Lord William Douglas

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Lord William Robert Keith Douglas, circa 1855

Lord William Robert Keith Douglas (1783 – 5 December 1859) was a British politician and landowner. He was the fourth son of Sir William Douglas, 4th Baronet of Kelhead and younger brother of both Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensberry and John Douglas, 7th Marquess of Queensberry. He represented the Dumfries Burghs constituency between 1812 and 1832 and served, on a number of occasions, as one of the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty. He owned sugar plantation estates in Tobago which had formerly belonged to Walter Irvine, whose daughter, Elizabeth, he married on 24 November 1824. They had three sons,[1] the second of which, Walter, went on to continue the Douglases of Grangemuir.

In May 1837, some time after William Douglas's eldest brother succeeded to the Marquessate of Queensberry, he was granted a patent of precedence which gave him the rank and style of a Marquess's younger son (Lord William Douglas).[2]

Lord William is buried at Dunino, Fife, a village close to his family seat at Grangemuir, near Pittenweem.[1]

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  1. ^ thepeerage.com
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Shaw Stewart Heron-Maxwell
Member of Parliament for Dumfries Burghs
Succeeded by
Matthew Sharpe