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Sir Robert Douglas, 3rd of Glenbervie





General Sir Robert Douglas, 3rd Bart of Glenbervie, Kincardine Baronetcy (Second creation) (K 1692), colonel of the Royal Scots (Regiment de Douglas), 1690-1692.


 On the 14th of August 1634 Mr. Douglases son James, designed of Ardit, was served heir to him in his lands of Stonypath, Langtoun, Dubend, tenement in Edinburgh, Broomholes, and acres in Scurrbank. Anne, daughter and. heiress of James Douglas of Stonypath and Airdit, married Sir William Douglas, second baron of Glenbervie (descended from the Earls of Angus), who thus acquired James Douglas's lands. Their only son, Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, commanded the Royal Scots at the battle of Steinkirk in 1692, where he fell. The title then devolved on his cousin, Sir Robert Douglas, who changed the name ' Airdit ' to ' Glenbervie,' which, however, was afterwards displaced by the original designation. Sir Robert Douglas, author of the " Peerage and Baronage of Scotland, was the representative of this family.

The Duke of Schomberg, who had been appointed Colonel of the Royal Scots shortly after King William’s accession, was killed at the battle of the Boyne. He was succeeded in the command of the regiment by Sir Robert Douglas, of Glenbervie, second cousin of the Earl of Dunbarton, who was later to command the regiment.

Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Foot, killed at the Battle of Steenkirk, July 24th, 1692.
silver centre piece
This silver centre piece is held at the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Scots, in Edinburgh Castle.
It depicts Sir Robert.
See notes.
At the battle of Steinkirk, 1692, the standard of the regiment being taken, Sir Robert jumped over a hedge into the midst of the enemy, seized it from the officer in whose charge it was, threw it back to his own men, but fell, pierced with many wounds.

Lord George Hamilton, son of William Duke of Hamilton, and nephew of the Earl of Dunbarton, was then appointed, on the 1st August 1692, Colonel of the Royal Scots.


On his death in 1692, Sir Robert Douglas, 3rd of Glenbervie, was succeeded by his cousin, Sir Robert Douglas of Ardit, grandson of Rev Dr George Douglas, rector of Stepney..




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1. The Royal Scots' centrepiece is, in 2017, on loan to the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, which is based in Northern ireland.


Col Robert Watson writes:
"A plate fund was established by the 1st Battalion in 1878 and, soon afterwards, the decision was taken to purchase a centrepiece. In 1883 a design and estimate was obtained from Hunt and Rockall of Bond Street, London. Designs sent to Barbados in January 1884 were approved, but the work was put in abeyance due to the imminent move to Bechuanaland, and the order was not confirmed until 1890. It was completed in August 1892 at a cost of around £600, at least £65,000 today - if you were able to find a silversmith to make it. The centrepiece (see Front Cover and left on next page) stands some 40 inches high and was designed to illustrate the history of the Regiment up to that time. At the top is a group representing Sir Robert Douglas's recovery of the Colour at Steenkirke in 1692. Round the base are four figures illustrating the uniforms and weapons of 1625, 1685, 1742 and 1813. Each figure can be detached and mounted separately on its own ebony plinth. Between the figures are four panels, chased in relief, representing four of the Regiments most celebrated battles: Blenheim, 1704, where both the 1st and 2nd Battalions distinguished themselves; and three of the great battles of the Napoleonic wars, in each of which the 3rd Battalion played a major role, Corunna, 1809, San Sebastian, 1813 (where the storming twice, the second time successfully, of a breach in the City walls is generally considered to be the Regiment's greatest single feat of arms up until that point) and Quatre Bras (the prelude to Waterloo), 1815. The centre pillar has four Sphinx at its base marking the 2nd Battalion's success in the Egyptian campaign against Napoleon in 1801.."



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