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My 4x great grandfather Major James Douglas was with the East India Company in Bombay

1782-1809.His four children were born there including my 3xgreat grandmother Rachel.

Rachel Douglas born 10th april 1797.

Catharine Douglas born 22nd feb 1799.

Mary Douglas born 29th october 1801.

James Douglas born 1804.


Rachel Douglas married James White at St Cuthberts Edinburgh in 1821.

James white was a surgeon living at 5 Windmill Street Edinburgh.

He came to Sydney Australia with his wife and six children in 1854.

His son William White (B) 1829 in Edinburgh was the colonial architect

of Maitland New South Wales.


James Douglas jnr was also a surgeon and came to Sydney in 1829.

He died at 80 Glebe Road Sydney on the 27th april 1897 unmarried.

He is buried at Balmain cemetery.


Rachel Douglas died 23rd may 1865 at 3 Hope Terrace Glebe Road

Sydney buried at Gore Hill cemetery Nth Sydney.

Originally buried at Devonshire Street Methodist cemetery but later

moved to Gore Hill.


Major James Douglas died in 1819 at "Edenside" Kelso Roxburgh.

I don't know where he was born or parents.

His spouse was Atcha Babee who I thought might be Indian, but I

recently found many Babee's living in D

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Stephen, did a bit if this get missed off the end? I am wondering if the 'D' is Dublin, and if the name could be Babe, not Babee?

I have just this moment been looking at a couple who married in St Cuthberts - George Douglas,b1778 to Janet Caverhill, bc1793

In 1808, Maj James Douglas of Edenside H.E.IC.S. was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, indicating he was back in Scotland then.

Are you sure about the date of death? Could it be 28th April, 1814?

I feel there must be a connection with the gardening business, James Douglas, House of Douglas, Edenside Nursery, Great Bookham, Surrey?? Aren't there some Douglas carnations named after him?

That's all I have!
Hi William,
the part that is missing is the name Babee can be found in Drenthe Holland in the 19th century.
I don't think Atcha could be an Irish name.
I have Major James Douglas's will and he died in 1819.
He applied for retirement in Bombay in 1809.
I have tried to find something about Edenside and all I can find is the road from Kelso to the village
Ednham is called Edenside road.
Could you please explain what H.E.IC.S stands for.
Many thanks for your reply.
I found this entry in The Scots Magazine relating to his death: 28th April, 1814.

H.E.I.C.S. - Honourable East India Company Service


Making conections

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?

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