MCDOUALL, Andrew (1758-1834), of Culgroat, Wigtown.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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17 Sept. 1784 - 1796
1802 - Mar. 1805

Family and Education

b. 7 Dec. 1758, o.s. of John McDouall of Logan, Wigtown by Helen, da. of George Buchan of Kelloe, Berwick. educ. privately; Grand Tour 1781. m. 9 Jan. 1796, Mary, da. of James Russell of Dumfries, 2s.; 1 da. illegit. suc. fa. 1799.

Offices Held

Lt.-col. Wigtown vols. 1803-9.


McDouall, a friend and kinsman of Henry Dundas, owed his seat for Wigtownshire to an electoral pact, which was renewed on 27 Dec. 1789. The signatories were the 7th Earl of Galloway, his brother Keith Stewart and McDouall himself, and in accordance with it he retained his seat for the next Parliament. As before he was an inconspicuous supporter of Pitt’s administration. He confirmed Whig doubts when he voted against the exemption of Scotland from the Test Act, 10 May 1791. On 24 Nov. 1795 he was a defaulter. He retired at the dissolution, honouring his agreement.

In 1802 McDouall was supported by Henry Dundas as a candidate against Lord Galloway’s son William for Wigtownshire. His success was ensured by a pact to divide the Parliament with William Maxwell I*. He was described as ‘invariably attached’ to Pitt and Dundas and joined the minority against Addington on defence, 25 Apr. 1804. In September he was listed ‘Pitt’. He resigned his seat in favour of Maxwell in March 1805, depriving Lord Melville of a crucial vote on 8 Apr., while the seat was still vacant. In 1822 he was anxious for his son James to stand for Wigtownshire. McDouall died 3 May 1834.

SRO GD51/1/198/28/1, 24.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: D. G. Henry