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Robert Douglas (died September 22, 1716) was a seventeenth- and early eighteenth Scottish churchman. Son of Robert Douglas of Kinmonth, a relative of the Earls of Angus, he was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, before beginning life as a preacher around 1650. He became the minister of Laurencekirk in the Mearns, then Bothwell and Renfrew; after the Restoration, King Charles II presented him to the parsonage of Hamilton, a position which came with the deanery of Glasgow.

Within a short period however he became Bishop of Brechin, holding that bishopric for two years (He only preached in Brechin Cathedral on three occasions.) before being translated to the diocese of Dunblane.

Robert, Bishop of Brechin, his son, Silvester Douglas, and others, were admitted honorary burgesses of Brechin, 1st August 1682. This bishop preached in the cathedral church only on four occasions, twice in October in 1682, and twice in October 1683, as the session records bear.

Douglas was Bishop of Dunblane until the abolition of Episcopacy in Scotland following the Revolution deprived Douglas and all other Scottish bishops of their sees. He retired to Dundee at the Revolution, living at Dudhope Castle and providing assistance to the Episcopal clergy in the town. He died on September 22, 1716, in Dundee, at "the uncommon age of 92".

He had by two wives, four sons; the fire (?first) and third died unmarried. George, the fourth, was grandfather of William Douglas, of Brigton, in Forfarshire.  His grandson became Douglas, Baron Glenbervie.  Sylvester, second son, married, in 1695, Margaret, daughter and heir of George Keith, of Whitereggs, in Kincardineshire; and by her had three sons. George, the eldest, of Skelenvir (??), had two sons, Robert and James, who died without issue; Robert died unmarried. John, the third, married Margaret, daughter and coheir of James Gordon, of Fechel, and had a daughter, married to the late Major Mercer, the poet, and one son, Sylvester Douglas, born May 24, 1743 ; now lord Glenbervie.


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