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Major James Douglas of the East India Company


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

James 1824

William 1829

Christina Doug 1826

Catherine 1833

Mary 1834

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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Comment by Stephen Light on July 14, 2019 at 20:01

Major James Douglas 1768-1814 children Rachel,Catherine, Mary and James all migrated to Sydney Australia in 1854 Rachel with her Surgeon husband James White and children.I am her 3xgreat grandson.

Comment by William Douglas on March 20, 2018 at 21:12

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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