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Rev Robert Douglas





Rev Robert Douglas, (c1796-17 Feb 1846) was the son of Robert Douglas of Barloch.  Minister in Kilbarchan, Argyll, Scotland, he 'professed to entertain the principles of non-intrusion and spiritual independence, but never very forward or zealous in their behalf'. He was successor to Patrick Maxwell in 1802.


Rev. Robert Douglas, who passed a long and useful life as minister of that parish, was a man of learning as multifarious and extensive as his library, which not only filled two rooms appropriated to it, but overflowed the whole house. His thoughtful conversation constantly and pleasantly distilled his knowledge into the minds of those around him, especially the young, to whom he loved to expound his curiously varied knowledge and ripe conclusions in quaint, interesting, and brief remarks which were never forgotten.


He educated his sons at home during their younger years, and in this he was efficiently aided by his good and wise wife. She was descended from a long line of ministers, and made full and profitable use of the library which surrounded her. Left a widow in 1847, she joyfully encouraged Carstairs [her youngest son] in giving himself to China, and watched his every movement there. Her house was his home in all his holidays as a student, and his furloughs as a missionary. She greatly contributed to form his active, accurate, decided habits. And he tenderly returned her love and care. During all his wanderings he never once missed writing to her by the homeward mail. She died about ten days after he last set out for China.


Rev. Robert Douglas married Janet Monteath


  • Robert Douglas b 1822 at the Manse, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. Founder of Douglas and Grant Engineering, Dunnikier Foundry, Cupar, Fife.  Married Frances Mary Matilda Cumming b 1826 in the British Chaplaincy, St Petersburg, Russia. Daughter of Boswell Englebrecht Cumming of St Petersburg and Foma Lister.

  • Dr James Douglas b.c. 1812 at the Manse, Kilbarchan. Practised medicine in Glasgow and married an Agnes Atkinson, who emigrated to Australia with their three children after his early death.

  • Ann Douglas b.c. 1816 the Manse, Kilbarchan who married James Murdoch, the Procurator Fiscal of Ayr. They had a son, R.D. Murdoch.

  • John Monteath Douglas b.c. 1819, the Manse, Kilbarchan d. 1899 . Stockbroker and author of works on bimetallism. His wife is unknown but his eldest daughter Mary Douglas married Major General George Stewart b 1839 d.1927. and who was involved with the Indian Mutiny and the China campaign.

  • The Reverend George Cunningham Monteath Douglas b.c. 1823, the Manse, Kilbarchan. Admitted to Glasgow University at the age of 11 and worked his way up to the postion of the Reverend Principal of the Scottish Free Church College.

  • Campbell Douglas b.1828 the Manse, Kilbarchan. Architect, married Elizabeth Menzies, daughter of Allen Menzies, Professor of Conveyancing at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Carstairs Douglas (born December 27, 1830 in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire; died July 26, 1877 in Xiamen, China) the youngest or second-youngest of seven children. He was a Scottish missionary, remembered chiefly for his writings concerning the Southern Min language of Fujian, in particular his Chinese-English Dictionary of the Vernacular or Spoken Language of Amoy.


Born about 1796, Rev Robert Douglas died 17 Feb 1846, at the Manse, Kilbarchan


Janet Douglas, died aged 80, on April 18, 1873 at 8 Barns Terrace, Ayr. Widow of Robert Douglas, Parish Minister of Kilbarchan, she was probably the daughter of John Montieth, D.D. Minister of the Parish of Houston, and Anne Cunninghame.



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