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Lady Gertrude Georgina Douglas, founder of The Dogs Trust

I have received an enquiry as to whether Lady Gertrude Douglas, founder, in 1891, of The Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, has any descendants.

Lady Gertrude Georgina Douglas, 1842-93) was a daughter of the seventh Marquis of Queensberry (1818-58) and an older sister of Lady Florence Dixie.  She wrote under her male pseudonym, George Douglas,  Scottlsh regional fiction aimed at the 1870's library market, mainly publlshed by Tinsley.

The tone of her novels is robust (after the style of G. A. Lawrence) and they feature hoydenish heroines. Most reviewers took her to be a male writer. Douglas's titles include: Brown As A Berry (1874); The Red House By The River (1876); Linked Lives (1876); Mar's, White Witch (1877). None of them had any great success, though reviewers generally found Douglas a 'rather above average' writer.

In 1882 she was entrusted by ber clergyman brother, the Rev. A. E. Douglas, with looking after his London school while he was temporarily abroad. Lady Gertrude cbose the best looking schoolboy, Thomas Henry Stock, and married him. He was seventeen, she forty.

After their marriage, the couple kept a baker's shop for a while in Kensington. It did not pay, and the marriage broke up. The young buaband went to South Africa to be a policeman. She died of consumption in a convent hospital, evidently baving converted to Catholicism.

She published a last, bitter novel: A Wasted Life And Marr'd (1892).

I can find no children.  Can anyone help?

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