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John Douglas, the second son of William Douglas of Leith (3 December 1696-) and Katherine Dunlop (of Garnkirk) (1695-1785c), was born about 1745 and baptised at Glasgow in Lanarkshire, Scotland on 15 December 1745.

John Douglas and Cecilia Buchanan married at Glasgow on 5 January 1766.

Cecilia Buchanan, the daughter of George Buchanan (1686-1773) and Cecilia Forbes (1715-), one of the most prominent families of Glasgow, was born at Glasgow in Lanarkshire on 7 February 1740 and baptised there on 14 February of that year.
(With her, the name Cecilia, to be used several times in each succeeding generation, appears to have entered the Douglas family.)


John Douglas was a Glasgow merchant, and descendant of the Douglases, earls of Angus, through the Douglases of Cruxton and Stobbs.

The children of John Douglas and Cecilia Buchanan were:

William Douglas (1766-1828)
George Douglas (1768-)
John Douglas (1768-1840)
Robert Douglas (1770-)
Cecilia Douglas (1772-1862)
Neil Douglas (1774-1853)
Thomas Dunlop Douglas (1776-1869)
Archibald Douglas (1778-1860)
James Douglas (1779-1867)
Colin Douglas (1784-1828)
Cathren Douglas (1784-)

1. The Buchanans originally owed their wealth largely to their important tobacco plantations in Virginia, and were successful in weathering the economic disaster which the American Revolution meant for so many Glasgow tobacco merchants.

Little is known of Cecilia's great-grandfather, Andrew Buchanan, except that he came from Gartocharn, near Drymen. His second son, George, a "covenanter who fought at Bothwell Bridge," came to Glasgow to seek his fortune and became a prominent Maltster, being Visitor of the Maltmen in 1694 and Deacon Convener in 1706. From his marriage to Mary Maxwell, the daughter of yet another Glasgow merchant, Gabriel Maxwell, were born at least four sons and one daughter. The sons were all businessmen of Glasgow and founded, in 1725, the "Buchanan Society, the oldest charitable society in Glasgow except Hutcheson's Hospital." This society was "for the assistance of apprentices and the support of widows of the name Buchanan." The oldest of these sons was George (II), who carried on his father's business. Born in 1685 and dying in 1773, he was in 1719, like his father before him, Visitor of the Maltmen and played a prominent part in the public life of his city. He built himself a fine mansion on the north side of Argyle Street, though it evidently did not seriously rival his nephew's fine country house, Mount Vernon, or the town residence, the Virginia Mansion, considered one of the finest private residences in Glasgow, planned by his brother Andrew and completed by the same nephew.


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