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I have long been aware of the Douglas of Cavers links to important religious matters.

The 'Good Lady of Cavers'  was imprisoned in Stirling Castle in 1682 for her religions beliefs.

Today, I learned that James Douglas of Cavers paid for a printing of the New Testament (in Rome?) in 1849.

This is probably the same James has published:
  The Structure of Prophecy; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1850
  The Truths of Religion; James Douglas - 1831
  Hints on Missions; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1822
  On the Philosophy of the Mind; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1839
  Errors Regarding Religion; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1830
  Sketches of General History; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1865
  Passing Thoughts; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1855
  The coming of the Kingdom, a series of tracts; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1855
  Popery and Infidelity; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1852
  Substance of a Speech: Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Voluntary Church Association; James Douglas        (of Cavers.) - 1834
  The Advancement of Society in Knowledge and Religion; James Douglas (of Cavers.) - 1836

I have an outstanding task to find out more about James’s connection with the abolition of slavery and of The James Douglas of Cavers who gave bi-weekly Grand Soirees in the Subscription Rooms. 'What we want,' he said, 'is love: love between all ages and conditions of men'.

If anyone has done any research on this aspect of our family history, I would be pleased to learn more.

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