John Douglas (British Army officer)

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Sir John Douglas
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Sir John Douglas
Born7 July 1817[1]
Died8 September 1888(1888-09-08) (aged 71)[2]
Glenfinart House, Argyllshire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Commands heldCommander-in-Chief, Scotland
Battles/warsCrimean War
Indian Mutiny
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir John Douglas of Glenfinart GCB (7 July 1817 – 8 September 1888) was a British Army officer who became Commander-in-Chief, Scotland.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Lieutenant General Sir Neil Douglas, Douglas was commissioned in 1833.[3] He commanded the 79th Regiment of Foot at the Battle of Alma in September 1854, at the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854 and at the Siege of Sebastopol in Winter 1854 during the Crimean War.[3] He also took part in the response to the Indian Mutiny.[3]

He went on to command the troops in the North British District from in 1873 before retiring in 1875.[4] He was given the colonelcy of The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders from 1879 to 1887 and promoted full general on 30 January 1880.[5]

He married Lady Elizabeth Cathcart, eldest daughter of the 2nd Earl of Cathcart. They had two surviving sons, born 13 years apart: Neil Douglas Cecil Frederick Douglas (born 1844) and Charles John Cathcart Douglas (born 1857).[6][1]

He died in 1888 and was buried in the graveyard of St Munn's Parish Church, Kilmun.[7]


  1. ^ a b Foster, Joseph (1883). The peerage, baronetage, and knightage of the British Empire. Westminster [London, Eng.]: Nichols and Sons. p. 710. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. ^ Annual Register. J. Dodsley. 1888. p. 150. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Historical records of the 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders". 1887. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  4. ^ "The 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 1873 – 1886". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  5. ^ "No. 24814". The London Gazette. 24 February 1880. p. 835.
  6. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 719. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  7. ^ "Kilmun, St Munn's Parish Church (church of Scotland) Including Argyll and Douglas Mausolea, Associat, Kilmun". British listed buildings. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by Commanding the troops in the North British District
Succeeded by
Preceded by Colonel of the 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders)
Succeeded by