Thomas Dunlop Douglas

1st Jan 1776 - 30th Jan 1869

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

  1. Identified as the last member of the Douglas West India merchant dynasty in Glasgow (as Thomas Dunlop Douglas of Dunlop), brother of John Douglas (q.v.), Archibald Douglas (q.v.) and Cecilia Douglas (q.v.).

  2. 01/01/1776-30/01/1869 left £241,518. West India merchant in Glasgow, landed proprietor (1861 census); address given as Dunlop near Stewarton Ayshire (probate calendar). Father shown as John Douglas, mother as Katherine (surname unknown) or Cecilia née Buchanan. Married Rosina (surname unknown). 'It is unclear whether his career was wholly in Glasgow or whether he had lived in the West Indies'.

  3. Born 1775.  Originally apprenticed to a hat-maker and then in turn a hat-maker in business himself. Became insurance broker and merchant, then a partner in J., T., and A. Douglas (q.v.). Married Rose Hunter of Greenock, no surviving children. In 1845 bought the estate of Dunlop, Garnkirk House in Ayrshire. Left the bulk of his fortune to Thomas Douglas Cunningham Graham (possibly a nephew). The value of estate outside Scotland was over £200,000.

Sources

  1. John Guthrie Smith and John Oswald Mitchell, The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry (2nd edn., Glasgow, James MacLehose & Sons, 1878, LXXIX Orbiston. Life dates taken from The Douglas Archives online.

  2. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1869/86.

  3. Charlotte S. M. Girard, Some further notes on the Douglas family, BC Studies, 72 (Winter, 1896-87), pp. 3-27, pp. 16-18.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Rose Hunter
Will

Girard puts wealth at over £200,000 outside Scotland and over £64,000 in Scotland.

Wealth at death
£241,518
Rubinstein
1869/86

Associated Claims (6)

£236 6S 11D
Unsuccessful claimant
£9,174 19S 1D
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)
£12,407 13S 2D
Awardee
£13,522 6S 5D
Unsuccessful claimant
£7,168 15S 6D
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)
£3,500 8S 6D
Awardee

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1810 [EA] - 1810 [LA] → Creditor

Douglas, Reid & Co, a branch of J.,T. & A Douglas, was a creditor of the estate in 1810.

1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (18)

Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches, No 1.) [1846182]  
£8500 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 4) [1846185]  
£85000 
Railway Investment
Stirlingshire Midland Junction [1846501]  
£10000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle [184565]  
£15000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 2) [1846183]  
£11000 
Railway Investment
Edinburgh and Glasgow [184556]  
£27000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 3) [1846184]  
£32500 
Railway Investment
Glasgow and Belfast Union [1846193]  
£5700 
Railway Investment
Glasgow Junction [184568]  
£15000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Strathaven and Lesmabagow Direct [1846192]  
£2000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 5) [1846186]  
£61400 
Railway Investment
Edinburgh and Glasgow [183722]  
£3000 
Railway Investment
Wishaw and Coltness (Greenhill Branch) [1846546]  
£10000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr (Amendment and Branches No. 6) [1846187]  
£85000 
Railway Investment
Glasgow, Airdrie and Monkland Junction [1846174]  
£25000 
Railway Investment
 
 
Name partner
 
Partner
Douglas, Gallaway
West India merchant - British Guiana  
 

Relationships (4)

Brothers
Brother → Sister
Brothers
Business partners

Addresses (2)

Rothesay, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Dunlop House, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland