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Some time since I have had anything useful to contribute but I came across Major James Douglas when researching another bit of my family tree
I note that he had three daughters when he arrived in the UK in 1807 - that is Rachel, Katherine and possibly Mary. Subsequently they seemed to have stayed at St Patricks Square in Edinburgh because Rachel married a James White or Whyte from that address who was a surgeon in Edinburgh. The family appears in the 1841 and 1851 census returns living in London Street in Edinburgh. Catherine appears as a sister in law on the 1851 return
They had the following Children
Christina Doug 1826
I think I probably do have the right family connection. If not let me know.
For background James was the son of a William White wo was a tenant farmer at Yorkston in Temple parish Midlothian and
he had a brother John who was a candle maker. They seem to have been quite a well to family judging by Williams will because they owned property in Edinburgh as well as farming. My personal interest in this comes from a cousin of James albeit we are still trying to tease the detail out. That connection - Jean White, had a brother Thomas White who was also a surgeon who trained in Edinburgh and subsequently joined the Indian medical service.
Unfortunately he died shortly after going out to India (I think Madras) but you can probably see some common aspects there - that is the medical training and the Indian connection.
This may help in closing out the later history of this particular Douglas connection but it would be good to know if Major James connection to Kelso is confirmed
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