DOUGLAS, William (d.1747), of Kirkness, Kinross.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1722

Family and Education

o.s. of Sir Robert Douglas of Kirkness by Jean, da. of John Balfour, 3rd Lord Balfour of Burleigh, wid. of George Oliphant of Gask, Perth. m. 11 June 1737, Lady Anne Howard, da. of Charles Howard, M.P., 3rd Earl of Carlisle, wid. of Richard Ingram, 5th Visct. Irwin [S], and lady of the bedchamber to the Princess of Wales, s.p. suc. fa. after 1722.

Offices Held

Ensign 26 Ft. 1708, lt. by 1713; capt. Grant’s Ft. 1714; capt. 9 Drags. 1717; capt. and lt.-col. 2 Ft. Gds. 1720, 2nd maj. and brevet col. 1740, 1st maj. 1743; brig.-gen. 1745; col. 32 Ft. 1745-d.


Descended from the earls of Morton, Douglas was returned for his county as a Whig in 1715. No votes of his are recorded, nor did he stand again. During the war of the Austrian succession he served in Flanders, where he died, 5 Aug. 1747.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: J. M. Simpson