George Douglas of Chilston Park

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George Douglas of Chilston Park was the (adopted?) son of Alexander Douglas of Finsbury Square, London, born 1731, and Elizabeth Taylor.

George Douglas of Chilston Park, slave-owner in Tobago and Grenada, who left property to his adopted daughter Margaret and her husband James Douglas Stoddart Douglas, to George Douglas Stoddart and to his nephew and niece Alexander and Elizabeth Houstoun Douglas. He left £160,000 at death. His fortune passed to the Akers-Douglas family, later Viscounts Chilston. He was the son of the London merchant Alexander Douglas who purchased the Baads estate in Midlothian in 1787.

He as a merchant of Finsbury Square, and, in 1832, he was High Sheriff of Kent. He died unmarried in 1833.

George Douglas, late of Chilston Park, in the county of Kent, Esq., was seized, in fee simple, of the manors of Chilston, Bowley, and Lenham, the mansion house and Park called Chilston Park, and divers farms and tenements, situated in the county of Kent. And the said George Douglas being possessed of a very considerable personable estate...

In the will of George Douglas of Chilston Park proved 12/07/1833. He left £50,000 in 3 per cent consolidated annuities to 'Mrs Margaret Stoddart wife of James Douglas Stoddart now residing with me' and his estate at Chilston to Margaret Stoddart for life, with remainder to James Douglas Stoddart for life, then to his nephew Rev. Alexander Houstoun and his niece Elizabeth Houstoun for their lives, then to his cousin Aretas Akers son of Aretas Akers for life. He left his estates and 'negroes' in Grenada to James Douglas Stoddart and in Tobago to James Douglas Stoddart's brother George Stoddart. His residual estate went to Margaret Stoddart for life and then half went to Rev. Alexander Houstoun and half to Aretas Akers.

In the will of Alexander Douglas of Baads, Mid Lothian and of Finsbury Square merchant proved 27/10/1797. Under the will, he left to his son George his estate of Miraubeou [sic] in Grenada (subject to his wife's annuity of £450 p.a.), his estate in Tobago called Calder Hall, and 400 acres at Bloody Bay in Tobago. To his son Robert he left his share in the leased Lamberts or Middle Island estate on St Kitts and £7000, to his daughter Isabella Houstoun he left £4000 and to his sister Isabella the wife of Sir James Douglas HM Consul at Naples he left an annuity of £200 p.a. He left £50,000 in trust, £10,000 to be laid out on land in England and £40,000 in Scotland. The estate of Baads was left in entail.




Sources for this article include:

•  W.D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical directory of British wealth-holders Vol. 1 1809-1839
•  Legacies of British Slave-ownership - UCL Department of History 2017

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