William Robert Keith Douglas


William Robert Keith Douglas

William Robert Keith Douglas (1783 – 5 December 1859) was a British politician and landowner. He was the fourth son of Sir James Douglas, 4th Baronet of Kelhead and younger brother of both Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensberry and John Douglas, 7th Marquess of Queensberry.

He represented the Dumfries Burghs constituency between 1812 and 1832 and served, on a number of occasions, as one of the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty. He owned sugar plantation estates in Tobago which had formerly belonged to his father-in-law, Walter Irvine.

After William Douglas's eldest brother succeeded to the Marquessate of Queensberry, he was granted a patent of precedence which gave him the rank and style of a Marquess's younger son ("Lord" William Douglas). [Burke's Peerage]

Lord William is buried at Dunino, Fife, a village close to his family seat at Grangemuir, near Pittenweem. [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43417]

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