Thank you for your posts. The reference to Col. The Hon James Stuart (1741-1808) dying unmarried has had me baffled for some time as I had started working from the top (8th Earl of Moray) of the handwritten tree (which unfortunately…"
"Lt Col Hon James Stuart, born 17 April 1741 ; captain 20th Foot, 24 February 1762; lieutenant-colonel Sutherland Fencible Regiment, 1793 ; deputy-governor of Fort George, 13 January 1777 ; captain North British Veteran Battalion, 21 April 1803. Died…"
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Archibald (sometimes called James) Douglas was, according to a handwritten family tree, my gt-gt-gt-gt grandfather. He married Margaret Flora Stuart (1771-1847) who was the daughter of Col. the Hon. James Stuart (1741-1808), the younger son of the 8th Earl of Moray. I have no birth or death dates for Archibald Douglas, but his elder daughter, Maria Esperanza was born in 1795 and at the time of his younger daughter's, Margaret Flora, marriage in 1818, he was referred to as the late Mr. Douglas of the West Indies. The handwritten family tree describes him as Black Douglas; whether that is referring to his racial ancestry or to distiguish him from the Red Douglases, I don't know. I wish to find out more about Archibald Douglas (dates etc).
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
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Lt Col Hon James Stuart, born 17 April 1741 ; captain 20th Foot, 24 February 1762; lieutenant-colonel Sutherland Fencible Regiment, 1793 ; deputy-governor of Fort George, 13 January 1777 ; captain North British Veteran Battalion, 21 April 1803. Died at Fort George 4 May 1808. He died unmarried.
MARRIAGE: August 24, 1818. At Calcutta, Mr J. Campbell of the Bengal civil service, to Margaret Flora, daughter of the late Mr Douglas, West Indies, and niece of Major J. L. Stuart, honourable East India Company's service.
West Indies connection 1: James Robert Douglas, born 1825, youngest son of Archibald Douglas, advocate, died Besquia, St Vincent, on 8 November 1849
West Indies connection 2: Archibald Douglas, (1776-1860), was the son of John Douglas (1745-) and C (1745-) and Cecilia Buchanan (1740-) and a grandson of William Douglas of Leith. Archibald was in partnership with his two brothers, John and Thomas, who had sugar and cotton estates in the Guianas and the West Indies, on Berbice and Demerara. Together, they formed the Glasgow-based merchant house of J. T. and A. Douglas & Co.
The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.
Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.
Professions also help.
'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.
Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?