Douglas of Friarshaw




Douglas of Friarshaw
Crest of Douglas of Cavers



This Douglas line descended from the Douglas of Cavers branch of the family, and were lawyers and merchants. They took the title Douglas of Friarshaw from the original seat of the family in the parish of Lilliesleaf. 


William Douglas, 1st of Friarshaw, d 1575
Son of Sir James DOUGLAS, 5th of Cavers
m. Eufame Davidson
Children of William and Uefame DOUGLAS:
1.  John Douglas, 2nd of Friarshaw (dsp before 1623)

2.  George {below}


George Douglas, 3rd of Friarshaw, d 1623
m. Margaret Myddilmest
Children of George and Margaret DOUGLAS:
1.  Andrew {below} 


Andrew Douglas, 4th of Friarshaw 
d before 10.01.1645
Children of Andrew DOUGLAS:
1.  Andrew {below}

2.  William


Andrew Douglas, 5th of Friarshaw, d 1698
m. (1640 Jean Hume (of family of Polwarth)
Children of Andrew and Jean DOUGLAS:
1.  Henry {below}

2.  Thomas Douglas, M.D., married a daughter of the Lord Mayor of London, and died in Dublin without issue 1686.


Henry Douglas, 6th of Friarshaw, Laird of Belches, d 03.1701
m. (1672) Martha Lockhart (dau of Samuel Lockhart of Castlehill)
Children of Henry and Matha DOUGLAS:
1.  George {below}

2.  James

3.  [Several more children] 

George Douglas, 7th of Friarshaw, d 1753 (3) Possibly his arms below.
m. (1702) Elizabeth Scott (dau of Sir Patrick Scott, Bart of Ancrum)
Children of George and Elixabeth DOUGLAS: 
1.  Sir James Douglas, 1st Bart of Springwood (d 02.11.1787,

2.  (Rear Admiral) Lieutenant-General Robert Douglas, 1727 - 1809




Douglas of Springwoodpark arms


Douglas of Springwood

Admiral Sir James Douglas, 1st Baronet

Sir George Douglas, 2nd Baronet

Sir John James, 3rd Baronet 

Sir George Henry Scott Douglas, 4th Baronet

Sir George Brisbane Douglas, 5th Baronet

Sir James Louis Fitzroy Scott Douglas, 6th Baronet


The arms of Robert, son of George Douglas of Friarshaw and Elizabeth Scott are:
Argent, a heart Gules ensigned by a royal crown Or lined Gules, on a chief azure three molets argent, with a bordure nebuly Azure Celeste.

Wreath and mantling; Argens and Gules

Crest: A dexter forearm and hand proper holding a lance sinister bendwise Or the upper half broken dexter bendwise proper the point argent.

Motto: Do or Die

Research note:
1.  He sold the old estate of Friarshaw in 1788 and became MP for Roxburgh. Who?

2.  The Riddells of Glenriddell, Dumfries-shire, were descended from Sir Walter Riddell, second baronet of that ilk, through William, his second son, an advocate at the Scottish bar. This William acquired the lands of Friarshaw in Teviotdale, and afterwards Glenriddell, and married Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Francis Wauchope of the Niddry family. His son, Walter, married Catharine, eldest daughter of Sir Robert Lawrie of Maxwellton, baronet, and had, with two daughters, two sons, Robert, who succeeded him, and John, who married Helen, daughter of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmilne, with issue. The elder son, Robert, married Jane, daughter of Alexander Fergusson of Craigdarroch, by whom he had several daughters.

3. Possibly the George Douglas who was Sheriff Substitute of Inverness, 1752, at the time of the murder of Colin Campbell of Glenure on 14 May (the ‘Appin murder’)  This George Douglas was the first secretary of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, which position he held for about five years. But see this entry>>>


See also:
•  Douglas of Friarshaw pedigree

•  Family tree - Descendants of Andrew Douglas, 4th Lord of Friarshaw
 Link to family tree

 Family seal


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