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CodeNA8734
Person NameDouglas; family; Barons of Glenbervie
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ActivityRobert Douglas (1625-1716), Bishop of Brechin, 1682-1684, and the last Bishop of Dunblane, 1684-1689, in the pre-Revolution episcopal establishment of the Church of Scotland.John Douglas of Fechil in the parish of Ellon, Aberdeenshire (1714-1762), was married to Margaret, the daughter and co-heiress of James Gordon.Sylvester Douglas, Baron Glenbervie (1744-1823) studied science and the classics at Aberdeen University, and after several years in europe, graduated from Leyden University in 1766. He then went on to study medicine and then law, and entered Lincoln's Inn, 1771. Douglas was called to the bar, 1776, and, in 1793, was appointed a King's Counsellor, but gave up his legal practice to take up a career in politics. In 1794 he became Chief Secretary to the Lord-lieutenant of Ireland, MP for St Canice, Kilkenny, and a member for, first the Irish, and then the English Privy Council. In February 1796 Douglas became MP for Fowey, Cornwall and in May MP for Midhurst, Sussex. In June of that year he became a Commissioner on the Board of Control, and in 1797 he was appointed Lord of the Treasury. He married the Hon Catherine Anne North in 1789. In 1800 he was appointed governor of the Cape of Good Hope, and created Baron Glenbervie of Kincardine. In 1801 Douglas was appointed Joint Paymaster-general, MP for Plympton Earls, Devonshire, and Vice-president of the Board of Trade. In 1802 he was elected MP for Hastings and the following year was appointed Surveyor-general of Woods and Forests. He became the Chief Commissioner of Land Revenue and Woods and Forests, 1810-1814. Douglas died in Cheltenham and his title became extinct.
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