Dunbar Douglas, 6th Earl of Selkirk

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"Created in 1646"
The Earl of Selkirk as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, May 1882

Dunbar James Douglas, 6th Earl of Selkirk FRS (22 April 1809 – 11 April 1885) was a Scottish peer.


The son of Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk and Joan Wedderburn-Colville, he was born in London.

He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with First Class honours in Mathematics.

He was a Scottish representative peer from 1830 until his death, and was Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland from August 1852 until December 1852 and again from 1858 to 1859.

He was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1831.

He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright between 1844 and 1885.

He died at Saint Mary's Isle, Kirkcudbrightshire, in 1885, and the title of Earl of Selkirk devolved on the 12th Duke of Hamilton. The subsidiary title of Lord Daer and Shortcleuch became dormant.

Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Galloway
Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbright
Succeeded by
The Lord Herries of Terregles
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Dunbar Douglas
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Earl of Selkirk

Succeeded by
Charles Douglas-Hamilton