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Confusing press reports - Douglas of Garvald

The two reports from March 1784 on the marriage of daughters of Lewis Douglas of Garvald need some explaining...!

1. Scots Magazine:

2.  Edinburgh Advertiser:

Tuesday last was 2nd March 1784.

I have the following note from 'A history of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet' :

FRASER, SIMON, of Ford. 19th December 1767.
Apprentice to, and eldest son of, William Fraser of Ford, W.S. — Died 25th September 1819. Mar. 2d March 1784, Janet Cruickshank, daughter of Captain Charles Douglas of Cliftonhall, Philadelphia.

Is that Philadelphia USA?

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Comment by William Douglas on November 4, 2019 at 17:04

Yes, it is Philadelphia USA.

But it was not Charles Douglas, it was Charles Cruikshank.

Source: Memoir of John Ross, Merchant, of Philadelphia, p77

Comment by William Douglas on November 2, 2019 at 21:32

Simon Fraser, 2nd of Ford, born 1742, Married at Jeanfield on 2nd March 1784, Janet, daughter of Lewis Douglas of Garvald. (

Their son Simon, 3rd of Ford, was appointed tutor and factor to his maternal uncle, William Douglas of Garvald, who was certified insane.

Comment by William Douglas on July 17, 2016 at 14:06

William Robertson, in 1773, advertised 'guns, pistols, ironmongery, japanned tea trays...papers, cheeses, pickles' and a host of other items, which could be supplied by mail order for customers in outlying districts.

Comment by William Douglas on July 16, 2016 at 12:23

There may be a connection to Sir John Douglas, a Royal marine officer, who became involved in the scandal of the alleged illegitimate child born to the Princess of Wales, Caroline of Brunswick.

Sir John Douglas was born at Jean Fields, Dalkeith, near Edinburgh; he was the son of Louis Douglas, Esq.; his grandfather was a lord of Session.  If the grandfather was also Lewis Douglas, then he was involved in the trial of Archibald Stewart for neglect of duty in 1745.

Comment by Harold Edington on June 12, 2014 at 22:17

Lewis Douglas of Garvald is mention in The Heraldry of the Douglases under person (86) in the Douglases of Cavers section.

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