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Henry Alexander Douglas, Vicar of Abbotsley Church

Henry Alexander Douglas progressed from being Vicar of the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, in Abbotsley, now in Cambridgeshire, but in an area formerly known as Huntingdon, via South Africa to becoming Bishop of Bombay.

I have known of him for a while, but have not been able to piece together his full story. Yesterday, another fact emerged.

I was attending a family service in the church of St Margaret of Antioch, which sits in the village of Abbotsley. The earliest record of a church on the site is in about 1138, but the earliest surviving fabric in the present church dates from about 1300–10. Although the church is now vested in the Churches Conservation Trust, its chancel is still used as a parish church.

At the corners of the tower there are statues of kings. These are said to represent the English kings Harold and William the Conqueror, and the Scottish kings Macbeth and Malcolm III. The Kings of Scotland were also Earls of Huntingdon.

As I took my seat, my eye caught the name 'Douglas' in a stained glass window, which I photographed after the service.

However, this window adds nothing to my knowledge of the Bishop, his ministry or his family.

Perhaps others can help? 

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Comment by William Douglas on May 21, 2020 at 17:58

The statues on the tower of the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, in Abbotsley

Four Statues on the Church Tower | St Margaret's Church | Abbotsley

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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