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Samuel Douglas, Windsor Castle Plantation, Jamaica

A recent discovery of family papers indicate a connection with Samuel Douglas of Windsor Castle Plantation Jamaica. I have a transcript of his will from which I can determine his immediate brothers and sisters and the negro slaves who were loyal to him and who were also beneficiaries. We understand he had immediate connections with Castle Douglas, Scotland and established the Douglas schools thee. Can anyone lead me to more information about this ancestor?. Thanks, Matthew Price

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Comment by Bob Henry on March 7, 2011 at 9:47

I can see a connection straight away via the name Campbell. Time short at the moment but will respond a.s.a.p.


Comment by Matthew Price on March 6, 2011 at 23:55

Thanks Bob - very interesting. The truth is I'm not yet clear of my family connection. I have half a letter written in 1929 but it is not clear who it is from or who it is addressed to. It is very likely it is written to my paternal grandfather .         My grandfathers mothers maiden name was McGregor and in turn her mothers (my great great grand mother) maiden name was Highet. This family apparently altered their name to Highet from Heathcote when they moved from England to Scotland for religious reasons (not sure what those reasons were or when it happened). One of the Highets is described as a Burgess in the town of Ayre. It appears that Barbara Campbell Highet was either a grand niece or grand grand niece (i'm not clear of generation) of Samuel Douglas. If any of this makes any sense to you or links in with the info you already have then it would be very interesting to hear. Thanks fr your interest. Matthew


Comment by Bob Henry on March 1, 2011 at 22:49

I have similar information on Samuel - who is an ancestral relation in a somewhat obscure way - and have been searching for years for someone who also has a connection and interest in him. As you will know from the transcript, he is buried in the town of Newton Stewart, some 25 miles east of where I live, and his mausoleum is now, sadly, in an extremely delapidated state. He was born in the nearby parish of Kirkmabreck in Kirkcudbrightshire, where his parents lived and died in 'Craignine', a small farm which continues to exist in name. They are buried in Clachan of Penninghame churchyard with one of Samuel's sisters, Mary, who died prior to his death and therefore is not mentioned in his will. If you let me know how you are related to Samuel and what other information you have, it may be possible I can assist you further. Bob.


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