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Robert Douglas of Ardrossan






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Robert Douglas of Ardrossan, (1759- 30 Apr 1847), son of Robert Douglas (of Port Glasgow) b. 1723 and a grandson of William Douglas of Leith, had a fleet of sailing ships importing tobacco from Virginia and visited West Indies regularly, one of his brothers, Colin) was resident there and Sir James Douglas, Gov. of Vancouver 1858  ( a cousin ) was born in Demerara  British Guiana 5.6.1803 , whose mother was a Miss Richie, a Creole lady of Demerara. Robert's brother Colin lived for some time at Demerara while he was conducting his business there. 


Robert Douglas of Ardrossan b. 1759, wrote lengthy journals of his family and his life at sea in the tobacco trade with Virginia USA . He mentions his cousin Cecilia Douglas b.1772 ( wife of Gilbert Douglas of Douglas Park ) when he & his wife were visiting relatives around Glasgow, in 1806 and again in 1813. " We made an excursion to Douglas Park, but had not the pleasure of meeting Mr and Mrs Douglas there from their being then at Harrowgate for the benefit of their health . That estate is situated near Hamilton, about 10 miles from Glasgow and was purchased by Mr. Gilbert Douglas soon after his marriage to my cousin, Miss Cecilia Douglas, then a beautiful young lady about twenty years old. Mr Douglas was much older, whose kind attention to her comforts gained her affections and his generosity towards Cecilia was appreciated. A new house was being built with a large garden and ornamental grounds around it." and in 1813, " I was in Glasgow where I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Gilbert Douglas , whose company I was later deprived of enjoying, owing to a serious accident which happened to her when her carriage was upset going from Glasgow to Douglas Park"

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Described as 'late of London', he died in Ardrossan, Ayrshire on 30th April 1847.  His son, Robert (1816-1890), of Kangaroo Point, Australia, was a soap boiler


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