A collection of historical and genalogical records
Born Archibald Campbell Douglas on 22 February 1835 (he dropped the Douglas from his name in 1838) in Florence, Tuscany, he was the son of Archibald Campbell, 17th Laird of Mains, until 1838 known as Archibald Douglas. Lieutenant-Colonel Archibald Campbell, 1st Baron Blythswood FRS was a Scottish soldier, Tory politician, amateur scientist and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. But I wonder if he is your man?
A lot of name changing went on as the Douglases and the Campbells chased the money! Sadly now all gone, I think.
The oak tree in the crest is from Douglas of Lochleven, and was used by John Douglas of Ferguston and Mains (first recorded 1672), whose daughter, mary married John Campbell of woosdide. From this marriage Lord Blythswoood, The Monteath Douglases and the Douglases of Douglas-Support are descended.
The Douglas-Support arms recorded in 1832 include the oak tree, as do Lord Blythswood's arms of 1893. (And so does mine!)
Would he have used the initials ACD after 1838? Seems doubtful to me.
The 1811 silver mark is not definitive that the box was made then, but would he have put these into a specially made box sometime around 1855, when he was in the Crimea?
However, I cannot come up with a better answer!
I have never managed to sort this family out, but what I have so far is here: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/archibalddouglas2.htm
However, I am locating more on the Douglas-Dick family and am adding it to the page, which I will publish tomorrow.
Keith, I wonder if you could post a photograph of the box with the crest?
I would welcome the addition to my collection.