DOUGLAS, Hon. Robert (d. 1730).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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5 May 1709 - 1710

Family and Education

3rd s. of James Douglas, 10th Earl of Morton [S]; bro. of Hon. George Douglas*. unmsuc. bro. as 12th Earl of Morton [S] 7 Dec. 1715.

Offices Held

Steward and justiciar of Orkney and Shetland 1696, 1702.1

MP [S] Kirkwall 1702–7.


Douglas owed his seat in the Scottish parliament to the influence of his elder brother, the 11th Earl of Morton, who was a supporter of the Duke of Queensberry’s Court party. The Morton interest at Kirkwall originated in a grant of lands in Orkney and Shetland from Charles I as a reward for the extensive financial assistance given to the royalist cause by William, Earl