744, died 7th June 1798.

Memorial in St. Mary Magdalen's church, Taunton, Somerset - "Sacred to the Memory of Major-General Robert Douglas, who died June 7th 1798, aged 54, Sincerely regretted by all his relatives & friends. After serving his country forty years In all quarters of the globe, he fell a victim to the fatal effects of climate. His remains lie interred near this spot. Also to the memory of his son, John Douglas, Captain in the 54th Regt. of Foot, who died of the yellow fever, at St. Kitt's, July 11th 1796, In the 22d year of his age. This tribute of gratitude is erected by her who lives to deplore the loss of the best of husbands and a beloved son."

DALB contributes:
His will is a model of brevity (if not very informative) "Everything belonging to me money or effects I leave to my dear wife to be at her disposal."

At probate the relict was granted to Elizabeth Douglas, widow.
Will of Elizabeth Douglas, Widow of Taunton , Somerset
Date Written: 8 Nov, 1809
Probated: 24 May 1811

She makes provisions for sons Charles Douglas and Robert Sholto Douglas and daughters Elizabeth Ann, Harriet, Isabella and Louisa and also Frances who married a Captain Charritior {sp?}.

It is known that Sir George Best Robinson, 2nd Bart. married 'Louisa, dau. of the late Major-General Douglas'. It would seem likely that this is the same Maj Gen Douglas.

His grandson, Charles, was killed at Delhi, in the Indian Mutiny. He was married to Louisa, dau of Sir G.B. Robinson, above.


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  • In social announcements in newspapers, the General was referred to as 'of Garlston, NB'.  It is not known where this is/was.  It could be in near Haddington, Scotland, (see Garleton Castle) or it could be Galston, Ayrshire, or even Garlieston, Wigtonshire.



Bookplate - Robert DouglasThe ownership of this bookplate is not known, but the crest indicates that he was from the Douglas of Cavers branch of the family.  If this is Major-General Robert Douglas's bookplate, then that gives us a clue as to his ancestors.



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