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CodeNA8985
Person NameDouglas; family; of Cavers
Epithetfamily
ActivityArchibald Douglas (fl 1388) obtained a grant of the lands and barony of Cavers, Roxburghshire. Sir William Douglas (fl 1639-1658) of Cavers, Knight, was Sheriff of Teviotdale and fought with the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War (1642-1648). In 1639 he was one of the commissioners of the Scottish army sent to negotiate with Charles I (1600-1649) and in 1646 was a commissioner for trying the followers of James Graham (1612-1650), 5th Earl and 1st Marquess of Montrose. He died c 1658 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Archibald Douglas (fl 1658) of Cavers, Knight. The estate then passed to his son Sir William Douglas of Cavers, Knight. His eldest son and heir was Archibald Douglas (d 1741) of Cavers, General-General for Scotland, 1705-1718, Postmaster-General for Scotland, 1725, and Member of Parliament for Roxburgh, 1707. He died in 1741 and was succeeded by his eldest son, William (d 1748). He was Member of Parliament for Roxburgh in 1742 and died unmarried in January 1748. His brother Archibald Douglas (d 1774), was Postmaster-General for Scotland and the last heritable Sheriff of Teviotdale. He died in January 1774 and the estate passed firstly to the second brother, Reverend James Douglas of Cavers, and then to the third brother, John Douglas (d 1786). He also died without issue and was succeeded by his cousin, George Douglas (d 1815) of Cavers. His son and heir was James Douglas whose heir James (1822-1878) inherited the estate but died in 1878 without issue. He was succeeded by his niece Mary Malcolm Douglas of Cavers, only child of William Elphinstone Malcolm (d 1859), of Burntfoot. Edward Palmer-Douglas (b 1836) of Cavers, was the youngest son of Reverend George Palmer of Sullington, Sussex, and Charlotte Elizabeth Bonnor. He assumed the name Douglas upon his marriage on 12 November 1879 to Mary Malcolm Douglas.
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