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Douglas, Admiral Sir James, 1st Bt (1703-1787)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 DOU

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Douglas, Admiral Sir James, 1st Bt (1703-1787)

Date(s): [1734-1777]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 1/2ft; 46cm

Name of creator(s): Douglas | Sir | James | 1703-1787 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Douglas saw early service in the IPSWICH, 1734 to 1735, and in the SALAMANDER, 1739. He became a lieutenant in 1732, a captain in 1744 and in 1745, in the VIGILANT, was present at the capture of Louisburg. In 1760, in the DUBLIN, he commanded a squadron in the Leeward Islands and in the following year led a successful expedition to capture the island of Dominica. When Admiral Rodney (1719-1792) relieved him in the Leeward Islands in 1761, he was given command of the Jamaica Squadron and was with Rodney as his second-in-command at the capture of Martinique, 1762. He was made rear-admiral in the same year and became a vice-admiral in 1770. From 1773 to 1776 he was Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, flying his flag in the BARFLEUR and the RESOLUTION and was made an admiral in 1778. Douglas was Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland, 1754 to 1768.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adm Sir James Douglas, including logs, 1734 to 1735, 1739, 1741, 1745, 1760 to 1762; order books, 1760 to 1763, 1774 to 1777; letterbooks, 1760 to 1762; a private account book for Douglas's estates, 1766 to 1770, and a list of dispositions for the ships of the squadron, 1760 to 1761.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased by Sir James Caird at Sotheby's in 1938 and are said to have come from the library of Sir George Douglas of Springwood Park.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Douglas | Sir | James | 1703-1787 | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy