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James Douglas Stoddart Douglas was a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected at the 1841 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Rochester, but was defeated at the 1847 general election.

James Douglas Stoddart Douglas of Baads was born in 1793. He was the son of George Alexander Stoddart (1765-1796, son of the Rev. James Stoddart and Mary Euphan Douglas) and Miss Bridges. He married, firstly, Margaret Braziere Douglas, daughter of George Douglas, in 1830. He married, secondly, Jane Sarah Jenkin, daughter of James Jenkin, in 1875.

Margaret and her father, George, were both adopted.

He was baptised with the name of James Douglas Stoddart. In 1873 he inherited the estate of Baads from his cousin Elizabeth. On 1873 his name was legally changed to James Douglas Stoddart Douglas of Baads

He served in the Royal Navy, promoted to Lieutenant in 1815 on the Doris, 36, under Capt Robert O'Brien, then on the East India station. He became a Lieutenant in the Yeomanry Cavalry.

When Elizabeth Douglas of Baads died in 1873, unmarried, the estate then passed to her cousin James Douglas Stoddart, who changed his name to James Douglas Stoddart Douglas of Baads.


Jane Sarah Douglas, nee Jenkin, widow of James Douglas Stoddart Douglas of Chilston Park Maidstone, retired commander Royal Navy, is buried in Kent and Sussex Cemetery, Royal Tunbridge Wells. She died on 16th February 1911

Baads had been in the family til Col Walter Douglas sold it in 1720. However, in 1787, it was bought back by Alexander Douglas of Baads (1731-1787).


He inherited 'slave-property' in Grenada(1) through his wife Margaret, adopted daughter of George Douglas of Chilston Park and Baads.

Under will of George Douglas dated 12/03/1831: 'I give and bequeath unto Mrs Margaret Stoddart, wife of James Douglas Stoddart, now residing with me, 50,000£ 3 per cent consolidated annuities, to be transferred within six months after my decease to her, or as she shall direct, for her own sole and separate use, independent of her husband'; he left Chilston also to her for her lifetime for her independent use and benefit; then to James Douglas Stoddart for his life, with remainder to heirs of the body of Margaret Stoddart, in tail; 'with remainder to the use of my nephew, the Rev. Alexander Houstoun', for his natural life, with remainder to the use of the heirs of his body, in tail; 'with remainder to my niece Elizabeth Houstoun', with remainder to the heirs of her body, in tail, with remainder to the use of my cousin Aretas Akers, son of the late Aretas Akers, for his natural life with remainder to the use of the heirs of his body, in tail; 'and I do declare, that all the aforesaid limitations of my estate are intended by me to be in strict settlement, with remainder to my own right heirs for ever.' Executors were William Congreve, Ralph Dunn and John Morrison.

James Douglas of Baads, Midlothian is thought to have died in 1875 when his estate consisting of 6629 acres in Dumfries, 3106 in Midlothian, and 2190 in Lanark, as well as Chilston Park and 3753 acres in Kent was inherited by Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston. It was still in the family in 1852


1.  T71/880 Grenada claim no. 767 (Mirebeau (sic) Estate). London Gazette19096 p. 1929 shows the first change of name 19/10/1833 'in order to evince their respect for the memory of George Douglas.'

2.  For details of Douglas of Baads West Indian estates, see Douglases in the West Indies.


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