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CodeNA8933
Dates1743-1823
Person NameDouglas; Sylvester (1743-1823); Baron Glenbervie of Kincardine
SurnameDouglas
ForenamesSylvester
EpithetBaron Glenbervie of Kincardine
ActivitySylvester Douglas (1743-1823), Baron Glenbervie, was born on 24 May 1743, the only surviving son of John Douglas of Fechil, Aberdeenshire, and Margaret, daughter and co heiress of James Gordon. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Leyden. After a short period practising medicine, he decided to study law and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn on 25 April 1771. He was called to the bar in 1776, obtained a legal practice and was appointed king's counsel in 1793. However, he subsequently abandoned his legal career in favour of a political life. From 1794-1795 he was secretary to John, tenth Earl of Westmoreland, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. He also became Member of Parliament for St. Canice, or Irishtown, Kilkenny, in 1794. In 1795 he was elected Member of Parliament for Fowey, Cornwall. In the same year he was appointed commissioner of the board of control. In 1796 he became MP for Midhurst, Sussex and from 1797-1800 was lord of the treasury. In 1800 he was appointed governor of the Cape of Good Hope, although he never travelled there. On 29 December 1800 he was created Baron Glenbervie of Kincardine in the peerage of Ireland. He was appointed joint paymaster-general in 1801 (from which he resigned in 1803), MP for the borough of Plympton Earls, Devonshire and vice-president of the Board of Trade (from which he retired in 1804). In 1802 he was elected MP for Hastings and from 1803-1806 was appointed surveyor-general of the woods and forests. In 1810 the offices of surveyor-general of the land revenue and surveyor-general of the woods and forests were united and Glenbervie was appointed first chief commissioner until 1814 when he retired from that office. He died in Cheltenham on 2 May 1823 and his title became extinct.
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