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Thomas Harigad Douglas, 23 Apr 1836-1896, succeeded his father as Searcher of Public Records at the Register House in Edinburgh. He was Knight Commander in the Freemasons.


Thomas Harigad Douglas was an Ensign in the City of Edinburgh Volunteer Rifle Corps – 9 December, 1859

It appears likely - Thomas H Douglas - Artist, then Writer, then Photographer, then Artist and then Writer as he went through life. It also appears likely that this same Thomas H Douglas was a photographer in both Edinburgh and Glasgow at about the same time.


He was a bankrupt in 1879 and his estate was sequestered in 1883.

In 1841 he was at St Cuthberts, Midlothian - age 5
In 1851 he was at Midlothian - age 14

There was another Thomas Douglas about the same age born in Edinburgh but he was not Thomas H Douglas.




Thomas Harigad Douglas was descended from Sir William Douglas, the 1st Earl of Douglas through the Douglas line (as opposed to Angus).  He was the son of Major James Torry Douglas, b. 27 Feb 1804, Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Channel Island, England , d. 6 Jan 1877 and Helen Bryden Brown, b. 1807, Whitsome, Berwick, Scotland , d. 1 Jul 1868.

It seems that he was not closely related to John Douglas born 1813 at Dollar, Clackmannan - Snuff Box and Portrait Painter, Photographer including carte-de-visite, but he was of the same broad family and just as important he was a Photographer and an Artist so he had a lot in common with John Douglas 1813.


Thomas married wife Catherine Rachel Simpson in 1863 and their children were James Torry Douglas b 1864, Alexander Simpson Douglas, b 1865-1901, Robert Hinde Douglas b 1871-1941, Gavin Douglas b and d 1873, Sholto Thomas Douglas 1875-1901, William Dodds Simpson Douglas (1880-), John Archibald b 1881, Anne Greig Douglas b 1867 married Cousin John O. Douglas, Helen Bryden Douglas 1870-71, and Jane Catherine 1878 married F.A. Daniell of Georgia. Thomas remarried to Elizabeth Strangeway in 1882 but had no more children."


The above is from a family tree on the net. Family Search has his birth on 23 April, 1836 at St Cuthberts, Edingburgh, Midlothian - parents James Torry Douglas and Helen Bryden Brown -which is consistent with other records. Also Family Search has his wife as Jane Catherine Rachel Simpson which is also consistent with his marriage record and other records.


James Tory Douglas, Gentleman, Master Mariner.
Born July 11, 1864, being the eldest son of the late Thomas Harigad Douglas, formerly of St. Bride's House, Boroughmuirhead, by his wife Jane Catherine Rachel, dau. of Alexander Simpson of Edinburgh.
Armorial bearings — Argent, a cinquefoil sable, on a chief gules, two stars of the field. Mantling gules, doubled argent. Crei't— On a wreath of the liveries, a hand grasping a man's heart proper ; and in an escroll over the same this Motto, " Sicker." Married, Dec. 1896, Mary Louise, dau. of Rev. John MacGowan, CM. of Amoy, of China; and has Issue — Marjorie.

Robert Hinde Douglas, Gentleman, Master Mariner.
Born Oct. 31, 1871, being the third son of the late Thomas Harigad Douglas, formerly of St. Bride's House, Boroughmuirhead, by his wife Jane Catherine Rachel, dau. of Alexander Simpson of Edinburgh.
Armorial bearings — Argent, a cinquefoil sable within a bordure azure, on a chief gules, two mullets of the field. Mantling sable, doubled argent. Crest — Upon a wreath of his liveries, a dexter hand grasping a man's heart proper, and on an escroll over the same this Motto, ' ' Sicker. ' '


He was the father of Sholto, Gawain and Margaret.








Robert Hinde Douglas   Left:  Arms of Robert Hinde Douglas; 1897
Right: Crest; A dexter hand grasping a man's heart proper. Also the crest for James Tory Douglas, Robert's brother
Douglas (Various families)
Coat of arms of Mistress Margaret Isobel Douglas or Hargreave, Daughter of Captain Robert Hinde Douglas   Left: Arms of Margaret Isobel Douglas or Hargreave, Daughter of Captain Robert Hinde Douglas
Right: Citation




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