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General Sir Howard Douglas, 3rd Baronet of Carr, GCB, GCMG, FRS (January 23, 1776 – November 9, 1861) was a British military officer born in Gosport, England, the younger son of Admiral Sir Charles Douglas and Sarah Wood, and a descendant of the Earls of Morton. He was a British general and colonial administrator.

In 1797, while in Quebec City, Douglas fathered a daughter, Margaret (or Marguerite), but did not marry the mother, Catherine Normandeau. In 1799, he returned to England, and in July of that year he married Anne Dundas, daughter of James Dundas of Edinburgh. They had nine children, Major Charles Douglas, James Dundas Douglas, Howard Douglas, General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, 4th Baronet of Carr, Reverend William Frederick Douglas, Ann Douglas, Christina Douglas, Sarah Mary Harcourt Douglas, and Mary Douglas.

I have been sent a photograph of his daughter Lucy with her mother, Ann Douglas (Nee Dundas), wife of Howard Douglas.

My problem is that I can find no trace of Lucy listed amongst Howard's children.

Lucy married James Graham (below) (Born Sept 2 1803 - died June 19 1864) in about 1835.

Who are they?

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Comment by William Douglas on March 4, 2012 at 17:28

Please note, that from advice received,  I have corrected the caption the photograph of Lucy.

Comment by Christopher J. Valin on March 3, 2012 at 9:39

Hello William,

I've never come across any information about Lucy that I can remember (or find in looking through my records), although I do have conflicting information about whether Sir Howard and Anne had another son named Henry John Douglas, 1821-1871 (possibly the naval commander for whom you have a page). Regardless, that photograph cannot be Sarah Wood Douglas, since she died 23 August 1779, when Howard was three.

Comment by William Douglas on December 13, 2011 at 11:54

The Times 7/3/1792; "A most melancholy accident happened on Friday, to Captain Dundas of the Earl Fitzwilliam East Indiaman, and his lady. They were driving out in a small pleasure cart in the neighbourhood of their house in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, when they met a wagon in a lane. There was not room to pass without driving on the embankment. Mrs Dundas was alarmed and shrieked very loud, which frightened the horse and the cart tilted over just as it passed the wagon and threw both herself and Captain Dundas under it. The wheels passed over them and Mrs Dundas was killed on the spot and Captain Dundas had both his legs broken and is otherwise so much hurt that it is doubtful whether he will recover".

The above are Anne Dundas's parents.

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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