James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton

James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton

James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton KT FRS (May 14, 1737October 12, 1819), was a Scottish representative peer who became president of the Royal Society (24 March 1794), and was a distinguished patron of science, and particularly of astronomy.

He graduated MA from King's College, Cambridge in 1757.Anita Guerrini, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/7900 ‘Douglas, James, fourteenth earl of Morton (1737–1819)’] , "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Oct 2005, accessed 26 Aug 2008] In 1766 he visited France, and was imprisoned in the Bastille, probably as a Jacobite.On July 5, 1801 Douglas traveled to the United States on holiday in curiosity of finding out how the Americans actually "worked" and returned back to the United Kingdom in 1806 shortly after William Pitt's death.

ee also

*Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia was named after Lord Morton by Captain Cook (the spelling being an error in the published account of Cook's voyage)


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