John Douglas 1759 Jedburgh, Roxburghshire became a Master Clock and Watch maker and founded a dynasty of Clock and Watch makers, Jewellers, Jewellery makers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths.
Eighteen Clock and Watch makers named Douglas that are part of the family have been identified, plus a Walter Lamont -
Some of these careers and talents show up in later generations eg with Walter Douglas 1786 Jedburgh a son of John's with his first wife Mary Newton/Nuton c1762 -
The Guildhall in London found in their apprentice records that John Douglas Master Clockmaker in Jedburgh had two apprentice Clockmakers -
John and Mary (Newton/Nuton) Douglas had five and possibly six children in Jedburgh -
1. Gabriel Douglas 7/7/1784 Clockmaker, Portland Arms Inn Keeper/Owner, Vintner -
2. Jean Douglas c Feb 1786?
3. Walter Douglas 26/2/1786 Master Clock and Watch maker -
4. Jean Douglas 15/1/1788 -
5. Christian Douglas 7/12/1789 -
6. John Douglas 10/9/1794 Master Clock and Watch maker -
John and Mary Douglas moved from Jedburgh to Galston, Ayrshire between 1798 and 1803. Mary (Newton/Nuton) Douglas died in Jan 1803 and is buried in Loudoun Kirk churchyard -
On 23/10/1808 John married Agnes Allan at Galston and they had in Galston -
1. Mary Douglas 16/1/1810 -
2. Isabella Douglas 1/6/1812 -
3. George Douglas 3/4/1814 Clockmaker -
4. James Douglas 20/9/1816 -
5 and 6. Margaret Mason Douglas 11/6/1819 -
and her twin Maria Mason 11/6/1819
John Douglas 1759 died c1833 is buried in the Galston Parish Churchyard and a memorial tablet to John remains (though flattened)!
Artists in this Douglas family include James Douglas 24/7/1810 Kilmarnock, Ayrshire -
James later painted a portrait of his son Edwin James Douglas 14/7/1848 Edinburgh. Edwin James in turn became a Portrait, genre and animal painter of some repute.
Both James and Edwin James Douglas exhibited their art at the Royal Scottish Academy. James painted Lord Melville and the painting hung in Archer's Hall of the Royal Scottish Academy, and also painted several pictures of the Duke of Buccleuch, Earl of Strathmore and Earl of Moray.
James’s equestrian portrait -
While for Edwin James Douglas 1848, his paintings, drawings and etchings on the web include -
In addition, Edwin painted members of his immediate family ie portraits of Christiana Maria (Martin) Douglas his wife (The Worthing Museum in Sussex owns a painting by Edwin of Christiana); and Margot (Marguerete Laura) Douglas one of his daughters.
Alex Buck of the Royal Collection has stated regarding art by Edwin Douglas “…the Royal Collection holds an oil painting by Edwin James Douglas of the racehorse 'Persimmon', dated 1897…According to our records this painting was presented to the Prince of Wales by Sir James Blyth (late 1st Baron Blyth), summer 1897…”
Moreover, there are paintings by other family members on the web -
· Paintings/drawings by Geundolen Douglas -
· Drawings by Christiana Maria (Martin) Douglas -
· Art by Margot Douglas -
· Art by Georgina Douglas Painter, Helensburgh, 1885 -
· Paintings by James Douglas 1810 Kilmarnock, Ayrshire -
Besides John Douglas 1813 Dollar, Clackmannan a son of Walter Douglas 1786 Jedburgh -
More sleuthing is required; but I feel fairly certain that parents of John Douglas 1759 were George Douglas/s or Dowglas 1720 to 1801, a Gardener who was a tenant of Howden, Jedburgh and Agness/Agnus (Annie) Oliver 1723 Jedburgh (of Dykeraw -
A direct ancestor of George Douglas 1720 was James Douglas c1669 to 1750 Jedburgh -
Edwin James Douglas claimed his Douglas ancestry to “the Good” Sir James Douglas, friend of Robert the Bruce and so chose a heart for his signature, as a proud symbol of his illustrious ancestor.
So in conclusion, John Douglas 1759 the subject of this brief expose it has been noted has been referred to on the web as a "dour old Scot" but that is flippant, for his place in Douglas history shows that he undoubtedly comes from an historic and renowned family
Signed Jedart ( Sally E Douglas (Melbourne)