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Stephen Light commented on James Izatt's blog post Major James Douglas of the East India Company
"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."
Jul 14, 2019

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Cockpen Douglas 1650 to 1750
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John Douglas 1674

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Major James Douglas

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 23:17 0 Comments


Thanks for the reference and pointer towards the background of Major James. He sounds like one of these larger than life characters.

Having done some work on the White connection it is pretty clear that James White would have met Rachel Douglas when they were both living in that part of Edinburgh (no 2 Patrick Square). If James was training as a surgeon  - Surgeons hall is off course nearby and close to where James Uncle lived.  

I don't think…


Major James Douglas of the East India Company

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 20:30 2 Comments


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…


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At 12:17 on June 19, 2016, William Douglas said…

Thank you for the chart.

I think two separate families is the best rationale, but still seems a coincidence

At 23:07 on April 25, 2016, William Douglas said…

Working on the Douglas family of Leith, I came across this: 

It is too late to work on this tonight...

At 22:06 on April 24, 2016, William Douglas said…

I have only just picked up your attachment and will have a further look at it in the next couple of gays.

At 11:02 on April 19, 2016, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our community group, James

You may have found our page on Cockpen, but it still leaves lots of questions. Some of these are discussed in this forum.  If you use the search function (top right) you should turn up some of them.

Was 'your' John born in 1674?  Or is that just a general date?

Yours aye,



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'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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